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Romantic Outdoor Stillwater, MN Wedding / Chelsea and Todd

We are so excited to share the amazing day of Todd and Chelsea! These New Yorkers returned to the Midwest for an epic celebration of romance, joy, and non-stop positive vibes.

The morning started out rainy, and these two and their friends embraced the outdoors armed with a handful of umbrellas. Their ceremony was one of the sweetest we've ever seen, and we're pretty sure their vows left every single person under the tent a little dusty-eyed. Post-ceremony the clouds broke just in time for an unreal sunset to come out as the backdrop for their reception. Throughout the day guests were treated to a champagne bar, dancing before, during, and after dinner, lawn games, a photo booth, a cigar bar, AND a late night visit from the MN Nice Cream truck, to name just a handful of things.

The look of the day was modern, whimsical, and slightly-bohemian but still very polished and classic. Maven Events made the couple's vision come to life by pulling together an incredible team of vendors and adding their always-impeccable style to the day. Out of all of this amazingness, our favorite thing about this day was the thoughtfulness Chelsea and Todd put into creating an unforgettable celebration for their loved ones. Community was at the core of the day, and that was so clear in the energy and joy you could palpably feel.

Basically I could talk about this one all the livelong day, but here's a quick interview with the lovely bride Chelsea herself!

What was your overall vision for the wedding day? The 3 words that popped into my head as soon as we started planning were: playful, organic, and romantic. Thinking back on it, that's how I'd describe Todd & I's relationship! The day was exactly those things.

What did you want guests to remember most? We were so excited to bring all our family and friends together that all we really wanted was for everyone to walk away with sore cheeks from smiling and tired feet from dancing all night! 

What is your favorite photo from the day? What part of the day stands out most? It's too hard to pick just one! But we both had 2 stand out moments: our first look and sunset photos. We went back and forth on if we wanted to do a first look and I'm so glad we did. So much anticipation had been building up throughout the morning that it was so calming to have that little moment together. We got to hug each other, sneak in a few kisses and just share in the giddiness before walking down the isle. And then the sunset came! We're so grateful that we took 10 minutes to sneak away from the celebrating to watch the sun set on our perfect day. 

Any tips for couples planning right now, or tips for the day of the wedding? Our biggest piece of advice - once you book your venue, book Joe & Jen! But seriously, surround yourself with vendors you 110% trust to bring your vision to life. To fully enjoy your day you can't be worrying about everything going on behind the scenes, hire a team who can take that stress away for you. And don't stress the little details, focus on being in the moment because the morning raindrops might just turn into an epic sunset that night 

We adore these two, and it was simply so much fun to tell the story of their love. Check out the full visual story below!

Vendors that made the day:
Maven Events and Floral
StoneRidge
Susan Theis
MN Nice Cream
Bluewater Kings Band
Northerly MN
Champagne Press
Hayley Paige via Kleinfeld
Joanna August
Swept Up Artistry
Unveil Loveliness
InStitchu/The Tie Bar
Rudy's Event Rentals/Linen Effects

Organic Tobacco Factory Wedding / Caitlin and Justin

Justin and Caitlin celebrated their marriage with all of their loved ones in SUCH a cool setting - an old tobacco processing factory and warehouse near Madison in Stoughton, Wisconsin. The industrial vibe of this stunning venue plus the lovely organic styling was the perfect backdrop for their relaxed, emotion-packed day.

These two beautiful people share such a special energy and connection. I loved how whenever we told them to "go in for a hug" they just visibly relaxed and got giddy. You can tell so easily how much they comfort each other, just by being together. It's such an important foundation to have, and we know it will get them through all of life's ups and downs together.

We love you C&J, thank you for being so honestly you in front of our cameras 💙.

Vendors that made the day:
The Lageret
Cherry Blossom Events
BHLDN
Flora designs by Jamae
Katie May Makeup
Studio Suits
Upstairs Downstairs
Juke Box Bandstand

Katie and Jon / Playa Fiesta, Puerto Vallarta Destination Wedding

We've been so insanely excited to share this destination wedding week bonanza with all of you! This February we got to ditch an especially frigid Minnesota winter to celebrate Katie and Jon's wedding week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and it was absolutely incredible. The week included (but was not limited to) hikes through the jungle, party boats to private beaches, surprise wedding night fireworks, a round of tequila or two, and a whole lot of love and support from all parts of their lives.

An impressive statistic as cited by Jon and Katie's officiant/friend Chris: the RSVP "no" rate for weddings is typically about 20-25%, and for destinations it's more like 30-35%. These two had a whopping 90% PLUS "yes" rate, meaning nearly 100 people took this trip of a lifetime to celebrate with them. Now that's love.

Congrats to Jon and Katie on an unforgettable wedding celebration - we adore you, and we're positive that your marriage will be filled with every bit as much adventure, joy, and community as this week held.

Vendors that made the week:
Playa Fiesta
a&bé bridal shop Denver
Chica Locca Tours

Kelanie and Jason / Uptown Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

Kelanie and Jason's day was all about friends, family, and each other, and you can easily see how much love is shared by their community in these photos. Following a morning full of fun and their super sweet intimate ceremony, we headed out for a highlight of the day: a stunning set of sunset photos. It can be hard to step away from your celebration, but these two really took this time to enjoy each other's company, soak up the day, and just feel in love. Their connection is SO fun to photograph, and long story short: we simply adore these two!

Vendors that made the day:
Five Event Center
The Wedding Shoppe
The Hair District
Judy's Floral Design
Buttercream