When I originally received the email from Lauren and Jonathan asking if I would be interested in helping with their Lake Minnetonka Island Wedding the only thing I could think of was.. YES.. OF COURSE!!! If you know me, you know that I love the water… and we have a boat on Lake Minnetonka and I spend every minute that I am not at a wedding.. either in the water or on the water!!
Lauren and Jonathan lived in California and were planning this celebration remotely, which is an undertaking even when you are not creating a venue on an island. They were organized and throughout the whole planning had the best perspective on everything!! The wide range of challenges you can run into while planning a backyard wedding are long. Everything from bugs, Heat, Rain, Transportation, Bathrooms, etc, etc. But even with the wide range of challenges.. backyard weddings are always my favorite types of events; Because there is nothing more special than getting married in a place that means so much to you!
The Lake Minnetonka island has been in Lauren’s family for generations and it was her special sanctuary that always seems to lead her back to Minnesota summer after summer. Lauren is a teacher and spent most of her breaks in Minnesota… at the lake.. planning the wedding!! We had numerous conversations about how to get guests out to the lake, Plan A, B and C for the weather, where vendors were going to park, how catering was going to load in and out… and after 18 months of planning.. It was their wedding day!!!!
The wedding day was exactly how I pictured it; One Hundred of Lauren and Jonathan’s best friends and family celebrating love , life and the lake that meant so much to them!!! Thank you to all of the vendors that helped make this day possible…. There were hundreds of logistics emails, reminders and follow-ups and we were lucky to have such an amazing group working on this!!! And Like Always.. Joe and Jen Photography captured the day so perfectly!!!!
Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Photography – Joe and Jen Photography
Ceremony and Reception Site-Private Residence
Floral – Bachmans
Rental Items – Lake Minnetonka Party Rentals
Caterer- Fork & Flair
Boat Transportation for Guests – Lady of the Lake
Bus Transportation- Northfield Lines
Bartender – With a Twist