What a special day for a special couple who found love after loss. Both the bride and groom were widowed, living in the same neighborhood, but didn't know each other. They met while out walking their respective dogs, and the rest is history!

Deb and Ian had recently joined Lafayette Club and were excited to plan their big day for August 2020. Plans were moving along smoothly when a little something called Covid hit. Still, in March, an August wedding seemed as if it would be fine. Fifteen days to flatten the curve, right?! 

Wrong. As their date approached, the restrictions on gatherings continued, guests cancelled travel plans, and things looked very different than we had anticipated. Still, love conquers all! The couple went ahead with a more intimate event, and they were blessed with a glorious day. For their outdoor ceremony, they chose to rent our 12' high custom-made wooden cross as the backdrop. A live brass quintet and communion for all of their guests were highlights of the ceremony. 

Postponing their bigger celebration until 2021 meant that they would forego the ballroom and use Lafayette's smaller Lakeview Room as their reception space. Westdale Floral created the garland which graced the cross. We brought it inside after the ceremony to adorn their half-round sweetheart table.

The table arrangements included dramatic high florals on rented silver risers. The bride chose gray, navy and white linens with silver accents to coordinate with her theme. Silver compotes added a classic element and were complemented with table numbers that we created using our simple acrylic frames, featuring a Lake Minnetonka watercolor from Milestone Press which the couple used in their invitations and programs.

The quintet played as guests enjoyed dinner and especially the outdoor terrace. A highlight of any outdoor area is the addition of our "Mr. & Mrs." cornhole game! The weather was perfect for guests to relax on the terrace and celebrate this happy event in the midst of a chaotic year.