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Please Vote – Minnesota Bride Best Wedding Planner 2016!

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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-2016-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. If you need recommendations feel free to email or call me!!
4. Make sure you vote before March 4th. The Voting ends then!!!!

THANK YOU!!

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Wedding Vendors and How They Can Transform Your Wedding

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Weddings have become a way to not only get your entire family and friends together for a celebration, but truly wow your guests with unique entertainment, locations and vendors. Traditional weddings, while still ever-popular, are being transformed by vendors bringing their new and unique ideas to the forefront of weddings. These vendors make your wedding more memorable in the eyes of your guests who may have traveled hundreds of miles to be with you on your special day and most of these vendors are in fact just small businesses run by one person, which lends comfort in knowing you aren’t hiring a large company. Here are some ideas for unique wedding vendors to look for in your area.

Food Trucks

Why have a traditional sit down or buffet meal of chicken or beef when your guests can have more choice? Food trucks are popular choices for outdoor summer weddings, but they aren’t restricted to those alone. Hiring food trucks gives back to your local community and offers guests the choice of the food they want. You can even hire a dessert truck to finish – or start – your meal with.

Museums and Science Centers

If you and your partner love history or science, you may find that your perfect wedding reception can actually be in a museum or science center. Many of these establishments around the world have realized that couples want a more unique venue; one that will keep guests talking for years to come, and they have opened their doors to weddings. Dine under the sea in an aquarium or next to a replica spacecraft and get some great photos in the process. These kind of venues are usually booked very quickly, so if you are thinking this might be the perfect spot for your wedding, start looking as soon as possible.

Unique Transportation

If you would like to help your guests get from your ceremony to reception and don’t want them to have to worry about driving themselves, providing unique transportation is something memorable for everyone. Imagine arriving to a reception in a hot air balloon, in a cavalcade of classic or luxury cars, or by horse drawn carriage? Transportation vendors have been finding new and different ways to wow both the couple and their guests with a myriad of transportation options that are a far cry from ‘conventional’.

One of a Kind Favors

Hiring an artist or crafter is a great way to get unique wedding favors. Consider finding a vendor who specializes in useful favors instead of a knick knack that will likely find its way into the trash before your first wedding anniversary. Useful favors can be anything from bars of soap to edible items: coffee, teas, jams, and desserts have all become very popular recently. Like the food trucks, you will be supporting someone’s small business and will be receiving items that your guests won’t be able to find anywhere else.

Cake Toppers That Actually Look Like You

3D printing companies are able to scan you and your partner and can create a cake topper that is your exact likeness. Getting this kind of cake topper done is a little more on the expensive side, however you will have it for a long time to come and you can customize it however you want. Work in your hobbies or something you both share a love of: if you love comics, you can dress up as your favorite superheroes. Sports? Pose with a bat and glove. You can even use 3D printers to make customizable favors that your guests will want to hold onto.

About the Author: This article was written by Theresa Gibson, savvy wedding blogger and social media manager at Top10WeddingVendors.com, a leading go-to vendor guide for brides across North America. To connect with Theresa, follow her on Facebook.

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Lake Minnetonka Backyard Wedding – Megan and Mark

Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony and Reception: Private Residence

Ceremony and Reception Musicians: Adagio Djay Entertainment

Photography: Geneoh

Photo booth : Clix

Floral : Zinnia Design Floral

Cake : Sweet Mandy B’s

Rental Items : Ultimate Events

Makeup : Bri Standa

Hair : Ashley Richards

Catering : Common Roots Catering

Officiant : Pastor John Rogers

Transportation : Lorenz Bus Service Inc.

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Windows on Minnesota Wedding- Danny and Blair

Wedding Coordinator – Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony and Reception Location – Windows on MN

Transportation Renee’s Royal Valet

Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Musicians/Harp – Denise Boczek

Photography – Gina Zeidler

Videography – Princess Bride Videography

Floral: Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

Band – Synergy

Rental Items: Linen Effects

Lighting – AV for You

Hair and Makeup – Creative Beaute Agency

Rabbi – Rabbi Avi Oltizky

Cake: Buttercream

Stationery – A Milestone Paper

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Loews Minneapolis Wedding – Maggie and Troy

Kicking off Christmas week with a beautiful August wedding that I was lucky enough to help coordinate with Maggie and Troy. Maggie contacted me around 18 months before her wedding and I was amazed that when she hired me she already hired quite a few of her vendors.. she was very organized and during the planning process I realized why. Troy plays in the NHL and Maggie and Troy are constantly traveling for games and they were so smart to get so much done early…so that when they were home the few times during the year we could nail down all of the other pieces!!! A great group of vendors and a wonderful and trusting couple turned into a beautiful wedding at the classic Basilica of St. Mary and the newly renovated Loews Hotel!!

