Two Brides, One Love Two Brides, One Love
These two brides (Allison and Amy) met at a bar in downtown Minneapolis and immediately hit it off. They went on their first date,... Two Brides, One Love

These two brides (Allison and Amy) met at a bar in downtown Minneapolis and immediately hit it off. They went on their first date, walking around Lake Calhoun, 5 1/2 years ago to the date, from when they got married. For their wedding, they wanted most of the decor to be DIY projects and for their day to be completely filled with love (and it was!).

Amy recalls their proposal story: “We both realized after the fact that we were both planning a proposal right around Christmas time AND we were driving our sister’s crazy with our questions and ideas and wonderings about how to propose. I had planned to have all of her sisters, her dad, my older sister and her family who live near the twin cities and our dog Toshie be there while I proposed. I planned a walk to one of our favorite little parks, all while our families were waiting and with her Twin and husband playing a song I had them record prior (Marry Me-Jason Derulo). That same morning, she went to pick my ring up (without me knowing) and had it in her pocket on our walk. So as we got to where our families were and got down on one knee to ask her, she ended up getting down on one knee and asking me right back. It was pretty perfect and comical at the same time. She was planning on asking me on Christmas (A week after I asked her, so technically, I won :-)”

“We loved our flowers! They turned out perfect. All the flowers at the wedding from the bouquets, to the flowers our parents wore, to the memorial flower etc., were all designed and put together by Allison, her sisters and Mom. They headed to the Minneapolis Farmer’s market on a Thursday morning with all their tools and coffee in hand. Once settled in at their reserved table they ventured into the cooler and picked all types of flowers for their creations. They then spent the next few hours placing what they had envisioned together. It was really fun to see the end result and just knowing we created those on our own was amazing. We saved tons of money going the DIY route. Mind you, this is a task none of them had taken on before! We went with a fall theme for the color and vibe. They were definitely unique and wonderful for our wedding.”

“We definitely personalized our special day by adding our favorite desserts (Nothing Bundt Cakes), as well as our favorite State Fair Foods (Cheese Curds, French Fries and Mini Donuts). I think having these foods there really made people smile and feel full, not only full from food, but full from the love. We could see it on people’s faces throughout the night and that for us was pretty special. We also had burgers, brats, and chicken grilled up for serving.”

“We actually didn’t know what each other were wearing until our reveal picture. We really went with our own unique styles and what we felt comfortable and beautiful in. We actually bought our dresses from the same shop, which was pretty funny. We trusted our wedding dress helper, Jessica, as well as our sisters in determining whether our dresses would complement each other. They definitely did. We ended up both choosing the ‘non-traditional’ color of champagne (how funny!).”

“It was definitely having our families and close friends there to share in our special day. The fact that we were surrounded by so much love, really warmed our hearts in a way that we can’t describe. To have so much unconditional love from so many beautifully, kind people, is such a blessing, so to have them surround us on such a special day was something we were both looking forward to.”

Associated Vendors

Venue: MN State Fair
Photographer: Bellagala
Dress Store: bella bridal boutique
Bakery: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Caterer: Mintahoe Catering & Events
DJ: Bellagala
Event Venue: MN State Fair

Q1: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A1: Our wedding was definitely a DIY inspired theme.  We wanted it to feel like Fall, as far as the decor went.  We leaned on pinterest quite a bit and did most, if not all of the projects ourselves.  With the help of our families and friends, we pulled it off.  To be honest, both Allison and I do not like to plan and we figured out through this process that we aren’t very good planners anyway :-).  However, with that being said, we went with what we felt, we didn’t always agree right away with one another, but when we saw the  final project, we always loved it.  We would describe our wedding planning process as an underdog winning the race, because we were both freaking out a month before it, needing to complete many, many small details, but when the day came, it couldn’t be more magical and beautiful.  As far as religious and cultural pieces, we had a reception the night before, Amy’s older sister spend the entire day making Indian Tacos for the bridal party, parents and Allison’s Grandma.  This is a delicious Native American Food in Amy’s Family.  We also had our dear friend Amy Mcdonald officiate our wedding, which meant a lot to both of us, but especially Amy because about 8 years ago when Amy came out to her friend Amy, she joked and said you will marry me and my future wife, and sure enough, she did! Honestly, it was a beautiful day-we couldn’t have asked for more (well maybe a little cooler, it was almost 90 degrees this Fall day;-))

Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A2: We kept our wedding space fairly open since the venue’s organic space was so pretty already.  We did a few DIY projects on our own and with the help of those around us. With a few inspirations from Pinterest, we went to work. With pallet boards, we created a time line for the evening and also a piece that included photos being hung, the photos were taken by Amy’s 10 year old niece using her fuji film camera. We also created chalkboard pieces for our menu and a welcome sign, on both of those we added floral arrangements. Our Reserved seating florals/tags were made by Allison’s Mom and Dad. We created smaller signs for spots such as a memorial section for those who couldn’t be with us on the day and a dog treat section – yes, we had a spot where people could fill to-go bags with heart shaped dog treats for their furry friends at home-from our dog, Toshie. Guests could place their cards inside a fake pumpkin that we carved out and placed a flameless candle in. With the help of friends, we had homemade yard games outside of the venue (Ladder golf and Bags) and inside we had cut up birch tree sections at each table. For each bathroom we also put together little baskets of necessities such a gum and hairspray. Such wonderful people in our lives made this all possible. Teamwork at its best! What a great time!
Q3: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A3: We loved our flowers! They turned out perfect. All the flowers at the wedding from the bouquets, to the flowers our parents wore, to the memorial flower etc., were all designed and put together by Allison, her sisters and Mom. They headed to the Minneapolis Farmer’s market on a Thursday morning with all their tools and coffee in hand. Once settled in at their reserved table they ventured into the cooler and picked all types of flowers for their creations. They then spent the next few hours placing what they had envisioned together. It was really fun to see the end result and just knowing we created those on our own was amazing. We saved tons of money going the DIY route. Mind you, this is a task none of them had taken on before! We went with a fall theme for the color and vibe. They were definitely unique and wonderful for our wedding.

Q4: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A4: We definitely personalized our special day by adding our favorite desserts (Nothing Bundt Cakes), as well as our favorite State Fair Foods (Cheese Curds, French Fries and Mini Donuts).   I think having these foods there really made people smile and feel full, not only full from food, but full from the love.  We could see it on people’s faces throughout the night and that for us was pretty special.  We also had burgers, brats,  and chicken grilled up for serving.  We had a family friend make her special homemade caramels that were an absolute hit.  All of the speeches were beautiful and heartfelt. Tears may have made an appearance. Another great surprise to us and most of the crowd comes after Allison’s twin sister speech who was also her maid of honor, her husband Derek and his mom, Barb, came out in choir robes. Then on cue, a familiar song started playing as they were lip syncing with microphones. The song was “All you need is Love.” They reenacted the scene from the movie, Love Actually. The crowd was even involved. Derek and Barb would point to tables of guests and they actually stood up , as pre-planned apparently, and fake played instruments! Amy also created a short little rap song for Allison which was performed. Allison should have known better as this is one of Amy’s best traits. Another favorite part was just how fun and full the dance floor was the entire night. The music was awesome. Our dog, Toshie was also there at the ceremony! She was a hit. She wore a floral arrangement around her neck that Allison’s Mom made. She walked down the aisle with Allison’s Mom also. We had a special moment on stage with her, so sentimental.
Q5: Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.
A5: We actually didn’t know what each other were wearing until our reveal picture.  We really went with our own unique styles and what we felt comfortable and beautiful in.  We actually bought our dresses from the same shop, which was pretty funny.  We trusted our wedding dress helper, Jessica,  as well as our sisters in determining whether our dresses would complement each other.  They definitely did.  We ended up both choosing the ‘non-traditional’ color of champagne (how funny!).

Q6: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A6: This is actually a great story and 100% true.  So we initially met in a bar-Lush in NE Minneapolis.  We saw each other out a couple of times.  Then finally one night out-on a Wednesday of all nights, I (Amy) got the nerve to say hi to her by having one of my friends tap her on the shoulder, once she nodded, I went in for a conversation.  We were talking about random things and finally there was that awkward silence in our conversation and I turned to her and said “Do you like cheese?”.  She didn’t say anything for what felt like a minute, but then her response was “She’s the Man!”.  I felt so excited and relieved that she actually knew what I was referencing.  That’s when I think we both knew there was some sort of connection.  From here, I asked her on a walking date around Lake Calhoun, she brought us each a bottle of water and we had a great time.  That was almost exactly 5 1/2 years ago from the day we got married.  As far as our proposal goes, it happened in December of 2015, so we had been dating for just over 3 1/2 years.  We both realized after the fact that we were both planning a proposal right around Christmas time AND we were driving our sister’s crazy with our questions and ideas and wonderings about how to propose.  I had planned to have all of her sisters, her dad, my older sister and her family who live near the twin cities and our dog Toshie be there while I proposed.  I planned a walk to one of our favorite little parks, all while our families were waiting and with her Twin and husband playing a song I had them record prior (Marry Me-Jason Derulo).  That same morning, she went to pick my ring up (without me knowing) and had it in her pocket on our walk.  So as we got to where our families were and got down on one knee to ask her, she ended up getting down on one knee and asking me right back.  It was pretty perfect and comical at the same time.  She was planning on asking me on Christmas (A week after I asked her, so technically, I won :-))


Q7: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A7: It was definitely having our families and close friends there to share in our special day.  The fact that we were surrounded by so much love, really warmed our hearts in a way that we can’t describe.  To have so much unconditional love from so many beautifully, kind people, is such a blessing, so to have them surround us on such a special day was something we were both looking forward to.  We would also say, the fact that we didn’t have to plan a wedding anymore as well 😉


Q8: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A8: We would say, be patient with one another and continue to remind yourselves why you’re doing it.  Don’t get caught up in the materialistic pieces (It’ll drive you mad), spend more time enjoying the process vs. stressing about the small, unimportant details.  Even if you don’t see this as you are going through the process of planning, you will see it clear as day on your special day.  It comes together because all that matters is you and your special person are getting to express your love for one another in-front of your favorite people.  Enjoy it!