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Hailey and Matt

Bailey and Matt

As wedding season is kicking off here in Minnesota, I can’t help but share more of our beautiful weddings from last summer. Including this bright, beautiful and fun August wedding at Aria!

Lauren and Evan planned their wedding remotely while living in Chicago. And thanks to Lauren’s wonderful organizational skills and her mom Julie’s assistance here in Minnesota we were able to have a lot of fun with the planning.

They choose Aria to host their ceremony and reception because they had a lot of out of town guests and wanted to make it as easy as possible for their guests to get around town and enjoy the celebration.

Evan proposed to Lauren with one of her favorite treats, Ice Cream.. So when they told me this I not only thought we needed to have Ice cream for the dessert at the wedding.. but we should also incorporate it into cocktail hour (because everyone loves Ice Cream).

Vendors

Ceremony and Reception – Aria

Wedding Coordinator –  Lasting Impressions Weddings

Caterer – Damico Catering

Photography – Janelle Elise Photography

Videography – LADD Films

Band – Bluewater Kings

Ceremony Musicians – Lake String Quartet

Transportation – Renees Royal Valet

Floral: Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

Rental Items – Apres

Stationery – Paper Rock Scissors

Makeup – Andrea Holton

Hair – Sara Grimaldi

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This wedding… Wow!!! Thats all I can say!!! I was so honored when Bailey and Matt hired us to help plan their June wedding. Not only did I feel an immmediate connection with Bailey , but I also loved how she trusted the vendors that she hired!!

At the first meeting, Bailey and Matt had a handful of inspiration photos of what they were looking for in terms of decor. Those inspiration photos then turned into sketches and ideas put on paper by Sadies Floral and PHOS Events.

Luckily for all of us, the sketch turned into a beautiful reality and on a Sunday afternoon in June Aria was transformed into a space filled with hanging chandeliers, hanging flowers, a hanging chuppa and lots and lots of beautiful white flowers and candles!!

There are few events that truly take my breath away after planning 800 weddings.. and this was one that did, not only because it was beautiful, but also because Bailey and Matt trusted the vision and never quesitoned all of the crazy sketches and mockups we made 🙂

Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator – Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony and Reception Site – Aria

Caterer Create Catering

Transportation – Renees Royal Valet

Ceremony DJ – Instant Request

Photography – Russell Heeter

Floral – Sadie’s Couture Flowers

Band – Bruce Henry Band

Rental Items – Apres

Cake – Cocoa and Fig

Makeup – Emily J

Ceiling Installation and Uplights – PHOS

Dress – M. Elizabeth Bridal

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Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers

Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers
Aria Wedding in Minneapolis, MN with hanging chandeliers and flowers

I had the honor of helping Melissa and David plan their June wedding at Aria in Minneapolis and let me tell you.. I just loved working with this fun family!! It all started last year when I had the honor of planning Melissa’s sister Jenni’s wedding at Nicollet Island Pavillion. Two sisters getting married 8 months apart…. now that’s a busy year for all of the friends and family involved!!

When Melissa hired us she already had the venue and a handful of vendors.. so our services were geared toward helping her and David design the wedding they had envisioned in Aria. Melissa ended up picking a very soft mauve bridesmaids dress color and we geared most of the floral and stationery to this fresh, summery color palette. It helped to soften up the very industrial and dark wedding venue to make it feel like a secret garden in the middle of the city. The hanging greenery and lights structure by PHOS and Sadie’s Floral was the piece that I thought gave the most impact to the room. It not only helped to lighten up the space, but also gave a beautiful and magical feel to the space!

Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator –  Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony and Reception Site – Aria

Caterer-  Damico Catering

Photography – Lauren Kirkbride

Videography- Ali Rogers

Floral –  Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

Stationery – Paper Rock Scissors

DJ –   Instant Request

Photobooth – Selfie & Co

Rental Items – Apres Party Rental

Cake –Nothing Bundt Cakes

Hanging Lights/Installation- PHOS

 

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Caitlin and Micheal’s beautiful April wedding day was held at two of my favorite locations… The Basilica of St. Mary and Aria in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Both are classic wedding venues and gave this wedding a beautiful and intimate feel. Caitlin knew exactly what she wanted for the design of the wedding. The chandeliers and dripping orchids made a big statement in Aria. The wedding guests danced the night away with one of my favorite bands.. Blue Water Kings. As you can see from the photos, the weather really cooperated on this sunny wedding day and Cadence and Eli were able to capture some beautiful shots!

