Elegant Minnesota Christian Wedding | Whitley B Photography

When: May 27, 2017 | Where: Minnetonka Beach, MN | Theme: Elegant, Christian, Romantic | Colors: Blue, Gold, Pink

Every detail about Lindsay and Shane’s wedding is making our hearts flutter in awe! This elegant Minnesota christian wedding is everything you’d want to read about and draw inspiration from if you are looking for lovely ways to include your christian faith in your wedding.

About the Elegant Minnesota Christian Wedding

“My taste is simple & elegant. Timeless & classic. Something reminiscent of a fairytale. The primary colors I wanted were ivory, gold, and soft pink. Lafayette Club in Minnetonka is so gorgeous, and the dreamy ballroom made the vision come to life.

I think the best phrase that defines my vision is: “humble beauty.” It’s a selfless beauty, a type of loveliness that is self-forgetful, that impacts others and invites them in, rather than ostracizing or dividing. Even though I wanted to be a princess, I also wanted to avoid the kind of extravagance I had seen at other weddings. We tried to make decisions with our central focus in mind: our faith in God. We wanted it to be beautiful because marriage is the most significant sacrament in the Christian faith and should be celebrated as such! We didn’t want it to be a time for people to worship us because our relationship has often not been like a fairytale. If it weren’t for God directing us and shaping us through the good times and difficult times, we would never be where we are today. “

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Attire choices

“My wedding gown is Stella York. Originally, I wanted a completely different style of dress! I wanted something more form-fitting, like a sheath – think Audrey Hepburn. Something crepe with long sleeves and lace, with a slight flare at the bottom. But, as Shane so wisely articulated, the “Audrey Hepburn” side of me is the side I try to project to the world, whereas inside, I’m really just a little girl that wants to run around in a dress with lots of tulle and sparkles! The wedding gown I chose was actually the first princess-style gown I tried on, and I immediately started jumping around when I was in it. I didn’t want to wear a veil because my hair is one of my favorite features, and I didn’t want to hide it on my wedding day!

The bridesmaid dresses were from David’s Bridal. Originally, I wanted to go with more of a dark, rosy mauve color. However, the slate blue looked best on all of my bridesmaids and I’m very glad we ended up choosing it! It complimented the pink and gold nicely. The suits were a classic black with matching steel blue vests. “

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Most important things to you

“There were several important things to us in the planning process. We wanted it to be a time to worship Jesus, not us or our love; we wanted people to know that we aren’t perfect. We also wanted to take good care of our bridal party and let them know they were there because we really valued them, not because we wanted them to serve us.

Growing up in Minnesota, I love the water, so it meant a lot to me to get married near a lake. I also really wanted to get married in the small Lutheran church and school I attended growing up because of all the memories it held for me. I love photography, so one of the first things I picked was my photographer! I found her on Instagram. My hair and makeup was one of the most important things to me as well, but I didn’t have the best experience with the vendor I ended up choosing. Living in Seattle, I couldn’t change them last minute. I ended up curling my own hair and asked them to put the flowers in and pull it to the side. I was so happy I did my hair myself!

It was also really important to me that, on my wedding day, I looked like myself. I didn’t want to look like I was wearing a makeup mask; I didn’t want to feel fake. I wanted to feel like Lindsay- but the most beautiful version of her. I didn’t diet or tan beforehand, I purposefully requested to not wear false lashes, and I asked for more natural foundation.

I also wanted to express my gratitude to our vendors, so I hand-wrote most of them thank-you cards! Finally, I’m very passionate about music, so we put a lot of thought into the processional and the songs that were sung at our ceremony. We chose songs that we thought represented our relationship and how God has demonstrated his love toward us in it.

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About the Wedding Flowers

“Artemisia was amazing! I got most of my inspiration from Pinterest, of course. I really like classic flowers – classic roses, hydrangeas, baby’s breath, etc. We had three different centerpieces – a tall floral bouquet, a glass vase with water and floating flower petals and candles, and a white-washed lantern with blooms around it. Kim from Artemisia executed my vision perfectly! “

Wedding Cake

“I knew what wedding cake design I wanted the moment I saw it – it was a soft pink, which I later found out was achieved with natural fruit juices, not chemicals or dyes. My mom and sister helped pick out the flavors, and interestingly, it took them multiple trips and plenty of samples to make a decision.”

