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TCBA Member Expert:
Fashion & Jewelry / Apparel
The Wedding Connection
Interview with Megan Jensen

What inspires you?
People inspire me.  All people.  Trying to be the best person that I can be to myself and everyone I come in contact with.  I want people to always enjoy life and if I can help make them enjoy life that is what I want to do.

How did you get your start in the business? I bought my wedding gown from The Wedding Connection and loved my experience.  The previous owner offered me a job and I became a Store Manager.  After about six months I bought the store because I loved it so much.

Who is your favorite sports team?
Minnesota Vikings

What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Sleeping Bear Dune and Mackenack City, Michigan.  Dunes, water, sunshine and always wonderful things to do and wonderful places to stay and many experiences to explore.

What are your hobbies, outside your business?
Being with good friends and family, gardening, reading, and watching wedding shows.

What is your favorite color?
Red

What is your favorite movie?
Wizard of Oz

What is your favorite song?
Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole

 

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Learn a little bit more about The Wedding Connection:

The Wedding Connection is a Full Service bridal boutique which has been making wedding dreams come true for over 20 years. With our large selection of designer wedding gowns matched with our experienced bridal consultants and our intimate boutique setting makes your visit to the Wedding Connection an experience you will truly enjoy. We pride ourselves by listening to our brides and being able to help you find exactly what you are looking for to make your wedding day dreams come true. We can help our brides with wedding gowns, veils and tiaras, jewelry, and garters. Then we can help your bridesmaids, mothers, and flower girls find their perfect dresses. And then we can help the groom and all his groomsmen find the tux that will pull everything together with tuxes from,Tip Top Tux, and Savvi. We carry designers such as Alfred Angelo, Disney by Alfred Angelo, Casablanca, Mori Lee, Claudine by Alyce, Mia Solano, DaVinci, and White One by Pronovias. For your bridesmaids we carry Alfred Angelo, Davinci, Mori Lee, Jordan, Bill Levkoff and Alexia. Please call and make an appointment at (651) 982-4722 we will take you from saying “Yes” to saying “I do”.

Contact Information:
3035 White Bear Avenue, Suite 2
Maplewood, MN 55109
Email: wedding1me@aol.com
PH: 651-982-4722

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TCBA Member Expert:
Reception Venues / Reception Venues
Solera Restaurant and Event Center
Interview with Libby Huebner

What is your motto or favorite quote to live by? My life motto is “Live big!” I shy away from the ordinary, and don’t want to ever be bored.

What has been your favorite wedding and why? I truly have loved every single wedding I have been a part of. There is nothing better than a couple starting out on their life adventure together!

If you could describe yourself in 2 words what would they be? Resourceful and organized. Give me one more word and I would say “helpful.”

What are your hobbies, outside of your business? I love to travel! I have been to almost every state in the US, and have visited over a dozen other countries. I have a list of about 20 more countries that I want to go to. I often watch House Hunters International just to find more cool places to visit.

Are you involved with charity work? Tell us about it. I was involved with the Miss America organization, on a local level, for several years. It was such fun to see young women grow in their confidence as they competed for local titles. I was an interview coach to several wonderful contestants who went on to win several crowns.

 

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Learn a little bit more about Solera Restaurant and Event Center:

With two floors of event space accommodating up to 1,000 guests, Solera Restaurant and Event Center is the ideal site for your upcoming wedding. We offer either our distinctive Spanish inspired or traditional cuisine both with locally farmed ingredients, panoramic skyline views, indoor and outdoor spaces and affordable pricing create a truly unique event experience.

“This doesn’t feel like an event center space.” We hear that a lot. From the exotic, private Alhambra Room to the breathtaking vistas of the Barcelona and Catalonia Rooms, Solera offers exceptional service in our state-of-the-art spaces. Whether you’re looking for vibrant and stunning or stately and refined (or somewhere in between), this is the place. To read more about our event spaces, click on the Spaces button to the left.

Our professional event consultants are among the best in the business. They guide our clients on how to create seamless events that are low-stress, highly memorable and within budget. From the customized menu to the room decor; from the sound system to the table linens, our team will work with you to ensure your event is perfect.

