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September 18, 2012

Wedding: Reception Magic

Over the last year, I have been able to pull together a small selection of photos that captured our wedding. Ending with the reception, this will be the last post of the Schleder wedding….for now that is! The mustard yellow table numbers, the glitter ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ signs, to the bittersweet in the vases and everything in between was well thought out and executed perfectly by our vendors who have now become friends.

Seeing the emotion and happiness in the photos will always bring me back to that magical day. I love seeing my parents and how happy they are especially my proud dad during his speech! He gave me the greatest gift any girl could have asked for, after decades of smoking he made a promise to stop by the wedding and did an amazing job and it shows in the photos below. I only hope it will continue!

The reception like all other weddings was the ‘life’ of the wedding. Saying the celebration was a dance party would be an understatement. From my little 3-year-old nephew who threw down moves he most likely learned from his daddy to the dance off’s and groom’s sweat dripping off his shirt after I rung it out the next day! We even had friends and family tell us later they were sore from dancing all night!

If I could pick one special moment from the reception, I would choose the very last song. Our DJ, who was amazing btw thanks to the groom’s meticulous guidance and playlists  played ‘Piano Man’ by Billy Joel. The remaining crew that was still at the wedding gathered around us in a large circle while my handsome husband spun me around the dance floor. Seeing all of our amazing friends and family swaying from side to side around us made me burst with happiness and love. I feel truly grateful and blessed to have been able to celebrate our marriage exactly how I always dreamed it would be.

 

Bridal Dress: Amy Michelson

Bridal Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Grooms Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Flowers: Appleblossom Floral

Grooms Suit: Saavi Formal Wear

Photographer: J. Rau Photography

July 17, 2012

Wedding: ‘I Do’ Ceremony

I cannot believe that our 1 year anniversary is FAST approaching…well 3 months away. Below are the wonderful photos captured of our wedding ceremony. Seeing Nick at the end of the ‘aisle’ automatically triggered the biggest smile on my face. The photo of my mom below brings tears to my eyes just seeing how much love she has for her ‘little tiny baby’; that would be me! I am the last one of my brother and sister to get married. They should be very proud of how they have shaped us into young adults.  

I could not believe this day finally arrived, and I was going to officially marry my best friend the one who always brings a laugh and smile to my face. I love that our ceremony was truly us. The stories our pastor shared and the continuous  love throughout the room is exactly how I will remember this day.

Bridal Dress: Amy Michelson

Bridal Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Grooms Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Flowers: Appleblossom Floral

Grooms Suit: Saavi Formal Wear

Photographer: J. Rau Photography

May 16, 2012

Wedding: Family Photos

What a flurry the past few months have been! Lots of fun and exciting events occurring at Corner Bungalow. I however, must finish our wedding story first!

Our wedding day would not have occurred without our family below. Nick and I are eternally grateful for the foundation our parents built for us. They have truly been our inspiration for our lives ahead. My dad has this great quote in his office…

“Always behave like a duck – keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath ” ~Jacob Braude

I have always found this quote to bring a smile to my face and even shared it with friends and colleagues as it is totally true!

Ours parents have instilled the belief you have to work for what you want; you will then truly understand the value of what you have.  For example…Knowing that everything would be ok when we had to tap into the wedding fund which became the emergency fund when our 1925 bungalow needed  some (well a lot ) of unexpected TLC while planning the wedding.

Having a strong worth ethic and passion for what you love is what I will ensure is also instill into our children one day…years to come.   No matter the circumstances our parents and family will always be there for us as will we for them over this lifetime.

Love your family with all your heart…

Here is my (the bride’s) family

And the Handsome Groom’s Family

Bridal Dress: Amy Michelson

Bridal Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Grooms Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Flowers: Appleblossom Floral

Grooms Suit: Saavi Formal Wear

Photographer: J. Rau Photography

April 18, 2012

Wedding: Bridal Party

Being surrounded by our closest friends and family in the bridal party made our wedding day even more special. Each and every person means the world to us in the below photos that I could not have imagined it any other way. The blues, yellow, and Dundee tartan all compliment each other so well with the flowers adding another layer to wrap it all together. 

