A story that is full of redemption and love and second chances and beauty and lots and lots of amazing people! :) You see, as they said “I DO” in front of everyone at the ceremony it began their journey as husband and wife and mommy and daddy and son-in-law and sister-in-law and…it tied their story up to a beautiful beginning. We all know that sometimes stories aren’t always perfect and wonderful and, as it turns out, Justin and Greyson experienced this with the loss of his wife and Greyson’s momma at a very young age. It sucked. But then Monica! She came along and brought joy and happiness and love and a breath of fresh air for both of them. And on their wedding day, it became an even bigger breath of fresh air as they walked out, hand in hand, down the road to their new journey together….the journey for all 3 of them to go on together! :) I would be lying if I didn’t watch the smiles and tears and joy all day long and not have to wipe my eyes about every 10 minutes myself…they are surrounded with an INCREDIBLE group of family and friends and supporters and lovers and encouragers….because doing life together is WAY better than on your own! :)

They chose the newer venue in St. Paul, Paikka! :) It’s awesome and fit them wonderfully. Exposed brick with the spring breeze coming through the open doors and the sounds of St Paul in the background! :) They covered the tables with fresh greenery that made the entire place feel and SMELL like the forest floor in the spring! :) It was just as gorgeous as their new love story! :)

YAY JUSTIN AND MONICA! Oh man, what an incredibly incredible day! :) I mean, YAY and thank you! :)

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Ceremony and Reception location : Paikka, St Paul MN
Hair and Makeup : Becky Zea
Floral and Decor Design : Positively Charmed Boutique Decor
DJ : Mark Haugen

  • April 21, 2017 - 2:35 pm

    Bev Matson - What a special day, our daughter was gorgeous and everything about the day was special.

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One of my most favorite weddings of all time. I mean, Sunday + brunch + homemade waffles + signature lattes + a homemade head table crafted by the groom + a surprise record and song for the first dance + a groom serenading to his LOVE at the ceremony?!? Need I go on? (because I totally can because there was THAT many incredible moments in this wedding morning)! :)

Emily and Andrew wanted to make their wedding full of love and people and what they cherished most! So started off by making their favorite meal of the day happen for their favorite people: BRUNCH! And instead of cocktail hour, they had coffee hour with lattes and mochas and other hot yummy beverages. They served Grandma’s waffles for brunch and they treated everyone to a TABLE FULL of donuts and pastries in leu of dessert. What could be better?! :) They exchanged vows with the glow of candlelight with special intention placed music as Andrew sang to Emily during the ceremony! :) Parents were crying, I was crying, everyone felt so connected and involved and it was gorgeous! :)

I mean, what better way to start to end to a weekend than with a yummy donut, hot coffee and beautiful wedding vows from two GORGEOUS people?!  AMIRIGHT?! :)

OH—and yay for this gorgeous event being featured on Style Me Pretty! Check it out here! :)

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Ceremony and Reception location : Aria, Minneapolis
Wedding dress : Leanne Marshall
Hair + Makeup : Jules Annen + Emily Weese
Stationary + Paper Goods : The Making 89
Event Coordination : The Simply Elegant Group
Floral : Julia’s Blooms
Bridesmaids dresses : Nordstrom
Donuts : Angel Food, MN
Catering : Deco Catering
Cinematography : Narrate Studios

If you know me, you know I love DJ Tanner, Rory Gilmore, and Aaron Rodgers…and sometimes even all in the same day! And you also should know how much I love holidays (like I’m a make-your-mashed-potates-green-on-St.Patricks-day kind of mom)! So put it all together and VOILA, you’ve got yourself some awesome, send-to-your-friends, share-with-your-love, and celebrate Valentines Day (and Galentines day) kind of printables that include some of my favorite things! :)

DUH! Why haven’t I thought of this before?!?! :)

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Below are the download links. They are formatted for regular sized 8.5×11, to be either cut to “postcards” or left to be foldable notes. If you’re able, I would recommend printing them “full bleed”, otherwise an regular at-home printer would be *just* fine! :)

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Have fun! And don’t forget to tag @emilysteffen on social media so that I can take a peek into your #Valentinesday fun! :)

  • February 5, 2017 - 8:12 pm

    Staci - Cute idea!

Pale blues, a gorgeous lush veil, nodes to their days on the ski slopes, many tears and even more smiles are what made Hannah and Jonny’s day SO “them”! :) She wore bits of her Mom’s veil in hers and he carried around his grandfathers pocket watch! :) They chose a day late in the fall, when the bright color on the leaves are gone and the muted tones of brown grass, bare trees and a chill in the air have arrived. Lizie Anne got it all right…..she planned the day with ease and meaning which left the guests warm-hearted as they headed home in the cold! :)

YAY for wedding days that marry tradition and heritage with newness and excitement! :) And YAY for Hannah and Jonny! :)

*AND a double YAY for the feature of their beautiful wedding in the fall issue of The Knot, MN Magazine! :)


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Ceremony : Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis MN
Reception : Interlachen Country Club, Edina MN
Designer and coordinator : Lizie Anne
Gown : Robert Bullock purchased from Che Bella
Shoes : Jimmy Choo
Bridal Accessories : Che Bella
Hair and Makeup : Creative Beaute Agency
Bridesmaids dresses : Dessy Collection
Flowers : Richfield Florist
Cake/desserts : Cocoa and Fig
Band : The Brian Kinney Band
Invitations and paper goods : Laurie Pohlad
Videography : Joe Pollock

  • February 20, 2017 - 8:06 am

    Tomasz Adameczek - What a day of amazing achievements!