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Tanya & Jay: Wedding on the bank of the Mississippi

Love planning and working on weddings for friends.  Jay was my gymnastic coach back in high school and thanks to social media, we’ve stayed in touch over the years.  He came to me with needs to plan his wedding to Tanya and of course I was on board to help.

Wanting an intimate celebration, the ceremony was held at the bride’s childhood home in St. Paul.  Set right off the Mississippi river, it was a perfect location.  The tent was placed in the front yard and we placed just enough sidewalls to mask some of the noise from cards driving by.  Guests enjoyed an afternoon tea with delectables before the ceremony.  The Father of the Bride and Tanya arrived in style on a tandem bike for the processional.  The ceremony was a beautiful commitment full of personal touches: a friend played the harp, Nikka the flower girl was Tanya’s parents dog, Jackson the ring bearer was Tanya and Jay’s dog, and the Officiant was a family friend.  After the “I DO,” Tanya and Jay escaped on the tandem bike, recessing their way down the river boulevard.

Guests were ushered to the back yard among the MOB’s picturesque gardens and landscaping.  They wandered among the gardens with a glass of champagne and heard toasts from the family.  The reception was held at the Highland Grill, one of the couple’s favorite dinning places.  We rented out the entire restaurant which was the perfect size for their intimate celebration.  Families sat in booths and tables and dined on a custom menu as Tanya and Jay wanted to maintain the family style experience.  The couple even provided a special dinner for the ring bearer who patiently sat outside the front door.  The evening ended just after dusk so the couple could ride their tandem bike home with Jackson.  A truly wonderful celebration with an old friend and cheers to me for gaining a new friend in Tanya!

Wedding Planner: Sunrise Styling, Anna Senrick
Ceremony Venue: Private residence; St. Paul, MN
Reception Venue: Highland Grill
Photographer: Cadence & Eli Photography
Catering & Desserts: Deco Catering
Linens & Rentals: Apres
Florist: Mother of the Bride’s Garden Club
Stationery: Sunrise Styling
Catering & Service: Hire A Host

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Scott & Don: 91 degrees in a Tuxedo

Holy hot!!!  My grooms came to northern MN to host their lakeside wedding at a relative’s home.  Setting up in the 90+ deg heat was a chore and I believe that I lost 5 lbs. that day.  Scott and Don did their photos and couple shoot prior to the ceremony.  Not sure how they did it, but they managed to stay in full tux attire beyond their first dance (about 6 hours).  The ceremony took place at another friend of the couple’s resort. An intimate groups of guests shared the joy and ceremony overlooking the lake.  Retreating back to the Aunt’s home – the couple and guests enjoyed cold cocktails, appetizers, dinner, and cake from Buttercream.

Them living in Michigan and not having a chance to visit MN before the wedding, I thank Scott and Don for their trust in letting me plan their wedding and all the décor.  With hints of northern and outdoorsy inspiration – bright summer colors, vibrant floral from Sadie’s ND, and a branch style cake with hugging bears topper was the perfect design for the lakeside home/venue.

I just have to say a special thanks to a couple vendors.  Sadie Gardner of Sadie’s ND for providing the amazing floral décor.  Was wonderful to work with you again!  And to my assistant Mai Lor and photographer Callie V…. both who were pregnant during this wedding and waddled their way through the steamy hot wedding day. You are troopers!!!

Wedding Planner: Sunrise Styling, Anna Senrick
Venue: Private residence, Dent, MN
Photographer: Callie V Photography
Catering: Central Market
Desserts: Buttercream
Linens & Décor rentals: Linen Effects
Florist: Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling ND
DJ: St. Cloud DJ
Stationery: Sunrise Styling

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Jeanne & Rita: A Ladies celebration

After an intimate wedding ceremony at a labyrinth in the fall of 2013, Jeanne and Rita wanted to celebrate with all their family and friends.  Wanting to incorporate their love for labyrinths, they selected their church which has a labyrinth inlay design on the floor.  We used the various labyrinth designs on the cake and stationery items and placed a giant fabric one for guest to wander through.  Greens, moss and hints of pink defined the space for an outdoor garden/chic style reception.  I built and designed a maze for guests to enter through, mimicking a miniature labyrinth.  Working with these ladies was a complete joy as they were a great referral from a past couple of mine and direct referrals are the best!

Wedding Planner: Anna Senrick
Venue: First Universalist Church
Photographer: Kelly Brown Weddings
Catering: We Cater To You
Desserts: Buttercream
Linens & Décor rentals: Linen Effects
Florist: Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling
Lighting: AV For You
DJ: St. Cloud DJ
Stationery: Sunrise Styling

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Meghana & Tyson: India meets South Dakota Farm

My love of planning events that incorporate different cultures was a perfect match for Meghana and Tyson.  The couple wanted to do a traditional Indian ceremony with a reception full of glamour and hints of Indian décor at a location that was in the roots of the Groom’s childhood.  The 4 days of wedding events began with a welcome brunch at the Groom’s parents’ home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The 2nd day was a morning when all the ladies gathered for the Sangeet ceremony and got their Mehndi (henna) done, an Indian lunch, the rehearsal, and dinner at a local restaurant in Sioux Falls.  The wedding day began with wedding party photos around downtown Canton, SD followed by the ceremony at the Groom’s Uncle’s farm just outside Canton, SD.  A custom mandap was built by the Groom and his father and embellished with sari’s and floral by Sadie’s Couture Floral and Event Styling.  The ceremony was a mix of Indian and American traditions: Welcome, Homily, Jeelakarra Bellam, Mangalsutram, Talambralu, Saptapadi, prayer, exchange of vows and rings, and pronouncement.  Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres among the barns with a view of South Dakota farmland.  Dinner was served in the steel barn dressed with coral and tan linens, coral and pink flowers, gold and Indian accents, and lit with chandeliers and up-lighting.  A special thank you to Chef Dominique’s for creating an American-Indian cuisine… not too many Indian caterers (or restaurants) in Sioux Falls.  Meghana and Tyson danced into the night and sent their guests off the following day with at brunch.  I’m so honored to work with Meghana and Tyson and travel to South Dakota and create a fusion cultural (destination) wedding!

Wedding Planner: Anna Senrick
Venue: Private Farm in Canton, SD
Photographer: Bradley Hanson
Catering: Chef Dominique’s
Desserts: CH Patisserie
Linens & Décor rentals: Linen Effects
Florist: Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling
Mehndi: Mehndi Moments
DJ: St. Cloud DJ
Equipment rentals: ABC Rentals
Videography: Trndy Digital
Stationery: Sunrise Styling
Officiants: Indian, Dr. Divedi & American, Rich Merkouris
Hotel: Clubhouse Hotel & Suites

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Stationery: The highs and lows

With a few of my recent clients, I’ve come across some shocking news on stationery suites for weddings.  While advertising deals like “Wedding cards as low as $1.59”, the consumer can really think that they are getting a good deal.  After doing my research, the good deal is only for one piece of the suite.  News flash people… there is more than one card to a wedding invitation. Let’s do the math.

For a 200 person guest count and needing 115 invites; the typical invitation items, ceremony programs, menu cards, and thank you cards – here is what you will pay:
Invitation = $1.74 each
Invitation trim option = $11.50
Reception Card = $1.24 each
Direction Card = $1.24 each
Response Card = $1.14 each
Ceremony program = $2.69 each
Place card = $0.89 each
Thank you cards = $1.39 each
Grand Total = $1476.07

This total doesn’t include any upgrades, embellishments, or additional envelopes for mistakes, etc.  Beware – some stationery suites aren’t available to send you a tangible proof.  This is a little concerning since you are trying to accomplish inviting friends and family to the biggest day of your life.  Would you buy a house without ever seeing and walking through it in person?  Additionally, there is no option for a graphical map or image to be inserted and no upload form to enter in your guests names for the place cards.  How and where do customers print the place cards?  Another thing to keep in mind – some designs don’t have the entire suite available.  With an infinite number of stationery and paper items that couples can create to embellish décor around a wedding, consider hiring a designer who will custom create any item and/or design for your stationery.

Here is the sample of the invite design I started with.  While looking to complete the entire suite, this is one design that didn’t have the ceremony program and other items in the same style.  Disappointing!

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One more thing to add:
The editing box to enter text (ceremony program sample) is smaller than some email forms on webpages.  You have to draft your wording prior to this screen, then you will see how the next couple screens format.  Really?  This only goes up to a 12pt size font?  How crazy does this look if I didn’t have any more content to enter in the ceremony program?!

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