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Marissa & Robb Bader: A Tale of Three Cities

December 4, 2010 — Graves 601 Hotel

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    Richfield Flowers and Events built Marissa and Robb's stunning huppah—the traditional Jewish wedding canopy.
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    Winter wonderland centerpieces by Richfield Flowers and Events.
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    Snapping photos before the ceremony.
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    The "Tale of Three Cities" cake by Gateaux Inc., which later starred on WE's Amazing Wedding Cakes.
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    The stunning ketubah, a Jewish marriage contract by local artist Judy Freeman.
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    Marissa attached a photo of her late father, Henry, to her bouquet to keep him with her as she walked down the aisle.
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    Lake String Quartet.
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    Passed hors d'oeuvres.
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    The bride's bold red shoes matched her red roses.

Marissa and Robb connected deeply from their very first meeting—if only Robb could remember it. He started off on a good note, confidently walking up to Marissa at a bar and saying, “You’re really beautiful.” They soon were connecting over the fact that they’d both just moved back to the Twin Cities from the coasts, and Marissa left the bar feeling elated.

But the next Saturday, when they ended up at the same bar again, Robb didn’t remember Marissa—he’d had a bit too much to drink the weekend before. Thankfully, the couple’s first date at Café & Bar Lurcat on Loring Park left a longer-lasting impression. “It was pure connection,” Marissa says. “We had so much in common.” Just nine months later, Robb proposed to Marissa during a surprise overnight at The Saint Paul Hotel.

The couple initially had different ideas about their big day. “She wanted it very small and intimate, and I wanted a big party,” Robb says. They compromised with 230 guests and a winter wonderland theme, featuring draped crystals, candles, and white twinkle lights. “I felt like no matter how big it was, we could give it a feel of being cozy and intimate,” she says.

After a rehearsal dinner at Target Field, guests gathered Saturday at the Graves 601 Hotel Wyndham Grand for the ceremony and reception. The celebration incorporated aspects of the couple’s Jewish heritage, including the signing of the ketubah marriage contract and breaking of the glass.

Other details celebrated a more personal aspect: the parallel paths they’d lived on the coasts—Robb in Los Angeles as a real estate developer and Marissa in New York as a freelance writer—before meeting in the middle. Their cake was a perfect illustration, featuring tiers for L.A. and New York, with Minneapolis in the center. It also added a touch of Hollywood glamour to their nuptials when cable channel WE tv selected the Gateaux Inc. creation to appear on Amazing Wedding Cakes. A TV crew joined the wedding-day scene—one that Robb is certain never to forget. 

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