Posts Tagged ‘ real weddings ’

Allison & Nic – 10/5/2013

Allison & Nic, although living in the south, wanted to host their special day in a location that holds a special place in their hearts – St Paul. They invited their intimate group of guests (from all over the US) to two of St Paul’s most beautiful spots – Como Conservatory and W.A. Frost. Their morning ceremony in the Sunken Garden was touching, sweet and so intimate. As guests stood nearby, and the harp played – they made their way to the front of the garden to promise the rest of their lives to each other. Then, guests moved to W.A. Frost for a delicious brunch at the iconic restaurant. Such a lovely group of guests – and an even lovelier couple…best wishes to you two!

Allison & Nic wrote the following review…
“Meredith, from, was a lifesaver in so many ways for our wedding.  There wasn’t a conversation between my then-fiancé and I related to the wedding that didn’t include, “Make sure we tell Meredith about this… She’s so great.”  

I was in doubt about the necessity of having a wedding coordinator- even a “day-of wedding coordinator.”  I didn’t think it’d be worth the money.  My then-fiancé convinced me that it, if nothing else, it might help to ease the stress planning a wedding inevitably elicits.  He was beyond right!  We couldn’t have predicted the challenges we’d face when it came to planning the wedding (including a move to the other side of the country!), and without Meredith, the wedding as a whole would have cost more, would not have been everything we’d hoped it would be, and ultimately it would have been a little more stressful and a little less joyful.  

Meredith was prompt, offered resources, was accommodating above and beyond her expected responsibilities, and thought of every detail ahead of time so I never had to worry or feel rushed.  What we appreciated most was that while she was professional, and ensured everyone involved “got the job done,” she did so in such a way that was respectful and kept it fun.  On the day of my actual wedding, all I had to do was relax and enjoy the day- exactly how it should be. 

My husband and I can’t thank Meredith enough for double-checking our plans, easing our worries, making recommendations, and answering every request we had with, “Sure, that’s no problem!”  I would recommend Meredith to anyone.  Even if you’re on a budget, cut costs somewhere else as you could potentially spend more without her.  The service Meredith provides ensures you will be able to create and enjoy the day you always dreamed of!”

The Line-Up:

Beauty – Onsite Muse
Ceremony venue – Como Zoo Conservatory – Sunken Garden
Ceremony Musician – Stephanie Claussen
Reception venue – W.A. Frost and Company
Cake – Buttercream Bakery
Photography – Poser Design
Officiant – Rev. Derek Kiewatt


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All Photos by Poser Design

Kristine & Ryan – 9/7/2013

Kristine & Ryan hosted a sophisticated and gorgeous day in Spicer, MN on the day they were wed. After the ceremony when they said those special vows to one another, they headed to the historic Spicer Castle for the celebration. Guests were greeted with a yummy popcorn bar and a bar stocked with mason jars for their drinks throughout the night. Guests found their table via their escort “cards” & favors – mini hot sauce bottles! The tables were beautifully decorated with some flowers from the mother-of-the-bride’s garden and burlap-wrapped wine bottles as table numbers…oh – and cakes on every table! Guests loved that touch. 🙂 Dinner was served by Big River Pizza – who cooked the pizzas in a woodfire oven on-site…YUM! After some toasts, cake cutting and their first dance as husband & wife, the party began. What a fun group this was to be around all day – and an adorable Bride & Groom. Congrats!

The Line-Up:

Ceremony – Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church
Reception venue – Spicer Castle
Catering – Big River Pizza
Cakes – Timeless Traditions Cakes and Confections
DJ – Shooting Star Sound & Lights
Florist – Friendor
Photography – Heidi Shub Photography
Popcorn – Doc Popcorn
Rentals – South Central Rental
Bar & Servers – Green Mill
















All Photos by Heidi Shub Photography

Jess & Justin – 7/26/13

Jess & Justin were such a sweet couple to work with on their big day. Since they were planning the wedding from their home in California – they wanted someone in Minnesota to help them with their vendor searches while also keeping them on track for their overall wedding planning and design.

