Avery + Nick, Mill City Museum

Boho bride and groom

Mill City Museum

... is one of those MN wedding venues that is perfect for a quirky couple, but can also work beautiful for a traditional one. It so happens that Avery and Nick are a bit on the "hip" side (I mean, hello, do you see her dress?!), so when we heard that Mill City was their venue of choice, we thought it fit them perfectly! 

We're super excited to give you the scoop on some of the wedding day details, but thought you'd like to hear about what led them up now!  Below is Avery's version.  

"Where do I even start? I was a sophomore in college at St. Cloud State University, going out every other night with friends. Luckily for me, if it wasn't for Rob Hawkins and Taylor Foster I probably would have never met Nick - also known as "Backlund" (thanks, boys). Nick was very persistent at hassling Rob and Taylor, trying to find out more about me. However, I couldn't have made myself clearer that I wasn't interested. Pick-up line after pick-up line after pick-up line, there was something about Nick that I just couldn't get out of my head, that I couldn't stop thinking about.
I remember our first date together – we headed over to his buddy Michael's apartment where we opened up a bottle of wine, shared conversation and laughs. Later we headed to Granite City Food & Brewery for dinner. I was so nervous… I remember tripping over my own two feet as I walked into the restaurant, how embarrassing. I never thought that with my social anxiety and Nick's outgoing personality the two of us would hit it off like we did. I love our story.
Nick and I are like any other couple – we've had our ups and our downs and have been through the twists and turns of any typical relationship. Our love for one another survived throughout our last years of college, continued as we moved on to Denver, Colorado where we were able to add another 3 ½ years of memories together (adventurous memories that'll never forget). Now we reside in good ole Mitchell, South Dakota – home of the World's Only Corn Palace!
... Nick popped the question on December 17th, 2016 - might I add that it was -20 degrees out? One word, FREEZING! He took me out for a late celebratory anniversary dinner – better late than never, right? Together we drank some wine and enjoyed a great meal. Later I got this brilliant idea to go out and buy the movie Suicide Squad, as it had just come out on DVD. Nick was all for it at the time and 40+ minutes later he managed to drag me out of the store (alive, thankfully but now moneyless). Let me back-up a bit and explain for those who don't know why this proposal is so special. Earlier in the week all Nick heard from me were complaints regarding the fact that all of the presents under our Christmas tree were wrapped and labeled to Nick from Avery or to Avery from Avery – again, typical am I right? I can't believe I never put two and two together. Little did I know that earlier in the week, before the proposal, I had walked into the house while Nick was on the phone with my father; Nick pretended it was work related but I was skeptical when he said "Well, Avery just got home, so…" and hangs up, explaining that he was talking to a client – how would his client know who I was? What? Anyway, Nick and I eventually returned home after our long and unexpected shopping trip. A few minutes later Nick calls me into our living room, stating he wants to show me something… I follow him to where our Christmas tree was lit from top to bottom and he proceeds to ask me if I had ever noticed this present under the tree. Dumbfounded, I had no idea what he was talking about until he grabs the black box and gets down on one knee with Bentley sitting right beside him. I literally had no words. Shocked, I walked out, said a few "words" and then let him put the ring on my finger. It was amazing and I couldn't have been more surprised! It wasn't until another 10 minutes passed by before Nick hesitantly asked me if I said "YES"? OF COURSE I DID! Honestly, the rest will be our history together. "

Wedding Details 

These two put so much love and attention to planning the details.  The color palette was a lovely emerald green with hints of gold and black. There were some pops of deep red florals here and there as well- Avery's peony bouquet was everything! 

We LOVED their unique song choices. Each was carefully selected to represent something special and we think it was a great touch!  Here is a rundown: 

  • Bridal Processional: Marry Me - Train
  • Recessional: Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine.
  • First Dance: Ho Hey - The Lumineers
  • Father/Daughter: Sweet Child O' Mine (Acoustic) - Slash & Myles Kennedy
  • Mother/Son: Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Avery and Nick's wedding was so very memorable. They're such a sweet couple and it was a joy to assist them! 

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Venue: Mill City Museum | Rosetree Wedding Planner: Anne |  Photographer: Allison Hopperstad | Officiant: Rev. John Peters | Entertainment + Lighting: Bellagala | Hair: 139 Hair by Heidi | Makeup: Miranda Xiong | Rentals:  Linen Effects, Inc. | Floral: Sister Honey Floral Co | Video: Chitwood Media | Dress: a&be Bridal | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse