By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
We are in Minneapolis in the US today for Jeni and Steven’s beautiful floral filled wedding held on the 4th August 2019. Being a florist Jeni planned for an opulent scheme for their day, there were whimsical blooms everywhere. It really was wedding flower heaven you guys. There was a wooden wheel adorned with blooms, suspended flowers above the top table, tall centrepieces and gorgeous bouquets to name a few. The room must have smelt incredible.
They had a really chic colour palette of gold and green for their decorations, I especially love the painted acrylic signs, they work so well. Isn’t the idea of a brunch wedding just genius? The menu sounded absolutely delicious. Also look out for stunning attire, a industrial vibe reception space and a really cool bar.
Jeannine Marie Photography, thanks ever so much for sharing your wonderful images with us.
The day started out in a pretty different from a normal bride but most florists getting married likely have a normal day. At 5am I was loading a 26ft Uhaul full of flowers and driving down to Aria Minneapolis for my dream brunch wedding loaded to the brim with flowers. After unloading,my team of gal pals were there to set up the flowers we spent the last 5 days preparing. I headed to hair and makeup and shortly after starting that my three bestest friends and my sister had joined us in the lounge getting ready. We enjoyed a mimosa and talked about more details of the day to come. At about 9am my husband to be arrived with our kiddos and my daughter Aribella ran to find me immediately. Our son Bodhi at the time was 6 months old and was given to Auntie Joan to hang out with so there was less baby worries. Aribella has autism so the day activities and all the people around was quite overwhelming for her. We made it through the tough moments with tickles and hugs and even a pillow fight in the girls room. The guys were also getting ready and part of that getting ready was opening the gifts from us as well as my gift to Steven. His gift had two parts. The first part was a heart shaped picture that was stitched on the back of his tie that said “Today you marry our Mommy” and the second was a pocket watch that had the Becht family crest on the front and the back had engraved till the end of time.
I had my sister by my side functioning in somewhat of the Mother of the Bride role since we lost our mother a little over a year ago at the time of the wedding. She helped me get my dress on and we had planned for her to walk me down the aisle.
It then was close to time for my first look with Steven. He was waiting for our moment where we would be getting married. As I walked through the main reception area I was overwhelmed with emotion seeing everything that I had dreamed up and had been working on the last 5 days come together in this amazing room. I approached Steven and tapped on his shoulder, when we first looked at each other we were both held back tears. He looked so handsome and he said he thought I looked so beautiful. My sister took a video of the whole moment so I got to see how special that moment was over and over again.
Pictures started and it was busy from then on out. My flower friends were busy working on things for the reception and everyone was assigned a task to accomplish. With all of the commotion my daughter Bella was starting to feel very overwhelmed by the day. She was wanting me to carry and comfort her but when it came time for us to finally walk down the aisle she was going to walk in front of me with the ring bearer so my sister could walk with me but she would not leave my side. She walked me down holding my hand and tucking a little bit into my side. When we got to the front several people tried to persuade her to go sit with them and she did not want to leave my side. We went through the whole ceremony with her holding on to her little toy kitty that she carried down the aisle and she was tucked into my side feeling a little bit shy from all the people watching. During the exchange of rings when I gave Steven his ring she promptly told him- “Daddy tell Mommy thank you”. At the end of the ceremony she wanted up and I carried her out while holding my now husbands hand.
We got married in a unique place in Aria. We did not want to have a room flip with the volume of flowers I was planning so we got married in a hallway under a cluster of chandeliers. The backdrop was a unique cog type wheel that must have been from an old factory. Since I had spent hours searching the internet trying to see if I could find something unique that another wedding might have done and came up empty handed I crafted my own idea of making the wheel a focal point of the ceremony. We had floral pieces and greenery placed on the wheel and had floor pieces coming out of the wheel as well. It was so stunning and when I saw the finished product I was overwhelmed with joy that all the work and formulating to make the wheel amazing had paid off.
We went into the back dressing room area to take a few minutes to collect ourselves since the whole process was a little overwhelming. One of our close friends married us so that made things a little more at ease since we got together and talked about the ceremony several times beforehand. During our little break we snuggled our son Bodhi and then walked into the reception. The DJ announced us as husband and wife joining the reception and we walked up to the head table which was in front of an amazing hanging installation. Then there were floral pieces on the head table to also dress that up as well. The head table and all the non guest tables were covered in lush green velvet linens and the farm tables we used for the guest tables had green velvet runners. We had two types of table centerpiece layouts adding some height with beautiful stands and lush greenery and rose bouquets and then some low wood boxes accented with gold candles and terrariums. We also wanted a cozy lounge set up and rented this amazing couch and hung a floral chandelier over it. In total we had five floral installations at the wedding, it was a florists dream come true.
When we sat at the head table we welcomed everyone and told them to enjoy the food and drinks. Having a brunch wedding made so much sense in the planning process because for one… we love brunch food and bloody mary’s. We had some of our favorite brunch foods like eggs benedict, hash browns and swedish pancakes. The swedish pancakes were in memory of my mother, she had made those almost every weekend growing up so it was near and dear to my heart. We also had a garnish buffet for the bloody mary’s and mimosas with a large drink sign behind it that the venue had available to rent. Everyone loved the food and drinks and it was well complimented by the background music the DJ was playing. We did the traditional cake cutting and signed the marriage certificate and grinned ear to ear on how the day turned out. Near the end of the celebration we gathered up all the flowers for people to take home and made sure everyone grabbed their wedding favor which was a cute succulent in a gold geometric pot in each place setting. We then loaded up the Uhaul with everything and headed home to enjoy the rest of our first day as husband and wife.
Jeannine Marie Photography
Evolution Hair Salon
JAM Sound & Light
Oh those blooms, swoon!
Thanks so much to Jeni and Steven for sharing with us their super gorgeous wedding story xo Lou
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