This couple chose a great property in downtown Minneapolis to host their guests – the Crowne Plaza Northstar Downtown Minneapolis. The day started with their personal ceremony on the Skygarden – overlooking downtown Minneapolis and the Foshay tower. With the bride’s brother officiating – the ceremony was very custom and fitting for the couple…so sweet! Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the Skygarden as well, before heading inside to the ballroom for the reception. Jess & Justin found super cool escort cards for their guests – frames for their photo booth strip! They names their tables after team mascots from various sporting teams and schools that meant something to them. After dinner, a family member showcased a slideshow of the couple and the families danced to a special song in memory of the bride’s grandfather. No typical wedding cake was found at this wedding – instead, a sundae bar…yum! This crew sure knew how to party – and party, they sure did! What a fun day for a sweet couple…congrats!

Jess & Justin wrote the following review…

“I honestly don’t know what I would have done without Meredith! She is amazing. I was planning a wedding from afar so I used Meredith to go over vendors, talk about logistics and plan a day that my husband and I dreamed of. She listened to our ideas, concerns, budget, etc. and always found options for us. She definitely works hard to get the most up to date and current information for her clients. I could always reach her by email or phone and if I didn’t contact her, she always made sure to check in with us to ensure us being “on-track.” I consider myself a detailed person, however, Meredith tops them all. She is on it!! She made sure that every detail was discussed prior to the event so that she could coordinate the day of the wedding. It was amazing! I didn’t have to worry about one thing on the day of the wedding besides getting married and having fun. She took care of EVERYTHING! She organized vendor arrivals, decor, details, wedding party directions and the overall flow of the day. It was the best money we spent for sure! Additionally, we consider her a friend and an integral part of our wedding day. She is professional, poised and amazing at her job. You can tell she loves what she does and that is why we loved working with her. She gave us immense confidence going into the big day!!”

The Line-Up:

Ceremony & Reception Venue – Crowne Plaza Northstar Downtown Minneapolis
Flowers – Simply Stated Elegance
DJ – Bellagala DJ
Photography – Cheryl Neuharth Photography
Photo Booth – Event Photobooths
Beauty – Minneapolis Beauty Lounge
Transportation – Schmitty and Sons Trolley

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All Photos by Cheryl Neuharth Photography

Samantha & Desmond – 7/6/13

There aren’t enough words to describe how much fun planning this wedding with Samantha & Desmond was. They had been on a long road together and when they finally found themselves heading towards the altar – while living out of state – they brought Bride Support on board to help them piece it all together – vendors, decor, logistics…all of it.

Samantha & Desmond hosted their guests at a total “wow” factor venue – the University of Minnesota football stadium, TCF Bank Stadium. Guests arrived to the indoor club room for the ceremony – a ceremony that brought almost everyone to tears. After jumping the broom – the couple and their bridal party headed down to the field for pictures while guests watched from the indoor stadium seats and were entertained by Goldy, the Gopher’s mascot. The reception moved guests to the DQ Club room within the stadium and showcased the beautiful space with some modern decor elements. After a fun “starting line-up” grand entrance, dinner, toasts and sweet spotlight dances, DJ Adrian got the party started; Guests enjoyed the cigar bar, photo booth, candy buffet and all of their party-loving friends and family.

What a completely fun day for an adorable couple. I’m so thrilled to have been a part of it – and can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two. Congrats!

Samantha & Desmond wrote the following review…
I cannot even begin to find the words to properly express how amazing Meredith was to work with. I was a full-service customer and I do not know how I could have done it without Meredith! HIRE HER! She guided my now-husband and I throughout the entire process of planning our wedding and our day was even more PERFECT than I could have imagined. We even had family and friends tell us how amazing our planner was! They knew that our wedding went off without a hitch thanks to Meredith and they were right. 
Not only did Meredith make our dreams come true, she is now someone I consider a lifelong friend. I had no clue how stressful it would be planning a wedding and I could not have gotten through this process without her. Please know that by hiring Meredith, you are getting much more than a planner…you are getting a friend who truly cares about your special day. I experienced this first hand and I adore Meredith for all that she has done for me. Hiring Meredith was the best decision ever!!!!!

