Words by Lindsey Christie
Photography by Uppercase L Photography
As an interior designer and local business owner, my work becomes quickly intertwined with my personal life, and I truly wouldn’t want it to be any other way. This past November, I started my business Lindsey Grace Interiors in Fargo, N.D. That same month, my now husband Jared, proposed and we decided to purchase our first home. It’s safe to say this past year has been the busiest, but most fulfilling year yet. I am so grateful that my amazing clients share so much of their daily lives, dreams and every part of their journey with me. It’s that connection that takes any project to the next level. For that reason, it was an easy decision to share the most special day of our lives with you all – and the journey it took to design our dream wedding.
Setting the Scene
I knew exactly how I wanted the evening to look and feel, but I also knew that planning an event for 200 plus people wasn’t my area of expertise. I quickly enlisted Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling in Grand Forks. I had been to several events that Sadie had created, and an added bonus – one of my best friends from high school is her assistant. After meeting with Sadie and Jalen, I knew they we would make the perfect team to bring my dreams to reality.
Through working with Sadie I also learned that she and I share a similar background. I recently moved my career from Minneapolis to Fargo. I absolutely love the Fargo community, the growth, and of course the people. There truly is no place like it. My business has been created off of my experience working in both New York City and Minneapolis, but also the needs and wants of the local community. As a designer, one of my top goals is to always listen to what my clients want, while bringing a fresh new perspective to the Midwest design industry.
In 2010, Sadie sold her floral company in Minneapolis and moved back to Grand Forks, bringing her talent for event planning with her. Clients would come to her with their ideas and style boards, but the elements were just not readily available in North Dakota. For that reason, Sadie scaled her business to offer floral and specialty decor elements to meet the demands of the local community.
Of course, the biggest decision is setting the date, and everything flows from there. We had our engagement pictures taken in Minneapolis immediately after becoming engaged because I wanted to make the most of the fall foliage. We had an instant connection with our photographer, Amanda at Uppercase L Photography and when she agreed to come to Grand Forks to photograph our wedding, we were so excited. I knew I wanted a June wedding, and the 16th has a special meaning for us in many ways. Also, a deciding factor was that it was the only Saturday in June that Amanda wasn’t already booked.
I had never realized the huge role good photography plays the day of the wedding. Amanda and her co-shooter, Trish, kept our timeline running so smoothly while capturing every special moment of the day.
For the venue, I knew I wanted something different, fun and intimate. Growing up in Grand Forks, most special occasions for our family are spent celebrating at Sky’s. When we approached them to host our reception, they agreed and I was ecstatic. We had several meetings to narrow down the details. This included the food, of course, but also the cocktails, service and overall layout of the event.
The Big Day
Each guest was able to start the cocktail hour with our signature cocktails. Mine was the “Blushing Bride”, a spin-off of a cosmopolitan, and Jared decided on a cucumber Moscow mule we named the “Mister Mule”.
For dinner, the chef did an amazing job. We served grilled, Faroe Island king salmon, finished with Sky’s famous North Dakota prairie sauce with a black bean rice and the most wonderful smoked brisket, mashed potatoes and asparagus.
I also wanted to make sure our wedding was personal. I brought the ideas and the entire team executed them perfectly. I knew I wanted our wedding to feel feminine and gorgeous, but also relaxed and fun. The first thing we decided on was the color scheme. It all started the same way most clients bring me their inspiration for their homes – a Pinterest board.
We decided on French blue floor length linens, mixed with blush pink, ivory and gold details. Since the decor of Sky’s leans more toward a masculine and industrial feel, we had to work on how to blend the two very different styles. We decided to remove all the existing chairs in the restaurant other than a few of the French round back chairs at the head table. Then we brought in gold chivaris chairs, complemented with gold charger plates at each table setting.
To bring in the blush, ivory and gold in the color scheme, we turned to the floral arrangements. My all-time favorite flowers are peonies, so we mixed those in with a gorgeous combination of hydrangeas, roses and ruscus greenery. To bring in the drama, Sadie created arrangements of various heights based off of various table sizes. The French blue candles and brass holders created such a romantic feel.
I am obsessed with stationery and I put a lot of time and detail in selecting and designing our invitations. I wanted them to match the feel of our entire wedding day, and also be super functional when it came to navigating the day and of course RSVPs. I chose Shine Wedding Invitations and they were so easy to work with.
For the place cards and table numbers, I found a wonderfully talented local business – Lettering By Samantha. Samantha created custom marble tiles with each guest’s name and table number to help navigate the seating chart. She also designed and created each table number to coordinate. Each place setting had a tiny box of pink macaroons, which were baked locally by Acres & Company.
One of the biggest challenges of our venue was the strict number of guests that we could seat. For that reason, we expanded the seating area to the skywalk connected to the restaurant. It created a unique experience for our guest to be able to dine over the passing traffic and be immersed in all of the downtown action. Our head table was placed in the center of the restaurant. I loved this idea because we were surrounded by all of our loved ones.
Sweets + Settings
Not only did Mindy of Acres & Company make the tiny macaroon gift boxes, but she also created an entire dessert buffet. Along with our three-tier cake, we had mini 6” naked cakes, cake pops and cupcakes. This was a huge hit with our guests and each item received raving reviews. I sourced our custom cake topper from Etsy along with the bride and groom signs on the back of our head table chairs. Paper Petals By Sophie created a gorgeous backdrop for the dessert table with custom paper flowers to match our color scheme.
Last minute, I decided to place polaroid cameras next to our guest book, to create a fun little photo booth-feel on our dance floor during the cocktail hour. It was so fun to look back on, not only the sweet messages everyone left us, but also have fun pictures of everyone that came to celebrate. It was truly the best day of our lives. It’s all because of our amazing family, friends and of course each one of the amazing vendors that contributed to our day!
Wedding Day Breakdown:
Design – Lindsey Christie, Lindsey Grace Interiors
Event decor & floral – Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling
Photographer – Amanda Hammarstedt, Uppercase L Photographer & Trish Burtzel
Venue – Sky’s, Grand Forks
Food & drink – Sky’s Fine Dining, Grand Forks
Reception stationery & marble tiles – Lettering By Samantha
Cake & desserts – Acres & Company
Paper floral decor – Paper Petals By Sophie
Invitations – Shine Wedding Invitations
Cake topper & bride/groom signs – Etsy
For more information, contact:
Lindsey Grace Interiors – Fargo
LindseyGraceInteriors.comSadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling
899 2nd Avenue North, Suite 1 – Grand Forks