After Nick Heinze stumbled across Anne Cannon's online profile on two different social networking websites in one day (and noticed all of their mutual friends!), he decided the two were fated to meet. "Figuring he had nothing to lose, he was gutsy enough to take a leap of faith and ask me out," Anne says. "He was cute, witty, and brave! I said yes." That first date in June of 2013 led to many more and by October of 2014, Nick knew he had found the one. When the pair traveled to Healdsburg, California, for a wine country getaway, Nick took advantage of the beautiful backdrop and good wine, and popped the question at Nicholson Ranch. "We were overjoyed and spent the rest of the long weekend celebrating," Anne remembers.
With a late spring wedding in mind, the newly engaged couple wasted no time in booking Aster Caf&ecute; in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for their June 5, 2015, wedding. "Nick and I immediately knew we weren't going to have a cookie cutter wedding," Anne says. "Our vision from the beginning was to do an intimate ceremony and dinner with our family, then celebrate after with a big cocktail party with all of our friends." And they did just that! Read on to see how their vision came to life, as captured by Megan Daas Photography.
Anne admits she tackled quite a few DIY projects for the big day, but her most involved task was creating the couple's wedding invitations. She ordered the design from a stationer on Etsy and printed the files at home. But the project didn't stop there: the creative bride also hand-lined the envelopes with punchy paper from Paper Source, tied the invites and additional cards with thin gold twine, and used her newly-learned calligraphy skills to write addresses and escort cards.
The couple chose Aster Café mainly for its charming and non-traditional vibe. "We looked at a few meh venues before the Aster and once we saw it, we booked it on the spot," Anne says. "It overlooks the Mississippi River and the downtown skyline of Minneapolis. The building itself is in the historical district of St. Anthony Main, and the wall behind the bar is the oldest standing commercial wall in the city." With all that character comes some quirks, including recent rumors that the property may be home to a few spirits. "People say the venue is haunted since the nine bells on the wall have been known to ring on their own. They didn't ring for us!"
"I tried on a ton of dresses," Anne says. "I knew I wanted something timeless, simple, romantic, and somewhat fitted, but I didn't know the exact style I wanted." While she admits there were some styles she liked along the way, nothing spoke to her in the way she'd imagine her wedding dress would. When her best friend came into town, Anne decided to book another dress shopping appointment on a whim and tried on a strapless lace trumpet from Enzoani that she didn't want to take off.
Nick wore a classic navy suit from Banana Republic. Instead of giving each other wedding gifts, the bride and groom had the insides of their wedding bands engraved with their wedding date and messages to one another.
Anne carried a bouquet of white and blush flowers that she describes as both modern and whimsical. The mix included garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, anemones, asters, dahlias, freesia, wax flowers, succulents, and brunia berries.
Since the pair chose to host an intimate ceremony with just their family in attendance, they opted against having bridesmaids and groomsmen. Instead, Anne and Nick's nieces and nephews stood in as the bridal party, serving as flower girl, ring bearers, and an usher.
The ceremony was held on the patio of the Aster Café, beneath a wrought iron tent that was decorated with lanterns and arrangements of greenery. "We didn't write our own vows, but worked with our officiant to create a custom ceremony," Anne says. "We did chose two readings and did a blessing of the hands ritual. The ceremony itself was short and sweet and just what we wanted."
After the pair was officially announced husband and wife, they made their way back down the aisle to Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours."
The party moved indoors for a family-focused dinner. "We kept the reception super simple and decorated with lanterns, mercury glass vases, greenery, wood slabs, and arrangements of flowers," Anne says. There, everyone dined on charcuterie plates, cheese boards, salad, and artisan flatbreads before the reception opened up for a cocktail party with the couple's friends.
Passed appetizers and plenty of local microbrews were served up all evening long. Anne and Nick shared their first dance to the Ryan Adams classic "I Love You But I Don't Know What to Say" before their loved ones hit the dance floor. "Our DJ played a great mix of music for all ages," the bride remembers. "The dance floor was never empty."
Anne and Nick sliced into a single-tiered cutting cake before inviting their guests to enjoy Raspberry Royale, Bailey's Irish Cream, and vanilla bean cupcakes.
The pair celebrated their big day with an outdoorsy honeymoon in Bar Harbor, Maine. "We wanted to go somewhere new to us and a little off the grid, but that still had the opportunity to adventures and great dining." Trips to Acadia National Park, local hiking, and plenty of lobster made the trip totally memorable. "Don't overdo it and don't try to meet anyone else's expectations," Anne advises future couples. "It's easy to get carried away in the planning process but we thought it worked well to just keep it simple and true to who we are as a couple."
Venue & Catering: Aster Café || Wedding Coordinator: Meredith Meyer of Bride Support || Officiant: Minnesota Officiants || Bride's Wedding Dress: Enzoani || Hair & Makeup: Allison AuBuchon of Creative Beauté Agency || Groom's Attire: Banana Republic || Engagement Ring: Continental Diamond || Wedding Bands: Bergstrom Jewelers; Shane Co. || Flowers: Artemisia Studios || Invitations: Penny Black Post || Music: Instant Request || Cake & Cupcakes: Buttercream Cakes & Desserts || Rentals: Avant Decor || Accommodations: Loews Minneapolis || Photographer: Megan Daas Photography || Second Shooter: John Swee of Dodge Creative
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