Laura Sallstrom Klint and Alexander Klint met by coincidence at a restaurant. But when it came to planning their June 2012 nuptials, they left nothing to chance. “When we first got engaged we were so excited and overwhelmed in a positive way,” Laura says. “But we needed to step back and think about the things that were really important to us. That helped us keep it simple. Luckily, our priorities overlapped.”
Those three wedding wishes included great food, a live band, and fabulous photography. “Those were our top three things, and the rest [of our wedding plans] fell into place,” Laura says.
For the perfect food, the couple opted for D’Amico Catering. The couple loves Frank Sinatra music, so after seeing Tim Patrick and his Blue Eyes Band play live a couple of times, they found the right wedding music. And they called on photographer Kelly Brown to capture all the moments of the day.
The intimate ceremony took place at Congregational Church of Excelsior, which was packed with the couple’s guests. “It was fun to have such an intimate, personal ceremony,” Laura says. “It was unique because we had two pastors. One was a residing pastor at the church, and the other was a close family friend. We got a lot of feedback from our guests that our pastors were very personable.”
Then it was onto the reception at Calhoun Beach Club, which was decorated with than 300 flickering candles amongst gold, silver, and bronze décor. “I just wanted something really simple and tasteful, as it’s easy to go over the top with centerpieces,” Laura says.
In fact, the couple’s favorite moment of the day was walking into the ballroom for the first time—sans guests. “Just Laura and I went into the room, and the band started playing,” Alexander says. “We had an unofficial first dance at that moment.”
Laura also has fond memories of that moment. “It was so fun to have that sneak peek of the reception with just Alex and I,” she says. “It was an intimate, personal moment. And when you spend so many hours on the décor, it was fun to see it all together and take it in.”
Looking back on the experience, the couple has a key piece of advice for soon-to-be-married couples: Make time for one another. During the planning process, the couple declared one night per week as wedding-free. “There is something you could be doing every second of every day. You need to take breaks,” Laura says. “We’d go on a date to get our minds off wedding planning. We really enjoyed that, and it really helped our relationship.”
June 15, 2012
•Ceremony: Congregational Church of Excelsior
•Reception: Calhoun Beach Club
Bride’s dress from Bridal Accents Couture
, groom’s tuxedo from The Foursome
•Hair: Diane Raye Erdman
, Richfield Flowers and Events
, At Your Service Weddings
•Music: Tim Patrick and his Blue Eyes Band
•Food: D’Amico Catering
•Photography: Kelly Brown Weddings
•Videography: SoundMotion Films