Eclectic Minnesota Wedding by James Ramsay Photography

Kunbi O / Friday May 16, 2014
We’re closing out the week with this amazing period wedding by James Ramsay Photography. Julia and Ben went all the way with a 20s meet victorian meet steampunk wedding. The couple knew they wanted to incorporate their family histories along with their own story. They chose Steampunk inspired elements and victorian costumes from the Guthrie Theatre along with 1920’s wear to celebrate the bride’s family’s Jazz history (her Grandfather opened the first integrated jazz club in Roseville, MN which played host to a lot of legends).Their color palette consisted of vintage metallic colors like antique golds, coppers and aged steely grey mixed with peacock colors of deep purples, plum and teal. We’re in love!

Their Story
He always knew he’d marry a girl-next-door type….he just didn’t think he’d meet her all the way in  Japan. As a 5th generation Minnesotan, she wanted to build her life close to her old stomping grounds; little did she know she’d find her own slice of home and soulmate more than 5,000 miles from Minnesota. Julia and Ben were studying abroad in Japan, when they met each other.  Since then, the’ve been inseparable, building their lives in Minnesota.


Julia wore a gold circlet in her hair along with gold gloves, vintage fur coat & stole, and vintage gold brooches chain jewelry.  Ben wore top hat, coattails, shoe spats, and an ornate engraved pocketwatch.  His groomsmen also wore various period pieces of striped vests, and hats; each with their own pocket watches. They were married in Julia’s childhood church and rode to the church and venue with a bus driver Ben has worked with for years via the YMCA.
The reception was held at the downtown Saint Paul venue: Lowertown Event Center, a historic building that was built in 1889, which features exposed wood, brick, and metal beams which enhanced their industrial, steampunk inspiration.   The reception tables were dressed with gold and glitter vases filled with local fauna along with peacock feathers and plum florals.  The cake was decorated with steampunk gears and metallic finishes.  Guests were seated at tables named after steampunk and victorian elements such as Dirigible, Spectacles, and Pocketwatch.  Cocktail hour featured a photobooth with victorian costume pieces for guests to donn.  The couple treated their guests to steampunk-decorated cake, graphic cake pops and a buffet of their favorite Japanese snacks.
Vendors: Photographer: James Ramsay Photography//Caterer:Brasa Rotisserie//Event Planner: Fabulous Functions by Julie Lyford | Equipment Rentals:Guthrie Theatre | Floral Designer: La Petite Fleur | Event Venue: Lowertown Event Center//Invitation Designer: PaperThick Ink//Cake Designer: Taste of Love Bakery | Submitted via Two Bright Lights