It was August of 2017, and Leah and Ben were set up by a mutual friend. As with some set ups, this one actually led to an engagement, but not before a comical 1st date. This was because the person who set them up actually tagged along! Despite the third wheel, “they still had a blast! They snuck a kiss at the end of the night, and the rest is history.” summarizes Catherine Benner, (also mother of the bride!) of One Precious Pearl Floral Design. What followed was a traditional courtship, and ten months later Ben proposed in a private setting (only after he asked the bride’s parents’ permission). While Leah was surprised by the proposal she said ‘yes’ immediately and a wedding was planned for September 1, 2018.
Because Leah is in the wedding business, as a co-owner of One Precious Pearl with her mom, she knew what she wanted when it came to planning her own nuptials. Outdoor scenery for both her ceremony and reception venues was key. With this in mind, Leah and Ben picked the The Woods Chapel in Long Lake, Minnesota, for their ceremony, and Burl Oaks Golf Club, where Ben is a member, for the reception. Because Leah and Ben play golf there together, it was nice to pick a venue that already brought them fond memories, and getting married there only made it an even more special place for them.
Leah’s lifelong friend, Bridget, was Matron of Honor, and Ben’s brother Alex served as Best Man. Leah’s 2 nieces and 1 nephew played the role of ring bearer and flower girls, keeping the bridal party intimate.
Once again, being in the bridal business has its privileges, and this time, it was finding the bride’s dress when she wasn’t even looking for it. While sourcing items for another event, Leah was browsing through dresses for fun and spotted the gown she wound up wearing. “She loved it the second she tried it on, especially the color and the flower details on the skirt. We went out for champagne afterwards” describes her mom.
Benner describes the floral elements of the wedding, while commenting on the traditional feel, “The greenery and colors of the floral design combined with the styling of the gorgeous wooden chapel by One Precious Pearl Floral Design gave the wedding a rustic yet elegant feel. It was classic and authentic to Ben and Leah, who both value tradition and family. At Burl Oaks, the greenery theme was continued with an expanse of fern arrangements spanning the head table, groupings of greens and blossoms in milk glass vases, and garland draped around the outer edge of the room. The room was lit with numerous candles and fairy lights, giving it a soft and elegant aesthetic.”
When it comes to what the couple thought of as their favorite moment of the day, this is where being in the bridal business didn’t matter. As with many couples, “It was when the doors opened at The Woods Chapel, and they saw each other for the first time.” Clearly, the start of Leah and Ben’s happily ever after, started before they even married.
Styling/Florals/Planning/Coordinating: One Precious Pearl Floral Design
Ceremony: The Woods Chapel
Reception Venue: Burl Oaks Golf Club
Catering: Burl Oaks Golf Club
Photography: Anna Grinets Photography
Musicians: Rachel Painter and The OK Factor
Chairs: Ultimate Events
Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes & Jenna K Cookies
Officiant: James Bender
Bride’s Dress: Bride to Be Consignment
Bride’s Bracelet: Tiffany’s
Bride’s Necklace and Earrings: Family made and borrowed
Wedding Rings: Kay Jewelers
Mens’ Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Matron of Honor’s Dress: The Wedding Shoppe, Inc.
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