Diamond Award Winners 2013

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  • L'atelier Couture Bridal Boutique
    Outstanding Bridal Salon Experience
    Judges' Choice: l'atelier couture bridal boutique
    People's Choice: Bridal Accents Couture
  • Bella Bridesmaid Excelsior MN
    Outstanding Bridesmaid Apparel
    Judges' Choice: Bella Bridesmaid
    People's Choice: The Wedding Shoppe
  • Gateaux, Inc.
    Outstanding Cake and Dessert Design
    Judges' Choice: Gateaux, Inc.
    People's Choice: Buttercream Cakes and Desserts
  • Crystal Kluge Handlettering & Illustration
    Outstanding Calligraphy
    Judges' Choice: Crystal Kluge Handlettering & Illustration
    People's Choice: Crystal Kluge Handlettering & Illustration
  • Common Roots Catering Minneapolis MN
    Outstanding Catering
    Judges' Choice: Common Roots Catering
    People's Choice: Chowgirls Killer Catering
  • The Traveling Photo Booth
    Outstanding Entertainment
    Judges' Choice: The Traveling Photo Booth
    People's Choice: The Traveling Photo Booth
  • Lasting Impressions
    Outstanding Event Décor
    Judges' Choice: Lasting Impressions
    People's Choice: All The Rage Décor
  • Hammer Made
    Outstanding Formalwear
    Judges' Choice: Hammer Made
    People's Choice: Hammer Made
  • Munster Rose
    Outstanding Floral Design
    Judges' Choice: Munster Rose
    People's Choice: Munster Rose
  • Jen Santoro Rotty Makeup + Hair
    Outstanding Wedding Day Hair and Makeup
    Judges' Choice: Jen Santoro Rotty Makeup + Hair
    People's Choice: Jett Makeup
  • Dick & Jane Letterpress
    Outstanding Invitations
    Judges' Choice: Dick & Jane Letterpress
    People's Choice: Dick & Jane Letterpress
  • JB Hudson Jewelers
    Outstanding Wedding Jewelry
    Judges' Choice: JB Hudson
    People's Choice: Wedding Day Diamonds
  • Style Architects
    Outstanding Wedding Design and Planning
    Judges' Choice: Style Architects
    People's Choice: Style Architects
  • Flow Event Group
    Outstanding Musical Entertainment
    Judges' Choice: Flow Event Group
    People's Choice: Lake Minnetonka String Quartet
  • Renee's Royal Valet
    Outstanding Transportation
    Judges' Choice: Renee's Royal Valet
    People's Choice: Renee's Royal Valet
  • Summit Chalet
    Outstanding Rehearsal / Event Venue
    Judges' Choice: Summit Chalet
    People's Choice: Minnesota History Center
  • Erin Johnson Photography
    Outstanding Wedding Photography
    Judges' Choice: Erin Johnson Photography
    People's Choice: Janelle Elise Photography
  • Sky Focus Films
    Outstanding Videography
    Judges' Choice: Sky Focus Films
    People's Choice: Zandolee Media
  • Janelle Elise Photography
    People's Choice Vendor of the Year
    Janelle Elise Photography
  • Jessica and Michael Devins
    Real Wedding of the Year
    Jessica and Michael Devins

Wedding Design & Planning

Style-Architects

Planning the perfect wedding takes coordination, skill, and serious attention to detail. Our judges all agreed that events with Style-Architects at the helm combined all three to make beautiful affairs to remember. “They do a nice job of thinking of all the details,” said one judge, who was especially impressed with Style-Architects’ depth of expertise in planning, styling, and design— calling its level of expertise a perfect triple threat. 219 N. 2nd St., Ste. 400, Mpls., 612-326-9020, style-architects.com

People’s Choice: Style-Architects


Bridal Salon Experience

l’atelier couture

“Stocking brands like Monique Lhuillier and Marchesa tells you that l’atelier couture takes fashion, design, and craftsmanship seriously,” said one impressed industry expert. Other members of our panel agreed. “Owner Amanda Kautt sets the bar high for bridal salon excellence. Not only do they have a lovely space that makes dress buying a memorable experience, they also stock gowns for the industry’s very top echelon of designers.” Another judge remarked that the white glove service, where brides can rent out the boutique the morning of their wedding, is the icing on an already perfect cake. 219 N. 2nd St., Ste. 404, Mpls., 612-367-8120, lateliercouturebridal.com

