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Minnesota Summer Tent Wedding | Brenna and Justin

My favorite weddings are Tent Weddings!

I am not sure if it is the challenge of creating a venue from the ground up or the idea of having a blank design canvas. But I LOVE the challenge and the uniqueness tents offer! Judging by the number of emails and calls I get inquiring about tent wedding… I don’t think I am alone in my love for these intimate and personal weddings.

However,  most of us do not have properties to accommodate these big gatherings. Brenna and Justin did not have that problem!! The first time I drove out to Brenna’s parents home in Orono my heart did a happy dance when I saw the large amounts of FLAT grassy land I knew that it was made for a wedding!

The moment I met with Brenna’s lovely mom I knew that I had found a wedding that would inspire me and challenge me at the same time. We dove right into the planning and when Brenna and Justin would come home from New York we would have marathon planning sessions that were always fun and so productive! The first design element we incorporated into the wedding was a sketch of Brenna’s childhood home where the wedding was taking place. This became an intricate part of our wedding design placing it on the save the dates, menu cards and other day of stationery. In addition, the colors of the wedding were inspired by the house as well. We wanted everything to look like it flowed together effortlessly.

The week of the wedding the forecast was terrible. At one point it showed 90% chance of rain the day of the wedding and naturally we started to implement the backup plans we had planned. However, as the Minnesota weather likes to do… The forecast drastically shifted over the next 24 hours. Not only did it not rain a drop, but the temperatures rose to over 90 degrees. Thankfully we had an amazing group of vendors that worked through the sweat and the sun to make this day flawless!

Brenna and Justin. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of your big day and for inviting me into your home to share such special memories!!

Cheers!

Vendors

Ceremony and Reception Site – Private Residence

Wedding Coordinator –  Lasting Impressions Weddings

Caterer- Damico Catering

Photography- Geneoh Photography

Videography –Sky Focus Films

Room Block and Brunch-  The Landing

Band –  Blue Water Kings

Valet-  Tradition Valet

Transportation –  http://totallimo.com

Floral: Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

Rental Items-  Apres, PHOS and Girl Friday

Photobooth – Traveling Photobooth

Hair and Makeup: Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios

Stationery – Paper Rock Scissors

 

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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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