Capacity = 10 – 1,000
Catering = Site Provides
Liquor = Site Provides
Rental Fee = $0+
Per Plate = $26 – $85/pp++
Ceremonies = In and Outdoor

Contact Information:
900 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Email: libbyhuebner@solera-restaurant.com
PH: 612-338-0062

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TCBA Member Expert:
Videography / Videographers
Main Sequence Video Productions
Interview with Steve Hanson

What inspires you?
Creating something that a couple will cherish for the rest of their lives.

How did you get your start in the business?
Doing video work at the school where I taught and doing a video of my niece’s wedding

What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Hawaii, then Bayfield, Wisconsin

If you could visit any place in the world where would that be and why?
New Zealand – because of the scenery

What is your most cherished possession?
My guitar

What has been your favorite wedding and why?
Aside from my own, my nieces

What are your hobbies, outside of your business?
Watercolor and acrylic painting and sketching

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Learn a little bit more about Main Sequence Video Productions:

Your wedding is a special time. To be able to look back in time to both see and hear those people who are dear to you will mean a lot to both you and your family in years to come so you want to be sure that you have hired someone with experience to document your day.

At Main Sequence Video, our goal is to provide you with a high quality video, documenting your wedding day at a reasonable price. Why choose us? Because we do more for less than most other videographers charge and we do it well, using high quality cameras and equipment and we have been doing it since 1999. If one of our packages does not fit your needs, we will work with you to customize one to suit your needs and budget.

We shoot everything in high definition, using professional HD Canon cameras (up to four for the ceremony and two for the reception) and, at your choice, can provide either a Blu-ray or standard definition DVD.

Call or e-mail me for an appointment to discuss your wedding video and what we can do for you.

Contact Information:
3321 Edward Street NE
St. Anthony, MN 55418

PH: 612-750-6606 or 612-788-9559
Email: stevehanson@mainsequencevideo.com or hanson9559@q.com

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TCBA Member Expert:
Reception Venues / Reception Venues
Breezy Point Resort
Interview with Brandi Hitchler

How did you get your start in the business?
I went to school for travel and tourism, worked for Carlson Hospitality in Omaha, NE for several years, moved to Las Vegas and worked in sales at the New Frontier Hotel & Casino and then moved to Breezy Point, MN and started as a conference coordinator in 2002 at the Breezy Point Resort and worked my way up to a Group Sales Manager which I have been doing for 6 years! I love the hospitality industry and weddings are my forte.

Who is your favorite sports team?
My favorite sports team is the Nebraska Cornhuskers. I’m originally from Nebraska so I have to route for the home team!

What’s your favorite vacation spot?
My favorite vacation spot, so far, is Cabo San Lucas.

What is your most cherished possession?
My most cherished possession is my 8 year old son, Mason. He is the light of my life.

What is your motto or favorite quote to live by?
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.

What is your favorite color?
I love all colors of the world, cheesy I know, but how can one pick just one color?

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Learn a little bit more about Breezy Point Resort:

For more than 80 years, Breezy Point Resort has been providing the perfect setting for friends and family to gather and celebrate. Located in the heart of the beautiful Brainerd Lakes Area, Breezy Point is a short drive from the Twin Cities, Duluth and Fargo.

A true northern Minnesota lakeside resort, Breezy Point Resort has event space, a wide variety of lodging and dining options, as well as a long list of recreational and entertainment options.

Plan your big day at a wedding destination that is a one-stop-shop for fun.  Breezy Point Resort encompasses 3,000 acres to create an up-north paradise. Our property offers spots for a beautiful ceremony, as well as memorable receptions – regardless of your style and tastes.

Breezy Point Resort’s new Lakeside Ballroom – atop the new restaurant and entertainment lounge – offers a picture-perfect lakeside setting for wedding receptions. Or celebrate in our majestic outdoor pavilion overlooking the green grasses of the Whitebirch Golf Course. Our Conference Center provides an option for the largest celebrations – up to 500 guests.

We offer three beautiful locations for your ceremony. Our majestic outdoor pavilion overlooking the Whitebirch Golf Course is a perfect setting for ceremonies We can accommodate up to 200 people.

