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Kelsey & James: Doctors Know Best

May 14, 2011: Nicollet Island Pavilion

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    The couple at Lake of the Isles.
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    The wedding party before the reception on Nicollet Island.
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    The bouquets were assembled by the bride and her friends and family.
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    The tablecloths were made from fabric sent by the bride's aunt in Abu Dhabi.
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    Guests spent the evening mingling at Nicollet Island Pavilion.
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    The flower girl’s mother was the flower girl in Kelsey’s parents’ wedding 30 years prior.
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    The bride assembled many of the facets of her wedding, including her hairpiece, herself.
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    Fascinators for the bridesmaids' hair were made using antique pins found at a market in Washington, D.C.
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    The cake was designed by chef Janet Lopez.

Kelsey had every intention of staying single during medical school at the University of Minnesota. That plan didn’t last long, however. Blame it on her TA, James. A third-year med-school student, he was immediately attracted to Kelsey—although he couldn’t make a move.

“We had class every day all day for like eight weeks, so we got to know each other. We had a fun time hanging out in a really low-pressure academic environment,” says Kelsey. But as class started to wind down, James got nervous: What if she said no when he asked her out?

Luckily, Kelsey said yes—an answer she repeated two years later when James proposed to her at the Guthrie in December 2009. And so the busy pair (now residents at the Mayo Clinic) started planning their two-doctor wedding for a week after Kelsey’s med-school graduation.  

“We’re more traditional, so we wanted tradition, but not for the tradition to get oppressive,” says James. “[We wanted it] as warm and inviting as possible.” They accomplished that by including very personal traditions. They based their color scheme on their college colors (Kelsey had red for University of Wisconsin–Madison, and James had green for Dartmouth). Kelsey’s mom, who had made the dresses for her own wedding, custom-made the bridesmaids’ dresses. And James’s mom lent Kelsey the 1885 family-heirloom handkerchief that has been carried down the aisle by every woman in his family since the early 1900s. “I was so nervous to carry that,” Kelsey laughs.

Their family and friends also lent their creativity. Kelsey’s mom made the reception tablecloths using fabric from Kelsey’s aunt in Abu Dhabi; friends helped assemble the centerpieces, boutonnieres, and bouquets with flowers from the farmers’ market; and Kelsey and her bridesmaids made their own hairpieces. “It made things more symbolic and memorable when you know you made it,” says Kelsey. “And it was important to spend that time with all of the people who had been so supportive.” Including her TA.

Ceremony: Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church • Reception: Nicollet Island Pavilion • Dress: Melissa Sweet from Priscilla of Boston • Bridesmaids’ dresses: Made by bride’s mother with fabric from SR Harris • Groom’s attire: Hubert White • Groomsmen’s attire: Personal suits • Rings: Charlemagne (bride), Knox Jewelers (groom) • Catering/cake: Mintáhoe • Flowers: Arranged at Market Flowers at the Minneapolis Farmers Market by bride and friends • Invitations: Designed by the best man, printed at MCAD • Ceremony music: Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church organist • Reception music: Flow DJ • Linens: Tablecloths sewn by bride’s mother and friends with fabric from Abu Dhabi • Honeymoon: Dominican Republic

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