I am sure its no surprise when you look at Leigh’s infectious smile that I loved working with her and Matt to plan their Summer Wedding at Minikahda Club in Minneapolis. The couple was sweet, bubbly and so thoughtful throughout the whole planning process.
While I have worked many weddings at Minikahda Club in the past, this was the first time I had a ceremony on the lawn and we could not have asked for a better day!! With the beautiful backdrop of Lake Calhoun in the background Leigh and Matt said their vows and then guests proceeded to the rooftop deck for Cocktail Hour. The amazing dinner was topped off by Cake From Farina Bakery and the guests then danced the night away!
‘This Isn’t Going To Happen’: Reality Sets In For Minnesota Couples Hoping To Get Married Amid COVID-19
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s the time of year when summer wedding season should be in full swing, but the COVID-19 pandemic has sent Minnesota couples scrambling to make new plans. WCCO takes a look at what changing restrictions for celebrations will mean in the months ahead.
Makaela Egan remembers the optimism she felt just a few months ago. After two years of planning for 200 people to celebrate their big day at Aria in Minneapolis.
“At first I was like there’s no way this is going into June it’s going to be fine,” Egan said. “We are bummed we can’t have the day we’ve been dreaming about for two years — or, at least, I have. He just thinks we’re already married.”
As time went by, her fiancee and NFL player J.C. Hassenauer had to help his bride-to-be face reality.
“End of May we’re like, we have to tell everyone this isn’t going to happen,” Egan said.
Instead, they’ll have an intimate ceremony somewhere else this month and the big party next summer.
“I really think it’s important for people to save their date and have it be special for them and not put off getting married for a whole year,” Sarah Trotter, wedding planner with Lasting Impressions, said.
Sarah Trotter plans 50 weddings a year. COVID-19 has postponed 30 of them. “We’re just trying to stay on top of all the different ordinances,” she said.
Now, church ceremonies can be at 50% capacity in Minnesota. But receptions at indoor venues can only be at 25%.
“I think it’s definitely given people more of a positive outlook on what the summer is going to look like and what they can plan for,” Trotter said.
Trotter is still hopeful the rescheduled weddings for fall and winter will go on as planned. But as for Egan and Hassenauer, they’ll be ready to party a year from now.
“We want to be married. That’s the most important thing. Why wait another year when we can still have the day celebrate each other and move forward with it,” Egan said.
Trotter expects the pandemic will have a long-lasting effect on the wedding industry as a whole, as people plan for smaller weddings and re-evaluate their priorities.
Calhoun Beach Club has always been one of my favorite wedding venues in Minneapolis and when Amelia and Brian called to see if I was available for their wedding date I was so excited to get back there. The year before their wedding the wedding venue had temporarily closed due to changes in the building owners, leasing, etc. But now the venue is back and better than ever with fresh coats of paint and still the classic wedding feeling!
Amelia and Brian would come into town for a long weekend and we would book all of our meetings around those return trips to make the wedding planning process stress free and easy even while living out of state! The first thing I noticed about Amelia and Brian was there genuine love and respect for each other. They would always consult the other one before a decision and mutually agreed on the majority of the wedding decisions. It made planning the wedding fun and so special to witness.
The wedding day did not turn out like how we envisioned… The Cold and rain weather took over the August wedding date and we had to pivot our plans numerous times throughout the day. Luckily Amelia and Brian always kept their optimism and were able to embrace the “backup” plans for the day!!!!
I instantly fell in love with Amelia’s color pallete for the day. Dusty blues, lots of greenery and a wedding cake design that I loved!!!
Allie and Erik were married last fall at Diamond Lake Luthern Church with the reception following at the Minneapolis Event Center. It was our first time working at the beautiful downtown venue and it was fun to get to plan the decor for the space with Allie and Erik. The wood beams and exposed ceilings allowed us to add some beautiful greenery to the chandelier’s and make the space feel more intimate. Kindred Blooms added beautiful blooms to brighten up the space.
And every great wedding has a dog right??? Well, Dakota was certainly the center of Allie and Erik’s wedding day and their lives!! I could not miss out on the chance to personalize this beautiful wedding with images and reminders of their precious pup!!! We had Paper Rock Scissors sketch Dakota to add his image to their wedding invitations, day of stationery and cocktail napkins!!
As I go through photos of Riley and Shane’s Lafayette Club Summer Wedding it makes me have a deep craving to get back to weddings and the lake!! It also makes me realize how much gathering is how our culture has been taught to celebrate. Riley and Shane invited well over 350 guests to their wedding and they both had large wedding parties!! My philosophy has always been the more the merrier and I am sure that when we are able to return to celebrating weddings when COVID passes I will appreciate the large gatherings even more!
Riley and Shane were amazing to work with and I was also so happy to work with a great group of vendors on this wedding!! The photos do not show the July Heat that this bride and groom and wedding party stood in all day.. they were real troopers!! Blush, Champange and Greenery complimented the Lafayette Club Ballroom.. a classic combination.
Hanging Greenery and White floral at the Machine Shop in Minneapolis… A classic combination you can never go wrong with!! Brittany and Tom were married last November and from the minute I met them I knew that they were my type of couple. Brittany brought a PowerPoint print off of her design ideas and had perfectly honed in on the vision she wanted for the wedding day!! Both Brittany and Tom’s Type A personalities paired with their classic style made planning their wedding a fantastic experience.
The focal point of the Machine Shop is the Truss that runs down the middle of the space; you often see this truss decorated with Hanging Greenery, lights and flowers. Its a statement that really can be customized for any vision. For Brittany and Tom’s wedding they choose to bring in Grey linens that matched their Letterpress Invitations. White Floral and bright greenery made a pop in all of the centerpieces and My favorite element was the heart shaped Minnesota Cookies that was set in the middle of the charger plate as the favor!