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WEDDING DATE:

Nov 12, 2008

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Macalester College A.G. Hill Ballroom and Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I didnt have much planning in this part of the ceremony. Brians parents were paying for the wedding, and his mother wanted the Hill Ballroom to be a certain way. Brian and I had been to events there before, but nothing as fancy as our own wedding day. His mother had requested that there be seat covers, and these huge sheer streamers hung from the ceilings. It looked like a winter wonderland, really magical. I was grateful that Brians mother was able to do this, because I dont think I would have had the vision she had.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Brians mother choose this location because of the excellent job and service that they did with Brians sisters wedding. I remember for her wedding there were these huge centerpieces in the middle of each table, which wasnt what I wanted. I was hoping for arrangements and a bouquet that were more clean and classic. I really like the simplicity of lilies, too. Luckily, Brians mother and the florist agreed with me, mainly because of the setting of the reception and the wedding. The florist came up with a very modern and clean looking bouquet, and the centerpieces incorporated floating candles, which was really beautiful.
Services used: Flowers

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Burl Oaks Golf Club
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
The guys headed to Burl Oaks GC for the bachelor party. I wasnt invited along, though I am a fairly good golfer, but this was an event just for Brian and his friends. They were on the golf team in high school, and then in college, and have been on so many golf trips together! Brian really liked Burl Oaks, and said that the course is well taken care of and very challenging in some parts. Hes said before that its one of the best places to golf in the area. There is a dress code, which means no jeans, but the other rules are the same as at other courses. They needed to book ahead of time, and went midweek. They also had lunch and beers afterwards in the caf, which he said was okay.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Market Square Bistro & Bar
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My girlfriends from college know that I am not a big drinker, and that my favorite thing to do is sit in a nice caf and chat. Im also a rather shy person, so I think they knew that simple would suit me best. The girls made reservations at Market Bistro for lunch, and the six of us got all dressed up and had a wonderful time. The place is really trendy and modern looking, and resembles some of the cool cafes I went to when I lived in Denmark. The food is also really tasty, and they had an amazing dessert selection, of which I highly recommend the crme brule. I also recommend the pizza, which is some of the best in the city.
Services used: Unique Services

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Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
The Weyerhaeuser Chapel is one of the most beautiful chapels I have ever been in. It is very simple, with high ceiling, and the seating is arranged so that everyone has a good view of the ceremony. Brian and I loved that we were able to have the ceremony here, because this has always been a special place for us. Its also great that the chapel is non-sectarian. It was a lovely day, the sun was out, and it shone through the big windows and gave the whole room an ethereal feel. It was a beautiful place to exchange vows.
Services used: Unique Services

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WestSide HairCare Salon
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
One of my close friends, but not one of my bridesmaids, is a hairstylist at Westside. Shes really talented with coloring, though in the past few years shes started to do house calls for weddings and proms. And for my wedding, her gift to me was to have my hair styled. She had worked on a few weddings before, and treated me like a lovely princess. She looked at my dress, and then suggested that I wear my hair up, and then she made these little beaded clips for my hair. It took a little under an hour, and her timing was perfect. I also had eyelash extensions put in the week before in the salon, at the suggestion of her boss, which was also a great idea because I didnt need to worry about mascara smearing. It doesnt hurt at all.
Services used: Beauty & Health

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Savvi Formalwear of Minnesota
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
At the request of both our mothers, all the men in the family and the best man, along with the ushers, would be getting new suits. The ushers got matching suits, but the family men all got tuxedos for the big day. I think it was because Brian is the only son, and because Brians mother thought that a tuxedo that fit well is essential to a professional mans closet. Brian said the experience was good, that it took several hours for them all to get fitted after they picked out a style. Brian only has two pairs of hemmed pants, so it was great to see him in some pants that fit. I would have to say that on the wedding day all the men looked amazing, very James Bond like. In our pictures we made a very good-looking family.
Services used: Unique Services

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Renee's Royal Valet - Limos, Coaches, & Trolleys
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I think this was the third time in four years that I was in one of Renees limousines, mostly for other peoples weddings, and it was wonderful to have them for my own wedding. The staff is so wonderful to talk with, and very accommodating. On the day of my wedding, the limousine showed up on time, the driver was extremely courteous, and it was so clean. Brian and I are not fancy people, but there are so few times that you get to ride in a limousine in your life that you really need to take the opportunities when you can.
Services used: Transportation

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Hilton Mall of America/Airport
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
We were going to Greece the day after our wedding, but seeing as this was one of many traditions people wanted us to keep, at midnight Brian and I were put into the Limo and we were driven over to the Hilton with the best man and the maid of honor. The room was fantastic, the bed was huge and very comfortable, and I loved that there were a huge whirpool! I could have spent my entire week in that whirpool. The Hilton staff also made our stay very special by bringing us chilled wine and strawberries. The brunch that you can order by room service as a married couple was also really tasty, it was a shame that we couldnt have stayed longer!
Services used: Wedding Venue