When Sarah was a freshman at St. Olaf College, she never expected to meet her future husband. And when Mike was at a college party sophomore year he never thought he’d meet his wife-to-be. But one fateful night Sarah saw Mike dancing, called him over, “we exchanged hello’s and the rest is history!” says Sarah. Or to be more specific, they dated for five years (minus a few hiatuses) and one day Mike surprised her with a romantic and sweet proposal Sarah never saw coming.
Sarah explains, “I’m a huge sucker for Christmas and everyone that knows me would say so. Naturally Mike played off my love for Christmas and proposed on December 21st.” Mike planned a night out with friends that included drinks, ice skating at Landmark Center and a stroll through Rice Park, “where all the big pine trees were covered in blue Christmas lights and Mike asked if I wanted a picture in front of the tree.” After distracting Sarah and getting on one knee, Mike completed his mission with more surprises on the way, “I was completely floored to see he was proposing. I’m sure his speech was very sweet and enduring but to be honest, I don’t remember any of it and neither does he. The next thing I know we’re in an Uber driving to Cosetta’s to celebrate with pizza and beer and Mike hit me with another huge surprise, both of our families were waiting for us to celebrate the new engagement. It was all pretty dang sweet.”
For their fun and laid back affair, Sarah and Mike chose the Round Barn Farm. The ceremony was behind the Bed and Breakfast because “we fell in love with the natural lands and bluffs behind the arch” that served as a beautiful backdrop. “The ceremony site behind the B&B is stunning and can seat a ton of people.” The couple chose to play up the natural beauty of the rustic Round Barn Farm, “We went for neutral tones with a dash of olive and navy because we knew how beautiful the Round Barn is in the summer. We didn’t want any big color pops with all the beautiful flowers at the venue. We tried to be as simple as possible because the venue didn’t need much of anything to make it a beautiful wedding.
The bride wore a beautiful lace gown from The White Room that she customized by adding straps, a belt and a bow in the back. “I was obsessed with my dress, and still am! I fell in love with it as soon as I put it on. When I put the dress on “apparently” I clapped (I don’t remember doing this) but I did know right away I liked that one the best and it fit the venue and our entire wedding style perfectly.” Sarah recalls. She was also very fond of the staff at The White Room, where she found her dress. “I absolutely loved my experience at The White Room. The shop is owned by an amazing lady who doesn’t have a huge staff so it feels like a very small town owned shop on Hennepin. They did an amazing job and really make you feel stunning. I highly recommend everyone checking them out.”
With the bridal party made up of family and close friends “It was a rowdy and loving bunch since everyone knew each other already.” Mike’s niece and nephew served as the flower girl and ring bearer, and close male friends were ushers. The groomsmen wore mauve ties that coordinated with the long mauve dresses that the bridesmaids donned.” And so, the couple married on an extremely hot day at the end of June, surrounded by family and friends in a beautiful setting.
For the reception, guests gathered in the pavilion, where they could take a break from the heat. The fun and rustic décor fit the mood they were going for. Flowers hung by ribbons in natural tones that created a romantic backdrop. Simply Stated Elegance had already worked on the brides’ other four sisters’ weddings, and they did an equally amazing job on Sarah and Mike’s wedding. Sarah states, “Jeni’s beautiful work speaks for itself. She had a great vision for what I liked and made it come to life.” And the floral décor worked with the laid-back feeling of the day. “From our perspective, the mood was relaxed and easy going. We didn’t want anything to be too serious, so we had a family style dinner and ended the night with dancing. It was a very beautiful barn wedding where shorts or suits were equally welcomed.”
And while there was a slight mix up with the couples’ first dance, it wound up being the bride’s favorite moment of the day. “It was 100% us. We ended up having two first dances because there was a slight mix up with the DJ not knowing we were ready for our first dance. We had picked out a song together, Pushing Up Daisies by Brothers Osborne, for our first dance and instead of that playing right away our DJ ended up playing Courtesy of the Red White and Blue by Toby Keith, which we happily danced to together. It was hilarious because that song is totally us and we just went with it.” This never bothered the couple as they said the day was “perfect to us. It was amazing to see all the people we love and have received constant support from over the years brought together in one room. The Round Barn was the only venue we looked at when planning our wedding because we knew immediately how special the place is. We felt like it was a back-yard wedding without it being in our backyard which is something special Kirk and Wendy have created. We’ve talked about how badly we wished we could have just attended our own wedding to really grasp all of it but from where we were sitting, it was pretty spectacular.”
Photographer: Ivy Christina Photography
Ceremony & Reception: The Round Barn Farm
Reception Entertainment: Dean-O-Mite Entertainment-Dean Downs
Floral: Simply Stated Elegance | Jeni Chrusciel
Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Catering: This Little Piggy Catering
Bridal Gown: The White Room
Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
Bride’s Accessories: The White Room (hair pins), Wixon Jewelers (earrings)
Beauty/Hair/Make up: Blue Sage Spa
Menswear: Milbern Clothing
Transportation: Cadillac Chauffeur Service
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