A Romantic Loft Wedding at Aria in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ellen Johnson (27 and a small-business owner) and James Portnoy (29 and a management consultant) were neighbors growing up, but in junior high, James simply knew Ellen as “Emily’s annoying little sister.” Years later, the two reconnected on Facebook only to realize they both shared a love for the rock band Umphrey’s McGee. Forty rock concerts later, and the rest is history. For their October nuptials in Minneapolis, the pair booked Aria, which they accented with metallic accents and plenty of candlelight. “I joked that I wanted enough light to make the space look like a fire hazard,” Ellen says of incorporating chandeliers, string lights and more than 400 candles throughout their industrial loft venue. After officially becoming Mr. and Mrs., Ellen and James danced to Paul Simon’s “Late in the Evening.” “It was the last song that Umphrey’s McGee covered during a concert once,” Ellen says of a memorable date. “It’s been sentimental to us since the beginning our relationship, so the choice was a no-brainer."—Chrissy Sorenson