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2017 seems to be the year of the winter wedding for us at Lasting Impressions!! With everyone around me now saying “Are you ready for busy season” I keep thinking… When was it slow season!  We loved all of our winter weddings this year and thank god, the weather cooperated with us with very little snow and travel problems!!  Katie and Joe were married on January 14th and I have been so excited to post this wedding!! Not only did I love working with Katie and Joe (and Katie’s fabulous mom Patty!!) But It is the first wedding we have coordinated at the much anticipated Machine Shop in Minneapolis!!

The Machine Shop came along at the perfect time for Katie and Joe! They were engaged in April  knew they did not want a long engagement, so we were looking at a late fall/early Winter Wedding and we also needed to find a venue that would  hold 400-500 guests!! Thankfully the Machine Shop was just entering its final stages of construction and we were able to take a “hard hat” tour of the space. Hard hat tours are not always the easiest for clients to “envision” the finished look of the space, but Katie and Joe loved what they were seeing and loved that it was something different and they had not already been to numerous events at the space!!

Now when it came to designing the space, It really was a fun challenge for me to work on the logistics with the wonderful Machine Shop Staff, Apres Party Rental, Rudy’s Rentals, Arts and Flowers and of course the stylish bride and her mother!! The goal of the design was to warm up the industrial space with lots of candles, chandler’s, wood farm tables and classic white and green floral.

The vendors on this wedding did a fantastic job and I am so thankful for each and every one of them!!! If all winter weddings could be this fun.. I would not even mind the long Minnesota Winters!!

Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator – Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony Site – Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

Reception Site – Machine Shop

Caterer – Damico Catering

Photography – Graddy Photography

Videography – Vibrant Film

Band – R Factor

Cocktail Hour Music – Sandy Atlas Trio

Transportation – Renees Royal Valet

Floral – Arts and Flowers

Rental Items – Rudys Rentals

Rental Items – Apres Party

Photobooth – Traveling Photobooth

Hair – Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios

Makeup – Tina Beaupre

Stationery – Paper Rock Scissors

Dress- L’Atelier Couture

Valet – Tradition Valet

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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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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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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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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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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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