I know I have to do some updating on the weddings that I have done this year however I found this fun program and decided to make a small video of some of the weddings that I have pictures from. It has give me great joy to be a part of each and every union. I continue to hope for a healthy and lifelong union for each and every one of you.
Once again, I seem to be apologizing for getting my blogs posted! The year got away from me! If you read my earlier posts you know that 2 days before my daughter’s wedding in March my dad passed away. April was a whirlwind helping organize all that goes with that and settling mom into a “new routine”. In May I had 2 weddings then took the summer off. Finished off 2018 with 4 ceremonies in the fall into the winter. I am starting to fill my calendar for the year and it all tends to come in waves.
Megan & Christopher
May 11, 2018 – St. Paul
Megan & Christopher chose the Beautiful Landmark Center for their intimate ceremony. What a spectacular setting deep in history and architectural beauty. They were surrounded by close friends and family, it was the perfect setting for these newlyweds.
Amy & Chris
May 18, 2018 – Fridley
What a fun couple they were! Her dress was a one of a kind creation – and fit her perfectly. Beautiful day and sweet couple and Banquets of Minnesota, Fridley was spot on as always.
Raven & Tyron
September 7, 2018 – Blaine
Raven and Tryon were so fun to work with! They had an absolutely delightful family that kept the day light and fun. Gloria and her staff at the Banquets of Minnesota Blaine facility were as professional and polished as always.
Nicole & Blake
Sept 22, 2018 – Fridley
Nicole was just radiant and the whole day was just beautiful. Like all my couples, they were sweet and very easy to work with – Many Blessings on your marriage.
Amanda & Avery
October 19, 2018 – Fridley
Amanda and Avery had a beautiful ceremony surrounded by lots of friends and family. Everything was planned to perfection and the colors were so beautiful for the fall time of year.
Amanda & Josh
December 14, 2018 – Fridley
This couple and their whole wedding party were a delight to work with, they were fun and funny and ready to get the party started! What a great way to end the wedding season for 2018 for me.
Wishing all of my Couples all the best in the coming years!!
In October I was honored to be a part of the Rainbow Network Wedding Fair! What a great crowd and a fun way to meet new couples. I was set up with my best friend who was there promoting her Realty Business. The crowd was awesome, lots of great give-aways and small enough (Vendor-wise) to get to know others that support Marriage for all. Took a bit for folks to realize that I was not selling wedding dresses OR Trash the dress photo sessions – but it is a great conversation starter! What a fun day!
March Madness – 4 weekends/5 weddings!! The final one of the month was my own daughter that I shamelessly already highlighted separately!
Abigail & Shane
Mar 3, 2018- Lakeville, MN
They started this month off with a beautiful, simple yet elegant wedding. I could tell from the moment we gathered for the rehearsal that they had amazing friends and family – one of the few rehearsal dinners I have stayed to attend – I enjoyed getting to visit with everyone. They were relaxed, and she was gorgeous in her beautiful dress. Love and laughter filled the event. Thank you, Abby & Shane, for a wonderful day to be a part of!
Hope & Peter
Mar 10, 2018 – Blaine, MN
I met Hope and Peter 1 hour before their ceremony! I got the call from Banquets of Minnesota Friday night that this sweet couple was Officiant-less – It was FATE as that was originally that was the only Saturday I had open for the month – It was meant to be. They were amazingly calm and collected when I arrived Saturday afternoon to step in and join them in marriage. This couple has what it takes to roll with the punches and face the ups and downs of marriage in the future. I wish I had had a chance to get to know them better, as I do with my other couples, but I am glad that I could be there for them when they needed it! Best of luck in the future together.
Rachel & Mike
Mar 24, 2018 – Blaine, MN
1st Wedding of the day. Rachel & Mike were another couple that was “unconventional” for me. This was all planned via phone/text/email! They were undertaking not only a wedding, they were relocating back up here to Minnesota! That is a lot and from the looks of it they managed just fine! Their family was happy to have them back up here. I have had some of the most amazingly calm and relaxed brides and Rachel was definitely that! (and beautiful too) She is also taking on the role of step-mom, after speaking with Paxton he seemed to be quite excited to be welcoming her into his little world! I was honored to be a part of your day!
Pam & Joe
Mar 24, 2018 – Fridley, MN
Cut to 1 ½ hours later – Pam & Joe were my second wedding of the day! What a great couple! They had 2 darling young children who added a spirited tone to the ceremony! Her brothers presented her to Joe and they were so fun and funny! The wedding party was quite the good looking cast. Pam was stunning as well. I loved some of the personal touches through the reception – including a card box in the shape of a wishing well, made by Joe himself! Thank you for choosing me to help put words to your story.
Christina & Brett
Jan 13,2018 – Blaine, MN
This young couple met in eighth grade and knew that they were destined to be together forever! They were surrounded by the love of close friends and family on their special day. Their love for each other showed in every little detail and their attention to each other. The heart knows what the heart knows…no matter how young it “figures it out” -I wish them all the happiness the world has to offer for the rest of their days together.