Merry Christmas Maggie and Troy! I hope that you have a good and relaxing first Christmas as a Mr. and Mrs!!

Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony Site Basilica of St. Mary

Reception Site: Loews Hotel

Transportation: Valley Limo and Coach

Photography: Graddy Photography

Videography: Sunset Blue Productions

DJ and Lighting: Instant Request

Photobooth The Photobooth Group

Hair and Makeup: Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios

Cake: Buttercream

Rental Items: Linen Effects

Floral: Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

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Basilica of St. Mary and Aria Wedding- Amanda and Jason

When I think of Jason and Amanda I think about our meetings where I was just about rolling on the floor laughing throughout the whole meeting!! Jason is hilarious and I loved to watch the interaction between he and Amanda. He was always very involved and passionate in his thoughts and opinions and luckily for him.. Amanda was on the same page as him! They wanted something fun and different and that is just what we did!! I had the challenge of making a formal wedding not feel like a stuffy wedding.. and it all started when they decide to serve burgers as their main entree.. The idea came to them when they saw numerous high end restaurants serving delicious burgers on their menus and they thought that would be a fun spin on traditional wedding food… and it was! This has to be one of my favorite meals at a wedding in a long time… Its pretty hard to beat a Juicy Damico Burger decorated with a cute burger pick and a side of nice wine!! Congratulations Jason and Amanda.. I miss our meetings and the big belly laughs that came with them!!

Wedding Coordinator Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony Site Basilica of St. Mary

Reception Site Aria

Transportation Renee’s Royal Valet

Photography Sewell Photography

Videography Sunset Blue Productions

Catering Damico Catering

Stationery: A Milestone Paper

Floral Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

DJ Generation Now

Rental Items Linen Effects

Hair and Makeup Juut – Gavidae

Chandliers Avant Décor

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Backyard Tent Wedding – Amanda and Patrick

Vendors:

Wedding Planner – Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony Venue – Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe of La Crosse

Catering – Radisson Hotel

Photography Olive Juice Studios

Videography Joe Pollock Films

Calligraphy: Rosann Konieczny

Transportation – Lamers

Cake – D and L Cakery and Desserts: Cocoa and Fig

Photobooth Slow Motion Booth

Vintage Rental Items A’la Crate Vintage Rentals

Rental Items – Apres Party Rental

Floral – Bittersweet Floral

Band – Casablanca Orchestra

Hair and Makeup – Emily J

Dress- L’Atelier Couture Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids Dresses – Bella Bridesmaids

Stationery: Paperista

This wedding was beyond words beautiful for a couple that have been together since high school and have so much love for everyone around them! When I first got the call about helping Amanda and Patrick my first thoughts were “I dont know if I can plan a wedding in La Crosse Wisconsin.. I know nothing about that area.” But because it was a referral from a very great vendor friend (Thanks Chrissy!) I thought I at least talk to Amanda and see if I thought I could be of service. Immediately I fell in love with Amanda and Patrick… Their attention to detail, their openness and their love for their friends and family all hooked me and I knew that I needed to be apart of this wedding!! Most of our planning was done via email and over the phone, but I enjoyed every one of my early morning trips to Wisconsin that turned all of our ideas in our head into reality and with every visit the plans became more and more real and soon enough we were creating this stunning backyard tent wedding.

This wedding was much more to me then a beautiful celebration.. It was a time to test myself. After planning 800 weddings, I feel like I have gotten pretty good at it.. but I sometimes miss the excitement of something new.. or a new way to challenge myself… and I got that by planning this beautiful and logistically complicated wedding while being 3 hours away.

I have been asked about this wedding numerous times by different vendors, my friends and family and the first thing that I tell them about this wedding is that it was all about Trust!! I thank Amanda and Patrick for trusting me not only with their wedding day. I thank all of the amazing vendors that we had on board for trusting me and coming together to create a rock solid team! With that I will be done rambling and let you enjoy these beautiful photos!!

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Semple Mansion Fall Wedding Preview!

Check out this beautiful wedding we had the pleasure of working on this past Saturday!! Merky and Matt were one of the sweetest couples and being apart of their beautiful Semple Mansion Fall Wedding was such a gift!! Photos by the incredible Janelle Elise Photography!!

