The Wedding of a Lifetime!

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Friend-filled bridal shower? Check.

Girly bachelorette party? Done.

Wedding of a lifetime? HAD! I’m so glad I’m already married because it would be nearly impossible to top my friend’s big bash last night. It. was. spectacular! :D

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Lets start from the beginning!

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The ladies started the day early with a light breakfast in the presidential suite of the Crowne Plaza hotel, in downtown St. Paul.

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The suite was HUGE, with plenty of room for all 9 (9!) bridesmaids to spread out and get ready.

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Our breakfast spread was perfect. Nothing too heavy or greasy here!

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Ultra-moist bran muffins, bagels,

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and snappy red grapes for me. :)

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Hair and makeup started promptly at 9am – the guys didn’t have to show up until 1pm. Will they ever know how much work it is to get wedding-ready? ;)

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A personal glam-squad took the already beautiful bride,

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and made her totally wedding ready! Gorgeous!!!

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Pictures were next and we all slipped into our dresses. Couldn’t you just die over this gown? It fit the bride’s personality to a T. Elegant, yet sassy. :)

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An assortment of sparkly shoes for each stage of the day peeked out the bottom,

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and finishing touches like crystal earrings and a custom necklace completed the look.

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This is my favorite thing ever. My friend’s boss made her this necklace for the reception out of vintage brooches, earrings and silk flowers. It was absolutely incredible!

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She looked like she stepped out of the pages of a magazine!

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After pictures along the Mississippi River, it was off to the church.

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Everyone was there – including my Mom and Dad. Hiiiiii!

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We strolled down the aisle (well more like, hauled down the aisle – I get SO nervous when people are watching me,)

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and were trailed by a few runaway dogs. BAHAHAHA!

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The couple’s beloved pups were supposed to be walked down the aisle by the most precious flower girls you have ever seen, but they somehow got away. Classic! ;)

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The bride and groom exchanged vows in a private ceremony with their parents, us girls and the groomsmen earlier in the day, so the actual ceremony was very quick.

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A sweet smooch sealed the deal!

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Whee! :D

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We celebrated with a champagne cocktail party at the reception site, where I found hubby sippin’ bubbly, (doesn’t he look handsome? ;) )

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and reunited with a bunch of friends too!

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Soon the doors to the ballroom were opened, and everyone’s jaws literally dropped. Check…

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this…

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OUT!

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They thought of EVERYTHING to trick the space out!

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Candy at every table, a lounge area with throw pillows, slap bracelets at every seat,

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cute drinking straws,

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and a CUPCAKE BAR!

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There were so many flavors to choose from that they needed a menu!

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Each moist and delicious cupcake was topped with a swirl of sweet icing, then dotted with a candy in the shape of their dog’s faces. HA!

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(ps the bride and groom obviously love their dogs a lot – check out the groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner!)

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Personal touches like this were all over the reception.

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It was one surprise after another, all night long!

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Dinner was next, and the wedding party was seated at a long harvest table in the middle of the room.

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A Pear Salad,

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and Vegetable Pasta made up the meal.

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Speeches,

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first dances,

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and the cutting of the cake followed.

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Then the party really got started – muwahahaha!

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Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better – it did. Shades around the entire room rose, revealing the glittery lights of downtown St. Paul and…

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an 80’S COVER BAND!

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Journey, A-Ha, Rick Springfield, oh my!

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It was SOOO much fun – we felt like we were at a concert!

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Then they really did the damn thing. They brought out the shades.

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People went wild for these things!

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Photoshoot!

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Ooooh my gosh – SO much fun!

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This was seriously the most fun wedding EVER. So personal, with fun and unique touches everywhere. I’ve known the bride since Jr. High, and I am so happy that I could be there to celebrate such a special day with her. AND that I could see her marry her soul mate. She and her new husband were made to marry each other. It’s a really special relationship and I can’t imagine they could have picked a better way to start their new life together than with a wedding day like that. I am so happy for them! :D

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The celebrating didn’t stop there. This morning Ben and I met up with my parents for a Mother’s Day breakfast at the Uptown Diner in nearby Minneapolis.

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I can’t come to the Twin Cities and NOT eat at the Uptown Diner. It’s one of my favorite spots for THE perfect breakfast.

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Great coffee,

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local eggs, bakery-fresh bread,

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and the best hashbrowns on earth. Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside.

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We stuffed ourselves silly.

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Ben was down for the count!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mama’s! I know I sure love mine and Ben’s!

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With that – I’m off to spend some more time with my Mom. Have a great start to your week everyone! :D

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What’s your favorite thing about your Mom?

I love that my Mom would give anything to anyone. She is incredibly giving, caring and the NICEST person in the world. There’s not a mean bone in her body!

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