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I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas and a great end of the year! I know that I have had a fantastic year and I thought a good way to end the year on the blog would be with one of our first 2013 weddings.. Krystal and Mitch!! I had the pleasure of working with Krystal and Mitch for a year and a half as they planned their wedding from Arizona. Not only did I love working with them but I became really close their family as well! Krystal and Mitch came to town about 3 times before their wedding and we had big “planning days” and on each of these days I had the pleasure of seeing Krystals Parents along with one of my favorite puppies… Mitzy at all of our meetings! Krystal and Mitch’s wedding was a perfect mix of raw emotion and lots of LOVE! Mitch is a professional golfer from Canada and so it only seemed fitting to bring in some Candian flare with our maple leaf cookie cutters and Minnesota Cookies cutters on tied to the placecards! We incorporated a lot of natural green elements into the decor that was perfect for Spring! Happy New Year Krystal and Mitch.. I am always thinking of you (especially when it is -30 in Minnesota!!)

To check out their great video go to Sky Focus Film’s Website

Vendors:
Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony and Reception Site: The Depot
Officiant: Tom Stoebig
Ceremony Musicians: Bella Nota
Stationary: Stephanie Cosgrove
Photography: JM Photography
Videography: Sky Focus Films
Florist: Mollys Flower Studio
Cupcakes:Cocoa and Fig
Band: Brian Kinney Band
Rehearsal Dinner: Paradise Charter Cruises
Rental Items: Apres Party and Tent
Photobooth: The Traveling Photobooth
Hair and Makeup: MN Bridal Artistry

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Whitney and Tyler make me so thankful for referrals! Megan and Ben were one of my couples from 2009… WOW, that is a long time ago… and since then, they have referred SO many clients to me!! I was joking with them that I should be buying them something REALLY nice for a gift because not only are they a great referral point, but I get to see them at a lot of weddings per year.. and that makes me so excited!!

I knew from the moment that Whitney contacted me and told me that I had coordinated her friends wedding that she was so sweet and that I WANTED THIS WEDDING!! When I meet a couple that I have to work with I get really emotional and I have to find a way to make it work!! Luckily for me Whitney and Tyler did hire me for their planner and I got to spend the next 16 months working along side Whitney and her mother Ellen and Tyler and his mother Judy! It was very much a team wedding planning effort and I could not have been happier to be apart of the planning and the big wedding day!!!!

This “fusion” wedding incorporated Jewish traditions as well as elements of a traditional Lutheran Wedding! We transformed the entire Depot for their ceremony and reception using the Great Hall for the ceremony and transforming the “rink” area for the cocktail hour and dinner! I describe the color scheme as a joyful fall theme! We mixed classic colors in the linens and chairs with some pops of vibrant fall colors in the flowers! The room reveal is always my favorite part of a night and it was so much fun getting to sneak in Whitney, Tyler and the mother’s to show them how this canvas was transformed!

Thank you for trusting me with your big day- I will always treasure working with you!!

Vendors:
Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony and Reception Site: The Depot Minneapolis
Photography: Kelly Brown
Ceremony Musicians: Lake Strings Quartet
Stationery: Letter Perfect
Videography: United Video
Floral: Just Bloomed
Band: Synergy
Rental Items: Linen Effects
Cake: Buttercream
Lighting: Instant Request
Bridal Hair:  Leah Lubbe
Makeup: Sherry Fredkove
Bridemaids Hair: Emily J
Offficant: Pastor Kurt P. Kalland
Vocalist: Justin Staebell
Transportation: Renees Royal Valet

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This time of year we are winding down with coordinating weddings and ramping up on planning weddings!! Its the time of year where I love to see new ideas come together and my favorite part of my job is getting inside the couples head and really trying to personalize their wedding for them. I always say “I don’t want to be just another “pretty” Wedding.. I want this to be reflective of the client, their personalities and their vision!! Take Lauren and Eric for example, they are both wheat traders, Erik grew up on a farm and he gave Lauren a cow as a gift for the engagement.. so as you can see this “theme” fit their personalities perfectly!!
It was so much fun getting to plan Lauren and Erik’s wedding and seeing their vision come to life!!! This makes me so excited for the next few weeks of Lots and Lots of Decor meetings!

Vendors:
Wedding Coordination :Lasting Impressions Weddings
Reception Site: The Depot
Ceremony Site: St. Stephen’s – Edina
Photography: Graddy Photography
Transportation: Minnesota Coaches
Band: The Sevilles
Rental Items and Lighting: Apres Party and Tent Rental
Chair Covers: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Florist: Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events
Hair Stylist: Martha Roussopolus
Cake: Gail Geist
Photobooth:Little Black Booth
Makeup: Nan Fletcher
Popcorn: Tom’s Popcorn Shop

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One of my favorite parts of my job is working with the families of my couples. I feel like it is such an honor to be asked to be a part of one of the most important days of someones life. The only thing better than “becoming part of the couples families” is getting to work with the family AGAIN!! I had the pleasure of working with Jaclyn’s family for the 2nd time this past April. A few years ago I was involved in her lovely sister Melinda’s wedding, so when I got the call from Rita, Jaclyn’s mother, letting me know their would be another Hallstrom wedding I was elated. Rita is a very organized and very loving mother and it was such a pleasure to get to help her and her daughters with both of their weddings! The Depot provided a beautiful backdrop to this amazing spring wedding!

Vendors::
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Depot
Wedding Coordination:: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Chair Covers:: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Photography: Studio Blue Photography
Videography: Nate Larson
Harpist:: Laurie Leigh
Flowers: La Petite Fleur
DJ:: Flow DJ
Cake:: Taste of Scandanvia
Rental Items and Pipe and Drape: Apres Party
Stationary:: A Milestone Paper

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Courtney and Dan were married on July 17th on a beautiful sunny day! Luckily for us, the rain did not start until early in the evening and Laurie Schneider was able to capture some fabulous photographs! Courtney and her mom left no detail untouched. From the crystals on the menu cards to the corresponding colors of the napkins, chargers, chair covers it all looked amazing. One of my favorite aspects of this wedding were the flowers and over the top centerpieces. Courtney worked with the talented Carra from La Petite Fleur to create these whimsical designs. I personally LOVED the centerpiece with the branches going horizontal. I know that Carra was setting up her designs all day at the venue and it was well worth it!

Vendors::
Ceremony Venue: Hennepin Avenue United Methodist
Reception Venue:: The Depot
Wedding Coordination: Lasting Impressions
Cake:: Country Cake Cupboard
Napkins:: Studio 6
Chair Covers:: Lasting Impressions
Linens & Chargers:: Decki Decor
DJ:: Sound Decision Entertainment
Transportation:: Valley Limo
Florist::La Petite Fleur
Photobooth:: The Traveling Photobooth
Photography :: Laurie Schneider Photography
Videography:: Busy Bee Video
Hair and Makeup:: Smart & Chic Bride

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