Sarah and Mark’s love story starts in prison…
That’s where they met…
Because that’s where they both worked lol, as correction officers.
And I joined them in the midst of wedding planning; amidst ideas of pink matching rain boots for the girls, mini desserts and whole wedding designed by A Vintage Touch Weddings. Lucky me.
Sarah and Mark’s day was punctuated with rain, which meant a last minute back up plan execution. Changing what took over 2 hours to set up, rearranging and redesigning it to make it look intentional. All the while guests are arriving.
Lucky I was there.
Because in those moderately frantic moments, when vendors are concerned about weather damage their items, early guests look ZERO percent interested in leaving their dry warm seats 150 yards from the ceremony site, and the wedding party keeps haphazardly refreshing their weather apps, there needs to be a captain of the ship.
Sarah and I had talked, along with Annie (AVT), all about the rain back up plan. In fact, it was one of the reasons why Sarah and Mark opted for Hope Glen in the first place. They knew that no matter what, even if they had to enact their rain back up plan, their wedding was still going to be beautiful.
Seriously. Having this hard ‘what if’ conversation really pays off when you have to use it. It makes it so that I can pull the plug quicker and more swiftly on plan A, ensuring that your guests have no clue that there was two options in the first place.
For me, I want you to be happy. You who are reading this, but also you, Sarah and Mark. And in order for that to happen, your guests (as a whole) have to be happy. End of story.
6 THINGS WE CAN LEARN FROM MARK AND SARAH’S WEDDING:
Just to reiterate… Sometimes the weather just won’t behave. Be smart like Sarah and Mark and pick a venue with a plan B space that you know you won’t be disappointed to use. Or opt for a non-outdoor ceremony.
Always put your dessert in the flow of guest traffic, or easily accessible; otherwise #leftovers.
Don’t be afraid to opt for warmth over elegance, cause you’ll likely achieve it anyways.
If you have kids, hire a sitter to be at your wedding and ensure that there is a separate, quiet space for them. That way they can ‘leave’ early, without actually being gone.
Take family photos. TAKE THOSE PHOTOS. CHERISH THOSE PHOTOS. But cherish the people in the photos the most.
Ensure your DJ understands where you want music played, especially in the case of multiple wedding spaces where speakers or cords won’t reach everywhere at once.
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Accommodations // Country Inn and Suites | Bartending // MN School of Bartending | Boots // Hunter Boots | Bridesmaids Dresses // Jenny Yoo | Catering // Distinctive Catering and Events | Designer // A Vintage Touch Weddings | Day of Coordinating // Sixpence Events & Planning | DJ // Neckwerk Entertainment | Desserts // Cocoa & Fig | Florist // Lake Harriet Florist | Hair Stylist // The Wedding Stylists | Makeup Artist // Hayley Sachs Artistry | Officiant // Father Doyle | Photography // Kelly Birch Photography | Venue // Hope Glen Farm
Prosperity, Love & Happiness,