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You know the kind of couple that you never even have to met in person, and all you need to see is one photograph, & you completely understand the how truly deep their love runs?  This feature embodies ‘that’ couple & I simply can not get enough of them!  Sarah & Isaiah are beyond smitten kitten for one another & their wedding is simply gorgeous.  From the stain glass filled & immensely high vaulted ceilings of the church to the glamour star of a reception space with one terrific looking dessert bar, this wedding is total aces!  While the wedding is indeed lovely, it is the photos of Sarah & Isaiah that completely steal the show.  As it turns out, I have an extra special gem to share, this sweet couple also did a ‘Trash The Dress’ session, which will be up at 1:30pm so be sure to check back as its AH-dorable…We’ll just call it: Sarah & Isaiah go to the Carnival!


What Storyboard Likes…

Bridal Style {This means you too Isaiah!}– When a couple ‘gets it’ in the attire department, it makes all the difference!  I absolutely love Sarah’s choice of the Angel Sanchez gown, pairing it with an elegantly high bun do, all the while surrounded by birdcage veil, worn in a couture fashion. {Ps- I do not throw the term couture around lightly!}  Meanwhile, Isaiah looks beyond dapper in a gorgeous custom suit perfectly paired with plaid bow tie, adorable argyle socks & honestly, some of the better men’s wedding shoes I have ever seen!  Lastly, how freakin cute are two tulle filled flower girls?!  I die over the overhead shot of those 2 beauties as their skirts take up the balk of the aisle!  Love everything about the wedding fashion!

Dessert Bar Spéciale– I am completely crushing on Sarah & Isaiah’s dessert bar!!  Starting with the centerpiece cake, the soft pinks ruffles are done to perfection while the pom cake topper is out of this world.  I want this cake for my birthday!  The styling of the bar on a whole is completely tops, varying  heights, the mixed cake stands filled with everything from cookies to shooters, give the table the needed dimension to really make it a show piece on its own.  Petite signage greets guests at various places, offering simple messages of wedding love.  Believe it or not, I think my favorite detail over all is the simple act of tying some of the cookies together with bakers twine.  I. Love. This.

Little Touches– No small touch was left undone in the hands of Sarah & Isaiah.  From the dessert bar bunting to the tassle garland, there certainly was flair in all the right places.  In the beginning of the day, little touches & love messages were left for each, from the love note collar stays to the cold feet socks!  Even messages boards were given the amore treatment!  Attention to detail will get you everywhere my sweet couples to be!!


Novella of the Bride…

Engaged at 24 and married at 25. Isaiah created the perfect proposal, that we knew our wedding would have to follow in being a day we would never forget. We are both huge green bay packer fans, we have 2 shiba inu’s and are truly the perfect pair.

Originally, we wanted a soft vintage shabby chic romance theme. We wanted it to be comfortable for everyone, relaxed. We wanted everyone to feel that they fit in and were able to have a good time. I really didnt care about much, except that I knew I wanted navy, blush pinks and gold – & that our guests were our main priority. I (surprisingly) was a very laid back bride. Isaiah’s dad died two days before our wedding, and I made a few last minute changes in hopes to add pops of color that would reflect personalities and make people smile. I chose yellow, put it in our centerpieces, flowers and table numbers. We had a photo booth, and a dessert buffet. From the moment we started planning, we knew we wanted a dessert buffet – and that became more clear to us as we were cake tasting different venues. Nothing “WOW’d” us until we came across Cocoa&Fig. Though we had pinterest inspiration, our wedding was truly a reflection of us and our personalities. 3 months later, we still get compliments on how people knew it was a wedding for us, or how they felt our personalities were shining through and had little touches everywhere they went. We didn’t leave anything out.

Isaiah and I were on a date in downtown Saint Paul, some random afternoon before I was about to switch a new job. This was in.. April? We weren’t even engaged (that happened in September). We were walking around venues and I don’t even know why. Were we already thinking of where we wanted to have a wedding reception? Maybe, but I honestly couldn’t tell you. We walked into the landmark center and the James J Hill Library, both places I had been in before. We also walked in to the St.Paul Hotel – a place new to both of us. They are all beautiful venues, elegant and spacious. Down the street we walked in to The Great Hall. IMMEDIATELY stopped at the edge of the open space, looked at each other and said “This is where we are going to have our first dance, wedding reception? YES!”  And that was it! Looking back, I knew we loved that it was open, that it was bright, and that cocktail hour could be separate. I also hate venues with ugly carpet.

For our ceremony, it was a hard long process. I am picture obsessed, and I knew I wanted something with a lovely backdrop. We hunted and hunted for a church, but so many had SO many requirements. We were driving by HAUMC one night and decided to stop. It was 9pm and the doors were locked. We pushed a button we saw outside the door (how rude, 9pm? what were we thinking!) and a sweet janitorial man named John came to open the door. He took us in to show us the ceremony and the entire church. It. was. STUNNING. He was sweet, and so kind. Not to mention, when Isaiah asked “John, what do you do if its a 90 degree day?”,  John replied with “TURN ON THE AC OF COURSE!” we were sold. Having AC, was literally the most important thing for me. I hate being hot, and if I am hot – I turn into one cranky lady. No one wants a cranky bride. Isaiah preferred it that I actually walked down the aisle that day 🙂 win – win!

From start to finish, beginning to end, every detail and aspect was planned by Isaiah and I. But its okay! It was a wonderful feeling to see it all come together. Proud moment. And now i want to be a wedding planner.

Bride’s Favorite Moment: “This is a tough one. I want to say our first look, but I remember feeling so awkward because a million people were watching us even though I said please don’t  And then you want to say walking down the aisle since that moment is so surreal, but Isaiah’s uncle stepped out into the aisle to take pictures. AKA – I couldn’t even see my husband to be, just this new guy I never met before. Even the ceremony turned weird, our pastor had heard that we lost our dad just two days prior and semi turned it into a funeral service? Our day wasn’t perfect, it had hiccups – but that’s perfect for us, that explains us. That’s how our every day life goes too. We roll with it! I’m not answering the question am I?? Ok.. I think my favorite moment was our bridal party dance. We danced to “Wobble” by VIC and it was truly a carefree moment of celebration. Also, my husband and I went up on this large catwalk overlooking our entire venue at 8:11pm (because our wedding date was 8/11) and gave a toast to thank all of our guests. Everyone was hootin and hollerin, we felt loved. Total blessing.” {SBW Note- I included the portion of Sarah’s response that could be interpreted as dialogue to me, for a reason.  Firstly Sarah is adorable as all get out & secondly, its important to realize that this is a very true reflection of how things typically go on a wedding day.  Perfection is in the little things that we call bumps in the road.  They are what shape & guide our day.  In all likelihood, there will be things that come up.  Rather then work oneself into a tizzy, it is important to realize this is real life, it is how things go.  Just Enjoy Yourself!}

Vendor Love

Ceremony: Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church | Reception: The Great Hall  | Wedding Dress: Angel Sanchez  | Bridesmaid Dresses: Lela Rose  | Shoes: Caparros  | Hair: Mollie Kae  | Makeup: Tina Beaupre  | Groom’s Suit: Custom-Heimies Habadashery  | Florist: Christina Marie Floral & Events | Caterer: Lettuce Cater | Baker: Cocoa & Fig | Music: Events by MV | Day of Coordination: Christina Marie Floral & Events | Photographer: Snap.Grin Photography