Whimsical Scandinavian-Inspired St. Paul Wedding at Paikka

October 30, 2019 | brooke

Megan and Charlie celebrated their love with a most fabulous Scandinavian-inspired wedding at Paikka in St. Paul, Minnesota! We must say, these two looked effortlessly cool with Megan wearing an eclectic, whimsical Mara Hoffman dress and Charlie dressed in a classic black and white getup from Suit Supply. We’re especially in love with the details of this day that planner Laine Palm Designs creatively pulled together. Everything was the perfect mix between elegant and fun — from the marigold bouquet and every arrangement Apricot Floral beautifully designed to the cat figurine cake toppers (yes, they’re incredible!). If you’re one who falls in love with intimate weddings and good vibes, we can’t wait for you to see how oh-so-talented Sarah Ascanio Photography captured these lovebirds’ most special day at Paikka!

The Couple:

Megan & Charlie

The Wedding:

Paikka, St. Paul, Minnesota

I have a deep appreciation for small businesses and designers, having worked closely with them for many years. I’ve since moved to the furniture world, but loved picking out a wedding look. I knew I wanted to find pieces that I could wear again. My mom gifted me the most elegant double pearl earrings from Sophie Buhai. I will treasure these forever. For my dress, I chose the Bette Dress by Mara Hoffman. I wanted dramatic sleeves, and this dress had that. Also, the cotton / linen fabric was so easy for an August wedding. My shoes are the Vitta Sandals by the impeccable Mari Giudicelli.

We moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles, two years ago. It was a long trip, caravanning with our friends, two cars filled to the brim with two cats and several house plants. We knew when we got engaged that we wanted to include our friends and family in the celebration and chose to have it back home in the Midwest, for this reason. We’re pretty untraditional – our dream was for a wedding that felt like a dinner party, with good food, lots of wine and shared memories.



Wedding planning advice from the couple: We had our wedding on a Thursday, didn’t invite kids, and had our friends bartend, DJ and officiate. A wedding can be whatever you want it to be – your people will be happy for you no matter what. Also, hire a great team and trust them to do their thing. We had no idea how valuable having a wedding planner would be, and we feel so lucky to have chosen Laine Palm. She is so professional and easy to work with, would definitely recommend to anyone.

The colors just happened – marigold for a golden day. We completely trusted our florist, Apricot Floral to create something soft, lush and memorable. She happened to choose strawflowers (also known as golden everlasting) for my bouquet and the boutonnières. My friends also happened to all wear marigold dresses!

Charlie‘s mom made our beautiful wedding cake. We had little figurines of our cats on the cake!

We had so many guests travel from all over the world. It was so special to have all those great friends and family in one place to share our day with us. Looking out during dinner and seeing everyone we love at these long tables, talking in the candle light, was exactly what we had imagined.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Sarah Ascanio Photography
Event Planning – Laine Palm Designs
Wedding Venue – Paikka
Floral Design – Apricot Floral
Catering – Gardens of Salonica
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Lady Vamp Artistry
Wedding Dress – Mara Hoffman
Bridal Accessories – Sophie Buhai
Groom’s Apparel – Suit Supply
Rings – Ceremony


Many congratulations to Megan and Charlie, and a special thanks to Junebug member Sarah Ascanio Photography for sharing their intimate day at Paikka with us! Into these Scandinavian-inspired intimate wedding vibes? We think you’ll love how Scandinavian style meets Moroccan flair in this boho Helsinki wedding.

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