Today’s charming Minneapolis wedding comes to us from Jeff Loves Jessica, who I hope we’ll be seeing lots more of soon! Nora and Reed’s wedding is a perfect blend of bright, modern style and nostalgic details…

Despite the drizzly weather, Nora and Reed took portraits at one of their favorite hangouts, Lake Calhoun.

Reed’s favorite moment of the day? “Skipping down the aisle to I’ve Just Seen a Face with my new wife.”

Nora and Reed chose an utterly unique wedding venue: a boxing gymnasium! Says Reed, “Nora and I wanted an opportunity to create something unique. Other venues were nice, but Uppercut really gave us a chance to create something special. We both wanted a warehouse vibe, but weren’t finding the right mix of size and flexibility, at a reasonable cost, in other more traditional warehouse spaces.”

How awesome is this custom chalkboard sign? So perfect for the gymnasium setting!

The bride and groom planned to take a delayed honeymoon, so they asked guests to share their favorite travel spots to help them decide where to go (the map also doubled as a guest book!).

Reed kindly answered some questions for us about the day!

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Looking back on how everything came together, the greatest influence on our planning was the combination of our personalities. The wedding was unconventional, but traditional in many ways. Elements of practicality, creativity and frugality were common themes in our details. Above all my wife and I wanted to create a joyful time for everyone involved. It truly was an expression of the two of us.

Do you have any budget tips for other couples?  Take whatever you think it’s going to cost and double it. Okay, more seriously: spend money on the things that matter most. Food, booze, a good DJ – whatever it is pick the things you are willing to spend money on and do it, and don’t stress out about the rest. And write those things down! If your experience is anything like ours was, you don’t think you care about something, and then you find out you do care, and then you run out of time doing other things, so you don’t care again.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We followed a traditional flow of events for both the ceremony and reception. The only other tradition that was included in our service was that we chose to serve communion to our guests, which was very meaningful to both of us.

What was the best advice you received before your wedding?  Know who you are and have confidence in the ways that you want to express yourself to your community. There’s no dearth of feedback that you will receive along the way, so don’t let that energy take away from the little things that make you, you.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  From photographers Jeff Loves Jessica: Reed proposed to Nora through an amazing series of screen-printed post-card sized puzzle pieces, each depicting a different scene from Minnesota that was significant in their relationship.  He mailed each postcard to Nora, and once she had collected them all, she pieced them together to find an image of them standing as bride and groom. (I know, right!?!!) They then used these art-pieces as table numbers at their reception, which is just one example of their extraordinary creativity and thoughtfulness!

Photography: Jeff Loves Jessica / Ceremony venue: Grace Trinity Community Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota / Reception venue: Uppercut Boxing Gym / Bride’s dress: Priscilla of Boston / Bride’s shoes: Che Bella / Hair, makeup: Estetica Salon / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Men’s attire: J.Crew / Flowers: Spruce / Chalkboard design: benjayway / Catering: Chowgirls / Dessert: Jenny Lind Bakery / DJ: Jukebox Express
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  • Playful Red and Blue Wedding in Minneapolis

    17 July 2012
  • 23 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Real Weddings
    1. Erin

      Yay for Minneapolis! What a fun, thoughtful celebration!

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    2. Jessica

      Kathryn, thank you so much for sharing this wedding today! We are so honored to see Reed & Nora’s gorgeously planned day on your very lovely blog!!

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    3. Allie Shultz

      Her dress is gorgeous! So classic yet modern at the same time

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    4. Annie Deanovic

      Congrats Reed and Nora! You both look wonderful! Beautiful event.

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    5. Britt @ A Northwoods Wedding

      What a beautiful wedding! We love Jeff Loves Jessica, too! Such incredible talent they have! Great job and congrats to the happy couple! :)

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    6. lydia {ever ours}

      neat venue and i love the bowties!

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    7. Soiréebliss! Events

      Such a cute, fun, and light-hearted wedding. Congratulations on such a beautiful event!

      Natalie, Soiréebliss! Events

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    8. Lissa

      Love her dress! And such a unique venue for a wedding…prettied up for the occasion!

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    9. victoria

      I love everything about this/them.
      Well done, Nora and Reed!

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    10. Sam

      Holy moly! I went to HS with this kid. This sort of lovely, creative, and intimate wedding carries my heart right back to Mpls from NYC. Congrats to the couple and all involved in the event.

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    11. Maslinda

      Lovely and cretive!! This wedding makes me smile!! Nora’s wedding dress rocks…so classy and yet modern!! Congratulations Nora and Reed!! Kathryn, thank you for the inspiring post!!

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    12. Shanon

      Yay for Mpls and Jeff Loves Jessica!

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    13. Betsy

      The pictures show what a great event it was! The shoes worked, and the bowties rocked! So creative on the invitation, too. Great job.

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    14. heidi

      this wedding is crazy adorable…love love love all the pops of color!

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      Beautiful wedding! Love the grooms expression with his fist in the air!

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