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April 17, 2019

Downtown Minneapolis Wedding at Day Block Event Center

Minneapolis Weddings

Looking back on these photos from Tracy and Matt’s warm summer wedding has me so excited for this upcoming wedding season (and summer nights out in downtown Minneapolis)! As a photographer herself, Tracy knew exactly what she wanted and together she and Matt had every little detail planned for their magical wedding day.

Matt and Tracy’s Wedding Day

Just like the couple themselves, Tracy and Matt wanted an elegant and timeless wedding. When the planning began for their downtown Minneapolis wedding last summer they knew they wanted it to be in a place that reflected them as a couple. And with a desire to have minimal decor, they wanted a venue that spoke for itself.

First Look at Courtyard Marriott Minneapolis

Tracy had a first look with both her dad and Matt at the Courtyard Marriott Minneapolis Hotel where they got ready for the day. In front of a gorgeous wall of green vines, they saw each other for the first time and had some sweet quiet moments before we headed to St. Andrew Lutheran Church for bridal party and family (and puppy!) portraits. The two made it official at their church with a beautiful ceremony surrounded by their closest friends and family.

Wedding ring photo for downtown minneapolis wedding at day block event center
handdrawn invitation suite for wedding next to a macro earring photo
Bride in silk light blue robe drinking pink rose champagne on wedding day morning at courtyard by marriott hotel in downtown minneapolis
bridesmaids in white silk robes with bride in blue silk lace robe drinking champagne out of rose gold yeti wine glasses
Mother of bride helping bride into dress and cape in marriott courtyard in downtown Minneapolis wedding
bride getting ready with mom at downtown minneapolis hotel courtyard marriott
Eucalyptus wedding bouquet courtyard marriott downtown minneapolis wedding day
bride with bridesmaids in silk robes at Eucalyptus wedding bouquet courtyard marriott downtown minneapolis wedding day
Groom getting tie on and reading letter from bride at courtyard marriott downtown minneapolis wedding day
Bride and father first look at ourtyard marriott downtown minneapolis wedding day
First look at ourtyard marriott downtown minneapolis wedding day
First look at ourtyard marriott downtown minneapolis wedding day
First look portraits at ourtyard marriott downtown minneapolis wedding day
Wedding pictures of bride and groom at ourtyard marriott downtown minneapolis wedding day
Bridal portraits of tracy with lace long sleeve dress and veil picture at St. Andrew Lutheran Church Minnesota
Wedding day portraits of bride and groom at St. Andrew Lutheran Church Minnesota
traditional bride and groom portraits at St. Andrew Lutheran Church Minnesota
Wedding day photos of bride and groom with their white golden doodle dog
Bride and groom wedding day picture with golden doodle dog
laughing bridal party pictures in steel blue long dresses
laughing bridal party pictures in steel blue long dresses
laughing bridal party pictures in steel blue long dresses next to groomsmen walking picture
Formal bridal party portrait bridesmaids in blue dresses groomsmen in navy suits
Formal family portraits outside on cloudy wedding day
groom waiting for bride to walk down the aisle at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Minnesota
flower girls walking down the aisle in pink and gold dress at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Minnesota
bride walking down the aisle with father cute at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Minnesota
couple getting married at ceremony at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Minnesota
Just married picture of bride and groom walking back down aisle at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Minnesota

Reception at Day Block Event Center

Tracy and Matt chose Day Block Event Center as their reception venue and it was the perfect backdrop for their celebration. The simplicity of the lofted venue allowed their love and natural-toned florals and decor to be the main focus of the day. The two met out after a Twins baseball game and enjoy visiting local breweries so a venue that is part of a brewery was quite fitting!

Table setting and decorations at Day Block Event Center
at Day Block Event Center

Brewery Wedding Details

Handcrafted and sentimental touches were found throughout the wedding day. Tying into their love of exploring local breweries, table numbers were tucked into cans from some of their favorite spots. Tracy also had her niece draw the two of them as bride and groom for the front of their ceremony program (image below!). A giant Jenga set was made to serve as a guest book for all who attended to sign and leave messages on.

Wedding at Day Block Event Center table settings at loft with beer can table numbers
Bucket of wine and champagne at Day block event center wedding day
table settings at decoration picture at day block event center wedding in minneapolis
bride crying during father's toast at dayblock event center wedding
toasts at day block event center in minneapolis
bride and groom smiling at each other during toasts at day block event center wedding

Sunset Portraits on The Rooftop of Day Block Event Center

After a delicious dinner and heart-felt toasts by family and friends, we snuck away to the rooftop for sunset portraits of their downtown Minneapolis wedding. Tracy and Matt practiced their first dance and had a few moments of alone time before heading back inside for for the party! Day Block has some of my favorite views of downtown. The way the sun sets over the cityscape makes for some ultra romantic golden hour photos!

wedding pictures on day block event center rooftop in front of minneapolis downtown skyline
wedding pictures on day block event center rooftop in front of minneapolis downtown skyline
wedding pictures on day block event center rooftop in front of minneapolis downtown skyline with US Bank Stadium Vikings behind them

Question and Answer From The Bride Herself

Q: Tell us about the proposal.

A: Matt is really good at finding fun things for us to do….he planned an entire day of fun from breakfast to dinner filled in-between with the things we enjoy doing together!! He waited until the end to propose of course!

Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A: It was really important to get married in a church and to us that was a very special start to our marriage!

Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

A: Try to keep it as simple as possible, book a venue that speaks for itself so you can have minimal extras to worry about. Have someone help keep track of your timeline/wedding party so you can have less stress on your wedding day. Allow enough time for everything-carefully think out the timeline.

Father daughter and mother son dance at day block event center wedding
First dance window light at day block event center

Thank you Matt and Tracy for having me be there to capture your wedding day. I’ve loved getting to know you over the past year and am so excited to see where your adventure takes your family!

Wedding Day Vendor List

Venue | Day Block Event Center
Hotel | Courtyard Marriott Minneapolis
Church | St. Andrew Lutheran Church
Dress | Flutter Boutique
Catering | Big 10 Catering and DiGidios
Florals | Henry Girls Floral and Garden

Marit Williams is a fine art wedding photographer located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To work with together, please fill out my contact form here.

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