With Laura’s busy work schedule and lifestyle, she decided to join an online dating site to meet some fun people. She had no idea she’d find the love of her life.
On May 7, 2010, about four months after joining the site, she met Jim. They went to Bryant Lake Bowl where “Jim had the most interesting bowling technique, and we were both laughing the whole night,” says Laura.
After 18 months of dating, Jim decided it was time to pop the question, so on a Friday in December, he and Laura's dad went to lunch. Jim asked for permission to propose and told him he was going to ask her that Sunday. But he couldn’t wait—he decided to make plans for that evening.
They went out to dinner, and when they got home, “he told me he bought me an ornament and it was on the tree,” explains Laura. “I was looking all over for a new one but couldn't find it. When I turned around, he was down on one knee with the ring. He wanted to propose in front of the tree so I would always have the memory of his proposal when we put up the tree at Christmas every year."
The eagerness Jim felt to propose carried over into the wedding planning. They wanted a short engagement, so with the help of their wedding planner, Gretchen Culver, they booked a date only seven months out.
They chose WINDOWS on Minnesota as their venue, first and foremost for the convenience to their guests—they could have the reception and ceremony at one place. The large windows became a part of the inspiration for the rest of the décor and theme, night and day.
Gretchen created an idea board for Jim and Laura to visualize the layout. With Laura having chose Prussian blue, orange, and yellow as their colors, it allowed the sunny window-lit ceremony to transition smoothly into a nighttime reception. Plus, Laura’s blue shoes and purse doubled nicely as her “something blue.”
The day of the wedding, the weather was beautiful, providing guests with stunning views of the city. "Minneapolis is amazing in the summer, from the farmers' markets to the lakes,” says Laura. “We wanted our out-of-state guests to be able to see that. We both love Minneapolis, and [WINDOWS] was a great place to share that with our friends and family,” says Laura.
Her favorite part of the ceremony? “When the minister announced us as married, I couldn’t contain my excitement. We threw our hands up and cheered.”
At the reception, deep blue tablecloths played up the night sky. Escort cards and welcome bags were decorated with bicycles—a nod to the groom’s favorite pastime—but those weren’t the only goodies to greet guests as they entered the ballroom. The strong smell of donuts wafted through the room, thanks to the couple’s wedding “cake” choice. “We wanted the donuts for something fun and nontraditional,” says Laura. “We didn’t have any desire for a big wedding cake and wanted something everyone would enjoy.”
Toasts were given, music and dancing abounded, and fun was had by all. The whole day was nothing but smooth sailing, which Laura attributes to phenomenal planning. “We had the most fantastic wedding planner,” explains Laura. “If there were any problems she took care of it before we knew. The whole day was amazing, memorable, and fun.”
Wedding Date: July 14, 2012
Ceremony and Reception: WINDOWS on Minnesota in The Marquette
Photography: Jeff Loves Jessica
Wedding Planner: Gretchen Culver, Rocket Science Weddings & Events
Bride's Dress: Raffiné Bridal
Groom's Tux: Savvi Formalwear
Bridesmaid dresses: They each chose their own
Groomsmen tuxes: Savvi Formalwear
Hair and Makeup: Sandra Bethke
Flowers: Lacie Swartzendruber, Pearls and Lace
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Caterer: The Marquette Hotel
Dessert: Sarah Jane’s Bakery
First Dance Song: Lyle Lovett, "If I Needed You"