Josh popped the question during the couples last semester at the University of Minnesota. At the time both Lauren and Josh were neck-deep in exams, theses and graduation prep but as soon as the diplomas were in hand and caps were in the air, they jumped right into wedding planning. The couple spent over a year planning their big day and it all paid off on April 23rd, 2016.
Lauren and Josh’s ceremony took place at the Woods Chapel in Long Lake, Minnesota and the reception was held at the Chanhassen American Legion. When Lauren discovered a photo of the Woods Chapel she fell in love with the thick wooden beams, towering windows and wooded backdrop. The trees, the pond and the secluded romantic feeling made for the perfect backdrop for their vows to take place.
Every detail of Lauren and Josh’s wedding day was thoughtful and meaningful. While the décor was nature themed, the day was truly inspired by the bride and groom. Because Lauren and Josh are both avid readers, each table was named after their favorite fictional settings. Every song they chose was tied to a specific memory, they even used their favorite colors, (Purple and green). Nothing was “expected” everything was simply “Lauren and Josh”.
Lauren walked down the aisle in a light and delicate gown that featured a sweetheart neckline, layers of tulle, and dainty lace. She finished her look with a veil that was inspired by the one her mother wore on her wedding day. Josh kept his look simple and clean with a medium grey suit, white shirt, a black tie and a slick watch.
“It’s just a party. And in the end it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. This is about you two and what you want. So do it for yourselves.”
COLORS: Purple and Green
LOCATION: Chapel and Community Center
Photographer: Allison Million of Bellagala
Reception: The Chanhassen American Legion
Ceremony: The Woods Chapel in Long Lake
Reception Entertainment: Reese Klawitter of The Other DJ Company
Floral: DIY by the bride
Dessert: Lunds & Byerlys of Chanhassen
Catering: The Chanhassen Legion
Bridal Shop (gown and bridesmaids dresses): David’s Bridal of Roseville
Menswear: Generation Tux