Kenzie and Matt

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

 

 

Photography | Eileen K Photography | @eileenkphoto

Venue | Green Acres Event Center | @greenacresevent

Caterer | The Green Mill

Gown Salon | Annika Bridal Boutique @annikabridal

DJ | DJ Joe Albrecht

Kenzie and Matt had a “low key” Star Wars theme to their wedding day which I loved. You’ll notice touches of it through out their gallery! On there wedding day these two said their “I Do’s” in front of close family & friends at Green Acres Event Center. The outdoor ceremony was beautiful and I loved their rose petal toss as these two walked down the aisle! One of the best sunsets of 2018 happened and it was the perfect way to end the night!

 

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?

Our wedding was a laid-back, relaxed event for our closest family and friends. We chose a one-stop shop for the venue and reception so our guests could arrive and not have to worry about changing locations for dinner and dancing. We are meteorologists, Disney lovers, cat parents and craft beer connoisseurs, so we incorporated these personal touches throughout our day.

 

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

We used natural colors and florals for the season, and we relied on the aesthetics of the venue to speak for itself. We hand painted signs and used family photos to add our own personal touch.

 

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?

We used seasonal blooms in reds and creams, as well as plenty of eucalyptus and other greenery. We didn’t have a huge flower budget, but luckily the brides godmother was a florist and was a huge help on the big day.

 

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

We had light sabers! We also included personal touches like a snapchat filter, a hashtag (#MayTheFlournoysBeWithYou), and a popcorn bar to entertain and feed our guests throughout the night. Our DJ was spectacular and kept us dancing all night!

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

The bride had considered wearing her grandmothers dress, but ultimately went shopping at a few local bridal shops and found a high-neck, backless gown that she fell in love with. The large floral pattern on top complimented the tulle skirt and gave a relaxed, non-glitzy feel to it. She isn’t overly girly or into sparkles, so it worked for her.The groom wore a navy suit to stick with the fall color scheme. His wine colored tie matched the bridesmaid dresses and the tweed vest gave him a vintage look. The best man also wore a vest but wore a bowtie instead of a tie. The two groomsmen didn’t wear vests, and one wore a bowtie and the other wore a tie. They all wore the same navy suit but with different vests and neckwear so that everyone looked similar but still unique.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met during a summer meteorology internship in Norman, OK. We were interested in each other right off the bat and our first date was at Victoria’s, a local Italian restaurant. At the time, Kenzie was attending Iowa State University and Matt was attending Penn State University for their undergraduate degrees. We decided to do distance for one more year until we finished our degrees, and then headed back to Norman together to attend graduate school.Matt had to propose to Kenzie in the most magical way possible… so he did it at her favorite place – Disney World. We travelled there for the Food and Wine festival in October 2017. After a long day of rides, sightseeing, tasting food and drinks from around the world, and fireworks, Matt proposed to Kenzie by the World Showcase Lagoon. Her sister and brother were there to surprise her, and champagne soon followed.

 

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

Matt has played piano for several years, and one of Kenzie’s favorites is “All Of Me” by Jon Schmidt (from The Piano Guys). When they toured wedding venues, Matt wanted to be sure there was a piano there so he could play it for her on their wedding day. When the time came for him to play it right before their first dance, he tried to not let his nerves show too much. In the middle of the piece, he realized that the piano was a bit more out of tune than he thought it had been when he played it earlier that day… but it all went beautifully.

 

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

Elope. Just kidding. But along those lines, do whatever what makes you and your spouse happy. There is a lot of pressure from the wedding industry and maybe from your family about what the ideal wedding looks like. In the end, we went with what WE wanted to do – a barn wedding with an outdoor ceremony, pizza, craft beer, and cornhole. Stick to a budget, do what makes you happy, and don’t pass judgment on those who make different choices. Cheers!