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Lafayette Club Wedding- Megan and Tommy

Megan and Tommy’s wedding is near and dear to my heart.. not only did I love getting to know Megan, Tommy and Pam (the amazing mother of the bride that was VERY Organized!!) But Megan’s parents are from my same hometown.. and considering that is a town of 4,000 people.. that does not happen everyday that you run into someone from that area!!!

Megan and Tommy were married on a beautiful August day at Lafayette Club in Minnetonka! They were one of the first ceremonies that was held in the clubs new ceremony location (so excited to be able to host outdoor ceremonies there!!) Tommy’s background in architecture made him a big part of the decor planning process and he personally designed the save the dates, invitations and the design that we used on the head table linen!! We wanted to create a clean/modern design in a very classic venue with bright summer colors!!! Megan and her mother worked side by side with me planning the rest of the details of the big day that was complete with a boat cruise for the wedding party right after the ceremony, lots of wonderful live musicians and LOTS of great food from Lafayette Club and Cocoa and Fig!!!

Congratulations Megan and Tommy… Here is to a lifetime of Happiness!!

Vendors:
Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony and Reception Site: Lafeyette Club
Boat Cruise: Al and Almas
Transportation: Renees Royal Valet
Photography: Geneoh Photography
Videography: Chuck Goldman
Floral: Just Bloomed
Cake: Cocoa and Fig
DJ: Instant Request
Cocktail Hour and Dinner Musicians: Ned Kantar Quartet
Rental Items: Apres Party and Tent
Photobooth: Traveling Photobooth
Hair and Makeup: Emily J

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Lake Minnetonka Wedding- Mary Beth and Fred

Well.. Hello!! You can tell that wedding season is winding down because now it is going to be blogging season!! Its the time of year that I finally get to sit back and really enjoy all of the beauty that was created this year and reflect on the photos!! Lets start with Mary Beth and Fred’s BEAUTIFUL Lake Minnetonka Wedding!!
There is an old phrase “It takes an army..” And that is exactly what an outdoor “tent” wedding takes.. an army!!!! If I could count the numerous emails/phone calls and conversations that are had about rain, sun, bugs, parking, mowing, plywood for the caterers, wind, layout, etc, etc. etc. It would probably make me fall over… but for some reason outdoor tent weddings are my favorite type of wedding and I keep coming back year after year to the challenge!!! The key to a great outdoor tent wedding is a good plan and GREAT vendors!! Make sure that you have vendors that are very experienced with the weather elements and are flexible!!

Mary Beth and Freds wedding was full of great vendors that helped pull everything together (Including an unexpected downpour right before dinner!!) and that made my job so much easier and enjoyable!! And what is not to love about this wedding? You are combining my favorite parts of planning the wedding…  a wonderful couple, personal touches and a meaningful location!!! Laura Ivanova captured the day beautifully as she always does from the time the girls got ready and toasted in a suite at the Westin through the beautiful sparkler send off at the end of the night!! This classic, elegant, backyard wedding captured Mary Beth and Fred’s style perfectly.. and I was so honored to be a part of it!!!!

Vendors: 
Wedding Coordinator  – Lasting Impressions Weddings
Photography – Laura Ivanova Photography
Ceremony Site – Our Lady of Lourdes
Reception Site – Private Residence
Wedding Dress- L’atelier Couture Bridal
Transportation – Schmitty and Sons Transportation
Ceremony Musicians – Lake Minnetonka String Quartet
Catering – Deco Catering
Bar Service – With a Twist
Floral – Sadies Floral
Band – Casablanca Orchestra
Cocktail Hour Musicians – Barra Irish Trio
Rental Items – Apres Party and Tent and Linen Effects
Hair and Makeup – Emily J Jett
Cake – Buttercream

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Calhoun Beach Club Wedding -Jenni and Russ

Jenni and Russ were married on a BEAUTIFUL July day at the Calhoun Beach Club in a day that incorporated lots of personal touches, family and lots and lots of love!!! Jenni and Russ were referred to me from a good friend of mine and as soon as I met them I knew that we were going to have a fun planning this big day together!!! Jenni and Russ love wine, love to travel and take photography’s.. so incorporating these item into the ceremony felt like a necessity!! Russ was surprised by Jenni with a Porsche themed wedding cake created by Gateaux to commemorate his large Porsche collection and his love of the vintage automobile!

It was such a pleasure to get to work with Jenni and Russ on their big day and I can’t wait to see where lifes adventure takes them!!

