We Got Married & It Was Awesome!

Hanging out on the Foshay's observation deck | W Hotel - MPLS - Wedding

Hanging out on the Foshay’s observation deck | W Hotel – MPLS – Wedding

Hey Eleanor accidentally turned into a wedding blog over the past few months, but that’s just because I got married.

 

Marriage is no joke.

I don’t think I need to explain why it’s scary. However, I’m feeling very confident that Josh & I are a good match. We’re not expecting perfection, but I think we’ve got a solid foundation. We really, really, really like each other. Plus, he’s so handsome.

In the months leading up to the wedding, I maybe got six hours of sleep total. I stressed out over the amount of money spent on one party, the fact that our venue didn’t have air conditioning, the weather (we were to have an outdoor cocktail hour), not to mention that whole part where I needed to spill my guts out to the man I love in front of 250 people. No pressure.

Just hanging on in a NE Minneapolis parking lot in fancy clothes | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

Just hanging on in a NE Minneapolis parking lot in fancy clothes | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

Everything I feared might go wrong did go wrong.

It not only poured rain, but so much so that the shuttle bringing our guests to the hotel had to pull over on I-94 because the driver couldn’t see the road. We postponed the ceremony until those guests arrived, which was about an hour late. 

The heat? Brutal. The humidity? Even worse. They could’ve held a hot yoga class in the there. I’ve never been so sweaty in my life.

Realest moments of my wedding | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

Realest moments of my wedding | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

Other highlights?

The kitchen equipment showed up three hours late, the decorations we made fell apart en route to the gym, a wedding guest had to leave directly from the ceremony to the ER (they’re fine, btw), and by the end of the night, the bottom eight inches of my dress looked the color of a chalkboard. 

Guess what.

It was the greatest party ever. Could not have cared less about my destroyed dress, the rain actually seemed to unify the crowd, the food was great and that whole starting the wedding an hour late business? We just opened the bar early and everyone was thrilled.

Conclusion: If you’re focused on all the things not going as planned during your wedding, you are doing it wrong! Let it go, it’ll be fine, focus on having fun…

It’s just a party.

(Albeit the most expensive one you’ve probably ever thrown.)

Our good lookin' wedding party | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

Our good lookin’ wedding party | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

Confession: I love stalking wedding photos on the internet.

Sometimes I’m all, “awwwww….”, and other times I’m all “ahahahahahahahawkward!” At any rate, I figured I should share a sampling of pics for my fellow wedding photo stalkers. You know who you are. Enjoy.  

Maybe not everyone's style, but we loved this! | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

Maybe not everyone’s style, but we loved this! | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

Obligatory emotional dad pic. Love this one! | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

Obligatory emotional dad pic. Love this one! | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

My Godfajah sharing a few words. | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

My Godfajah sharing a few words. | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

The kiss. | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

The kiss. | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

Let's party!  | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

Let’s party!  | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

Uncle Mike. Muncle. Miguel del Lago. Uncle Pike. | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

Uncle Mike. Muncle. Miguel del Lago. Uncle Pike. | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

That's a lot of friends! | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

That’s a lot of friends! | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

Twilight, rainbows, puddles, artsy stuff | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

Twilight, rainbows, puddles, artsy stuff | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

Realest moments of my wedding: dirty dress. | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

Realest moments of my wedding: dirty dress. | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

Flower stash | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

Flower stash | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

Pies from Turtle Bread | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

Pies from Turtle Bread | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

Our first dance. | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

Our first dance. | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

Dancing with my dad | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

Dancing with my dad | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

Josh & Moomsie | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

Josh & Moomsie | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

Dance time | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding - MPLS

Dance time | Uppercut Boxing Gym Wedding – MPLS

Huge thanks to Jonny Edwin & his beautiful wife Liz for the kickass photos. If you’re getting married, you should hire them. Srsly. 

A big shout out to The Bash Collective, who planned & styled our wedding. It was worth every penny! I did not worry about a thing the day of the wedding, thanks in huge part to Alyson & her team. They did a fabulous job. 

Other amazin’ vendors:

Excellent grub by Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen. Pulled pork & chicken, watermelon salad, a smattering of different BBQ sauces, corn bread, plus an appetizer spread to die for (Thai chili shrimp, chicken satay, homemade hummus & pita chips… dude!). Their cucumber-mint lemonade, spiked with vodka, disappeared faster under-agers at a cop-busted house party. Brian & his team from Liquid Motion were a delight to work with & seemed genuinely happy to be there. One of our guests that’s a veteran bartender even commented what a great job they did. 

Matt Kotefka: wedding DJ. I’ve known Matt since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. He’s one of the greatest guys ever & his DJing skills are second to none. Do you want people to mill about your wedding and not dance? Great! Make a playlist on your iPod! Do you want people to dance at your wedding? Hire Matt

Our last minute decision to hire the Traveling Photo Booth was a total WIN! So fun & a great alternative to a guestbook. Videographer? Mariah Harrison all the way. Just saw our highlight reel today & it’s so great.

I got my Justin Alexander dress at Bridal Accents Couture (not to be confused with Jason Alexander), but the ladies at A Stitch Above the Rest are the ones who really made it special. There alterations were perfect, they were so nice to work with. I had zero reservations leaving my dress in their hands. And the shoes? Clark’s. I know. I know! Friggin’ Clarks!

My coworker Madeleine did our gorgeous flowers. Though she only does a few weddings a year, the girl knows her stuff! Marissa Rasmusson, my hair stylist and friend, made my hair look like a million bucks; makeup by Alison Schlak (nailed it!). 

If you’ve always wanted to get married in a boxing gym, check out Uppercut.  

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Have a wedding “disaster” that turned out to be not so bad after all? Share in the comments. And if the disaster actually was that bad? Share in the comments!

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Comments (5)

  • Jordan Dockendorf 3 years ago Reply

    Gorgeous! As one wedding photo voyeur to another, the photography is absolutely beautiful. Also, I want to hang out with your dad. He seems awesome.

    molly mogren katt 3 years ago Reply

    Thanks:) My dad is awesome! And I am so happy with our pics (even though the florescent lights meant crummy lighting… Jonny did a great job working around it.) Super thrilled that they aren’t too posed or use weird props like ornate indoor furniture brought outdoors and, I don’t know, taxidermy or something. Although i do love taxidermy!

  • Shannon K 2 years ago Reply

    I am looking to have our wedding reception at UpperCut gym and looking for someone who has had one there before for some first hand advice!!! Help???

    Shannon K 2 years ago Reply

    Your wedding looked amazing, "issues" and all!! if you can give some advice please email me smhtimes2@gmail.com Thanks!

  • Tammy Kriz 1 year ago Reply

    I followed your courtship with Josh to your wedding on the GoForkYourself, feel like you let us all in on such a special time!! Please get your podcast back up and running, miss you and Andrew!!

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