Real Wedding: Stephanie & Ben

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This week we're highlighting Stephanie & Ben's wedding that took place on September 30, 2017 at Transfiguration Church and Radisson Blu-Minneapolis. Stephanie & Ben came to us in the fall of 2016 when they were still about a year out from the big day. We grabbed coffee at Starbucks and talked all about their upcoming wedding! They had most of their vendors secured, but only one thing was missing -- a day of coordinator. Luckily, they found us! As the months went by we keep in touch every few months via email. That's when we found ourselves on August 30, 2017 -- ONE MONTH prior to their big day! We met for coffee a few short weeks later at the same Starbucks as the previous year. Let me tell you this -- it felt like no time had passed at all. A year went by in the blink of an eye, that's for sure! We quickly caught up and talked all about the wedding details, confirmed the wedding day timeline, and went on our way for the evening.

Fast forward to September 30, 2017. Finally, the big day was here! While Stephanie, Ben and their family and friends we're getting ready and headed to the church for the ceremony, our team arrived at the Radisson Blu for the reception setup. Meanwhile, the band arrived and starting setting up their equipment and doing a sound check, the florist arrived to deliver flowers and setup the centerpieces, and the catering staff at Radisson Blu set all the place settings. Our team set up the place cards, menu cards, and other final touches. The reception came together beautifully! A few hours passed and guests starting arriving at the Radisson Blu. That's when dinner and speeches kicked off a wonderful evening followed by an awesome performance by The R Factor! Stephanie & Ben -- CONGRATULATIONS! Wishing you many years of love, laughter & happiness.

To view more photos from Stephanie & Ben's wedding, click here.

Ceremony: Transfiguration Church
Reception: Radisson Blu Minneapolis
Hair + Makeup: Spa Beauty Agency
Photographer: Lauren Kirkbride Photography
Videographer: Eyetography
Band: The R Factor
Florist: Artemisia
Dessert: Muddy Paws Cheesecake
Linens & More: Linen Effects
Transportation: Total Transportation
Day of Coordinator: Events by Melody (Melody, Tina + Hannah)

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Events by Melody Real Wedding Featured in Lake Bride Magazine

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We are so excited to announce that Jenni & Max's summer 2017 wedding at Legacy Hill Farm was recently featured in Lake Bride Magazine's Spring 2018 edition! 

Vendors:
Photographer: Krista Reynolds Photography
Venue: Legacy Hill Farm
Florist: Brittany Lott
Dress: a&be
Caterer: This Little Piggy
Bakery: Angela Ross
Officiant: Bride's Brother (John Aiton)
Day of Coordinator: Events by Melody (Melody + Tina)

>> Click here to read more.

About Lake Bride Magazine
Lake Bride Magazine is Minnesota’s ultimate bridal magazine and online resource for brides and bridal professionals.  A collection of style inspiration and chic celebrations, highlighting the premier local vendors and resources that make us great. 

Thoughtfully designed and carefully curated for our Minnesotan brides. Lead by a team of four women with a deep love for the wilds of Minnesota. We are inspired by sparkling blue waters, vibrant sunsets, golden fall hues, and the peace of freshly fallen snow. 

Lake Bride magazine strives to continually inspire you and your ideal “I Do’s” by featuring a collection of beautiful inspiration, the best local resources, the latest trends, and practical planning tips for your special day. 

source: lakebridemagazine.com

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Vendor Spotlight: Jeannine Marie Photography

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We've had the chance to work with Jeannine Marie Photography on a few occasions now and she is an amazing photographer! She is outgoing, personable, fun and much more! We love that she can be found almost everywhere from networking events to her amazing social media presence, she definitely knows how to stay top of mind. Clients and vendors alike love her, too. So, with that, we knew we had to do a little Q&A sesh with her and find out more about what sets her apart!

What do you love most about being a wedding photographer?
I love the energy and anticipation that goes into weddings. There isn't another day so thought out and planned. There isn't another day that all the loved ones of couples will be in the same room. Out of all of life's celebrations, this happy day is the most inclusive and shared with others. It's a proud moment for parents and grandparents as they see their legacy grow. Parties of this scale are once in a lifetime for most people to host. Documenting the people, the passing moments and the intricate details within a few hours is a huge responsibility. All while making people look flattering and comfortable in front of a camera. My favorite part of weddings is when I can match the perfect composition, light, and emotion.

