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Barthel Barn Wedding

22 Aug

This love story begins with the couple meeting by chance.  After their first brief encounter, as luck would have it, they happened to meet by chance once again.  This time they became friends and grew inseparable.   Fast forward, and these two love birds celebrate their nuptials with a casual barn wedding.  The couple’s country wedding is a great combination of rustic and laid back.

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From the Photographer: Jordan and Abbey met one blistery winter day during finals week in their college library. Jordan was not attending school at the time, and simply went to the library to use the internet. Abbey, after deciding to study in the library instead of her apartment, dressed in her cutest sweater and boots and headed out the door for the library. When trudging into the library, Abbey could not help but notice a very attractive young man in a bright orange ski jacket. Abbey sat down right down next to this mystery man, even though she had no work to do on the computer. After fumbling around and pretending to do work, Jordan finally struck up a conversation with Abbey. Jordan had to leave, but it was left that they hoped to see each other again. Abbey turned to the student sitting on the opposite side of her and asked if Jordan was seeing anyone. With a puzzled look and an answer of “no,” Abbey smiled and left the library. Weeks later, Abbey was trying to find a church that suited her, and decided to go with a friend to a new church. Guess who she saw a few seats down? None other than the handsome man she saw a few weeks ago in the library!

Jordan and Abbey became inseparable as they got to know each other. Jordan asked for Abbey’s father’s blessing to date his daughter, and as the years passed, Jordan also asked for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Jordan got down on one knee on the edge of Lake Superior at sunrise and told Abbey he could not imagine his life without her. Abbey, before saying yes countless times, also could not imagine her life without the sweet and tender man she saw kneeling before her.

Photography: Belkis Cruz Photography | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Barthel Barn in Monticello, MN | Catering: Adrian’s Catering


DIY Plummer House Wedding by Tanja Lippert Photography

13 Mar

Since I first saw the inspiration board for this DIY Plummer House wedding, I knew it was going to be beyond beautiful and couldn’t wait to share this gorgeous, gorgeous wedding.  Luke and Pamela, the team behind Luke Goodman Cinematography, are both incredibly creative and passionate artists, who live in California.  Luke is originally from Rochester, Minnesota.  The couple fell in love with the historic Plummer House of the Arts wedding venue in Rochester and knew it was the perfect place for their wedding.  From the pretty color palette to the whimsical and rustic decor to the adorable beaming bride and groom to the darling dessert buffet, this DIY wedding radiates personality and charm.

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From the Bride: Luke and I are incredibly blessed to have had some of our closest friends and family be a part of our wedding celebration. From the beginning we both wanted our wedding to be intimate, yet fun… like a big family dinner party outdoors. A little rustic, a little whimsical… and with lots of DIY elements. Luke and I are wedding cinematographers in the San Francisco Bay Area Luke Goodman Cinematography, and having seen a lot of weddings we knew we wanted ours to uniquely reflect us, and have a cozy handmade feeling. We chose the Plummer House in Rochester, Minnesota (near Luke’s home where he grew up), a rustic Tudor style Mansion which has the most beautiful grounds and charming interior. It has such a fairy tale feeling. I should first say that to have an outdoor wedding in a Minnesota summer is a complete gamble! Most of the summer can be hot, muggy and overcast with frequent summer storms. Having never lived in Minnesota I was pretty optimistic that we would have sunshine (haha), though I was ready to move indoors in case it rained. TaDa! We woke up to bright blue skies and the most GORGEOUS day imaginable!

Luke and I both wanted to make as many things as we could ourselves, with the help of others. We love DIY projects and it truly was a group effort! I did all the flowers with the help of my Mom, sisters, and friends (the vintage blue jars are Luke’s Mom, Linda’s personal collection). I also painted and designed our invitations, signs, and programs, which included a Marauders Map of the grounds (we love Harry Potter!) The animal table markers and fantasy signs are a nod to our love of fantasy and my love of children’s books, made with the help of our cousin Donna. Luke brewed his own beers, and our Dads made the wine. Luke’s Aunt Jeanie baked all the pies and desserts, as well as made our flower girl Aurora’s dress! Our friends did our lighting and decorating not to mention hours of setting up.

And we could not have been happier and excited to have our friend Tanja Lippert photograph the day (as well as helped me do my hair!) and Andrew Hsu of Studio MSV captured our day on film (we obviously can’t wait to see it!). These two are incredible talented and creative people, and to have them there enjoy the day with us was an honor, and so much fun!

