Why fret about meeting the parents when you can get it out of the way on the first two dates? That’s the approach Danielle and Brian took. When picking Danielle up for their first date in 2013, he got to meet Danielle’s mother. On their second date, she went to a parade with his parents and sister. “It’s not typical that you meet each others’ families on the first and second dates, but after doing so we knew right away we would marry each other someday,” says Danielle. Adds Brian: “I really liked the fact that she was very family-oriented, because I’m the same way.”
So it’s no surprise, then, that when the couple started planning their wedding a year and a half later, one of their top priorities was inviting all their family and friends—some 600 people. Having a group that large narrowed venue choices, and they opted for Danielle’s childhood church in New Prague and the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. “Not only was it big enough, but it was a very elegant place,” says Danielle.
In addition to having all the people they loved there, the couple wanted to weave in their personalities. And indeed, it wasn’t hard to guess the bride’s favorite color, as purple appeared everywhere, including the invitations, lace-covered bridesmaids’ dresses, florals, and the two-tiered purple cake covered in white lace. “We even did purple uplighting, and there were some purple sequined table runners,” says Danielle. “I definitely liked the sparkle, but I didn’t want it to be too glammed out, so it was a little more subtle.”
Their lighthearted side also shone through in fun personal touches. There was an “I spy” game on each reception table, a caramel apple bar to honor the orchard where they got engaged, signs showcasing the couple’s humor (e.g., “You can find your seat here, but your place is on the dance floor”), and a GoPro that recorded the day’s activities, even walking down the aisle in a bridesmaid’s bouquet.
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The groom’s boutonniere included a calla lily, the bride’s favorite flower.
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Because the couple got engaged at an apple orchard, they included a caramel apple bar with all the fixings.
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The lace on the bride’s shoes perfectly matched the couple’s vintage-chic theme.
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The bride’s mother gifted them with “I do” and “me too” forks to use for their first bite of cake.
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The bridesmaids’ bouquets included green mums and baby’s breath.
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The bridesmaids’ purple dresses featured a lace scalloped neckline that mimicked the bride’s Mori Lee gown.
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The almond poppy seed cake with raspberry filling was decorated with cream cheese frosting that matched the lace on the bride’s dress.
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Invites featured the couple’s purple and silver theme.
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The couple used rentals from Everly Lace to round out their reception.
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Programs featured a silhouette of the wedding party.
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The couple took a ride down Main Street in the bride’s grandfather’s antique Ford Model A.
Ceremony: St. Wenceslaus Church, New Prague
Reception: Verizon Wireless Center, Mankato
Bride’s dress: Mori Lee from The Wedding Shoppe
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bill Levkoff from The Wedding Shoppe
Groom’s/groomsmen’s attire: Savvi Formalwear
Rings: Wedding Day Jewelers
Flowers: Awesome Blossoms
Catering: Najwa’s Catering
Dessert: Patty’s Place
Ceremony music: Pianist Grace Eerie and Guitarist Jake Lacina
Dj: Elegant Affairs
Videographer: Ben Enke Films
Décor: Everly Lace
Hair: Hair Benders
Makeup: Rachel Vonbank
Honeymoon: Dominican Republic