A Black and Gold New Year's Eve Wedding at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Minnesota

Jillian Swanson (31 and an elementary school teacher) and Sally Simpson (29 and a growth strategist) met over drinks at a small bar in Texas but wante

Jillian Swanson (31 and an elementary school teacher) and Sally Simpson (29 and a growth strategist) met over drinks at a small bar in Texas but wanted their wedding to be 100-percent Minnesota. "Our friends and family are really spread out all over the US, and we wanted everyone to be able to experience what Minnesota winters have to offer," Jillian says. What better than the elegant, rustic, quintessential "up north" Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Minnesota? And what better time of year than New Year's Eve? Guests were able to stay in lodging on the Grand View property, while celebrating the wedding and holiday together over the weekend. "Two hours north of the Twin Cities, it was a mini destination for us, and a fun adventure for our out-of-state guests," Jillian says. The brides worked with a wedding planner to incorporate New Year's Eve into their wedding theme, using classic black, gold and silver accents, plenty of sparkles, and a request for guests to dress in "formal and festive attire," with the wedding party in classic black. They didn't want the lodge to feel too Christmasy, so the brides layered greenery with hanging amaranthus for a more woodsy and whimsical vibe, then added a number of candles, gold chiavari chairs and garden roses, ranunculus, raspberries (in Sally’s bouquet), kiwifruit vine (in the bridesmaid bouquets) and peonies for a dramatic touch. An open bar and band kept the dance floor packed, with New Year's Eve props making an appearance shortly before midnight. A New Year's Eve fireworks show, to celebrate Grand View's 100th anniversary, was the perfect way to end the night. —Chrissy Sorenson

Jillian and Sally wanted their bouquets to coordinate but still look different. “We loved the deep, punchy colors and the lush, romantic style of hand-tied bouquets," Jillian says. They chose garden roses, ranunculus and seasonal peonies, as well as fresh raspberries in Sally's bouquet. For a rustic touch, the bridesmaid bouquets included a kiwifruit vine.
Sally wore an ivory full-sleeved,  lace dress with a sweeping and beautifully layered silk georgette skirt. For the reception, Sally changed out of the skirt so she could dance more comfortably in the tea-length dress. Jillian’s blush-colored gown, with a pleated taffeta ball skirt, pockets, a sequined lace bodice and three-quarter-length sleeves, was actually a mother-of-the bride dress she found at Bhldn.com. It was the first dress she saw.
The back of Sally's Aidan Mattox gown featured intricate details, reminiscent of snowflakes.
Practical footwear is a must during a Minnesota winter wedding. Jillian and Sally opted for Sorels.
The 16 people in the wedding party (11 women and 5 men) wore black. The men wore “Black by Vera Wang” tuxedos, black bow ties and black suspenders, paired with fun socks to reflect their personalities.
Each bridesmaid chose an outfit on her own. Says Jillian: “We gave them a short list of rules: wear black with silver or gold accents if desired, and they ran with it.”
Three of the “little party people” in the wedding wore black tuxedos, black high-tops and dark gray bow ties featuring a truck design; their niece wore an ivory dress with a gold-sparkle skirt and covered up with an ivory faux-fur jacket. She carried a personalized purple bouquet (her favorite color) and changed into sparkly gold light-up high-tops for the reception at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Minnesota.
Programs, created by Periscope,  were printed on ivory card stock and included black and gold print. They were simple and elegant, just like the celebration.
Jillian and Sally locked arms with their dads as they walked down the aisle. A member of the Blue Water King Band played an acoustic version of Mariah Carey's “Always Be My Baby.”
The ceremony was at the rustic yet modern Gull Lake Center at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Minnesota, in front of a large brick fireplace. To avoid a Christmasy feeling (since their wedding was only a few days later, on New Year's Eve), they layered greenery with hanging amaranthus, so it felt more woodsy and whimsical, then added candles for a romantic ambiance.
Festive black, white and gold paper decorations stated "Happy 2016," "Resolutions Tomorrow, Party Tonight," "Pop, Fizz, Clink!" and "Time to Drink Champagne and Dance on the Table."
Sally and Jillian loved the idea of a hanging installation, so they highlighted the head table with a lush floral swing dripping with greenery and fresh flowers.
Jillian and Sally's nontraditional cake, served to the head table only, featured buttercream frosting and gold glitter fading (ombre style) from the bottom up, decorated with a small arrangement of flowers and two large sparkling candles. Guests were offered white and chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting, sprinkled with gold glitter.
Two sparkling candles added a dramatic flair to the cake cutting.
The couple bought traditional New Year's Eve party favors, including hats, blowers, noise-makers, glow wands, glow necklaces and paper confetti.
A Grand View Lodge New Year's Eve fireworks display held special meaning to newlyweds Jillian and Sally.