People’s Choice: Bridal Accents Couture


Formalwear

Hammer Made

Reigning champ Jason Hammerberg and his fashionable men's boutique Hammer Made so impressed our judges that his Galleria storefront unanimously won as their top choice. Hammer Made's array of affordable custom options for the groom and his men offers the perfect opportunity to dress the guys in styles that are on-trend, catered to the groom's specific preferences, and designed to make the men look almost as good as teh gals. Almost.Galleria, 952-681-2534, hammermade.com

People’s Choice: Hammer Made


Floral Design

Munster Rose

The judges were mad for the naturally striking aesthetic that has become the signature look of Munster Rose. One judge, who was enamored with owner and creative guru Jackie Reisenauer’s vision and talent, said, “Her arrangements look like they were just plucked from the garden.” Another couldn’t help but laud Reisenauer for her on-trend assessment of the floral landscape. “These gorgeous, natural bouquets are au courant.” 612-812-2538, munsterrose.com

People’s Choice: Munster Rose


Invitations

Dick & Jane Letterpress

Choosing the right invitation is about so much more than simply picking a piece of paper, which is why the variety and breadth of options available at Dick & Jane Letterpress floored our panel of experts. One judge summed it up best by saying, “An invitation introduces your guest to the type of wedding they will have—it can influence the typographical moments through the reception and later into the thank you cards.” And what better place to find that perfect introduction than within the impressively cohesive collection available at this St. Paul staple? 2500 University Ave.,
St. Paul, 651-756-8990, dickandjaneletterpress.com

People’s Choice: Dick & Jane Letterpress


Wedding Photography

Erin Johnson Photography

There are wedding photos, and then there are works of art. If it’s the latter you’re seeking, our judges say look no further than Erin Johnson Photography. Deeming her images “different—but in a good way,” our experts were captivated by her distinctive lighting and unmatchable eye for beauty. “Erin’s photos are perfectly styled, making each image so incredibly pretty,” raved another judge. 1330 NE Quincy St., Mpls., 612-529-9792, erinjohnsonphoto.com

People’s Choice: Janelle Elise Photography


Catering

Common Roots

Because Minneapolis is known for its food, our judges figured it only made sense to encourage brides to choose a caterer that highlights our local talent. The main mission of Common Roots is to create food with local character that is worthy of your wedding, and that is precisely what won the hearts of our judges. One expert raved, “I love that Common Roots supports local yet offers a sophisticated presentation of its creations,” making it the obvious winner in a town where food comes first. 2940 Harriet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-353-4261, commonrootscatering.com

People’s Choice: Chowgirls Killer Catering


Wedding Day Makeup & Hair

Jen Santoro Rotty Makeup + Hair

Gone are the days of overly coiffed updos and made-up brides. Jen Santoro Rotty Makeup + Hair works with brides to help them create the look they desire, while also ensuring that the environment in which she works is calm and relaxed. The judges were drawn to the “unfussy” nature of Rotty—both in her demeanor and her styling. 612-840-8105, jensantororotty.com

People’s Choice: Jett Makeup
 

Calligraphy

Crystal Kluge Handlettering & Illustration 

There’s something so beautifully elegant about calligraphy on your invites, and when Crystal Kluge is involved, you can be certain that your handlettering will be a step above the rest. The judges were enamored with Kluge’s original font styles and creative approach to design. One summed it up by saying, “In a world filled with copycats, Crystal Kluge’s handlettering really stands apart.” 612-377-2983, crystalkluge.com

People’s Choice: Crystal Kluge Handlettering & Illustration


Entertainment

The Traveling Photo Booth

When it comes to entertaining your guests, our judges all agreed that The Traveling Photo Booth has the market cornered. They acknowledged that the added amusement your guests will find behind that curtain makes this an investment well worth the money. Plus, the keepsake book of pictures you take home at the end of the night will provide laughs for many years to come. 916 26th Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-605-9203, thetravelingphotobooth.com

People’s Choice: The Traveling Photo Booth

Wedding Jewelry

JB Hudson

Our judges saw that renowned jeweler JB Hudson is more than just a diamond dealer. “This jeweler offers a great selection of wedding and engagement rings, as well as special pieces to wear on the day of,” remarked one judge. With designers such as Ippolita, Jaffe, and Marco Bicego, the variety of pieces available to complete your aisle style is extensive. Furthermore, if you’re looking for that special something old, one judge was particularly drawn to the extensive vintage collection, exclaiming, “It’s to die for!” Two metro locations, jbhudson.com

People’s Choice: Wedding Day Diamonds

Cake & Dessert Design

Gateaux, Inc.