Vendors:
Wedding Coordination: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Calhoun Beach Club
Photography: Beau Peterson Photography
Dress: Posh Bridal
Flowers: Just Bloomed
Rental Items: Linen Effects
Cake and Favors: Gateaux
Ceremony Music: Bella Nota
Cocktail Hour Music:A Jazz Trio
Reception Music: Brian Kinney Band
Transportation: Renees Royal Valet
Stationery: A Milestone Paper

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Instagram Round Up

We were so blessed to have some incredible weddings this past weekend and here are just a few of our favorite details from the various days!!
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Aria at the Jeune Lune Wedding – Alyssa and Conor

Alyssa and Conor had a beautiful wedding on January 11th at Aria at the Jeune Lune! Thank you to LunahZon for sharing the beautiful photos!!

Vendors:
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Aria Minneapolis
Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Caterer: Crave Catering
Transportation: Eclipse Limo
Cake: Patisserie 46
DJ: Instant Request
Photography: LunahZon
Rental Items: Apres Rentals
Photobooth: VIP Photo Booth
Hair and Makeup: Creative Beauty Agency

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Britt and Cole – Saint Paul Hotel Wedding

Cole and Britt were married on a BEAUTIFUL July Day in St. Paul at the Historic Saint Paul Hotel. I had the pleasure of assisting Britt and Cole with their wedding planning while they were busy moving all of over the country for Cole’s job!! Britt always knew exactly what she wanted and it was a lot of fun to assist her in the details of the planning and making sure that everything was coming together perfectly!! They started off the wedding weekend with a welcome boat cruise on the Mississippi for all of the out of town guests, Friday continued the fun with the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner ending the weekend with their fantastic pink and white wedding! The St. Paul Hotel does a fantastic job hosting weddings (and the food is amazing!) And last year they added on this amazing getting ready room.. you can see the fantastic photos here below!!
Congratulations again Britt and Cole!! And Go Knicks!!!

Vendors:
Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony and Reception Site: St. Paul Hotel
Dress: Posh Bridal
Transportation: Renees Royal Valet
Photography: Brio Art
Floral: Ashley Fox Designs
Ceremony Musician: Leah Tousignant
DJ and Lighting:Instant Request
Rental Items: Linen Effects
Photobooth: The Traveling Photobooth
Hair: Friends of the Bride
Makeup: Blush Beauty Room

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Angel and Scott – Minnesota History Center Wedding

I had so much fun planning Angel and Scott’s Wedding “Take Two” last November! Angel came to me after her and Scott had already been married in a private ceremony, but they still wanted to have a big, fun wedding and that is just what they got!! We had a lot of fun playing off of their “Wedding Take Two” And I Do “Redo” on the invitations, programs, and signs that we placed around the reception! This wedding was a wonderful example of an intimate wedding and a great party! Angel was always so trusting with my decor ideas and I loved learning about her and Scott to really incorporate both of their personalities!!
I am so excited that they are expecting a baby this fall!! Lots of Love Angel and Scott!!
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Minnesota History Center
Wedding Coordination: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Dress: Posh Bridal
Ceremony Musicians: Paquita B. Ray
Flowers: Ali Mays Flowers
Cake: Country Cake Cupboard
DJ: Instant Request
Photography: Kb Too
Rental Items: Apres Party
Officiant: Tom Armstrong
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Minikahda Club Wedding- Bridget and Jim

Where do I start with Bridget and Jimmy? First off, I knew from the moment that I met them that they had an incredible bond, friendship and love…. and that is one of my favorite parts of my job.. to be able to continue to witness the love between my couples throughout some of the best days of their lives while planning their wedding!!

When they came to me they had thought they were going to wait until Spring of 2014 to get married, but soon after looking at venues they landed on October 26th, 2013 which meant that we needed to plan the wedding in 10 months. For some clients that would be difficult but when you are as organized and as good at making decisions as Bridget and Jimmy are… it is easy 🙂

They decided on Minikahda Club for their ceremony and reception and I feel like that choice was PERFECT for them. If I could sum up these two in a few words it would be Classic, Elegant and Timeless.. just like the Minikahda Club!

The team of vendors on this wedding were incredible and I owe all of these lovely images to Wing from Canary Grey! She has been friends with Bridget and Jim for a few years and that made her connection to the photos and the day of the wedding even more meaningful!! Congratulations to Bridget and Jim and may you have MANY more years of timeless love!!

Vendors:
Wedding Coordinator:Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony and Reception Site: The Minikahda Club
Ceremony Musicians: Lake String Quartet
Photography: Canary Grey
Videography: One Fine Day
Officiant: Tomkin Coleman
Dress: latelier couture bridal
Cake: Queen of Cakes
DJ: Instant Request
Floral: Just Bloomed
Favors : Rustica Bakery
Linens: Linen Effects
Statonery: Mae Mae Paperie
Makeup: Jett Bar
Transportation: Silver Rolls Royce

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Lisa and Chuck- Lake Minnetonka Wedding

I am so excited to finally be able to share this wedding! It was featured on Style Me Pretty Last week and because of that I wanted to wait to blog about it!! I had the joy of working with Lisa and Chuck for not only their wedding, but also for Lisa’s Brother’s wedding a year ago.

