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Minnesota Wedding Planner – Interlachen Golf Course- Karley and Brock Nelson

People often ask me “What types of wedding clients do you attract and get to work with?” I would say that our “typical” clients have changed quite a bit over the last 10 1/2 years in business.. but the one thing that remains the same year after year Is that we do get to help a lot of clients that are planning long distance. This year alone 60% of my clients live out of Minnesota and honestly.. I love assisting and making the planning process easier for these clients. Karley and Brock are one of those clients and we were lucky enough to get to help them with their wonderful Lake of the Isles Church and Interlachen Country Club wedding  on July 30th, 2016!

When Karley and Brock called me they had just booked Interlachen Country Club and were headed off to New York for Brock’s 2016 Hockey Season.. so they knew that they would not have a lot of time to plan and come home to hire vendors. As you can tell below.. we were able to bring on a group of wonderful vendors to pull Karley and Brock’s visions together and to make sure that when they did get very limited time at home that we utilized it with wonderful meetings and efficient decision making!!!  Congratulations again Karley and Brock.. and we will be cheering you on Brock for another great hockey season!!

Vendors

Wedding Coordinator – Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony Site- Lake of the Isles Church

Reception Site – Interlachen Country Club

Photography  – Laura Ivanova Photography

Videography  – Clarity Films

DJ  – Instant Request DJ

Floral –  Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

Rental Items –  Apres

Photobooth The Traveling Photobooth

Hair and Makeup Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios

Cake Farina Bakery

Stationery A Milestone Paper

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Minnesota Bride Magazine- Best Wedding Planner for 2017!

Minnesota Bride Best Wedding Planner

Its that time of year again.. We would LOVE for you to help us get “Best Wedding Planner” in Minnesota again this year!!!!

Its Simple and you do not have to be a bride or groom to vote!!!
1. Go To http://mnbride.com/vote-minnesota-brides-best-2017-awards
2. Vote for at least six categories for your vote to count. – Please Vote for Lasting Impressions in the Best Planner and the Top of the Tiara Category!!
3. Only one vote per email account will be counted.
4. Make sure you vote before March 3rd. The Voting ends then!!!!

THANK YOU So Much for all of your support!!!!!

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Minneapolis Wedding Planner | Aria Mpls Wedding | Christine and Mike

Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator –  Lasting Impressions Weddings

Caterer – Damico Catering

Reception Site – Aria

Photography – Paul Vincent Photography

Band – Casablanca Orchestra

Ceremony and Reception DJ – Instant Request

Floral: Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

Rental Items – Apres

Makeup – Tina Beaupre

Hair – Emily J

Stationery  – Paper Rock Scissors

When I look at photos of Christine and Mike’s Wedding day.. all I can think of is Fun!! From the beginning of the planning all the way to the minute I left the dance.. the wedding and planning was so much fun and full of energy!! Christine and Mike picked Aria for their wedding venue and it was such a perfect spot for this fun couple that loved Music and Minneapolis!! They wanted the day to be easy for their guests and to serve good food, good drinks and have lots of good music.. and that is just what we got when we hired Casablanca Orchestra, Instant Request and Damico Catering.. It was a none stop party celebrating this lovely couple!!!

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Calhoun Beach Club Wedding – Meghan and AJ

Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator-  Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony And Reception Site – Calhoun Beach Club

Officiant – Father John Peters

Trolley – Gray Line

Ceremony Musicians – Bella Nota

Photography – Melissa Oholendt Photography

Floral-  Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

Rental Items – Linen Effects

Videography –  Sunset Blue Productions

DJ and Lighting –  Instant Request

Photobooth – Traveling Photobooth

Makeup – Creative Beauty Agency

Hair – Maddie Johnson

Stationery  – Paper Rock Scissors

Contagious… That is what I think of when I think of Meghan, AJ and the whole McNamara Family.. That may seem like a funny word to think of, but when you look at these photos how can you not smile? The love and the infectious smiles are so contagious when you meet this wonderful couple and family!!!!!

The first time I met with Meghan and her wonderful mom, Amy.. We talked.. and talked.. and talked about life, the engagement and about the wedding. It became clear after that meeting that I met two people that have as much energy as me and can talk as much as I can 🙂 I felt an immediate connection with them and throughout the whole planning process we just had a lot of fun!! I loved that Meghan had such a clear idea of what she wanted for her wedding day.. but at the same time.. she went along with lots of my crazy ideas!!  Thank you for trusting me and seeing the vision in my little sketches I would send you.. Blondes must think alike 🙂

 

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JJ Hill Wedding and Landmark Center Wedding – Haley and Matt Kalil – Minnesota Wedding Planner

Haley and Matt’s Landmark Center Wedding was beautiful, fun and filled with FOOD!!!

I think that most people would think that Matt would have been the mastermind behind ALL OF THE FOOD at the wedding since he is a professional football player.. but spend 10 minutes with Haley and you will realize that behind this beautiful, petite, former Miss Minnesota there is a girl that is passionate about her sweets and taking care of her guests!!

From the beginning of the wedding planning process Haley and Matt wanted to make sure that their guests were treated to a fantastic experience when coming to their wedding. They wanted to showcase some of St.Paul’s best venues including The Saint Paul Hotel, Landmark Center and J Hill Library .

The ceremony and cocktail hour were at JJ Hill Library and then guests made their way over to the stunning Landmark Center where Apres and Avant Decor, Instant Request and Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events transformed the space with draping and 8ft centerpieces to make the space feel cozy and intimate!!

Now lets get to the food!! We started the cocktail hour with FUN and non traditional appetizers including milk and cookies, donut holes, mini burgers and grilled cheese and many more!! After an hour of drinking and indulging on some of the guests favorite snacks guests were welcomed into Landmark Center with a full set up of food stations including a burger station, carving station, chinese and pasta station! And just when guests thought they could not eat anymore.. We served wedding cake from Sweet Retreat, A Candy Bar, A Smores Bar and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream for late night snack!!!!

As you can tell.. this day was filled with the best vendors in Minnesota and Haley and Matt were the sweetest couple!! I feel very fortunate to have been involved in their picture perfect wedding day!!!

Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator –  Lasting Impressions Weddings

Photography Graddy Photography

Videography – Virtuoso Video

Ceremony Site – JJ Hill Library

Reception Site – Landmark Center

Caterer – Fork and Flair and Distinctive Catering

Ceremony and Cocktail Music-Lake String Quartet

Dessert – North Mallow and Co. , Ben and Jerry’s, Sweet River Candy Company

Band – Mud Dogs Band

Floral : Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

Ice Sculpture – Minnesota Ice Sculptures

Rental Items – Apres and Avant Decor

Photobooth – Traveling Photobooth

Hair and Makeup – Austin Ryde

Cake – Sweet Retreat

Valet – Class A Valet

Lighting – Instant Request

Stationery – Paper Rock Scissors

 

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Lafayette Club Wedding – Anna and Derek

Wedding Coordinator –  Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony Site  – Diamond Lake Luthern Church

Reception Site –  Lafayette Club

Photography – Photogen Inc.

Videography – Sunset Blue Productions

Floral – Zinnia’s

Rental Items –  Linen Effects

Band – Downtown Band

Rental Items – Linen Effects

Stationery – Paper Rock Scissors

Guest Transportation – Minnesota Coaches

Cake – Buttercream

Makeup = Nan Fletcher

Hair = Bang Bang Salon

Wedding Party Transportation – Eclipse Transportation


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Minnesota Hindu Wedding – Ayesha and Josh

This past August marked Lasting Impressions 10th year in business, I am so lucky and fortunate to do what I love every single day!! My favorite part of weddings continues to be the couples and families I get to work with and the traditions that each culture has for their special day!!! Ayesha and Josh were a special couple… neither one of them ever lived in Minnesota, they just chose Minneapolis as the location for their wedding because we were centrally located and easy to get to for most of the guests coming in from Michigan, New York, Japan and India! What an honor it was to plan an event for guests that were traveling such large distances to come and celebrate!! I love so many things about Hindu Weddings… The traditions, the colors, the clothes and more then anything… the importance of family!! Congratulations Josh and Ayesha.. I hope that New York is treating you well 🙂

Wedding Coordinator Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony and Reception Location – Windows on MN

Officiant: Perfect Day Ceremonies

Photography : Graddy Photography

Videography : Narrate Studios

Ceremony and Reception  DJ :  Instant Request

Floral: Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

Rental Items: Apres Party Rental 

Hair and Makeup : Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios

Stationery: Paper Rock Scissors

Check out the video from Narratte Studios – https://vimeo.com/182032469

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Calhoun Beach Club Wedding- Katie and Matt

Where did summer go? I am not sure where it went, but I can tell you that I am excited to share all of the beautiful weddings we were lucky enough to be apart of this past summer! Lets start with Katie and Matt’s Lake of the Isles Church and Calhoun Beach Club Wedding! Stunning with whites and soft lavender flowers and classic personal touches.

