Venues We Love / / ARIA Mpls

When you are recently engaged and looking for a wedding venue, you may not be fully privy to all of the different considerations you need to keep in mind when scouting for your dream wedding location. We get it, for the most part, planning your wedding is a once in a lifetime experience and you may not know what to look for when you start planning your wedding day unless you have a planner there to guide you. In this new edition of our vendor spotlight, we are here to help highlight our favorite venues and share some unique facts about each of them. Consider this your wedding venue 4-1-1. To kick it off, we are so excited to introduce you to one of our all time favorite event venues, ARIA Mpls.

venues we love / / ARIA Mpls

Photography / /    Sarah Ascanio

Photography / / Sarah Ascanio

We had the opportunity to kick off our 2019 season at ARIA Mpls and we immediately fell in love with everything about this unique venue space. From the stunning chandeliers to the cool exposed brick, ARIA Mpls serves as a versatile canvas and their staff will work closely with you to transform the space to the vision you have in mind for your event. After working alongside the ARIA Mpls team for one of our client’s May wedding, we were hooked and we want to shout from the rooftops why anyone in need of a venue location should consider ARIA Mpls for their wedding day.

As a wedding planner, I work with so many different teams on our client’s wedding day and I was thoroughly impressed with everyone that I encountered at ARIA Mpls. From the security staff to the building services team and beyond, everyone was so friendly, welcoming, and enjoyable to work with. Esteban was the Event Manager assigned for our client’s Kia & Alexander’s wedding day and he was awesome! Esteban was there to greet me when set up began and he made sure that as a coordinator I had everything I needed to execute our client’s vision to perfection. ARIA Mpls boasts huge accolades, they’ve been named the Best Venue in America for the last 4 consecutive years and we totally see why. ARIA Mpls is so deserving of all of their kudos and we’re excited to be able to featuring them as our very first Venue We Love!

I recently had the chance to ask Sarah McKee, the General Manager of ARIA Mpls if she could help answer some of our top questions that we get asked from our clients when they begin searching for the wedding venue. Here’s what she had to say about everything and why couples will love ARIA Mpls.

Q. What about ARIA Mpls would you like for couples to know when searching for their wedding venue?

A. Every couple should have a chat about their priorities before they begin researching vendors of any kind. If you can define the three or so things that are the most meaningful to you both, it gets you on the same page and it's easier to feel confident allocating your resources in a way that will have the most impact before you are locked into anything.

Q. What will couples love the most about having their wedding day at ARIA Mpls?

A. The flexibility and beauty of the space make a huge impact on guests! There are so many opportunities to customize the experience to reflect the style and personality of the couple. As a former theater, we can execute so many decor elements that can't be done elsewhere from hanging floral installations or clusters of chandeliers, to having live performers suspended from the ceiling! Seeing the expressions on the faces a couple when they first see how their vision has come to life on the big day is the most rewarding part of the planning process!

Q. How does ARIA Mpls work with the couple to help create their perfect wedding day?

A. We really focus on being resources to couples. We have an incredible building, but just as importantly, we have years of experience and consistently receive "best venue" awards due to our commitment to our couples. We love helping people through the planning process and even host a "Wedding 411" industry expert panel event that is open to anyone, regardless of where they intend to host, to provide clarity on the more commonly misunderstood aspects of planning.

Q. What other events are hosted at ARIA Mpls besides weddings?

A. ARIA also hosts concerts, performances, fashion shows, fundraisers, and corporate events. We have the flexibility and infrastructure to host a huge variety of amazing events!

Q. What are the amenities that ARIA Mpls has to offer their couples and what makes them unique?

A. Both aesthetically and logistically, ARIA is really one of a kind. We offer a massive amount of flexibility with many ceremony setup styles and backdrops, mobile bars, places to put a dance floor, room orientation options, in-house decor...it really allows us to custom create a dream experience that reflects the couple's style.

be sure to give ARIA Mpls a follow on Instagram @ariampls and visit their website for more information on their wedding day services at http://www.ariampls.com/weddings




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Vendors We Love / / Ali Leigh Photo

Hi, friends! It’s time for another vendor spotlight! I love that as a wedding planner I get to introduce so many couples to their perspective wedding day vendors. A lot of people ask me how I go about finding the right fit for our clients and it comes down to a couple key things- one being style and the other being budget. Every wedding is different and that’s what I love most about serving today’s couple. I truly believe that each couple deserves to find their dream team of vendors and I love that I get to help our clients navigate their search! So whether your wedding style is traditional, modern, bohemian, sophisticated, elegant, or somewhere in between, trust us and know that we will find you the vendor that fits your style & budget best! Today’s vendor spotlight is one that I am truly honored to have featured on the blog. Not only is she one heck of a photographer (seriously guys, all of her images are amazing!!!) she’s a mom & foster mom to two toddler girls, an educator, and for many in the wedding industry a mentor to look up to. Plus, she loves Chick-Fil-A, I mean, can we say major girl boss crush?! I worked with Ali on one of our first weddings of our 2019 season and it was an awesome experience. Without further ado, let me introduce you to Ali, of Ali Leigh Photo.

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Q. Tell us, how did you get started in photography and what do you love most about your work?

A. It's something I've always done! I was the girl with a camera. Then, I started doing family and senior photos for friends in high school, and started weddings in college back in 2012. I built my business throughout college, got my degree, and went right into my business the day after graduation. The rest is history. :)

Q. Best advice for a couple looking for their wedding photographer?

A. Find someone who makes you feel something in the photos! Editing trends will come and go, but you want to feel something when you see your wedding photos. Also, photographers pretty much run the day since photos make up so much of the day, so it's important to find someone who can not only take great photos but keep everyone on track - and not do it in a way that stresses everyone out. :)

Q. When you aren't behind the camera capturing magic, what do you enjoy doing?

A. I'm a mom + foster mom to toddler girls so they keep me pretty busy! We live along the St. Croix River so we love boating, happy hours on patios, and traveling as much as possible!

I worked with Ali on Lara + Dominic's wedding day in June 2019 at Loring Social… she photographed their day perfectly from beginning to end! I especially love these detail shots. So pretty!

Photography / / Ali Leigh Photo


Q. What is your favorite spot in Minneapolis right now?

A. This is a tough one! Haha. I need to go to Mpls for more than just shoots and weddings. ;) I love wandering around North Loop - Fairgrounds, Red Cow, and spending time at Hewing. Their rooftop always feels like a lil getaway so it was my spot when I needed a break this winter!

