Today’s colorful and chic Minnesota farm wedding was photographed by The Freckled Key Photography. And if you’re looking for some unique ideas, it is one to take notes from as the beautiful bride Emily is, in my opinion, THE definition of creative!
From The Bride:
To be completely honest, the initial inspiration for our wedding came from my shower curtain. A lot of my greatest ideas come when I’m doing mundane things. It started with the color scheme of deep purples and vibrant oranges. But the shower curtain’s flower print felt both modern and classic. I also loved shiny copper at the time and thought it would be the perfect element of glam and fit in with the autumn season.
Since we chose a rustic setting I tried to keep the decorations clean and simple. I grew up on the lakes of Minnesota and Eric grew up on a farm in Nebraska, so in addition to color we wanted to incorporate our love of the outdoors. The mix of the ceremony on the lake and the reception and dance in the venue’s red barn accomplished this perfectly. (continued at bottom)
Photographer: The Freckled Key Photography // Caterer: Common Roots Cafe // Event Planner: Northland Special Events // Floral Designer: Hyacinth Events // Reception Venue: Gale Woods Farm // Dress Store: The Wedding Shoppe // Equipment Rentals: Ultimate Events // Submission via Two Bright Lights
With the help of my creative family and friends, we dip-painted mason jars copper to hold candles. We drew single stem white flowers on black paper to be tucked in the napkins that said “Bon Appetit”. My sister and I timed how long it took to use a mattress pump to blow up a 36-inch clear balloon. Once we knew it only took 26 seconds each we wanted to cover the ceiling of the barn with clear balloons and bistro lights. We made fun signage and I scored a mid century couch on Craigslist for a vignette outside during the social hour where people had drinks and played lawn games. At times while getting everything together, it seemed like rounds of hyperactive crafting where my fingers actually went numb. But it was so incredible to see how it all came together when the day finally came.
Eric’s family first met me when I was wearing my Grammie’s cowboy boots. It was something that stood out to them since the boots told a story after both my Grammie and mother had worn them traveling. My Grammie passed away a few days after we got engaged. So the first decision I made about the wedding was “I would wear her boots!” And the dress I found ended up working perfectly with them. She also had great taste in jewelry, so I wore a necklace and earrings of hers and used her dainty handkerchief for around my bouquet.
For the ceremony we wrote our own vows. Eric is an amazing writer so he made it very personal and I think most everyone was in tears of joy. Eric also designed my ring and had it made by a local jeweler, so he described the symbolism of it during the ceremony. Another favorite moment was when we did a sing along with the whole audience. I love how music connects people, so we gave a tambourine to every guest for the song Ho Hey by The Lumineers.
I borrowed a tandem 70s red Schwinn bike from a friend, but I had no idea it would be such a hit. As people were socializing before dinner guests hopped on the old bike and rode it through the grass. Following the dinner Eric’s best friend had all our guests stand together facing us as he gave his toast. As we looked into all of their eyes soaking in the moment we were both overwhelmed by how blessed we are to be so loved. Being surrounded by people from all walks of my life was truly indescribable.
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