What led you to the wedding industry, specifically? 
Cake, hugs, a day of gigantic laughs and a big party.... psssh I'm in! I always knew I wanted to be a photographer or artist of some sort. I studied photojournalism in school, I took a break and traveled for a bit, when I made my way back to Minnesota I went back to school for digital photography. During this time is when I assisted other photographers. Wedding photography was where I felt most comfortable. I'm from a huge Catholic family with more than fifty first cousins. One after another, they trusted me to photograph their weddings. 

What are your favorite wedding trends right now?
In regards to photography, I love that there are so many different styles of edits. It allows people to find the type they are looking for. As far as trends at the wedding day, I love how couples have invited good friends to be their officiants. They know the couple well and always include a good story about the couple. Pinterest has taken weddings to a new level over the last couple years. I can follow clients boards and see their inspirations leading up to the wedding day. It provides tons of inspiration for over the top details.  I also believe Pinterest has given couples a more heightened awareness of gorgeous and visually stimulating photography providing a greater value to having a professional photographer.

Tell us about your most memorable and fun wedding/event.
Oh gosh, I have so many memorable weddings! Recently, I photographed a wedding at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The day started out with dinosaur tattoos, we took photos with astronauts, science googles, dinosaurs and the dance floor was packed with crazy dancing all night.

What makes you unique from other wedding photographers?
There are so many talented wedding photographers! My experience in the number of years, as well as the number of weddings I have photographed, set me a part of other photographers. I have photographed hundreds of weddings that allow me to have an arsenal of ways to handle different situations that come up on wedding days. I have learned to ask lots of questions to ensure the wedding day is set up be the most successful for the couple, other vendors and the photos. We have one shot at this day, it is best to be prepared.

Can you tell us about your packages and price point?
I offer a few standard packages starting from $2995 to $5895. Most people haven't shopped for wedding photography before. I'm happy to work with couples to create the package they need whether it is just four hours of coverage or full day. Engagement session, second photographer, and custom albums are all available.

Tell us one thing we might not otherwise know about you.
I used to be a paid fishing guide. Okay, that is a little stretch, I worked at Hiawatha Beach Resort on Leech Lake for seven years growing up. I would do weekly kids activities. One day a week, I took the kids out on a fishing trip. I loved growing up on the lake and seeing families vacation year after year!

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Real Wedding: Cara + Lewis

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This week we're highlighting Cara + Lewis's wedding that took place on October 21, 2017 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church and Dellwood Country Club. Cara found us on the Minnesota Brides Facebook group and reached out to us in June of 2017 inquiring about having a day of coordinator for her upcoming wedding. We briefly chatted with Cara's Mother, Nadine, on the phone later that day as Nadine herself also really thought a day of coordinator would be a great idea as she wanted to focus on just one thing -- being the Mother of the Bride, of course! They decided to move forward with our services and we were thrilled to be working with them! A few weeks later, we met in person for the initial meeting to discuss wedding plans and how far they were in the process. From the sound of it, things we're coming along!

Fast forward to one month prior to the wedding and it was time for us to meet again and discuss the final wedding details! How exciting! We met again for coffee and went over vendors, the wedding day timeline and other details. Things were really starting to come together and Cara & Lewis we're just so excited their big day was finally near. A few weeks later, October 21, 2017 was upon us! Although it was a chilly and rainy Saturday morning in October, that didn't stop Cara & Lewis and their close friends and family from enjoying the day. The girls got ready onsite at Dellwood Country Club while our team put the final touches on setting up all the pretty decor at both the ceremony and reception sites. A few hours later, the wedding party headed over to St. Andrews Lutheran Church to tie the knot. During the ceremony, our team snuck in to grab cards, gifts and miscellaneous decor to bring it back to the reception at Dellwood Country Club (shameless promoting on why YOU need a day of coordinator). We arrived back at Dellwood and carefully brought all of their wedding decor items, cards & gifts inside and patiently waited for the guests to arrive. Loring String Quartet played beautiful music during cocktail hour, the dessert table was set to perfection, and the reception ballroom was just so lovely. It's obvious that every detail was well accounted for in planning Cara & Lewis's wedding. In short, what a day to remember! Cara & Lewis -- CONGRATULATIONS! Wishing you many years of love, laughter & happiness.

To view more photos from Cara & Lewis's wedding, click here.

Ceremony: St. Andrews Lutheran Church
Reception: Dellwood Country Club
Hair + Makeup: Spa Beauty Agency
Florist: Couture Fleur
Photographer: Jeannine Marie Photography
Videographer: Olson Media
DJ + Photo Booth: Day One DJ
Wedding Cake + Dessert: Buttercream
Macaron Tower: Carousel Macarons
Decor + Rentals: Creative License
Transportation: Stillwater Trolly CompanyTotal Transportation
Bride & Groom Getaway Car: Aspen Limo
Day of Coordinator: Events by Melody (Melody, Tina + Alexis)

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10 best engagement photo spots in minnesota and how to pick one

Taking engagement photos can be one the most exciting moments in preparation for your wedding. Each photo will create a lasting memory, and let’s be honest, your friends and family are dying to see them!

