Emily and John met in high school, but not at the same one. Instead, the pair met at church camp in Missouri, Emily traveling from Minneapolis and John from Springfield, Mo. But despite their immediate friendship and decision to attend the same college, Kentucky University—where they were even neighbors at one point—it wasn’t until after graduation that their relationship really took off.
“He was always a really good friend who was always there for me. When we got together, it didn’t take long,” says Emily. “Once we started dating, we just knew.”
John proposed in November 2012 at his house in Springfield, where the couple now lives. When John made reservations at their favorite restaurant, Emily had a feeling the proposal would come sometime between drinks and dessert, but John just couldn’t wait. So before dinner, John got down on one knee and presented a surprised Emily with his grandmother’s ring. “It wasn’t a big show or anything, but it was really sweet,” Emily says. “It was what I thought it might be, just simple and nice.”
A relationship several years in the making, the couple was ready to tie the knot. They quickly got to work searching for two of the most important things on their wedding checklist: a dress and a venue.
The perfect dress was found at Posh Bridal Couture—the first place Emily and her mom went to “just look.” After trying on a handful of dresses, it was her consultant that found the lace-overlay, mermaid-flared dress. “I thought I didn’t like it, but then I just started crying,” Emily says. “It was a really good moment with my mom.” The day of the wedding, Emily accessorized the dress with a jeweled, ivory-colored satin belt, a string of pearls, and a floor-length veil.
The Van Dusen Mansion in downtown Minneapolis was a “perfect fit” for the March 23, 2013 event, providing the cozy, open space that Emily and John were looking for. A morning affair, the couple’s “I Dos” were followed by a family-style brunch. Between the ceremony and the reception, guests were invited to explore the mansion while snacking on mini-pancakes and fruit kabobs. Instead of wine, guests found yogurt, granola, and fruit parfaits at their place settings. Biscuits and gravy, a roasted red pepper and sausage egg-bake, ham, and other breakfast comforts made for a more casual get-together. “It was more just a family setting and so relaxed. It was about us getting married and about thanking everyone who has been there for us,” says Emily.
The breakfast meal didn’t stop the couple from having a cake, however. Deeming herself a little “cake crazy,” Emily couldn’t forgo the tradition. Cocoa & Fig provided the sweets, including a black velvet cake option and a white cake with crushed fruit inside. In addition, there were mini-pies in the shape of hearts as party favors.
According to Emily and John, the best part of the day was the ceremony because it was "really personal" for the couple. John’s dad recited a prayer before the wedding and Emily’s father officiated the marriage. “It was a smaller wedding, but just really special to all of us,” says Emily. “I just thought it was a good fit for who we are.”
Date: March 23, 2013
Ceremony & Reception: The Van Dusen Mansion
Dress: By Eugenia from Posh Bridal Couture
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Groom’s Tux: Joseph A. Bank
Groomsmen Tuxes: Joseph A. Bank
Her Ring: John's grandmother’s
His Ring: Kay Jewelers
Photographer: La Vie Photography
Caterer: Mintáhoe Catering & Events
Cake: Cocoa & Fig
Party Favors: Cocoa & Fig
Flowers: Luna Vinca
Hair & Makeup: Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios
Music: Sharon Planer, pianist
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