Congratulations Caitlin and Micheal! It was a joy to get to know you!

Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator –  Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony Site- Basilica of St. Mary

Reception Venue – Aria

Photography and Photobooth – Cadence and Eli

Floral – Sadies Floral

Band – Blue Water Kings Band

Rental Items (Chandeliers) – PHOS

Desserts – Cocoa and Fig

Catering – Crave Catering

Hair – Heather Lucking

Rental Items: Linen Effects

Hair and Makeup-Emily J

 

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Aria Minneapolis Wedding

Sue and Tommy.. What a fun couple!! Looking back on these photos makes me yearn for sunshine and a good, fun party like Sue and Tommy had last August at Aria!

This was the first wedding in a long time for both Sue and Tommy’s families and they really wanted to throw one elegant, fun and unique wedding for all of their guests… and they succeeded! The ceremony took place at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis; Adorable flower girls processed down the aisle before Sue (who looked STUNNING in her L’atelier Bridal Gown) met Tommy at the end of the aisle. The traditional and formal wedding ceremony ended with a large group photos on the steps of the Basilica; A tradition at the church. Following the ceremony guests were greeted at Aria with signature cocktails, delicious appetizers and a fun Friday night evening!

The reception decor was a true reflection of Sue and Tommy. We wanted to combine a lot of classic and timeless elements with a clean and modern wedding design. With a floorplan set for 350 guests and a big band, we moved around tables numerous times to get the configuration “just right”. I am a big fan of chandeliers and I believe we can never have too many… and Sue agreed with me! This was the most chandeliers I had hung at Aria and It created a beautiful glow throughout the evening. Following an AMAZING dance party the guests said goodbye to the newlywed’s with a sparkler send off!!

Thank you to all of the vendors that assisted with this wonderful wedding!

Vendors:

Ceremony Site – Basilica of St. Mary

Reception Venue – Aria

Wedding Coordinator –  Lasting Impressions Weddings

Caterer and Dessert – Damico Catering

Photography – Cadence and Eli 

Videography  – Landon Oldenburger

Band – Elan Artists

Valet – Tradition Valet

Transportation – Renees Royal Valet

Hair and Makeup- Head to Toe Salon

Day of Stationery – Printerette Press

 

Rental Items – Apres Party

Floral Munster Rose

Dress – L’atelier Bridal

Photobooth- Selfe and Co.



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Let me first start off by saying that it has taken me an hour to try and narrow down photos for this blog post! Not only because Joe and Jen Photography make it really hard to pick favorites, but also because a LARGE Two Day Western and Hindu Fusion Wedding had a lot of wonderful moments and memories to sort through!

For Sarah and Brian’s fusion wedding we explored TONS of options… Should we have all of the events in one day? Should we have all of the events at the same venue? Should we split it up over a Saturday and Sunday or would it be best to utlize a Friday and Saturday? After hours and hours debating, planning and stategizing the timeline and flow of both days we landed on an East meets West style; We had a traditional western church ceremony on Saturday followed by a reception for guests that had flown across the country to celebrate with Sarah and Brian. On Sunday morning we headed up to  the Hindu Temple of Minnesota for the Hindu ceremony followed by a lunch and then a bright, fun and festive reception at Aria.

We wanted to utlize as many of the same vendors as possible on both days, however we wanted to give each day its own unique look and feel. For Saturday’s festivies Sarah wore a traditional (and beautiful) white gown and our decor was all very neutral, classic and understated. Sunday was the complete opposite with Sarah in a traditional Indian regalia surrounded by Bright, Bold, Colors that really kicked off the start of summer!!

As I am sure you can tell from the photos… Sarah and Brian’s smiles are infectious and both of these doctors have the deemener of a saint! Planning one wedding can easily push a couple over the edge, but trying to plan two  large and very different weddings at the same time takes a tremendous amount of patience and stamina.

Sarah and Brian- You are the best! If you ever decide to plan another non-stop wedding weekend… I will be there right with you!!!!

Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator –  Lasting Impressions Weddings

Temple –Hindu Temple of Minnesota

Ceremony  Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral – Minneapolis

Stationery – Paper Rock Scissors

Welcome Dinner – Loring Social

Photography – Joe and Jen Photography

Transportation – Minnesota Coaches

Floral – – Sadies Floral

Rental Items – Apres Party

Reception Site – Loring Social

Hair and Makeup: Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios

Cake- Cafe Latte

DJ – Instant Request

Dress: L’atelier Bridal

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