No one would have blamed Angela Joy Brusegar for wanting to play the diva at her wedding. After all, she’d spent years working as a back-up vocalist for the likes of Chaka Khan and Jessica Simpson, all the while dreaming of a grand celebration peopled with everyone she’d ever known—should the right man come along. He finally did, in the form of M. Leon Seard, a doctor she met in her adopted city, Los Angeles. But when it came time to plan her hometown nuptials in Minneapolis, Angela Joy rethought her diva-esque dreams and realized that she wanted a more intimate (and affordable) affair.

A sunset-hued fall wedding infused with song and spirit by the Mississippi River

No one would have blamed Angela Joy Brusegar for wanting to play the diva at her wedding. After all, she’d spent years working as a back-up vocalist for the likes of Chaka Khan and Jessica Simpson, all the while dreaming of a grand celebration peopled with everyone she’d ever known—should the right man come along. He finally did, in the form of M. Leon Seard, a doctor she met in her adopted city, Los Angeles. But when it came time to plan her hometown nuptials in Minneapolis, Angela Joy rethought her diva-esque dreams and realized that she wanted a more intimate (and affordable) affair.

The wedding party romps in the leaves, the bride in a crystal-embellished satin wedding dress by Maggie Sottero, her attendants in silk-shantung dresses by Aria. Their bouquets were created from flowers purchased at a farmer's market.