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By: Falen Bonsett and Paul (Meatsauce) Lambert | Posted: 03/11/2014
Editor's Note: Altar-bound couple Falen Bonsett and Paul (Meatsauce) Lambert are both local radio morning show personalities. On either's show the topic of their relationship is far from off-limits, but seeing as Meatsauce's show (KFAN's The Power Trip) is primarily guys talking sports and Falen's (KDWB's The Dave Ryan Show) skews to the female demographic, depending on which you listen to, you're really only getting half the story. We thought we'd let them tell you the rest . . . he said/ she said style.
In this installment the duo talks about honing in on the details.
Falen: As soon as I announced I was getting married on the air, I received hundreds of e-mails with recommendations and the majority were for photographers. I'm not lying when I say I looked at every single one.
I was getting a little annoyed that every portfolio consisted of super skinny brides that were perfect. I kept thinking it would be more impressive to show how beautiful you can make someone like me look. I mean I can take a picture of a Victoria's Secret model, and she's gonna look good either way, so show me what you can do with someone who isn't perfect.
As soon as I saw Brandon Werth's photos I fell in love. I loved how unique and artistic they were. However, knowing it's important to find someone you mesh with, I found three other photographers I loved as well. I made the mistake of meeting with all of them, and they were all so nice and so talented. I felt like we connected with them all and I looked at all four portfolios over and over and over. Finally Paul said, "Falen, you keep comparing everyone to Brandon. You have your answer."
Meatsauce: It's easy to photograph a beauty like Falen, but only a select few can make Shrek look good. Falen looked through a ton of photographers but kept going back to Brandon Werth.
The Engagement Photos
Falen: After we picked the photog the next step was the engagement session and I didn't want a ton of pictures of us kissing and "prom posing," but I knew I wanted to be in a field so I kept saying, "I want outside pictures in a field."
I also realized that we needed to do some pictures that captured "us" but I wasn't about to do a photo shoot at the radio station with microphones. Then it came to me: FOOD! We are obsessed with food. We're always discussing our next meal. And we aren't "foodies," we're "fatties."
I e-mailed Brandon and told him I wanted the two of us to be dressed nice just hammering tons of fattening food. He loved it, and that's how the table filled with fattening food happened. Brandon took it to a whole new level making sure we had 20 cheeseburgers and an epic amount of gummy bears. We had been shooting all day and we did the food pictures last so we were all hungry. Even our dog Elliott who never eats human food and isn't aggressive with food turned into a ferocious beast the moment we pulled her up on the table. At one point I looked over at Paul and asked him how many burgers he'd had. He looked down and said, "Five." Haha!
Meatsauce: Brandon was amazing since the first time we met him all the way through the photo shoot. We wanted pictures in a field and some food pictures and went to Stillwater to meet him and his wife. It all felt like a breeze and when we got to the end and our "food" picture, Brandon had 20 cheeseburgers lined-up. Falen and I brought a pizza, gummy bears and worms, chips and salsa, and cupcakes. It made for a perfect picture. I never thought picture taking could be so fun.
Falen: The only thing I knew for sure was where we'd be getting married. I had hosted a charity event at Aria before we were engaged, and I fell in love with the space.
Meatsauce: Shortly after we got engaged we went to Aria. She'd been there before and the moment I walked in I loved it. It perfectly represents us a couple. We chose from the few dates that were available and had that major step out of the way.
Falen: I honestly think food was the easiest decision. We've consumed more Nadia Cakes cupcakes than we'd like to share, so we immediately knew we'd go with Nadia Cakes in Maple Grove for desserts. Picking Crave for our caterer was another easy decision. That's where I had my very first meal when I came to Minnesota for my interview. I love them. We also wanted a late night snack. Our good friend is actually the Sausage King—Craig Johnson of Prairie Dogs Hot Dogs & Handcrafted Sausage—and we booked him immediately.
Meatsauce: We then had to decide on food and dessert for the wedding so we went to a food tasting at Crave and we were sold. Check that off the list. Next was the dessert. When Falen and I first started dating we couldn't get enough of Nadia Cakes cupcakes in Maple Grove. The tasting was wonderful and we decided on which specific kinds would be at the wedding . . . Let's just hope someone saves me one.
The most important part for me—other than marrying Falen—is the late night snack. I, of course, would have been fine with fruit snacks and candy orange slices, but Falen had an even more genius idea: a hot dog cart! At the end of the day I'm beyond excited to marry Falen, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited for the hot dog cart and cupcakes.
Falen: We were engaged in July, but I waited until September to go dress shopping. I wanted to make sure my family could come. My mom, sister, niece, and Paul's mom all went with me. We went to the first store, and I found a dress that I really liked. I kept comparing everything to it. We went to the second store (Mestads in Rochester), and I tried on a ton of other dresses.
I liked everything, but I started thinking maybe you don't get a feeling when you find the one, so I asked them to pull a dress I saw in the window. It was very pretty, but it didn't look great on me. They offered to pull another dress with a similar bottom but a completely different top (by the same designer), but I wasn't really into that one. It just wasn't what I had imagined wearing, but I figured I'd try it on. I knew immediately after I put it on. It was the one. I've been told since then that that's quite common. You end up getting something different than you had imagined. It's beautiful, comfortable, and I am excited to be able to go to the bathroom by myself in it!
Meatsauce: The tux part was quick and easy, but I also love wearing bright colored dress socks with any outfit—sweat pants to suits. So I thought it would be perfect for each one of my groomsmen to pick out a pair from happysocks.com. They all chose different styles which will really tie the room together. I've yet to pick out the pair I will wear but, like my soon-to-be-bride, they must be perfect.
Carly is manager, Social Media and Audience Engagement at MSP-C. See her engagement story.
Vanessa is creative director and co-founder at Bow & Arrow Magazine. See her engagement story.
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