The Line-Up:

Venue – TCF Bank Stadium
Flowers – KMB Floral
Photography – Cheryl Neuharth Photography
Rentals – Festivities
Catering – Dangerfield’s
Cocktail Hour Entertainment – Goldy the Gopher
DJ – Events by MV
Cupcakes & Cake – Queen of Cakes
Photo Booth – VIP Photo Booth
Reception Entertainment – It’s Cigar Rolling
Bridal Hair – Chantelle Martineau
Makeup & Hair – Allison AuBuchon
Invitations – Ginger P Designs

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All Photos by Cheryl Neuharth Photography

Angie & Cory – 6/9/2013

Angie & Cory came to Bride Support excited about making their commitment to each other official and wanting to show their intimate group of friends & families a great time without them having to worry much about it. Although they hired Bride Support as a “day-of coordinator” – as always – we were there for them the entire way leading up to their wedding day. With some moments of stress and frustration, unique ideas and suggestions needed – we made sure to be there for them and help out with those final planning moments…we’re here for you (not just on the wedding day!)! Their big day finally arrived – and it was a beautiful one, indeed. The couple put a lot of hard work and time & effort into the decor and details of their day – and we wanted to make sure that shined through.

Guests arrived to their beautiful setting of the Mayowood Stone Barn and witness the exchanging of vows and joining together of a new family through Angie & Cory’s ceremony in the barn’s loft. The Groom’s brother officiated the wedding and a “tree ceremony” joined together the two, as well as their daughter. Guests waved ribbon flags as the couple recessed down the aisle as newlyweds – and then they enjoyed cocktail hour in the blacksmith shop, where they were treated with a popcorn buffet and dessert table, as well as lawn games. Dinner was served in the main level of the barn – complete with lots of beautiful DIY decor by the couple. The room looked very elegant in the black and taupe color scheme – and fresh florals to top it all off. After dinner and toasts, a friend of the couple engaged the crowd in a fun version of “The Newlywed Game” where guests answered questions about the couple via a smartphone application…fun! Then, the cupcake buffet & photo booth opened for entertainment – and later, a late night snack and bonfire complete with s’mores.

What a great day for an adorable couple – congrats you two!

The Line-Up:

Venue – Mayowood Stone Barn
Photography – Imagen International
Florals – Festivities
Rentals – Ultimate Events
Rentals – A Vintage Type Rental
DJ – Bellagala
Catering – Premier Catering
Cupcake Buffet – Taste of Love Bakery
Bar – Apollo Liquor










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All Photos by Imagen International

Renee & Mike – 6/8/2013

Renee & Mike had one of my favorite weddings in regard to theme/ambiance. They had lots of details and specifics planned for their wedding day – and wanted to make sure everything went well…that’s where we came in.

Guests were invited to the couple’s church where a meaningful and romantic ceremony officially made them Mr & Mrs. With a hand-fasting ceremony, wine ceremony and even a surprise poem from the Bride – two became one. The couple had family wedding photos hanging on the aisle pews and a fun bubble exit afterwards as they left the church.

Renee & Mike then hosted their guests at the beautiful International Market Square for the reception. With cafe lights strung from balcony to balcony and tons of fresh, bright floral – the vintage Italian-feel was obvious. Guests signed postcards in lieu of a guestbook and placed them in a trunk for the couple to take home. Table numbers were destinations and guests arrived there via their boarding pass escort cards (hanging on ivy-laden trellises, nonetheless :)). After a delicious meal and heart-felt toasts, the party got started with the couple cutting their cake – and the Bride presenting the Groom with an old-school Northstars hockey puck Groom’s cake. After dancing and enjoying each other’s company, the couple then surprised the guests one last time with a late-night snack of two of their favorite things – pizza and gelato…YUM.

