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This wedding has somewhat of an air of vintage to it – but I’m clearly not talking burlap or retro.  It has that sort of classic 1940s appeal.  Sara’s gown sets the stage, and each of the details – the cake, her jewelry, the flowers, are reminiscent of a beautiful party table scape – but it a timeless way.

And, don’t forget to check out their video – also captured by Matt at One Tree Photo+Cinema. I secretly love when I also have a video to share, as it always helps the couple’s story come to life even more.

Sara + Tyler Wedding Highlights from One Tree Photography on Vimeo.

Photographer: One Tree Photo+Cinema / Ceremony Venue: The Redemptorist Catholic Church / Reception Venue: Kansas City Marriott

Wedding “bars”/buffets are popping up all over the place-candy, s’mores, cupcakes, milkshakes, pie, sliders, popcorn, you name it, there’s a bar for it. The great thing about them is they can be so personalized with items that are meaningful to the couple, that they typically don’t seem overdone. One twist I’m loving is breakfast foods being offered at these bars. In some cases they’re the main food being served at a more casual morning wedding, and that’s great. They’re also being done at traditional evening weddings, either as a late night snack, or just as a part of the rest of the food selection (who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?).


Braedon Photography via GWS


Anna Wolf and Jillian Event Design via Once Wed/Southern Weddings




Shannon Nicole Smith via Bon Appetite


 Jagger Photography via GWS 


Sarah Yates Photography via GWS

Coffee and Donuts

Tinywater Photography via Divine Party Concepts


Our Labor of Love via Once Wed


Amy Atlas

Other options could be stuffed french toast, muffins, omelets, and other breakfast cocktails. Delicious!

My two favorite words from Mandi’s wedding day recap? “Simple elegance.” Their wedding was just that – nothing crazy over-the-top – just simple. Beautiful. And, fun. The main focus was friends and family – they knew that if that was a top priority, the other pieces would fall nicely into place.

From the Bride:
The entire wedding planning process was grounded by our intial thoughts for our wedding day “Simple elegance” which I think we followed through on. I had drooled over wedding after weddings in stacks of bridal magazines, including MN Bride and over wedding blog after wedding blog and found so much inspiration… every day I had new ideas but Joe was the one that kept bringing me back to reality and another important piece… our budget!!! We did lots of DIY and although I can’t say we loved every moment of long grueling nights of invitation prep and mailings… we tried our very best to make it a fun adventure, one that we knew would be over in the blink of an eye! Our family and our guests were the main focus of our reception as well… each and every one of them had helped us to get where we stood that very day, we wanted them to know that and to enjoy themselves! We had guests from all over the world, Joe’s uncle even made it from Korea!! My something old and borrowed was my grandma’s wedding ring that was tied into my bouquet, that way she would be with me each moment of a very important day I wish she could’ve been with us. Not a single thing went wrong on our wedding day… doing a chunk of DIY projects and budget friendly ways around most we could… Joe finally gave in to my want of a “day of coordinator”, which made everything seamless!!! Aside from Joe and I appreciating this splurge, our families even noticed how nice this added touch was. One of our favorite parts of the big day was our first sight… Joe stood with his back facing me on a bridge and each step I took toward him, my heart beat was faster and faster… finally as soon as I got to tap him on the shoulder and turned to see me… everything seemed perfect and all the butterflies of the big day went away for the both of us. From that point on throughout the rest of the day… we had huge perma-smil es glued to our faces. We truly couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day!

Ceremony Venue: St. Andrew Lutheran Church / Reception Venue: Stonebrooke Golf Club / Bride’s Dress: Our Shop / Groom’s Attire: Men's Warehouse / Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse / Invitations & Stationery: Amy Stemper / Flowers & Decor: The LOFT Floral / Bridesmaid Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe / Hairstylist: Mandy Simmons / Makeup Artist: Mandy Simmons / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Lasting Impressions / Transportation: Sexy Limos / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Etsy / Cake Baker: Muddy Paws Cheesecake / DJ: Instant Request / Photographer: Studio Laguna Photography

late night snacks are sure to knock guests off their feet!

These days weddings are running later and guests are staying longer, so late night snacks are the perfect way to ensure the celebration lasts long into the night. You can provide guests with a sweet treat of snow cones and ice cream to something a bit more savory such as mini-burgers or french fries. The beauty of late night fare is that it can be anything you want. Do you both have a favorite fast food restaurant? Have them cater the late night treat. Was your first date shared over coffee and donuts? Feature this sentimental meal as your late night option.  The creativity is up to you, but be sure to take a look at these mouthwatering possibilities below.

If your late night snacks is a hometown favorite or guilty pleasure, whatever you choose will be fun and memorable for both you and your guests!

elle rose | photo

I’m a sucker for navy blue. But, that’s not the only thing that drew me in to Beth and Ryan’s wedding. Photo after photo showed them smiling, and I could totally see it in their eyes. One of those genuine, joyful smiles. The ones that warm your heart the instant you spot it. Allison of Allison Marie Photography captured that joy so well.

Allison Marie Photography

From the Bride:
Our theme was classic modern. We wanted to look back at our pictures with no regrets or wonder why selected a color, dress, or style. And, we knew it had to be Kansas City, the city where our journey together started, and a perfect place to take our vows for “forever and ever, Amen.” We had the ceremony at my old neighborhood church in which my sister once dreamt of being married. My uncle who has helped guide me during earlier years was able to share with both of us the keys to growing together in marriage. And, we wanted the rest of our family and friends to be a part of the ceremony by taking a vow to love and support us in our marriage. It was so impactful to turn and see everyone standing in front of us taking this vow. Amazing.

