Archive for February, 2011

fab.clients: Allison + Jon’s love story

February 23rd, 2011

Our last love story for February comes from Allison and Jon, who will be married this September.  They’re such a fun couple and I can’t wait to be  a part of their wedding!

Jon and Allison got engaged April 3rd, 2009. Allison had had an awful week of being extremely sick and extremely overwhelmed with school work. She had called Jon that night around 5:30pm from work to see if they could just relax that night and stay in. Jon told Allison that he wanted to take her out and that she needed to hurry home if she wanted to have time to change. At 6:00pm when Allison got off of work, she called Jon and he told her that she needed to call him and tell him when she was almost home because he had a surprise for her. Nothing big, he assured her, just something to make her feel better after along week.

As Allison pulled up to their apartment and got inside, there was a note taped to their mailbox telling her to follow the notes and that he hoped that this would cheer her up. Taped all the way up the railing of the 3 flights of stairs up to their apartments were more notes, each listing a reason why he loved her. When Allison finally got to their aparment door, she opened it to find Jon kneeling inside the door. He was shaking like crazy and immediately blurted out “Will you marry me?” Of course she said yes and they spent the rest of the evening calling family and friends and driving around to show off the new ring!

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fab.siblings: Sarah + Lance’s Love Story

February 20th, 2011

I screamed pretty loud when my brother called to tell me he was engaged!  He had to tell me over the phone since he and the soon-to-be Mrs. reside in Chicago.  I asked if they’d be willing to share their engagement story and this is what Lance had to say about it… (photos by Gina Zeidler during our family session):

I guess it would have to start that weekend in August when the ‘rents were in town. Sarah was at a volunteer function so Mom, Dad, and I were finding things to pass the time. We decided to stroll up the street to check out the vintage shop. On our way to the shop the subject of my future plans came up and I said something along the lines of “Well I’ve been meaning to talk about that.”  Mom told me about her grandmother’s ring, what it meant to her, and who has worn it. When their visit was coming to an end, Mom gave me the ring and told me that we had hers and Dad’s blessing.

The next thing I felt I had to do was to get the Ok from the hopefully soon to be father-in-law.  Sarah and I were wrapping up what seemed like a marathon of friends weddings and getting asked when it would be our turn. The final wedding we attended that year was in Minnesota, and we had planned to meet Sarah’s folks for breakfast that Sunday before we began our drive back to Chicago. It turned out that the breakfast crew was Sarah, her father, myself, and her youngest sister, who would be late due to her keys locking themselves in her car.  Sarah didn’t leave the table until we were leaving the café, then leaving her father, her sister, and I standing outside. I decided to capitalize on the opportunity.

“Real quick before Sarah gets back. Are you going to let me marry your daughter, Jack?” was the question I posed. Having blindsided Jack I had to repeat the question, a particularly hard task whilst attempting to comprehend the gravity of such an inquiry. Jack tried to ask a question or two, but Sarah had rejoined the group. We said our goodbyes and headed for home.  The next day I got a call from Jack. He stated that someday he knew some fellow would ask for his daughter’s hand, but the exchange that took place the previous day was not how he pictured it. He then shared some kind words and gave me the go ahead.

So with ring and blessing in tow I was a little closer, but still no exact plan. I had given Sarah tickets to the Lion King for her birthday, and decided to her ask her that night. Figuring that dinner and a show would provide a good foundation for what could be a life changing evening.   The day finally came and we decided to go on an adventure before heading to dinner. We had heard of an apple pie festival happening in the area and decided to go check it out. Upon arrival we found that we were a day early. We settled for a beer at the Map Room, a nearby tavern, instead then decided to head towards the restaurant for dinner. Rose Angelies had been the setting for a previous romantic dinner, so we decide to return. We even had the same waiter as our prior visit. Enjoying our food and wine took longer than expected, thus foiling my idea to ask on our way to the show. We arrived at our seats just at the end of the first scene and enjoyed the rest of the show.

I didn’t want to ask amongst a sea of fleeing theater goers so decided to hold off on our way to the next stop, but was determined to end the night engaged. With the night still young we decided to grab a drink. While sipping our cocktails we struck up a conversation with the couple next to us. I remember them asking us if we were married, and my response being “not yet”. That being my standard response Sarah didn’t think anything of it. We soon paid our tab, and Sarah was ready to head home.

With little time and a few missed opportunities, I said now or never. Walking back to the car, I noticed we had the entire block to ourselves and began to tell Sarah that I love her. I stopped her under the “L” and presented Sarah with the ring and asked her if she would be my wife. Her initial response was “Wait, What?” Not having fathomed a response other than yes, I pulled the ring out of the box and placed it on her finger and asked “Will you marry me?” This time I got an affirmative answer, an embrace, and a few kisses.

Hand in hand we continued working our way towards the car as the reality began to catch up with us. Outside the parking garage a street peddler, in fact the only other person around, commented on how good we looked together. We then did what anyone else would do. We hurried to the grocery store to get some champagne before off-sale ended.

With that… I get a new sister!  Lance and Sarah have yet to pick their wedding date, but will soon be making lots of decisions.  This pretty lady is incredibly smart too!  She was matched with her #1 pick for her residency and they’ll be moving to Michigan in July.  Our whole family is excited for what is in store for them and I truly, sincerely, and whole-heartedly believe there couldn’t be a better match for Lance.  Love you both!