Q. What's on your playlist/podcast/audible?

Q. What will couples love the most about working with you?

A. I have a laid-back personality but I'm also super efficient and organized! I can run a wedding day efficiently and keep us on track while also being laid-back and allowing my couple to enjoy their day. Being more efficient means they can enjoy their cocktail hour and not just spend their whole day taking pictures. :)

Some of my favorite shots by Ali from Lara + Dominic’s June wedding! Click through to see them all :)

Photography / / Ali Leigh Photo

be sure to give ali a follow on instagram @alileighphoto and for more information on her photography services visit her website at www.alileigh.com





Real Weddings / / Lara + Dominic 06.28.19

Lara + Dominic’s Loring Park wedding at Loring Social located in Downtown Minneapolis has the sweetest story to it. Lara + Dominic met years ago at the neighborhood’s annual Basilica Block party. Lara + Dominic’s first date took place in that same neighborhood. Dominic asked Lara to marry him there. And on Friday, June 28th, 2019 the two said “I do” where their love story all began.

Photo / /  Ali Leigh Photo

Photo / / Ali Leigh Photo

Lara + Dominic were wed in a dreamy candlelit ceremony in Loring Social’s stunning Chelsea Ballroom under the most beautiful hanging greenery put together by the ever so talented Pristine Floral. Lara + Dominic’s cocktail style reception was complete with fun food stations by D’Amico Catering including Chicken Pad Thai, Mini Sliders, & Chipotle Crema Chicken Tacos. The dance floor was packed thanks to DJ Sticky with Nora Events and guests had a blast taking selfies in the photo booth provided by Snap Yourself. Their wedding day was photographed by the amazing Ali Leigh Photo and video coverage was documented by Alma Films.

Can we talk about how gorgeous this ceremony set up is?!

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We’re so honored to have been able to be a part of Lara + Dominic’s wedding day and we’re so happy for them! It was an amazing wedding day with some of the best vendors in the biz. Cheers to L + D!

Time to celebrate the bride & groom!   Photo / / Ali Leigh Photo

Time to celebrate the bride & groom!

Photo / / Ali Leigh Photo

the details

the couple: Lara + Dominic

the venue: Loring Social

the photographer: Ali Leigh Photo

videography: Alma Films

wedding day coordination by: buck & rose

the florist: Pristine Floral

the caterer: D’Amico Catering

rentals & linens: Linen Effects

the entertainment: Nora Events

hair styling: Hair by Theresa

Makeup Artistry: Andrea Holton

Photo booth: Snap Yourself



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Cheers, Friends!

-meghan




Real Advice / / 5 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Day-Of Coordinator For Your Wedding Day

Hi, friends! I hope you’re all doing well and for you brides out there, that your wedding planning is coming along smoothly! We are in peak wedding season and we have been busy bees over here planning, organizing, & coordinating the details for all of our buck & rose couples. We are so excited for all of our couples weddings that are coming up and we know they are going to be exactly what they envisioned! Have you seen our latest Real Weddings blog on our first buck & rose couple of the season? Kia & Alexander’s ARIA Mpls wedding was stunning- go read about it here!

A topic that I’ve been discussing quite a bit recently with prospective clients and vendors is the different between a Venue Coordinator and a Day-Of Coordinator. So many times I hear “my venue comes with a coordinator so I don’t need a Day-Of Coordinator” and while some venues do indeed include some type of coordinator, the couple is not always clear on the actual job expectations of their said venue coordinator and a lot of times in the end, tasks and projects get left behind on the day of your wedding and someone is left to pick up the slack. Wedding budgets are tough to navigate sometimes and it is natural to want to cut costs where you think you can. Often times people choose to not hire a wedding planner that offers coordination services because it’s not viewed as a necessity and they think that they can get by without one. I know this because I experienced this first hand when I was a bride and looking back, I would give anything to have hired a professional day-of coordinator to have looked over my wedding day for me. Instead of enjoying mimosas and relaxing with my bridesmaids, I was setting up our venue. Part of this is my fault because I’m extremely type A (are you surprised? Nope! Me neither!) and didn’t want anyone else to set up for me because like any bride, I wanted everything to be perfect and I didn’t trust anyone else to carry out my vision. Mistake. Don’t do what I did! There are amazing professional coordinators who can and will carry out your vision. Trust them! To help illustrate why you should hire a professional Day-Of Coordinator, I’m going to give you 5 reasons why you should hire a professional Day-Of Coordinator and some examples within each reason.


Reason 1: You’ll Have a Liaison Between You & All of Your Vendors

Your vendors will have questions. They will need a contact person the day of your event. Instead of having them call you or your bridal party members, a professional Day-Of Coordinator will work with them ahead of time to make certain they are all set to execute their tasks and duties on your wedding day. Plus, then they aren’t coming to you on your wedding day with questions or hiccups. (Yes, things happen.) The week before your wedding your vendors will be reaching out to confirm all of the final details so that they’re clear on where to go, who to find, how to set up, what the timeline looks like, etc. The week of your wedding you will have so much going on including all of your appointments: spray tans, manicures, pedicures, wax appointments, you name it! Don’t forget your rehearsal dinner! Instead of having your vendors contact you, they will have a professional to go to and you’ll be able to rest easy and relax.

Good To Know: With a buck & rose Wedding Day Coordination package, we work with you ahead of time to construct the perfect timeline for your wedding day so that nothing is overlooked or forgotten so that we can take care of all of your other vendors come time for your special day!

Reason 2: They’ll Help Bring Your Wedding Day Vision To Life

Think of all of those little things such as programs, place cards, menu cards, signage, guest book table decor, gift table items, memory table photos, and in some cases centerpieces if your florist won’t be on site on the day of your wedding.

This is the example that I get all the time when prospective clients say that they don’t need a professional Day-Of Coordinator because their venue comes with one. More often than not, the venue coordinator is there to ensure that the venue is clean and that all common areas within the venue are taken care of. They also help setting up the foundation for your ceremony and reception by setting up tables, chairs, and also helping with the room flip to transition from your ceremony to your reception. Usually, a venue coordinator does not touch any decor that you’re bringing with you. I know this because I experienced this on my wedding day. I set up our head table decor and place cards, our desserts (since we had gone with an outside caterer), gift table, guest book table, place cards for all of our guests, guest favors, and all of our centerpieces. It took me about 3 hours to complete my venue set up and then I was finally free to go to hair and makeup and I was stressed. Those 3 hours I spent setting up for our wedding day, I should have been relaxing and enjoying getting ready with my bridesmaids. Instead, I was stressed and running around like crazy.

