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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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Kicking off Christmas week with a beautiful August wedding that I was lucky enough to help coordinate with Maggie and Troy. Maggie contacted me around 18 months before her wedding and I was amazed that when she hired me she already hired quite a few of her vendors.. she was very organized and during the planning process I realized why. Troy plays in the NHL and Maggie and Troy are constantly traveling for games and they were so smart to get so much done early…so that when they were home the few times during the year we could nail down all of the other pieces!!! A great group of vendors and a wonderful and trusting couple turned into a beautiful wedding at the classic Basilica of St. Mary and the newly renovated Loews Hotel!!

Merry Christmas Maggie and Troy! I hope that you have a good and relaxing first Christmas as a Mr. and Mrs!!

Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony Site Basilica of St. Mary

Reception Site: Loews Hotel

Transportation: Valley Limo and Coach

Photography: Graddy Photography

Videography: Sunset Blue Productions

DJ and Lighting: Instant Request

Photobooth The Photobooth Group

Hair and Makeup: Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios

Cake: Buttercream

Rental Items: Linen Effects

Floral: Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

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When I think of Jason and Amanda I think about our meetings where I was just about rolling on the floor laughing throughout the whole meeting!! Jason is hilarious and I loved to watch the interaction between he and Amanda. He was always very involved and passionate in his thoughts and opinions and luckily for him.. Amanda was on the same page as him! They wanted something fun and different and that is just what we did!! I had the challenge of making a formal wedding not feel like a stuffy wedding.. and it all started when they decide to serve burgers as their main entree.. The idea came to them when they saw numerous high end restaurants serving delicious burgers on their menus and they thought that would be a fun spin on traditional wedding food… and it was! This has to be one of my favorite meals at a wedding in a long time… Its pretty hard to beat a Juicy Damico Burger decorated with a cute burger pick and a side of nice wine!! Congratulations Jason and Amanda.. I miss our meetings and the big belly laughs that came with them!!

Wedding Coordinator Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony Site Basilica of St. Mary

Reception Site Aria

Transportation Renee’s Royal Valet

Photography Sewell Photography

Videography Sunset Blue Productions

Catering Damico Catering

Stationery: A Milestone Paper

Floral Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

DJ Generation Now

Rental Items Linen Effects

Hair and Makeup Juut – Gavidae

Chandliers Avant Décor

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Vick PhotographyThis wedding was just this past Saturday and Andrew Vick is amazing for sending these images the SUNDAY after the wedding!! Andrew, You are the best and it was a joy to get to work with you on this wedding!!!
Aria is one of our favorite venues and it is always exciting to see how beautiful everything turns out!!!

Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony and Reception Site – Aria
Officiant        Chips Paulson
Transportation – Renees Royal Valet
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Ceremony Musicians – Chastity Brown
Photography – Vick Photography
Floral – Sadies FloralSadie’s Couture Flowers and Events
Band – http://www.someshittycoverband.com
Rental Items – Apres Party
Photobooth – Bellagala PhotoMingle
Cake – Sweet Retreat
Stationery: Spark Letterpress
Catering – Deco Catering

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Planning a wedding from a distance is never an easy task.. but with Marty and Margit everything seemed so relaxed and easy.. they really trusted all of their vendors and it resulted in a beautifully planned and relaxing wedding day full of so much love and joy!! Marty and Margit live in Colorado and have a love of the outdoors… so while we wanted to plan a really formal wedding, we wanted to make sure and include a lot of details that incorporated their love of canoeing, skiing and their heritage!! Food is always a great place to personalize your event.. Marty grew up on the East Coast..so a Raw bar made perfect sense (in a canoe.. of course!!), Margit had a love if Izzy’s ice-cream ever since she was little.. so we incorporated that into our late night snacks and serving the Norwegian wedding cake, kransekake paid homage to Margit’s heritage!!

Margit and Marty.. I loved getting to work with you.. and I hope that you are getting excited for the snow to fly so you can start your first skiing season.. married 🙂

Vendors:
Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony Site: Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church
Reception Site: Nicollet Island Pavillion
Stationery: Paper Rock Scissors
Transportation: Renees Royal Valet
Photography: Laura Ivanova Photography
Videography: Virtuoso Video
Floral: Just Bloomed
Cake: Buttercream
Band: Synergy
Rental Items: Linen Effects
Photobooth: Slow Motion Booth
Makeup: Emily J

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