Nate and Allie met on Catholic Match, and their first date was Mass at the Cathedral of St Paul, followed by a 3 hours at a Claddagh Coffee Shop on 7th. Nate says on the first date that he knew he was going to marry Allie… Allie was probably a bit more skeptical, but she knew it was definitely a perfect, hit it out of the park first date and she knew it was going somewhere. They continued to go to the Cathedral of St. Paul when they were dating, and would always stop and pray at the Marion Chapel where they first met. Last winter, Nate planned a perfect relaxing day doing things that they love doing together and then suggested going to Mass. Right before Mass, Allie went to confession and Nate was waiting off to the side. They went over to the Marion Chapel to pray (again, very normal, no suspicions) and then he got down on one knee and asked Allie to marry him with a ring that he had spent hours designing, right where they first met.
Nate and Allie wanted the focus of their wedding day to be the actual ceremony. They spent the most time planning the details of the ceremony and prayerfully choosing the readings for Mass, etc. They wanted all of their guests to see God first, in the ceremony, their relationship, everything. They were married at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West St Paul in front of all of their friends and family.
Their reception was at Minneapolis Event Center. They loved the location on St. Anthony Main and loved the historical aspects of the building; the original exposed brick and wooden beams, etc. For decorations, they wanted it to be simple but Allie also really wanted to make something. She is an artist so it was hard for her to not want to go overboard and do handmade everything so her sisters, mom and herself hand painted their votive candle holders, and they used different fine art paper as table runners. They used magnolia leaves as place cards; and an ongoing laurel theme, which was an ode to the bride’s southern roots. Here are my favorites from their wedding day!