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Lake Minnetonka Wedding – Marissa and Derek

WOW…. 3 months later and I am still in awe of Marissa and Derek’s wedding. Not only was the weather picture perfect.. but everything just really came together.
There was “cueing” the wedding processional from two different boats, there was sparklers in champagne and then there was a surprise fireworks show. All of these elements on their own could have created some planning issues.. but then add in the fact that the weather was outside.. In August… and we could have had some really crazy wedding elements.. and that could have created a disaster!!
But like all wonderfully planned weddings with great vendors.. This wedding went off without a hitch and I was honored to be apart of it!! Marissa and Derek live in San Francisco.. so we planned this wedding on a few “whirlwind planning trips” with the bride and groom and the tireless planning of the mother of the bride, Jean!! God Bless this amazing mother….. I can only imagine the amount of time she poured into this wedding and I know that based on these photos.. she has something to be very proud of!!

Marissa and Derek’s love was very infectious and I had so much fun coming to the lake everytime they were home.. to talk through ideas and logistics and to get to know them as a couple!!!! Congratulations you guys!! I hope that you are enjoying newlywed bliss… and I am sure you are already planning your next big adventure 🙂

Vendors:
Wedding Coordination- Lasting Impressions Weddings
Photography – Janelle Elise Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue- Private Home
Caterer-         Damico Catering
Cake – Nadias Cakes
Ceremony Musicians- Lake String Quartet
DJ – Instant Request
Floral- Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events
Hair and Makeup – Laura Jenkins
Hair and Makeup – Emily J
Rental Items – Tent, Tables and Chairs – Apres Party Rental
Chargers – Festivities
Linens – Linen Effects
Stationery – A Milestone Paper
Dress- Bridal Accents Couture
Photobooth- Traveling Photobooth
Transportation – Renees Royal Valet
Videography – Virtuoso Video
Fireworks – Pyrotchnic Display

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Aria Minneapolis Wedding- Jessica and Sam

Vick PhotographyThis wedding was just this past Saturday and Andrew Vick is amazing for sending these images the SUNDAY after the wedding!! Andrew, You are the best and it was a joy to get to work with you on this wedding!!!
Aria is one of our favorite venues and it is always exciting to see how beautiful everything turns out!!!

Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony and Reception Site – Aria
Officiant        Chips Paulson
Transportation – Renees Royal Valet
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Ceremony Musicians – Chastity Brown
Photography – Vick Photography
Floral – Sadies FloralSadie’s Couture Flowers and Events
Band – http://www.someshittycoverband.com
Rental Items – Apres Party
Photobooth – Bellagala PhotoMingle
Cake – Sweet Retreat
Stationery: Spark Letterpress
Catering – Deco Catering

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Lafayette Club Wedding and Woods Chapel Wedding – Kryssa and Tommy

Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Photography: Barclay Horner
Ceremony Site: Woods Chapel
Officiant: Perfect Day Ceremonies
Reception Site: Lafayette Club
Videography: Northern Lights Videography
Reception Band and Ceremony Music: Bluewater Kings
Boat Cruise: Bayview Event Center
Transportation: Renees Royal Valet
Floral: Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events
Rental Items: Linen Effects
Photobooth: Slow-motion Booth
Makeup: Makeup by Mindie
Coffee Bar: La Vita Espresso
Stationery: Paper Rock Scissors
Wedding Dress: Posh
Cake: Buttercream

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Edina Country Club Wedding – Abby and Mike

Wedding Coordinator –Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony  Site – Our Lady of Grace
Dress – L’atelier Couture
Reception Site – Edina Country Club
Transportation – Renees Royal Valet
Photography – Graddy Photography
Floral – Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events
DJ –Instant Request
Rental Items – Apres Party Rental
Invitations         – Paper Rock Scissors
Cake – Sweet Retreat

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Nicollet Island Pavilion Wedding – Margit and Marty

Planning a wedding from a distance is never an easy task.. but with Marty and Margit everything seemed so relaxed and easy.. they really trusted all of their vendors and it resulted in a beautifully planned and relaxing wedding day full of so much love and joy!! Marty and Margit live in Colorado and have a love of the outdoors… so while we wanted to plan a really formal wedding, we wanted to make sure and include a lot of details that incorporated their love of canoeing, skiing and their heritage!! Food is always a great place to personalize your event.. Marty grew up on the East Coast..so a Raw bar made perfect sense (in a canoe.. of course!!), Margit had a love if Izzy’s ice-cream ever since she was little.. so we incorporated that into our late night snacks and serving the Norwegian wedding cake, kransekake paid homage to Margit’s heritage!!

