Hearten, Issue 3: Cosmopolitan Twin Cities

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hearten encouragement & ideas for your twin cities wedding

fall 2012 • volume 2, issue 1


4. Letter from Becca 6. True North {Authentic MN Weddings} 8. Q&A {Rene’s Royal Valet} 10. On the Towns {NYC via MPLS/STP} 12. Flow Chart {Invitation Wording} 26. Amor in Mexico City {Sexy, Sultry Cities} 42. The Delights of the Season {Seasonal Bouquets} 50. C’est Si Bon {Minneapolis as Paris} 68. Recipe {French Champagne Cocktails} 72. Member Directory

international vibe We’re excited to bring you “Cosmopolitan Twin Cities,” a collection of photos and other inspiration featuring an engagement session in downtown Minneapolis and St Paul that takes cues directly from New York; a bridal fashion feature drawing on the rich beauty of Paris; and a wedding inspiration as bold and colorful as Mexico City. Our challenge was simple in concept, but challenging to execute: Interpret Minneapolis and St. Paul through the lens of iconic world cities, showcasing local vibrancy and energy with the colors, textures, and passions of the world. By the time you’re done with this edition of Hearten, we think you’ll be fired up by the beauty and international drama that can be found right here in Minnesota, as imagined and executed by some of our most talented artisans and craftspeople. We know that after creating this issue, we certainly were. ~ Becca Dilley Founder, Independent Wedding Association


hearten Fall 2012 Volume II, Issue 1 Editor in Chief Becca Dilley

Art Director Amy Armato

Contributing Independent Wedding Association Members

A Day in Provence, Aria, Armato Design & Press, Becca Dilley Photography, Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios, Chowgirls Killer Catering, Distinctly Debbie, Emma Freeman Photography, Flora Bella, Jennifer Whalen Photography, Munster Rose, Paperista, redshoes26 design, Renee’s Royal Valet, Roee Dori Photography, Sewell Photography, Spruce

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Emma Freeman Photography I am drawn to people who celebrate their lives and community in unique and personal ways. My approach is rooted in the use of film, which inspires me to create images that are genuine, subtle and emotional with an emphasis on classic compositions and lovely light. Anne and Matt chose to get married at Spill the Wine in downtown Minneapolis because of the artsy, urban vibe it has. They served heavy hor d’oeuvres instead of a seated, formal dinner which added to the cocktail party style of the whole day. Sadie’s Couture Floral and Event Styling brought in sleek white couches and chairs for a custom lounge area authentic minnesotawhere weddings guests could hang out. An awesome dance party was essential to them and their guests did not disappoint. Overall, they had a modern, urban, personal wedding, which is exactly what they wanted.

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Credits: Bride’s Dress: Oscar de la Renta from l’atelier couture

bridal boutique // Bridal shoes:Oscar de la Renta // Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo from Flutter Boutique // Groom’s apparel: From Blue Peg // Flowers: Sadie’s Couture Floral and Event Styling // Invites: Tracy Kompelien // Desserts and catering: Spill the Wine // Décor: Melissa Stratton from Sadie’s Couture Floral and Event Styling // Bride’s ring: Knox Jewelers // DJ: Jonathan Ackerman // Band: Laurels String Quartet | Bridal party hair: Studio 411 Salon Spa // Makeup artist: Make-Up by Mici


Becca Dilley Photography Ali & Jud’s wedding at Solera was much more about their commitment and love than it was about the 10 course Tapas menu, but the food really made the celebration more tangible! Besides a quick run to Gold Medal Park for photos between the ceremony and reception, I mostly focused on documenting what they had planned - from rooftop ceremony to laughter and dancing. A quick stop in the stairwell made for adramatic portrait as the night wore down.

Credits: Photography: Becca Dilley // Venue: Solera Restaurant //

Dress: Wedding Shoppe on Grand Ave., St Paul, MN // Alterations: Reyna’s Alterations,White Bear Lake, MN // Florist: Barb Geer, Roger Beck Florist |Cupcakes: Sweets Bakeshop //Hotel: Westin



We talk to Scott Hebl of Renee’s Royal Valet to learn about wedding trasportation and his company’s personalized approach to customer service.

{ Q } Describe your business. { A } R enee’s Royal Valet – Limos, Coaches, & Trolleys has been providing

award winning wedding transportation to thousands of couples throughout the years. As the preferred wedding transportation specialist since 1992, we offer impeccable service, unmatched attention to detail and take pride in complete satisfaction for your peace of mind. Renee’s continues to exceed our clients’ expectations by providing a care-free wedding day that we are excited to be a part of.

{ Q } Service-wise, what do you pride yourself on? What is your service philosophy? {A} A lways going above and beyond the call of duty, our staff is service

orientated and takes pride in the first class service that our clients experience. Our chauffeurs are courteous, well groomed and professionally dressed in tuxedos. Always reliable, our staff also takes pride in the timeliness of our arrival and is privy to where they are going. Renee’s employees some of the best chauffeurs in the Twin Cities who have met all safety standards and background checks required by the State of Minnesota.

