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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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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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Monica and Brendan are not only one of the sweetest couples you could meet.. They also have a great love story!! Monica lives in Central MN (In the Willmar area!) Brendan is from Tennessee and was living in Vegas at the time he met Monica. They were both in California for a friends wedding, happened to meet, hit it off and start a long distance relationship…. Fast forward a few years and Monica was able to get Brendan to move to this frozen tundra we call Minnesota so that they could be together!! If that is not fate and good timing, I am not sure what is!!!
The minute you meet Monica you realize exactly why Brendan would move across the country.. She is so sweet, thoughtful and has the most adorable little girl ever!!!

It was an honor to be apart of their big day and the planning process.. and It was so much fun to get to go to a location that I have never been (I cant wait to go back to Green Lake!!) And help design a wedding that was exactly what they wanted!!!!
Lots of Love Monica and Brendan.. I hope you get to enjoy some sunshine and beaches soon!!!

Vendors:
Wedding Coordinator and Chair Covers: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony Site: Our Lady of the Lakes
Reception Site: O’ Neils On Green Lake
Cocktail Hour Musicians: Dave Hudson
Photography: Ash and James Photography
Videography: Storyteller Videography
Floral: Stacy’s Nursery
DJ , Photobooth and Lighting: Studio Veil
Rental Items:Apres Party
Dessert: Cocoa & Fig

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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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On June 27th I had the pleasure of helping Jim and Katie with their amazing wedding! We have been working together for over the last year planning their wedding at Katie’ Parents Home in Chisago City. The whole time Katie and Jim lived in Chicago. So it was fun to see them when they came into town and I had the pleasure of working with their families and really help create this amazing backyard wedding!

I see a lot of cool things… but their first dance tops the charts. Katie loves the water and loves skiing….. So when she told me that she and Jim would do a “secret” water ski dance for their first suprise dance I was sooooo excited!! It was a secret and it was so hard to keep!! I will post the whole video when I get it, but Katie emailed me this today before she left on her honeymoon! I cant wait to show more details… but look at my wonderful bride who is not afraid of a little water or sand on her (even before dinner… she is a trooper!)

Amazing Vendors
Photography : Kelly Brown Weddings
Flowers : Mollys Flowers
Catering : Divine Swine
Cake : Fresh Fields Bakery
Rentals : Midway Party Rental

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