As 2016 wraps up, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite features from this year’s magazines. From mindful simplicity to classic Americana, we had a blast creating unique styled shoots chock-full of the latest trends. We hope they inspire you as you dream up your perfect wedding day. And, we promise that we’ll have even more trend-setting themes for you in 2017!
A Tartan Soiree
A bridal shower fit for a true Minnesota gal, this festive celebration features a cozy flannel vibe with hints of rustic decor and natural elements. Top it off with a coco bar with personalized mugs, this theme is sure to be a hit on a cold Minnesota day!
Photos: Laura Leigh Images | Design: Laurie’s Design | Florals: Blessings & Blossoms | Cake: Tad Cakes | Flatware, Tables & Chairs: Apres Party & Tent Rental | Stationary: West Central Printing | Formal Dresses: Celebrations Bridal | Hair & Make-up: Mantra Salon & Spa | Venue: Glacial Ridge Winery | Wardrobe Accessories: Ali J Boutique
An All-American Wedding
Patriotic vows in a perfect Americana setting, this styled shoot from our S/S 2016 issue highlights a classic preppy theme and a lakeside backdrop. We featured multiple wardrobe changes for our bride and groom, glances at a first look, reception inspiration, cocktail hour and beyond. Here are some of our favorite shots from this feature, but there are plenty more to see (take a peek!).
Photos: Tim Larsen Photography | Videography: Olsen Media | Wardrobe Stylist: Kate Moroney | Hair: Marcie Hendrickson | Make-up: Cindy Hannah| Florals: Bloom Designs | Gowns & Dresses: Celebrations Bridal & Formal Wear, The Special Event Boutique , A Specialty House, Aubony Bridal & Formalwear, Carrie Johnson Bridal, Mestads Bridal and Formal Wear| Groom’s Attire: Halberstadts Men’s Clothier’s, Tip Top Tux| Jewelry: Ann Manning Jem Stones and Accessories | Yacht: Destiny Cruises | Bakery: Sara’s Tipsy Pies | Stationary: West Central Printing, Rengel Printing | Locations: Grandview Lodge, Gull Lake Yacht Club
The Kinfolk Elopement
The Kinfolk Elopement was inspired by the slow movement, a way of life that emphasizes mindful living. It brings awareness to a simplified life – cultivating communities and bringing focus on family and friendship. With this mindset during planning and execution of your wedding, you’ll allow yourself to be present during the day – appreciating it’s significance and connecting with each other, as well as core family and friends. Enjoy a few shots from this simplified feature (and see more, here!).
Photos: Tim Larsen Photography | Videography: Olsen Media | Location: The Olive Branch Retreat | Gowns: Wedding Tuxedo Connection , Mestads, Carrie Johnson Bridal, The Special Event Boutique, A Specialty House, Celebrations Bridal & Formal Wear | Jewelry: Wedding Day Diamonds | Accessories: Primp Boutique | Groom’s Attire: Tip Top Tux, Knight’s Chamber Clothiers | Floral: Bloom Designs | Chairs & Table: Apres Party Rental | Wine: Carlos Creek Winery | Craft Beer: Granite City Brewery | Catering: The Great Blue Heron | Hair: Mantra Salon & Spa | Make-up: War Paint International | Models: Caryn Model & Talent | Wardrobe Stylist: Amy Shetler
Naked – Cakes, Florals & Bridal Boudoir
Naked cakes and natural florals were hot in 2016. On top of that, bridal boudoir shoots spiced things up as a special gift for grooms-to-be. Here are a few of our favorites from our ‘naked’ feature in the Spring/Summer 2016 mag (more, here!)
Photos: Xsperience Photography | Wardrobe Stylist: Kate Moroney | Hair: Mantra Salon & Spa | Make-up: War Paint International | Bridal Accessories: Carrie Johnson Bridal | Cakes: Tad Cakes, Cold Spring Bakery | Jewelry: Wedding Day Diamonds | Floral: St. Cloud Floral, Elden’s Downtown Floral | Lingerie: Room No. 3, Flirt Boutique, Allure, LA Bratique | Furniture & Rentals: Geyer Wedding & Event Rental
In 2016 cakes got naked, beer was crafted, late-night bites were a hit and wedding trends ranged from gold and glam to understated and simplified. It’s hard to imagine how 2017 could get any better, but we promise — it does! Thanks to all of our FABULOUS local vendors and business who helped bring our shoots to life – we are always in awe of your talents.