But that’s exactly what happened to Jessica, a hairstylist back in 2007, when her client Anthony gave her his phone number after she cut his hair. She never called him. But cupid didn’t give up, because as fate would have it, in 2011, as Jessica recalls, “a mutual friend set us up not knowing we had previously met. That night we hit it off and have been together ever since.” And so in the very park Jessica and Anthony walked through on their 1st date (and many times since) Anthony brought the bride-to-be back to propose. Unlike when she was given his phone number at the salon, this time, she said yes.
Using red, wine, gold and black hues, they chose colors that contrasted with the white of the venue, Luminary Fern, and the colors helped create the elegant and romantic look they were going for. “We wanted an unexpected venue that was still elegant, warm and inviting. We felt it best fit our style. Though we do not have any connections to railroads we loved the industrial chic vibe.” Jessica further describes the subtly surprising aspects of their venue, “We brought our guests up to Brainerd to a railroad established in the 1800s. Nobody knew what to expect. The guests were seated in front of red doors that were originally used to store railcars. This was the backdrop of our wedding ceremony.” Upon arriving at the ceremony, “Guests were handed a clear quartz crystal. They were asked to hold it and put all of their love, celebratory and positives vibes for our marriage into the crystal. At the end of the ceremony they were collected and we now keep them in a centerpiece in our home.”
“The reception was hosted in a warehouse that was used for the railroad, [that] has since been updated with white washed walls and white stencils on the concrete floor. When the guests walked in to the contrasted pallet of white, gold, wine red and black, the room was filled with candles and chandeliers. Guests were so surprised as they walked through the venue as they had no idea what to expect and walked into such an elegant venue with delicious wine and food.” To bring cohesiveness between the ceremony and reception, Jessica and Anthony gave their guests clear quartz crystals placed at each place setting.
Kate Kuepers of Bloom Designs created romantic floral elements, and both bride and groom were very pleased with her work, “We had a fantastic wedding planner / florist. I just gave her basic guidelines, and the overall feel I was looking for. She delivered far beyond my expectations.” Between her florist and their photographer, Aimee Jobe, (who was also involved in venue and furniture rentals), the event was seamless and their vibe came through “in every detail of the décor,” says the bride. In fact, seeing it all come together was Jessica’s favorite moment of her wedding, “Walking into the reception which was our first time seeing all the decor come together and to see all of our closest family and friends around us [was the best moment]. We could literally feel the love and support exuding from everyone and celebrating this next chapter in our lives.”
Photographer: Aimee Jobe Photography
Ceremony & Reception: Luminary Fern
Reception Entertainment: Instant Request
Floral: Kate Kuepers from Bloom Designs
Dessert: Prairie Bay
Catering:Up-In Smoke Catering
Bridal Shop: A&Be
Dress: Katie May
Bridesmaid Dresses: Each chose their own long black dress
Bride’s Accessories: Hair flowers by Bloom Designs
Bridemaid Hair: The Fineline
Favors: Clear quartz crystals from Etsy