Lodge Lawn or Point Lawn – Both of these ceremony sites are at waters edge with panoramic views of Pelican Lake. We can accommodate 300+ people and there are no time restrictions.

Capacity = 2-400
Catering = Site Provides
Liquor = Site Provides
Rental Fee = $0 – $1,500
Per Plate = $24.95 – $42.95
Ceremonies = In and Outdoor

Contact Information:
9252 Breezy Point Drive
Breezy Point, MN 56472

PH: 218-562-7811
Email: bhitchler@breezypointresort.com

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TCBA Member Expert:
Health & Beauty / Nutrition & Weight Loss
ExperienceRealWeightLoss
Interview with Jenelle Jonak

What inspires you?
Helping people achieve their dream bodies and reduce or eliminate weight related diseases.  It’s absolutely a dream job working with the clients at Bouari.

How did you get your start in the business?
I was studying for a certification in personal training, and realized that my passion was really in the food that goes into making a body work and look great rather than the exercise component.  Don’t get me wrong, I love being active, but not everyone is able to be as active as they would like to be due to weight problems, so I get the chance to help people get to a weight were they can get active again, if they choose.

What is the most unique wedding you have been a part of?
My brother Steve is getting married to his fiancé Bridget in September and I can’t get enough of the creativity going into this wedding!  Bridget is making all the flowers out paper and wearing a tea length dress with red retro shoes and I am wearing a primary red peplum bridesmaid dress!  It’s going to be so hip and fun!

What is your favorite childhood memory?
I would have to say one of my favorite childhood memories was panning for gold in random rivers in Colorado.  My family was big into spring break road trips and we would often end up in Florida, Boston, or Colorado.  But just pulling over the big conversion van whenever we saw a river and getting our gear out, you thought every time, “This is the time I’m going to find the big one!”  I feel very fortunate to have had such a blessed childhood.

If you could visit any place in the world where would that be and why?
On my bucket list is to see a game at Fenway Park in Boston and cheer on the Red Sox.  The Red Sox are a family favorite, due to our family roots in MA.

What is your motto or favorite quote to live by?
“You only get one chance to live this life; it’s not a practice round.  So make the changes necessary and live it to the absolute fullest.”

What has been your favorite Wedding and why?
My cousin and best friend Erin is getting married in June and I am co-MOH.  The wedding is going to be the most sensational wedding, possibly of my entire life.  Not only are her colors and patterns to die for (chevron table runners, gold, green, sequins… need I say more?) but myself and my co-MOH (and other best friend), MaryBeth are planning the most fun Polka Dot themed bachelorette party in NE Minneapolis!  We’re ending the night at Nye’s Polka Lounge even!  Get it? 

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Learn a little bit more about ExperienceRealWeightLoss:

What makes ExperienceRealWeightLoss.com different? We understand your body.

Take a moment and think about how other diets work. Then compare.

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Other diets . . . target Brown Fat which can lead to hormonal imbalance; sluggish metabolism

Our Proprietary Formula . . .bypasses Structural and Brown Fat, going DIRECTLY to your White Fat. Your White Fat is the areas like the love handles, thighs, buttocks, and belly fat. Isn’t that where you want to lose weight quickly?

You will lose weight in all the right areas . . . leaving you feeling vibrant and energized!

Exercise is always beneficial, but not always possible. If you have any reason that prevents you from engaging in more than light activity, you will still consistently lose weight.

Ease is so important today. You will not need to count calories or carbs and you will only eat real food, no pre-packaged foods. Take the struggle out of dieting. Whether you are 25 or 75, you can achieve your healthy weight.

Experience REAL Weight Loss. Let’s Talk. 952-388-6161 Feel Welcome to come in for a Free Consultation. We have special Bridal Pricing just for you and anyone in the bridal party that would like to look their best for your special day!

