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 US

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.”

Drawing inspiration from the season, as well as Amy and Matthew’s romantic, pinecone theme, Studio B Floral got to work creating wintry arrangements for the centerpieces, boutonnieres and bouquets. Ivory roses and hydrangeas served as the base for Amy’s bouquet, with silver brunia berries, pinecones, and dusty miller adding a touch of winter woodland flair.
After exchanging vows in a traditional ceremony at the Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel, the newlyweds and their guests headed over to Christos Union Depot for an evening of dinner and dancing. The 1920s revival architecture, with its marble floors, stately columns, high ceilings and intricate detailing lent the reception an air of old world charm and elegance.
rnMatthew, an Air Force pilot, decided to don his formal mess uniform for the wedding, pairing it with a classic white bow tie. Three of his other groomsmen, also Air Force officers sported similar styles, while the remaining four wore navy Michael Kors suits with tuxedo shirts and navy bow ties to complement the Air Force uniforms.
Patriotic American Flag Bridal Flats
Amy originally imagined herself in a form-fitting fit-and-flare gown with lace for her walk down the aisle, but after trying on several styles, she wasn’t convinced. When she arrived at Flutter Boutique, she decided to give another silhouette a try — Leanne Marshall’s Heloise — and was instantly smitten.  The silk chiffon gown boasted a flattering A-line silhouette and a removable lace overlay top, which Amy had customized with a deep v-cut in the back and clear clasps along the waistline that allowed her attach a Theia White Collection belt.
Amy went classic when it came to choosing her bridesmaids’ wedding day look. All of the girls wore the same floor-length Dessy gown in an A-line cut that flattered all of their silhouettes. The illusion neckline complemented Amy’s own and shimmery details on the shoulders and belted waist gave the gowns a subtle hint of glitz.
Pinecone Motif Table Numbers
Amy and Matthew had the florists at Studio B Floral create three different styles for their centerpieces to keep the decor feeling fresh and unique. The tall centerpieces were arranged in hurricane vases and filled with ivory hydrangeas, pinecones and shimmery silver branches. There were also bunches of pinecones, roses and dusty miller arranged in small round vases and clusters of four square vases boasting pinecones or cream-colored roses and candles.
Matthew and his fellow Air Force offers donned traditional Air Force mess dress for the wedding, while his non-officer groomsmen sported traditional navy suits. They accessorized the Michael Kors suits with navy bow ties, crisp white pocket squares and rose and pinecone boutonnieres that complemented the wedding’s elegant, wintry theme.
As Matthew is a pilot for the Air Force, it was important to the couple to incorporate several military traditions into the day. After Amy and Matthew exchanged vows in a traditional ceremony at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel, Matthew’s groomsmen followed military tradition and formed and Arch of Sabers for the newlyweds to walk under as they made their exit from the ceremony.
Amy and Matthew’s whimsical, wintry invitations were custom designed by Matthew’s cousin Rebecca and a graphic design shop owned by Amy’s family. The invitations not only gave guests a sneak peek at the festivities to come, but served as a reference point for all of the couple’s vendors, so that their theme would be carried throughout every aspect of the wedding.
Though Amy and Matthew decided to serve milopita, a dessert of apple slices, cream cheese and ricotta baked in phyllo dough and topped with honey cinnamon syrup, for dessert instead of cake, they had a small cake made for the traditional cake cutting. The couple incorporated another military tradition for the cake cutting, using a ceremonial saber to slice the cake.