Photos by Jonny Edwin
As everyone said it would, our wedding day flew by.
But we know there are things we’ll always remember. Special moments, words, and dance moves (especially dance moves) that bubble to the surface every time we reflect on the day. Mostly I think we’ll remember how much love we felt from our family and friends that day.
WORTH EVERY PENNY
Jonny Edwin, and his wife/assistant, Liz, were so much more than picture takers. Photographers are there with you for basically the entire day, which means you better not only like their work, but also like the person/people behind it. We love Liz and Jonny. They felt like our therapists, our consiglieres, and our friends. They rolled with the changes like champs, calmed our nerves, and ultimately took amazing photos that will be with us for a lifetime. And they got us photos only two and a half weeks after the wedding!! I would recommend this dynamic duo to anyone planning a wedding.
Matt Kotefka, of First Choice DJ Services, killed it. Matt went out of his way to develop a rapport with us before the big day. This is either just his method for getting to know couples, or it was unavoidable after he and Chris learned they were two of the four guys in the US who had actually owned mini disc players. Either way, it meant that the day of the wedding he basically got us. He played the perfect line between active emcee and laid-back, let-things-happen-as-they-happen DJ. We gave him a list of songs we’d like to hear, but ultimately asked him to read the crowd and change things up as he saw fit. He had the dance floor packed all night with hits from every generation (including the ever-popular and groom-requested “Thong Song”). He even subtly organized a dance off and karaoke event. It was epic. Plus we really, really love a good dance party.
I didn’t think a whole lot about the photo booth when I booked it, but man am I glad we did. I got a deal for Studio Veil via The Knot, which included three hours of photo booth time, plus props, two printed copies of each photo, a memorial book where guests could write notes and put their photos, and digital downloads of all the images. It was a great source of entertainment and a fun reminder of the night and our friends and family. I highly suggest it, especially if you’re not planning on doing party favors.
I love dessert. It’s kind of a big deal to me. Everyone in my family and group of close friends knows this. My sister’s speech summed it up well - “I knew Carly really liked Chris when I first saw her share her dessert with him.” So the fact that I didn’t get one slice of cake, or a cheesecake, or a chocolate macaroon is still bugging me. My sister even went to the effort to make me a plate full of everything, but we got caught up chatting with friends and never made it back to our seats to eat any of it. NOTE: to all brides and grooms out there with a sweet tooth: get someone to make you a to-go plate so you and your new significant other can enjoy your sweets or late-night snacks back at the hotel.
It would have been great . . . had anyone known about it. End of story.
Aside from all that, it's important to remember that a wedding is really about joining two families. I got stressed and frustrated in the 10 months leading up to the big day, but ultimately it’s about relishing that day and the people with you. Try to take some time the week leading up to the wedding (and especially the day of) and just let things go. Have someone who can be in charge that day, so you and your families don’t need to answer any questions or orchestrate things. Try, try, try to just enjoy the moment. It goes by quick!
Floral: Whimsy Designs (amazing, amazing, amazing)
Invitations: Printerette Press
Ceremony: Basilica of St. Mary
Reception: Minneapolis Event Center
Day-of Coordination: Amanda Bratton
Moss board (for escort cards) and moss letters: Marie Raley of Laine Moire
Dress: Tara LaTour (this was a highlight for me)
Makeup: Blush Beauty Room
Hair: Melissa Whitmore of Rendezvous Hair Studio