Last October, Sara Roed and her boyfriend Ryan Schabel planned a mini vacation to Grand Marais. Ryan had just accepted a job that would be sending him to Copenhagen for three months, so the couple of three years packed their bags and headed north to steal some alone time before their relationship temporarily became long-distance.
But this visit was much more than just a random weekend getaway. Grand Marais was the place Ryan and Sara had ventured on their first trip together, a mere six months into their relationship. “It was a big step in the relationship. Was this going to work? Was this not going to work? So we went up there, and everything turned out OK. We survived. We still liked each other afterwards,” Sara laughs.
This time around, however, was not a make or break situation. Ryan had every intention of making it work when he planned the romantic escape, complete with a stop at World’s Best Donuts and—although it was rented out at the time—the cabin they had stayed in two years prior. Despite the fact they were trespassing, Ryan led Sara down to the shoreline, got down on one knee, and proposed.
With Ryan’s impending job in Europe, the couple began planning their wedding right away. And by the time he left mid-October, the church and reception venue were already booked.
Speaking over Skype and by phone, Sara and Ryan proceeded to coordinate the big day—at that point only eight months away—from across the globe. For the color scheme, they drew inspiration for their pink and platinum décor from the Style Me Pretty blog, and “a simple, but classic and timeless” dress from L’atelier was an easy sell for Sara, who was able to walk away with her gown on her first day of shopping. Even with the couple’s condensed timetable, working with vendors proved to be easy for Ryan and Sara, who says her previous exposure to the wedding industry as a former Mpls.St.Paul Weddings employee allowed her to be very decisive when it came to her nuptials. “I feel like I had a lot of my big decisions made prior to getting engaged,” she says. “We had no problems, no drama. Which I think just makes everything better.”
This was especially true of the ceremony location, Central Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis, where Sara’s parents were married 30 years earlier. “It was a special church that we would go to on Christmas and I just remember it being so beautiful on the inside,” Sara says. “I thought it would be really cool to get married in the same church that my parents did. We actually tied in some music that my parents had at their wedding, so I walked down the aisle to the same song my mom did, and Ryan and I walked back up the aisle to the same song my parents did. They were very happy and I think it brought back a lot of good memories for them.”
As for the reception, the Calhoun Beach Club was an easy choice for the couple, who immediately fell in love with the venue’s clean lines, contemporary décor, and outdoor patio overlooking the lake. But the best part, in Sara’s opinion, was the bridal suite. On the morning of her June 7 wedding to Ryan, D’Amico catered in breakfast for Sara and her bridal party while they sipped on mimosas and prepared for the big day.
And while Sara admits the bridal suite was “awesome,” her vendors were “great,” and her cake—“a banana flavor with caramel and chocolate ganache and white chocolate buttercream frosting”—was to die for, her favorite part of the day was being surrounded by loved ones, including a flower girl that completely stole the show. “Besides getting to marry Ryan, my favorite part was just having all our friends and family together in one spot to celebrate something,” she says. “A lot of times you don’t get to see all your loved ones for happy reasons. A lot of times it’s for sad reasons, like funerals. So it was great to have everyone come together and feel all the love in the room and excitement. It was perfect.”
Wedding Date: June 7, 2013
Wedding Planner: Joan Nielson from Ambiente
Photographer: Jodi Ann Photography
Bride’s Dress: L’atelier Couture
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Groom’s Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Knox Jewelers (hers) and Jeffrey Jewelry (his)
Hair: Audrey from ReVamp Salon Spa
Makeup: Julie Lam Makeup Artistry
Flowers: Munster Rose
Band: The Power of 10
Food/Cake: D’Amico Catering
Transportation: Star Limousine
First Dance Song: “Swallowed by the Sea” by Coldplay