Says Molly, “Growing up, I always dreamed of a classic, traditional wedding and looking at us as couple, we both tend to have a very traditional, classic style so it easily translated into our wedding. Location was something we knew right away being that I belonged to the Basilica and the groom grew up going there with his grandparents so it was an easy choice. It is such a naturally beautiful space that needs little décor for the ceremony to feel so special. And the aisle – talk about a dream aisle for a bride to walk down! The receptions site, Minikahda was also another easy choice. The previous spring, after dinner there with my girlfriends, Patrick surprised me with the perfect proposal on their rooftop deck (same location as our cocktail hour) so it seemed fitting to continue the wedding celebrations at the same site. From a décor perspective, the club has a very classic vibe which complemented our styles perfectly. The views of the city and lake are also breathtaking and we wanted our guests to be able to enjoy them as summers in MN are the best time. From a color perspective, I always wanted a clean color palette of ivory and greens but as a memory of the groom’s grandmother we added in some pale pinks which gave the perfect amount of depth for the flowers. Candles also were important- we wanted the room to feel warm and romantic as the night progressed.
Tell us about the moment you knew you had found your dress. When I had the sample dress flown up from Miami and saw the fabric, I absolutely fell in love. I knew I wanted something simple and elegant but with great fabric interest and this dress felt perfect. With the addition of the extended train, I couldn’t imagine anything different and knew this one was it. Molly and Patrick’s Love Story | We actually met on the app Hinge! We were each other’s first dates from the app. We had our first date at Dunn Brothers and immediately hit it off, sitting there for a few hours just talking. My only hesitation post first date was that he was too short (he is my height) and too old … but at the same time, there was just something different about him and a second date was for sure in our future. I would say about after our third date over donuts and coffee both of us wanted to make sure things kept going in the right direction. Everything seemed easy, light and fun. We started spending more time together going out for dinners, walking around the lakes with his dog, traveling, golfing once it was nice out and spending time with our family and friends. Naturally things just kept getting better and the closer we got, we knew we wanted to spend forever with each other.
A few special touches that we loved were having my dad’s wedding band on my bouquet so that a part of him could be with me as I walked down the aisle, the surprise bagpiper for Patrick after the ceremony and having our guests line the stairs as we exited the church, having Clark, our dog, join us for photographs, the pre-dinner dance for our guests and the time we put into the flowers.
Favorite memories? Patrick’s favorite memory is when the back doors of the Basilica opened and I started walking down the aisle. Since we didn’t do a first look, mine would be the time just the two of us had upstairs at Minikahda during cocktail hour. Others are the energetic dance floor, sitting at our head table looking out and seeing everyone enjoying themselves, my mom’s mother of the bride speech and cutting the cake. Advice? Communication is key throughout the whole process. If there is something you are on the fence about for the day, never hesitate to change it. Lastly, doing a mock-up of the flowers was one of the best decisions we made! It allowed us to see what the tables would look like the day of and make any necessary changes – for us, we decided more candles and more flowers!
Credits: Wedding planning and Event design: Mother of the Bride | Photographer: Liz Banfield | Wedding gown designer: Rosa Clara | Wedding gown shop: The White Room | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: JB Hudson | Bridesmaid dress: After Six | Groom and groomsmen attire: Hubert White | Invitations: Bean & Ro | Calligraphy: Rosann Konieczny | Floral design: Sadie’s Floral | Ceremony: Basilica of St. Mary | Reception Venue: Minikahda Club | Cake: the country cupboard | Entertainment – Ceremony & Cocktail Hour: CBOEntertainment – Reception: CBO (Casablanca Orchestra) | Hair & Makeup: Tina Beaupre (Make-up), Julie Swenson and Primped (Hair) | Rentals: Après Event Décor & Tent Rental