Cold Feet

The winter chills has set-in here in Minneapolis. The snow came later than normal and now the cold temperatures have greeted us all through-out almost day in February. (Did I just open my blog post with talking about the weather?)

The snowless day of November 30th will be forever marked as my engagement day. How much does your life, thoughts and life challenges change after you accept a marriage proposal. The month of December was full of Holiday cheer, gushing over the future plans of the big day and random thoughtful advice from others. January brought lots of wedding investigating and planning between the groom-to-be and I. Visiting at least 5 venues every Saturday and then attending my first-ever Bridal convention show left my head spinning. Trying to stay organized, I quickly started spreadsheets and alphabetical order binders full of the possible vendors and venues to work with.

Confident the plans would go fast, easy and smoothly, I’m now stuck at February 10th with no theme, venue, dress, photography, DJ or even church booked. How could this be? How could this experienced party planner not even have her own wedding ready to send out the save the dates?

What occurred to me late January, is that it truly is harder to plan for yourself then it is to plan for others. Maybe it’s the money that you actually spend is yours, and that the special day has so many gathered expectations that every where you turn your ideas compile into this never-ending TO-DO list.

At this very moment, I feel in a good place, knowing that my fiancé and I have a simple plan in the works and we are excited to gather the final details to share with family and close friends.

Until then, enjoy the engagement picture highlights. Photos are presented by Trina Severson, she is a bright-eyed, down-to-earth inspiring-photographer that not only has the powerful camera but the eyes behind the lens to catch those moments. I compiled a few highlights to hold you:

Photos taken In Brandon, Minnesota by Trina

Photos taken In Brandon, Minnesota by Trina

Severson Street Sign

Severson Road in Brandon, Minnesota, where the Bride is from. Photos taken by Trina

Our proposal site shoot, Rice Park in St Paul, Minnesota

Our proposal site shoot, Rice Park in St Paul, Minnesota

Rice Park Proposal moment by Trina

Rice Park Proposal moment by Trina

Snow playing

Snow playing in Rice Park, by Trina Severson

We aren’t getting cold feet, lets just say the cold weather has set back our planning a bit. Stay tuned because the best is yet to come!

your MN design gal

What direction will the wedding go?

1 extra special shiny object

Twas the night before December 1st and St Paul was shimmering, Rice Park had their lights bright for us on that mild night. Being escorted to St Paul Grill by Steve, it was a special treat to end the week.

View from table at dinner, St Paul Grill

View from table at dinner, St Paul Grill, taken with Instagram application

I wasn’t wearing anything fancy but my favorite coral sweater and jeans. If I would have known this night would go down in history I would have worn something a bit more royal for the occasion.

After our fabulous dinner, walleye for him and salmon for me, we headed to the bright and shiny Holiday lights in the park. This was our 3rd time at Rice Park, having it also been marked as our 3rd winter season together as a couple. 20121208-090857.jpg

Tree hugging

Trying to settle me down from taking random funny pictures in the park, Steve asked to take a picture of just me behind the big blue tree. “Why? That’s kind of strange” I tell him. Steve began to tell me and little did I know that this tree is as tall and bright as the iconic Rockefeller Center tree in New York City and is lit 24 hours a day, seven days a week until January 1 with 15,000 energy-efficient LED lights.

As I was standing there smiling and also thinking my boyfriend knows his lights, he began to tell me how much he loves me and began to explain our journey of meeting and falling in love. Before I could ask or think anymore he gets down on one knee.

I quickly filled-up with excitement and was shocked to be asked a question so unexpectedly and without any notice or signs to prepare, I took a deep breath as tears rolled down my cheeks and said “Yes”.



11 o’Clock on the dot! Look closely!

I looked at my lovely ring and my fiancé and couldn’t help but think this was still a dream. My second surprise was that we were staying at the St Paul Hotel with champagne waiting in the room for us.

The very first question I had for Steve after the proposal was “Did you ask my dad?” Steve replied, “of course I did.”


Happy Wishes to you and may I remind you that the best surprises are the ones that are unexpected. This one I will always hold close to my heart. Loving my new bling and look forward to sharing the love this Holiday season with family and friends and my new fiance!

newly engaged,
your mn design gal