Contact Information:
15762 Venture Lane
Eden Prairie , MN 55344

PH: 952-388-6161
Email: info@experiencerealweightloss.com

 
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TCBA Member Expert:
Photography / Photographers
Life Is Art Photography
Interview with Kim Larson

 

What inspires you?
Nature!  There’s nothing I love more than escaping on a nice long hike through the northwoods and losing myself in the wilderness for a few days.  I come home recharged and ready to tackle work with a whole new attitude.  And you can see my love for nature and natural elements reflected in my work as well.

How did you get your start in the business?
I was lucky.  10 years ago I assisted a photographer who had 3 young children and wanted to get out of the wedding photography business so she could spend weekends with her family.  I was only 20 years old, but we had a great working relationship and she trusted me enough to refer all her wedding inquiries to me.  And that’s how Life is Art Photography got started!

If you could describe yourself in 2 words, what would they be?
Naturally Caffeinated.  (An old coworker once asked me, “How much coffee did you drink this morning?  You’re so awake and on top of things!”. When I replied “None!” he said, “You must be naturally caffeinated”.  Yep…describes me to a T!)

Are you involved with charity work?
Yes!  For the past few years I’ve donated a week  of every summer as a camp photographer for First Descents.  They take young adults who are battling cancer on outdoor adventure trips–like whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, and surfing.  I also volunteer to photograph events for PossAbilities, a charity that helps children and adults with disabilities find and keep jobs.  And through our local hospice center, I provide complimentary photo sessions to families facing the loss of a loved one.

What are your hobbies outside of your business?
Depends on the weather.  When it’s nice outside, you’ll find me hiking, mountain biking, and–new for this summer–packrafting.  But if the weather is cold, I’ll be indoors drawing or painting.

What is the most unique wedding you’ve been a part of?
I once showed up at a wedding to find that it was setup like a Renaissance Faire.  There was medieval music, people in costume, and the bride and groom cut their cake with an extravagant daggar.   It was a surprise to everyone, even their families and guests!

 

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Learn a little bit more about Life Is Art Photography

You work hard to plan the perfect wedding day.  So many decisions compose the details that make your day uniquely you, a day you’ll want to cherish forever.  Once the day is over and the guests have left, the photographs are all that remain.  And when you look at them later – be it ten days or ten years later – you’ll remember exactly how your gown felt as you turned, how great he smelled each time you kissed, and how your heart skipped a beat when you saw him waiting for you at the end of the aisle.  You’ll find moments you never saw at the time, some you’d forgotten, and many you’ll treasure for the rest of your life.  And you will be thankful you chose the one photographer who captures every moment from the “I do’s” to the details.  Because when you choose Kim at Life is Art Photography as your photographer, you get the story of a romance, played out one photograph at a time.

Contact Information:
1215 3rd Street SE
Rochester, MN 55904
PH: 507-722-1442
Email: kim@lifeisartphoto.com
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TCBA Member Expert:
Reception Venues / Reception Venues
Majestic Oaks Golf Club
Interview with Jacki Whitman

How did you get your start in the business?
I was in the operational side for many years as I raised my children, so selling weddings and special events were an easy transition.

What is the most unique wedding you have been a part of?
A Korean arranged marriage-It really seemed like a fairy tale wedding with beautiful custom attire and traditions.

What’s your favorite vacation spot? 
Minnesota’s North Shore

What is your most cherished possession? 
A quilt made by my Grandma.

What has been your favorite Wedding and why?
My daughter’s wedding here at Majestic Oaks. Even though my staff worried about me being able to leave the details alone, I was able to, and really enjoyed the day!

What are your hobbies, outside of your business?
Digital scrapbooking & traveling

 

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Learn a little bit more about Majestic Oaks Golf Club

Majestic Oaks Golf Club is one of the Twin Cities’ premier golf clubs and special event facilities. Our facility offers three uniquely designed banquet rooms overlooking the lush golf course, and two beautiful outdoor ceremony sites. From our picturesque landscape and stately ballrooms to our professionally trained staff, your entire day will be absolutely magical – just as you have always dreamed.