Tip: if your venue comes with a coordinator, be sure that you ask specifically what their job expectations are. This will help you decide if you should hire a professional coordinator or not, and trust me, if I were you, I would!

One of my favorite tasks as a wedding coordinator… lighting all the candles!

One of my favorite tasks as a wedding coordinator… lighting all the candles!

Reason 3: You Deserve To Enjoy Your Wedding Day Without Stress

Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime experience. You should be able to enjoy it and you should be able to be fully present in the moment instead of worrying about if your timeline is on schedule and moving according to plan. When hiring a Day-Of Coordinator, you’re hiring a professional to oversee your entire event and they’ll do it well because they have done this before! We get it, you don’t know what you don’t know when it comes to your wedding day because it’s your first time going through it! I always tell my clients that hiring a professional Day-Of Coordinator is like investing in an emotional insurance policy for their happiest day. You have someone in your corner to make sure everything goes according to plan, and if it goes off track, someone to help get it back on track without stress!

Tip: If you have any worries about guests or tough family dynamics, share them with your coordinator. Did you make it clear that no kids were allowed at your ceremony but you see little ones making their way in to your ceremony? We’re able to keep an eye out for any tough situations that can arise at your wedding. If we know about it ahead of time, we’re able to talk about a plan and execute in the event that something happens that shouldn’t happen at your wedding.

Reason 4: Your Vendors Will Appreciate It!

So often I hear vendors say “thank goodness our couple hired a Day-Of Coordinator!” This one is plain and simple, your vendors feel supported and they know what to expect when there is a professional hired to oversee your wedding day. When you don’t have a Day-Of Coordinator hired for your wedding day, the many jobs of that coordinator, fall onto all of your other vendors. Think of it this way- would you want your photographer worrying about if the DJ has arrived on time to start the ceremony as scheduled? No! Your photographer wants to stay in their own lane and give you unforgettable images that you are going to look back on for the rest of your lives. When you don’t have a Day-Of Coordinator hired to support them and the rest of your event, the rest of your vendors will be picking up the slack and you won’t get the best out of them, which, isn’t that why you hired them in the first place? Let your vendors do their jobs and execute flawlessly.

Good To Know: When hiring buck & rose for your wedding day needs, we reach out to your vendors immediately to introduce ourselves if we haven’t already worked with them in the past, or if we have worked with them just to say hi and that we’re excited to work with them again! That way, your vendors will know who to go to with any questions leading up to your wedding day and especially on your wedding day. Trust me, the last thing your vendors want is to bother you with questions that they can get answered by a professional overseeing your wedding day.

Reason 5: It Will Be The Best Money You Spend For Your Special Day

buck & rose bride Kia Atsales’ testimonial says it all. Here’s what she had to say about hiring buck & rose for her wedding day coordination needs.

“I am so glad that I found Meghan [from buck & rose] to help with our special day! She was always well organized, friendly, and willing to help with anything and everything we needed. She went above and beyond to make sure that my husband and I had a wonderful day. Her assistance with the day of coordination of our wedding day was the best money that we spent for our wedding. I would highly recommend her! Thanks so much Meghan!!”

Want to hear more from our couples & other trusted vendors? Click here to read why buck & rose!

Brides: We have select 2019 dates still available and we’d love to help you! We’re also filling up our 2020 calendar very quickly so don’t wait to reach out! Fill out our contact form and we’ll be in touch with you shortly!

photography / / Coral Mia Photography



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Vendors We Love / / Copper & Carbon

Hi, friends! I’m so excited to share with you our newest vendor spotlight, and I have to admit, she’s one of my all time favorites! Did you know that you can hire a custom stationery designer for all of your wedding day paper good needs? Anything from menus, place cards, programs, invites, you name it, Stephanie from Copper & Carbon does it! As a wedding planner, I get to work with a lot of vendors. At buck & rose, we want you to find vendors that are not only a fit within your desired budget, but we also want you to find vendors that you L-O-V-E, LOVE! Sometimes finding vendors is harder than it seems. Not to mention, there are so many options, which is great, but the amount of choices can also be super overwhelming. Browsing through The Knot, WeddingWire, or wherever you’re searching for your vendors can take a lot of time and while planning your wedding is a big project, we also want you to ENJOY being engaged! I wanted to highlight vendors that we love at buck & rose. We’ve worked with them side by side and we have nothing but major vendor crushes on them.

vendors we love / / copper & carbon

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1. Tell us, how did you get started designing custom stationery and what do you love most about your work?

I have a design degree from UW-Madison; it’s actually in Interior Design, but my favorite part of the program was communicating my ideas visually through graphic design- selecting fonts and graphic elements to help articulate the vibe of the design in my head was the part I geeked out on the most in school. Today as a stationery designer, the thing I love most about my work is that I get to utilize my creativity to deliver beautiful designs to my clients that capture the spirit of their relationship, and the aesthetic of their big day.

2. What do you want couples to know about Copper & Carbon and what should they expect when working with you?

I love creating completely custom designs for my clients; whether you are someone who has a really strong idea of exactly what you want, or have no idea, I am happy to work with you and we’ll come up with something amazing. I’m a very left-brain/right-brain person, so while I excel in the creative space at making things pretty, I also have a more analytical side that helps me design in a smart way to solve problems. Now more than ever, a couple’s wedding is tailored unique to them- they’ve designed activities, accommodations and other details for their friends and family that will need to be communicated in their wedding stationery, which can make it really difficult to work with a templated or "out-of-the-box” design- that’s where I come in! I listen to my clients and help design the stationery that will both look beautiful, AND communicate the important info- whether it’s an extra insert or a specialized R.S.V.P., I’ve got you covered!

3. When you aren't designing beautiful stationery, what do you enjoy doing?

Tough question! As dorky as it sounds, I wind up spending a lot of my nights and weekends crafting and innovating new designs- I just can’t help myself! But when I do get out of the office, you can find me on a patio at Happy Hour with my friends, traveling with my husband, getting together with my family, or lately, I’ve been tagging along on some rock-climbing adventures with my husband, Keith. 