{ Q } What’s unique about your business? {A} O ur Fleet! Our fleet is designed with added amenities and quality is

perfected throughout each custom built vehicle. The result is an elegant modern design impressing even the most discerning clientele. Renee’s is happy to offer a wealth of luxurious transportation options including Limos, Coaches, & Trolleys to accommodate and encompass any size group including our newest addition to the fleet our 2012 Limo Coach. Color options including white, black & silver allow the bride and groom to color coordinate their dream wedding. Our vehicles are always well maintained and the cleanliness of our fleet is what sets us apart. Renee’s Royal Valet continues to represent excellence in quality and service while leading the industry when it comes to all things bridal in Minnesota.



Government Plaza Lightrail station, Minneapolis








rooftop of Union Depot, ST Paul



Outside Landmark Center, St Paul





“ I place a great deal of importance on showcasing the location and how it relates to my subjects. To me, NYC is synonymous with nightlife, streets and crowds, and the international culture that thrives there. Those are all qualities I like to incorporate in my work.� photographer roee dori 20





invitation wording from armato design & press

we are

do you want to mention other parents? yes Together with their families Jamie Jean and Taylor Jordan invite you to join them at the celebration of their marriage

no Jamie Jean and Taylor Jordan invite you to join them at the celebration of their marriage

Ann & Michael Smith request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Jamie Jean to Taylor Jordan son of Karen & Joseph Anderson

can i mention my deceased parent? To mention a deceased parent, add their name and information after your own. Choose wording to ensure that it does not sound like the deceased is issuing the invitation.

The honor of your presence is requested at the marriage Jamie Jean daughter of Ann Smith and the late Michael Smith to Taylor Jordan 24

Family dynamics can be complicated, but you can navigate your invitation wording by following our flow chart with wording suggestions for many different kinds of situations; complex or not.

who is hosting? one set of parents do you want to mention other parents? yes

both sets of parents

Ann & Michael Smith Karen & Joseph Anderson request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Jamie Jean to Taylor Jordan


Ann & Michael Smith request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Jamie Jean to Taylor Jordan

what about same sex couples

wait, my parents are divorced

Just put the parent’s names on separate lines with their spouses as appropriate Ann Smith Mary & Michael Smith request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Jamie Jean to Taylor Jordan

We have tried to keep the engaged couple's names gender neutral whenever possible to show the best practices for all couples. For heterosexual couples, it is common to list the bride and her family before the groom and his family. For same sex couples, it is common to place names alphabetically unless you (or they) prefer a different order. 25

AMOR in Mexico City Minneapolis is as sultry and sexy as Mexico City in this inspiration shoot featuring local artists and purveyors.


LAZO This extra-long strand of rosary beads (or “Lazo”), was created by local jewelry artist Marisa Martinez of Meztiza Designs, and incorporates hand-carved turquoise, coral beads, and a handwrought sterling silver and bronze cross. A Lazo is often used during a wedding as a symbol of union and protection, being draped around the couple during their ceremony. The Lazo’s bold colors echo and amplify hues found within the couple’s accessories, including the groom’s bright tie and the bride’s vibrant floral headpiece.



This full and textural dress from the Wedding Shoppe in St. Paul was a perfect complement to the highenergy colors and bold motifs used to evoke Mexico City. Keeping the clothing warm-weather friendly, this suit (worn without jacket) was lightweight enough for a stroll around the bustling streets of South Minneapolis.


{this page} Referencing Frida Kahlo’s love for bold jewelry, Metiza Designs made abundant use of silver bangles, rings, and earrings to accent the dress and colorful flowers. In both form and color, the metal jewelry and organic flowers echo one another and have a lively conversation that boldly enriches the celebration. {opposite} The vibrancy of the Mexican culture inspired Brett Dorrian for the theme of this look. Taking style pieces from iconic imagery, the mix of structured tradition was met with a fashionable flair of modern lines, fueled by timeless passion. The makeup was a mixture of warm and cool tones washed in saturated pinks and corals over a bright skin tone, allowing for the palette of the flowers and the lips to create a frame that brought the focus back to the eyes.


The hair flower piece balances traditional Mexican motifs with a contemporary feel, and was inspired by portraits of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The piece was created by Distinctly Debbie floral and Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios, and uses both texture and bright colors to attract and focus the attention of onlookers.


Photographer Jennifer Whalen chose urban locations in Minneapolis that suggest parallels to the teeming colors and pronounced textures of Mexico City. This central area of South Minneapolis, near the intersection of Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue, has a vibrant Latino community full of colorful buildings, authentic taquerias and pupuserias, and bold murals that evoke life and culture south of the border. 32

Invitations created by redshoes26 design use the spiral and pointed shapes of succulent plants as an inspiration. This pattern is similar to motifs found in Mexican blankets, and its strong, clean, simple geometric forms attract the eye and focus attention. 33

{this page} Using a combination of drought-hardy cacti and succulents as well as bright colorful flowers, Distinctly Debbie’s Flowers created a textural landscape for this “reception patio.” The mix of clay saucers and pots with glass cylinders creates an airy atmosphere and highlights the distinctive appearance of the cacti. {opposite} The bouquet is a story of color and texture, using succulents as well as materials with lots of textures like the pincushion flower, celosia, and tillandsias (air plant). Surrounding the stems is a bright pink ribbon with bear grass finished with ribbon and bark wire.






