Suzanne and Al were such a fun couple to work with! A fall wedding on Summit Avenue is not something to pass up as a planner!
These two unique and fun lovebirds planned a Sunday morning wedding in October to profess their love to each other in front of family and friends. Oh – did I mention that it was an OUTDOOR ceremony? That’s right – October in Minnesota…outside! I can respect the cajones that took. 🙂 It.was.BEAUTIFUL. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, although I don’t think it would’ve mattered as the guests were there to celebrate no matter what!
It began with guests being serenaded by a walking accordion as they arrived and found their seats at the ceremony site – so fun. The ceremony was unique and special – as it should be – with special readings, the couple’s bulldog as an honorary bridal party member, the ringing of a truce bell (great tradition to begin in your family!) and more accordion music. The theme/motif throughout the wedding was a vintage typewriter (love!) – so guests typed their well wishes on one instead of signing a guest book and all of the signage and paper products included a typewriter font. After a hearty meal and tear-jerking toasts (including a letter written by Al’s grandfather who couldn’t be there), the party moved downstairs where donuts were served for dessert, the bar was ready and karaoke awaited. You can imagine how the fun went from there…
- Venue: Germanic American Institute
- Bakery: P.J. Murphy’s
- Flowers: DIY from St. Paul Farmer’s Market
- DJ/Karaoke: Midwest Sound
- Officiant: Tomkin Coleman
- Photographer: Stacy Bengs Photography
- Rentals: Midway Party Rental
- Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Dan Turpening (Accordion)
Suzanne & Al wrote the following review…
“Are you looking for a wedding planner or day-of coordinator? You can stop now. Hire Bride Support. You will not be sorry!
I hired Meredith of Bride Support as a day-of coordinator for my October wedding. There were a lot of things to juggle for the day of my wedding– I did my own flowers from the farmer’s market, we had to bring our own bar, we needed to orchestrate bocce ball during cocktail hour, and we planned to do a donut table with the donuts on cake stands instead of a traditional wedding cake. So, in addition to all the other organizational tasks, Meredith had a lot on her plate.
It was never a problem for Meredith She took everything in stride, she was always a calming and fun presence, and her organization was impeccable. Not only was all the decor and setup exactly as I pictured it, but Meredith was there with a glass of wine when mine was nearing empty, and bobby pins when I didn’t notice a piece of hair had fallen out of my updo. Her presence was indispensable!
Not only was she great on the day-of the wedding, but Meredith was very helpful before the wedding with suggestions and being a listening ear for my concerns. It’s no wonder that as the reception was winding down, my bridesmaids said to me, “Do you think we could go out for cocktails with Meredith sometime? :)”
After the ceremony, bocce ball sets were broken out for guests to enjoy during cocktail hour.
Favors on place settings were customized slap koozies! How fun!
After dinner, a donut buffet was opened for dessert.
All photos by Stacy Bengs Photography.