It was important to Brigi and Bree to create a fun, welcoming environment that captured their personalities, keeping things fun and not too serious. The venue was a historic building housing artist studios and a brewery, which complemented their rich fall palette of navy, sage green, burnt orange, burgundy, and accents of gold.
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
We wanted to create a fun, welcoming wedding environment that captured our personalities. Our goal was to keep things fun and not too serious. We went with rich fall colors or navy, sage green, burnt orange, and burgundy, with an accent of gold.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
Our wedding space was decorated with greenery and linen drapery to soften the industrial feel of the building. Our personal favorite was the Edison lightbulb fixture above the ceremony and the head table. Our florist did a wonderful job working greenery into that fixture as well. The closest we got to DIY was our Tinder “It’s a Match” cutout that we used in the photo booth.
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
We used greenery and our color palette to inspire our bouquets. Neither one of us knew much about florals and we took advice from our florist and wedding planner. Our centerpieces included small floral pieces and we had some beautiful garland at the head table. Everything turned out wonderfully!
Did you personalize the day in any way? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
We added quite a bit of personalization to our day. All of our paper products, cups, and welcome bags for hotel guests were custom. Donuts were a theme for us—both for our engagement pictures and at the wedding. We had a large spread of donuts available for guests to enjoy during the dance and as a takeaway. With those donuts, we had paper bags that read “Treat Yo Self.” Another fun piece was that all of our table numbers had pictures of us at the age of the number.
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
Brigi wanted a classic and timeless wedding dress. Once the dress was found, everything else fell into place. Some simple jewelry was last to be added. Bree knew that she wanted to wear a custom suit. She went to Martin Patrick and picked out everything down to the buttons. The suit had our wedding date sewn into the inside of the coat as well.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
We met online using Tinder in 2014 and started officially dating in January 2015. On October 2, 2016, Bree proposed to Brigi after several foiled attempts. Originals plans included a walk through Mears Park in Downtown St. Paul, at Brigi’s Age Group National Triathlon, and more. But Brigi kept unknowingly throwing a wrench in the plan and Bree ended up proposing during an American Horror Story marathon. Brigi said yes!
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
We were so excited for the actual ceremony to be over with so we could fully enjoy with family and friends. Two special moments that stand out were seeing each other for the first time and looking out at everyone from the head table.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
Find yourself a Rita! Things would’ve ended up much differently if we had not had the guidance of a wedding planner. It made a HUGE difference and kept the trains running on time. And also know that you and your partner are not going to agree on everything. Compromise is key. One other piece of advice that we received was to take time during the wedding to step back and take it all in. It goes by extremely fast, take time to look at everyone who has come to support you. It’s really amazing!
Photographer: Betsy Wall
Event Planner: Premier Planning Services, Inc.
Invitation Designer: Paper Rock Scissor
Equipment Rentals: Après Party and Tent Rental
Linens and Coverings: Avant Decor
Event Venue: Solar Arts Building
Photo Booth Equipment: The Traveling Photo Booth
Hair Stylist: Danielle Goulet Peterson
Floral Designer: Munster Rose
Bakery: Glam Doll Donuts
Cake Designer: The Country Cake Cupboard
Dress Store: Che Bella Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
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