Joana and Anthony

Saint Paul, Minnesota



Photography | Eileen K Photography | @eileenkphoto

Venue | Minnesota Boat Club | @mintahoe

Gown Salon | Wedding Shoppe | @weddingshoppemi

Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal @davidsbridal

Hair Stylist | Salon Oriana @salonorianamn

DJ | Instant Request DJ Entertainment | @instantrequestdj


Joana and Anthony were married along the river in St. Paul, MN and the Minnesota Boat Club. With the St. Paul skyline in the background these two said their I do’s in front of their closest family and friends. The area that sounds the boat club is lush with greenery which matched perfectly with the couples colors for the day and the gold accents. Following the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktails over looking the river while the couple took a few private moments together. I always love when a couple can do this and just soak in all the emotions of the day with each other. Dinner was served family style along with cakes for desserts!


Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

The theme was classic and timeless with a little bit of sparkle. The colors that I chose were champagne, gold, ivory and greenery. I had a hard time picking a color so I essentially went with no color (if I had to choose the color, it would have been emerald green). Neither my husband or I are religious so we had a very secular ceremony., officiated by a judge who is an old friend of my father-in-law. In terms of a cultural traditions I would say that it pretty closely followed a normal structure of an American wedding.


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

My husband‘s family set up the garland on the table and placed all of the votives. My friend Natasha did all of the flowers. I designed all of the stationery using a template that I found online and printed it at FedEx. I wanted the reception space to look somewhat minimalistic but a little special with the greenery and the gold touches throughout. I didn’t want to overdo the decor because the room where the reception itself had a lot of really charming features and I also didn’t want to overpower the beautiful view on both sides of the venue of the Mississippi River and downtown St. Paul.


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

I had peonies in my bouquet and scattered throughout the bridesmaids bouquets because it’s my favorite flower and white peonies were in the flowers that Anthony gave me when he proposed. My good friend Natasha actually arranged the florals that were decorating the tables and the outside space. My other good friend Akudo also joined Natasha and making the bouquets. It meant a lot to me to have people who I really care about taking such time and care to do all my flowers, I honestly can’t thank them enough. I was really happy with how they turned out. They were simple, classic and they went with my color theme.


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

One way that I personalized my wedding were my music choices. The song the bridal party and the parents walked down the aisle to is a Filipino love song from my mom’s favorite band. I had to hire someone to transcribe the music to piano because it doesn’t exist. My favorite part of the wedding was getting away with my husband right after the ceremony happened. We both breathed a sigh of relief and we got to really bask in the feelings of being united in marriage. Neither one of us really likes the spotlight on us so it was nice to have some time away to focus on ourselves as a married couple.


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

I wanted a simple and classic look. Something that won’t look too dated in the upcoming decades. I went with a full lace mermaid down with a pretty long and dramatic teared train. I also went with a cathedral length veil that was handmade by my mother-in-law which was a special touch. I went with gold pear-cut jewelry for earrings and my bracelet. I did my own makeup and opted for a look that was pretty close to how I do my makeup on an everyday basis because I wanted to look like my actual self and not like a completely different person. At the last minute I changed my hair, I initially wanted some vintage waves but decided to go with something a bit less formal instead which I think was the right call.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met while we were teaching 5th grade at the same school. Anthony taught math and I taught social studies in classrooms right next door to each other. Our relationship blossomed from there and within a few months of working together we were in love!Anthony proposed at a park in St. Paul overlooking the river. He had his sister rush through the woods to the scene of the engagement to take pictures of it while it was happening and I had no idea she was there!


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

I most anticipated seeing my husband. We chose to do a first look. It was pretty stressful going throughout the day and feeling all of those nerves without having him by my side so I felt at ease when we saw each other and were united for the rest of the wedding.


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Take time to enjoy each other. Don’t put yourself outside of your comfort zone too much. Don’t forget to eat dessert!