Gabrielle & Jordan
Feb 17, 2017 – Blaine, MN
HOOAH these two Soldiers found love – despite distance that kept them apart temporarily! They look forward to exciting careers in the Army TOGETHER now. Everything about the couple says success. They have a loving and supportive network of family and friend to help them as they maneuver this new “battleground”! Congrats and thank you for making me a part of your special day. Much luck into the future.
What was I thinking when I said I would perform my daughter’s wedding ceremony!? I was thrilled and excited and volunteered before I fully thought about it! – EEEK! I knew I had to make it through without falling apart. Carrie and I worked for over a year and a half – on different continents, me here in the US and her in Colombia.
It was written, re-written, tweaked, re-written and tweaked again. Then there were at least 3 final drafts! I was READY… She got home from her Peace Corps Service 2 weeks before the big day but had to leave us to head to DC for the week leading up to her wedding.
Sadly, 2 days before her wedding day, her Grampa, my dad, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. As we all struggled to process that we moved on with the plans, it would have been what he wanted. Fear and panic set in for me – COULD I do this now? Would I really be able to get through this wedding with the death of my father so new and raw? I did, like a good Officiant, call for reinforcements just in case. She assured me that she would be there if it got bad, but that I was going to be just fine and make my daughter, new son in law and dad proud.
I faltered once when recognizing those not with us but otherwise I think I made her proud. She wished for snow on her wedding day and feels that Grampa pulled some strings, we all think he went a bit far with his “string-pulling”. Despite the heavy hearts it was a day of laughter, smiles and celebrating Carrie & TJ – my mother stayed to the very end, dancing up a storm with everyone, I am sure it was hard for her, but she smiled her way through it with only happiness and joy for her grand-daughter.
I thank you for indulging me the extra pictures and video highlights from this event!
A big thank you to Rachel, from Rachel Lahlum Photography and Kelly from KAS Films, LLC for the incredible photo and video footage – and for going above and beyond our expectations all through the day. If you’re looking for incredible Photo and Video please give them a look – the whole family was so impressed with their professionalism, command of the room, and quality of work! Can’t wait to see all the final products.
2018 Brings new beginnings! I have 10 weddings already on the calendar for 2018 and one has special meaning(they all do) – not only will I be Officiating – I will be Mother of the Bride! Eeek! What a different perspective from this side. Sure, I planned my own wedding(s) first one in 3 months and the second in 3 weeks. That was not the same. There was no pressure about HOW to ask your friends to be in your wedding party – you just asked, there were not goody boxes and proposals other than the groom asking the bride. There wasn’t elaborate expensive trips to Las Vegas for your Bachelor/Bachelorette parties, you went out for dinner with your girlfriends. Not that any of that is bad, it is just different. My daughter who is getting married (March 31st) has been out of the country serving in the Peace Corps in Colombia so this has all been planned via Whatsapp, email, video chat and lots of time on the part of her sister and I. I know she is grateful for our help but I can imagine that part of her is sad, she didn’t get to “shop the venue”, go to tastings, sample cakes, and do a day of dress shopping with me and her bridesmaids. She sort of had to call it in and rely on all of us back here to get it together. That is a big leap of faith. Her sister, fiance and I have worked very hard to get the vision right and hopefully she will love the outcome! I have purposely kept my calendar packed for this next 3 months to pass the time. She arrives home 15 days before the event and is having to leave for 3 days the week leading up to the wedding (Peace Corps business in DC). I have 4 weddings prior to hers, then a month off before the next. I am thrilled for her and her new adventure with her soon to be husband. To say I am not scared about this one would be an understatement – this is more personal than any ceremony I have done, but I am so incredibly proud of this child of mine that I can think of no better way to show her just how much I love her that to unite her with her love. I am up to the challenge. 2018 is a lucky year for me!
(picture of me and my beautiful daughter in November when I had the opportunity to travel to Colombia to see her and wonderful work she is doing in the Peace Corps- I highly recommend it BEAUTIFUL Country!)
Thank you for indulging this mom some bragging!
Again – I find myself behind in updating this page! I get myself so busy (note to self – take a bit more time WEEKLY or even BI-WEEKLY for Updating!!)
I had a great wedding season! June through last weekend. While I would like to do more next year, this year the pace was just perfect. I don’t have anymore scheduled for the rest of 2017 – although, I will still gladly book more. I do have 5 or so already on the books for 2018!
Since the last blog here is a look at the Fantastic couples that I had the pleasure of uniting in marriage. All ceremonies and celebrations unique! I enjoyed the time I had with each couple. All of them have two things in common, their love for each other and a strong community of family and friends to help them get through the next stage of their lives.
I am so blessed and I love what I do!
June 3, 2017(Stillwater, MN)
I joined together Christy & Jerry in Beautiful Stillwater, MN – we met the week before and due to flooding their hopes of using THIS Gazebo was underwater – we made alternate plans. Thankfully, the day of the wedding came and the waters had receded. This was beautiful, intimate gathering of friends and family.
July 17, 2017(St. Paul, MN)
It was a VERY hot day at the Como Park Conservatory but Robin & Robert had a beautiful setting and Robin was a vision! She stayed cool in an air-conditioned limo until it was time for her grand entrance. What a great couple and awesome family.
