A Traditional, Winter-Inspired Wedding at Christos Union Depot in St. Paul, Minnesota

While planning a wedding from another state isn’t always the easiest, Amy Kranz (25 and a self-employed screenwriter) and Matthew Selby’s (26 and a USAF F-15c Pilot) wedding went off without a hitch. The Oregon-based couple decided to return to their home state of Minnesota to celebrate with their closest family and friends and planned an elegant, romantic affair with a wintry twist at the Christos Union Depot in St. Paul. While Amy had originally designed the wedding’s decor with simplicity in mind, the marble floors, lofty ceiling and intricate architectural features of the 1920s neo-classical venue infused the day with a subtle touch of grandeur. Lush, yet understated arrangements of ivory hydrangeas, cream-colored roses and dusty miller created by Studio B Floral, plus dozens of illuminated tea lights worked seamlessly with the feel of the space to create warm, inviting and sophisticated vibe. Pinecones were an important element of the decor, capturing the essence of the season and adding a natural, organic undertone to everything from the tabletops to the stationery. “I really wanted pinecones, but I didn’t want rustic,” says Amy, “so we tried to make sure that there were plenty of flowers and greenery to balance them out.” Paying tribute to family by incorporating symbolic details throughout the day, including placing a vase of red roses at the altar for loved ones who had passed, Amy’s heirloom accessories and music played by her grandmother’s favorite pianist, infused the day with personal flair. A tip for the taking from Amy: “Breath and enjoy the day. Don’t get swept up in things that other people can take care of and before you run down the aisle after saying, “I do” stand and look out at all of the people who showed up and smile your biggest smile so they can take a picture of you.”