Rachel & Sean’s Fall Happy Vintage Wedding {Minnesota}

This is one cute couple! Rachel and Sean met in the Twin Cities literally through a game of chance.

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Okay, not too much chance but Trivia Mafia to be exact. Sean is a musician and was hosting the trivia nights where Rachel attended. They would talk to each other but nothing happened until 10 months later when Sean asked for Rachel’s number.

And Rachel thought,”I wonder what he wants that for?!”

Fast forward two years later, when things were getting serious. Rachel tells us:

I knew he was going to propose, because we had talked about it and he told me he was driving to visit my parents (in Fargo) to formally “ask for my hand.” I’m not a very old-fashioned person, but I thought that was really sweet!

Then, on a Sunday morning in October, he suggested we go out to Lake of the Isles and take a look at this boat race some of his friends were doing. He played it so cool I didn’t even suspect anything, so I went out in a hoodie, unshowered, with no makeup. Turns out there was no boat race; it was just an excuse to get me to go to that spot.

Then boom, I turn around and he’s down on one knee! He really managed to surprise me, which is no easy feat.

What an amazing proposal! Doesn’t your heart just melt?

Rachel tells us all about their wedding, which is just gorgeous. The sunflowers, the cake table (a whole table of cakes!), the vintage wedding dress and sparkle shoes, and oh my, the happiest bride and groom!

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What inspired your wedding day outfits?
For my dress, I didn’t want to feel pressured to look like what was trendy or expected. I went to Andrea’s Vintage after finding it online, and the staff there was amazing in helping me create and execute a vision.

For the bridesmaids, I was 100% committed to asking them to wear something that they could wear again. I figured, a Jcrew sweater will last forever and is always in style, and my friend found a pin on Pinterest that paired a cable knit sweater with a full tulle skirt. We both loved the look, and she offered to make them at cost, since she’s a skilled seamstress. I thought the navy blue color would look appropriate for fall, not clash with anything else, and be timeless.
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What inspired your wedding decor?
As I said, Sean picked out the colors, which I liked and so we ran with it. We chose the library theme for the invitations and centerpieces/table numbers because we were in a library, so why not go with it? As for the chevron, we just thought that looked cool and unique. We didn’t particular like the idea of flower centerpieces, so we collected books from thrift stores and our bookshelves to put on the tables instead.
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We just had honest conversations about what was important and what wasn’t that important, and what we really envisioned, and went from there. I tried my best to save money where I could. It was incredibly easy to get carried away, but I think I did a good job of editing.

What was your favorite part of the day?
Besides the actual ceremony, I really loved when we signed the ketubah. It was like a little mini-ceremony before the actual ceremony. We were all gathered together, just close friends and family, to see us sign the contract and for our parents to say some kind words. It was really special.
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Did you have any Do it Yourself {DIY} projects? If so, can you describe them?
The centerpieces and table numbers were DIY. For the book centerpieces, we gathered books from our shelves, our friends, thrift stores, and Half-Price books. Then we organized them according to theme (business, fairy tales, etc). Then, we took the Dewey Decimal number related to each of those themes, and those were our table numbers.

I bought a bunch of 5×7 frames at the dollar store, and then ripped pages out of an old book and used Mod Podge to attach them to the backing/cardboard part of the frame to be the background. Then we printed out the table numbers in black on cardstock, cut them out and glued them onto the book pages.

For our guest book, we bought a large sketch book at an art supply store, and printed out pictures from our engagement session. We left out sharpies and encouraged people to write a message or caption by the photos.
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A friend of mine told me that she had done makeup for other brides, so I enlisted her to do my makeup (and the the bridesmaids’) on the wedding day. About a month before the wedding, we went to the MAC store and tried out looks, and I bought what I needed. Then we did a trial run at my house 2 weeks before the big day. It ended up looking great not only for pictures but for real life!
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Our dessert table wasn’t exactly DIY, but sort of. Rather, we figured out our favorite desserts from around town (Turtle Cake from Caffe Latte, carrot cake from Barbette), prepaid for them, and asked friends to pick them up the day of and bring them to the reception.
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Do you have advice for brides and grooms-to-be?
Oh yes, plenty!

Have a real conversation with your spouse-to-be about how you envision your wedding day. Figure out what things are truly important to you and need the most brain space, and focus your energies on those.

Remember that this is a big event for your parents too! It’s not just your day; its theirs too. Ask for their input and keep them involved in the process as much as you feel comfortable. They will be flattered and there will be less conflict.

Don’t be afraid to delegate! Everyone has people around them who are willing and able to help, whether it’s with event setup, vendor research, makeup, snacks for the bridal party, etc. Your people are excited for you, and they would do anything to make the day go well for you!

A lot of the talk out there is about how it’s the bride’s special day, the bride is the queen, the bride is the one who calls the shots, and the groom is either unwilling or incapable of getting involved. This is BS. Ask the groom what he thinks about things, figure out what’s important to him and let him own at least one thing about the day. Trust his judgement, because the more involved he is, the happier you both will be.

I remember reading online “The wedding should not be a surprise party for the groom.” Don’t assume that he doesn’t care or that he’s too stupid or unfashionable to have an opinion! He’s marrying you; he’s obviously got good taste :)

 
Thank you so much for sharing your story Rachel! Mazel tov to you both!
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{Wedding Suppliers}
Photographer: Erin Johnson Photography
Dress: Andrea’s Vintage Bridal (dress from the 1960s, altered)
Shoes: Kate Spade
Jewelry/Accessories: Estate sale (hair pin)
Bridesmaid Dress: JCrew sweaters, skirts made by one of the bridesmaids
Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West
Bridesmaid Accessories: Francesca’s
Groom Attire: Hubert White
Hair Stylist: Blowdry Blowdry bar in Uptown
Make Up Artist: Friend (MAC and Bare Minerals makeup)
Event Coordinator/Designer: Ashley from Simply Elegant Bridal Consultants
Rental: Apres
Flowers: Fleur de Lis
Caterer: Brasa Rotisserie
Dessert: Various cakes (Caffe Latte, Barbette carrot cake, Wuollet), plus candy from Candy Land
Linens: Apres
Wedding Invitations/Stationary: Etsy
Calligraphy: n/a
Transportation: Total Luxury Limo
Ceremony Venue: Temple Israel, Minneapolis
Officiant: Rabbi Jennifer Gertman
Reception Venue: James J Hill Library
Lighting: James J Hill Library
DJ/Band: Exodus (reggae band)

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