Sometimes a single element serves as the inspiration for the design for your entire wedding. That was exactly the case for Crystal and Jake! Crystal happened upon a mercury vase centerpiece on Pinterest that was filled with peonies, Juliet garden roses, and hydrangea in shades of blush and ivory. Crystal and Jake included the same blooms in the same palette as the photo in their centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnieres because they loved both elements so much! Plus, they added a gold chevron runner to their tables – so lovely!
C+J were married at The Carlson Towers Rotunda and Amphitheatre in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and their venue is stunningly modern. The pair was married outside with The Carlson as the backdrop before enjoying an indoor reception. The cake greeted guests as they picked up their escort cards because the late night sweet treat served as the centerpiece. But the fountain in the center of the venue is the showstopper, not to mention the draping and string lights that made the room truly glow once nighttime fell! There’s no better way to kickoff your Monday than with the beautiful photos by Jeannine Marie Photography and wonderful planning advice from bride Crystal!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
Let me start off by saying that I am a super organized, planning type of person. Once I got engaged, I spent many hours looking up vendors in our area through The Knot, and once I selected a few (based on aspects I was looking for), I made plans to meet with them. I had met with five photographers before settling on Jeannine Marie Photography (whom I absolutely loved!), and literally brought a list of 33 questions to ask them. Some people thought I was crazy but to me, I was just being prepared. The other person that made my life so much easier in wedding planning was our planner, Kristin from The Simply Elegant Group. She was our day-of coordinator and worked with all of the vendors to make sure they were on the same page, and made our our day went smoothly. She was great to work with!
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
Personality! How well my husband and I connected with that person was by far the most important piece. I wanted someone that would be able to go with the flow and have fun with us. The other important piece to me was the style in which our photographer (Jeannine Marie) and videographer (Jon Anderson) worked. I like a lot more candid pieces, and they both delivered perfectly! Plus they were a blast to work with and were just as goofy as us!
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I knew that I wanted a romantic feel, but I actually saw a centerpiece on Pinterest that I fell in love with, and ended up being my complete inspiration for our colors and design for the wedding. It was a gold and ivory sequin runner with a gold mercury vase and blush and ivory hydrangeas, peonies and english roses. So our colors ended up being gold, blush and ivory, and we used those flowers in our bouquets and centerpieces.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
My favorite thing was having all of our close family and friends there to share this experience with us! Although the look on everyone’s faces when we exited to “The Throne Room” theme from Star Wars was pretty priceless to! :)
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Enjoy your day and savor the small moments- It goes by quickly! And don’t sweat the small stuff. Nothing will go perfect, but your guests won’t notice and they will still have a great time.
Vendors who made it all happen…
Photographer: Jeannine Marie Photography//Caterer: Bon Appetit at Carlson Center // Floral & Event Designer: whimsy designs // Event Planner: The Simply Elegant Group // Cinema and Video: J Walter Anderson Photo and Video //Event Venue: The Carlson Towers Rotunda and Amphitheatre // Cake Designer: Queen of Cakes // Hair Stylist: Sanctuary Salonspa // Makeup Artist:Sanctuary Salonspa // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Savvi Formalwear // Dress Designer: Stella York // Dress Store: Charlotte’s Bridal // Officiant: Grand Avenue Wedding Officiants // Other: International Cigars // Photo Booth Equipment: The Photo Booth Group // Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas// DJ: Adagio Djay Entertainment//