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For their wedding, Arthur and Myah chose to work with Minne Weddings to plan their stress-free COVID friendly wedding. The décor was inspired by royal weddings with a color palette of gorgeous jewel tones perfect for autumn. For her dress, Myah wanted to be both cost-conscious as well as environmentally-friendly so she found two dresses at a thrift store and found a seamstress to combine the two into her dream gown. A favorite memory of the day was the Maid of Honor’s toast, which was a medley of “Hamilton” songs and blew all the guests away. A great day for a special couple.

How did you meet?

We first met because we had a few friends in common thanks to our shared education and careers in medicine. Our first date was at Surly Brewing in October, so it is very fitting that we would get married at a distillery in October. Since then, we have shared a thousand moments filled with joy, tears, trial, triumph, and of course delicious food.

What is your proposal story?

Arthur spent four weeks planning the perfect proposal for Myah at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds (it is a very a special place to her and was cancelled this year due to COVID). He got all their friends and family involved, including their two dogs, Pierre and Piper. He included Myah’s love for Disney by playing, “Tale As Old As Time,” from Myah’s favorite movie, “Beauty and the Beast ,” as Myah was led to the secret location sprinkled with rose petals. There were tears, barking, and a resounding YES!

Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).

We were very fortunate to be working with Minne Weddings for all our wedding. We chose our wedding date, October 4th, because it aligned so closely with our first date. It was also inspired by royal weddings and the perfect combination of vintage and modern. The color palette was filled with gorgeous jewel tones and represented everything we were looking for on our big day.

Tell us about your attire choices.

For the groom, I wanted a suit that was both timeless and special to me. I chose to go with Michael from Suit Supply, as they offered everything I was looking for including quality and customer service. I was also able to add the finishing touches to the inside of my suit with my married name and our wedding date. For the bride, I wanted to be both cost-conscious as well as environmentally-friendly. I found two wedding dresses at a thrift store and searched for a seamstress who would be able to combine the two into my dream dress. I worked with Deborah at Beauty by Design to combine the top of one dress with the bottom of the other. I took the excess lace and with the help of my wedding party, we created removable off-the-shoulder sleeves. The pearl necklace and garter I wore both belonged to my grandmother and were my “old, borrowed, and blue.” My grandmother also used some of the excess lace to create a matching mask.

What were your favorite parts of the day?

Our absolute favorite memories include our “first look” of both the venue and decor, as well as each other. We were in a unique situation with our Minne Wedding where many of the details including decor were a surprise until the day of. We chose to write our personal vows to each other, sharing them in front of our loved ones; this will always be a cherished memory. Finally, our toasts, in particular, our Maid of Honor, Tessa Larson, put together a medley of “Hamilton” songs and blew us all away.

Tell us about your wedding cake.

We ordered a custom cake topper which showcased our new married name with a silhouette of our family, including our two dogs.

Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.

We created custom face masks with each guest’s name as well as hand sanitizers with the quote, “Spread Love, Not Germs” that were included in their wedding favors. We also designed and assembled a wishing tree out of faux branches, cement, and a pot with jewel tone ribbons and stamped tags for our guests to write their well wishes in lieu of a traditional guest book.

Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

We recommend starting off with a list of wedding “must haves,” which helps you narrow down what to invest in and what you can go without. Another thing we recommend is remembering that it’s only one day and despite whatever happens, the most cherished thing will be celebrating your marriage. It’s okay to let the little things go and focus on what’s important.