My absolute favorite wedding days are spent with couples like Kristen and Eric. Head over heels in love since they met at Welcome Week at the U of M 10 years ago (almost to the day!)…. insanely fun to be around, and wildly excited to CELEBRATE and party the night away! Even better is when a couple decides to make their wedding day their OWN, adding little touches of personality along the way.
Their perfect day took place at the beautiful Dayblock Event Center in downtown Minneapolis and had the most amazing details — from the insanely delicious food truck catering by Gastrotruck, to the surprise ice cream cake and ice cream bar from Izzy’s Ice Cream… not to mention the EPIC surprise first dance choreographed to a Backstreet Boys song. Top that off with stunning florals, mismatched bridesmaids gowns, and the most AMAAAAAZING rooftop views of the Minneapolis skyline at sunset, and you have a recipe for a modern fairytale romance, set in the big city.
The girls started the day in hair and makeup at Kristen and Eric’s apartment in downtown, then headed over to the Depot Hotel (a whole 2 blocks away) to formally begin the festivities! The excited, nervous tears began when Kristen got into her gown, nerves were calmed as the bride and friends broke out in their favorite ballad — Celine Dion’s “All Coming Back to Me Now”. After a special reveal with her dad, Kristen made her way over to Eric for their emotional first look moment (Eric’e favorite part of the day!). We hit up the party bus for some additional photos and found our way over to the Stone Arch Bridge… only to find out that there was a race taking place (and of course, Eric and Kristen had a THE best finish time of the race!).
Their ceremony was very special (Kristen’s favorite part of the day!) and was officiated by Kristen’s uncle (and her father’s twin brother!!). Anytime that you have 5 flower girls and an adorable ring bearer coming down the aisle, it is guaranteed to be an amazing moment! After they sealed the deal with a kiss, Kristen and Eric made their way up the aisle through a shower of rose petals and then headed to their cocktail hour, featuring the most photographic signature drink ever (Aperol Spritz with a cute garnish).
They kicked off the reception with their epic first dance and then indulged in the most amazing wedding food ever (because mac n cheese made in front of you AND topped with potato chips needs to be an every day thing….). They cut their cake and guests indulged in a tasty ice cream bar from their favorite place — Izzy’s! The dance floor was crazy all night and we ended our coverage with an encore performance of “All Coming Back to Me Now”, complete with a handsome groom stealing his favorite girl away from the crowd for a quite night portrait in the street. Best party ever!!!
Kristen and Eric, it was an honor and a privilege to be a part of your special day. Congratulations, lovebirds!
The Wedding Day Team
Photographer: Laura Robinson Photography
Videography: Jasper Duberry
Wedding Prep Location: The Depot Renaissance Hotel - Minneapolis, MN
Venue: Day Block Event Center - Minneapolis, MN
Wedding Coordinator: Meredith at Bride Support
Bridal Gown: Essense of Australia from Raffine Bridal
Hair + Makeup: Abby Sundquist / New Reflections Salon
Bridesmaid Dresses: Raffine Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Sam Edelman
Rings: Wedding Day Diamonds (engagement ring & Eric's band) and Jared (Kristen's bands)
Florist: Simply Stated Elegance
DJ: Instant Request
Cake: Sweet Retreat
Ice Cream Cake and Ice Cream Bar: Izzy’s Ice Cream
Invitations + Stationery: Ollie Designs + Papeterie
Photo Booth: Studio Veil