Allison and Matt – 6/11/16- The Great Hall in St. Paul, MN
Allison and Matt met at a football game through mutual friends. There was an instant spark that lead to a pre-date kiss, and the rest is history. Their wedding at the Great Hall in St. Paul this June was enchanting!
This venue has a historic feel with marble floors and big grey columns. Their ceremony took place on the lower level. A family friend married these two, and shared not only their love story, but how their personalities complete each other. Matt makes Allison more spontaneous and try new things, and Allison motivates Matt to stay focused and achieve his dreams. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a successful marriage! After they exchanged their rings and a kiss, the escalator took the wedding party and the guests upstairs for cocktail hour.
While everyone was upstairs, the Great Hall’s team reset the downstairs for dinner. Allison made her own centerpieces, and they were so unique and beautiful. She made sculptural shapes from the pages of her favorite books and illuminated them from within, so the words shined onto the tables. They were beautiful and unique, just like this couple.
Everyone rode the elevator down for dinner, and for dessert, the guests could choose from a variety of donuts by Glam Doll. Usually, I don’t partake in dessert, but the bride and groom were too kind and I had my first vegan donut in years, and it was delicious! Seriously, party in mouth!
The bride and groom broke in the dance floor with a very romantic first dance, and shortly after, the entire wedding party was tearing up the dance floor, I even saw Allison’s brother break dance. Matt’s family has a tradition where at every wedding, his entire extended family has a surprise theme. As my second shooter and I packed up for the night, Matt’s cousin approached us in lederhosen and a bratwurst hat to ask if we were leaving. We looked around, something seemed weird, then up at the second floor where Matt’s relatives were dressed to the nines in German costume’s started heading down the escalator. We grabbed our camera’s and ended the night by photographing Matt’s family dancing the polka around the bride and groom. I want my family to do that! It was a wonderful evening that I’m so glad I was apart of! Thank you so much Allison and Matt for having me!
Ceremony and Reception: The Great Hall
Makeup: Laura Westrem Artistry
Catering: Green Mill
Dessert: Glam Doll Donuts
DJ: Instant Request
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