After an online dating site first matched Anna Kohler with Dov Kesten on September 1, 2011, it didn't take her long to learn that he is the type of man who loves surprises. Three years later, in January of 2014, Dov came home with a few: He gave Anna two bouquets of roses and tulips before getting down on one knee and asking her to be his wife. As if that wasn't shocking enough for the elated bride-to-be, Dov had a few more tricks up his sleeve. After the couple shared a celebratory dinner, the groom-to-be revealed that the bride's parents had flown in from Florida and Minnesota and were waiting to share in the excitement. But the surprises didn't end there. He had also planned an impromptu engagement party with a crowd of their closest friends nearby.
Although the couple lives in New York City, they knew they wanted to tie the knot in Minneapolis, Minnesota, so Anna teamed up with local wedding planner Amy Zaroff Events + Designs to coordinate a flower-focused party at the Depot Renaissance on June 13, 2015. The details of their timeless, romantic, and the flower-filled wedding day were captured by La de Da Photography.
Anna had a clear vision for her wedding day; she knew she wanted a romantic fairytale setting, complete with chandeliers and tons of flowers. "I wanted our guests to feel like they were stepping into a floral garden," Anna says. So the couple introduced their flowering vision in their wedding invitations, created by Red Bliss Design. The elegant white, blush, and gold suite was finished with either a bright floral liner or a chic foil interpretation of the same pattern.
Despite their Minneapolis wedding venue, the couple wasn't ready to leave the Big Apple entirely behind, so they chose to bring a New York City vibe to their midwest bash. And it was all-too-easy considering the Depot Renaissance had once been a train station. "Think New York City's Grand Central Station's main terminal on a smaller scale," Anna says of their inspiration.
The most important part of wedding dress shopping for Anna was that she find a look that stayed true to her personal style. When she put on this Vera Wang gown, the bride says she immediately felt like herself. Anna fell in love with the button detail on the back of the dress and the subtle floral design throughout.
She finished her look with a beaded belt, a delicately embellished hair clip, a pair of diamond earrings from her parents, and Manolo Blahnik shoes.
The bride carried an utterly romantic arrangement of blush peonies and garden roses.
Dov went custom for his tuxedo, choosing a classic look from Brooks Brothers with a patterned blue liner. His wedding day attire was completed with the addition of a blush ranunculus boutonniere and Salvatore Ferragamo shoes.
The couple's wedding party looked incredible in a mix of long blush gowns and timeless tuxedos. Anna's bridesmaids' blush Amsale gowns featured mismatched necklines, ensuring that every lady felt comfortable in her dress. Each 'maid carried a small bouquet of white peonies. To help cut costs for his attendants, Dov instructed his groomsmen to wear their own tuxedos, which they paired with matching black satin bow ties, cufflinks, and studs from Men's Wearhouse.
As the bridal party posed for photos in front of Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, one of Dov's groomsmen waved down the driver of a black Thunderbird convertible that was passing by. Before the couple knew what was happening, the driver had parked his classic car and the entire group started posing for photos around it. "It ended up looking so cool, a very happy coincidence and a perfect example of 'Minnesota Nice'", Anna says.
The bride's parents walked her down an aisle lined with rose petals as a live band performed an instrumental version of "Staralfur" by Sigur Rós. Anna's bouquet of peonies and roses matched the flowers on the couple's chuppah. Although the bride and groom didn't recite them during the ceremony, they did write vows that they shared privately after the big day.
After the beautiful ceremony, guests moved to the cocktail hour in the venue's Winter Garden room, where they were greeted by some of the most stunning florals they'd see all day. One thousand roses were hung from the space's tall ceilings and guests moved beneath the floral installation as they collected their escort cards from a dramatic table that had been covered with colorful blooms.
Tented white escort cards were calligraphed in gilded ink, instructing guests where to sit inside the reception space.
The floral theme continued inside the reception room, where tables were covered with tall and low centerpieces comprised of peonies and roses. The arrangements looked stunning beneath the venue's crystal chandeliers.
After dinner, the crowd dug into the couple's four-tiered wedding cake, which incorporated lace piping and hand painted flowers, as well as the couple's monogram painted in rose gold on the top tier.
The couple and their 250 guests danced the night away while a 14-piece band called Rhythm Collective performed top hits. But the celebration didn't end when the band stopped playing: Everyone headed to the after party, where they enjoyed chicken and waffles with the bride and groom.
Venue & Catering: The Depot Renaissance || Wedding Planner: Amy Zaroff Events + Design || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Hair & Makeup: Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers || Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Flowers: Arts & Flowers Design Studio || Invitations: Red Bliss Design || Music: Rhythm Collective || Cake: Gateaux Inc. || Rentals: Linen Effects || Videographer: Larson Filmworks || Photographer: La de Da Photography
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