An Industrial, Waterfront Wedding at Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota
While planning their fall wedding in the heart of Minneapolis, Chicago-based to-be-weds Emily Brown (26 and a load planner at U.S. Foods) and Kelly Travalia (30 and a sales manager at Free People) looked to the historic Mill City Museum to house their industrial-inspired (and flower filled!) nuptials. "We visit every hotel, banquet room and country club we could think of and they all seemed too closed off," Kelly recalls of their search for the perfect venue. After stumbling upon D'amico Catering for their gluten-free needs, the couple was surprised to find Mill City in the process. "We put a down payment on the venue the same day we saw a picture," Kelly says. The couple's florist, Weber's Westdale, created bright bunches of blooms that incorporated Emily and Kelly's shared love of natural-looking arrangements. "We just wanted a variety of flowers in a variety of colors," Kelly says. Bold centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres were created using sunflowers, craspedia, green spider mums and orange spray roses along with one supremely unique detail: pheasant feathers collected by Emily's dad, Mark. Another standout detail? Kelly's 20-pound bouquet! "Of all of our wedding details, the flowers were my absolute favorite," she explains. "My bouquet was perfect." After exchanging vows in an intimate outdoor ceremony officiated by Emily's uncle, the newlyweds and their guests retreated inside to celebrate with a cocktail hour in the museum's rail corridor. It was there that guests enjoyed mini pork tacos, beef tenderloin and a carrot cake and coffee bar prior to dancing the night away with DJ Kevin Craig. As the night came to a close, the couple even took one very unconventional approach to exiting their wedding in style (spoiler: no sparklers here!). "We were the last two people at the venue," Kelly says. "After everyone left, Emily and I sat at the sole standing table in the rail corridor and took a long deep breath together. We did it!"