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Minnesota Flower Farm Wedding

Garden Weddings

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Not only is this wedding from Jeff Loves Jessica Photography itself completely gorgeous, but the story of Lara and Steve is even sweeter! After living together in Phuket, Thailand, the couple knew they wanted to infuse their wedding day with subtle homages to their time there. And, well, when you’re married in a flower farm, how could your wedding day be anything other than stunning?

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From the bride, Lara: One of the first things we did when we got engaged was to sit down and write out a list of words or phrases that we wanted to describe the feel of our wedding. I still remember sitting out on our patio on a warm summer day and coming up with things like “family style,” “city meets country,” and “a big ole party where, hey! we’re also getting married!” Ultimately we would also use words like simple, classic and most importantly “us.” We also realized how much our friends and family meant to us while being away from them, so we wanted our wedding to not only celebrate our love, but to honor and celebrate everyone around us who have helped us become who we are.


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We hoped (and in retrospect feel like we successfully achieved) that our wedding would look and feel “organic.” Although we do love our co-ops, what we really meant by that was that we wanted everything about our wedding day to organically unfold and feel relaxed and natural. Fortunately, that vision was also conducive to our attempt to be budget-friendly. We didn’t really have a theme or color scheme although everyone from our florist to our mothers tried to narrow one down for us based on what we were telling them. But, because of everyone’s efforts, not a theme or color scheme, it ended up being a beautiful day! For example, we wanted our flowers to be local and seasonal (as we are proud Minnesotans!) with a hint of the tropics (as homage to Steve’s lineage and our time in Phuket).


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? After becoming overwhelmed by options and details and yes, even wedding magazines and blogs, a recently married friend wisely advised me to choose 2 or 3 special touches to take on. We ultimately had to scale back a lot of the details I thought we needed because it was simply too much to coordinate from abroad, but we both walked away with our sanity and the few details we chose to keep were really enough to make it feel like us. So, that is advice I would pass on to any bride, even if you aren’t trying to plan a wedding from halfway around the world!


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Also, we didn’t have a wedding planner, but I now understand why people do! If it’s an expense you have the budget for, go for it, but if you don’t, have someone in charge on the day of other than you or the groom! My friend Caitlin was my right-hand girl and she knew me and my vision enough so that anyone with last minute questions or crises could go to her and I was blissfully oblivious to any last minute drama!


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Which leads to me my final bit of advice: no matter what happens, remember that at the end of the day you will be married! A light sprinkle started about an hour before our beautiful outdoor ceremony was to begin and Caitlin and I waited until 10 minutes before the start of the ceremony to decide to move it under the reception tent. Even though I had always envisioned our ceremony out in the middle of the beautiful garden, in that moment it was a no-brainer (and it helped that the tent was gorgeously decorated with twinkling lights and vines anyway!). And you know what, in retrospect, we think it worked out better than we had planned! Everyone sitting around their tables surrounding us felt so much more intimate than them sitting in rows with our backs to them! This was a good final lesson in letting go of the small stuff and truly having the day organically unfold itself!


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Wedding Music:
Mothers’ Processional: “Whole Wide World,” Wreckless Eric
Bridal Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
First Dance: “Good Life,” One Republic

Wedding Location: Stillwater, MN / Wedding Photographer: Jeff Loves Jessica Photography / Wedding Venue and Flowers: Camrose Hill / Wedding Dress: Sue Wong / Bride’s Hair: Samantha Palumbo / Bridesmaid’s Dress: BCBG / Groom’s Outfit: Reyn Spooner / Wedding Caterer: Divine Swine / Ice Cream Dessert: Sebastian Joe’s / Wedding Invitations: Mara Mi

Minnesota Lodge Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Whenever Geneoh Photography is on board for a wedding, it’s all but a guarantee that we’re going to fall in love. Maggie and Brett wanted their wedding day to be laid-back with a bit of a vintage flair, and Maggie’s amazing Priscilla of Boston dress helped her achieve that. How much do you love her vintage red polka dot gloves?


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From the bride, Maggie: We wanted our wedding to feel completely “us” and embody everything we love about life and each other. We knew we wanted it to feel laid back but still sacred, quirky but still timeless, and above all else, completely us! We wanted all of our family and friends to feel comfortable since most all were coming from out of town. I think we were seeking to make it feel natural, bright, fun, and a little retro too :)


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stillwater minnesota wedding from geneoh photography

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stillwater minnesota wedding from geneoh photography

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stillwater minnesota wedding from geneoh photography

I would describe our wedding as quirky, vintage inspired, retro, relaxed, local (if that makes sense). We didn’t have a color scheme (I could never pick!) but we did try to gravitate towards red, teal, navy and grey. As far as theme, we thought it would be fun to focus on the “Minnesotan” aspect of it! For DIY projects, those were my favorite parts! We did all the following ourselves: wild rice packet favors, boutonnieres, shoe clips, hand sewn bow ties, barn wood signs, photo booth background, invitation assembly and all the table decor!


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stillwater minnesota wedding from geneoh photography

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stillwater minnesota wedding from geneoh photography

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Have a cocktail and take a deep breath! I think I took the small things too seriously (first time I’ve ever admitted that) but it all felt crazy important at the time. Make sure you and your fiancé feel comfortable with all the decisions you’re making. Everyone’s got an opinion, and you want to honor those as best you can, but make sure you are having honest, candid conversations with your fiancé, parents and all other important parties. I had some hard conversations with a lot of people, but in the end it made the day of carefree and drama free. Lastly, have fun with it as best you can! It’s only one time (hopefully) in your life that you get to be someone’s fiance and to plan a wedding. Make sure you are making it fun and being thankful for the people who are making you feel so special as a bride :)


stillwater minnesota wedding from geneoh photography

stillwater minnesota wedding from geneoh photography

stillwater minnesota wedding from geneoh photography

stillwater minnesota wedding from geneoh photography

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Wedding Music:

Processional: “Hallelujah,” Leonard Cohen
Ceremony: It is Well With My Soul
Recessional: “All I Want Is You,” Barry Louise Polisar
Reception Entrance Song: “You’re My Best Friend,” Queen
First Dance: “You are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne
Mother/Son Dance: “I’ll Be There,” Jackson 5
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Girl,” The Temptations

Wedding Vendors (Stillwater, MN):

Wedding Venue and Caterer: The Outing Lodge / Wedding Photographer: Geneoh Photography / Day-Of Coordinator: Jane Chronister / Wedding Flowers: Jackie of Just Bloomed / Bride’s Ceremony Gown: Blue by Enzoani / Bride’s Reception Dress: Priscilla of Boston, “Trish” / Bride’s Shoes: Poetic License / Bride’s Veil: Our Shop / Bride’s Gloves: Vintage / Bride’s Bracelet: Bride’s Grandmother / Hair and Makeup: Lacie and Julie of Japa Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Ben Sherman / Groom’s Bow Tie: Pierrepont Hicks / Groom’s Boots: Red Wing / Ceremony Music: Dan Rodriguez and Megan Gilbertson / DJ: Krista of Adagio DJs / Wedding Cake: Cocoa & Fig / Invitation Letterpressing: Little Doris Press / Videographer: Ken Chang