Nothing gives a wedding visual gravitas like a historic venue and Caitlyn and David’s wedding at the James J. Hill Center in Saint Paul, MN is proof of just that. The grand 1920’s library set the tone for the couple’s winter soirée which included subtle nods to the literary theme like little Scout Book favors tied up in string and wax seals and calligraphy bookmark escort cards. The color palette of emerald, leaf green, mint and gray is an unexpected—and totally inspiring—winter palette and the pops of red in the florals by Maven Styling add romance. Lucky for us, Grey Collective member and amazing photographer, Jaimee Morse, was on hand to capture the historical intrigue and delightful details of Caitlyn and David’s bug day.
What made the wedding special and unique?
Our wedding was very special as we have been together long-distance for some time while David was in grad school in a different state. The planning process was that much more difficult, but it was so special to finally be together with our friends and families to enjoy the day we had looked forward to for so long.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it?
My gown was exactly what I had pictured I wanted to wear. I found it at Posh Bridal Couture on my second trip to try dresses. I had gone back and forth debating over a fit-and-flare (not what I had expected at all) at another shop and made an appointment at Posh last minute after seeing an ad for a trunk show. Once I tried the dress I knew I should stick with what I had always wanted instead of making an unexpected decision that wasn’t as ‘me.’
What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?
One of my favorite details were the favors – little Scout Books tied up in string with our initials printed on them. I liked that the library/books theme was woven throughout without being too obvious. Our escort cards were calligraphy on bookmarks, and we worked a lot of leaves and greenery in throughout the invitations and decor. Our venue itself was also a personal touch, as we met in college, I was an English major, and David is currently in grad school, so the library seemed like a perfect choice!
What was the most memorable part of the day?
There were so many special moments and we tried our very best to soak everything up, but one of the most memorable parts of the day was taking a few shots of just the two of us right after the ceremony – our first minutes as husband and wife.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
We met in college, but it wasn’t until we both had graduated that we reconnected and started dating. We got engaged at the botanical gardens in Madrid where David was studying abroad for the summer.