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fab.clients | Stephanie + Colin’s love story

February 14th, 2011

Stephanie and Colin called me in the late fall of 2009 and said “We’re engaged, now what?!” and from there we went to work planning their Sept 2010 wedding.  When I asked how they got engaged, I laughed pretty hard as they went back and forth rehashing the details and here is what they told me:

Stephanie and Colin met while attending Florida State University during the spring of 1998 through Colin’s roommate Charlie.  Colin and Stephanie did not date while they were in school, but six years after graduating college, they reconnected in California where Stephanie was living, and it was love at second sight.

Colin and Stephanie moved to Minnesota in October 2007, where the majority of Colin’s family lives.  They wanted to purchase a house, and knew that would be difficult to do in California with the exorbitant housing prices in the San Francisco Bay area. After living in Colin’s parent’s basement for about 8 months, they finally purchased a home in the West metro area of Minneapolis in Waconia.  Stephanie had wanted to be engaged before venturing into home purchasing, but the housing market had different plans for the couple.

In the fall of 2009, Colin and Stephanie decided to head to Tallahassee for Labor Day weekend to watch Florida State play the University of Miami in the season opener of the 2009 college football season.  Colin grew up in Miami, and despite graduating from Florida State University, Colin is a die hard Miami Hurricane’s fan.   Colin’s parents decided to come along for the football festivities as well.  Little did Stephanie know that Colin had a special surprise in store for her while in Tallahassee.  During half time, Colin had arranged to have a photo and the proposal put on the jumbo-tron in front of 80,000 people.  Stephanie was in the marching band at Florida State University, so Colin thought half time would be very fitting time for his proposal.


At first, Stephanie didn’t understand what was going on and why their picture was on the screen.  Colin’s mom was busy taking photos of the entire proposal while Stephanie was busy updating Facebook on her iPhone about the half time show her beloved Marching Chiefs had just put on.  She saw the photo on the jumbo-tron, but looked at Colin with a confused look on her face, and asked Colin why their picture was on the big-screen.  Colin opened the ring box and told her to check again, and she finally saw the proposal.  Her exact response was “Shut up, Shut up!  Are you serious?” to which Colin replied, “Well, will you marry me?”  Of course she said yes!



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What I love about their proposal story is how they told me that even in a stadium of thoooousands of people, their proposal was totally intimate and felt like just the two of them.  I definitely feel like I made a couple of new lifelong friends.  I had a blast working with them and can’t wait to see what’s in store for them! 

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the mid.week Pretty

February 9th, 2011

there is something so beautiful about this picture of Jordan and Nathan taken at the Sculpture Garden

photographer: Eric Lundgren |  wedding planner:  Kirsten of event design

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fab.clients| Allison + Jason’s love story

February 7th, 2011

Call me a consumer, but I LOVE Valentine’s Day.  Pink and red prettiness decks out all the shelves at the stores.  Little trinkets you have zero use for, but are too cute to pass up.  Handmade hearts and lots of sugary candies.  It’s just a great excuse to celebrate love, if you ask me!

Since it is the month of love, I asked some clients to share their engagement stories with you!  Keep an eye on the for some stories that are sure to get you teary eyed!  First up… [the gorgeous] Allison + Jason!

photo by Photogen Inc

Above all, Jason wanted to make sure Allison was surprised! And surprised she was!

He mentioned to Allison earlier that week that he had an early birthday surprise for her. On Saturday morning, December 12th, she woke up to her favorite, chocolate chip pancakes, made by Jason, and let he her know they had an appointment from 12:30 to 2 pm. So they got ready to head out, and Allison, in the back of her mind, thought they were going to cooking class!! Jason took a wayward way downtown Minneapolis, later he told her that he was so nervous he couldn’t remember where to drive! So eventually they got to the warehouse district after passing the cooking school, and Allison shouted out ” we are going to get a couple’s massage!” Well that was sort of the case… Jason dropped Allison off at her favorite spa, and said “I got you a massage for your birthday, go and relax! I am going to go run errands, and I will pick you up afterwards.” Allison quickly shot back, “Ok, we need some aluminum foil.”

Moving into a new house, and the typical stresses of every day, a massage is exactly what Allison needed. She thought that the massage was her surprise, so she was completely shocked when Jason had walked in with roses and champagne when she was getting ready to leave the massage room. She still had no idea what was about to happen!! In preparation for the proposal, Jason had practiced in front of his mirror what he wanted to say, but when the time came, he just said simply “I love you so much, I can’t imagine spending my life without you, will you marry me?” and after a few laughs and tears, and a few “I can’t believe this is happening!” Allison said “of course, yes, yes!!” Jason slipped the ring on, and we managed to get a few pictures right after the magical moment.
This will be remembered as one of the happiest days of our lives!

On a funny note, poor Jason was so nervous that he wasn’t able to eat all day, so right after the proposal, we had to grab a bite to eat!

photo by Photogen Inc

I am so psyched to work with these two and their fantastic vendors at their June wedding!  Thanks Allison and Jason!

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