Paige and David’s Intimate Summer Wedding in Stillwater, MN
Who said rain has to put a damper on a wedding day? Paige and David’s Camrose Hill Flower Farm wedding will show you just how gorgeous a rainy day wedding can really be! The farm’s lush gardens serve as a beautiful and natural background element to weddings days at the venue. Despite the fact that there were nearly all-day thunderstorms, outdoor portraits remained important to the couple. Being the troopers that they are, Paige and David were all for a rainy first look and portraits (with umbrellas of course!).
Ceremony at Camrose Hill Flower Farm
Because of the the storms, plans changed a bit and the two celebrated their ceremony in at the venue’s historical barn.
Rainy Wedding Reception
Event coordinator, Laine, owner of Laine Palm Designs, kept the day moving smoothly despite the downpours and brought together elements that were important to Paige and David including a simple, minimal design with an abundance of greenery.
Paige explains her wedding day inspiration:
“The theme to our wedding was simplicity. The colors we had were very neutral and didn’t hold tight to any one color scheme,” Paige said. “I gave all my bridesmaids a color swatch and told them to choose a dress they liked that fit them well. The venue was so incredibly beautiful on it’s own that the neutrals against the greenery turned out more perfectly than I could’ve imagined.”
Q & A with the Bride:
What were some special parts of the wedding day?
Getting ready with all my best friends, David’s first look with his best man (surprise to David), the whole ceremony, and then seeing everyone at the reception. We kept the guest list small which allowed us time to really see everyone that came which made the day super special. For our dessert we rented an ice cream truck! MN Nice Cream did such a great job.
What role did florals play in your wedding day design?
Our venue was actually a flower farm that is owned by a florist company so florals were really the main part of our décor, and let me tell you, they blew my socks off with the work they did. Everything from the bouquets, to the tables, to our arch, to the ceiling of the tent looked incredible. They also had the most beautiful gardens on the property and they take great care of all of them. Cindy, the owner, actually moved some large ferns I liked from the spot we would’ve been married at outside to inside the barn because of the rain.
How did you both choose your wedding day look?
I went dress shopping with my mom and sister at A&Be Bridal and chose my dress on the first go and then made myself stay off Pinterest so I wouldn’t second guess it. It was completely different from what I thought I would choose. I wore a geometric lace, trumpet shaped dress. My dress had an off white tone to it so we chose a navy suit for David. He and his groomsmen actually went shopping and found a really classic suit.
Tell us your love story!
David and I met our freshman year of college at a frat party. Like Rihanna would say, “we found love in a hopeless place.” He got my number and we chatted on and off for about nine months before we went on our first date. Not a super exciting story, but we’ve been together ever since. The day of the proposal was rainy and cloudy. We went out for lunch and then went for a walk with the dogs in Lester Park. It was incredibly humid (swollen chubby fingers) and I had bright blue nail polish on, which I intended to have changed to a nicer color for the next weekend, because we were going away and I thought we’d be getting engaged then. He had the ring on our dog’s collar, he got down on one knee, and I remember not one single word he said. We popped champagne with our friends and family that night. It was a perfect day.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
Seeing David for the first time. I’m so happy we ended up doing the first look. We debated for a long time whether or not we were going to, but in the end, I’m so glad we did. It helped me to be much calmer going into the ceremony.
Do you have any wedding advice for other couples?
I think the most important thing is to go in knowing that not everything is going to go the way you have it in your head. Invest in good vendors and appreciate everything everyone does not only that day, but every day leading up to it. We had the greatest year of showers and parties and having all of our people around. Your attitude on the day will directly impact the amount of fun everyone has, and the amount of fun you have, so don’t ruin such a special day being stressed about perfection. Also, invest in a good photographer because even if you can’t afford a Pinterest wedding, they’ll make it look like you can.
Thank you Paige and David for having me be part of your beautiful wedding day. I look back on this day with big heart eyes about how perfectly it all came together. Cheers to a long and adventure-filled future together!
Venue: Camrose Hill Flower Farm
Coordinator: Laine Palm Designs
Florist: Camrose Hill Flowers
Dress Designer and Shop: Wtoo by Watters at A & Be Bridal
Makeup: Emile Freitag
Hair: Jenna Grayson
Dessert: MN Nice Cream
Music: Adagio Events
Videographer: Eirik O’keefe Bratli
Photographer: Marit Williams Photography