An Elegant Fall Wedding at the St. Paul Athletic Club in St. Paul, Minnesota
Angela Arnold (26 and a Catholic middle school teacher) had known Mike Vinkemeier (25 and a chiropractic student) for 8 years before they began dating, having spent some time living in the same town on and off as their families moved around. One weekend in September, Angela had been finishing up one of her grad school classes when Mike invited her over for a date. They went out for dinner and drinks at the place they had gone to for their first date and as she began walking up the stairs to the restaurant, Mike proposed while his sister took surprise pictures. The ceremony was held at Our Lady of Victory Chapel at St. Catherines University, the church they attended together while Angela had been living in St. Paul. The couple, along with their wedding party, then boarded a trolley to meet their friends and family at the reception. The ballroom was an ornate venue on it's own so Angela and Mike decorated the room in neutral tones of gray and gold with hints of navy and peach to provide some pops of color. The center table held tale trees from which hung ivory tea candles. Each surrounding table was centered with a flowing bouquet of ivory and beach blossoms in magnolia leaves. The couple wanted to include their religious beliefs throughout the wedding and had their meal blessed before guests enjoyed a dinner of sirloin steak topped with fried onions, asparagus and wild rice. Angela and Mike put together a special dessert bar which was accompanied by hours of dancing and late night pizza.