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Erin and John – 1950s Polka Dot -Inspired DIY Wedding

Get ready for a super cute, super creative Do-It-Yourself wedding! We hand-picked every wedding that got featured on our blog, and we thought this would be a great inspiration to you all. The bride and her mother really took D-I-Y  projects to a whole other level. Erin, the bride, hand-sewn all of the bouquets, boutonnieres and flower centerpieces, while Paula, the mother of the bride, did all of the decorations, including a one-of-a-kind cake topper (which is a collaboration with her husband). To this day, I am still in awe at how much of their personal touches really made the look of this wedding.  One bridesmaid said to me that Erin “styled” her outfit. No wonder that each color combination and style blend perfectly to create this 1950s Polka Dot Inspired wedding. Erin even had the perfect shade of red lipstick!

This mother-daughter duo had no doubt created a fantastic do-it-yourself wedding. On top of being super creative, Paula is one of the best clients I have ever had. She was detail-oriented and was a very good communicator. I had the greatest pleasure working with her! Be sure to read how they came up with this wedding style on Paula’s commentary at the end of this page! I love how they thought about the “green” aspects of styling a wedding. Kudos to them!


The wedding was held at Theodore Wirth Chalet on a chilly October day. It may look a little overcast from the outside but it was very festive in the inside!


Erin styled her husband and her bridal party in a such chic color combination. The men had matching polka-dot bow ties and suspenders. The bridesmaids were perfectly mis-matched! All together = gorgeous.


This is the bridal bouquet that Erin made herself – such a beautiful art!

end of ceremony

Paula styled the items for the fire place. From matching painted mason jars to the twinkle lights to the bunting flags, every single item that was up on that mantel was thought of carefully and executed in superb precision.

E & J in door way


Every single of the detail here was lovingly made by the mother of the bride.


One centerpiece per table? Of course, not! We have 3 different shapes of vases that made every table is unique from one to the other!



These details are the stars of the wedding. From the conversation starter on every table to the family tree to the cake topper (seriously, how cute is that?), they thought of everything (including a few shawls that were available to the guests – which is not pictured – just in case the weather got really cold)!


A few words from the mother of the bride:

“Erin & John met about 6 years ago when a mutual friend introduced them to each other while Erin was visiting in Iowa.  The friend was determined that the two of them would be perfect for each other!  After their very brief introduction, neither of them was overly impressed initially, but soon after becoming friends, they began to date – surviving a long-distance relationship for a part of that time – and have been together ever since. John proposed during a weekend trip that he planned for Erin’s birthday to Duluth in the fall of 2010.

Erin has always loved vintage styles – clothing, jewelry, furniture, architecture.  She has been ‘crafty’ her entire life and has become passionate about anything that she can DIY.  Cooking, nutrition, environmental sustainability, and local sourcing for food and goods have become increasingly important to both John and Erin.  When it came time to planning their wedding, they agreed that they would try to incorporate as much of these beliefs as was possible.

The theme of the wedding came about largely because we were trying to do everything as simple, natural, DIY, vintage, and personal as possible.  Before looking for her wedding dress, Erin had already decided she wanted something vintage (preferably from the 50s/60s era, something that would be recycled, something that someone else had loved and could be brought to life again). While shopping at Andrea’s Vintage Bridal, we just happened to discover this dress amongst the hundreds that were in the shop.  Ironically, the dress fit her perfectly and required very little in alterations.  Erin has had a long-standing love of polka dots, and when she decided on this particular dress, the polka-dot theme took on a life of its own – reflected in the groom/groomsmen’s bow ties and suspenders, the ribbons on the bridesmaids dresses, the cake, the papers used in the wall decor – even the little colorful stones used on the tables were referred to as ‘glass polka dots’.

The over all color scheme was chosen because blues and greens are long time favorite colors for both John and Erin – but also because of the blues and greens that organically appear in nature. All of the flowers – from the table arrangements, to the boutonnieres, to the bridal and attendants’ bouquets were hand-crafted from wool felt.  Nearly all of the embroidery was done personally by Erin, or the few close friends that helped come to her rescue as the wedding date came closer!  After the wedding, the flowers were given as given as gifts to wedding attendants, family, and friends, so they will continue to be used as time goes on.”

Venue: Theodore Wirth Chalet

Catering: Prom Catering

Photography: Becca Dilley Photography

DJ: Midwest Sound

Day-of Coordination: Bee The Buzz Event





Audrey and Alex – Rustic Bohemian

This rustic bohemian wedding took place at the bride’s father residence and then at Spill The Wine restaurant for the fun reception. We followed to the T every wish that Audrey wanted: flowers, flowers, flowers but nothing stuffy and leave things naturally. The restaurant has big bold prints that did not really fit into the style of this wedding. So we prepped variety of vintage bottles with twines and hanged them on the brick wall across the whole restaurant. The result … I think the bride’s testimonial at the end says it all.

