Maggie and Sean

Prior Lake, Minnesota

 

 

Photography | Eileen K Photography | @eileenkphoto

Venue | Minnesota Horse and Hunt | @minnesotahorseandhuntclub

Bridesmaids Dresses | Kennedy Blue @kennedyblueofficial

Groomsmen Attire | The Wedding Shoppe

Bakery | Thirsty Whale Bakery

DJ | Instant Request DJ Entertainment

 

Maggie and Sean are a couple who loves hunting & the outdoors so the MN Horse and Hunt Club was the perfect location for them to tie the knot. The couple had a winter wedding in December which you never know what you’ll get here in MN but the day was beyond perfect!

 

The couple opted not to see one another prior to the ceremony. When Maggie walked down the aisle with her dad I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room. Then again when Maggie and Sean read their own personal vows to one another it was water works all over again. The women’s fashion for the day was stunning! Maggie had picked out vintage fur coats for all the ladies and they were just perfect. Maggie wore a long sleeve lace dress and also had a white fur shall for some photos and to keep warm too. Dinner and dancing followed the ceremony with super cute desserts!

 

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

My husband, Sean, and I have two major hobbies that we love doing together: Hunting and Fishing. Our venue was a shooting range and horse club and it hit the nail on the head for us. I wanted our day to be rustic with a touch of classy. Our theme was pine, pinecones, deer antlers, and holly berries (new last name is Holley). Our color palette was similar to our decor, we used browns, dark greens, dark reds and touch of golds. The bridesmaids wore a tealish sage color and the groomsmen had dark navy suits with dark red ties.

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

For the ceremony, we filled 20 inch tall glass vases with pine cones and fairy lights, then lined those down the aisle with pine sprays around them. Our wedding arch was a tall circle gold frame wrapped in pine and pine cones. For the reception, our centerpieces had 3 different sized snow globe wineglasses on top of a wood disk, surrounded by pine sprays, holly berries and a deer antler in between. The wine glasses were flipped upside down and were made into cute little snow globes with each glass having a different critter or winter theme inside. On top of the wine glasses were 3 different sized LED flickering candles. Our head table was a large pine garland with 2 frosted deer standing around an iron MR and MRS sign. The wine glasses were DIY, and we rented the tall gold circle, but everything was set up by my Mom and a few of her good friends. They did an amazing job!

 

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?

We did not use anything for florals for decor except for pine and pine cones. My bridal bouquet was gorgeous. There was white roses, red roses, red peony, pine, pine cones, holly berries, lambs ear, white anemones, and a few dangling crystals. The bridal party bouquets were white roses and peonies with a few pine cones in between. The groom had a single white anemone surrounded by pine, and holly berries. All of the boutonnieres were inside a single rifle shell.

 

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

I think my favorite part was that we made promises to each other that were heart felt, but also humorous. I also loved that there was shotguns going off in the distance, but you got so used to the sound that you forgot it was there. We had a lot of guests say that the wedding just felt like it was “us”.

 

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

I wanted our day to scream WINTER. We are both obsessed with winter. My dress was long sleeve and was made of 3 different layers of lace. From my hips up and all the way down my sleeves, there were tiny glass crystals sewed everywhere, which were really only visible up close or in the light. The back was low cut but had a thing layer of lace up to middle back, while the front had a very low v-cut but was cover by the same thing lace and crystals. The main reason I wanted the dress was because it looked like how snow glitters on sunny days. My husband wore a dark navy suit with a light gray wool vest and an even lighter gray to an ivory colored bowtie. His entire outfit was so awesome. Each layer had a different text or color which really helped him stand out from the groomsmen as well!

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

This was what we had posted on our wedding site: “Twas the night before Halloween, when Maggie had arrived at a costume party dressed as the Coppertone girl (fake buns and all). As the evening continued, a young gentleman from across the room dressed as Tom and Tom (from “In Living Color”) commented to Maggie “Hey! Nice buns!”, where Maggie responded, “Hey! Thanks!”. They then went their separate ways. Later that night, everyone from the party had migrated to the downtown Anoka bars for all the Halloween extravaganzas. Maggie and Sean happened to be at the same bar, but were mingling with their own friend groups. Maggie happened to look over at one point to see there was this tall, handsome man leaning/towering over her brother (looking a little upset). At this point she scrambled over to make sure everything was ok! Turns out, it was a heated conversation about football. The conversation quickly evolved into only Sean and Maggie talking, laughing, and having a blast (so we remember). The two went their separate ways for fast food and went home with their fellow party goers.

 

Maggie woke up the following morning with a new “friend request” on Facebook… Sean Holley. So she quickly added him and waited for his initial message…not one day… not two, well heck after three days she decided to be the one to message him. Turns out he had been trying to come up with something to begin a conversation with her for three days. After exchanging numbers, the two decided to meet up at Ole Piper Inn later that week for some grub and some beers. Maggie impressed Sean by ordering a flight of beers, where as Sean left Maggie in doubt by not requesting a side of ranch with his meal. The evening still went splendidly and from there on out, the rest was history!”

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

We decided to not do first look. My husband was very adamant on not seeing me before the ceremony. Saying our vows to each other really meant a lot to us too. Of course, one of our favorite parts was finally getting to dance at the end of dinner!

 

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

If you’re anything like me, type A and an anxious person, my advice would be to LET IT GO and enjoy. I was so nervous the entire day, even up until dinner. I was just wanting everything to go so perfectly. I wish I would have let myself get excited about the big day instead of being so anxious, but I still loved every minute of it!