Advice and tips

4 Qualities Your Officiant Should Have

4 Qualities Your Officiant Should Have Figuring out who the heck to officiate your wedding is one tough job, especially if you haven’t been to many weddings before or have any idea how a ceremony is supposed to work.  Whether you’re asking your friend to officiate...

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3 Reasons Why You Need to Book Your Officiant Early

3 Reasons Why You Need to Book Your Officiant Early

3 Reasons Why You Need to Book Your Officiant EarlyHave you ever been to a ceremony where you either fell asleep during the ceremony, raised your eyebrow in confusion, or had your eyes open wiiiiide in shock because of something the officiant said? Because I HAVE. I...

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The Quick Guide to Creating a Unique Unity Ceremony

The Quick Guide to Creating a Unique Unity Ceremony

The Quick Guide to Creating a Unique Unity CeremonyI love unity pieces in wedding ceremonies. Symbolizing our lives is a great way to think about where we are now, where we will go in the future, and who we might become. Though, I don’t like unity pieces just for the...

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Elope

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Elope

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Elope As an officiant who also owns an elopement and small wedding planning company, it’s quite comical that I’m writing this. Or contradictory. However you want to view it.  I started my elopement planning business long before COVID - two...

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4 Ways to Make Your Small Wedding Less Awkward

4 Ways to Make Your Small Wedding Less Awkward

4 Ways to Make Your Small Wedding Less AwkwardI can’t lie - I love small weddings. I’ve always found them to be less awkward than a large wedding. What’s weirder than hundreds of people staring at you while you say your vows? I’m not sure, but I do know that a small...

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Vendors We Love

The Most Down-to-Earth Photographer: Thara Photo

If Tim hadn’t shown up with his camera equipment to Yajit and Maria’s wedding in August of 2020, I would have thought he was a long time friend of Yajit and Maria. He said hello and easily chatted away with Sarah and Sean, their couple-friend who gifted their...

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The Inspirational Married Duo: Cameron and Tia Photography

The Inspirational Married Duo: Cameron and Tia Photography

Within seconds of arriving at Kendra and Nathan’s wedding, camera posing prompts echoed from the outdoor ceremony space at Pinewood. Weddings in 2020 were definitely not loud, thanks to the relatively small size of them, and hearing someone cheerleading during a...

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Your New Best Friend: Hailey from Essen Events

Your New Best Friend: Hailey from Essen Events

Every now and then, I like socializing by reaching out to fellow vendors to get to know them so it’s not super weird when I stalk their social profiles.  I’m just kidding. I’m not that weird. Well….maybe I am.  The first time I met Hailey, not only was I late for a...

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Feel at Home with Eric Vest Photography

Feel at Home with Eric Vest Photography

As we sat against floor-to-ceiling windows in a quaint suburban Minnesota Dunn Brothers, Melody from Events by Melody and I swapped stories about the craziest moments we’ve experienced at weddings. We’ve both worked in weddings long enough to have collected a solid...

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Freakin’ Cool Weddings with Bre is Fun

Freakin’ Cool Weddings with Bre is Fun

Even after having been in the wedding business for many years, it wasn’t until a few years ago when I connected with Bre from Bre is Fun at the Neu Neu (previously 514 Studios) in Minneapolis during, obviously, a wedding. Most of the time, planners and coordinators...

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Art That Inspired US

Art That Inspired Us – September 2020

Art That Inspired Us – September 2020

I didn't post what we've been reading for the past few months because, like many others, I needed to take some time alone to process everything happening in the world and in my life.  In the meantime, my reading has shifted significantly to stories about those...

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Art That Inspired Us – May 2020

Art That Inspired Us – May 2020

I swear May flew right on by, which is surprising seeing as most of us in the world are still in quarantine. Thankfully, lots of my time was filled with consuming as many pages as I could and working my way through the Oscar nominees list from the past few years. ...

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Art That Inspired Us – April 2020

Art That Inspired Us – April 2020

This month has been a busy month for booking elopements and thus, most of my influences this month are going to be a little more global. I'm also knee-deep in screenwriting and novel writing classes, so you'll also notice more depth in the books and films I've been...

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Art That Inspired Us – March 2020

Art That Inspired Us – March 2020

I started this month in Chicago and was not supposed to end this month in not only an English-speaking country, but especially Chicago. Well, here I am, writing this from my apartment in Chicago. Isn't it crazy how life can throw massive curveballs at you, no matter...

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Art That Inspired Us – February 2020

Art That Inspired Us – February 2020

Engagement season is still going strong! I absolutely love all of the couples that are looking to bring on professional writers (aka us!) to work on their ceremonies. The only downside to this is that it has reduced the number of books I can read in a month. You’ll...

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Art That Inspired Us This Month – January 2020

Art That Inspired Us This Month – January 2020

This has been the busiest engagement season I’ve ever had, which is a great problem but also reduces the amount of reading I can do. I try to meet a goal of 50 pages per day, which sounds harder than it is. I’m the kind of person that will search for pockets of time...

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Feature Weddings

Kenya + Tyler’s Slightly Religious Ceremony

Kenya + Tyler’s Slightly Religious Ceremony

Some key elements to us were creating a ceremony that wasn't too religious, but had religious aspects to it. We also wanted something personalized to who we are as a couple.  -Kenya    Kenya and Tyler are two of the kindest, goofiest people I’ve ever met,...

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Jena + Zach’s Cody, Wyoming Elopement

Jena + Zach’s Cody, Wyoming Elopement

“We wanted the ceremony to be laid back with a mixture of humor and romance added in.” - JenaOh Jena and Zach. Where to begin?  During a quiet moment of the pandemic, Jena and Zach booked me for their elopement in Wyoming. I will be the first to admit that if you had...

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Andrea and Dylan’s Skyline St. Paul Wedding

Andrea and Dylan’s Skyline St. Paul Wedding

“We knew going in to it that we didn’t want a religious ceremony, and we wanted it to be more fun and lighthearted rather than a very serious ceremony. We wanted something that would feel true to us and our relationship and not feel like it was something generic or...

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