I love being able shoot in different locations. When Abbie and Brian mentioned shooting in Stillwater by the water I got really excited. I had no idea this wonderful beach area was there. AMAZING!!! I can’t wait for their private farm wedding in August.
Before I start writing a vendor feature, I reminisce about when and how I met each owner. I remember seeing Tara’s working on blogs, magazines and thinking how romantic and beautiful her work was. I was looking forward to the day I would be able to work with her. Our encounter was pretty typical. I was a second photographer at a wedding and Tara was the florist. Another time we met was at the Working Workshop where I was able to learn a lot more about A Day in Provence. Then I knew that Tara was doing big things. I wanted to be a part of it. Last year I got the pleasure to be a part of Bridal Soirée styled shoot. She did not disappoint.
Tara, let’s create and shoot conceptual shoots everyday 😉
Tell us a little bit about you & your business. A Day in Provence is a floral & styling boutique continuously inspired by all things floral and french, vintage and beautiful. I love doing what I do each day & feel really grateful to have my own business in such a fun loving, creative urban area.
How did you begin your journey towards being a florist?
The journey began years ago when my husband and I left our corporate careers & moved to Europe for nearly a year. I was in search of a new adventure, never dreaming I’d someday have a business of my own. I dabbled in flowers while living in Paris – stopping at flower shops of every kind & designing back at our apartment in the 6th arrondissement.
And a trip to Provence during that timeframe was oh so inspiring. The delightful food, pottery, fresh lavender & cobblestone streets…the focus on beauty in everyday life was a little something we wanted to bring back home with us. We moved back home to Minnesota months after & I started A Day in Provence one year later.
What is your favorite thing about being in your line of business?
I love the variety. Each wedding & event is treated like a brand new project for us. We never create the same thing twice. I also love the creative design aspects – the inspiration boards, the floral & ribbon selections, styling, and designing the floral pieces. What is one thing your do not forget to tell your clients?
“You can relax now. We’ll take good care of you.” If you weren’t in the floral business, what would you like to do?
Ooh, this is tough as I love this creative event industry. I’d maybe be a travel blogger or photographer documenting highlights of travels from around the world as my suitcase is always packed and ready to go!
Or, I always thought there would be such good energy working on a beautiful college campus…with students eager to learn & ready to take on the world. I could see myself working with students prepping to study abroad – such a life changing experience for me & is what officially started both my love for travel & never ending love for Europe! How many weddings do you take each year? And, how far in advance should couples book with you for their wedding?
We generally take on just under 30 weddings annually with peak season occurring from May – October. We have wedding clients booking with us anywhere from 6-12 months out.
If you could make an arrangement for someone famous, who would that be?
Well, one of our floral career highlights was meeting & designing for the beautifully talented Julie Andrews in Saint Paul a few years ago. I’m not sure I can top that one (and she would have been high on my list to begin with, et voilà!). I mean, how lucky can a girl get?
I had the vision to collaborate on a Kentucky Derby conceptual shoot that would go nicely with my Bridal Soiree’ that I shot last year. The opportunity didn’t present itself until I was doing a vendor shoot of Miss Renee owner of The Bowtie Shoppe. She mentioned that she had a vision of doing a Derby shoot as well. How perfect to also feature her bow ties. With the help from Casey owner of Belle Noelle Events & Design to add the finishing touches and organization, this shoot was meant to be :–)
It’s Rosetree!!!!!!!!! Jenn & Janea of Rosetree Events. The story of how I met these two beautiful ladies is simple, 3 years ago at a wedding I was photographing and they were the wedding planners. Shout out to Holly & Adam!!!! I still remember teaching them how to use instagram :–) It’s has been an absolute pleasure watching these two grow into the brand that is Rosetree Events!!! Love you ladies!
Tell me a little bit about you and your business. We are a wedding and event planning and coordination firm. We (Janea and Jenn) always knew that we would be doing something with events or weddings. We met when we were 12 and 15 years old and were consumed with fun events and weddings while we were young! When we were 18 and 21 we actually wrote our first business plan to start our own planning business but life got a hold of us and at last a decade or so later we finally followed our dreams and started Rosetree! Rosetree is a mix of our 2 last names, Rosen & Mitcheltree. We love all the pretties and the administration that goes into having a business like ours!