Margit and Marty.. I loved getting to work with you.. and I hope that you are getting excited for the snow to fly so you can start your first skiing season.. married 🙂

Vendors:
Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony Site: Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church
Reception Site: Nicollet Island Pavillion
Stationery: Paper Rock Scissors
Transportation: Renees Royal Valet
Photography: Laura Ivanova Photography
Videography: Virtuoso Video
Floral: Just Bloomed
Cake: Buttercream
Band: Synergy
Rental Items: Linen Effects
Photobooth: Slow Motion Booth
Makeup: Emily J

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Carlson Towers Wedding- Rachel and Ryan

Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony and Reception Site: Carlson Towers
Transportation: Renees Royal Valet
Officiant: Perfect Day Ceremonies
Photography: Graddy Photography
Videography: Virtuoso Video
Cake: Gateaux Inc
Floral: Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events
DJ and Lighting: Instant Request
Stationery: Paper Rock Scissors
Rental Items: Apres
Photobooth: Studio Veil
Hair and Makeup: Emily J

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Aria Minneapolis Wedding- Nicole and Will

Planning a wedding from out of state is never an easy task.. and I guess that is why I have a JOB!! But with the help of Colleen (the wonderful mother of the bride!!) We were able to assist Nicole and Will with planning their dream wedding all while living in Michigan and only getting to come home for one planning meeting! We spent many hours face timing Nicole to ask her opinion and trying to explain things over email and what came together was a memorable night for everyone!!!

Eleven Bridesmaids and Groomsmen combined with 300 guests, food stations and dueling pianos really put the logistics of the wedding to the test.. but with the help of all of our GREAT vendors Nicole and Will’s wedding was fun, unique and a great celebration with all of their friends and family!!! Congratulations Nicole and Will!!

Vendors:
Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Photography: Kelly Brown Weddings
Ceremony and Reception Site: Aria
Caterer: Damico Catering
Transportation: Renees Royal Valet
Ceremony Musicians and Reception DJ: Instant Request
Videography: Northern Lights
Rental Items: Linen Effects
Floral: RICHFIELD FLOWERS & EVENTS
Officiant: John Rogers
Dueling Pianos: Deuces Wild
Photobooth: Sherri Fleming
Makeup: Emily J
Hair: Twiggs Salon

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Lafayette Club Wedding – Jessica and Trey

Jessica and Trey were married on a beautiful day on Lake Minnetonka at the Lafayette Club. The club had special meaning to Jessica and Trey beause she was a member there and her parents live on the lake very close to the club. The weather on this May day could not have been a better way to kick of Memorial Day weekend and their wedding! Blue skies and sunshine filled the tent as Jessica and Trey had their very personal ceremony in front of their friends and family!

Personal elements were everywhere in this wedding.. We incorporated the bride and groom’s love of hunting into the favors with duck calls.. Photos of the couple adorned the unique placecard table and the night was full of heartfelt speeches! But the everlasting memory I will have about Jessica and Trey was there love for each other. We planned the whole wedding in about 9 months and throughout the planning process Jessica and Trey did not let the little things get to them… they just knew they wanted to be married and start their life together… and when you have a outlook like that…the wedding planning process is a lot of fun!!

Vendors:
Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony and Reception Site: Lafayette Club
Photography: Paul Vincent Photography
Videography: Sky Focus Films
DJ : Instant Request
Ceremony Musicians:Lake Minnetonka String Quartet
Transportation: Renees Royal Valet
Cocktail/Dinner Music: Ned Kantar
Floral: Sadies Floral
Rental Items: Apres Party and Tent
Cake: Sweet Retreat
Officiant: Pastor Gorden Peterson
Stationery: A Milestone Paper
Dress:L’atelier
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Lake Minnetonka Wedding Preview – Marissa and Derek!!

If you have been paying attention to our Instagram or Facebook pages you can see that we were really busy this past weekend with a beautiful Lake Minnetonka Wedding!! As a sneek peak the wonderful Janelle Elise Photography sent me some images to share!! It was a beautiful day celebrating this fantastic couple and family!!

A wedding takes a combination of vendors to make it successful.. a backyard tent wedding takes an ARMY of dedicated vendors to make it special… and this one was no exception. I saw Katiee (my Apres Sales Representative) Out at the tent location last week every single one of the 4 days that the tent was getting put up… that is dedication!!

More to come!!

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