These two just celebrated and marked their 2 year relationship with a Hot Air Balloon ride! They’re getting married this September!
We’ve all done it; researched & planned a much needed vacation. We pack, travel by whatever means necessary and return home. These are rough days. While it is, without a doubt, the getaway we deserve…the “re-entry” is a bitch. Especially if your getaway is too early in the season (ie January!). Please make no mistake, this trip I just took was FABulous and one I would not have missed! I was requested to be present and witness Lauren & Marc exchange vows on the beach in sunny Mexico at a pretty resort in Puerto Morelos! Please feel free to search my hashtag #LaurenMarriesMarc on Instagram for more of the celebration!
Last week, I gathered with my fellow Twin Cities NACE members at The Depot for our annual fundraiser for Open Arms of Minnesota. This was our 6th year raising funds and awareness for this organization. Named “The Palate of Decadence”, this year’s gala attendees (ALL are welcome!) were treated to 6 outstanding food stations from; The Depot, The St. Paul Hotel, The Minneapolis Hilton, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Macy’s Design Cuisine and even the folks from Open Arms of Minnesota. Each food station was paired with a decor company. Providing the decor for the event were: The Wedding Guys, BeEvents, Linen Effects, Apres, Ultimate Events and Festivities and the outcome was phenomenal! Top the evening off with the sounds of The Metro Jam Band and, well, you get the picture! Our silent auction and ticket sales brought in over $6,000…our highest intake for this event to date! Congratulations to everyone!
Please consider joining us next year and help us give back!
Last weekend was another hot & steamy one in Minneapolis but perhaps when you plan a wedding a year or more out your biggest hope is for no rain…period. In celebration of no rain (and working air conditioning) and adoration from around the country for this couple….I present Megan and John David (JD).
It’s summer, in Minnesota, and folks are going to divi up their summer calendars with trips, projects, gatherings and outings. Have you considered a day trip to the Como Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul? It’s got something for everyone…gardens, animals, picturesque views, amusement park (ComoTown!) and it’s become a destination for events as well. Come early, pack a lunch, bring your camera and plan to stay a while. There’s lots to see and do and the best part? It’s FREE (1 & 2$ donations are encouraged at the entrance but not required)!
I recently zipped out there (directions are simple) for a NACE meeting. Lancer Catering is the on site caterer at the Zoo & Conservatory and they are, simply put, outstanding! Midway Party Rental provided our event decor!
Whether you are looking for something fun and different when planning an outing, portrait session or wedding…consider the Como Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul!
Here’s to a yummy, fun Summer…wherever you go!
Last week I attended this month’s Twin Cities NACE meeting which was held at the very stunning Van Dusen Mansion in Minneapolis. One of the things that I love about this place (and there are many) is that when planning a wedding (or other significant event), you can have your guests gather & mingle, hold the ceremony and dine all right there on the premises! It really is a gorgeous backdrop and would certainly punctuate any event! (I will return to the Van Dusen, this coming week, to photograph the newly renovated Carriage House once the new furnishings are set in place!)
Bruce Vassar and Matthew Trettel of The Wedding Guys held the program this month and closed with some insider details and remarks about their recent voyage across the pond for the Royal Wedding of William & Kate! Check out their blog!
Another successful collaboration of extraordinary talents!