Ceremony Site – Lake of the Isles Church

Reception Site – Calhoun Beach Club

Wedding Coordinator – Lasting Impressions Weddings

Stationery – Paper Rock Scissors

Photography – Melissa Oholendt Photography

Videography – Sunset Blue Videography

Band – Synergy

Transportation Renees Royal Valet

Floral – Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

Rental Items – Apres

Hair and Makeup – Emily J

Dress- L’Atelier Couture Bridal Boutique

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Bar Lurcat Wedding – Anna and Henry

As the summer starts to draw to an end (How did that happen!!) I realize that I have not blogged much at all.  I still have some beautiful weddings from last summer to get on the blog and Anna and Henry’s wedding is one of them (and it is their anniversary in a few days!!!) YAY!!!

Anna called me about 2 months before their big day and I was explaining to her that I was already pretty full for the year and I was not sure if I was going to take on any more weddings. However, since hers was on a Friday and she had some amazing vendors I felt the need to talk to her more about it. And I instantly knew when I spoke to her that I wanted to work with her and help pull together her final details for her VERY well planned wedding!!

I loved her perspective on what a wedding should be.. she wanted this day to be able to celebrate with friends and family and she did not really care about a lot of extra “fluff”! They picked Cafe Lurcat for their wedding reception because Henry owns a restaurant and they always knew they wanted a more intimate feel vs. a standard hotel ballroom or reception space. When they picked Lurcat they knew that they would not have to do a lot of decorating or design since all of it was already so beautiful!! So Anna and Henry stuck to the elements they cared the most about.. they wanted good entertainment and good food.. and THEY had it.. and the wedding was filled with so much laughter (and lots of martinis 🙂

Vendors

Wedding Coordinator – Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony Site – Saint Joan of Arc Church

Reception Site – Café Lurcat

Transportation – Gray Line Transportation

Photography – Paul Vincent

Videography – Sunset Blue Productions

Floral – Ashley Fox Designs

Band- The Sevilles

Hair and Makeup- Julie Swenson and Tina Beaupre

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The Best Groomsmen Gift’s

Are you having a hard time finding something to give the special men in your life that are standing by you on your big day? Visit www.groovygroomsmengifts.com. No matter the type of groomsman, whatever his style, we’re sure you’ll find classic groomsmen essentials to your liking.

For the Grooms: Fashionable Groomsmen Gift Ideas

Still trying to decide on a tie for your big day? Chances are, your groomsmen are just as perplexed as you are. Help put your loyal pals at ease with our list of fashionable groomsmen gifts – from classic suit-and-tie needs to contemporary formal accessories – which they can all wear on your big event.

To the 9’s tri pack 
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Three is a welcome crowd with this classy combo of cufflinks, tie clip, and money clip. This cool metallic trio is sure to dress up and add a modern touch your groomsmen’s traditional formalwear. Go the extra mile by personalizing each piece with your buddies’ names.

Ultimate Funglasses 

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Winter is not gonna last forever, and summer weddings are bound to happen. If yours is exactly just that, then you’ll want to take note of this incredibly cool summer must-have.

Picture this, beautiful garden wedding, radiant sunshine, warm summer breeze, and you and your groomsmen all decked out in awesome wayfarers. This iconic design features a sleek wooden update and can be engraved with personalized text.

Basic Bromance Buckle Combo 

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Every guy owns a belt and your instinct might tell you not to go for something your pals already have. But it doesn’t hurt helping him stock up classic manly essentials.

Clean, simple, stylish. This is exactly what this classic belt and buckle combo embodies. This timeless piece of accessory goes with anything and your groomsmen will definitely not mind adding another one to his wardrobe.


Prime Timepiece 

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Great style means being on trend and on time. In our books, we dread the phrase “fashionably late”. Being late is never a good thing, especially in such important events. Not that you don’t trust your pals to show up on time but a gentle reminder never hurt anyone. This awesome wooden ticker made from 100% real wood and genuine leather perfectly does the trick. We suggest getting one for yourself for a coordinated look.

