From the bride:
Our New Year's Eve Wedding Extravaganza (exactly worded as that on the invite) was unreal. We have always loathed planning New Year's Eve - the pressure to do something fun and "memorable" was always so daunting, so we opted to throw an "extravaganza" for our wedding. We invited guests via a video invite (seen here: https://vimeo.com/user22018708/carryme) to my parent's resort for the weekend, Sugar Lake Lodge, in Grand Rapids, MN. Since it was the dead of winter, we knew we had to go all out. We made it a "getaway" for everyone and took over the entire resort. I grew up at the resort (we built it when I was 6 years old) so getting married here was the ultimate dream. Everything we did was unique to us - my husband (!!!) Tim's brother-in-law Adam officiated our wedding ceremony (which was 15mins long in the Lobby of the Main Lodge) and we decided to forego a bridal party and stick to our most important "people," my sister Steffani and his best friend Ed, known as our "wedding team." I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of Pitbull & Ke$ha's "Timber" and all of our nieces and nephews (11 total) ran down the aisle aimlessly and amazingly. I took pictures with my cat, Guthrie, just because nobody believed that I would.
Highlights of our reception: I attached a picture of the Vodka Fountain, my idea for the center point of the room (by far the biggest hit of the night; a Ketel One-filled vodka fountain with mixers surrounding); we had a lounge area, games area (including life-size Jenga, Hammerschlagen, and Cornhole). Instead of a photo booth, we cut out pictures of family members and attached them to sticks for people to hold up and dance around with (another huge hit). We had a room specifically for the kids with movies and coloring and games; a cigar bar and bonfire; and of course, an epic dance party with a midnight champagne toast (with hats/noisemakers/Co2 cannons) and Domino's delivery. We didn't have a sit down dinner, but instead had global hors d'eOuvres from areas around the world that we've traveled to together. Instead of a bouquet toss (blah) we did a teddy bear toss for the kids!
From the bride:
Gabe Stejskal was our photographer, he is a friend from high school.
DJ: Adam Welz - I cannot stress enough how amazing this man is. He does lighting as well, and helped with ceremony music. I HIGHLY recommend him, he is one of a kind.
Dress: Sarah Seven (belt and veil from a&be)
Makeup: my best friend, Katie Dockter
Flowers: Hummingbird Floral in Shoreview, MN
Catering & Logistics: Everyone at Sugar Lake Lodge
Tim & (Best Man) Ed's bowties: The Bowtie Shoppe
Little girl's gold tutus: homemade by a family friend
Ceremony programs: Meredith Latimer of Thx Eve - another best friend!
Videographer: Matt Jasper (another high school friend! Do you see a trend here...)