Capacity = 10-450
Catering = Site Provides
Liquor = SIte Provides
Rental Fee = $0+
Per Plate = $19-$30/pp
Ceremonies = Outdoor

Contact Information:
701 Bunker Lake Blvd
Ham Lake, MN  55304
PH: 763-755-2140

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TCBA Member Expert:
Health & Beauty / Salons & Spas
Ivy Spa Club
Interview with Pam Margolis

What inspires you?
Trying each day to help make a difference in someone’s life.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Kauai, Hawaii

What is your most cherished possession?
My grandfather’s prayer book

What is your motto or favorite quote to live by?
The golden rule

What has been your favorite wedding and why?
I have two favorites.  They are the weddings of two of my children.

If you could describe yourself in two words, what would they be?
Cheerful and Positive

What are your hobbies, outside of your business?
My favorite hobby is sewing and all sorts of other crafts

What is your favorite color?
Pink

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Learn a little bit more about Ivy Spa Club

At  Ivy Spa Club you’re immersed in a journey of luxury and self-renewal, with unparalleled services that bathe your senses and soothe your spirit. With fourteen treatment rooms, a relaxation area, Cold Plunge showers, comforting whirlpool, fitness center, and a cafe, plus, more than 90 world-class spa services, Ivy Spa Club is not just a spa. It’s a destination and a retreat.

We pamper several brides each month. With so many services to choose from, we tailor spa and salon needs to each and every bride. Our expert stylists bring your dream look to reality with the finest in hair care products – Kerastase. Highly trained and experienced estheticians are available for makeup before or the day-of and facial care prior to your wedding day. We also feature pampering nail services, including gel color as a longer-lasting alternative.

Our great location in downtown Minneapolis makes us the best spot for bachelorette parties. We are able to accommodate up to 8 nail services per hour and can tailor our packages to each group. Our convenient location in downtown Minneapolis makes us the ideal destination. Guests can enjoy spa services, get their hair styled or blown out, get makeup applied, and get ready as a group in our large locker room before their night out.

With our relaxing spa, rejuvenating salon, cosmetic services and private fitness center, Ivy Spa Club has so much to offer all in one great location. Contact Beth at 612.353.3580 or bethv@ivyspaclub.com for more information or to schedule your spa services or bachelorette party!

Contact Information:
201 11th Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
PH: 612-343-3131
Email: info@ivyspaclub.com

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TCBA Member Expert:
Decor & Rentals / Rentals & Tents
Party Time Rental
Interview with Krista

What inspires you?
I love watching the personal growth that our clients go through during the planning process.  So often I see eyes wide open overwhelming brides show up at our door.  They don’t where to begin.  I love being a part of the process that brings them to a confident, calm, well-organized married woman.

What is the most unique wedding you have been a part of?
Generally, the Bride makes most of the decisions, only once have we had a Groom take 100% of the reigns.  The Bride wasn’t into the planning.  The Groom executed an amazing over-the-top celebration that will go down in history.

Do you have any kids?  Tell us about them.
Yes, a toddler boy and a 4-year old girl

What is your most cherished possession?
My photo gallery of dating, wedding and my kids.

What has been your favorite wedding and why?
I love the weddings that reflect the Bride and Groom, rather than tradition.  It’s fun to ‘shake it up’ a bit!

What are your hobbies, outside of your business?
My husband and I love to travel, play golf and cook.

What is your favorite movie?
Where the Red Fern Grows

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Learn a little bit more about Party Time Rental

Party Time Rental is Brainerd’s largest full-service tent and event rental company. Established in 2004, Party Time Rental takes pride in being a total rental resource for all of your event rental needs in and around the Brainerd Lakes Area; including Little Falls, Detroit Lakes, Wadena, Crosslake, Walker, Aitkin, Garrison, as well as all the Resorts.

Whether it’s for an intimate wedding, a grooms dinner, or gift open, we at Party Time Rental will do our part to set your event above the rest. Our team of professionals are dedicated to the success of your event and we pride ourselves on gathering the details and executing your event seamlessly.

You will be working with a team from various creative backgrounds that specialize in the event industry. All of our professionals have limitless resources at their fingertips. We will specifically tailor your event to accommodate your budget and vision.

Contact us to set up a consultation today.

Contact Information:
4750 White Gables Road
Brainerd, MN 56401
PH: 218-829-6300
Email: rent@partytimerentalmn.com

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