Ah, the feeling of the first days of summer... the way it greets you with a warm, welcoming hug and rosy burnt noses, then whispering a lingering promise of the beautiful days ahead. A slight breeze and the beaming light, it's the beginning of a season that encourages you to slip on your sandals and sundresses that had been tucked away all winter long. It's a wonderful, long-awaited excitement, right?!
Summer––especially here in Minnesota––paints a picture of lounging shoreside and diving into the lake before retreating for an afternoon nap on the dock, clutching an ice cold lemonade in your hand.
Minnesotan's love for the lake life has been playing into the increasingly popular style of lakeside weddings. And we wanted to provide the inspiration! Snagging the Forever Bride team and a handful of our incredibly talented + kind wedding vendors, we boated to an island in the middle of Lake Minnetonka.
P.S. Feel free to sneak behind-the-scenes look of this styled shoot.
Freezing the beautiful + inspiring moments in time, Aminda Villa captured it beautifully and we are proud to present this Yacht Club-Inspired Wedding + Pops of Peonies. So with that, let's cannonball right into the waters of this shoot, soak in the wedding inspiration, all while introducing you to the incredible team of vendors that made this Forever Bride styled shoot possible.
Bella on the Bay's soft makeup let the bride, Emma Brekhus shine + highlight her natural beauty.
Forever Bride Deal: Mention Forever Bride when you call to book your bridal party spa day and get a complimentary express facial for the bride.
Sweeping the bride's hair to the side, Bella on the Bay let some curled pieces of strands fall to the side, while polishing it off with a beautiful pin.
Yupp, we're in love...
Look at that shining beauty! Princess Jewelry sure knows how to create unique + timeless engagement rings and wedding bands. MY OH MY!
Forever Bride Deal: Get your wedding rings and we'll add a free titanium sports band. For any wedding bands purchased over $400, receive one free sports band with purchase.
THAT ARCH. THOSE FLOWERS. THIS COUPLE. Wow!
The boats at the Minnetonka Yacht Club served as the perfect backdrop. The sails reflected in the water, the grass was colored a vivid green, and the trees provided a soft shade.
And can we talk about the florals for a minute? (Or for the rest of our lives...but seriously, just LOOK at that bouquet!) Bachman's absolutely nailed it with the bright pops of peonies. The day was warm and summer-y, and the florals only added to that bright + cheery style. SO STUNNING.
Contact Bachman's for their latest Forever Bride deal!
Are weddings even complete without signage? (Our answer: no.) Bubbly Vibes is a great place to find these style of wedding signs. And the best part about them is you can create your own! Bubbly Vibes hosts pallet classes for bachelorette parties where you each can paint your own rustic wood pallet and then bring them home to enjoy and decorate with. How cool + fun is that?!
Forever Bride Deal: Grab 9 Friends to join you (at the pallet class...great idea for your bachelorette party) and your pallet board is free!
A popcorn buffet?! YES PLEASE! The popcorn, steak, rice, shrimp, etc. was provided by The Caterers. Not only was the food delicious, but it all photographed so well! (Keep scrolling and you'll see just what we mean!)
Forever Bride Deal: Book a private event at The Caterers Kitchen in Hopkins and each of your guests receive a complimentary drink! Min. $1000.00.
And of course, the food, dessert, and tablescapes wouldn't be possible without Aprés Event Decor & Tent Rental.
Forever Bride Deal: Mention Forever Bride when you contact Après to receive 10% off rentals.
What has four legs, a wet nose, and a curly fur coat? Finley the Fluff! (And yes, he has his own Instagram account here!)
YES!!! All those pink + coral hues are giving us life! And nothing says "Minnesota summer" more than white wooden chairs seated by the lake. And we have an incredible company to thank for being the styling eye of this dreamy day––Planning, styling, and designing was all executed by the lovely Poppati Weddings & Events. They took a summer-y vision and fully brought it to life––and more!
Forever Bride Deal: 10% off planning packages!
The shoot's bold tones + florals were reflected in the invitation suite, created by Kristina Designz.
Forever Bride Deal: Free wedding logo | monogram design with the purchase of wedding invites!
Our mouth is watering over this delicious cake by Jo Garrison Cakes.
Forever Bride Deal: Book your wedding cake and get a box of free breakfast pastries for you're bridal party the morning of you wedding!
How fun + beautiful was that? Don't forget to boat on over to the behind-the-scenes of this styled shoot, shot by the insanely talented Katy Rose Photo (who, by the way, is offering a special Forever Bride deal, as well... details here.)
Oh my... what a beautiful styled shoot! Thank you to our fabulous team of vendors + your incredible talent. We are so lucky to have you!
photography // Aminda Villa
bts photography // Katy Rose Photo
videography // We Do Wedding Videography
bts videography // Logan Chelmo
gowns // Wedding Shoppe
floral // Bachman's
hair + makeup // Bella on the Bay
stationery // Kristina Designz
catering // The Caterers
groom // Kaleb Smith
dog // Finley the Fluff
bride // Emma Brekhus
planning, styling + design // Poppati Weddings & Events
suits // Martin Patrick 3
jewelry // Princess Jewelry
cake // Jo Garrison Cakes
decor // Aprés Event Decor & Tent Rental
wood signage // Bubbly Vibes
venue // Minnetonka Yacht Club