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Tia & Travis: City Girl, Country Boy

August 20, 2011 — Locust Hills

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    The couple alone together after the ceremony.
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    The late-afternoon ceremony was held in the courtyard adjacent to the clubhouse.
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    The bridesmaids wore cream-colored dresses and their hair down.
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    Flower arrangements floated in the open pool.
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    Wrought iron chandeliers brought the indoors out.
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    Real flowers embellished the branch details on the cake.
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    Tuna ceviche in cucumber cups.
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    The bride changed into a cocktail dress for her first dance.
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    A lounge area for relaxing between dances.

Tia and Travis had been friends for years, through college at the University of St. Thomas, graduation, jobs, relationships, breakups. But they had never dated. They’d toyed with the idea, but the timing had never been right—until 2008, when Tia finally confessed she’d had a crush on Travis for years.

About three and a half years later, Travis asked Tia to marry him in June 2011, setting in motion something almost unheard-of these days: a short engagement. Really short. “We did a two-and-a-half-month engagement. It was a whirlwind, but I loved it,” says Tia. “We both wanted the wedding in the summer, so it was either two months or 14.”

What some people might call crazy ended up working well for the couple, who learned to make quick and efficient decisions. One of the most important tasks was finding a venue they could book with just two months’ notice. Their solution: the clubhouse at Locust Hills, a private Wayzata home development.

The setting fit with their overall vision for the wedding. “Travis and I are really this northern country boy meets city girl, so we wanted that kind of combination of rugged with a touch of class,” says Tia. Their outdoor ceremony reflected that mix, as did the color scheme: elegant shades of cream and white with touches of brown and green, echoing Locust Hills’ stables and greenery.  
An avid outdoorsman, Travis even hunted down the main course—in a sense. “I reached out to a friend who owns a commercial fishery in Alaska and convinced them that I was ordering 300 pounds of sockeye salmon from them and that I would pick it up at the Delta cargo terminal,” he says. Next, he found a meat market in southern Minnesota to provide 315 fresh 10-ounce filets. It wasn’t the typical do-it-yourself wedding project, but it’s one this bride and groom will never forget.

Ceremony/Reception: Locust Hills • Dress: Lila Couture from Posh Bridal Couture • After-dinner dress: Arden B. • Bridesmaids’ dresses: Dessy • Groom’s/groomsmen’s attire: Men’s Warehouse • Rings: Peter Morfino of Ptak Brothers Jewelry in New York • Catering: Burt Joseph/Birch’s Restaurant • Salmon: Naknek Family Fisheries in Alaska • Wine: Per Cazo • Cake: Buttercream Wedding Cakes • Flowers: Beth Pederson of Park Rapids Floral • Invitations: Watermark Stationery • Ceremony music: Brian Sundberg • Reception music/lighting: Instant Request DJ Entertainment • Linens/decorations: Ultimate Events • Hair: Juut Wayzata • Makeup: Sarah Sponberg of MN Bridal Makeup • Honeymoon: Door County, Wisconsin

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