Your big day is coming up. Check out these great people and services that can help you make your special day a dream come true!
Have you ever been inspired by someone that took a really bad situation and turned it into a life changing situation to fuel their passion? Well, that is my good friend Michelle! After experiencing tragedy and going through loss and grief, she CHOSE delight over despair and to Delight in Life. She decided to pursue her passion of photography by capturing the moments that celebrate life and hold the memories for generations. This is the person that you want at your wedding – capturing those once in a lifetime moments. Please read what Michelle has to say in her own words:
“My hopes are to help you create a lasting legacy with photographs, that are uniquely you ... celebrating life.
With a passion to capture some of life’s most amazing moments -- I am blessed that this is more than just a job to me. My desire is that these pictures will inspire deep joy and memories that will live long in the heart in the years to come.
It’s amazing to think as you look at your wedding photos, and time goes by-- raising a family and anniversaries and just life-- that these pictures will hold the memories of the love that brought you together. I take great pride in this and always strive to capture the "real you".”
You can check out some of Michelle’s wedding photos on her website – it’s loaded with samples of her beautiful work. Browse through some testimonials from brides and contact her for a free consultation on photography coverage of your wedding day! And remember Delight in Life!
To contact Michelle or check out her website:
http://www.delightphotography.com/ Capturing the Romance!
Matthew Sherry, DJ and Video Services
A couple of years ago I met Matt Sherry at a bridal expo. We were sharing with each other about our businesses and I was immediately impressed with the vast knowledge and experience Matt has with music and video. (Their family run business, Complete Music and Video, has been around for over 37 years!) In just talking with Matt I knew why they’re so successful – he was really interested in talking with me and actually listened to what I was saying. I knew he did that with his brides, too, in order to be top picked DJ by brides!
Matt offers a cool “Meet the DJ night” about once a month at their office so brides & grooms can meet him and the other DJs, and I am often there showing how easy it is to register your honeymoon, too. It is usually the 3rd Thursday of the month and is fun because you get to spend more time with the DJs figuring out what you want while munching on some appetizers and sipping beverages in a casual environment – just for you.
When you are looking for a DJ, give Matt a call
Contact Matt at:
Complete Music and Video
222 N Concord Exchange Suite #3 South St. Paul, MN 55075
651 455 7244
Complete Music Website
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Leisha Gust, Owner of Pearls & Lace Bridal
Leisha is a fabulously talented lady that I am proud to call my friend and business partner! She LOVES to help people, and is dedicated to her customers. Leisha says, “Our customers are our main focus and it's absolutely positively all about HER and what she wants. We will answer all of your questions and help you find the perfect wedding gown and all of your wedding needs.” I know this is true. I have seen her in action pampering her brides.
I highly recommend you browse through Leisha’s boutique. You will receive pampering assistance and feel relaxed in their personal setting.
(OK… I have to let you in on a few secrets, too. If you see a big crown displayed while at her boutique – it is because Leisha is Mrs. Minnesota 2008! She is also the lead singer in the band: “Shameless Desire” and has been volunteering with Make a Wish Foundation for close to 20 years! She is an awesome lady!)
To contact Leisha or check out her boutique:
Pearls & Lace Bridal
12008 Co Rd 11 Burnsville, MN 55337
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Sabina Zeenat, Custom Thank You Baskets for Out-of-Town Guests & Bridal Party
Sabina is an awesome, creative lady that has always enjoyed making custom gift baskets to give as gifts to her family and friends. In 2005, she turned her passion into a successful business. Sabina takes pride in listening to her client’s needs so they can proudly deliver a customized gift basket in thanks or to celebrate special occasions. Sabina creates premium gift baskets both for individuals and corporate clients all over the United States. These aren’t just ordinary gift baskets that anyone can put together. These are customized gift baskets of the highest quality that really make the gift recipient feel special and appreciated. The time, care and passion she takes to create each basket as well as the high quality selection of items she places in each basket – you would think she knows the recipient!
She creates gift baskets for:
· weddings (out of town guests, bridal party, etc.)
· new babies,
· thank you,
· congratulatory, (new home, graduation, etc.)
· get well,
· holiday baskets and
· many more.
She also has baskets for occasions like - Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Graduation Day - or any occasion you want to make it special. Her gift baskets range from $20.00 and above.
She encourages requests for customized baskets, so you can make every gift distinctively yours.
