Real Wedding: Jessica & Craig


This “Real Wedding” post is going to go much different than our normal ones since it’s my own! I am often asked questions about my own wedding here at Bread & Chocolate and 4 areas of advice that I would give to current and potential couples planning their wedding. I wrote another blog post about planning tips a few months ago (which can be read here). It’s been a little over two years since my wedding and these tips still ring true!

TIP: Hire professional vendors you trust

Having a professional team that you trust on your wedding day makes the biggest difference not only on your wedding day but the entire planning process and the way you feel looking back on your day. Ashley Dru captured the best moments on our wedding day, made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and took a ton of candid shots, all of which were really important to my husband and I. I didn’t give Ashley a list of “must have” wedding photos because I really trusted her and wanted her, and her second shooter, to take the lead. For flowers, Camille’s Floral went above and beyond! I walked into my first appointment with Tracy with a hodgepodge of ideas and she took them all and came up with the theme that I used throughout the entire planning process. In addition to having absolutely gorgeous flowers, Tracy and her team did all of the set up and tear down. I set up my seating chart and guest book and that was literally all the decorating I did, 5 minutes tops. Instead of worrying about decorating or setting up the venue, I spent the entire weekend with all of my family and friends which is invaluable. Hiring professional vendors you trust makes ALL the difference on your wedding day, trust me.

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The sweetest little touch Tracy and her team did to jazz up this wheelchair. I loved this detail.

The sweetest little touch Tracy and her team did to jazz up this wheelchair. I loved this detail.

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TIP: Have a wedding that truly represents you

Craig and I decided on a brunch wedding, for many different reasons, but mostly just because it felt like us. A little nontraditional? Absolutely! There were also a lot of wedding traditions we didn’t do because they just didn’t feel comfortable to us. The day after our wedding I remember my brother telling me how the entire day just totally felt like Craig and I. Out of all of the many compliments we got, that was one I will never forget because that’s what truly meant the most to us. Do what makes you comfortable and what truly feels like a celebration that is devoted to you and your lives together!

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First looks are great!

First looks are great!

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TIP: Be flexible

Working in this industry I knew that I couldn’t expect that everything would go as planned on my wedding day, and I was prepared to not care. After our reception at Bread & Chocolate, we planned an outdoor after party nearby (with no tent or rain plan). The weather forecast all week for Saturday was 80-100% chance of rain but I knew I had absolutely no control over the weather so I decided not to stress about it. It poured entire morning of the wedding and then right after the ceremony the sun came out and it was honestly, the most perfect day. It’s important to remember that there may be something on your wedding day may not go exactly as planned and that’s okay - at the end of the day you are married to the love of your life!

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TIP: Buy a comfortable wedding dress

This might be a strange one but trust me, if you feel uncomfortable in your dress it will definitely show in your wedding pictures. When you are comfortable, you will feel (and look) confident! I was in my dress for 18+ hours and I was never once uncomfortable which I was so thankful for! It was so fun being able to wear my dress around all day because honestly, I’ll never be able to do it again! In addition to your own dress, make sure your attendants and family feel comfortable with what they are wearing too. When you are picking out bridesmaids dresses, be sure to ask your bridesmaids how they feel in the dress. You want your friends and family members to feel just as great on your wedding day!

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It truly was the best day of our lives and we wouldn’t have changed a thing!

Cheers!
- Jessica

Upcoming Events


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Bekah Taylor Photography

We have a few exciting events coming up here at Bread & Chocolate that we wanted to spread the word about!

Bridal Open House
Saturday, February 23
10am - 12pm

Whether you're engaged or soon-to-be, come enjoy a morning full of wedding inspiration at our annual Bridal Open House!

Connect with great local wedding vendors and get some stuff checked off your wedding to-do list! Sample a selection of our homemade food and desserts, paired nicely with a glass of wine or one of our signature drinks at the bar. Tour the venue and get inspiration for your wedding!

Champagne Tours
Wednesday, January 2 - 6pm
Saturday, February 2 - 10am
Sunday, February 10 - 2pm

Newly engaged and planning a wedding? Join us for a special tour of our wedding venue while sipping some champagne! Group tours will begin at the time specified on each event. Spaces are limited to the couple and 2 additional guests. RSVP is required so reserve your spot today!

You definitely will not want to miss these events! Click on the button below to register for these fun events!

Real Wedding: Chelsea & James


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Chelsea, James, their families and their vendors were such a dream to work with! Everyone was very professional yet laid back so the entire planning process, and the wedding day, was such a breeze! They truly focused on making it the best wedding day not only for themselves, but for their guests as well. One thing that made this wedding extra special was the keg bike (Winona Bike Works) that Chelsea’s dad had actually helped invent. He asked early on if we would be able to serve from it and of course we said yes! It was such a unique addition to an already amazing wedding. Thank you to Chelsea and James for trusting us with your wedding that was over 10 years in the making!

A big thank you to the rest of their team for being so wonderful to work with! Photo: Arielle Peters Photography | Florist: Marie + Grace Floral Design | Planning: Whalen Creative Group | DJ: Quattro Systems | Videography: Mason Geiger | Beer Bike: Winona Bike Works

“We cannot thank you enough for all the work you did to help make our wedding day perfect. Everything was exactly how we pictured it would and more! To this day, our biggest compliment has been our venue! We are so grateful to have been able to work with you!” - Chelsea & James

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