Christian Wedding Favors

“For favors, we originally were only going to have thank you cards, but my mom had a good idea to add local chocolates as well. We tucked the “thank-you card” into the napkins at each place-setting. The card had a message on it from me and Shane that read:

“As you join us today, you are witnessing a miracle: two very broken people, choosing to commit to one another for the rest of our lives. While today may seem like a fairytale, our relationship hasn’t always been that way. Today is not a celebration of being in love or of happily-ever-after. Rather, it is a celebration of God’s love. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Today, we commit to see the beauty and brokenness in one another, and we choose to celebrate the beauty and redeem the brokenness, as God does with each of us. We consider it a great honor that, in doing so, we can reflect a tiny speck of God’s perfect love to each other. As we thank you for your presence and your support today, we hope you are encouraged by the greatest news ever shared, the gospel: “The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed than we ever dared believe, yet we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” – Timothy Keller, “The Meaning of Marriage””

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How They Met

“We met while we were in college together at Washington University in St. Louis. He was working at our school bookstore on campus with one of my friends. I came in to purchase some items and he asked his friend about me. Soon after, we started talking a bit more as we, ironically, tried to set up our best friends with each other. It didn’t work out for them, but it worked out for us!

We dated and broke up a couple of times over the course of three years, demonstrating that, just because a relationship is difficult, doesn’t mean it isn’t good. Everyone has baggage – it’s just a matter of whose you are willing to carry and whether they are honest with you about it. Luckily, we have been honest with each other since the beginning. “

Proposal Story

“We had talked about getting married for a while. He graduated from Wash U in May and was supposed to start working at Microsoft in Seattle at the end of July. He stayed in St. Louis during the summer after graduation, since I (Lindsay) was working there. I was waiting for something! I gave Shane not-so-subtle hints about what kind of ring I would like and I “thought out loud” about different ways he could propose to me. He would get so annoyed at me, joking that if I kept listing a bunch of ideas then I would think he didn’t come up with it himself! But it was hard to keep quiet because I was so excited!

Meanwhile, he was planning the proposal with my best friend. They planned on flying in a small group of my closest friends for a surprise engagement party the night of the proposal. It’s very hard to surprise me–but they got me! My best friend, knowing that I love photographs, had the idea to hire a photographer to capture the proposal. On a Friday in July, Shane showed up at my work at the end of the day in a tux with a limo, and he read me a letter as we rode to a beautiful park in St. Loui, called Forest Park. There he proposed by a beautiful fountain area. We then went out to eat at our favorite rooftop restaurant in St. Louis and came home to be surprised by our friends! My best friend had also planned a bunch of fun “bridal activities” for the weekend, like a dress fitting appointment. I didn’t plan on finding my dress at that appointment, but it turns out that one of the dresses I tried on at that appointment ended up being my wedding gown! I had to try it on three times before I knew it was the one. “

Wedding Planning Advice

“My advice for wedding planning would be, be honest with your vendors and don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Be respectful, but if any vendor relationship or performance seems shaky, don’t be afraid of hurting feelings. You’re paying them! They should be able to accommodate you, within reason. Also, we had a day to relax between our wedding night and the day we left for the honeymoon – highly recommended to take that break!”

Credits

Entertainment: Bella Gala| Linens: Linen Effects, Inc. | Floral: artemisia studio | Transportation: silver rolls royce | Photography: Whitley B Photography | Videography: Momentous Films | Wedding Cake: BUTTERCREAM CAKES | Reception Venue: LAFAYETTE CLUB | Ceremony Venue: REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH WAYZATA | Wedding Planning: ROSETREE EVENTS | Favors: TRUFFLE HILL CHOCOLATES | Table Numbers: Z Create Design | Guest Book: Artifact Uprising | Wedding Ring: CLAYTON JEWELERS

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