What says Kansas City more than the great sky line and an outdoor terrace our guests could enjoy during cocktails and hors d’oeuvres?! That’s exactly why we chose the Terrace on Grand. Our goal was to bring the right people into our wedding day that had an eye for detail to take the pressure off on the days prior. All of our vendors did an outstanding job, but there was one that stood out above the rest, our photographer. She couldn’t have been better capturing the moments and details. When we think back on what made our day so special, it is hands down the ceremony. It was our time to focus on each other and what the day truly means. It’s not about the details but about the “forever and ever, Amen.” The perfect weather with brilliant sunshine also helped make it a wonderful day, forever to be cherished.

Ceremony Venue: Old Mission Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Terrace on Grand | Caterer: Taste Catering | Photographer: Allison Marie Photography | Floral Designer: Luminosity Design | Dress Designer: Lis Simon, Jim Hjelm | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Tuxedo Butler

I love the little touches here and there that make the bride and groom feel special on their day. One of these touches that I adore are chair signs at the reception that designate the seats for the bride and groom, but not just any chair signs. I like it when there is something a little different about them, whether they’re connecting the two chairs (what perfect symbolism!) or say things more personal to the couple than just “bride” and “groom”. I especially like those pictured last, which are childhood photos of the bride and groom!

Top: SMS Photography via SMP Middle Left: Kelly Hornberger Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic Middle Right: Simply Bloom Photography via Every Last Detail Bottom Left: Abby Jiu Photography Bottom Right: one love photography via Style Unveiled

Top: Oh Happy Day Middle: Carla Ten Eyck via SMP Bottom: Tyler Branch Photo via Green Wedding Shoes

Top: Juliet Elizabeth Photography via SMP Middle Left: Purple Peony Couture Middle Right 1: Brent Van Auken Photography via Ruffled Middle Right 2: Martha Stewart Weddings  Bottom: Justin DeMutiis Photography via Grey Likes Weddings

Pondie and Mark’s lakeside wedding has me pining for a weekend vacation somewhere near the water, and somewhere I can enjoy the last few weeks of summer. It has that perfect garden feel, fun and cheery colors, and a completely joyful couple (who’s smiles are infectious). Rita from Premiere Planning Services did a beautiful job of pulling Pondie and Mark’s vision together and created a timeless and classic soiree for their friends and family to celebrate their love.

Jim Clifford Photography

From the Bride:
It’s hard to know where to start when talking about my wedding. I think I always wanted my wedding to be fun and comfortable but also fancy. People have fun when they are comfortable so that goes hand and hand! I think by fancy, I mean classy or an unforgettable party. My mom is perfect at making things classy and unforgettable! She was key in the magic of my wedding.

My bridesmaids wore dresses that made me want to dance. There were three different colors to suit what looked good on them: clover, honey and baltic blue! I wanted my ladies to feel comfortable and ready to groove! My dress was an elegant one shoulder Vera Wang gown. I looked good :).

The wedding was outside. I felt like if you have a big wedding somehow it feels smaller when everyone is outside! To make people feel comfortable, or smile, our hors d’oeuvres were classics from our childhood: mac ‘n cheese, chicken fingers, pigs in a blanket, and grilled cheese. Our evening snack was s’mores around the bonfire. Unfortunately I never got to the fire, but I heard it was popular with the 10 year olds!

One of my favorite moments of the entire evening was taking a pontoon boat from the service to the reception. It was just the wedding party, some champagne and the perfect blue lake. That was the time of the night where I was most present and I could take in how amazing this evening was. My husband says he loved seeing our party wait for us as we landed on the dock for the reception. I agree.

Bruce Henry Band was outstanding. We started music right away, so throughout dinner people could dance. The dance floor was completely packed the entire night! The food tasted amazing and looked delightful. The flowers, center pieces, the bouquets were perfect. We even had live trees wrapped around our poles in the tent. Someone asked my Aunt if we threw the tent over the live trees!

My wedding was an amazing party. It went too fast for us, we wanted more time to enjoy everyone and everything. So many people helped make my wedding happen, but it would not have happened without my lovely fiance (now husband) and my gorgeous mom.

Wedding Planner: Premiere Planning Services | Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang from L’Atelier Couture Bridal  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Flutter Boutique  |  Hair & Make-Up: Salon 526, St. Paul  |  Groomsmen Attire: Heimie’s Haberdashery  |  Photographer: Jim Clifford Photography  |  Florist: Fleur de Lis  |  Ceremony Venue: White Bear Yacht Club  |  Officiant: Tom Watson  |  Stationery: Cracked Designs in Wisconsin  |  Calligrapher: Nancy Danielson  |  Rentals: Tables & Tents  |  Linens: Linen Effects  |  Catering: Create Catering  |  Piano Movers: Manny’s  |  Piano Player: Steve Anderson  |  Cake: Patisserie 46  |  Videographer: Barry Peterson  |  Band: Bruce Henry Band  |  Transportation: Premier Transportation, MN Coaches & Northfield Buses

Big knit sweaters, football, pumpkin spice lattes, football, the changing leaves and did I mention football?  These are the reasons why I absolutely love Fall! With September around the corner and the start of football season underway, what a better way kick off this approaching season then with couples who share the same love for their home team as they do for each other.

Mark Hawkins Photography | Lisa Mathewson Photography | Molly Marie Photography

Krakora Studios

Photo via The Gazette | Corey Ann Photography | Brian Kellogg Photography

Corey Ann Photography | Karen Lisa Photography | Studio314 Photography | Jason Aten Photography

Todd Pellowe Photography

Holly Birch Photography | A Girl in Love Photography | Photo via AnnArbor.com | Larry Gindhart Photography

Sweet Little Photographs via Ruffled Blog

Mark Hawkins Photography

So who’s ready for some football??