One element that we knew we had to have on our wedding day was music! Luke and I are both musical (we play the piano) and we were blessed to have Luke’s friend Megan play piano, and his sister Audrey and her boyfriend Carlo sing during our ceremony. For our reception we wanted lively gypsy jazz music, and found the Twin Cities Hot Club who were simply amazing! They even did an acoustic arrangement of “The Way You Are” by Ingrid Michaelson, for our first dance.

Sheila Walsh and three other family friends (thank you Connie, Barb & Diana!) did an amazing job of coordinating the entire day for us. Looking back there is no way we couldn’t have had a coordinator, and we are grateful to Sheila and the ladies! The list goes on, and we are so thankful for all the talent and help we received. It turned out beautifully, but the best part of our wedding was being surrounded by the people who love and support us most. No matter how our wedding turned out, it wouldn’t have mattered because we were so overflowing to the brim surrounded by love! Thank you to all our family and friends for being there, and celebrating with us!!

Wedding Photography: Tanja Lippert Photography | Wedding Cinematography: Studio MSV | Wedding Venue: The Plummer House in Rochester, Minnesota | Flowers: Bride and Bride’s Mom, Dahlias grown by Groom’s Mom | Wedding Gown: Alfred Angelo | Bride’s Shoes: Audrey Brooke | Bride’s Hairpiece and Bridal Sash: Handmade by the Bride | Hair: Tanja Lippert | Groom’s Suit: Kenneth Cole | Grooms Shoes: Rockport | Flower Girl’s Dress: Groom’s Aunt | Ring Bearer Nest: the Bride | Gypsy Jazz Band: Twin Cities Hot Club | Pianist: Groom’s friend Megan Eagen | Vocalists: Groom’s sister Audrey Goodman, Carlo Olmos | Catering: Nupa Mediterranean | Wedding Cake: Daube’s Bakery | Pies and desserts: The Groom’s Aunt | Homemade Beer and Wine: The Groom, and Bride and Groom’s Fathers | Wedding Invitations and Programs: Pamela Goodman Illustration (the Bride) | Envelopes: Paper Source | Table Number Animals, Escort Cards, Dessert Table Banner: Bride & Groom’s Cousin The Epicurean Crafter, Bride’s sister |  Place Card Scrolls: Bride and Bride’s Mom | Chalkboard Signs: Handmade by the Bride, Groom’s sister | Bride and Groom Chair Signs: Bride’s friend | Lighting: Bride and Groom’s friends | Officiant: Mark Litzow, family friend | Day of Coordinator: Sheila Walsh, family friend

Real Wedding Wednesday: DIY Vintage Inspired Plummer House Wedding

16 Jan

Vanessa and Tony’s vintage inspired wedding ceremony took place on the beautiful grounds of the historic Plummer House mansion.  These two lovebirds infused many DIY and personal touches into their wedding.  Along with help from their family, the couple undertook many projects from the branch wedding ceremony arbor decorated with a flower garland and letter banner to the childhood photo table numbers.  The bride graciously shared details about the many DIY projects and other elements to personalize their wedding.  See the details from the bride after the photos from their darling wedding.

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From the Bride:
Details and Inspiration: My husband proposed to me in November 2011.  We knew we wanted a vintage-inspired wedding from the start.  We also had to be budget concious.

Venues: The Plummer House was an easy decision as far as a ceremony venue.  We luckily were able to snag the last Saturday available in 2012, September 22nd.  We quickly found the perfect reception in the Kahler Hotel Elizabethan Ballroom.  Due to the limited capacity at both locations (100 at Plummer House, 150 at Kahler), we had a very intimate/small ceremony and reception which was perfect for us.

Ceremony: We decided on an outdoor ceremony in the lower gardens of the Plummer House. The ceremony itself was very cold… a mere 55 degrees! Despite the cold, everything was very beautiful.

Officiant: Our officiant was Rev. Angela Conley.  We wanted a spiritual ceremony, rather than a religious one.  Our officiant was wonderful, and the company we went through was very professional and helped us create the ceremony we wanted.

Love Locks Ceremony: During our ceremony, we wanted to do something different than the standard Unity Candle or sand.  I researched and discovered LoveLocks.  Essentially you say your vows and close a lock to “lock your love” forever.  This idea was well received, as one of my bridesmaids is now doing this at her own wedding in August.  We plan on hanging it up in our home as a constant reminder of our love.

