Greta & Tim’s Sweetly Simple and Sparkly Garden Wedding
Greta and Tim’s love for one another is so evident in the photo above and truly shows in every photo of them together as you’ll see in a while. They kept their wedding celebration simple, tasteful, and homegrown while they lovingly planned out the details with family and friends in mind. Everything was locally sourced and highly personalized, from the DIY decor and magical lighting in their parents’ backyard to brewing their own beer.
We have Karen Feder Photography to thank for the beautiful photos. In fact she has more to add about the special day:
This amazing couple had lots of their wonderful touches that added to their wedding day! They brewed their own beer, wine tasted to find the best wine for the evening. They also decided to go fully organic with the food they served their guests. After the reception, they hosted a dinner party in Greta’s parent’s enchanted gardens where the couple and her parents fully decorated the area with lights and greens making it a haven for guests to retreat, dance, and relax while sipping on cocktails, wine and beer.
About the couple, in the lovely bride’s own words:
Tim and I moved to MN a little over a year ago from Baltimore, where Tim is originally from. I grew up here in MN and we wanted to move near my family to raise our children. Tim is a scientist whose company tests medical devices for safety and I am a nurse in the ER. We have 20 month old twins named Liam and Vera.
Greta on their wedding + how they made it uniquely their own:
We were shooting for a combination of classy yet relaxed, with a touch of magic sparkle!
We got married in the church I grew up in, but flew in our pastor from the small church Tim and I went to when we lived in Baltimore together. He knew us from before we were a couple and gave a very personal and emotional sermon about us. We had the dinner in a tent on the lawn of the community center across the street from my parents’ home and the after dinner reception in my parents’ home and backyard. It was important and meaningful to us to have the locations feel comfortable and like home, both for us and for our guests.
To keep things local and/or personal, our Save The Date cards were a picture we took of our kids dressed up like a bride and groom. We bought our wedding rings from a jewelry store a good family friend works at and he helped us pick them out. My sister and sister in law glittered candles and table numbers for us to go with wildflowers for the centerpieces. We printed programs ourselves and printed and hand glittered the invitations ourselves as well. The night before the wedding, all of our out of town guests sat around a big table and put together the programs for us (while drinking pitchers of margaritas). We took public transit to and from the ceremony. We didn’t have a flower girl or ring bearer, but our twin daughter and son were part of the wedding processional, as well as all of our parents and grandparents.
The most important things to us were that it was guest friendly/guest centered, locally sourced, and felt personal. By this I mean we wanted guests to feel included and engaged (no head table or separate table for the bride and groom, no loud dance music in the dining room area so that people who don’t want to dance can’t talk to each other, etc).
We had a lawn game for people to play that we built ourselves, a picture display of all the previous weddings in our families, and stacks of photo books scattered around for guests to look through. At the post dinner reception, we set up different rooms and areas of the yard with lots of seating to have different feels to them so there would be a place for everyone.
We had the dinner catered by the local food co-op, choosing whatever foods were in season.
We baked cheesecakes ourselves and my cousins made us a Norwegian wedding cake for a centerpiece. Tim’s mother brought his favorite coffee from a local roaster in Baltimore to serve with dessert. We got our cupcakes from a woman who bakes out of her home in town instead of going to a traditional bakery. We didn’t choose flowers ahead of time but instead decided to buy whatever was in season and growing at a flower farm just outside of town. A couple family friends made the bouquets and boutonnieres the night before the wedding.
We had several different types of music and lighting in the different areas to create different atmospheres. We chose every song on all the playlists ourselves. But our favorite part was the lighting. Over the course of the summer, we strung tens of thousands of lights in the yard and in the house, all different colors and styles. One of the areas was a beergarden my parents built and closed off from the rest of the yard with banana trees my dad kept alive in his basement over the winter. We strung multicolored teardrop shaped lights from wires strung around the outside to create a ceiling of lights.
Tim made a chandelier out of grapevine, large and small white lights, and a metal chain. It hung from a tree in another area of the backyard and lit up the kegs of home brewed beer we served.
All 3 kinds of beer (The Ball and Chain Brown Ale, The Runaway Blonde Ale, and The Hoppily Ever After IPA) were brewed by Tim and his two new brothers-in-law.
One of the wines we served was the first kind Tim and I ever had together, before we were even dating. Tim had saved that first bottle and made it into a lamp for me for our first Valentine’s Day and we put that wine bottle lamp out on the wine table with a sign about it.
At the end of the evening, we had a midnight dance party. My dad installed a disco ball in the ceiling of the living room and Tim DJ’d the dance. At about 3:30 in the morning Tim and I personally, finally, kicked out the last of our guests so we could go back to the hotel to sleep.
As far as parting insights, we were both surprised by how emotional the whole experience was. You plan so many details for so long, but you forget that you don’t get to plan how you’re going to feel! It was wonderful and amazing and difficult all at the same time to feel so much love in one day.
Thank you Karen for sending your beautiful images my way, and congratulations Greta and Tim! I wish you a lifetime of married bliss.
Photographer: Karen Feder Photography
Church: First Lutheran Church St. Peter, MN
Dinner location: Central Community Center
Food: St. Peter Food Co-op
Greta’s dress: bought at The Silhouette
Bridesmaids dresses: Rush’s Bridal
Men’s Clothing rental: Nutter’s
Wedding Rings: Waldeland Jewelers
Cupcakes: Chering Sweets
Beer: Ewing Brewing (website coming soon!)
Hair Stylist: Indulge Salon
Designer: Pettis Design
Jewelry: Waldeland Jewelers
Second Shooter: Stephanie Gullifer Photography
Image submission via Two Bright Lights