4. What is your favorite spot in Minneapolis right now?

Brunch, Lunch, Dinner or Late-Night, my favorite spot in Minneapolis is Tilia in Linden Hills. It’s great for date night, dinner with family to celebrate a special occasion, or to grab drinks with a gal pal (or three!)


5. What's currently on your playlist/podcast/audible?

I listen to a lot of pop music on Apple Music- especially while I’m working because it keeps me really motivated and cheery. I love a good true-crime podcast when I’m looking for something a little more serious and intriguing; a friend recommended “Sword & Scale” to me several months ago so I’ve been working my way through some of those. When I’m in my car, you might catch me driving around with my windows down indulging in some very loud 90s on 9 or Pop2K on XM radio. 


6. What will couples love the most about working with you?

I work really hard to capture the style my couples are looking for- I genuinely love what I do so much and I’m so passionate about making my clients’ wedding stationery really stand out so it’s incredibly special when their guests receive it in the mail or see it around at the reception adding style in a cohesive way to the event.  Nothing makes me happier than when I deliver an order to a client and know that I’ve added something really special to a very important time in their life.

be sure to give stephanie a follow on instagram @copperandcarbon and for more information on her stationery services visit her website at www.copperandcarbon.com <3




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Real Weddings / / Kia + Alexander 05.25.19

Kia & Alexander’s wedding day was one for the books with details of art deco vibes in one of the most sought after, nationally awarded wedding venues, ARIA Mpls. Complete with crystal chandeliers, beautiful exposed brick walls, and all around gorgeous architecture, this historic industrial event venue in downtown Minneapolis was the stunning canvas for Kia & Alexander’s wedding day. buck & rose is honored to have been a small part in Kia & Alexander’s big day providing Wedding Day Coordination. We kicked off our 2019 wedding season with some of the best vendors in town. Beautiful blooms which included a stunning hanging install, designed by Munster Rose. Hunter green linens and brushed gold flatware by Linen Effects created simple, yet pretty place settings. One of our favorite details? Kia & Alexander’s menu was anything but traditional wedding fare. Surdyk’s Catering served guests a variety of options including one of the most popular being the duck leg ramen with ginger, star anise dashi, baby bok choy, and snap peas. Following dinner, guests enjoyed delicious wedding cake almost too pretty to eat by Thirsty Whale Bakery and everyone danced the night away thanks to entertainment by Instant Request. Their entire wedding day was captured by the amazingly talented Sarah Ascanio Photography.

Photography / /  Sarah Ascanio Photography

The Details

The Couple: Kia + Alexander

The Venue: ARIA Mpls

The Photographer: Sarah Ascanio Photography

Wedding Day Coordination by: buck & rose

The Florist: Munster Rose

The Caterer: Surdyk’s Catering

Linens & Flatware: Linen Effects

The Entertainment: Instant Request DJ

The Hair + Makeup Team: Primped MN

The Cake + Dessert: Thirsty Whale Bakery

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Congratulations to Kia & Alexander and a special thanks to all of the vendors who helped bring their dream wedding day to life! Want more wedding inspo and to see more of our Real Weddings? Make sure you’re subscribed to our mailing list to be the first to know about our latest Real Weddings, styled shoots, wedding planning tips, & more.

Cheers, friends!

-Meghan

Vendors We Love / / Sarah Ascanio Photography

Hi, friends! Today I’m sooo freakin excited to share with you our very first vendor spotlight and it’s a GOOD one. As a wedding planner, I get to work with a lot of vendors. At buck & rose, we want you to find vendors that are not only a fit within your desired budget, but we also want you to find vendors that you L-O-V-E, LOVE! Sometimes finding vendors is harder than it seems. Not to mention, there are so many options, which is great but the amount of choices can also be super overwhelming. Browsing through The Knot, WeddingWire, or wherever you’re searching for your vendors can take a lot of time and while planning your wedding is a big project, we also want you to ENJOY being engaged! I wanted to highlight vendors that we love at buck & rose. We’ve worked with them side by side and have nothing but major vendor crushes on.

Vendors We Love / / Sarah Ascanio Photography

Photography / /  Sarah Ascanio Photography

1. Tell us, how did you get started in photography and what do you love most about your work?

I started shooting weddings as a second shooter for Tony's mom in Washington state and that transitioned into forming my own business when we moved to MN 5 years ago! I love challenging myself in my work and creating something different every time I shoot, no matter how many times we have shot somewhere. 


2. Best advice for a couple looking for their wedding photographer?

Find someone you vibe well with! You spend almost your entire day with your photog and having someone you like around is a game changer in feeling comfortable with having your photo taken.


3. When you aren't behind the camera capturing magic, what do you enjoy doing?

Camping/reading/hiking with my dog & my hubs, Tony!

4. What is your favorite spot in Minneapolis right now?

We're new pup parents and love bringing her anywhere and everywhere. Our favorite thing is going for a walk around Lake Harriet and grabbing a beer at Bread & Pickle afterwards :)


5. What's on your playlist/podcast/audible?

My heavy rotation is always shifting and I legit listen to everything so this is tough. Haha. Super into Still Woozy, Billy Eilish & Ian Noe lately!


6. What will couples love the most about working with you?

I'm a big believer in creating a chill/fun atmosphere for our couples so they feel a little less like they have cameras in their face and more like they're hanging with old pals. We know how to have a dang good time!

Be sure to give Sarah a follow on Instagram @sarascanio and for more information on her photography services visit her website at www.sarahascanio.com <3






Meghan Buck
spring bohemian industrial styled shoot

Happy Spring, friends! It feels SO good to finally be back in warmer weather here in MN. As a native Minnesota gal, I do enjoy the change of seasons. I love having 4 different times of year because we get to experience the best of everything in one place. However, in my opinion, this Winter was ROUGH. I know, I know, I don’t want to complain about the weather because there are so many other better things to discuss but, I had a tough time this Winter. I was feeling so weighed down, my bones literally ached from the cold, the amount of snow we had was insane, and it just kept dragging on. Thankfully, my time hibernating at home in the slower season of my business, I was able to get my creative juices flowing. I had been yearning to plan another styled photo shoot since doing our first one back in November and I had a friend give me a nudge on Instagram and she asked me if I would be willing to help her plan a styled photo shoot with her. She had such a good vision board and we went for it! It had elements of bohemian details but the setting was industrial. Talk about combining two of the top wedding trends together in one awesome & creative setting. Take a look at some of our favorite pictures that we created!

