Seattle Wedding by Laurel McConnell Photography

From Laurel McConnell…

I was so excited to meet Nicole and Steve the week they got married. We’d had a fun phone and email relationship for months while the details of their Northwest wedding fell into place- they’re from Southern California and their celebration was set for a woodsy retreat just a few miles from Seattle. From the start, Nicole and Steve envisioned a quaint and cozy celebration with a country feel and a touch of vintage. They’re romantics at heart, and the style of their celebration shows it! They started at Seattle’s beloved boutique art hotel for some swanky urban fun true to their personal style, and then transitioned to their sunny ceremony in the forest. The afternoon was full of so much love and emotion while they were surrounded by 75 of their favorite friends and family members- the tears of joy started at the ceremony and didn’t end until the party started on the dance floor!! We were so happy to share such a sweet and exciting day in their lives, and can’t wait for the next chapter!

Photography: Laurel McConnell Photography | Flowers: the bride and her friends | Event Design & Planning: the bride | Ceremony & Reception Location: Dragonfly Retreat in Woodinville, Washington | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas |    Shoes: Mystic | Dress: Modern Trousseau from The White Dress | Makeup: Sequoia Leopold | Hair: Rachel at Salon Voda | Groom’s Suit: Barney’s | Seattle Photography Session: Max Hotel |   Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Twelve Baskets | Cake: Jen’s Desserts

Lake Minnetonka Wedding by Jennifer Cress

Shamus and I love camping and being outdoors so we knew we wanted a summer or fall wedding and for as much of it to take place outside as possible.  We wanted a wedding that was not too formal but was full of meaning. We knew we wanted a wedding that was a great party with a lot of good food and drinks.

I grew up on Lake Minnetonka in a suburb on Minneapolis.  I have always loved sharing a summer day with friends and family on the lake – so it was an easy decision to decide to have the wedding on Lake Minnetonka.  Finding a place to have it on the lake proved a little more difficult.  We found the ceremony site easily – a public park on the lake called Noerenberg Gardens. For the reception, I really wanted something that was individual to us, a place that doesn’t have a wedding booked every weekend.  We considered private homes, farms, an arboretum before it hit me – my parents have a private home on the lake.  It doesn’t have a sprawling yard or a stone staircase or elaborate gardens, but the space would fit our estimated guest count perfectly and it would be so intimate and comfortable.

The inspiration for the design came from a mix of resources. Primarily, from the beautiful sunsets I grew up watching from the dock of our home.  The save the date was a postcard photo of a sunset taken from said dock.  The bridesmaid dresses were chosen to represent the colors seen in a sunset and the rest of the event was designed around the colors of sunset, though softened.


Photography: Jennifer Cress | Venue: Bride’s Family Home Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota | Caterer: Chow Girls | Rentals: Ultimate Rentals | Florist: Sadie’s Fine Florals | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel style: Laurel | Shoes: BP Nordstrom | Veil: Etsy seller Marisol Aparicio | Bridesmaids: J Crew | Cake: Woullet’s Bakery | Musicians: Mandragora Tango and Bruce Henry Band