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Amy & Hans: A Family Affair

The couple incorporated friends and loved ones into every aspect of their wedding day.

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  • Jessica Hannon Photography
  • Jessica Hannon Photography
  • Jessica Hannon Photography
  • Jessica Hannon Photography
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  • Jessica Hannon Photography
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  • Jessica Hannon Photography
  • Jessica Hannon Photography
  • Jessica Hannon Photography
  • Jessica Hannon Photography
  • Jessica Hannon Photography

When Amy Anderson and Hans Buetow got engaged, they considered all sorts of wedding options—from a destination wedding to tying the knot in the Midwest. But there was one key factor that swayed their decision. “We decided we really wanted to have the people who are most important to us all together in one room to celebrate,” Amy says. “That’s what it came down to at the end of the day.”

That connection to loved ones drove the couple’s major wedding decisions. One key example is the venue choice. Amy is from Michigan, and she knew she’d have lots of out-of-town guests at her wedding. That’s why she and Hans picked the historic Theodore Wirth Chalet for both their ceremony and reception. “It worked well, because no one had to travel between the ceremony and the reception,” Amy says.

The couple also fell in love with the park’s outdoor scenery. “We wanted a way for people to be comfortable and outdoors,” Amy says. “You can’t get much more beautiful than fall in Minnesota with all the trees and colors. Those were partially our decorations.”

The ceremony itself offered plenty of roles for loved ones to play. “What made the event really special was to have our friends and family be part of our day, not just an audience,” Amy says. “My sister was ordained and officiated my wedding. Instead of a priest or pastor leading the ceremony, guests stood up and spoke about life, love, marriage, and us as a couple.”

In lieu of a traditional guest book, the couple created a marriage certificate that all the guests signed. That special memento now hangs on a wall in Amy and Hans’ home.

Looking back on the experience, Amy has some advice for brides-to-be. “Spend time thinking about what is the most important thing for your wedding day,” she says. “If it’s about the dress, than get the best dress you’ve ever seen. If it’s about making sure your grandparents are there, accommodate them. Find the one thing that’s important, focus on that, and everything else will fall into place.”

WEDDING DETAILS

Wedding date: Oct. 8, 2011
Venue: Theodore Wirth Chalet
Attire: Bride’s dress from Andrea’s Vintage Bridal, groom’s suite from Heimie’s Haberdashery.
Flowers: Papertini
Invitations: Golden Silhouette
Photographer: Jessica Hannon Photography

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