This tablescape is by far one of my favorites ever. Styling this was so much fun!  Photo by  Coral Mia Photography  / / Planning &amp; Styling by  buck &amp; rose  / / Floral Design by  Flourish In Bloom  / / Linens &amp; Tabletop by  Linen Effects  / / Stationery &amp; Styling by  Copper &amp; Carbon  / / Brass Candlesticks by  Tried &amp; True Vintage Supply Co.

This tablescape is by far one of my favorites ever. Styling this was so much fun!

Photo by Coral Mia Photography / / Planning & Styling by buck & rose / / Floral Design by Flourish In Bloom / / Linens & Tabletop by Linen Effects / / Stationery & Styling by Copper & Carbon / / Brass Candlesticks by Tried & True Vintage Supply Co.

Planning & Styling a photo shoot is one of my favorite things to do- to be able to collaborate and create with vendors in the industry is so awesome. It allows everyone involved to be able to put their own spin on things without limits. As someone who never thought of themselves as creative, I now realize I do have a creative side and it’s able to be illustrated in styled photo shoot opportunities. Until I participated in a styled photo shoot, I didn’t know how to articulate my creative side and I am so thankful that I was able to find my fun side! As a planner, you can imagine how my brain works- it’s all about details, logistics, communication and all of the little things- dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s. I’ve always been called a control freak and type A my entire life and while they weren’t wrong, it feels really good to be able to finally say “HEY! I may have all of those planner traits but I also have a creative side and HERE it is!”

How beautiful is this stationery by  Copper &amp; Carbon ? Stephanie is so talented and I love her unique eye for details! Marble + Texture = SWOON!  Photo by  Coral Mia Photography  / / Planning &amp; Styling by  buck &amp; rose  / / Floral Design by  Flourish In Bloom  / / Linens &amp; Tabletop by  Linen Effects  / / Brass Candlesticks by  Tried &amp; True Vintage Supply Co.

How beautiful is this stationery by Copper & Carbon? Stephanie is so talented and I love her unique eye for details! Marble + Texture = SWOON!

Photo by Coral Mia Photography / / Planning & Styling by buck & rose / / Floral Design by Flourish In Bloom / / Linens & Tabletop by Linen Effects / / Brass Candlesticks by Tried & True Vintage Supply Co.

As a new business owner and entrepreneur, I am very much in the curiosity stage of figuring it all out. Figuring out what works for our clients and what doesn’t, figuring out how to problem solve and do it all. When I started my business in September, I didn’t realize all of the hats that I would get to wear as a business owner. Owner, Senior Planner, Planning Director, Social Media Manager, Content Creator, Blog Author, Website Manager (but let’s be real, I’m thankful that my husband Alex has taught me and shown me the way to navigate managing a website and I wouldn’t be here without him!), Client Specialist, Networking Representative, Accountant, the list goes on…! What I’m the most thankful for is that I have met so many awesome entrepreneurs who are doing it all and figuring it out, too. I’ve formed a pretty great group of talented vendors who are in the business because they are passionate for it and they love what they do. I’m so happy that I was able to figure out early on it’s important to build your own community and to be there for each other. I’m so happy that I figured out it’s beneficial to create and collaborate together.

So with that being said, I’m forever grateful for all of the vendors who worked on this shoot to create some magic. I can’t wait to get another styled shoot planned for sometime this summer. Our FIRST wedding (that isn't my own or my friend or family members wedding) is in just 12 days and I’m still pinching myself that I get to help couples plan and manage their wedding day. Thankful for the process and I hope you are, too!

Styled Shoot Vendors

Venue: FIVE Event Center, Minneapolis MN / / Photography by Coral Mia Photography / / Videography Footage by Moving Tree Media / / Planning & Styling by buck & rose / / Makeup Artistry by Glamorous by Sam / / Hair by Alyssa Rose Eaton / / Dress & Bridal Accessories by a&be bridal shop, Minneapolis, MN / / Suiting by Knights Chamber Clothiers / / Floral Design, Ceremony Arch, & Macrame Details by Flourish In Bloom / / Stationery & Styling by Copper & Carbon / / Linens & Tabletop by Linen Effects / / Rattan Chairs, Brass Candlesticks, & Fur Rugs by Tried & True Vintage Supply Co. / / Cake by Maranda Shae Cakes / / Models: Shelby & Devin Amberg

For more inspo & pics follow us at buck&roseweddings on Instagram and be sure to like us on Facebook!

Alex Buck
colorful boho fall styled shoot

hi guys! hope you’re all doing well & happy valentine’s day! i hope you get the opportunity to tell someone you love them, do something nice for someone you love, & eat / / drink all of the valentine’s day treats out there! i’ll be celebrating my first valentine’s day as a married couple with my hubby and am so excited to be able to have a fun date night with him on such a fun day! ok, i’ll admit, when I was single I didn’t always love valentine’s day (and galentine’s hadn’t really made it big yet) but whether you are single, married, divorced, whatever… today is all about showing someone special to you some love. or, heck, be selfish and show your self some love by treating yourself to a manicure, nice bottle of champagne, or something else fun!

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alright, on to today’s blog which is all about our styled photo shoot from the fall. styled shoots are a great way to network, collaborate, and partner with other wedding vendors. it’s especially awesome to do them during the off-season because it allows us to have more time to work with one another and work with each other more creatively. i was fortunate enough to meet one of my all-time favorite wedding vendors, sam who owns glamorous by sam. i initially “met” sam in a facebook group for other local wedding vendors and noticed that she was looking for vendors to collaborate with on a styled photoshoot. we got to talking and before i knew it, sam literally just trusted me with her vision of this shoot and i was off partnering with other vendors, building our team, and executing all of the planning to make this happen. shoutout to sam- and thank you for trusting me with your vision! this shoot was so much fun to be a part of and i am so honored that you allowed me to step in and plan all of the details to make this happen!

Sam at work with our beautiful bride, Annie!