As a native Minnesotan, Lisa always dreamed of getting married on the lake. We wanted to create a comfortable and elegant atmosphere that not only included nautical elements, but also paid homage to Chuck’s southern roots.

The festivities began one month before the wedding when Lisa and Chuck “Buried the Bourbon” a very southern tradition that is said to bring good weather on the wedding day. They had the lovely and Talented Melissa Oholendt there to capture this as well!!!

For this event, we truly let nature be our guide. Utilizing the flowers that already adorned Lisa’s parents backyard, we accented them with fresh ferns, green hydrangeas and mums pairing perfectly with the preppy style of the blue blazered groomsmen and the fresh green stripes of the bridesmaid dresses. We wanted to give guests a taste of the nautical twist early on in the wedding process, so we created a rope motif that we carried from the invites, through to the table number holders, the menu cards and into the getaway boat’s “just married” sign. Each table was aptly named after different bays on Lake Minnetonka.

Guests were directed to their seats by a compass that was hand tied to their escort card. Continuing with the sweet southern tradition, a dainty piece of wedding cake and a slice of pecan pie was served to each guest. Bourbon cocktails melded the northern setting with the southern touches and a local baker made the brides’ favorite “Hometown Truffles” to send guests off into the sunset with wishes of sweet dreams to tuck them in.

Vendors:
Wedding Coordination:
Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony and Reception Site: Private Residence
Caterer: 
Damico Catering
Photography: Melissa Oholendt Photography
Cake:Buttercream
Pies: Country Cake Cupboard
String Quartet: Lake String Quartet
Band: Belladiva
Rental Items and Tent: Apres Party and Tent Rental
Rental Items: 
Linen Effects
Flowers: Weber’s Westdale
Wedding Painter: Nicole Herzog
Transportation: MN Coaches
Stationery: Letter Perfect

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Ally and Joe – Nicollet Island Pavillion Wedding

When I think of Ally and Joe I think of LOVE.. The kind of love that you know will last a lifetime and many miles. When I first met Ally she was attending Harvard for her Masters Degree all while trying to plan a wedding back home in Minnesota. Joe and Ally had spent lots of time apart while Joe was in Graduate school in Chicago and now when Ally had moved out East for school. Everytime they were together you could just tell they loved to spend time together! Thank god for Ally’s wonderful Mother Mary Kay who not only attended all of our meetings together but was a huge part of our planning team for over a year! Ally is so smart (obviously HARVARD Smart) and she was very detailed in what she wanted her wedding to look like! Joe lived in Minnesota and was a big part of our planning process as well! Every time that Ally came home we headed out to tackle her wedding meetings and they never seemed like work.. I really loved hanging out with Ally and Mary Kay and I felt like I was part of the family!!

Joe is Mexican and it was very important to incorporate his culture into the wedding. The whole design started with the invitations that Ally found online… a beautiful laser cut design that mimicked the design on traditional Mexican Papel Picado’s. This was a look that we brought into numerous pieces of the stationary as well as custom Papel Picado’s that were designed with Ally and Joe’s names and wedding date.  Bright colors filled Nicollet Island Pavillion and centerpieces varied from Mexican lanterns with candles, large purple and orange floral arrangements and Mexican cans filled with succulents. We incorporated Mexican hand painted tiles on vases at the reception and as table numbers. A Marachi Band set the tone of the cocktail hour while guests drank signature drinks, snacked on “tacones” and took in the sites of the beautiful Nicollet Island Pavillion

Ally and Joe had their favorite Chicago band come to Minneapolis for the reception and they were amazing!!! The night ended with a breakfast burrito bar!! Thank you to Ally and Joe (and Mary Kay) for involving me in such a fun year of planning!! Here is to many more adventures to you both!!

Also, make sure you check out their wedding video

Vendors:
Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Reception Site: Nicollet Island Pavillion
Ceremony Site: Basillica of St. Mary
Photography: Generation Photography
Videography: Virtuoso Video
Hair: Courtney Martins
Band: Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press
Floral: Sadies Floral
Transportation: Renees Royal Valet
Chargers: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Rental Items: Apres Party and Tent Rental
Rental Items: BBJ Linens
Cocktail Hour Music: Marachi Mi Tierra
Stationery:  A Milestone Paper
Makeup: Meghan Patrick

To see this wedding featured on The Knot.Com click here

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Anna and Mike- Lafeyette Club Wedding

When designing Anna and Mike’s wedding I was lucky enough to have a bride that was a talented graphic designer and a groom who is a talented pianist!! The day was full of fun surprises! The first being Anna surprising Mike with an AMAZING Piano grooms cake! Mike in turn surprised Anna by playing a few songs for her during the cocktail hour!

