Ariel and Josh’s wedding at Grand View Lodge was the perfect mix of romance and edge! Beauty Brilliance Events and Design did a phenomenal job planning this day down to the last little detail — especially the dramatic reception decor and stunning, moody florals FluidBloom created. The couple looked just as breathtaking with Ariel dressed in an intricate Milla Nova wedding dress and Josh in Generation Tux. We’re feeling thankful photographer Alexandra Wallace was there to capture every detail, including a sweet, tear-filled first look as Ariel walked down the aisle. Scroll on for so many sweet moments and more!
Ariel & Josh
Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, Minnesota
My dress by Milla Nova was my diva moment! After trying on a ton of dresses in a San Diego shopping trip with my girlfriends, I still could not decide. Knowing the styles that had looked great on me, I shopped online and finally found the prefect dress on Instagram. However it was last year’s model and there was only one left in my size in a showroom in Chicago. I had it shipped to their Las Vegas showroom and then flew to Vegas to try it on! Luckily it was THE dress!
Wedding planning advice from the bride: Be in planning mode until the festivities start. Then let go and enjoy! The night of the rehearsal dinner I was rushing around in planning mode when I realized, oh the party is here! Time to stop planning and be present. It worked out wonderfully. I was able to enjoy everything and ignore the hiccups (the photo booth never arrived). Having a day-of coordinator helped me immensely let go of the details and enjoy our day.
Grand View Lodge is beautiful, has delicious food, and supplies everything on site, so we didn’t have to worry about renting or placing our plates, tables, chairs, etc, but it also affordable considering everything that is provided. A lot of our guests were coming from California so we wanted them to be able to have a weekend experience when they came out for our wedding. Grand View offers a resort-style stay with plenty of activities that offered our guests a taste of Northern Minnesota.
My photographer, florist and stylist came out to Minnesota from California for us! They are so amazing and having vendors I knew, loved and trusted made the day so perfect! It would not have been the same without their amazing talents and hearts!
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Alexandra Wallace
Event Planning – Beauty Brilliance Events and Design
Wedding Venue – Grand View Lodge
Floral Design – FluidBloom
Cake – Sweet Life Bakery
Makeup Artist – Britt Tarr
Wedding Dress – Milla Nova
Bridal Shoes – Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Apparel – Generation Tux
Rings – Lauren B Jewelry
Congratulations to Ariel and Josh, and many thanks to Alexandra Wallace for sharing their blush and rose Grand View Lodge wedding with us! If you love these wedding vibes, we think you should check out this modern romantic wedding inspiration at The Stonehurst.