Groomsmen Socks

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Sometimes, strictly abiding to the strict formal wear can be boring. Any dashing lad knows a trick or two to add some fun to traditional the traditional look. Add a fun flare to  your groomsmen’s ensemble, with these quirky printed socks. Get a different design for each one to strike up an engagement of fun comparison.

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Calhoun Beach Club Wedding – Celia and Bobby

I had the pleasure of working with Celia and Bobby on their October wedding at one of my favorite venues Calhoun Beach Club with a wonderful list of vendors that made the day beautiful!! This was a special wedding for me because I was lucky enough to work with Celia’s family a few years earlier on her sister Louise’s wedding and they always make you feel like one of the family!!  Celia and Bobby’s wedding was filled with a lot of love and a really big bridal party!!! Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the terrace of the Beach Club and soaked in the beautiful Minnesota fall day before being invited into the ballroom that was filled with timeless and elegant decor mixed in with a few fall and personal touches!!

Congratulations Bobby and Celia.. It was an honor to be apart of your big day!!

Wedding Coordinator Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony Site : Lake of the Isles Church

Reception Site Calhoun Beach Club

Photography Laura Ivanova Photography

Videography Photogfilms

Band Synergy

DJ:  Instant Request

Transportation : Rochester Trolley & Tour Company

Floral : Studio Fluerette

Rental Items : Apres

Makeup : Nan Fletcher

Photobooth : Slow Motion Booth

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Lafayette Club Wedding- Emily and Adam

Wedding Coordinator Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony Site First Baptist Church

Photography Mary Rose Photography

Reception Site Lafayette Club

Transportation Valley limo

Ceremony Musicians The Laurels String Quartet

Videography Spruce Video

Rental Items: Linen Effects

Floral : Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

DJ Instant Request

Gelato Bar La Vita Espresso

Hair and Makeup: Emily J

Cake Buttercream

Rentals Rudy’s Event Rentals

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Semple Mansion Wedding – Mercedes and Matt

Merky and Matt had a beautiful fall wedding at Semple Mansion! From the beginning of the planning it was clear that what meant the most to Merky and Matt was their family and making sure the day celebrated all of their loved ones coming together. They chose Semple Mansion because they knew the convience of having both the ceremony and reception at one venue would be a great for their guests, and it also showcased a beautiful venue for most of their out of town guests.

Personalization of the event included Minnesota Pie Pop favors from Cocoa and Fig, Beautiful out of town bags filled with the bride and grooms favorite snacks. A custom menu complete with their favorite foods and even the brides mothers sloppy joe recipe for the late night snack!! Lots of Love Merky and Matt- You were so much fun to get to work with and I miss getting to see you!!

Wedding Coordinator Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony and Reception Site Semple Mansion

Caterer Damico Catering

Transportation Renee’s Royal Valet

Floral: Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

Rental Items: Linen Effects

Ceremony Musicians Lake String Quartet

Photography Janelle Elise Photography

Videography Story of Us Videography

Cake Sweet Retreat

DJ Instant Request

Favors/Escort Cards Cocoa and Fig

Photobooth The Photobooth Group

Stationery Paperista

Hair and Makeup Emily J

Dress: L’atelier Bridal

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Personalizing your wedding with Custom Invitaitons by Hadley Designs

This Blog Post is Written by Hadley Custom Designs– Check them out for custom and personalized invitations!!

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If the guests are the most important part of a wedding, then the invitations are the most important part of the wedding planning process. So why would you settle for a standardized, impersonal wedding invitation to summon your guests to your special day? Your wedding invitations should coalesce with your theme, entice guest to attend, and continue to be valued keepsakes long after the ceremony.

Custom wedding invitations are the perfect solution. You can customize your invitations to your wedding’s design, giving guests a tantalizing peek into the ceremony’s special style. Additionally, the level of creativity afforded by custom invitations means that the invites will be treasured long after the big day instead of immediately trashed.

Here are a few of the popular trends I see for wedding invitations:
1. Beach wedding invites
2. Classic Great Gatsby themed invites
3. Country Burlap and Lace
4. Using engagement photos
5. Modern programs
6. Sparkle Invites
7. Rustic envelopes

I create AFFORDABLE custom wedding stationery! You get to choose the font, color, design, wording and anything else you want to add! If you’ve seen something similar to what you are looking for, let me know and I can make the necessary changes to make it perfect for you!  My website is www.hadleycustomdesigns.com

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