The personal touches at Anna and Mike’s wedding were everywhere! They left two chairs open across the table from the bride and groom for guests to stop by and visit them (a Norweigan Tradition), The wedding cake was not only chevron to match our stationery and table clothes, but the “petals” on the cake were an exact replica of the petals on Anna’s dress!

For the decor we went against tradition and mixed silver and gold…. This is one of my favorite new trends… mixing mettalics is a great way to really bring out the shimmer in your wedding. The stationery was designed by the bride and we incorporated a chevron pattern throughout the stationary and the head table linens. On the Petite Fours from Gateaux we had music notes added for Mike’s love of music and we had Anna’s sorority quatrefoil added to the other desserts. Feathers accented the classic reception decor with the place card table and centerpieces. Congatulations Mike and Anna! This wedding was so much fun to design with you!!

Vendors:
Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony Venue: Basilica of St. Mary
Reception Venue: Lafeyette Club
Flowers: Sadies Floral
Dress: Bridal Accents Couture
Stationery: Bride
Cake: Gateaux
DJ and Lighting:Instant Request
Photography: Candence and Eli
Rental Items: Apres Party
Hair and Makeup: Blowdry Bar
Transportation: Renees Royal Valet

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Wedding Food Bars

The number one question I get from my clients is “How do I personalize my wedding and make it unique and different”. My answer to this is always… Be true to who you are and lets incorporate some “personal” touches. There are a few ways that your personality can come into your wedding and the first one is in the food. In the last few years I have seen couples start to become really daring with food. There are no rules about what you have to do at your wedding, what you have to serve, what you can and can’t do. If you don’t want a wedding cake.. Don’t! If you want to incorporate comfort foods.. lets do it!
Exciting Appetizers, Food Stations, Signature Cocktails, Late nights snacks, out of town bags, favors.. these are all spots that you can use food and drink to really personalize your wedding!!

Sometimes I forget that I live and breathe weddings and that just because I have seen the idea used a few different times does not mean that everyone has seen it done!

The options for “Food Bars” are ENDLESS!! Instead of addressing all of the types of food bars you can do I have decided to break this blog post into a few different segments to address “Food Station” ideas in a following blog because that in itself is a full topic!
I have seen “Food bars” mainly as the Late Night Snack/Favor/Dessert at weddings. And that is a good way to really give guests a memorable experience while not blowing your budget.. incorporate this beautiful and fun idea as a combination such as a popcorn bar for a favor and late night snack for your wedding.. some people will package their popcorn up and bring it home and some people will be snacking on it late into the night!!

So here are some of my favorite ideas over the years and some newer ideas! For more ideas and for photo credits of all of the pictures below please visit our Pinterest Page: http://www.pinterest.com/strotter/wedding-food-bars/

I think that the food tables all started with the original Candy Bar Tables…
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Dessert Bars
You can numerous options such as assorted dessert tables (Such as these amazing ones by Local Dessert maker Cocoa and Fig) or you can concentrate on one idea such as just Chocolate Tables!
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Popcorn Bars
From Rustic to Fancy.. Popcorn can and has been done so many fun ways!
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Smores Bars-
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French Fry and Burger Bar

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Bruchetta Bar:
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Bagel Bar
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Popsicle Bar
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Potato Bar:
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Biscuit Bar:
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Milk and Cereal Bar:
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Olive Oil and Nut Bars:
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Yogurt Bar:
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Pie Bars:
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Ice Cream Bars (and Ice Cream Trucks)
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Chili Bars:
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Trail Mix Bars
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And then there are the ENDLESS Beverage Bar Ideas:
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Emily and Josh- Minnesota Boat Club Wedding

Working with Emily and Josh on their Minnesota Boat Club wedding last June was on a perfect summer day surrounded by water and family! The small wedding of 150 guests was perfect for Raspberry Island! Everytime I am at the Boat club I feel like we are in a personal backyard with our own big house for the reception! When I was developing the theme with Emily we wanted something bright, full of fun elements and playful!! Molly Hiller from Mollys Flower Studio knocked it out of the park with BIG BRIGHT PEONIES that really lit up the space! The stationery tied well into our chevron and bright floral theme and the photography by Melissa Oholendt captured everything perfectly!

Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony and Reception Site: MN Boat Club
Photography: Melissa Oholendt Photography
Chair Covers: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Flowers: Molly’s Flower Studio
Invitations: A Milestone Paper
Hair and Makeup: Juut- Uptown
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