DJ: I had a friend who used to DJ and he recommended Elegant Affairs DJ in Mankato, MN.  The owners met with us in their home and spent a good 1-2 hours on all of the details for our wedding.  They also encouraged us to use their extensive lighting equipment.  They were very professional and I knew I had made a good decision.  At our reception, we had Mike M as our MC and another DJ at the booth.  They were amazing and everyone told me that our DJ was the best!  Not only did they play great music, they incorporated good ideas for our grand entrance and were on top of the itinerary for the evening.  We also played a few games at the reception which were well received!

Photographer: We booked our photographer, Emily Boughey, right away.  She had done some photos of us in the past that we really really enjoyed so she was the obvious choice.  We were definitively not disappointed.  She did an amazing job and was able to get a lot of great photos in a limited amount of time as my husband and I did not see each other before the ceremony.  If there is one thing I would recommend to future brides, it’s to get a great photographer.  The wedding day itself goes by in a flash and it’s hard to remember everything!  It’s wonderful to look back at the day in pictures.

Dress: I highly recommend going to Mestads.  The staff there are wonderful and extremely helpful.  The dress I ended up buying was my first choice.

Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Continuing the vintage theme, we decided on vests instead of suits and I wanted them to all be different.  We found a shop on Etsy that allows you to give them sizes and they send you a vintage set of vests that are different but also go together.  They were perfect. The guys bought pants to match the vests as close as possible and they purchased the same undershirt at Kohl’s.  Their shoes/belt could be whatever went well with their outfit.

Bridesmaids Attire: I never had set colors so I told my bridesmaids they could pick soft pinks, peaches, and cream colored dresses.  I wanted them to be knee length or above, but other than that it didn’t matter what they chose.  I think they turned out great.  I know one dress was under $15 which was fine with me! I didn’t want my guys or gals to spend a fortune on something they were only going to wear once.  Their shoes were up to them as long as they went with the outfit.  I was very pleased with the outcome!

DIY projects: My dad helped me out with my wedding arch.  I wanted it to be made out of tree branches and flowers.  If you haven’t noticed by now, I love flowers and anything floral.  My dad made my arch for me and basically nailed everything together.  I painted the wooden letters and my husband glued them to the string.  We hung fake flower garlands from Hobby Lobby around the arch and nailed the stringed letters up.  I think it made for a great backdrop for the ceremony.

Another DIY project was my shoes.  I purchased $17 white shoes from Payless and bedazzled the heels with rhinestones from Hobby Lobby.  I also cut out lace and glued it onto the shoes.  I added flowers to the sides of the shoes and voila!  They turned out okay, but they were trashed by the end of the day.  I’m glad they were only about a $20 investment!

My husband decorated mason jars for candle holders.  We draped lace on them and tied a ribbon around them.  This was very time consuming but turned out to be pretty.

Our table numbers were an idea I saw online.  We took photos from our childhood at age 1, 2, 3, etc.. and made them our table numbers.  Our photos were side by side with a number like, “five” written on them.  My Grandma especially loved the idea.  She walked around to every table to look at the photos!

Along with table number photos, I also printed old family wedding photos, put them in vintage looking/assorted frames, and set them on the escort card table.

For our wedding favors, we had vintage candies in fabric baggies.  My Grandma made all 140 of the cloth baggies in vintage fabric.  They turned out great and were really inexpensive!

Reception: The Kahler Hotel Elizabethan Ballroom was better than expected!  The decorating crew there did an amazing job with everything.  I also rented the Lord Essex which is an old-timey pub connected to the ballroom.  That really made the reception pop.  They served drinks in the pub to give more room in the main ballroom.  It all worked wonderfully.

Photography: Emily Boughey Photography | Ceremony Venue: Plummer House | Reception Venue: Elizabethan Ballroom at The Kahler Grand Hotel | Floral Design: Flowerama | Catering: The Kahler Grand Hotel | Cake: Hy-Vee | DJ: Elegant Affairs DJ | Makeup: City Looks | Hair: City Looks | Flower Hair Clips: Hart Felt Art on Etsy | Transportation: R & S Transport | Bride’s Dress: Disney Bridal from Mestads | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: variety of stores including Mod Cloth | Groom’s and Groomsmens’ Vests: all different vintage vests from Bright Wall on Etsy | Groomsmens’ Shirts and Pants: Kohl’s | Save the Dates and Invitations: Nostalgic Imprints on Etsy

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