The ceremony evoked a vision reminiscent of an English village Church surrounded by a classic English garden, Jane Austen literature and the light and airy shades of springtime. As their photographer Abby Anderson of Abby Anderson Photography said, “Geoff & Siri go together so beautifully! He plays the steady to her sparkle, and together they are a dynamic duo with many adventures ahead.” The best part of designing a wedding around beautiful architecture so evident in the First Presbyterian Church in Fargo is that the only décor needed were accents to create a Jane Austen atmosphere amongst the beautiful stained glass windows and rich dark woods. The décor was a purely simple and elegant, with the emphasis taking place at the altar. Love, romance and light were brought to the altar area with various height white lacquer baroque candle sticks and pillar candles surrounded by green Israeli Ruscus leaves embracing a fan arched candelabra in the center adorned with blush roses and peonies.
With four bridesmaids in light and airy shades of blush, pink, lavender and plum they ascended the long candle lit church aisle accompanied by groomsmen in grey tone on tone suits and vests. The wedding party seemed to float down the aisle to the music Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray performed by Dakota Rose String Quartet. On the arm of her father Siri wore a Pronovias mermaid gown Princia, with a sweetheart neckline, in beige tulle with lace and guipure appliqués. The bodice finished with guipure appliqués and drop shoulder sleeves. Accenting the length of the gowns train, Siri wore a stunning fifteen-foot long royal veil managed and arranged during the ceremony by her personal attendant lady in waiting.
For a more personal touch, Siri and Geoff opted to write their own vows and along with the guests were treated to a loving rendition of “Don’t Deserve You by Plumb, performed by Siri’s sister. The eulogy by Siri’s Grandfather Reverend Roy Johnson was filled with words of wisdom and fun memories while the ceremony concluded by Siri’s Uncle Robert Freeh signing The Lord’s Prayer. We loved how family and friends were involved in all elements of the ceremony, from musical performances, to readings, to veil management, it was clear how much the couple values their relationships with loved ones. Turning to their awaiting guests following a kiss proclaiming them husband and wife, the couple recessed down the aisle to Prelude In Classic Style by Gordon Young and Highland Cathedral for Violin and Organ by Charles Callahan.
A traditional setting at the Avalon venue in Fargo was the host for Siri and Geoff’s wedding celebration, starting with the cocktail and hors d’ oeuvres reception in the Roosevelt Boardroom surrounded by the rich dark wooden library panel walls and cove-beamed ceiling. The delicate two-tier cake adorned with fresh breathtaking spring flowers was the focal point for the cake cutting prior to guests being seated for the dinner blessing. As guests entered the Avalon Room for the dinner, they were greeted by the hint of cool light blue lighting that created a dreamy vision of a mystical garden.
Ivory linens and chairs created a light and soft setting for the oversized blush paper roses and various heights white lacquer baroque candlesticks and pillar candles. The baroque candlesticks with pillar candles mimicked the style of the church and added to an overall cohesion to the entire day. We loved this simple yet very successful way to ensure the style transferred from ceremony to reception seamlessly. To bring the enchanted garden inspiration to the center we accented the tables by adding antique mercury votive candles. Alternating between rounds and harvest tables for varying perspectives, the harvest-tables features tall mercury contemporary candle sticks adding juxtaposition with the vintage cherub handles footed Chalkware pedestal vase with a centered boxwood ball. To illuminate the center vases, we added two sets of three mercury votives alongside the vases.
The head table was a design extension in concept of the table combinations. Cherub vases with Boxwood balls extenuated the length of the table accented with glowing pillar dandles as well as the contemporary mercury candlesticks and candle bowls. The green boxwood hedge was used in front of the head table to create the essence of a private dinning table for the wedding party. Geoff and Siri’s wedding day was enchanting to say the least. The balance between tradition and trendy created the magical feel for the couple’s English hidden garden wedding.
Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church
Reception: Avalon West
Bridal Gown: Brides of France
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formal Wear: Halberstadts
Catering: Avalon West
Ceremony Music: Dakota Rose String Quartet
Organist: Sally Harmon
Favors: Carol Widman’s
Flowers: Shanda Lembeck
Hair: Tim at Details Salon
Bride’s Ring: Royal Jewelers
Groom’s Ring: Schmidts Gems & Fine Jewelry
Videographer: Grassfire Studios
Reception Decor: BeThings
Photographer: Abby Anderson