the green wedding

The last weekend in September, Sam and I flew to Minnesota to celebrate my good friend Mikka’s wedding to her love, Adam.  This was the first trip that Sam and I took without Evelyn.   Sam’s mom, who Evelyn will know as Neena, watched her and our pup for the weekend which gave them some much needed bonding time without us hovering over every move Evy makes.  It gave Sam and I some much needed bonding and reconnecting time as well.  It was pure magic, for all involved.

Our first trip away!

Our first trip away!

The weekend consisted of ugly crying (all by me).  It started when we were dropped off at the airport.  Ugly crying all the way to the check in desk… and then to the TSA security guard who told me to suck it up and enjoy time away from the baby because it will be a long time til the next time we get the chance. Great advice – followed by the lady in front of us who was also near ugly crying about leaving her chuahaha for the weekend as well.  That helped me get over it as did the bloody mary’s we enjoyed pre-flight.  This also stepped in as a night cap for the flight.

When we landed in MSP, we had one stop before our five hour drive north to Grand Marais, MN (yes, it was truly right next to Canada).  Our stop was to pick up the wedding cake (!) & the grooms cake (holy pressure batman!)  The baker assured me that the beautiful three tiered wedding cake would be fine as long as we didn’t slam on the breaks and kept the air conditioning on.

The view from Devil Track Resort

The view from Devil Track Resort

The drive was beautiful.  The radio was choppy so Sam and I sang/rapped to each other (will smith was the fave), chatted about anything and everything and snapped lots of blurry side of the road scenery photos trying to catch the fall colors.  When we finally arrived to the resort around 9:30 p.m. – Mikka was there to tackle me with a huge bear hug & happy tears.  She went to the back to take out the cake and IT HAD TOPPLED OVER!  We never slammed on the breaks & we froze our tushes off the entire way FOR THAT CAKE!  Mikka’s response? ‘No biggie – Adam didn’t even know we were having a wedding cake’ – BEST BRIDE EVER!  The groom’s cake was in perfect condition which was her real concern.  The cake came back to our cabin with us (ya know, to hide it from the groom).

Friday, Sam and I headed into town to have breakfast, see the town and enjoy each other.  It all sounds so cheesy but it was so necessary.  We noted that it felt weird not to have Evelyn with us, but it was easy to go back to how it was when it was just us.  {{We’ve still got it.}}  We were even able to get a bit of a hike in before the rehearsal.  Picture perfect day on the beautiful north shore.  Friday night concluded with memorable quotes from Sam including when I tried to tell him there’d be no more wine, he chanted “WINE NOT? WINE NOT?” & “BABY FREE WEEKEND! WINE NOT!?”  He’s adorable.

Superior Hiking Trail

Superior Hiking Trail

superior hiking trail

Saturday was the wedding day & the grey clouds inched their way closer and closer from 9 a.m. – 12.  An outdoor wedding was the goal for the bride & groom and I have to give them credit, the clouds did not falter their determination in any way.  Another goal was to not see one another before the wedding, so when decorations outside began to blow over and the rain turned into what we so enduringly named, Hurricane Green, communications on the game plan were tunneled through a chain of messengers running back and forth with the same message, “whatever Adam wants….” Or “ whatever Mikka wants..”   Adorable.

Hurricane Green

Hurricane Green

The beautiful bride

The beautiful bride

A compromise was made for having the wedding in the reception tent.  I mean it when I say, THIS WEDDING WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WEDDING I’VE EVER WITNESSED.  The love in this tent.  While there were tables blowing over and rolling towards the tent, Mikka & Adam recited their vows to one another in perfect fashion.  Mikka referenced Adam’s love of cars and Adam promised to stand by her no matter what.  Here is where I began to ugly cry:  Mikka’s niece, Louise, had vows to exchange as well.  Mikka & Adam have taken on parental responsibilities of this little angel who adores them.  Mikka vowed, Adam vowed and then Louise recited hers which were filled with requests such as, “all I ask is that you continually encourage me and that we do awesome things together…”  ALL THE UGLY CRYING HAPPENED OVER HERE.  One hand holding the wall of the tent and the other hand wishing I had thought to grab tissue as I blotted my eyes with my shawl.  BEAUTIFUL.

