Monday, October 31, 2011

Real Wedding:: KK & Scotty / Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, MN {part one}

When I think back to KK & Scotty's wedding, a huge smile deepens my face, and I instantly deeply miss that girl. {KK, we must get coffee soon!}
KK is a ball of fun, mixed with a huge heart, and creative to the core.
The first time I met her she told me she wanted a wedding that reflected the movie Big Fish. I was instantly excited as this was out of the box, and just plain FUN. She wanted elements that were not the norm, a bit circus in nature, mixed with a backyard feeling that never strayed from elegance.
The results were mind blowing, and seriously-Martha-this wedding could be featured on the front of your next magazine. 
I do not exaggerate
So, you know, hook a girl up! :)
KK and I worked very closely in the details of this wedding, as it was full service. It was a joy to help create this day for her, and see the delight reflected in her eyes as she watched the day unfold. One of my favorite moments is when she grabbed me at the end of the day, and told me this day was beyond what she even created in her mind. Nothing fills a planners heart than that. When we hear that, all the hard work and sweat melt away, and we are on a permanent high. So, KK-thank you. Thank you for being so amazing, so sweet, so welcoming into your family, and becoming a friend. I love you!
Because there are so many amazing details to this wedding, today I will feature the first part of the day. 

Believe me, your mind will be blown.

KK has a deep love for dogs.
Dani of Studio Fleurette is simply one of the best florists I know. hands down.
KK, it was a hot & slightly muggy day but look at how radiant you are. Love, Love!
I LOVED all their paper goods!!
A boat ride at the end of the ceremony? well, of course!

The vendors that put in the work to making this day run so smoothly are amazing. These three I want to make note of today, with more in the next post!
Maggie with Grand View Lodge went above & beyond. Every request we threw at her she handled with ease and love. I was super impressed with the work ethic and love that the Grand View put into the day.
Dani with Studio Fleurette blew me away. Our florist ended up quitting 10 days before the wedding, and I called Dani in a pinch. She not only jumped on with all of her heart, but she handled it all with grace. The flowers were so beautiful and perfected the vision. Brides, call her. There will simply be no regret!
Whitney with Laura Ivanova Photography was fun and professional to work with. The day was hot, and there were many details and elements to capture. She handled it all without a blink, and is a lot of fun to work with too. 

Details to come later in the week!

Happy Monday sweet friends!
xo, E.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Real Wedding:: Brett + Amy, Minneapolis MN

When I met Amy on a cold winter day early this year, I instantly loved her.
I mean, seriously? What's not too love? She's fun, energetic, super organized, great style, and has a deep love for Brett.
So, when she hired me, I literally leapt for joy. 
yes, seriously.
What can I say? I just knew from that first day that her wedding would be fantastic.
...and it did not disappoint.
Amy picked the best of the best vendors, and it was literally such a joy to work alongside them during the planning and execution of this beyond beautiful wedding.

Seriously, Amy. You are beyond beautiful!

Tara with A Day in Provence did a drop dead gorgeous job on the floral. I was speechless.
Amy, you glowed all day. It makes me smile.

Oh Amy + Brett. You two are just perfect for one another. I love your love story, I love your spunk.
...and I love your wedding.

Thank you for choosing me. It was such an honor and such a joy.

MUCH love!

The {beyond} amazing vendors:
Wedding Planning: Elizabeth Anne Weddings
Ceremony Site: Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Reception Site: The Semple Mansion
Photography: Laura Ivanova
Florist: A Day in Provence
Catering: Russell's Catering
DJ: Bellagala
Cocktail & dinner music: treVeld
Photobooth: The Traveling Photobooth
Transportation: Valley Limo
Dress: Posh Bridal
Hair + Makeup: Smart & Chic

Monday, October 24, 2011

the island of happy days.

Heavens to betsy.... what a fabulous weekend!
Robby and I knew we needed to get away to celebrate our anniversary, and the end of the 2011 wedding season. We found ourselves at Stouts Island Lodge thanks to one of my amazing wedding planner perks.
I can't shout the praises of this place enough. Where we are in our lives, and for what we needed- it was beyond perfection. There are no disturbances with TV, phones, Internet-nothing but water surrounding you with tons of water activities, wilderness to explore, and fires to make.
It's a place to un-plug and focus on one another with no interruptions!
It was beyond perfection.
I also went to scout out this venue, and am very much anticipating going back for a wedding. It truly is a beautiful place to get married in.

Surrounded by nothing but water, the only way to get to the island is by boat. LOVE THIS.
this says it best.
fire making in our lodge room. we did this nightly and loved it!
amazing place to pray, journal, and reflect.
after a hike we sat in these chairs for a long time breathing in the beauty!
we fished, canoed, and went hydro-biking. i beyond LOVE those hydro-bikes!
okaaayyyy. i did whip out my phone once or twice! hehehe. :)

brides! check out this resort, than hire me. :) we will have a blast on this little island in Wisconsin! :D

xo and many October hugs,