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{A Very Twitter} Real Wedding 1.21.12

8 Feb

A & E’s wedding was infused with personality and their love story. A big part of that story is Twitter and the blogosphere.  I had the opportunity to coordinate their wedding on the day of. The ceremony was held at Church of the Epiphany in Plymouth with a reception at the ultra-cool bowling alley/reception hall of Elsie’s in Northeast Minneapolis.

Bridesmaids wore their choice of black dresses. The bride wore a stunning birdcage veil with a turquoise flower accent in her side-swept hair and the groom wore a snazzy bow-tie and equally snazzy beard (he’s the founder of the Minnesota Beard-Off).

A Twitter thread was woven throughout their festivities – guests participated on their Tweet Wall via TweetWally during the reception. Haven’t heard of a Tweet Wall? Here’s what they did: chose a specific tag for their wedding (i.e. #OurWedding12.24.12) which guests include in their tweets about the wedding and are then grouped together and projected onto a wall, making a Tweet Wall.

Thanks to A & E and congrats on your marriage!

Contributing Vendors:

Rehearsal dinner venue: The Local / Ceremony: Church of the Epiphany / Reception: Elsie’s / Dessert: Muddy Paws Cheesecake / DJ: Neon Express Entertainment / Photography: Kate Sommers Photography / Coordinator: Atlas Weddings & Events

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Why You Need a Wedding Planner

5 Jan

I’ll be honest, when I was a bride-to-be, I didn’t even consider hiring a wedding planner or coordinator for my wedding. Like everyone else I knew who had been married, I relied on family and friends pitching in to get things done and on myself to get the bridal party and family at the right place at the right time. While this did not end in disaster or remotely close to it, I look back on the logistics of the day and often wish that I had someone (apart from family & friends) to make sure things were in order on the day-of.

Keely Joy Photography

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{Wedding Design} Chalk It Up

30 Nov

Chalkboards are definitely an up and coming trend in weddings. The chalkboard look is becoming more popular in home design, as well – just like the inspiration mantle from The Lettered Cottage. For DIY projects, you can pick up a can of Benjamin Moore Chalkboard paint to paint on inexpensive plywood for your seating charts, welcome signs or decor around your reception. Continue reading

{Destination Wedding} Lake Superior’s North Shore

16 Nov

Last winter, I spent some time in Northern California. While I was there, I did some serious exploring and loved every minute of it. By far, the best part was Big Sur, with amazing views at every hairpin turn on Highway 1 (above).

Although Minnesota doesn’t have the warm coastal beaches of California, we do have the North Shore of Lake Superior. Duluth and northward makes for a great escape from the city, all within an easy afternoon drive from Minneapolis. Continue reading

Unveiled Wedding Event

8 Nov

This weekend, the Unveiled Wedding Event came to the Minneapolis Convention Center. The perfect one-stop shop for brides-to-be, vendors varied from wedding dresses, men’s attire, flowers, and stationary to furniture rental and even custom chalkboard designs (what a great idea!). It’s such a pleasure to see the talent that the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area has and the creativity involved in the wedding industry. I snapped a few photos of my favorite dresses, centerpieces and desserts that brides-to-be and entourages were soaking up. Continue reading

How Can a Shoe Box Change a Life?

1 Nov

Today I’m taking a timeout from the usual wedding chit-chat to tell you about a cause that’s near and dear to my heart. It’s called Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief agency. The idea of the project is simple: fill a shoe box with small items (toys, tooth brushes, socks, crayons, etc), drop it off at a collection site, and track it as it travels across the world to a child in need.

The shoe box can change the course of a child’s life. For some, this is the first gift they’ve ever received. Along with the small items, each box arrives with “The Greatest Journey” booklets, sharing the love of Christ in the child’s native language.

As a volunteer for the organization, I’ve gotten to hear the testimonies of people who received an OCC shoe box as a child. One that stands out in my mind is the story of Lelja  – but I’ll let her tell you in her own words.

The Lejla Allison Story from Samaritan’s Purse on Vimeo.

In the seven processing centers around the country (including in our very own Minneapolis suburb of Mendota Heights), there were  more than 327,313 volunteer hours in the 2010 season. Over 5.5 million shoe boxes were collected last year and traveled around the world to kids in need.

National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is coming soon. Collection sites will be filling with shoe boxes from November 14-21. Check out Drop-Off Locations to find a collection site near you. You can be a key part in changing a child’s life this year. Blessings and thanks for reading!