The bride with Jes & I

The bride with Jes & I

Everything from start to finish was so well thought out:

  • Welcome baskets in each cabin filled with snacks, games, activity books, scavenger hunt, sports drinks
  • Pre-wedding appetizers of pickled herring, cheese, crackers & spiked hot cocoa
  • After wedding green drinks (thin mint)
  • The bridesmaids each had a different color which just so happened to be each of our favorite color (mine was teal) – black dresses that we could style multiple ways, paired with shawls, jewelry, ankle ties, make up and nail polish of our color
  • A caricature artist
  • Bloody Mary bar
  • Late night snacks of nachos & wings
  • Candy bar with a chocolate fondue fountain
bridesmaid cup

bridesmaid cup

It was just all so perfect.  Mikka & I need to go into the wedding planning business (right, mikka?) Sam and I had a great weekend and were so happy we could be there to witness such a magical marriage take place.  AND MY PARENTS EVEN DROVE 2 HOURS TO GIVE US A HUG ON SUNDAY (because we needed it). Oh, & Evelyn had a great weekend with her Neena as well (big thanks to Neena – maybe we’ll do this more often?). Such sweet family & friends.

mr. & mrs. green

mr. & mrs. green

Cheers to the newlyweds on the beginning of something truly beautiful.


Oh, Happy Day!

Our wedding was just that, the perfect depiction of Sam and I as a couple.  From the planning to the re-planning to the long distance to little last minute decisions, our wedding fit us to a T.  Sam and I have felt married from the very beginning. We moved into our relationship full force with traveling over-sea’s together at only 4 months into our relationship.  We opened a joint checking account at 7 months as well as moved to Portland, OR together at 8 months.  We waste no time.  So when we started talking about a wedding in August of 2013 – we thought, why wait?  This conversation happened in the end of November, 2012.  We were married beginning of March, 2013 – no time wasted (oh, and remember to throw in all of our other life events during those three short months as well but that’s neither here no there).

Luckily, we have amazing family and friends to help us pull our dream wedding together. Here’s how it all happened….

Invitations – our lovely friend, Yosh designed our wedding invitations in literally 3 days.  They were beautiful! We printed 200 invitations with formal invite, reception information and reply cards at Office Max and had them within 2 days.  I hand addressed them and they were out within a week of asking Yosh to design them!

Our venue- My mother found the venue and was so fearful that we wouldn’t like it.  Sam and I wanted a vintage feel but the pictures on their website were not all that inviting.  It was kind of a risk because we didn’t actually see the venue until the day before the wedding – thank god we LOVED it.  The Grand Hotel Ballroom was in the perfect location and sat right on top of The Pearl Ice cream parlor.  It was adorable.  The exposed brick walls and the archways in between the rooms provided the perfect amount of character.

Flowers & Table Settings – My lovely new mother in law took care of all of our table settings with the candles, flowers, etc. provided by The Cottage Garden –

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Every table was different with varying sizes of vases, flowers, height and layouts. We added little photos of Sam and I at each table as well as to name each table with places that Sam and I shared memories in.  My very talented and generous from Megan, graciously wrote out all of our table names.  Not only that but she hand wrote all of our guest place settings as well.  At my bachelorette party, the rest of my bridesmaids helped out by cutting slits in wine corks to finish off the look of the place settings.  I loved the look and I also really appreciated the personal feel that was provided by my closest friends.  I love them and they helped to make our day absolutely perfect.

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Other sweet touches included a handmade wooden display for our cupcakes which will also make an appearance at one of 07770811my bridesmaids, Mikka’s wedding come September so I’m happy for it to get more use.  It was rustic and beautiful.  The cupcakes were a last minute order as my mother knows me best.  I wanted to make the cupcakes before the wedding and she insisted we order them.  After some resistance, I caved and I’m so happy I did – they turned out wonderfully.  Our flavors were vanilla, chocolate, carrot and red velvet, providing something for everyone.  They were delicious and made up my breakfast the next morning.

Our thank you gift to our guests were cd’s of some of Sam and my favorite songs.  Yosh also designed the cd label which turned out great!  If you missed getting yours, our playlist included (to name a few): Marry Song -Band of Horses, A Little Tenderness – Otis Redding, Do You Remember- Jack Johnson, Say Goodbye – DMB, Home – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Among other faves!  We hand stamped the envelopes with a custom Etsy order and they turned out just as we had hoped.


For our guest book, we wanted something we could showcase so thanks again to Etsy for this great thumb printed tree!  We plan to display it in the entry way of our new home!

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There are so many other things that went into making our wedding ideal for the two of us and I will continue to share photos in future blog posts.  For any direct links to any of our custom wedding decorations, feel free to message me and I’ll get them to you.  Huge thanks to family and friends for helping to pull all of this together and to my husband who spent his days with a baby strapped to him while he chose my hair piece, to grooms gifts to finalizing hotel rooms while I was busy working.  I wouldn’t change anything about our day.


All photos in this post were taken by Tiffany Brubaker Photography.  We highly recommend her for your wedding taking place in the La Crosse, WI area.  Visit her online at: www.tiffanybrubaker.com