Dawn from AppleBlossom Flowers did an exquisite job. Let’s take a look back at what she had to work with, growing wedding flowers. A few days before  the big day, we walked my little baby succulents I had been growing for over a year to her studio, this was their day to shine too!  She is truly a genius when it comes to floral design and the photos depict it clearly. I even took my bouquet on our honeymoon because I could not stand the thought of leaving the beauty behind for a whole week.

Ensuring the bridal party could take away a piece of this day and carry that memory with them when tieing the knot in the tie they wear to work or clipping the fabric flower onto a bag or belt was really my vision. The second to last photo truly captures our personalities. Your wedding day should be fun and carefree and Jaime captures us perfectly.

Bridal Dress: Amy Michelson

Bridal Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Grooms Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Flowers: Appleblossom Floral

Grooms Suit: Saavi Formal Wear

Photographer: J. Rau Photography

April 5, 2012

Wedding: Bride and Groom

I just love the below photos, they truly capture our wedding day filled with happiness. Here are a few of the select favorite of Nick and I as bride and groom.

Getting married at the James J Hill Reference library was the perfect location. Living in the heart of historic St Paul we wanted to make sure our wedding day captured our unique style. The library did just that, the clean modern lines of the building, marble floor, marble floor to ceiling pillars, and arts and craft decor matched perfectly our vision for this special day…not to mention made a great backdrop for beautiful photos.

Bridal Dress: Amy Michelson

Bridal Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Grooms Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Flowers: Appleblossom Floral

Grooms Suit: Saavi Formal Wear

Photographer: J. Rau Photography

March 30, 2012

Wedding: Bride and Groom First Look

The time was finally here…I was about to see Nick all handsome and groomed-out. Jaime, our photographer, had him facing the wall so on a count of three he could turn around and see me for the first time as a bride. I just wanted to run right over to him and say ‘look at me’ !! I was beyond excited for this moment.

I felt absolutely beautiful and knew my soon to be husband would think so too! My dress was a stunning design by Amy Michelson in silk charmeuse. It felt like butter and was über comfortable! I could not wait for Nick to see me. He knew I found my dress at a sample sale for a fraction of the cost, which is insane because you cannot even buy the amount of silk charmeause to make my dress for the cost I paid! I kept telling him it was a big puffy ball gown dress…when it was quite the opposite.

Quick description of my sample sale experience…while we were in a scramble trying on dress after dress at the sale with no success, I was about to call it a day…when all of a sudden, I saw my mom out of the corner of my eye swiftly snatch a gown from a rack a soon-to-be bride just discarded. As soon as I put it on, that was it, no questions asked, everyone around agreed my mom was about to buy her little girl’s wedding dress. This dress was MADE for me, after getting it all cleaned, the only alteration needed was a hem, which for a bridal  gown is unheard of!  

Back to the actual moment…The photos below are one of my favorite sequences of the entire day. Just noticed there was a bee or a bug right in front of my face, look closely at the photo below of me looking at him. Glad that did not interfere with the action!

I LOVE the expression on Nick’s face when he first saw me! I think most bride and groom’s in the scenario probably start to cry, but it is quite apparent we are both fun and light-hearted and started to laugh in happiness…reference bottom right photo. I could not stop myself from admiring what a stud Nick looked like in his attire, which he also felt the same way checking out my steal of deal gorgeous dress.

From this moment on, my life just became that much sweeter…

Bridal Dress: Amy Michelson

Bridal Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Grooms Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Flowers: Appleblossom Floral

Grooms Suit: Saavi Formal Wear

Photographer: J. Rau Photography

March 22, 2012

Wedding: Seeing dad for the first time as a bride

After getting ready, we strolled downstairs for my dad to see me for the first time as a bride. I think it is just so special when you have this moment as a bride. You have been daddies little girl for your entire life and all of a sudden you become all grown up. I am the youngest of three and have seen both my brother and sister get married and always wondered what that feeling would be like. Well here it was upon me! I think my dad got a little glance at me in the lobby, while I believe my mom or brother quickly ushered him outside to make sure we had the official moment.