July 22, 2017(Talladega, AL)
I thought the conservatory was HOT… well let me tell you “Talladega Nights” are as sultry as they come! This wedding had extra special meaning – this is my beautiful niece (and as of this writing the family is GROWING!!) daughter of my husband’s deceased brother – all 3 of the uncles were there to “represent” and we know that Daddy Mark was there – he showed himself in many ways. It was a beautiful lakeside setting and there were lots of friends and family to get this party started!
August 5, 2017 (Banquets of MN- Fridley, MN)
Palladin and Cameron were an awesome couple to work with! They were so cute and so in love. They had all the greatest touches on this most special day. Their colors were perfect. I had a great time with this couple.
October 14, 2017(Banquets of MN-Fridley, MN)
Amanda & Kyle -This was my SHY bride. I watched this beautiful woman become more confident as the day went on! She looked so beautiful! I loved all the amazing touches all the way down to her BLUE tennies! I had a great time getting to know some of her family at the rehearsal and her mom and mom’s best friend kept everyone laughing! You got a keeper Kyle!
October 21, 2017(Rubies & Rust-Belle Plaine, MN)
Molly & Jared – Outside might have been cold and windy on their wedding day but the love between these two kept EVERYONE warm. I have never experienced such a caring and attentive Groom. He was so in tune with her every need and emotion. They were fluid. The setting was beautiful, their families were so welcoming, the food was amazing, and the Hand-Fasting Ceremony was so meaningful -lots of tears – WOW is about all I have to say about these two.
October 22, 2018(Cannon River Winery-Cannon Falls, MN)
John & Delmi had a very small, intimate gathering of friends and family to watch as, John’s sister lovingly wrote, “Delmi got her man”. There were a few traditions that were very new to me, so it was a learning event for me as well. The bride was surprised with her favorite Saxophone player from Las Vegas that they flew in special for the event. She was a stunning, exotic vision. What a beautiful family.
Tracy & Jon kicked off the spring with a BEAUTIFUL wedding that was “no joke”- with the ceremony on April Fools Day – this fantastic couple had a ceremony that was filled with love and laughter – and PASTEL! I was telling a friend it has been a LONG time since I have seen a pastel wedding – attending or officiating – and it was refreshing and light and gorgeous! It reflected the feeling of everything in bloom, especially the love between these two! They combined their individual families with a sand ceremony that incorporated 6 beautiful colors to represent the blending of the 2 families into one. After walking into this room for the rehearsal my last blog felt so true! They (probably more Tracy than Jon – but I may be wrong) went with their dreamy vision and it was spectacular! Thank you for letting me be a part of you special day – this was a stand out!
Just finished reading an article entitled “Wedding Trends of 2017”. And it got me thinking and it made realize something. The media really does have a huge influence. WHY?? Have we become so worried that we constantly have to follow blindly what the “trends” are? Who decides this? and… how did they get that presumptuous job? Yet people keep letting them decide what WE like and what WE should do. They make us feel bad, and silly for our own individual taste… why do we allow that?
When this woman planned her wedding, I am sure she picked something SHE liked. At the time it was probably “The Trend”. I hope now when she looks back at that picture she still loves it because of what it represents. Not the dresses, or the hairstyles. A marriage, a day of hope and planning for a future with a soulmate. We look back and giggle sometimes at things we wore, how we wore our hair etc but if you get beyond the initial reaction, a photo evokes emotions of a day – good or bad – it takes you back sometimes to a time that was ever so much simpler in your life.
Being a DAYS fan, I got to see a LOT of weddings, sometimes multiples for the same couples! I would ooh and aah over the elaborate, over the top weddings they would throw. I remember thinking I would love to be an actress just so I could wear all sorts of different wedding dresses, marry some of the most handsome men on the planet. The bigger the better. I was going to have a soap opera wedding! Those women set the wedding trends in their day! I honestly still love all the wedding dresses! Dated or not… but WHY are they dated?
Not only did Bo and Hope set a high bar, there was the event of high school.. Luke and Laura – people took the day off work for that wedding! For a TV show wedding! Laura with her dramatic (Like Hope’s) headpiece that EVERYONE wanted.
Granted, these are fictitious weddings but they set the “trend” for the 80’s. The clothing doesn’t make a marriage. Hard work and dedication makes a marriage. Clothing makes a WEDDING. Big difference.
So… when people question what the “trend” for the season is here is my take. It is whatever YOU want. There is no right or wrong way to have a wedding – that is just the dressing, what is to come is what matters. Want plaid, wear plaid. No flowers, that’s cool. Big, small, music, no music. The canvas is yours.Give it YOUR unique and amazing brush strokes! Set your own trend and forget articles that are telling you how to plan YOUR day. Have fun with your day, and focus what matters the most… the Marriage that will follow that ONE day.
The last picture I will share is still one of my favorite “outside the box” dresses – again from my Soap…
Now a light up dress is the way to start a “TREND” Married at midnight on New Years Eve -in the snow – with Jiminy Cricket serenading her in with “When you wish upon a star” YES!