Rachel & Eddie: A Traditional Wedding in Minneapolis, MN

A new city and a silly bet made for lasting love between Rachel and Eddie. In the spring of 2004, Rachel moved to Minneapolis and decided to join Love

A new city and a silly bet made for lasting love between Rachel and Eddie. In the spring of 2004, Rachel moved to Minneapolis and decided to join Love.com (now AOL Personals) in hope of finding new friends. Her first match was Eddie, who had created a profile after losing a bet to his college roommates. Impressed by his stats, Rachel winked at him, the two began chatting online, and they eventually started having lengthy phone conversations. They planned a short date at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to get to know one another and ended up staying up late into the night. The Bride Rachel Mikrot (now 23 and a sales and catering coordinator) The Groom Eddie Schaefer (now 26 and a student) The Date June 16 Within a year-and-a-half they were discussing marriage, and the couple visited her family jeweler to create a custom engagement ring. Two weeks before Christmas, after a dinner uptown, Rachel and Eddie headed to the pond at the College of St. Catherine to feed the ducks. Snuggled together in the crisp air beneath the glowing Christmas lights, Eddie got down on one knee while standing on the bridge over the pond and asked for her hand.

The First Dance
Rachel and Eddie opted for small, square, glass vases stuffed with sliced limes and purple hydrangeas to sit at the center of the tables.
Rachel and Eddie chose the McNamara Alumni Center for its stunning architectural elements, including 90-foot copper and wood walls. A large water feature made from stone steps added to the ambience, and a sitting room with a long fireplace served as a cozy getaway.
Blooms of purple hydrangeas tied with ivory ribbon adorned each pew in the chapel during Rachel and Eddie's ceremony.
Rachel and Eddie opted for small, square, glass vases stuffed with sliced limes and purple hydrangeas to sit at the center of the tables.
Each of Rachel's two bridesmaids carried a hand-tied bouquet of cymbidium orchids, heather, freesias, lisianthuses, wax flowers, sweet pea, and hypericum berries in shades of purple and lime.