How did you begin your journey towards Wedding Planning? We both started planning events and weddings at very young ages. When we became friends in our teens, we teamed up for wedding planning/coordination at our church and the passion and future dream of our partnership began. We actually started with a very simple business plan when we were just out of high school.
How would you explain the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding coordinator? Do you do both? Yes, we do both planning & coordination! We define a wedding planner as that go to person, typically hired at the very beginning process of planning, who will not only help establish a budget but who also guides clients with design, vendor recommendations/meetings, timeline creation, is a quick problem solver & sometimes therapist all the while managing logistics for overall day (and much more). A wedding coordinator will provide additional help day of, timeline creation and will execute all of the planning the couple have done the day of while being the main point of contact for wedding party, family, vendors and guests.
What is one thing you don’t forget to tell your clients? We always tell them to plan on scheduling alone time. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day and the festivities that couples forget to steal some moments just for themselves. Plus they may want a kiss or two without all eyes being on them! When designing a wedding, what is the basic process you go through with couples to nailing down a style direction? Most importantly, we thrive on the inspiration that comes when meeting a couple and hearing about their story and their listening to what they envision for their wedding day. Once we get a good idea of what their vision is we put together a style board with the color palette, details and rentals. This is a great visual that allows our clients to see how all the décor pieces will fit together. Do you have a team of wedding planners on team Rosetree Weddings & Events? We have a great group of Rosebuds (20 in all) that consist of Lead Planners, Assistants & interns. Our team photos and bios are found on our about us page on our website., please check them out and get to know us a little more. If you could plan any wedding or event, what would that be? Destination weddings! We love to travel and love the different cultures around the world! (PLUS: traveling in the winter time is a bonus!)
Is it time for you to go dress shopping? Might I recommend a&be’ Bridal Shop. Not only are the ladies of this shop super sweet, the place is absolutely beautiful. Make sure you put this shop on your list. You will not be disappointed.
Tell us a little bit about you and your business. a&bé bridal shop is a bridal boutique created to bring brides the coolest wedding dressses from both indie and traditional designers. a&bé bridal shop is brand new to minneapolis (we opened in august) but has an established history in the bridal industry. First and foremost, a&bé supports the up&coming, & the indie, & the creative bridal designers and connects them to brides. Secondly, a&bé gives brides access to something different: we have a little bit of the bohemian, & the casual, & the vintage, & the separates, & the alternative & the romantic.
How did you begin your journey towards a&be’? a&bé bridal shop is a new boutique created to support the creative surge happening in weddings across the nation. a&bé is an easy, no-fuss experience for brides who want a more laid back approach to their wedding dress shopping.
What is your favorite thing about being in your line of business? There are so many things that I love about this business, but it probably comes down to the people. I get to work with the most awesome people every day. And these people include our brides, our designers, and our team.
How early should clients purchase their dress? Generally, at least 7-9 months in advance! The gowns can range in the length of production time and then clients should factor in additional time for alterations. Plus, so many decisions hinge on the gown choice so until the dress is selected many other decisions are put on hold.
What is one thing you don’t forget to tell your clients? Thank you! We truly appreciate every single one of our brides! We feel really honored to be invited to be a part of their wedding experience.
What are some of the great designers that you carry? I love all of our designers and what’s cool is that we are bringing so many of them to Minnesota for the first time! These include: Truvelle, Anna Campbell, Sarah Seven, Katie May, Claire La Faye, Elizabeth Dye, and Rue De Seine!
What makes A&be stand out? It’s our combination of designers, the aesthetic of our space, and our fun, friendly experience!
If you could fit someone famous for a dress, who would that be? Zooey Deschanel! I love her quirky style!
WELCOME. I’m Whitney, a Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer from small town Wisconsin! I spend most of my days being goofy and capturing life with my husband and dogs. Ever heard of Instagram?!! I thrive off of the moments in life and I am there to capture them. This also transpires when I am capturing your wedding day. My hearts desire is to capture classic detailed images for you to treasure for the rest of your lives.
I can’t wait to meet you and hear more about your love story!