I am absolutely head-over-heels for Nora and Brent’s summer wedding. The couple wanted their day to feel unique and authentic, and with their elegant alley-way ceremony site, Nora’s aunt and uncle acting as officiant, and a lobster roll food truck during cocktail hour, I’d say they pulled it off! Geneoh Photography was absolutely the perfect choice to capture the vibrant personality of Nora and Brent’s close-knit community, and his photos are sure to evoke emotion for years to come.
Junebug: What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Nora and Brent: Can I do four? Elegant, Summery, Timeless, Metropolitan
Junebug: What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day?
Nora and Brent: We wanted our wedding to feel unique, but have classic elements. We love music, food, entertaining and enjoying an active life, and have such an amazing community, so we wanted our wedding to be an extension of that, in abundance. We wore classic but not necessarily traditional attire. We pulled together with our community by starting our wedding day with yoga with family and friends. We held our ceremony in an alleyway with an old world feel, white chairs and runner and lots of flowers, with a custom ceremony officiated by a family member. Since dinner was hors doeuvres, we offered lobster rolls from a food truck as the cocktail hour food, then had an awesome cocktail party with heavy food, drink and music that started with a playlist, progressed to a band for traditional dancing and amped up to a DJ for a late night party- guests stayed late, ate, drank and danced all night long!
Junebug: Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding?
Nora and Brent: One of the most important decisions happened months before the wedding when we realized we didnt have to follow a template for having a wedding. It seems so obvious, but at first we felt pushed into the way weddings are done, and realizing we could do it our way opened the door for more creative ideas, made decisions so much easier and the process was so much more fun…Things started falling into place and our wedding felt so authentically ours. It made for a unique, charming, lovely experience for all.
Having Noras aunt and uncle officiate the wedding was so meaningful, and they did such a wonderful job. They have been significant role-models in life, as a couple in their 22 year marriage and in raising children. We were married by a couple that could speak from those experiences and will be there for us throughout our marriage.
We wrote our own vows together, and they truly are the promises we have made to each other, and something we can go back to if we ever need a reminder. The moments we spent writing them, practicing them and speaking them to each other in front of our family and friends really helped us remain mindful of just what we were doing.
We danced our first dance to Sean Hayes When We Fall In. Wed tried practicing earlier that week and it didnt go well. We were hesitant to reenact it in front of everyone, but on our wedding day it went so smoothly and was so fun!
Junebug: What specifically drew you to this Genoah Photography and his imagery?
Nora and Brent: Gene captures his subjects in an authentic, vibrant way. We wanted a photographer that would capture us, our family and friends in the events of our wedding day, as we experienced it, so that when we look back at them it evokes those emotions and reminds of all the amazing moments we shared. And once we met with him, we knew he was a great fit personality wise too. He wasnt just a photographer getting his job done, he saw what we saw in our day and cared about what that meant to us.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Geneoh Photography
Ceremony Venue: A little no-name alleyway with an old-world feel, a few steps from our reception site.
Reception Venue: Bar Lurcat
Officiant: Mary Warner, Noras aunt, with her husband Andy Warner.
Invitation Designer: Cassie Helfrich
Catering: Bar Lurcat and Smack Shack
Flowers: Fifty Flowers and local market.
Dessert: Cake, mini-donuts and truffles from Bar Lurcat
Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm Blush 1104 from Che Bella Boutique in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Bridal accessories: Veil by Parisxox on Etsy, vintage earrings borrowed from my aunt, shoes by Enzo Angiolini
Bridesmaids apparel: Dresses – J.Crew
Groom’s Apparel and Accessories: Custom suit and shirt – Heimies Haberdashery, Shoes – Allen Edmonds,
Bow-tie and suspenders – Great Bows
Groomsmen’s Apparel and Accessories: Suits and shirts – Zara, Ties from Ties.com
Hair: Leah Luebbe of Juut Salonspa
Makeup: Michelle M. of Juut Salonspa
Live music: Ceremony – Lake String Quartet, Cocktail Hour: Connie Evingson with the St. Anthony Hot Club
DJ: DJ Jay “Strangelove” Tappe
Transportation: Jaguar XJ Super V8 from RideManRide
Favors: Pressed paper flowers with seeds to replant as a symbol of support and growth.
Rentals: Ceremony chairs from All Events Party Rental
Rings: Thomas Joseph & Sons Jewelers
Yoga Session: Lisa Bloom of CorePower Yoga
Nails: Krysta of
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