Basically, I have a huge lifestyle crush on these two. Jennifer & Brandon have my dream home, dream artwork, dream dog, dream travel stories, and even my dream group of friends. As we have become friends over the past year and a half, its obvious to me that our lives will keep intersecting. This New Years bash at the Walker Art Center's Sky Room would be one for the record books! Mount Olivet Lutheran Church altar was classic and quaint for their life-long promises. Before darkness set in, I led the wedding party in some playful banter along the Minnehaha Creek riverbanks. The energy was contagious and all had their sights set on the New Year countdown ahead. Atop the Walker, the city lights started to pop accented by a flashes of lights from both our Crazy Cam, dance floor, and the Minneapolis firework show in the distance. What a start to 2015!
I will always remember this day. Blake knew what a big deal this day was and as his photographer and friend, I could see it in his eyes. The hills these two have already climbed and the adventures they have experienced, to experience this wedding today was like reaching the summit and inhaling the sweet mountain air and letting out an emphatic cry! The sound of this joy could be heard from everyone in attendance. Jamie was breathtaking. From stylish touches only outdone by their lovely "tinker bell" daughter, Jamie's intentionality in relationships stood equally impressive. Blake held his bride's hand tight as laughs and tears flowed openly all day from Aria to St. Thomas Chapel and back to Aria for the party. Their epic grand entrance from the rafters is a visual all will remember before the first beats of dance rang out. I could have sworn even the chandeliers' cut glass clanged together in approval. And my heart was happy for these new life friends.
Contributing Vendors: In the Woods Floral and Events, Midwest entertainment (DJ), Rob Kopp (Videographer), Katie Romnes (Planner), VIP Photo Booth, Milestone Paper Company (Invitations), Deco Catering, The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas (Ceremony Venue), Aria (Reception Venue)
All is right in the world when a friend you love dearly finds someone who adores them unconditionally. Staci finally found that in Ryan, who played his way into her heart. As lead singer of a couple local bands, her drummer Ryan finally caught her eye and a friendship quickly turned into something more intentional, and eventually a proposal. This wedding had it all: great people, perfect weather, and a creative vision. We started the day at the natural backdrop of Richardson Nature Center, a special place these two like to walk and exercise. The light sparkled off the snow as their wedding party kept warm with loads of laughter. We made our way to the Upper Room where the two spoke their vows through tears, punctuated by applause and a jam session. Following their first kiss, Staci jumped into the band as Ryan backed her up on drums for the final set....goosebumps! Back at Green Acres Event Center, the barn was already a-rockin' while friends and family took turns sharing their musical talents. Staci's Young Life world took the dance floor by storm and led the charge all night. Its easy to be a fan of these two; together their rhythms are just right.
These two deserve the best life has to offer. They adore their families, close friends, and really good craft beer. This wedding weekend was fittingly jump started by festivities at a new brewery in Minneapolis. Rita Swanson of the talented team at Premier Planning had every detailed covered, getting Suzie seemlessly over to her home church at Normandale Lutheran Church for their ceremony. Giggles rang out and glances were exchanged at the altar when the two were pronounced husband and wife. Off we went to grab a quick snack of movie theater popcorn before chasing down an epic sunset. Lafayette Country Club was flawless from top to bottom as they brought to life Suzie's keen vision. We danced the night away and smiles could be seen from corner to corner. I am so excited for you!
Contributing Vendors: Premier Planning, Normandale Lutheran Church, The Lafayette Club (reception venue), Sunset Blue Videography, Zinnia Design Floral, Instant Request (DJ), Apres (Decor), Stillwater Trolley Company, Emily J Hair