For your custom gift baskets please contact Sabina at:
4391 McMenemy St., Vadnais Heights, MN 55127
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Rev. Susan Lee-Wright – Wedding OfficiantDo you want the most personal wedding ceremony ever – to represent YOU on your wedding day? That is exactly what my friend and business associate, Susan, does for you. She customizes your wedding vows just for you to make your wedding day special, just the way you want it.
Susan has created and performed hundreds of wedding ceremonies and has had significant training and experience in business management, public speaking and the performing arts as well as in ministry and dramatic training for couples, teens and children. She combines all of her wonderful experience together to assist couples in creating the wedding of their dreams, which is to her, the greatest of honors. She takes the time to get to know each couple and incorporates the uniqueness of their relationship and their feelings of love for each other into each and every ceremony she creates.
If you want your vows and ceremony to be special in every way… Contact Susan at:
Affordable I Do’s and Perfect Day Wedding Ceremonies.
612-272-9436 (612 2 Say I Do)
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James Ramsay of James Ramsay Photography is an incredibly gifted photographer. He has a very distinctive talent for capturing all of the unique details of any occasion. It’s his sharp eye and unique documentary style that really set him apart from others in his field. James is a true artist. I’m always thrilled to refer the brides that I meet to James because I am confident that he will exceed even their greatest expectations and that they will be grateful every time they see their pictures.
James Ramsay, Photographer
Contact James Ramsay Photography:
300 Broadway St. Studio #407
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
Check out James' Website
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For all of the couples out there looking for the perfect spot for your wedding that will cater to your sophisticated taste, look no further – 413 on Wacouta in St. Paul is the place for you! Call Lynn McCullough to schedule a tour right now! With its elegant and luxurious décor, 413 on Wacouta is a welcoming environment for any event.
Lynn McCullough, 413 on Wacouta
Just as delightful and spectacular as the venue is the owner, Lynn McCullough, who goes above and beyond to ensure your wedding day is perfect.
Contact Lynn McCullough at:
413 on Wacouta Website
Terri Leckas, Queen of CakesDe-lish! Terri, the owner of Queen of Cakes, not only makes the incredibly beautiful cakes, but also the most delicious cakes. Queen of Cakes has provided the dessert at several events that I have attended and there are never leftovers! Terri’s cakes are always a crowd favorite and you will always hear people talk about sneaking another piece! In fact, I could go for a piece of cake right now!!
Queen of Cakes Inc.
7027 Amundson Ave. Edina, MN 55439
Queen of Cakes Design Studio:
Wedding Cake Consultations and Cake Showroom
7104 Amundson Ave. Edina, MN 55439
Queen of Cakes Website (be sure to check out their fun video!)
Carol Chapple, owner of Little Fish Designs, is a creative florist with a fun and unique design style that ranges from modern to contemporary to classic. Little Fish Designs specializes in weddings, themed events, corporate designs and Asian arts. They offer award winning designs, creative ideas and delightful service.
Carol Chapple, Floral Designer
I encourage you to visit her website for more information and to check out pictures of some of her innovative designs. Phone: 612-462-3513
Little Fish Designs Website
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Dan Mcallister, The Original Traveling Photo Booth Company
This amazing traveling photo booth has been such a hit at all of the events that I have seen it at. It’s a way cool experience! It’s easy to use, delivers high quality pictures, and, best of all, it’s just a really fun time! Capture fun memories with friends and loved ones! And I can’t forget to mention that Dan offers fabulously friendly service. Check them out for your next big event.
You can find Dan at:
916 26th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Travel Photo Booth Website
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Mike Oleksa, Wedding Insurance & Insurance Review
Mike has been working with Brouillette Group (a family owned company) since 2006 and is well versed in all types of insurance; home, auto, commercial, health and even wedding. Mike works with a large variety of insurance companies. What that means for you is-- he is going to get the best coverage and best price for you and your family.
I know from experience, when meeting with Mike he takes time to listen and gather information from you, then goes to work for you analyzing your information, making recommendations, and designing a program for you. If he finds that you already have the best coverage for your money he will let you know and suggest to stay with the insurance company you are already with, and when he finds something better for you he will present you with your options so you can make the best choice possible. He actually told me to stay with my current insurance – I was impressed!
