Real Wedding | Laine + Devan
Yup, I'm blogging my own wedding. Call me weird, but it had to be done so I could share some of my favorite images from the day and properly shout out all of the incredible vendors that helped make our day come together.
I will say this. I loved being on the other side of it (like as a bride, not in the planning part, because obviously 🙄). First of all, my husband was AWESOME, and so were our parents, which makes for a really wonderful planning experience. Thankfully, people trust me and they let me take the lead on this one and I am pretty positive everyone walked away from the day happy.
A synopsis of how it all went down and how we chose our vendors:
1. Venue. I knew I wanted Paikka, I looked at literally not another venue because a.) it was beautiful b.) it had plants c.) huge parking lot d.) it forced us to keep our guest list small(ish) e.) I had never worked a wedding there so I wouldn't be too familiar and be a bossy bitch on my wedding day. And we chose our wedding date based on their availability. Easy peasy.
2. Florist. Of course, Liz from Lilia Flower Boutique was doing our flowers. I love her and am obsessed with her and she had creative freedom to do whatever the hell she wanted (within reason of course) and SHE KILLED IT. See pictures below.
3. Photography. Nicole Feest is an incredible photographer, her style is raw and edgy. She added Eli Bartz as a second shooter to shoot film and I pretty much died when we got our photos back. Plus she is super laid back and is kind of a ninja with her photography which is fantastic when you hate getting your picture taken.
4. Wedding Dress. I'm a simple girl. I don't like patterns and black is my favorite color, so, therefore, my day of look needed to look and feel like me in a white dress. Carmen from The White Room is a goddess and the experience of dress shopping was one of the easiest things we did. I tried on 6 dresses, total, the one I picked was the first one I tried on and when I put it on for the second time I legit cried, and so did my mom. I had no idea it would be an emotional experience, but alas, it was. Then Carmen suggest a veil by Olivia the Wolf, and it was by far, my favorite part of my wedding day (besides getting married of course). The hand stitching of the botanicals made me feel like a god damn princess.
5. Beauty. If I had to name a top ten list of women in my life, Jessica, McCall, and Heather would be on it (along with my bridesmaids, sister, sister-in-laws, mother, and mother-in-law - that's 11, but who's counting). Jessica and McCall hail from BANGbang Salon where I used to work and became friends with these beautiful women (like insanely stunning). I thought of no one else. They had to do our hair without a question. And then there's Heather Trachsel who is a total makeup rockstar and I pretty much tell every bride I meet with to book her because she's the best. And they all did an incredible job on every lady they touched, and they were just really fun to have with us getting ready in the morning. Also, I feel like I looked normal and just a more made up version of myself. I wore my hair down because that's what I do and an updo felt a little too structured and princessy (which, I am not).
6. Suits. We rented from The Black Tux, which I am pretty sure I now tell every couple about. They were easy to work with, we ordered online, got a suit in the mail to try, and all the gentleman got an email asking for measurements and two weeks before the wedding, suits came, we made last-minute adjustments and hot dan those men looked good (especially that groom of mine)
7. Catering. Gastro-Truck has worked at Paikka before and I wanted someone familiar with the venue and their requirements. Catherine was automatically wonderful to work with. She was open about what works and what doesn't and also open to serving styles. We chose part family style, part food stations for dinner, and passed apps for cocktail hour. The mac and cheese bar was such a huge success we actually ran out, and I wish I could eat that stuff for every meal of the day.
8. Bartending. Bittercube. Enough said. They were amazing. We still get compliments on the cocktails at our wedding. The bartenders were studs, and Nick Kosevich helped us throughout the whole planning process to help us create special cocktails for the day and they were all gone by the end of the evening. Success!
9. Day of Coordinator. I HIRED ONE! Bre Ward took me on even though I am sure she had an inkling that I would be a tiny pain in the ass. She gave me the true client experience and took over the month of the wedding, working with vendors to coordinate some last minute changes and worked stealthily behind the scenes to orchestrate our day. My parents didn't lift a finger, I tried but was quickly put in my place (thank you).
10. I don't want to bore you with more, so here are a slew of photos from our wedding day and then there is a list of everyone who kicked total booty to make everything come together. And the most important thing of all is that I got to marry the man of my dreams and we're still totally in love and we're pretty sure we made the best decision of our lives by getting hitched, and I plan to hold his hand and scratch his beard forever and ever.
The AMAZING vendors who made everything possible:
Venue | Paikka
Photographer | Nylon Saddle
Day of Coordinator | Bre is Fun (she really is)
Caterer | Gastro Truck
Florist | Lilia Flower Boutique
Bartenders | Bittercube
Rentals | Rudy's Rentals
Officiant | Kate Gregory of Minnesota Officiants
Videographers | Narrate Studios
DJ | Flow Event Group
Desserts | Farina Baking Company
Late Night Coffee | Coffe Cart
Wedding Dress | The White Room
Suits | The Black Tux
Hair | BANGbang Salon
Makeup | Heather Trachsel