Jessica + Anthony
Jessica was a hairstylist back in 2007 when her client Anthony gave her his phone number following a haircut. She never called him, but cupid didn’t give up. 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 they went to on their 1st date, 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 (Now Northern Pacific Center), 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 wedding 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 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 whitewashed walls and white stencils on the concrete floor. When the guests walked in, they were greeted to a pallet of white, gold, wine red, and black. The room was illuminated with candles and chandeliers. Guests were so in awe as they walked through the venue. They had no idea what to expect. The venue was elegant with delicious wine and food.” To bring cohesiveness between the ceremony and reception, guests were given clear quartz crystals at their place setting.
Kate Kuepers of Bloom Designs created romantic floral elements for this industrial chic wedding. Both Jessica and Anthony 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, the event was seamless. Jessica says their vibe came through “in every detail of the décor.” 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.”
For more rural Minnesota wedding inspo, check out Courtney + Charlie’s beautiful day.