An Elegant Winter Wedding at Arlington Hills United Methodist Church in Maplewood, Minnesota

Although Emily (26 and an advertising account executive) and Phillip (26 and a medical student) had a close mutual friend for several years (her child

Although Emily (26 and an advertising account executive) and Phillip (26 and a medical student) had a close mutual friend for several years (her childhood best friend was his college buddy), they didn’t meet until a post-graduation group trip with friends to Lutsen, Minnesota. After dating for a year and a half, Phillip took Emily to on a spontaneous trip to Las Vegas (even clearing it with her boss beforehand!) to see her favorite artist, Celine Dion, in concert at Cesar’s Palace. While walking hand-in-hand passed The Bellagio, “Luck Be A Lady” began playing outside, and, seizing the moment, Phillip proposed. They held a winter wedding at Emily’s childhood church, the Arlington Hills United Methodist Church in Maplewood, Minnesota, and hosted their reception at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Emily and her Bridesmaids Get Ready in Plum Pretty Sugar Robes
An Assortment of Pastel Wedding Shoes
Emily Getting Ready in her Strapless Mermaid Gown and Veil
Emily accented her tulle mermaid-fit wedding gown with a dazzling bridal belt and a tan fur shawl to keep her warm during the photo shoot. She warmed her toes with a sparkly sequined pair of Ugg boots, which she wore before and after the ceremony.
Emily and Phillip's Elegant Wedding Invitations
Emily says she didn’t even see the mismatched pastel wedding dresses all together until the ceremony. The girls wore Ugg boots and shawls for the trek to the church—changing into more formal heels for the ceremony.
The groomsmen wore gray suits with pale pink ties and modeled purple argyle socks for added whimsy.
Emily said she wanted her wedding flowers to be “full of life” and not “too put together.” She hired Fleur de Lis in St. Paul, Minnesota to assemble the bridal bouquet, table arrangements, and floral crowns for the flower girls, but the baby’s breath bridesmaid bouquets and boutonnieres were a DIY project by the bride herself.
Emily and Phillip on the Staircase of Arlington United Methodist Church
Emily and Phillip’s First Kiss
All of the wedding décor was DIY and very minimalist, including floating tea candle centerpieces with pine needles and pinecones (all in the holiday spirit!).
For a special warm winter treat, Emily and Phillip had a custom hot chocolate bar to go along with their wedding cake.
Many parts of the ceremony honored Emily’s Thai heritage, like catering from their favorite local Thai restaurant (Seng Yai Seng Lek) and a traditional Thai dance performance (which was a surprise from Emily’s parents).
The reception had lots of ways for wedding guests to participate, like a photo booth and a spectacular sparkler send-off.
After the reception, Emily and Phillip took a Winter Stroll through Rice Park, which was decorated for Christmas with twinkle lights and an ice rink. Emily says, “It was the perfect romantic setting for a winter wedding.”