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Emily & Dan: Coming Up Roses

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  • Guests threw rose petals as Dan and Emily made their exit
  • The bride’s diamond and pearl earrings were a gift from her parents
  • The ceremony on the Minikahda Club deck
  • The bride’s bouquet of circus roses
  • Real flowers adorned the cake
  • The groomsmen all wore a single calla lily
  • Arts & Flowers decorated the unity candle, which was placed in a lantern to protect it from the breeze off Lake Calhoun
  • Each table was named after a rose varietal.
  • The bride’s Jimmy Choo accessories
  • Lynn Lugo designed the maid of honor’s dress
  • The ceremony programs showcased the couple’s rose logo
  • The couple wanted classically elegant decor, so they used ivory damask linens with gold Chiavari chairs

Emily & Dan

Oct. 15, 2011
Minikahda Club
Photography by Kelly Brown Weddings


When Emily and Dan went on their first date in March 2009, they hit it off right away—but there were also little synchronicities to help seal the deal. Like the fact that they lived just across Loring Park from each other. Or when Dan started buying circus roses for Emily at the farmers’ market, not knowing they were the same roses her dad used to give her on special occasions. Perhaps the greatest synchronicity of all came in July 2010 when Dan decided to propose to Emily on the Lake of the Isles bridge that she and her sister secretly called “engagement bridge” for its romantic setting and skyline views. “It was just another random coincidence,” says Dan.

So when it came time to plan their wedding, the couple found many ways to weave in personal symbolism—starting with their venue. “The Minikahda Club overlooks Lake Calhoun and actually has the same view of downtown that the ‘engagement bridge’ does,” says Emily. “So we got married up on the deck.”

Emily’s favorite roses made an appearance in her bouquet and the floral archway framing the ceremony, but they also helped tie together the entire fall wedding. A rose logo appeared on everything from the programs to the wedding cake, and the reception tables were named after significant roses such as the Danny Boy rose and Miss Emily rose.

The bride’s Monique Lhuillier lace-sleeved gown echoed her design aesthetic (“I have kind of an old-fashioned vintage-y sentiment to me,” she says), as did the choice to carry family heirlooms on their special day. Emily wore jewelry passed down through several generations of her family, while Dan carried his late father’s pocket watch. “Throughout the whole thing, we just tried to add a lot of personal touches that were significant to us,” says Emily.


Ceremony/Reception: Minikahda Club • Dress: Ivanka by Monique Lhuillier • Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Flutter Boutique • Groom’s/Groomsmen’s Attire: Heimie’s Haberdashery • Rings: Aurora Jewelers • Catering: Minikahda Club • Cake: The Country Cake Cupboard and Cafe • Flowers: Arts & Flowers • Invitations: Watermark Stationery • Reception Music: Synergy • Linens/Décor: Linen Effects • Wedding Planner: Joan Nilsen of Ambiente Wedding & Event Planning • Hair: Ashleigh Banks of Bella Salon • Makeup: Michelle Sachs of Uptown Hair District • Honeymoon: Italy

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