We gave you a glimpse into this couple’s Minneapolis engagements photos and now its time for their romantic, show-stopping industrial warehouse wedding at the NP Event Space in Brainerd, MN. When searching for a venue the bride wanted something unique, with an industrial vibe and fell in love with the idea of heading up North to make it a weekend her guests would never forget.
We loved the contrast of the light in the Loft White-Space that bride got ready in to the ceremony and reception space. Not to mention the stunning floral designed by Bloom Designs. Everything about this wedding, captured by Rachabella Photography, from the ceremony rug to the sparkling chandeliers will have you wanting more. Let’s not even mention how the bride’s fishtail braid is giving us all hair envy!
Overall wedding budget $35,000 – $40,000 | Dress: $2,000 (not including alterations) | Venue: $6,000 | Catering: Less than $20,000 | DJ: $2,000 | Floral: $4,000| Décor: Less than $1,000
From the Bride:
Jeff and I got engaged in October 2015 – which came as a complete surprise to me. I was a little unlike many brides, in the sense that I hadn’t put really any thought into a wedding before then. We took it slow and didn’t really start doing any active planning until April 2016, when we started looking at venues. We went back and forth (for a short time) about having a large wedding or doing something small, i.e.: a destination wedding. However, true to my nature, I said, “we go big, or we go home”. My best friend and MOH tried to get the ball rolling by sending me different venues she found online. I wanted something unique, with an industrial vibe, but at a reasonable price. She sent over the link to the NP Event Space with the warning that “yeah, I know it’s kind of out of town…but maybe just check it out. NP was the first venue we toured – we took a half-day one Friday and made the drive up to the Brainerd Lakes area (which we love anyway). I immediately knew that was place – no one I knew had been married there, it was reasonably priced, and had great amenities. Jeff was a little more hesitant, wanting to check out a few more places. In total, we probably looked at ~ 7 venues (all in the Twin Cities area). All things considered, we decided that not only was NP absolutely stunning, but Brainerd embodied the ‘up north’ life that we love so much. I mean, who doesn’t want to be up north in the summer?
We both sighed of relief once we had the date and venue secured (6/17/17). In my eyes, the rest would now fall into place as we had an end date to work towards. I tend to be very analytical and indecisive when it comes to decision making, so I actually really appreciated the fact that there weren’t millions of vendors available in the Brainerd Area. It made my life way easier J. My first stop was the Preferred Vendor list on the NP site – I figured a place that incredible must have some solid relationships with some incredible vendors (and I was right). I found Bloom Designs for the floral – Kate is absolutely AMAZING – we planned the entire thing over e-mail (75 + messages back and forth). Her work is unbelievable and she gave great advice and suggestions, and thank God for that, because I’ve never planned a wedding. I also found Prairie Bay Catering through NP as well. I can’t say enough about them – the food was amazing, they were so knowledgeable, and the service was outstanding. Once we had Venue + Catering + Floral in place, I was feeling pretty good. Next came the music and photo booth(Spectrum Entertainment). I felt I could shop around a bit for the music because there were a few DJ options in the area. We were very pleased with Spectrum and would recommend to anyone.
The last month was really stressful – every night after work, I’d have 5 things that needed to be done for the wedding. I was trying my best to not become overwhelmed and reassured myself that “it was all worth it”. About three weeks before the big day, Jeff and I, and his parents made a trip up to Brainerd for a final food tasting and to visit the venue one more time. This was only the second time touring it for us. As soon as we walked in the door, I was SO excited. I was so confident in all the decisions we’d made and couldn’t wait for it to all come together.
The rental for NP included the entire weekend, so we were able to set up the space ourselves the day before. I had the bridal party and family helping us lay greenery, making signs, writing table numbers, stuffing vases, placing chargers, even moving tables and furniture. I am a big DIY-er and love to score a deal, so this was a huge perk for me. My favorite part of planning had to be the moment when I stepped back into the space for the rehearsal, seeing all our hard work finally come to fruition. It was beautiful, exactly what we wanted, and made the months of hard work totally worth it. I tend to be a perfectionist too, and I can honestly say, I don’t really have any regrets about how everything turned out. Every bride is told a million times, “everything will be perfect!”, and they were right! Definitely a day we will remember forever.