A Whimsical Spring Wedding at Wayzata Country Club in Wayzata, Minnesota

Katie Spurgeon (24 and an occupational therapist) and Michael Johnson (25 and a business consultant) drew on the cheerfulness and warmth of spring whe

Katie Spurgeon (24 and an occupational therapist) and Michael Johnson (25 and a business consultant) drew on the cheerfulness and warmth of spring when planning their May 24th wedding in Wayzata, MN, looking to playful pastels and lush seasonal blooms to bring their vision to life. The evening kicked off with a traditional ceremony at the Wayzata Community Church, followed by an elegant soiree at the Wayzata Country Club. The couple’s favorite colors — orange and blue — formed the base of the color palette, the pastel hues translating into everything from Katie’s heart-studded Betsey Johnson heels to the centerpieces and stationery. Sheer ivory panels interlaced with fairy lights were hung from the ballroom’s ceiling to introduce a whimsical tone to the decor, while fabric-wrapped chairs felt regal and formal. Festivities created all of the flower arrangements for the wedding using full blooms like garden roses, ranunculuses and hydrangeas in shades of ivory, pale blue and coral, infusing a fresh pop of color in both the ceremony and reception spaces. The Lake Minnetonka String Quartet played some of Katie and Michael’s favorite Beatles songs during the ceremony and their officiant surprised them by sharing the notes they had written during the planning process about what they looked forward to most for their future together. Thoughtful details like handmade shoe bags and dancing shoes went a long way with guests and a photo booth offered a fun way for the couple’s friends and family members to remember the night. A tip for the taking from Katie: “In the end, you are marrying your best friend and that’s what matters. The rest of it is just fun extra stuff — so don’t get too stressed!”

Succulent, Garden Rose and Peony Bouquet
While Katie’s dress was all elegance, she took a more playful approach to her accessories. For her shoes, she chose a pair of Betsey Johnson steppers in a pale blue color with shimmery silver hearts dotting the straps. The shoes tied into the wedding’s blue and orange color scheme, while also serving as her something blue.
Traditional Monogrammed Wedding Invitations
Katie decided to take the traditional route and had her bridesmaids don matching dresses. She chose an icy blue Kennedy Blue design in a short, A-line silhouette that was flattering on all of the girls and could easily be worn again. The addition of pearl necklaces and bracelets, both gifts from Katie, added to the classic, timeless feel of their look.
Wispy White Snapdragon Ceremony Arrangements
Katie and Mike kicked off the wedding festivities with a traditional ceremony at Wayzata Community Church in their hometown of Wayzata, MN. The couple kept things simple for the ceremony, adding just a few arrangements of ivory hydrangeas to the pews lining the aisle and the altar to give the church a fresh, natural touch.
Spring-Inspired Peach Rose Bouquet
Custom Monogrammed Ceremony Wreath
White Rose and Dusty Miller Boutonniere
Festivities created lush bunches of coral, blue and ivory blooms like garden roses, hydrangeas, astilbes and tea roses for the centerpieces. Arranged in mercury glass bowl vases, the flowers added a cheerful pop of colors to the tables and were low enough for guests to see one another and converse with ease.
“We wanted to have the wedding in Wayzata because that was where our relationship started and we have lots of wonderful memories there,” says Katie. They chose to host the spring-inspired affair at the Wayzata Country Club, the elegant, light-filled ballroom working perfectly with the feel of the wedding’s theme. Touches like suspended panels of light, airy fabric interwoven with strands of fairy lights and satin chair coverings worked together to give the reception a whimsical, romantic vibe.
Playing off the wedding’s cheerful spring vibe, Cake Box Bakery decorated Katie and Mike’s classic white wedding cake with a cascade of light blue and ivory hydrangeas and pale pink roses. The couple decided to go with two flavors for the cake — red velvet with cream cheese frosting and white cake with raspberry filling, in order to appeal to a variety of tastes.
For the reception, Katie and Mike hired the Travelling Photo Booth as a fun way for guests to remember the night. They placed photo strip frames at each guest’s place setting as a favor, which their family and friends could then use to display their photos at home.
A thoughtful touch that went a long way with the ladies on Katie and Mike’s guest list were the flip-flops and handmade shoe bags the couple provided at the reception. The ladies could kick of their heels, put them in one of the bags, all of which were made by Katie’s mother, and throw on a pair of comfortable dancing shoes. “Everyone was thankful that their feet didn’t have to suffer!” says Katie.
In one of their meetings before the wedding, Reverend Neugent asked Katie and Mike to answer two questions — “What made you fall in love with Mike/Katie?” and “What are you most looking forward to in your future together?” Katie and Mike wrote down their responses without discussing them with other and gave them to the Reverend. “On the day of the wedding, she read them aloud to us during the ceremony.  It was such a nice surprise and made things more personal,” says Katie.