Robo08

WEDDING DATE:

Jul 02, 2008

Robo08
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W.A. Frost & Company
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
The bridal shower was the one part where it was just adults, which was my mothers idea, and Justin spent the day with Isabelle. WA Frost is an expensive but personal favorite of mine, mainly because I think this is one of the few places where I get a feel or sense of Midwest heritage and the lumber barons who built this state. I think it was a great era, and I love thinking about what it would be like to live back then. The restaurant is very classy, very fancy, and the food is very good. I usually can make reservations online, but we had trouble making reservations this time. After calling and trying to use the online service, my mother finally went down and was able to secure a table for ten. We werent picky on the date, we just wanted to make sure that it could happen before the wedding date. I had a wonderful time, and I know that everyone else did, too. I think if you live in the Twin Cities and if you havent made time to come here, youre really missing out on something great.
Services used: Unique Services

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Women's Foundation of Minnesota
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Justin and I are both conscious people, and so when it came time to discuss whether we would be getting gifts for our guests, like bottles of water or chocolates, we decided in the end to make two donations to two organizations that matter to us both. On the back of the place cards we thanked our guest, and we mentioned that a donation had been made in their name to one of the two organizations. We also handwrote each card, because there was less than seventy guests, and it made it more personal that way. There is a Betty Ford Institute in the city, which needs support, and I wanted to support the women in my state.
Services used: Unique Services

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Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I have been going down to Red Wing with my family since I was a little girl, so I have a good idea of where everything is in the town. This bakery is not the most fancy bakery youll ever go into, but the cakes and breads and cookies are really the best. Justins sister had bought cake decorations online, which they used to decorate the cake with. We ordered a cake to feed sixty people, and they made a two-tier double layer of chocolate and vanilla. It was so delicious. We ordered the cake about a month in advance, had no problem picking it up, and it looked great in all the photos.
Services used: Wedding Cake

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Bay Point Park
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
When you visit Red Wing, especially in the summer, youll notice a beautiful park right in the middle of town. It had a water fountain and a trellis, and is absolutely beautiful. For the life of me, I couldnt figure out how to rent the park for the ceremony, and once I did, it had already been booked by couples for the day. We were able to book one of the Bay Point pavilions, and we were able to get the nicer one out of the two. It was lovely, we hung flowers bouquets on the poles, and it was the perfect amount of space for our party. It was also nice to be by the water, and I think we lucked out with the weather. I have no regrets about where I said my vows.
Services used: Unique Services

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Hallstroms
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This is a family owned business, theyve been in business for about a hundred years now, and the staff at the hotel suggested them to us. I didnt really think of where I was getting my flowers from, but they made the most beautiful bouquets and arrangements for us. The colors of the flowers were really vibrant, I let them know right away what some of our favorite colors were, orange and pink and red, and everything looked wonderful. My bouquet was amazing, very not-traditional, which was kind of great coming from a store that looked very traditional. What made the consultation and discussion easier was that we walked in knowing how much flowers cost, and how much we wanted to spend. I did research in the cities, and flowers arrangements fall in the same price range no matter where you are.
Services used: Flowers

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Shear Perfection
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
During one of our visits to Red Wing for the preparation of our wedding, I located the hair salon at the hotel. I had originally thought that I would just take care of my hair on my wedding day myself, but once I spoke with the staff at Shear Perfection, I realized that a styling at the hotel could be entirely feasible. We booked appointments for myself, my daughter, and one of the bridesmaids. On the wedding day it took them less than thirty minutes to curl and style our hair. We looked much better than had I gone ahead and done it myself, and it was fun sitting in the chair in my bathrobe. The price was more than reasonable, the staff was really nice, and it made the whole day seem complete.
Services used: Unique Services

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Dick and Jane Letterpress
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I had read about this new business in the Twin Cities in the Pioneer Press, so I went and checked them out. We had a guest list of about 100, and from that we thought that about 60 or seventy might be able to make the wedding event in Red Wing. I knew that in buying invitations, especially for only a hundred would be about $200 or so dollars, but I wanted something nice. I always send out nice Christmas cards, birthday cards, Thanksgiving day cards, and I dont mind spending money on cards because they represent something. We came up with a really unique template, they were fun to work with, and I had the cards in less than two weeks. I took care of this about four months before the wedding date, and sent out all the cards the next day.
Services used: Invitations

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I Do & Baby Too
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I heard about this store through some co-workers, and also read about them in the Minnesota Weddings magazine. I thought it would be fun, because they seemed to be really child friendly. Isabelle is eight years old, and the dresses at Davids Bridal, which we had gone to for fun one weekend, seemed too old or too young for her. I really wanted something cute, and age appropriate, but at a store that is more fun and special than Sears (which was where I had seen the perfect back-up dress for my daughter, if all else would have failed). We made appointments, my best friend agreed to come with me and Isabelle, and we made a Saturday out of it. Right away, they had an amazing selection of dresses for Isabelle, which made me happy. Their selection included bright colors, which was perfect for a summer wedding. We both picked our dresses out that day, my mother was able to drive over and approve our choices. They were able to take care of all the alterations and fittings. Everything was ready and done in about eight weeks.
Services used: Unique Services

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Crystal Lake Golf & Banquet
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
There may have been more to the bachelor party that I may ever know, but from what his friends and brothers tell me, they just took him out for a round of golf at Crystal Lake. I have the scorecard as proof, and I do believe it that they were there, because Justins game gradually got worst after the seventh hole. Its a beautiful course, and I know that Justin loved playing there with his brothers and dad. I think that the rates are about average for this area, about $50 a round with the cart, but the trouble was booking a time for such a large group. Non-members, from what I remember, can only book two or three days before for a game.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Forever 21 (Bloomington)
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I had two bridesmaids, one being Justins sister and the other being my best friend since high school, Cindy. I told them that they could get whatever they wanted, and they bought found dresses made from the same jersey material but in different styles. Even though theyre both in their thirties, they found the dresses at Forever 21. I havent stepped in that store in several years, mainly because I feel so old in it, and I also feel theres something a bit strange about a mother and daughter wanted to shop at the same store, which I think might be happening soon. But, you couldnt tell looking at the dresses that they were from a teen-store, they looked great, the dresses looked great, and I know they paid less than $70 a piece. Im happy that they got dresses theyll be able to wear again, and that I might even borrow.
Services used: Unique Services

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Robert Meyer Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Justin and I both wanted a photographer on site for our wedding day, and we wanted someone who was a professional rather than one of our friends. We knew our friends would take pictures regardless. We looked for a photographer in the area, mainly because many of the Minneapolis or St-Paul photographers charge extra if they need to leave the city. I think this worked to our advantage, because we found Robert Meyer who is an incredibly talented photographer. His portfolio is amazing, he is professional and artistic, and the photographs he took of us and our families were incredible. I cant say enough about the photographs. We had three photos mounted and framed so far, because they are works of art. He captured the moments that were important, and I would happily work with him again.
Services used: Photography