ParkBride

WEDDING DATE:

Aug 12, 2008

ParkBride
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St. Paul Farmer's Market
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
The morning of, my bridesmaids left their apartment, got coffee and picked up several bouquets of flowers from the farmers market. If you have been to the market, you would know how beautiful the flowers are. I think the flowers look even better because they are grown locally, which means we are seeing what is in season, rather than some mutation. It was great having the girls remember to pick up flowers. We picked out the flowers we wanted, and made our own unique looking bouquets. Brocks mother used the other bouquets to decorate the tables with. Its always nice to have fresh flowers, but I could have stood up there without flowers. Or maybe not. No, I guess I really loved having fresh flowers there.
Services used: Unique Services

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Midway Party Rental, Inc.
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Brock took care of this. I dont know how he found or chose this company, but what I do remember is that they were amazing to work with. We had spoken with them three times before actually confirming what we would rent. They were also very good at discussing what we wanted from the tents and chairs and tables, so not to be disappointed the day of. Our tent was beautiful, but its true that you can add so much more to your tent to make it look enchanted. Maybe if I was younger I would have wanted the tiny lights and then the big streamers hanging down from the ceiling. We decided to stick with the simple tent and chairs, everything was set up on time, and it was perfect. We were only under there to eat, and even then, I liked being there.
Services used: Rentals & Photobooths

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Jewel Spa
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I love yoga, and just love going to spas, though I never have time anymore. On the night that Brock got taken away by the lawyers to the baseball game, the girls at my work, along with my mom and some of my closet friends, treated me to a spa day. I had been to Jewel spa several times before, but never for two sixty-minute sessions. It was wonderful. There were eleven of us in total, but the spa somehow managed to fix the schedule so that everyone was getting messaged or getting their nails done or facial. I guess they are used to having large groups of brides to be who want to be pampered. I loved it. They treated us like princesses and fed us tea and chocolate. I had only gotten one another facial in my life, and it was amazing the way they messaged my neck and face. It was so relaxing that I almost fell asleep during it. The second fun part was getting my toenails painted, which I did alongside my mom. I learned the great secret that even if your finger nails need to be plain and polished; its okay to have orange toe nail polish.
Services used: Unique Services

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Via's Vintage
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I told my bridesmaids that they were on their own for their dresses, meaning that I would be happy with whatever style of dress they chose. I didnt want my friends to wear something they would hate. I was also hoping that my friends, who are the more original and innovative people I know, would come up with something interesting. They didnt fail me. I think Jessica was familiar with the store, and would visit it often in hopes of coming across the perfect find. She was able to find two cute pale yellow cocktail dresses that were in great condition. The dresses looked like they were from the forties, very narrow waist, and they were in this raw silk material that was really in excellent condition. Im guessing that the dresses may have been part of someones uniform, or maybe these were bridesmaids dresses. The dresses needed minimal alterations, and they wore them with pale gold flats that they got from Sears. All three of us together looked like a wonderful classic vintage wedding party.
Services used: Unique Services

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Robert Giede Designs
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I didnt know that Brock was going to propose, but we had talked about the kind of ring I wanted. I was stuck between wanting a diamond engagement ring, yet not wanting a blood diamond. I also wanted something that was made locally, and that was one of a kind. I guess Brock did his research, because he surprised me with a beautiful wax ring! It was actually the mold of the ring he had designed with Robert, which was amazing. The ring curved into the folds of my skin. When I wear it, I can barely tell its there. When we went to the shop together, I also found out that Robert can get Canadian diamonds, which I thought might be better, or that we could use a precious stone of our own choosing. I ended up going with the Canadian diamond, just because it was what I always wanted, and we also had matching bands. The rings are really pieces of art, and I am so happy with my ring.
Services used: Jewelry

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My mother offered me her wedding dress in jest, I think, because she probably thought that I would want something new and fancy. I surprised her by accepting the offer, on the condition that I could alter the dress a little. I am about five inches taller than my mother, and my shoulders are rather wide. At first she didnt want the dress to be cut up, but then we visited the DressMaker in Edina with my plans and her dress. I wanted to cut off the sleeves and make the dress top more tube top like, and then shorten the bottom so that it would fall just bellow my knees. The seamstress understood at once my vision, and drew it out for my mother and explained how easy it would be. Once my mother got the picture, she gave the go-ahead. We had to go back three more times for fittings, and just to follow up. It looked beautiful once it was done. You could still see the original pattern of the dress, this just looked like a modern take on a classic. It fit perfectly, and it was worth the cost, which was still far less than what most dresses cost nowadays.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I dont know if you can call this a bachelor party, because he was already married, but Brocks boss at the law firm decided that he would take the whole staff out to a baseball game. Brock said that about five other lawyers were out, and that somehow they had really good seats. He also said that it was funny, because the people that he works with are at least ten years older than he is, and that they all had really good advice for him. Because the other lawyers kept announcing to everyone that this was Brocks bachelor party, he said that everyone kept offering to buy him beer, and he got rather drunk and felt sick because they kept buying him beers and pizza and cotton candy. He said the whole experience was great, though slightly weird, having the entire stadium (or what felt like the entire stadium) wish him the best of luck in his marriage.
Services used: Unique Services

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Steve Rouch Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My parents gift to me was having an actual photographer present at the event. They claimed that since they didnt get to see the first wedding, they were sure to get the second one on film. Steve Rouch came highly recommended by friends of the family, after one of their own daughters got married. What I liked best about Steve is that right away he got the essence of what we wanted our wedding to be, and captured those moments on film. He didnt try to make people do any fake poses, and was able to capture them in the moment. I also loved the photos he took of Brock and I. He told us that he would pose us for some pictures because those were the kinds of poses our parents would want to have (and he was right). But then he kind of let Brock and I be, and followed us around for a while. All my favorite pictures of us were the ones he took when we werent looking, and I thought it was great to have photographer that you didnt even know was there.
Services used: Photography