My dad and I have shared many amazing moments together, our annual dill pickle canning, gardening at the ‘farm’, taking a honeybee class (thinking we could actually have hives in our cities backyards….didn’t happen), and many more moments. I think the below moment will always stay at the top of the list. I was just so happy that entire day and I knew he felt the same way.

We then made our journey across the street to the James J Hill Reference Library where my soon to be husband was standing waiting for our ‘first look.’

March 20, 2012

Wedding: Getting Ready!

I am beyond excited to finally share our wedding photos. Yes, I have given glimpses of the design aspects, but here is the first chapter of the moments captured by J.Rau Photography. Every time I look at these photos a huge smile always falls across my face. This was truly the happiest day of my entire life. To have been surrounded by all my family and friends I love oh so dearly, and to walk down the aisle and say I DO to the man of my dreams.

I am getting Married! I kept thinking the entire day. My sister, maid of honor was besides herself the night before as we stayed at the St Paul Hotel. After counting sheep, and not being able to fall asleep, Jen sat up and started talking to me in the big sister calming manner no one can do except her. She instantly put me at ease, I was just SO excited to get married to Nick and could not fall sleep. I was never one bit nervous, I was just excited for Nick to see me in my dress, give him the official kiss, celebrate with our family and friends, and live happily ever after! It was going to be a party, and it for sure was a night to remember!

I love the bottom right photo. Me always fanning my face to hide the tears on the horizon while my mom tilts her head back in a laughing manner to keep the sweet tears inside.

March 16, 2012

Wedding Prep House

For the past  year leading up to the wedding, I was surrounded by all the little wedding details in my design room. A few days leading up to the big day I had everything around me, I mean everything…6 packs of beer for the males in the wedding party, little german glass glitter birds, programs, 180+ hand written place cards, my wedding bible binder (check it out on the table) our wedding “card basket” made out of bike handle bars and a front basket,  our custom “guest book” made out of the BWCA map from our trip where Nick proposed, all the little sweet packages with flowers, ties, and so much more… 

I was a little sad to pack it all away, but…the next time it would be unpacked would be at our wedding! Which having that thought got me über excited!! Planning this wedding in mist of a massive renovation, and fiance out of the country definitely caused a few bumps, but like everyone kept telling me, everything happens for a reason. Looking back I grew as a person and was still able to design every last detail down to the little gems on the guest map.

Planning your very own wedding allows you to truly express your style and dream. Yes, we chose some quirky items in replacement of the standard typical wedding items…but those are the things that make a wedding define who you are and express your personality.  I love seeing all the fun diy and personal touches shine no matter the event!

 

 

March 13, 2012

Wedding: Rock Climbing Bridal Party Snack

With the majority of the groomsmen being rock climbers I thought it would be fun to put some healthy hearty snacks in a climbing shoe box; well my climbing shoe box. Chris Sharma is even on the box, he is so studly.

Let’s just take a peek at a few of Nick’s climbing photos. These photos were taken on his extended stay 4 month assignment in Taiwan just a few months before our wedding. The actual photos are from Rai-lei and Tonsai Thailand when he said he was going to take a vacation to “research” honeymoon ideas. Well…this isn’t exactly what I had in mind…I think a nice spa sounds a bit more relaxing! Love the photos though. We are hoping to go to Thailand next spring to enjoy a tropical getaway.

While he was climbing in Thailand I was putting together the below.  Love this idea! It housed all the snacks for easy portability and ease. I even hinged it open with some yellow ribbon! I was beyond excited to show Nick how I incorporated the ‘climbing’ aspect into the wedding.

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