Jessica & Corey: Their Own Way

Jessica and Corey like to do things a little differently.

  • Bride and Groom
    Photography by Robert Evans
    Jessica & Corey
  • Bride and Groom's wedding rings
    Photography by Robert Evans
    After the groom proposed with a ring from Heileman & Company, the couple decided to get legally married two weeks later.
  • Locust Hills in Wayzata.
    Photography by Robert Evans
    A bigger celebration was later held at Locust Hills in Wayzata.
  • Bar drink list
    Photography by Robert Evans
    To avoid lines, the bar was strictly for cocktails, while beer and wine were available in ice-filled tubs.
  • Zinnia Design Florals
    Photography by Robert Evans
    Zinnia Design Florals used various shades of purple, the bride’s favorite color.
  • The couple’s pets
    Photography by Robert Evans
    The couple’s pets, Mr. Big and Lola, also donned purple.
  • Barrels, which doubled as tables
    Photography by Robert Evans
    Barrels, which doubled as tables, kept the setting down-to-earth.
  • Wisteria-laden chandeliers
    Photography by Robert Evans
    Wisteria-laden chandeliers decorated the pool area.
  • Bride's shoes
    Photography by Robert Evans
    The bride found these sparklers at Posh Bridal in Wayzata.
  • Watermark Stationery
    Photography by Robert Evans
    Watermark Stationery designed fun graphic elements that appeared throughout the reception.
  • The cigar bar
    Photography by Robert Evans
    The cigar bar was the perfect cap to the evening.
  • tables of guests
    Photography by Robert Evans
    A game at every table kept the guests occupied throughout the evening.

Jessica and Corey like to do things a little differently. They moved in together after only a few months of dating, when Jessica was just out of college and Corey was working in Chicago. Three years later, when Corey proposed on March 1, they decided to get legally married in two weeks, with a small no-fuss ceremony at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

So when it came time to plan a bigger celebration, they didn’t feel hemmed in by tradition either. At first they considered a destination wedding to Hawaii or California; however, the wait at their desired venues was two years, and they didn’t want to delay that long. So they decided to host a party in the clubhouse of Locust Hills, the Wayzata community where Jessica’s parents live. “It was an old barn, so it had our nontraditional feel, very comfortable, down-to-earth,” says Jessica.

The couple “renewed their vows” surrounded by family and friends, followed by cocktail hour with lawn games and a cigar bar (a huge hit). The reception was held in the clubhouse’s pool area, with wisteria-laden chandeliers hanging above tables decorated in silver, black, and purple—Jessica’s favorite color.

Guests’ enjoyment was paramount, and there was plenty to keep them entertained: scratch-off lottery tickets, games at every table, plus an arcade and photo booth. “We wanted them to always have something in front of them, something to do,” says Jessica. The creative bar setup also helped to keep guests happy. The couple set out wine and beer in ice-filled tubs, while the bar was strictly for cocktails, ensuring there was never a wait for those wanting to wet their whistle.

Throughout, the couple continued to do things their own way. They skipped the traditional wedding party. They had a last dance instead of a first dance. And they asked guests to donate to two favorite charities in lieu of gifts. “It’s been so much better than a deviled egg platter,” says Corey. And a great start to a lifetime of love.

Ceremony/reception: Locust Hills
Dress: Rush’s Bridal
Groom’s attire: Personal suit
Rings: Heileman & Company in Cincinnati
Catering: Chowgirls
Dessert: Cocoa & Fig
Flowers: Zinnia Design Florals
Invitations: Watermark Stationery
DJ: Adagio
Linens/rentals: Apres
Photo booth: The Traveling Photo Booth
Wedding planner: Alexis Harsh of Watermark Stationery
Hair: Jon Charles Salon
Makeup: Ana of Smart and Chic Bride