What a fun “trip” this wedding was – congrats Renee & Mike!

The Line-Up:

Ceremony Site – Oak Hill Church – Bloomington
Reception Venue – International Market Square
Florals – A Day in Provence
Photography – Brio Art
DJ – Bellagala
Catering – D’Amico
Lighting – We’ve Got It Covered
Late Night Snack Gelato – Paciugo Gelato
Transportation – Total Limo

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

MN Wedding Photography by Katie Fears

All Photos by Brio Art

Cara & Ben – 6/1/2013

Cara & Ben were such a fun couple to work with. They had creative minds paired with a true excitement about the real meaning of the day – getting married! Their day began at the beautiful Our Lady of Lourdes church in Northeast Minneapolis – where their family & friends watched them finally become man & wife. I’m not going to lie, I’ve cried at every one of my weddings – but I’m usually able to hold off until at least toasts or first dance. But at this one however – the photographer had no qualms about calling me out when I started tearing up already in the middle of the ceremony! 🙂 I just love love. 🙂 Anyway – the ceremony was beautiful, and the Bride was definitely beaming the whole time…and she looked radiant in her floral crown. The guys weren’t too bad either – in their bow ties and vests. Good work, guys.

Guests were welcomed to the Day Block Building for the reception – such a unique and “blank slate” place that is fun to dress up to your liking. With food by Brasa – guests were sure to be taken care of in the food department, too! They found their seats by matching the state on their escort card to the state in the centerpiece of the table (and no, I had no problems calling on my geography skills while trying to figure out which way the state cut-out was to stand :)). A unique decor element that this couple used was cakes – cakes on every  guest table! There was plenty to go around and it was a fun way to get guests to mingle and share. Some of the best toasts/speeches I’ve heard came from the bridal party and the couple – they have such a sweet story. With a signature drink that combined their two last names and the music stylings of Midwest Sound – the reception was good to go.

Congratulations, Cara & Ben!


The Line-Up:

Ceremony Venue – Our Lady of Lourdes
Reception Venue – Day Block Building
Hair Design – Sanctuary Salon
Photography – Brian Bossany
Flowers – Spruce
DJ – Midwest Sound
Caterer – Brasa
Cake – Angel Food
Alcohol – Lowry Hill Liquors

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All Photos by Brian Bossany

Stefanie & Josh – 5/25/2013

Stefanie & Josh came to me with not much time left before their wedding – needing some help pulling it all together, making sure they had thought of everything and of course – making the day run smoothly. We worked quickly and efficiently together to firm up their plans and details and the day was gorgeous, indeed!

OK – so the weather was a bit windy and cloudy, but that’s OK…what matters most is that they got married! Guests waited until the last minute to take their seat in the outdoor amphitheater and the ceremony went on. With a friend officiating – the wedding was personalized and romantic and perfect for the couple. Guests filtered back inside after the couple dismissed them from their seats and cocktail hour and dinner began in the gorgeous Carlson Towers Rotunda. Guests enjoyed the yummy meal, funny speeches and filling out advice mad-lib cards for the couple to read later on. What fun! The DJ got the party going…and party they did.

Congrats, you two! 🙂

The Line-Up:

Venue – Carlson Towers Amphitheater and Rotunda
Caterer – Bon Apetit
Cake – Buttercream
DJ – Instant Request
Hair Design – Ficocello’s Hair Salon
Flowers – Michelle Anderson
Photography – Manary Photography







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All Photos by Manary Photography

Gretchen & Jimmy – 5/18/2013

The mother of the Bride came to Bride Support during her daughter’s engagement in hopes of finding someone to help manage the details of the day so that she – as well as her husband and the Bride & Groom – could actually enjoy the day and take care of their guests on the wedding day. Gretchen and her mother were both very organized and on top of things – so they were great to work with. It was a pleasure to help put everything together, coordinate vendors for them and ensure that they could truly be present on the big day while we worried about the rest.

