Jewel-Tone Wedding

Megan + Alec | Jewel-Tone Winter Wedding at Lumber Exchange - Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

Megan and Alec tied the knot with a chic jewel-tone winter wedding at Lumber Exchange Event Center in Minneapolis. With a fabulous balance of tradition, unique style and non-traditional elements, their vision for their day was for their family and friends to have an incredible time celebrating with them (with a lot of epic dance moves and wine bottles involved). Mission accomplished!

Their love story began on Bumble and after their first date, they were inseparable. They began to celebrate relationship milestones with bottles of wine that they wanted to save for a future wine cellar. Alec even proposed to Megan on their 2nd dating anniversary with some wine bottles to add to that future cellar and together. When Megan questioned the collection of bottles, Alec replied … "It's Port. And it's a 2015 vintage, so it won't be ready to drink for at least 10 years. So we've got 10, 15, 20, 25..." and then he asked her to marry him!

Their engagement adventure was one of my all-time favorites, because it involved craft cocktails and beautiful golden sunset light in the North Loop of Minneapolis.

As they planned their wedding celebration, they wanted festive and fun and added personality to every element of their day. It started with setting the date for the 3rd anniversary of their first date: December 8. The bride opted for a gorgeous Hayley Paige gown that looked like Elsa (from Disney’s Frozen), according to the little ring bearer. The Lumber Exchange was their venue choice, with its newly renovated Dylan and Sawyer Rooms overlooking an epic mural of Minnesota native, Bob Dylan. With such beautiful features of the historic venue, they simply enhanced its beauty with some jewel-tone holiday decor, including some delicious Christmas cookies for dessert, baked by the bride’s talented aunt. The groom’s sister officiated the celebration and these two officially became husband + wife!

I’m definitely giving Megan and Alec the award for “best dip on the dance floor, ever”. Just look at those moves!! But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t tear up when Alec and his 93-year old grandmother took the dance floor. Epic dance parties of all forms are just THE BEST and when topped off with a sparkler exit? Pretty much the best day ever.

Congratulations, lovebirds!!

The Wedding Day Team

Photography: Laura Robinson Photography

Venue: Lumber Exchange Event Center - Minneapolis, MN

Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige, Londyn gown, A&Be Bridal Shop

Hair Stylist: Denny Kemp, Chelsea Beart

Makeup: Priscilla Bruce

Suits: Indochino

Custom Ties: Mill City Fineries

Bridal Shoes: Sam Edelman + Kate Spade KEDS

Rings: Engagement - Adiamor, Bride's band - Noemie, Groom's band - Blue Nile

Florist: Lake Harriet Florist

Caterer: Lumber Exchange


Cake / Cookies: Bride's Aunt Darby

Invitations: Marimayde

Amanda + Justin | Enchanted Garden Wedding at the Historic John P Furber Farm - Cottage Grove, MN Wedding Photographer

Amanda + Justin were married in a stunning enchanted garden-inspired destination wedding celebration filled with love, vibrant jewel tones and thousands upon thousands of beautiful blooms.  They chose the exquisite Historic John P Furber Farm in Cottage Grove, MN for their wedding day.

(You might remember Amanda + Justin from their emotional surprise proposal that took place in their brand new home, that was also featured on How He Asked!)

It all started with a vision:  the bride wanted to take their modern barn venue and transform it with flowers, inspired by her mother's love of flowers and gardening: "Flowers everywhere!".   Both from the south, these two lovebirds invited their family and friends to come to their new home state of Minnesota to celebrate their wedding and showcase the beauty that Minnesota has to offer.  They planned their event around Memorial Day weekend and kicked off the weekend with a lakeside fete at 6Smith on the shores of the famed Lake Minnetonka.  Their invitation suite even showcased a watercolor map of the Twin Cities and the various wedding weekend sites of interest.  

On the wedding day, the bride wore an exquisite Tulle New York raw satin gown that fit like a glove and was an unexpectedly perfect choice for their modern, elegant affair that just so happened to take place at a beautiful barn venue.  The groom opted for a black tie tux look and the couple waited until the ceremony to see one another.  The bride and her father shared an emotional moment together before the ceremony, where she gave him an embroidered handkerchief and he showed off the vintage watch that the bride's mother had given him the day the bride was born -- and he had saved it all of these years, to wear on this day for the very first time.

With an elaborate aisle of ombre pink rose petals and a string quartet playing the Bridal March, it was the perfect modern twist on a traditional ceremony.  The bride entered the outdoor ceremony site through a set of freestanding doors and walked to her groom.  After an emotional ceremony, the couple joyously recessed through a shower of rose petals tossed by the guests and then celebrated with a champagne toast with their wedding party under the trees as their guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the front lawn.  The barn itself was transformed into an enchanted garden, with thousands and thousands of lush flowers adorning the cross-beams of the venue, the head table, and all of the guest tables.  

They chose a sleek white-on-white color scheme for their linens and chiavari chairs, with clear beaded chargers and an unexpected menu card displayed underneath with gold flatware and accents.  Guests were greeted with an over-sized etched acrylic escort seating display, surrounded by more flowers as they made their way into the barn ballroom.  In addition to a traditional wedding cake, they chose a massive, tiered ombre cake pop "cake" was a tasty centerpiece and their signature drink paid homage to their alma mater, Kansas University.  They finished the night with the bride surprising her groom with a vintage Rolls Royce, sparklers, and a fountain fireworks exit!

What an honor to be a part of this spectacular wedding day, celebrating a couple we love and have been with since she said YES! 

Congratulations, lovebirds!


Photographer:  Laura Robinson Photography
Wedding Planner:  See Jane Plan - Jane Lickerman
Bridal Gown:  Tulle New York from Annika Bridal
Hair + Makeup:  WarPaint International
Bridesmaid Dresses:  Vera Wang - David's Bridal
Suit/Tux Rental: Michael KorsThe Wedding Shoppe 
Bridal Shoes:  Alexandre Birman
Floral Design:  Munster Rose
Caterer:  Distinctive Catering & Events
DJ:  Adagio Djay Entertainment
Ceremony Music:  Ovation Strings Quartet
Cake / Dessert:  Farina Baking Company
Invitations + Stationery:  Paper Rock Scissor
Linens + Lighting + Furniture Rentals:  Linen Effects, A Vintage Touch, Collected + Co, Apres, Girl Friday Creative
Videographer:  Narrate Studios
Photo Booth:  Traveling Photo Booth

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