Sam at work with our beautiful bride, Annie!

our vision for this shoot was boho chic with pops of color. i’m a sucker for a rustic venue but to add vibrant colors? beyond gorgeous. i’m so happy with how all of our efforts came together. all of the vendors that we worked with were hard working, accommodating, and experts at what they craft. i can only describe the outcome of our day spent together as pure magic. it was truly a proud moment and i met some awesome people and can’t wait to work with them again!

venue / / Almquist Farm

photographer / / Nahly Vue Photography

second shooter / / Kody Thao Photography

planning & coordination / / buck & rose

mua / / Glam by Sam

hair / / Nikki Nordstrom, Corabella Studio

bridal gown / / The Wedding Shoppe

bridesmaids dresses / / Kennedy Blue

menswear / / Knights Chamber Clothiers

rings & pendant / / The Jeweler Ryan

bride & bridesmaids earrings / / Christina Marlene Jewelry

bridesmaid jewelry / / Jes B Jewelry Designs

blooms / / Tulips & A Kiss

decor / / Vintage Soirees

cake / / Maranda Shae, Profile Cake Studio

truffles / / The House of Brigadeiros

stationary / / Studio 3ten

model / / bride, Annie Sorgaard

model / / groom, Nick Sorgaard

model / / bridesmaid, Tish

model / / bridesmaid, Padra

model / / groomsmen, Leo

model / / groomsmen, William

Alex Buck
our hawaiian honeymoon!

hi guys!!  or maybe i should say, aloha!!  alex & i just got back from maui about a week ago and we had the best time everrrrr!  we traveled to maui for our honeymoon 7 months after our wedding.  yes, we decided to wait.  why you ask?!  we got married in june and for those of you who know minnesota in june, why would you want to leave?!  it’s gorgeous, lush, & green, and so we decided to wait until january.  minnesota in january?  waaaaay different story.  when we left it was actually quite mild, like mid 30s i wanna say, not bad, right?  but when we got back??  it was literally 8 degrees.  yes.  8.  needless to say, leaving the island to come back to 8 degrees was extremely difficult.  we also decided to wait because we wanted to be fully present and enjoy our time, not that we wouldn’t have if we would’ve taken off right away but we went through so many emotions having our wedding that it was almost like a nice reward 7 months later to say hey, we got married, and we’ve had some time to be newlyweds, let’s go celebrate that!  i wanted to blog about our honeymoon because i noticed that on instagram our honeymoon post actually got the most likes out of any other photo on buck & rose’s instagram to date.  it shows me that you guys like to see the personal side of our lives and i’ve been working on sharing more of that- so with that being said, i’m going to dive right in and share all about maui- what we did, our favorite food, drinks, sights, and more!


we flew into maui around 8pm HST and it was dark so we didn’t get to take in all of the beauty that maui has to offer until the following morning.  we did have a slight mishap upon checking into our resort (there was a local cannabis convention being held there that we didn’t know about and our room basically smelled like cheech & chong were staying there, (not knocking it if you partake or enjoy that, we just don’t and it wasn’t how i wanted to get our honeymoon started. we were right off the courtyard where the after party was taking place also and it was super loud. not ideal in any regard.) long story short, the ladies at the front desk were super accommodating and switched our room to the opposite end of the resort away from the convention and all was well) but it was solved and we went to bed to wake up early the next morning and enjoy our day.  when we woke up the next morning, i opened the shutters and this was my view.  ok, this is why we came to maui.  we enjoyed watching the sunrise and decided to venture out for breakfast.  

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we went to this little place called the gazebo.  it was an actual gazebo!  and the line was out the door and then some but totally worth the wait.  we had fresh pineapple spears to share and an order of the mac nut pancakes.  they were to die for and they were served with a non-dairy whipped topping & coconut syrup!  soooo yummy!  hawaii is known for producing macadamia nuts (as well as australia) and i love how they use them in so many different dishes!  i also had a gigantic breakfast burrito that kept me full the majority of the day, i didn’t even finish it all, and alex had the spam omelette.  spam is like a delicacy in hawaii which is so funny to me because minnesota is home of spam.  we have the spam museum!  and i’ve never tried it, until i was in maui.  the mac nut pancakes were by far my favorite breakfast food the entire trip and so on our last day we went back to have one last order.  after breakfast we walked down to the water and we saw sea turtles!!  i was probably standing too close to one (did you know it’s illegal in hawaii to touch a sea turtle?  it’s because they are an endangered species and there are serious laws with big fines if you violate them) but it was amazing to see one so close.  we walked along the water and took some pictures and then headed back to our resort.  we didn’t have an agenda which i loved because we were able to take each day as we wanted it.  we love to go on vacation with some ideas of what we’d like to see or do but we never jam pack our agendas and as a planner this is sometimes difficult for me because i like to at least have some idea of what we are doing by day.  i do enjoy this way of approaching our trips though because then you find places organically and it feels so rewarding.  it also feels more relaxing.  so as they say, go with the flow!  after our breakfast, we were off to explore the island!


i could go through day by day but this blog would be 8 miles long because i would go into everything i loved about each day. with that, i’m going to highlight our top faves from our trip.


Food & Drink

  1. Star Noodle- the steamed pork buns, garlic noodles, & singapore noodles are amazing!!  i also really liked the kimchi there (which is usually a no go for me) and alex loved the mentaiko noodles.  disclaimer: we loved Star Noodle so much that we went back for another meal!

  2. Aloha Mixed Plate- the original aloha mixed plate is the best in my opinion.  it’s a mixed plate full of yummy white rice, fresh fish (mahi mahi), chicken, & teriyaki beef.  all mixed plates are served with macaroni salad, yes, another midwest staple!  alex had the kalua pork plate which is also served with rice & mac salad but this plate comes with lomi lomi.  it was soooo good that we went back a second time and we switched plates!  also they have the best ahi tuna poke.  and the mai tais?  almost too cute to drink!

  3. Monkeypod Kitchen- i read about this place from a blogger (thanks @sassyredlipstick!) and we loved it here!  the atmosphere was exciting and i loved the vibe.  fun drinks & yummy food.  we split the kalua pork & pineapple pizza.  i had the fish tacos and they were sooo yummy.  i opted for grilled fish for it’s tenderness and they basically melted in your mouth!  alex had the fresh island fish sandwich which he also really enjoyed.

  4. Maui Brewing Company- we didn’t eat here but we saw the food and it looked super good.  the brews were so easy to drink and they had a fun ice bar to keep your beer cold!  i loved the bikini blonde and alex opted for his usual IPA selection.  his favorite was the double overhead ipa. 