Their day began at the Bride’s beautiful home church in Wayzata where a touching and personal ceremony finally made them man and wife. The sermon about a park bench is one that will even stick with me – as well as many guests, I’m sure…and of course, the couple. Beautiful music by guitarist, Brendan, added a classy touch to an already gorgeous locale. Guests then ventured to downtown Minneapolis to The Woman’s Club for cocktail hour & the reception. What a unique and beautiful setting The Woman’s Club offered. Gretchen & Jimmy opted for a more relaxed reception – with stations of food instead of a formal sit-down dinner – which encouraged guests to mingle and enjoy themselves as if at the couple’s home. It was quite lovely – the food was great, the soft furniture was comfortable and then the dance added in a bit of a party atmosphere. The couple made their  entrance down a grand staircase and after some sweet toasts and dances – the couple opened up the ice cream bar for dessert.

What a lovely day for a classy couple. Congrats, Gretchen & Jimmy!

Gretchen & Jimmy wrote the following review…

I don’t care if you are the most organized person in the world, when your big day has finally arrived, you need someone like Meredith to be coordinating all of the details. The day would not have been as enjoyable if we did not have her with us to take care of all the little things that pop up and to keep us on track. She was organized, calm, and easygoing, which I think is a rarity when it comes to wedding planners. She let us have our moments without rushing us through anything, but kept us on time so we could make the most of the day. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a day of coordinator!

The mother of the Bride, Anita, wrote the following review…

Meredith managed all of the details perfectly. Although she managed the day of coordination she did so much more, meeting when we needed to to verify and confirm details.

My first conversation with her was that, my daughter lives out of state, we have friends and family coming from across the country and I wanted our guests to come and enjoy the celebration, not have to help with miscellaneous things, and that I would be able to enjoy the day as well.

Meredith did all of this and more, we had no worries, she coordinated with our vendors, made certain that the timeline we all agreed to was followed and inserted flexibility when necessary. Our day was absolutely perfect and I give a tremendous amount of that credit to Meredith. Thank you.

The Line-Up:

Ceremony – Wayzata Community Church
Reception Venue – The Woman’s Club
Flowers – La Petite Fleur
Photography – Anna Jones Art of Photography
Ceremony Music – Brendan Lake (guitar)
Hair Design – The Art of Hair
Makeup – Blush
DJ – Instant Request
Wedding Party Transportation – Discount Party Bus MN

All Photos by Anna Jones Art of Photography

Chelsea & Marc – 5/4/2013

Chelsea & Marc’s wedding was an especially fun one to be a part of since Chelsea is one of Bride Support’s coordinator’s sister! Marisa knew her sister would need some help and Chelsea was happy to oblige to the assistance of our team.

With a sharp looking bridal party and a fun & relaxed atmosphere – Chelsea and Marc made it down the aisle and through a meaningful and funny ceremony at the church they attend together. They traveled to some local spots to do some special photos with their friends and then made their way to the Crow River Winery for the reception. What a treat it was to be at this brand new wedding venue – and a beautiful one, it is! Guests enjoyed the tasting room area and cocktail hour in the main space with tasteful appetizers and passed champagne. The reception was a fun and boisterous one! The DJ got the couple laughing with the shoe game and the crowd interactive with games and props. This crowd sure knew how to party – what a celebration!

Here’s to you, Chelsea & Marc!

The Line-Up:
Ceremony Venue – Holy Family Church, Silver Lake
Reception Venue – Crow River Winery
Photography – Pixel Posey
Flowers – DeBruyn Designs
Caterer – Italian Gourmet
Cake – Queen of Cakes
DJ – Jagged Edge
Transportation – Jerald Briest Shuttle










All Photos by Pixel Posey