Always at the forefront of design, Gateaux, Inc. won the hearts of our panel. One judge couldn’t help but gush over the quality of execution found in each one of owner Robin Martin’s beautiful desserts. “They marry innovation with elegance,” resulting in decadent creations that are sure to impress any number of guests. Another judge said it well: “Gateaux’s versatility and artistic design truly impresses.” 15705 35th Ave. N., Plymouth, 763-577-9815, gateaux-inc.com

People’s Choice: Buttercream Cakes and Desserts

Real Wedding of the Year

The Devins's

Jessica and Michael Devins’s wedding at Rosenwood Farm in Afton on June 22 was a true labor of love. Craving a family celebration filled with personal details, the couple crafted nearly every detail by hand. Jessica’s vision included a labeled bottle for each attendee, pinwheels that served as escort cards, and sunglasses for all the guests in an effort to help them stay cool. She also enlisted the services of her bridesmaids to create a treats table, and later in the day she surprised her wedding party by sneaking them off to a field to light paper lanterns. “The whole day appears to be so sweet,” remarked one judge. “It’s clear plenty of thought went into each detail,” added another, lauding the great lengths Jessica went to in order to make her day unique and intimate. Mission accomplished.

Event Décor

Lasting Impressions

As experts in the bridal industry, our judges have seen every trend in the book, which is why Lasting Impressions’ fresh yet classic approach to event décor was like a breath of fresh air. “I’m so tired of everything vintage,” groaned one judge. “Hooray to this company for knowing how to keep it classy.” 3431 The Mall, Minnetonka, 612-245-4791, lastingimpressionsweddings.com

People’s Choice: All the Rage

Videography

Sky Focus Films

Every couple has their own love story to tell. Our judges were awestruck by the way in which Sky Focus Films uncovers that story and artfully tells it in the most visually engaging way possible, using both old and new technology. 303-887-9780, skyfocusfilms.com

People’s Choice: Zandolee Media

Music

Flow Event Group

If it’s a dance party you want, it’s a dance party you’ll get with Flow Event Group. The judges were captivated by the company’s talented disc jockeys and dedication to personal experiences—each DJ promises to use songs you like to keep the dance floor packed. 5932 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 651-494-2775, floweventgroup.com

People’s Choice: Lake Minnetonka String Quartet

Transportation

Renee’s Royal Valet

Talk about a three-peat! Renee’s Royal Valet once again wowed our judges with its expansive collection of cars, buses, limos, and trolleys, making it the transportation winner for the third year. Whether you’re looking for a luxe limo or a comfortable bus to shuttle your guests, Renee’s Royal Valet is the go-to resource in town for a ride with style. 12813 Industrial Park Blvd., 
Plymouth, 763-551-1919, reneeslimousines.com

People’s Choice: Renee’s Royal Valet

Vendor of the Year

Janelle Elise Photography

It’s easy to understand why Janelle Elise Photography was voted the people’s favorite vendor. The talented shutterbug provides her couples with images that are refreshingly engaging, capturing the most perfect moments throughout your day. Plus, her approachable demeanor makes it easy to spend the day with her shadowing your every move—all in the name of a good photo, of course. 952-393-3749, janelleelise.com

Rehearsal/Event Venue

Summit Chalet

Our judges couldn’t stop gushing about the unique wedding experience that Summit Chalet offers couples and their guests. From the mountain tram ride up to the chalet at the top of the peak to the stunning views of Lake Superior and the North Shore, this venue sets the perfect scene for a picturesque Minnesota marriage. Its Lutsen address allows you to plan your destination fete with ease, and your Twin Cities guests can make the trek north without fear of breaking the bank. 445 Ski Hill Rd., Lutsen, 800-360-7666, summitchaletweddings.com

People’s Choice: Minnesota History Center

Bridesmaid Apparel

Bella Bridesmaid

A bride needs options, and that’s precisely what she’ll find at Bella Bridesmaid. Owner Briana Griffiths brought the well-known franchise to the Twin Cities more than two years ago, and brides have flocked to her cute Excelsior boutique ever since. “The option to customize caught my eye,” said one judge, while another was impressed with the range of dresses available. Griffiths’ ever-changing collection of gowns offers a wide variety of colors, textures, fabrics, and price points, making it an accessible option for any stylish bride looking to adorn her gals in something they actually might wear again. 276 Water St., Excelsior, 952-474-5086, bellabridesmaid.com

People’s Choice: The Wedding Shoppe

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