  5. Grandma’s Coffee House- on our way back from hana, we stopped for a snack here!  the cutest coffee shop/deli you could see on the island!  i had a sweet tooth so i had a gigantic slice of their homemade carrot cake.  i slightly regret not trying their coffee cake because they’re known for it but the carrot cake was calling my name.  alex’s snack was the mac salad.  it was his favorite that he had tried during our time in maui.  


Sights

  1. The Road to Hana- this famous sightseeing trip is one for the books.  we took the back road so there wouldn’t be as much traffic and you also cut the drive time down pretty significantly if you go this way because the entire trip can take up to 10-12 hours there & back.  however, i will warn you, if you are afraid of heights or windy roads, this may not be the drive for you.  alex drove and thank goodness he did.  i was fine for the majority of the ride, the speed limit is about 25 mph the entire way up the mountain after you get past hana highway.  however, i did end up having a full blown panic attack.  the breaking point was we were coming around a suuuuper windy curve to a one lane bridge connecting the canyon roads together.  a. one. lane. bridge.  and the cherry on top?  a truck was coming right at us!!  after the truck passed us i had alex pull over immediately as soon as he could because i could not catch my breath.  as i cried for a good 10-15 minutes i didn’t know if i could keep going if the drive was going to be this treacherous.  my husband reassured me that we were less than 40 minutes away from the seven sacred pools and that he thought the worst of the drive was over.  i said yes to keep going and i’m soooo thankful that we did because we made it to the waterfall.  we made it to the seven sacred pools.

  2. Haleakalā National Park- the drive was so worth it!  look at these views, you guys!  i will admit, i was slightly disappointed in the moment because due to the government shutdown and haleakalā being a national park, it was technically closed.  so yay for no $25 parking fee but nay for the trail down to the swimming area being fenced up.  there were people climbing the fence and we could have done it but i’m not that adventurous.  i had already had an adventurous ride up there!!  just being there was enough.  we didn’t stay super long but we stayed long enough to enjoy it and take some photos.  shoutout to the couple who took my fave photo of the entire trip! (can you guess which one it is?)

  3. Lahaina- this is the general area of where we stayed near our resort and we loved the area.  grocery stores, coffee shops, and general stores are all close by which made it convenient to stay near here! 

  4. Napili Beach- another beautiful beach along the maui coast.  a lot of the whale watching occurs here

  5. Kaanapali Beach- this is the beach that our resort sat on.  The tides were high the last few days of our trip so we couldn’t swim but the day that we did swim, was pure bliss.  The ocean water was crystal clear and it felt so good to be in the warm sun!  


Shopping/Experiences

  1. Laulima Farm / / Environmental Agriculture- on our way back from hana we stopped here for coconut water!  We of course (naturally) didn’t have any cash on us and the owner let us Venmo her so we could have some fresh coconut water- how sweet!  Alex had never drank out of a coconut before so it was super fun to show him that.  I had when I lived in Miami, hey Hannah!  Remember when we drank out of coconuts?! (inside joke with my sis, please excuse haha :) )

  2. Front Street- this is definitely the more touristy area but still very fun!  my favorite was walking up & down the street shops.  there’s also really fun art galleries to check out and local boutiques and restaurants.  ululani’s shaved ice was a must with mac nut ice cream in the bottom- sooo good!

  3. Whaler’s Village- loved this upscale mall!  we went here when we went to monkeypod kitchen for dinner and also when i realized that i didn’t have anything long sleeve to wear on our flight back to mn.  

  4. Whale Watching- you can do this pretty much anywhere in maui and it is incredible.  they do offer sightseeing excursion boats as well but we just watched from where we were on land/sand.  i think the best spot was at the gazebo restaurant where we had breakfast.  

  5. Scenic Overlooks- no reason needed.  we were all about those views!!         

so as amazing as all of the places above were, honestly what i loved most was being in such a beautiful place with my husband.  we felt so relaxed and it was such a great feeling to just be present with each other.  no distractions, just us.  we loved maui so much that we talked about making it our yearly vacation.  i love to explore new places but maui has so much to offer.  the next time we go, i do want to take a day trip to some of the other hawaiian islands.  what’s your favorite hawaiian island and why?  be sure to tell us in the comments!  for now, mine is maui and i have a good feeling that it will be forever.

aloha & mahalo for reading! :)

be sure to follow us on instagram @buckandroseweddings for more of our honeymoon posts, tips, & tricks on how to plan your perfect honeymoon, too!

Alex BuckComment
the forever bride market & why every bride-to-be needs to go!

hi friends!!  how is it already almost thanksgiving?!  i realize my last blog post was in october when fall was in full swing and somehow it’s already the holiday season.  make sure you take time with your loved ones, soak up those family moments, and slow it down where & when you can.  i remember this time last year i was knee deep in wedding planning- we had our venue, we had done our catering tastings, our save the dates were designed and ordered and it was the holiday season!  don’t get me wrong- i love this time of year but sometimes the hustle & bustle can be a lot.  take that coffee break, yoga class, or any moment of “me” time you can and enjoy it so that you can enjoy the rest of the season with your loved ones.  

now onto today’s topic and one i feel so passionate about… the forever bride market!  just a few sundays ago, we made our debut at the forever bride market.  this was my first ever bridal market.  i didn’t even attend a bridal show/expo/fair/market/anything when i was engaged.  i was fortunate enough to have met my vendors fairly quickly into our wedding planning process and i knew i felt really good about them so i really had no “need” to go to one.  now having experienced one, i wish i would have!  the forever bride market was such a blast for everyone involved.  every single vendor at the market has awesome deals & giveaways, not to mention, it was just so great to see all of the brides out with their moms, grandmas, friends, family, & some even with their fiances!  

my favorite part of the market…?  i can’t even pick one thing.  i loved it all!  from interacting with the other vendors who were there to meeting all of the lovely brides & their family & friends to being able to participate as a brand new vendor in our first ever bridal market, it was all so much fun.  but there’s more to it than just being a bridal market.  forever bride is an amazing community that stands for the best, local vendors for the bride to have the best experience when planning her wedding.  it’s smaller and more unique than any other bridal show out there which allows everyone to have the best experience.  plus… not to mention… the location at the radisson blu moa?!  #freeparking :)

huge thanks to liz at gemma floral & gifts for our beautiful rose bouquet! they also provided the roses that we handed out to brides & their bride tribe! if you’re in need of a wedding florist we highly recommend liz & the gemma floral & gifts team. they’re so sweet, easy to work with, & their flowers are simply stunning!

we can’t wait til the next forever bride market and we want to see you there!  not to mention… you won’t want to miss on our deals & giveaway!  our november market giveaway was $2,500 off a full service wedding planning package… what will february’s market giveaway be?!  you’ll just have to make sure to be there to find out!

