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Anne & Jim’s Intimate Minnesota Wedding

Ely, Minnesota

Wedding Date: September 4, 2010

Number of Guests: Approximately 49 and a dog

Wedding Cost: Around $5,000 (maybe a little less)

Wedding Ceremony Location: Jim’s family cabin

Wedding Reception Location: Jim’s family cabin

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bride in canoe

bride and groom on dock

bride and groom paddle rattle

bride and groom overlooking lake at sunset

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

It fit out personalities.  We don’t like being the center of attention and wanted family and friends around. We thought this would be a great chance to have a weekend of fun and get people together.

bride and groom at lake

overlooking the lake

reception dinner at the lake

cabin overlooking lake

bride and groom and guests - cabin

bride, groom and guests at cabin wedding

bride and maid of honour

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

There weren’t many challenges. Our friends and family were happy to help us. My friends helped set up the morning of wedding.

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long table setting

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groom's place setting

bride and maid of honor getting ready

getting ready

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

It was not that hard for me. I knew where to draw the line.  Jim had a harder time.

the guest list

guest book instructions

guest well wishes

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Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family?

Not really. Jim’s mom would’ve liked to invite more of her friends and family.

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Rustic Minnesota wedding

Rustic Minnesota wedding

If so, how did you address them?

It wasn’t an issue. Everyone respected our decision.

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What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Being in a small area surrounded by family and friends. The ceremony was perfect. The photos describe it all.

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Rustic Minnesota wedding

Rustic Minnesota wedding

Rustic Minnesota wedding

What were the highlights of the reception?

Everyone being together. It fit our style (no dancing).  People sat together by the fire, took photos in the photo booth, etc.  It was a fun, casual feeling.

paper cartoon cake topper

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Rustic Minnesota wedding

Rustic Minnesota wedding

table bunting

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paper cake topper

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Minnesota cabin wedding

wedding bonfire

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

We left the evening feeling like it was a great success. We got to talk to everyone!  We made it “us”.  Everyone who has looked at the photos said they loved it and knew it was us.

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What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Just do what feels right. It will all fall into place.

Minnesota cabin wedding

Minnesota cabin wedding

Minnesota cabin wedding

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Vendors:

 

Reception dinner: Grand Ely Lodge

Cake: Bride’s Aunt Judy

Location: Family cabin in Ely

Flowers: Mom’s garden, Minneapolis Farmers Market Friday before the wedding

Bride dress: My mom made from my g-ma’s dress

Groom: Boss suit from Macy’s

Witnesses: Sister, Ann Taylor Loft dress / Seth wore his own suit

Photographer: Tanveer Badal Photography