We are truly hopeless romantics, we are the kind of girls to have a pj party and watch a marathon of hopelessly romantic movies, we will laugh and we will cry and we will cheer when the girl get the guy. This Gray and Ivory Wedding is the amazing culmination of an amazing love story, that we would love to curl up and watch on the big screen! Erin Johnson Photography captured the love of Sarah and Ben perfectly. Read on to find out all about this epic romance!
From the Groom:
It would seem as though fate brought today’s love birds together, as they first met after crossing paths at two different dining spots, two nights in a row. On that second night, “As fate would have it, my… crush [encountered the night before] was at the table directly next to us! I wasn’t about to miss this opportunity again, so I approached Sarah and introduced myself. She recognized me, as well…we exchanged numbers and have been together ever since,” said Ben. The couple would later get engaged at the same restaurant where they first laid eyes on one another, and were married last August.
After a traditional church ceremony, Sarah and Ben chose the very cool Aria venue in Minneapolis for their reception, which lended an industrial chic vibe to the evening. Utilizing a gray and ivory color palette, the couple went with a contrasting shabby chic, vintage feel for their wedding decor, featuring hanging paper fans, strips of softened lace and mercury glass.
I happen to be a huge fan of all of the fun photos of the bride, groom and wedding party taken by Erin Johnson Photography. You can just see how much fun they had at this wedding; I love it!
How we met (as told by Ben): Just shy of two years ago, my family and I went to Punch for dinner one night in late January…which had become a Friday night tradition. As we waited in line to place our order, I noticed the cute woman in line behind me. Along with this cute woman was a cute 4 year-old girl. I continued to sneak glances in attempt to figure out this woman’s situation. Was she married? Nope, no ring. Was this her daughter? Impossible to tell without striking up conversation. But I was too shy, and didn’t want to be inappropriate in front of my family. So, we ordered our pizzas, ate and left without a word exchanged between me and my Punch crush (which I later regretted assuming I’d never see her again). The very next night my brother and I went to a bar in Uptown. As fate would have it, my Punch crush was at the table directly next to us! I wasn’t about to miss this opportunity again, so I approached her and introduced myself. She recognized me as well and quickly explained she had been with her NIECE last night . I was thrilled to hear it, we exchanged numbers and have been together ever since. Me, a Bruni guy, and she, a Mimi girl, we’ve continued to make Punch a frequent date spot.
Our proposal story-November 15, 2012 (as told by Ben): When I was ready to propose, I took Sarah out to a fancy dinner downtown at La Belle Vie. It was tough to hide the fact that I was going to propose, because it’s not often that we go to such a fancy restaurant on a casual Thursday night. However, I knew I had her tricked when at dinner she told me “Ben, like 4 people from work have us engaged tonight.” It took my best poker face not to ruin the suprise. I also wanted to incorporate Punch in the proposal, being it is such a special place for us so I contacted the manager and made some special arrangements to open just for us after hours. Dinner consisted of a five course meal and by the time the final dessert plate was served I was getting pretty antsy. I had strict orders to get to Punch Pizza by 10:15pm or they were going to assume it was called off. I looked at my phone and saw it was already 10pm, so I asked Sarah if she was ready to go. She said she still had half a glass of wine left, but I completely ignored it and got up and put on my coat. I think she knew something was up at that point, but I was on a mission. We jumped in the car and I was so conscious of the time that I ran a red light. On the way through Uptown, I asked her if she wanted to grab dessert at Punch since I had rushed us through dessert at the restaurant. She looked at me with her curious smile and said, “Sure, but aren’t they closed?” I told her I was pretty sure they’d be open for us. We pulled up to Punch and walked inside where I had pre-set a table with flowers. We sat down and were served a Chocolate Hazelnut Panini. At this point Sarah was already in tears as she knew what was about to happen. I pulled the ring out of my pocket, got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. With tears of joy in her eyes she said YES! To this day, we joke about the fact that our conversation pre-proposal made no sense given our nerves and focus on what was about to happen. We finished the night with a champagne toast at Lyndale Tap, our first date spot.
Wedding decor inspiration: Our main wedding color pallet was gender neutral–gray and ivory–with a pop of elegance by including a soft pink. We chose Aria as our venue to give us an open canvas to work from. We fell in love with the shabbiness it had to offer with the exposed brick and imperfections and added a touch of chic with our decor elements.
Favorite part of the day: One of our favorite parts of our wedding day was the two of us standing in the upper balcony space at Aria watching from above and seeing all of our friends and family trickle in. It was one of those moments where we stopped to soak in all of the love around us.
Advice: As hard as it may be, try not to stress over the little details leading up to your wedding because in the end, what’s most important is that you are marrying your best friend. And…be aware that you will develop a love/hate relationship with Pinterest 🙂
DIY Projects: We had several DIY projects that we incorporated into our wedding day to make it feel personal to us and also to save a few dollars 😉 One in particular was making giant frames to hold our guests’ name cards. We distressed pieces of wood and rubbed them with a dark stain, creating our frame. We then wrapped ivory linen in foam board and purchased gold push pins to pin each name card to the board. Each name tag was hung by a different color of ribbon, indicating their meal of choice. We built two frames that stood 5.5′ tall x 4.25′ wide and leaned them up against the brick wall for guests to grab
Photographer: Erin Johnson Photography
Caterer: Angeno’s Pizza
Equipment Rentals: apres
Hair Stylist: Burley Salon
Floral Designer: Colleens Flower Cellar
Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Crave
Ceremony Location: Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Dress Store: J. Crew
DJ: Jon Ackerman
Dress Store: Posh bridal couture
Other: Roure Pictures Videography