[the next forever bride market is sunday, february 17th @ radisson blu moa. get your tickets now!]

meghan buck, owner + senior planning director of buck &amp; rose

meghan buck, owner + senior planning director of buck & rose

Alex Buck
how to avoid wedding pitfalls


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by definition a pitfall is a hidden or unsuspected danger or difficulty.  as a couple, you are both going to be thrown curve balls and you’ll have some hoops to jump through when planning your wedding- it’s inevitable, so even if you’re the most organized, type A, perfect communicator, you dot your i’s and cross your t’s, get ready, because you will run in to some unexpected challenges.  but breathe, it’s o-k!  in the end, everything always has a way of working out.  (and hopefully you have a wedding planner/kick ass problem solver to help because that’s what we’re here for!!)  it would be impossible for me to list everything that could potentially go wrong on your wedding day- it could rain cats & dogs and you were planning for an outdoor ceremony, your cake could be MIA because they sent the order to the wrong location, your DJ could show up literally just minutes before the start of the ceremony (yes, that happened to us at our wedding)… so i’m here to help you avoid wedding pitfalls that you may not even think of.


1. you don’t plan your decor according to your venue

so let’s say you booked an amazing rustic venue- it’s going to be perfect for countryside details- think mason jar centerpieces, wood details, burlap banners, baby’s breath bridesmaid bouquets… but then you realize your entire pinterest board has decor ideas fit for a black tie wedding.  your venue should match your decor and while certain venues like industrial warehouses can create for a unique mix of details (usually they’re beautiful blank canvases that will go with any decor you choose), typically you should have your vision for your decor in mind before you pick your venue.  a simplified approach to planning your decor is by choosing elements that reflect both you and your fiancé.  think of what colors you gravitate towards and what about both of you is important for your guests to capture the day of your wedding.  still not sure what that vision might be?  your wedding planner can help you get to the bottom of the vision and will have some awesome suggestions for you.

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2. you don’t plan for hidden costs

while most vendors require deposits for their services, you will be given additional payment due dates for the remainder of your services closer to your wedding date.  if you don’t pay your vendors on time, you’ll likely be charged a late payment fee that can add up to be very costly.  if you have a wedding planner they will likely be in charge of getting your payments to your vendors but if you don’t have a wedding planner, you will need to be extra cautious and organized to make sure you don’t miss anything!  surprise charges will also arise- anything from alteration charges, vendor gratuities, catering adjustments, you name it… create a list of these anticipated fees so that you have cash at hand ready.

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3. you don’t hire a wedding planner or coordinator.

while most couples want to be involved in the planning, you don’t realize how much work it is and how much stress it can add to both of your plates until you’re in the midst of the planning.  the most stressful part of planning arises as you inch closer and closer to your wedding day.  the month before your wedding will be filled with final confirmations and to-dos from your vendors before your special day, and the week before your wedding your phones will be ringing off the hook to confirm final details.  you’re going to be busier than you think with managing of friends and family coming into town, hosting your rehearsal dinner, getting bridal party gifts wrapped and ready, the list goes on… unforeseen challenges will pop up, and this will leave you sorting out the chaos instead of enjoying the most special time of your lives.  avoid all of this by hiring a wedding planner.  even if you don’t have the budget for a full service planner, you likely can budget in a month-of or day-of coordinator that will help you take all of these last minute meetings and phone calls off of your plates.  not to mention, they are also there to help put out the fires so you don’t have to.  you deserve to be focused on each other and nothing else!  

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i’ve always been a believer in having a plan and working the plan… and to always have a back up plan or two ready, just in case!  then you’ll be ready for all of those pitfalls, but at least you now know a few to avoid right away!

cheers,

meghan 





Alex Buck
all about fall
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hello & happy october from buck & rose!  it is officially fall!!!  i don’t know about you but, fall is by far my fave season of the year.  there’s something so refreshing about the cooler weather, changing colors, & fall activities here in mn that makes this the best time of year.  (not to mention the return of the psl is also one of my favorite fall things… #basic&proud)  has anyone been to their favorite apple orchard yet??  i’m hoping to make it to mine this weekend- deardorff orchards in waconia!  when it comes to fall weddings, there are so many different ways to display the autumn season during your happiest day.  below are just a few of my favorite ways to make your wedding feel fall af 💁


flowers

i love bridal bouquets filled with dahlias, anemones, ranunculus, astilbe, & spray roses, in rich colors accompanied with different grassy greens like fern or eucalyptus help to create a fall like vibe.  the key here is color- go bold with vibrant reds, marsala, & dark burgundy.  balancing out your bouquet with neutrals will also help your other colors really pop and appear richer.

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beauty

instead of choosing a pale pink, go for a bold red lip for your wedding day look to create a dramatic fall feeling.  if you can, choose a matte finish to last the longest throughout your wedding day, plus, it’s the least likely to transfer or smudge onto your new groom!  a favorite red lip of mine is charlotte tilbury’s matte revolution lipstick in red carpet red.  otherwise, if you’re not feeling the red lip, you can always try a ruby hue on your nails.  either option will look great in photos!


bridesmaids dresses

for your bride tribe opt for moody hues!  for even more fun, go the mismatched route and have your girls in a fall color of their own.  mustard, rust, red, navy, olive green, you get the idea!

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decor

mini pumpkins are almost effortless in helping your decor feel very fall, + they’re super cute and require little to no work!  create welcoming statements on your guests tables with mini pumpkins and easy floral like baby’s breath or greenery to create a fun autumn statement.



food/beverage

instead of having a cake why not have pumpkin pie?!  accompany your pumpkin pie with hot apple cider and you’re definitely going to have a crowd pleasing dessert that is anything but ordinary.  you can also go the mini/bite sized route and do mini pies in other fall flavors like apple or cherry.

yay for fall weddings!

cheers,

meghan









Alex Buck