A Magical Minnesota Wedding
Tell us your love story!
Leah and I met working at two different locations of the same specialty coffee shop. I’d been eyeing her for a while when, one fateful November day, we were both scheduled to work the coffee cart at an event. I spent the majority of the day making fun of her much-better-than-mine latte art and our rapid exchange of banter made time move quickly. I remember giving her a ride home afterwards, wishing we didn’t have to say goodbye so soon.
What about the proposal?
There wasn’t one! We kind of just decided at the same time we should get married.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
Um...this is a difficult question because there wasn’t one defining moment. We clicked from the beginning, were (and are) great travel companions, and Leah completely changed my view on animals from disgust to extreme love. When did we not know?
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
Our idea changed a lot. The one constant was we wanted it to be true to us without being a caricature of our tastes. There was no coffee even though that is a huge part of our relationship and how we met, yet we wrote the entire ceremony script and we walked down our aisles (we each had one) to some acoustic Beyonce.
What surprised you during planning?
I probably didn’t need to start planning as soon as I did. Things changed quite a few times in 9 months, making it necessary to go through steps more than once. On the other hand, I didn’t have any problems reserving vendors.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
Leah didn’t know how to find what she wanted to wear. We are now too familiar with the term “self-backed waistcoat” as it is surprisingly difficult to locate a vest that doesn’t have a shiny, different fabric on the back. Or at least it was (they appear to be seasonal?..it’s still not clear).
Any advice for couples planning weddings now?
Planners/coordinators are so helpful! We couldn’t afford one, but were so lucky to have one gifted to us halfway through wedding planning. It’s easy to look at all the little things to do and remember on the day-of as tasks to hand off to family, but it is pretty much a full-time job. Having someone dedicated to making sure everything runs smoothly, everyone knows where to go, and what to do when someone breaks a wine glass on the dance floor was incredible.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
For me it is a tie between crying through the entire ceremony and relaxing during the speeches at the reception. My brother was next to me with a tissue and I finally gave up giving it back then asking for it again and trying to turn away. I was just so happy I couldn’t stop crying. Later at the reception, a moment of sheer calm and bliss overtook me as I looked around a room full of people celebrating OUR LOVE. And I just sat with that for a minute. For Leah it was the short time we had just the two of us between the ceremony and the reception. We had rented a bus to shuttle guests, but we drove separately. The drive was 30 minutes of excited shrieks - freaking out together that we were now married.
- Photography By Ashley Washburn Photography
- Ceremony Venue By Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
- Reception Venue By 514 Studios
- Dress By BHLDN
- Vest By Articles of Style
- Hair By Shine
- Makeup By Blush Beauty Room
- Florals By Foxglove Market
- Rings By J.Lingnau
- Catering By Birchwood Cafe
- Dessert By Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream
- Décor By Ultimate Events
- Reception Furniture By On Solid Ground
- Coordination By MAVEN