Real Wedding | Kate & Dave

Originality was everywhere at this charming couple’s summer wedding. From the museum reception location (cool photo-ops) to the DIY wedding favors (dinosaur magnet frames) there are so many unique ideas for inspiration. My favorite detail by far…. the delicate and lovely paper cranes they used as part of their table scape. Can you believe they hand folded 1,000 of them? They looked so beautiful with Kate’s bright wedding color palette.  Amazingly perfect!

Kate & Dave | July 17, 2010 | St. Paul, Minnesota

How they met
We met in Kyoto, Japan, where we both spent a year on the same fellowship after college.

The ceremony
We were married at Ft. Snelling Memorial Chapel by a good friend, who flew all the way out from Tucson to perform the ceremony. The rain stopped just in time for us to make our bubble-filed exit to the trolley that we hired to transport us and the rest of the wedding party.

The reception
Our reception was at the Science Museum of Minnesota, Kate’s favorite field-trip venue as a child. It seemed an appropriate choice since Kate is a scientist and Dave an engineer. We went with a dual Japanese/Science theme with ikebana-inspired centerpieces surrounded by handfuls of the 1000 paper cranes that we folded. Guests were given Japanese candies in origami favor boxes. The placecards were dinosaur magnets with the guests’ pictures in them and the table number cards were science-themed xkcd comics (

The moment from Kate will never forget
We were evacuated briefly to an interior hallway because of the intense wind and hail outside!

Splurges and savings
We splurged on a photobooth, but it resulted in the greatest and most hilarious guestbook ever!

We saved by designing our invitations online, assembling them ourselves and hand-making favor boxes, programs and menus.

What made her wedding dress “The One”?
It felt like I tried on a million dresses, but it was probably more like 20 or 30. I felt wonderful the moment I stepped into this dress. It was a little out of my price range, so I decided to keep looking, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I figured “what the heck? You only get married once (or I will at least!).

What made you decide to sell your wedding dress?
This dress is too beautiful to sit in my closet for the next 30 years. I’d love to see it find another bride!

Kate’s Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet
Photography: Betsy Wall Photography