Archive | April, 2013

DIY Rustic Chic Wedding by Carissa Christine Photography

29 Apr

When I received the stunning photos from this wedding, my heart skipped a beat.  I am absolutely smitten with all the DIY details, rustic chic theme and beautiful outdoor location of this Fall wedding at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake.  Hope you enjoy all the gorgeous pictures by Carissa Christine Photography and lovely DIY details as much as I do!minnesota horse and country club wedding prior lakeoutdoor fall wedding

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From the Bride: The best weekend for Chad and I is spending camping, hiking or canoeing together.  We started to fall in love over 6 1/2 years ago on our first camping trip up north.  We have both enjoyed the outdoors from when we were little so when it came to planning our wedding we wanted our family and friends to feel the same love for the outdoors as we do.  The Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake, was a perfect fit for us.  The outdoor ceremony looking over the lake made Chad and I feel right at home. We wanted our venue to have the charm of being in northern Minnesota without having to travel up north.  The log cabins and tree covered area was what set the tone for the theme of our handmade rustic chic wedding!!  I love all things “DIY” so when it came to planning the wedding Chad helped with the big stuff and let me go to town on the decor.  With the help of family, friends and hours of browsing the Internet, we were able to make almost everything from our own back yard.  I spent every day planning and crafting for 11 months to come up with our rustic chic theme and loved every minute of it.  It was our wedding and it fit us to a “T” we couldn’t have had a better day!!

Photography: Carissa Christine Photography | Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue: Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club | Wedding Dress: Wedding Shoppe | Cake Designer: Buttercream Wedding Cakes

Somerby Wedding by Riggott Studios

23 Apr

This military couple planned their wedding from many states away and had a long distance relationship during the process.  Although this poised a challenge, the bride’s family played a vital role in planning the wedding in the bride’s hometown of Rochester, MN.  Keep scrolling to see the gorgeous documentary style photos by Riggott Studios and more details about how the couple personalized their elegant wedding.

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From the Bride: With my groom, our families, and wedding party scattered across the globe and away from me, I knew planning our wedding in less than seven months was going to be a logistical challenge, to say the least. At the time, I lived in Washington, DC and Justin was based in San Diego, travelling often for military training. Since neither of us had  long-term connections to the places we lived, we decided to marry in my hometown of Rochester, where my parents were eager to help with wedding plans. Justin and I only got to see each other a few times before the big day, so most of our wedding decisions and even our premarital  counseling occurred over phone calls, e-mails, and Skype. We left many  of our “on the ground” decisions to my mom, who did a fantastic job choosing our Rochester vendors. 

On our wedding day, the thermometer read 100 degrees and rising.  As I got ready and imagined Justin climbing into his woolen Marine Corps dress blues, I thanked God we chose air-conditioned venues. Our ceremony was held at Rochester  Covenant Church, where I had attended youth group activities. Our officiant helped us design a wedding ceremony that reflected our devotion to one another, our gratefulness for God’s unending grace, and our desire to have our marriage be a ministry to others. We were blessed to have friends, wedding party members, and my family lead us in worship on guitars, piano, jimbe, violins, and vocals.

Since our guests didn’t all know each of us well, we tried to inject as much of “us” into our reception as possible. Guests sat at tables named and decorated with photos of places we had lived or travelled together. The flower arrangements had kiwis in them as a nod to my father’s nickname for me. We entered the reception to the Star Wars “Throne Room” music from our favorite movie series. In accordance with Marine Corps tradition, we cut our wedding cake with Justin’s officer sword. Instead  of a traditional wedding favor, we made a donation to a Christian organization that provides spiritual and emotional support to military couples affected by the scars of war. I love to dance, so my dad, Justin and I took ballroom dance lessons to make the first dance and Daddy-Daughter dance memorable and fun.

There were many aspects of our wedding I loved, but the toasts were especially meaningful.  Listening to my father’s toast, I remember scanning the room and being amazed and overwhelmed with gratitude for the love emanating from the faces of our dear friends and family. We will forever remember our  wedding with thankfulness—having been blessed to celebrate with so many wonderful people.

Photographer: Riggott Studios | Ceremony Venue: Rochester Covenant Church | Reception Venue and Catering: Somerby Golf Club | Beauty: Lasata Salon | Bridesmaid Attire: David’s Bridal | Tuxedos: Anderson’s Formal Wear | Dance Lessons: Dahl Dance Center | Catering: Somerby Golf Club | Dessert: Hy-Vee Barlows | Floral: Everyday Bouquets | Music: JPS Entertainment | Rehearsal Dinner: Victoria’s Ristorante and Wine Bar

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