Michelle & Dan, 1 Year Ago Today!

Well, well – 1 year ago today I got to be part of Michelle & Dan’s lovely winter wedding at ARIA. Michelle did a great job of finding fun ‘frozen’ (before the movie) details to set the mood for this glitzy wedding reception. They were a very sweet and sincere couple – and this weekend I’m  happy to be welcoming them  back to ARIA to They have some great images on Fishtale’s website too!

Magic Makers:
Chowgirls Catering
PHOS Events (those beautiful vintage chandeliers)
Hyacinth Events
Fishtale Photography

Photo Credit: Fishtale Photogaphy
Photo Credit: Fishtale Photogaphy

More of the pro photos here.

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Christopher + Jacob| July 2013

This wedding was different than any other I was part of in 2013. It was my very first gay wedding here in Minnesota after the amendment was rejected and gay marriage was legalized! Our entire team from ARIA was so proud to be part of this reception for Chris & Jake.

They worked with Event Lab to bring in furniture and the beaded chandeliers you see hanging from the catwalks. But of course, the ‘awe factor’ was the aerialist performers during dinner! So far, I have yet to do another wedding to bring in aerial performers…but I’m so ready to have them back! It was fantastic, the guests were blown away!

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#TBT | June 22nd, 2013 @ ARIA

Looking back at our first full wedding season at ARIA we handful of event management hiccups. However, On June 22nd, 2013 – everything seemed to go perfectly! The client’s were great to work with from beginning to end and we had a fabulous coordinator to work along side with that day. When people ask me for advice on where to spend money for their wedding – and where they could ‘go easy’, I always refer to this wedding. The clients Erin & Derek did it all perfectly.

What they did right:
1. They took advantage of ARIA’s 3 story ceiling by adding chandeliers over their head table that dropped from the catwalks. This focused the attention on the head table and brought your eye up into the large space.
2. They didn’t go crazy with decorating the guests tables, they focused their efforts on making the head table a focal piece in the room and left the guest tables fairly simple. It’s the best way to get the most ‘bang for your buck’ by ‘going big or going home’  at one focal piece.

Bonus! SkyFocus Films made a beautiful wedding video so you can see it all in action:
http://www.skyfocusblog.com/tag/aria-minneapolis-wedding-video/