Aria Minneapolis Published ~ Nicole & Phil


What inspired your wedding day outfits?

Classic / timeless. We wanted to look back on our wedding and not regret a fashion faux-paux.

What inspired your wedding decor? Why did you choose the things that you did?

Having landed on black-tie optional attire, I wanted to decorate in a way that lended itself to the formality of the attire but also the feel of the venue. Incorporating ivory lace overlays, hundreds of candles, uplights against the brick walls in an amber glow, and loose cafe lights over the dining tables felt perfect. It ended up feeling as if we were in a castle in Italy just off of a vineyard…

Do you have advice for engaged couples still in the planning process? 

Take the time initially to figure out what you (as a couple) really want from this day. A friend told me early on, through trial and error herself, “Choose three words or feelings that you want your guests to feel on your wedding day, and plan your wedding around that.” Ours were love, friendship, and laughter… and so many of our guests said we nailed it. Also, enjoy the planning process and the engagement! During your engagement, you will hear this a million times, but the time really does fly by. Why not enjoy it?!

Did you have any Do it Yourself {DIY} projects? 
My Grandmother taught my cousin and I, when we were about 10 years old, how to fold origami cranes. She taught us the Japanese/Hawaiian tradition of women folding 1,000 cranes for their wedding.
“According to Japanese lore, folding 1,000 Origami Cranes is truly a labor of love. Tradition holds that the bride who finishes this task, called ‘sembazuru’, before her wedding day will be richly rewarded with a good and happy marriage. Paying homage to the magestic crane, which mates for life and is said to live one thousand years, the bride ensures her own good fortune.”
She said we would do this for each of our weddings when we grew up, to ensure the above. She unfortunately passed away a few years later… but I have always carried her and this tradition close to my heart. I asked my mom, dad, and sister to help with this task and after about six months we finally had 1,000 (actually 1,100!) cranes completed in various shades and sizes of matte black, silver, and black/white patterns. We put hooks on each of them and hung them from wedding-trees. These pieces acted as our centerpieces for the long dining tables.”


Event Venue:Aria at the Jeune Lune//Dress Store: Bridal Reflections//Caterer:Crave Catering//Makeup Artist:Julie Swenson Beauty//Lighting:PHOS Events//Floral Designer:Soderbergs//DJ:Studio Veil//Dress Store:The Wedding Shoppe//

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