From Eileen K Photography:
Katie and Carter were married in Downtown Minneapolis at the Neu Neu. It was such a perfect fall day in MN! The couple opted to do a first look prior to their ceremony which is always one of my favorite moments to capture as a photographer! The colors in the floral and wedding party attire were beyond perfect and just a dream! During their ceremony Katie’s mom & Carter’s dad both read something special and the brothers of Carter performed a song. There was not a dry eye in the building! Following the ceremony guest enjoyed dinner, donuts and dancing!
Q1: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A1: Our inspiration was to keep everything authentic and simple. We went with traditional fall colors for our color palette – burgundy, sage green, mustard yellow, and burnt orange. The bridal party chose their own outfits in one of the colors. It was fun to have an array of outfits (dresses, skirts, jumpsuits) in different colors.
Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A2: The space was so gorgeous that we didn’t need very much decoration! We had cafe lighting and hanging lights on the brick wall that was our backdrop for the ceremony which made the space feel pretty magical. Katie’s dad built a wooden arch and our florist added some floral pieces to it which was stunning. Our centerpieces for the tables were vases from thrift stores with flowers from Trader Joe’s and one of our friends made our table runners.
Q3: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A3: The flowers were one of our favorite parts of the day! We just told our florist what our color palette was and then let her do her magic. She created gorgeous and whimsical pieces for our bouquets, boutonnieres, and ceremony arch. She used dahlias, ranunculus, eucalyptus, roses, among other flowers and greenery, and beautiful hand-dyed silk ribbons in burnt orange and sage green for the bouquets. All of the flowers were absolutely perfect and were really a key part of our decor for the day.
Q4: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A4: We personalized our wedding by having our families involved. Our parents did readings and Carter’s brothers played guitar and sang during the ceremony. Our favorite part was probably the dancing. We didn’t have a DJ, and Carter spent months crafting the perfect playlist. We asked all of our guests for song recommendations, and it was so much fun to watch people when their song came on. All of our friends love to dance, so it was a blast.
Q5: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
A5: Katie picked her wedding dress because it was comfortable. She liked that the color and pattern was different from anything she had seen. Her dress was a fit and flare with a tawny lining and ivory lace that had different embroidered motifs. It had sheer tulle on the back with buttons and a long train. She chose navy blue suede sandals with block heels, minimal jewelry, and opted to not wear a veil. Carter wore a navy blue suit with a white shirt, burgundy paisley tie, and brown shoes.
Q6: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A6: We met when we were both attending Luther College in Decorah, IA. Six years later, Carter proposed while we were camping at a state park in the fall. We were sitting around the campfire and then he got down on one knee with a ring. Katie can’t remember a single word of what he said, but she instantly ugly cried. And said yes, obviously!
Q7: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A7: Oh, definitely our first look. We did it in the bridal suite, and it was the sweetest, most tender moment. There were so many tears. Carter didn’t know anything about Katie’s dress so it was a big surprise.
Q8: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A8: Take it one step at a time. It can seem daunting, but breaking everything down helps make the planning process more manageable. Remember to stop and look at the big picture. It can be easy to get caught up in the details when they won’t matter in the long run. Accept offers of help from friends and family! It makes a big difference. And lastly, don’t be afraid to go to your vendors with any questions!
Venue: The Neu Neu
Floral Designer: Maria Brosofske
Bakery: Angel Food Bakery & Donut Bar
Caterer: The Green Mill
Dress Store: a&be Bridal Shop
Event Venue: MAVEN Events / Floral / Styling
Reception Venue: The Neu Neu
Photographer: Eileen K Photography