But one of the challenges you might face with an engagement shoot is deciding where to go. After all, the possibilities are endless! We’ve set a few guidelines to help you narrow down the locations, know what to expect of the location, and pick a spot that truly speaks to who you are as a couple. Then check out the bottom of this post for the top 10 best engagement photo spots in Minnesota! 

Memory Lane: Choose a location that embodies a significant part in you and your fiancé’s history. For example, where you first met, your first date, your favorite travel spots; anywhere with a cherished memory. If there’s a significance behind the location, chances are you’ll feel more relaxed during the shoot.

Choose a setting you're comfortable with: A big turnoff for couples taking engagement photos is the feeling of being a public spectacle. While you may be attracted to a busy, urban setting, make sure to think through how you will feel in front of the camera. You want to be completely comfortable in order to get the most authentic photos.

Trust your photographer: Camera shy? Not a problem. Getting to know your photographer will decrease the tension and you’ll be able to relax and just have fun! The goal of engagement photos is to capture who you are as a couple, so just be yourselves.

What to wear: Your wardrobe should reflect your personality. (Remember, be yourself!). While of course you have the utmost freedom to wear whatever you’d like, there are a few guidelines you should stick to:

Solid colors are your best friends. Your location may determine what colors you stick with. For example, a bold red dress may be more appropriate in an urban setting rather than nature, since the red would create and appealing contrast from the neutral tones of the buildings. Nature, on the other hand, is usually filled with a broader, bolder color spectrum. Don't forget about accessories!  

 

What are my options? Now onto the tricky part-deciding on a location. Most likely, you’re going to opt for a location that is relatively close by, (although if you want to do a destination shoot that’s awesome too!) Let’s outline some of the setting options. Again, the possibilities are endless, but these are the most common, and certainly some of our favorites! 

Nature-Lucky for us, Minnesota is home to some of the most beautiful and breathtaking natural wonders in the U.S. Take advantage of our state’s forests, gardens, waterfalls, and seasons!  

Urban- Downtown scenery offers a fresh perspective to traditional photos. You also have a wider variety of backgrounds to work with than you would in a natural scenic setting.

Vintage- Take some classic photos with settings, props, and fashion that reflect a piece of the past. Vintage photos are very elegant, and easy to pull off. 

Nautical- This shouldn’t be too difficult, considering we are the land of 10,000 lakes! Taking nautical themed photos on a boat or beach can be a unique and fun experience!

Fairgrounds- This is another fun one. Think about taking photos in a busy, fun-loving environment and incorporating rides, carnival games, bright colors, festive foods, and more.  

 

 

 

Once you have an idea of what theme you're going with, it's time to pick a location. Here are the TOP 10 BEST ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SPOTS IN THE TWIN CITIES 

 

  

Twin Cities Wedding & Event Professionals Networking Event

A few weeks ago, we were a favor sponsor/volunteer at the Twin Cities Wedding & Event Professionals - Networking Group hosted at the beautiful Hutton House in Medicine Lake, Minnesota. Check out some of the photos below of this great event!

Volunteers:
Venue: The Hutton House 
Photography: Jeannine Marie Photography
Volunteers: Sassy Lassy Trivia & EventsExperience the Twin CitiesHilton MinneapolisUltimate Events, and Events by Melody
Floral and Decor: Positively Charmed Boutique Wedding & Event Decor
Drinks: Bartending By Drew
Food: Marna's CafeCreate Catering & The Dining StudioFood Gallery Catering, and Water Street Inn
Uplighting and Audio: EMI Audio
Cheesecake: Camp Cheesecake
Jello Shots: UDE Catering
Cupcakes: Sugar & Spice Custom Cakes
Truffles: Just Truffles

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Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Bridal Tasting

We had a great time at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest’s Bridal tasting a few weeks back and meeting all the lovely couples! We also got to hangout with our friends at Buttercream Wedding CakesAdagio Djay EntertainmentFestivities and Jeannine Marie Photography! Oh, and did we mention the food was SOOOO good!? Be sure to chat with Wendy and the rest of the catering and event staff at Minneapolis Marriott Northwest for your upcoming wedding or next corporate event! We are honored to be one of their preferred vendors and enjoy working with them!

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