I arrived after a few hours in a car ride by myself and walked into a giant, open-concept, rustic inspired, barn with a roaring fire place and a group of fun-loving girls. I experienced a weekend of sharing and openness and business strategies and hugs and lots of great ideas as we strategized about building business and accessing the deep passions of our hearts! :) I had a chance to teach a bit about how I have taken my business to the place it’s been and help others try and make some changes to make their dream businesses unfold! I mean, humbling, TALK ABOUT AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY and EXTREMELY HUMBLING…to think that some of my little ideas and concepts can help other ladies achieve success in their own lives and businesses!

A huge shoutout to all of the lovely vendors that pulled together the experience of what was a great great great weekend!!! And the images below are from an awesome styled shoot that gave us the fun to teach and shoot at the same time! WIN WIN! :)
Organizer + dreamer of the weekend : Christine Dopp
Other awesome speakers : Laura Ivanova and Angela from Saffron Ave
Rentals : A La Crate Vintage Rentals
Styling and Floral : Jennifer Joyce Design
Stationary : Mint for Hue
Model and awesome jewelry maker : Cire

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A warm spring day with the beautiful water in the background and endless love in the foreground is EXACTLY what Nicole and Davey envisioned! :) She chose simple colors at a classic venue to pull off her spring inspired, happy wedding! :)

A huge high five to the incredible vendors that pulled this wedding off! :)

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Ceremony and Reception : White Bear Lake Yacht Club, White Bear Lake MN
Wedding coordinator : Emily  from Simply Elegant Group :)
Bridal Dress : purchased from Maggi Bridal, Raleigh NC
Hair and Makeup : Hayley Sachs
Floral : Grace Klein
Cake : The Cakery, Hudson WI
DJ : Instant Request
Invitations and paper goods : Minted
Videography : Make your Memory

A story that is full of redemption and love and second chances and beauty and lots and lots of amazing people! :) You see, as they said “I DO” in front of everyone at the ceremony it began their journey as husband and wife and mommy and daddy and son-in-law and sister-in-law and…it tied their story up to a beautiful beginning. We all know that sometimes stories aren’t always perfect and wonderful and, as it turns out, Justin and Greyson experienced this with the loss of his wife and Greyson’s momma at a very young age. It sucked. But then Monica! She came along and brought joy and happiness and love and a breath of fresh air for both of them. And on their wedding day, it became an even bigger breath of fresh air as they walked out, hand in hand, down the road to their new journey together….the journey for all 3 of them to go on together! :) I would be lying if I didn’t watch the smiles and tears and joy all day long and not have to wipe my eyes about every 10 minutes myself…they are surrounded with an INCREDIBLE group of family and friends and supporters and lovers and encouragers….because doing life together is WAY better than on your own! :)

They chose the newer venue in St. Paul, Paikka! :) It’s awesome and fit them wonderfully. Exposed brick with the spring breeze coming through the open doors and the sounds of St Paul in the background! :) They covered the tables with fresh greenery that made the entire place feel and SMELL like the forest floor in the spring! :) It was just as gorgeous as their new love story! :)

YAY JUSTIN AND MONICA! Oh man, what an incredibly incredible day! :) I mean, YAY and thank you! :)

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Ceremony and Reception location : Paikka, St Paul MN
Hair and Makeup : Becky Zea
Floral and Decor Design : Positively Charmed Boutique Decor
DJ : Mark Haugen

  • April 21, 2017 - 2:35 pm

    Bev Matson - What a special day, our daughter was gorgeous and everything about the day was special.

  • June 12, 2017 - 6:47 am

    instagram - Wow! Beautiful photos! I really like the photos, the laugh and smile of bride’s father (I guess) how beautiful <3

  • July 25, 2017 - 6:54 pm

    Lisa - What a beautiful day! The look on her dad’s face is so wonderful! You capture the best moments and emotion Emily!

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One of my most favorite weddings of all time. I mean, Sunday + brunch + homemade waffles + signature lattes + a homemade head table crafted by the groom + a surprise record and song for the first dance + a groom serenading to his LOVE at the ceremony?!? Need I go on? (because I totally can because there was THAT many incredible moments in this wedding morning)! :)

Emily and Andrew wanted to make their wedding full of love and people and what they cherished most! So started off by making their favorite meal of the day happen for their favorite people: BRUNCH! And instead of cocktail hour, they had coffee hour with lattes and mochas and other hot yummy beverages. They served Grandma’s waffles for brunch and they treated everyone to a TABLE FULL of donuts and pastries in leu of dessert. What could be better?! :) They exchanged vows with the glow of candlelight with special intention placed music as Andrew sang to Emily during the ceremony! :) Parents were crying, I was crying, everyone felt so connected and involved and it was gorgeous! :)

I mean, what better way to start to end to a weekend than with a yummy donut, hot coffee and beautiful wedding vows from two GORGEOUS people?!  AMIRIGHT?! :)

OH—and yay for this gorgeous event being featured on Style Me Pretty! Check it out here! :)

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Ceremony and Reception location : Aria, Minneapolis
Wedding dress : Leanne Marshall
Hair + Makeup : Jules Annen + Emily Weese
Stationary + Paper Goods : The Making 89
Event Coordination : The Simply Elegant Group
Floral : Julia’s Blooms
Bridesmaids dresses : Nordstrom
Donuts : Angel Food, MN
Catering : Deco Catering
Cinematography : Narrate Studios

  • June 25, 2017 - 7:31 pm

    Emily Parsons - Hi Emily! I have just begun the wedding planning process & came across your Instagram. I am interested in more information about your wedding pacakages & availability. Thank you!!