Lake Minnetonka Residence // Anna & Chris

Happy anniversary to Anna + Chris! This lovely couple met in 2013 and felt an instant connection and trust for each other. After a few dates, Chris met Anna's close-knit family and was adored by all of them. He soon joined family cabin trips and annual vacations. Once Chris received the blessing from Anna's family, he proposed on a family trip to Istanbul {with the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia as the backdrop!} 

They knew they wanted to wed in Minnesota, and chose a personal and special place, Anna's father's home on Lake Minnetonka, where she grew up. Anna was unsure of what she wanted but was drawn to Gatsby design and lots of greenery. We pinpointed the perfect style for her wedding:  black-and-white stripe with lots of greenery which we carried through the linens and dance floor. Anna's family even decided to paint the pool to match the theme! We then incorporated pops of greens and yellows to bring some warmth with a stunning ombre ruffled cake, floral chandeliers and centerpieces. They wanted a casual and fun feel for their wedding, so in place of a formal sit-down dinner, they opted for lots of lounge seating and food stations that offered kebabs, sliders, and late-night snacks.

Not only did they style their wedding perfectly, but they added breathtaking details including a hookah tent with exotic accents {"As a nod to Instabul", says Anna} and a fireworks show toward the end of the night! Anna + Chris completed their special day by wading into the black-and-white family pool and shortly thereafter had friends and family join the fun. “It seemed like a moment out of some commercial, where you’re like, ‘People don’t do that, that’s not real, no one would do that... Well, we did that!” Chris told Mpls. St. Paul Weddings Magazine, which featured the wedding.

See the photos of the gorgeous couple {with Anna in her Anne Barge gown} and their special day below!

Vendor Credits:
Design & Week-Of Coordination: Style-Architects Weddings + Events
Photography: Photogen, Inc.
Photo Booth: Time Into Pixels
Venue: Lake Minnetonka Private Residence
Catering: CRAVE Catering
Cakes/Desserts: Cocoa & Fig
Florals: Munster Rose
Linens:  Linen Effects
Brides Dress: Anne Barge // Posh Bridal Couture
Hair + Makeup: Emily J
Event Rental: Après Party and Tent Rental, Metro Connections
Lighting: Phos Events
Band:  Bluewater Kings Band
String Quartet:  Lake Minnetonka String Quartet
Transportation:  Schmitty & Sons