{previous page} The patio of El Norteno restaurant in South Minneapolis was transformed into a macho groom’s retreat by International Cigars, an on-location cigar rolling company. {this page} The presence of hand-rolled cigars crafted by Maria Caram of International Cigars using traditional tools, creates an elegant setting for a reception and an after dinner treat for those who partake.



links Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios Hair & Makeup Distinctly Debbie Floral Design El Norte単o Patio Location Ignite Models Models International Cigars Cigar Roller Jennifer Whalen Photography Photographer Meztiza Designs Custom Jewelry redshoes26 design Stationery The Wedding Shoppe Wedding Attire 41



Bouquet: Munster Rose Photo: Brandon Werth


Munster Rose Munster Rose Distintly Debbie

Photo: Rivets & Roses, Louisa Podlich

Photo: Rivets & Roses, Louisa Podlich Photo: Marnie Fielder MJ Fotography


Munster Rose Flora Bella

Distintly Debbie

Photo: Brandon Werth

Photo: Marnie Fielder MJ Fotography


A Day in Provence

Flora Bella Flora Bella

Photo: Emma Freeman Photography


Spruce Flora Bella Distintly Debbie


Flora Bella Munster Rose Flora Bella

Photo: Brandon Werth


Munster Rose

A Day in Provence Distintly Debbie


Flora Bella Munster Rose Photo: Rivets & Roses, Louisa Podlich



C’est Si Bon


n The Fashion. The Flowers. The Stationery. The Style. Paris Inspires All. It Is So Good.


The raw space of Aria presents the perfect backdrop for a Paris-inspired fashion shoot. As an event site, Aria combines old world elegance with new world chic. Photographer Jennie Sewell used the raw urban spaces, so typical of the warehouse district of Minneapolis, to combine the vintage and fashion-forward style of modern Paris. The Aria alows the dressed to have a film noir quality. 52


This Marchesa gown, available at L’atelier Couture, combines the classic french design elements of structure and simplicity. The highly structured back evokes a 40’s vintage feel while the simple silhouette on the front elevates this gown into a piece of art. 54


Bringing in a flirtier take on Parisian glamour, this gown from Tara LaTour in a gold tone is playful and whimsical. The slightly architectural use of heavy textured fabric and unexpected hemline are offset with a simple strapless bodice. 56


Florist Tara from A Day In Provence designed this wall decor from manzanita branches with color blocking & vintage gold foliage. The unexpected pops of aqua create a separation from the raw walls, while the strong use of texture and natural wood elements match with this warehouse space. 58



This gown, also from Marchesa, is a classic silhouette, highly fitted through the knees, then cascading down in a simple elegance 61

Using techniques and silhouettes from the 1940’s, Brett Dorrian paired the feel of the WWII era with a stark palette echoing bold color choices from the 1980’s. This juxtaposition explored the serious nature of romance and wiles for poetic Paris. Feminine lines guided the translucently painted foundation and stained lips, but the fierce liner structure added in layers of complexity.




Vintage brooches & white feathers compliment the white hydrangea accented with a collar of draping andromeda. The blend of hard and soft, organic and metal, is a dramatic flourish to this bouquet.



Classic European design and Parisian elegance are the inspiration for these letterpress and foil stamped pieces from Smock, found at Paperista. The bold calligraphy and gold accents are simple, traditional, and elegant, while the green patterned envelope lining shows a truly modern feel. The vintage-feel coaster set is a playful addition to any soiree, finishes out the table. 67

This playful take on a classic martini is a Parisian favorite from the 1920’s. Sip this pre-dinner cocktail beloved by Paris in the Art Deco movement.

Rose 2 oz French Vermouth 1 oz cherry brandy 1 teaspoon of raspberry syrup Gently shake ingredients over crushed ice, strain, and pour into chilled glass lined with sugar.


Gently golden, slightly efervescent, and classically French, this cocktail dates back to pre-World War II and is said to have emerged from the famed Harry’s Bar in Paris.

French 75 1 1 1 2 1

oz gin oz cointreau squeeze of lime oz champagne sugar cube (preferably Muscovado)

Shake gin, cointreau, and lime together in a shaker with crushed ice, pour into glass and top with champagne. Gently drop sugar cube into glass.



Links A Day in Provence Floral Design Aria Location Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios Hair & Makeup Chowgirls Killer Catering Cocktails Ignite Models Model l’atilier couture bridal Bridal Fashion & Accessories Sewall Photography Photographer Paperista Stationery 71



As part of our series of shoots featured this issue, we invited all of our IWA photographers to attend and shoot on location. This is a collection of the different perspectives they had on COSMOPOLITAIN TWIN CITIES.


LINKS & PHOTO CREDIT clockwise from top left: studio laguna,

jeff loves jessica, studio laguna, becca dilley photography, jeff loves jessica, becca dilley photography


independent wedding a s s o c i a t i o n | member director y


beautiful... appropriate

the Irish bagpipes


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