One could say that Brittani and Josh’s relationship is a series of bright lights. Although Brittani and Josh officially met on Tinder, their 1st date in person was at a July 4th Celebration, where they shared their first kiss after listening to a local band and watching fireworks. To this day, Brittani fondly recalls their 1st date, “Every time I see fireworks it still reminds me of the night we finally met in person!” But the lights theme doesn’t end there. Josh very romantically planned his proposal, with a walk in a park that included posters with photos from their relationship in a tunnel, a bridge with the proposal written on the planks, a picnic, his mom hiding and recording the whole thing, and ending with the newly-engaged couple going to the Lantern Light Festival in Shakopee. While Josh was thoughtful enough to plan the picnic, Brittani acknowledges, “I was too excited to eat much. We spent the rest of the night filled [not with food but] with happiness and excitement.”
Brittani and Josh held their ceremony at Christ Chapel at Gustavus Adolphus College. “I am an alumnus and the campus holds a special place in my heart. It just felt right to marry my best friend at my home on the hill and in the beautiful Christ Chapel, something I had dreamed of since I had started my education at Gustavus!” recalls the bride. For the reception, the couple chose The Capital Room, and as Brittani explains, the locale was meant to be, “It just so happened the day we got engaged was the day they had their first wedding [at the venue], fate? I think so! I knew the moment we walked into the elegant, historic, beautiful space that would be the place we would celebrate our marriage. We didn’t look anywhere else. It felt right. Megan was so easy to work with and went above and beyond what she needed to do. She was always willing to help and give advice. The day wouldn’t have gone as well if it wasn’t for her.”
Brittani wore a “simple but elegant A line dress. I added on a rose gold/gemstone belt that added a perfect amount of sparkle and just a touch of my favorite pink.” For a sentimental touch, “I wore my great grandmother’s ring throughout the day. It was my something borrowed and old from my mom. It will be a great tradition for going forward!”
Both the bridesmaids and groomsmen were a mixture of family and close friends. “They all were from different parts of my life so it was fun to have them all together! I was so lucky to have these ladies as part of my day!” And Brittani specifically mentioned how lucky she is to have gotten two amazing brother-in-laws, as they, “are both so caring and willing to help out, I’m so glad to have gained two amazing brothers.” The four flower girls are sisters, and they carried little wands with bells on them in lieu of flowers. The couple’s nephew served as ring bearer.
From the moment Brittani began planning, Brittani wanted to incorporate hot pink and navy into her elegant and simple affair, and this was evident in the whole bridal parties’ attire. Josh wore a navy suit, his groomsmen wore charcoal suits with navy touches and the bridesmaids wore long navy Allure dresses with hot pink shoes, along with rose gold halo earrings. Why the pink shoes? “I love pink. When I was a little girl, I would dream of my wedding and always picked out pink bridesmaid dresses in my mind. Well, it seemed a bit much to have bright pink dresses now that I’m older, so I thought what a fun way to incorporate my love of pink then to put in the shoes. It added a pop of fun color without being too obvious. I’m so glad I did it. I think (hope) that my bridesmaids liked the fun pop of color.”
The ceremony and reception had many personal elements, from the special readings the couple chose to the “ring warming” element they brought in that incorporated the guests’ special prayers. All was done with the intention of keeping the day special and unique to Brittani and Josh. The reception incorporated the couples’ sense of humor, with place card that included silly one liners, “We thought it was a fun, unique touch and a good ice breaker in-case not everyone knew each other at the table.” Clearly, this couple was thinking of their guests and giving them the best possible time they could.
And even though the day was about friends and family, their favorite moment was one where they felt as if they were in privacy, “I walked out to meet him, tapped his shoulder and I’ll never forget the look of happiness and joy when I saw him turn around. Seeing him all dressed up and looking so handsome to marry me made my heart explode! Although he had photographers and videographers and coordinators and family nearby (looking from down below), it felt for that moment that we were the only people in the world, and that day was going to be the best day EVER! We both cried tears of joy. I had waited so long to finally marry this amazing man and the day finally came! Afterwards, my brothers-in-law said how they have never seen their brother so happy.” With her heart exploding and his smile so bright, they went on to celebrate their union and the bride put it best, “I couldn’t imagine spending my life with anyone else. I’m so excited for all of our adventures.”
Photographer: 85mm Photography
Reception: The Capitol Room
Ceremony: Christ Chapel at Gustavus Adolphus College
Reception Entertainment: Soundwaves Production
Floral: The couple purchased artificial flowers and had a good friend help rearrange the bouquets
Dessert: Hy-Vee Bakery
Catering: Chef Craig’s
Bridal Shop: Inspire Bridal
Wedding Dress: Wtoo by Waters
Bridesmaid Dresses: Allure
Bride’s Accessories: Inspire Bridal
Eyelash Extensions: Eyelashes by Jeanne
Hair: Pin Curls by Tiff Hamele
Make up: Mankato Makeup
Transportation: Kicker Coaches
Favor: In lieu of favors, the couple inserted a picture of themselves with each guest from the wedding into each thank you note they sent.
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