A Classic, Sparkly Wedding at The Landmark Center in St. Paul, Minnesota

When Katie Bockhaus (29 and a recreation therapist) and Nicholas Seaton (34 and a research associate at the University of Minnesota) began planning their wedding, they knew they wanted to have a classy, sparkly-yet-traditional ceremony and reception. The color palette, shades of pink and purple, is Katie’s favorite. “We added silver to make it less frilly and girly and more chic,” Nicholas says. They chose to have the wedding in the Victory Chapel at St. Catherine’s University (which Katie’s sister attends) and booked the reception at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The couple put many personal touches on their party to keep it unique. “Katie loves doing theatre and singing so she played the piano and sung a song to me during the cocktail hour,” he adds. Guests also enjoyed a barrel of beer from his favorite local brewery, Liftbridge. Katie and Nicolas made sure to get their family and friends involved in the ceremony, too. Some of the attendees participated in a flash-mob dance, and every table played a Monty Python-inspired card game with the newlyweds. When the night was over, guests went home with a boxed petit four decorated with edible sheet music from the song Katie sang. Advice for future couples tying the knot? “Have a budget and stick to it,” Nicholas says, and don't forget you enjoy your day!