You can call Mike to have him do a free analysis for you and your new spouse. It is well worth it. The majority of the time he can get you BETTER coverage at a lower cost than what you are paying now and it's great time to review your insurance needs as you merge your lives together.
You can contact Mike at:
1481 81st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55432
763-746-2727 office or 651-335-5755 cell
Brouilette Group Website
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Besa Regan, Bridal Glamor
OK… To be honest with you, I am not much of a make-up kind of girl and I use to be allergic to some of Mary Kay’s skin care products. So why am I recommending Besa? Simply because Besa is FABULOUS and very funny to boot! A couple of years ago she sat down with me to give me a free facial and explain to me all about the new Mary Kay products (I hadn’t tried them in over 15 years and they had changed a lot), and I actually ended up liking them! She took a lot of time to listen to me and then teach me how to apply make-up so it looks nice and you can’t really tell that I am wearing it. She didn’t try to pressure me into buying anything, which I very much appreciated. Now I don’t waste any more time or money with other products. I just buy Mary Kay. They even have a 100% back guarantee – so if I don’t like something I can send it back. I have officially gotten rid of my junk make-up drawer!
Besa is a Mary Kay lady for life. She has been teaching professional skin care and color cosmetics with Mary Kay since November 2003 and is very passionate about it! She is so good at what she does she has earned a couple of Mary Kay cars and a gorgeous diamond ring! She LOVES to sit down with women, give them facials that they feel beautiful in – that is true beauty when a lady lights up and radiates with her new look! She can help you do that for your wedding day!
Pam Rickard, Your Photo Solutions Expert
about having passion for what you do…Pam Rickard is extremely
passionate and knowledgeable about helping you organize and share your
photo memories with all of the fabulous products from Creative Memories.
is a trusted business partner that you will see at the Boutiques at
Caribou and an amazing lady that I get to call my friend!
help you get your jpegs out of your camera and off of the computer into
beautiful albums and displays to share for years to come. Even if you
don’t have a creative bone in your body, Pam can help you by showing you
how easy it is to do it yourself or she can do it for you! She has a
beautiful and inviting studio where she hosts group events and classes
frequently. The events are all about you - teaching you how to
celebrate your photos and get them back into your life. They are about
you - taking time for yourself.
Get in touch with this wonderful lady to get started now! Check out her cool website to see all the cool products available!
You can find Pam at:
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Cindy Moynihan, Mortgage Lender
Moynihan is a wonderful, caring lady that has been helping hundreds of
people finance their homes since 1986. Cindy is able to shop 30
different lenders to provide you with a competitive loan program that’s
Savvy, Smart and Sophisticated, but most importantly ---- it fits your
needs. What I like best about Cindy is she is very professional,
knowledgeable and passionate about what she does, she takes time to get
to know you as a person, and she truly cares about doing what is best
for you. (OK, that is more than one thing -- but as you can see, I
think very highly of Cindy and am proud to have her as a business
partner and a friend!) I know from my own experience that when you work
with Cindy, personalized service is guaranteed! She will even attend
your loan closing to ensure all the details are accurate and make sure
your closing takes place on time.
You just watch… Cindy is going to be the TOP mortgage lender in St. Paul within the next 3 years!
When you need a home mortgage or want to refinance, you can reach Cindy at:
PRIME Mortgage, a Division of the Business Bank
11100 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 200, Minnetonka, MN 55305
Cindy's Facebook Fanpage
Carisa Ricci, Wedding Registry for Kitchen Tools that Pamper the Chef
Whether you like to cook or not, my friend Carisa can hook you up with some cool kitchen tools! I myself am not a cook and don’t even pretend to be, but I have a ton of kitchen tools from Carisa that I LOVE to use that make my non-cooking life easier! From my kitchen shears, toast tongs, glass containers, spatulas, paring knives, cutting board, spreader, can strainer, timer, batter bowl, whisk to my last -- but not least because it is my favorite tool… the orange peeler! I love them all.
Carisa has been in her Home-based business in Direct Sales of Kitchen Tools that Pamper the Chef for 9 years and she loves it. She provides a fun night with friends/family all while teaching time-saving tips for meal preparation and budget friendly recipes. She also puts together wedding showers for the bride-to-be to receive some great quality kitchen items!
For more information on hosting a party or wedding registry with kitchen tools that Pamper the Chef...
Contact Independent Sales Director, Carisa Ricci at: