Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Real Wedding:: Briana + Aaron, St Paul, MN

Briana is the sweetest. truly. She loved all of my ideas, and continually made me smile.
And than I met Aaron. And when they looked at each other, my heart melted. The photos are proof to their love for one another. There is nothing more truly satisfying for me when I see that~complete adoration. 
Their wedding day was beautiful with sun and some crazy wind! We rolled with the it, and everything turned out amazing. After the ceremony the guests took off in a riverboat for cocktail hour {so fabulous}, and returned for dinner at the pavilion.
Aaron is a beat boxer {HeatBox}, which I had never had the privilege of hearing. I feel in love with the art of it!
Enjoy this glimpse into one of the sweetest weddings~

Briana had a tight budget with floral, so we brought in pinwheels for her maids! LOVE.
Briana's mom made 1000 paper cranes for good luck.
We had to get creative in finding places for 1000 cranes, but our mission was a success!
It was a fun element! {and went along with our paper pinwheels!}
Briana, you are seriously gorg!
Completely obsessed with this photo!
Briana + Aaron, Thank you! SUCH A JOY! I love you guys, your families, and your friends! You are truly surrounded by people that love you, and support you. You day brings a smile to my heart. I can't wait until our paths cross again.

So much love,

Amazing Vendors:
Coordination: Elizabeth Anne Weddings
Photographer: Blake Matthew Photography
Venue: Harriet Island
Catering: Kanes Catering
Officiant: Hon. Thomas Armstrong
Band: Hookers and Blow
Photobooth: Uptown Photo Booth
Floral: My Three Flowers
Riverboat: Padelford Riverboats
Pies: Sarah Janes Bakery
Bartender: Complete Beverage Service

Thursday, November 24, 2011

a pinch of my heart on thanksgiving.

I think part of it  has to do with simply getting older, but seriously. My heart overflows with thankfulness.
Not just now. But every day.
Sometimes when the blues strike me, I have to make a conscious effort to stop... because we are so blessed.
...for health. for life. for food. for family. for laughter...
The list can go on, and differs from person to person. The point is - we ALL have things to lift our hands to and praise God for.
There are things personally in my life that my heart is overflowing about, and tears of gratitude well my eyes. I simply do not want to take life for granted.

My lovely clients. My beautiful friends. My supportive family.

THANK YOU. You mean more to me than you even realize.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Much love, Liz

Friday, November 11, 2011

Real Wedding:: Andy + Dianne, Chaska, MN

Dianne + Andy.... their love story is sweet, and perfect. It's full of chatter, laughter, and joy.. and it's contagious. When you're with these two, a sense of joy is ever present. Nothing can wipe the smile off of your face because as you look at them, there is such a presence of peace. They are perfect for one another-in all the most beautiful ways of perfection.
Their wedding brought me joy. There is no other way to describe it. Just PURE JOY. Dianne is a youth pastor at her church, and has been for eight years....and wow. I have such adoration for this woman. Being with middle school kids can be rewarding, but tiring too. I have ONE, and she wears me out!!  :) Dianne has such passion for it though, and it shows as she talks about the all nighters, camp retreats, and bible studies she is orchestrating. I have a secret desire to move to Excelsior, just so she can be my daughter's middle school Pastor. :)
Andy is a techy guy with some serious artistic talents! Andy and I worked pretty closely on many of the wedding elements, which was a first for me {guys + weddings usually doesn't mesh!}, and I loved it! He had such an awareness of what Dianne would love, and also some serious style! :)
One thing I love about these two is how well they respect one another. Each time I am with them I walk away inspired by their love.
Enjoy these photos of their special day!

Andy designed Dianne's engagement ring. It's one of a kind-I love this!
First looks always make my heart flutter with excitement.
Ashley Fox designed all the floral, and that woman is spectacular! I LOVE HER!
Father daughter first look=LOVE.
...and this right here is a perfect reason why I LOVE Dianne! She is hilarious! Yes, as doors opened this is what she did!
You may recognize this Pastor. He married Kim Kardashian! Yes, I mingle with the big wigs! HAH. but seriously, I have never cried through a ceremony like this one. He is AMAZING!
I think their expressions show how wrapped in this ceremony they were. 
Immediately following the ceremony, we put on a root beer pre-ception! It was a FUN time!
Dianne loved color blocking her floral, and I adore how it turned out!

Andy + Dianne, I'm so blessed to call you both sweet friends. You make me smile with joy. Your wedding and friendship is wrapped around my heart.

With love always,

Many - Many - Many thanks to all the vendors! They all did an incredible job!
Wedding Planning: Elizabeth Anne Weddings
Photography: Jamie Rau Photography
Florist: Ashley Fox
Ceremony: Excelsior Covenant Church
Reception: Hazeltine
Cake: Country Cake Cupboards
DJ: Nate from Instant Request
Hair: Smart and Chic
Makeup: Sarah Pagh {friend}
Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Jennifer
Linens: Linen Effects
Bridesmaid dresses: Nordstroms
Groomsmen wear: Jos. A. Banks
Groom wear: Hammermade

Thursday, November 3, 2011

KK & Scotty:: part 2, Nisswa MN {it's all in the details}

Part two of this wedding still blows me away. It is simply amazing.
Enjoy the eye candy!

Each guest received a handkerchief personalized for the wedding.
The binoculars had KK&Scotty's e-shoot in them for guests to view! SO FUN!
KK {who is super creative} made a chart of how they know each one of their guests!
The work that went into this was so impressive.
Their love for dogs was spilled into many details!
No traditional wedding food! Down home cooking is what KK wanted.
It was one of the best wedding dishes I have ever eaten.
Vinage dishes were trunked up from her mom's house.
They added to the already amazing elements of the wedding day!
We spotted the cotton candy machine during the planning process, and both just KNEW it had to be a part of the day! 
I'll leave you with this photo, and the beauty that it holds. There is nothing like a father's love.

KK & Scotty. I adore you. I eagerly await throwing you a baby shower. :) You even have my permission to wear your veil for the grand event!
Much love, e.

Wedding Coordination: Elizabeth Anne Weddings
Photographer: Whitney with Laura Ivanova Photography
Ceremony music: Jeff James
Bagpiper: Brian Solum
Rental: Apres & Party Time Rental
Cake: Schaefer's
DJ: Stage One