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Venue: Spill The Wine

Flowers: Luna Vinca

Event Decor: Bee The Buzz Event

Photography: Bailey Aro Photography

Favors, Cupcakes, Other Pretty Things: Bride & Bride’s Sister

From the bride:

“Alex and I chose Spill the Wine because the atmosphere there really matched with what we were looking for from a venue. Nothing too over the top, just somewhere comfortable where the two of us could celebrate our big day with our friends and family. The rustic-bohemian feel of our wedding was inspired by my personal love for the outdoors and simplicity. I did a lot of DIY touches that really showed how easy-going and casual Alex and I are. We wanted to show our guests that we are a fun, simple couple and that going big and bold is not necessarily the only way to show your love for one another.”

Bride’s Testimonial:

“Bea, Alex and I want to thank you for everything you did to make our day the best day ever! You are so amazing, creative, and fun to work with. You were so easily able to see my vision and help me make it happen. The reception space looked absolutely stunning and we were getting compliments all night long. Thanks times one million for being so helpful and flexible. Your help made our day so much easier. You are the best! ~ Audrey and Alex”

We wish you both a beyond. beautiful. extraordinary. marriage!


Vince and Emily – Perfect Pine Cones Wedding

Vince & Emily’s wedding was one of the best weddings in 2012. It warmed my heart every time I remembered the journey of planning their wedding. They were always kind in words and in gestures.  They were always respectful. They were everything that a wedding planner could ask for!  Their personalities were translated into a gorgeous wedding filled with love from friends and family.  Emily’s sister, Allison, did all of the pine cones decor, including the wreaths, invitations, place cards and the wish tree.  It was not an easy task but Allison did it gracefully and the result was breathtaking. As I look back to this wedding, I am humbled and honored to be chosen by these two beautiful souls. Their wedding is the essence of Bee The Buzz Event or B.B. E. which also stands for Beyond. Beautiful. Extraordinary.












Ceremony: Wesley Church – downtown Minneapolis

Reception: Columbia Manor

Catering: Prom Catering

Photography: The Love Project

Videography: Sacred Light Studio

Bakery: Pattiserrie Margo

Flowers: Luna Vinca

Vince and Emily Wedding Highlights Film from SacredLightStudios, LLC on Vimeo.

Vince & Emily Testimonial:

I would highly recommend Bee the Buzz Event. My happy wife and I are originally from Minnesota but we currently live in California. We wanted to have our wedding in Minnesota. I did a lot of searching for a wedding planner and was most comfortable with Bea at Bee the Buzz Event. Regardless if you live in Minnesota, or out of state, having Bea as a wedding planner has so many upsides. She was able to be flexible and showed professionalism with the vendors. On the wedding day, she made it easy to only focus on each other and made sure the day went perfectly at the ceremony and the reception. I would refer her to a friend in a heart beat, and use her again for any future parties/events that we have in the future. Thank you so so much Bea!


Ilsa & Matt – A Beautiful Barn Wedding

When I picked up the phone one day and spoke with Ilsa’s mom, Ingrid, who called from Hawaii, I knew a great wedding was in the works.  I met with Ilsa & Matt at the Bruentrup Farm, where the wedding would be held, a few days later and my heart just melted. The wedding day turned out b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l. (I had to spell it out because it was THAT beautiful). The weather was perfect (Upper 70s, a little breeze, and plenty of sunshine). They could not have planned a better day for an Outdoor Barn Wedding! They hired me and my team to be the Day-of Coordinators, so in no way I am taking credit for all the pretty visuals that you see here. It was all planned by the couple. We were happy to assist. Here is their happy testimonial:

Bea was fantastic and Matt and I have said many times how thankful we are that we hired her for the Day of Coordination for our wedding. From our first meeting with Bea we felt comfortable and relieved that she would help make our wedding go smoothly. She brought up so many great ideas and kept us on track leading up to the wedding so that on the day of the event we were able to relax and just enjoy everything. The whole day ended up being more amazing than we ever thought it could be. Thank you Bea, we’re so grateful for all of your help and guidance. ”

See … how gorgeous was this place? My iPhone did a great job capturing this picture!

BruenTrup Farm – photo by Eric Kirkewoog

photo by Eric Kirkewoog

photo by Eric Kirkewoog

Photo by Dave Weber

Photo by Dave Weber

Here is Ilsa’s sister & Matt’s brother holding the famous eggs. The wedding rings were hidden inside these eggs! There is a whole lot of egg story behind Ilsa & Matt’s engagement. Photo by Nicola Losik

Fun games at the wedding! Photo by Nicola Losik

Picture time! Photo by Nicola Losik

Photo by Nicola Losik

Barn Party – photo by Elissa Dunn

First Dance – Photo by Elissa Dunn

The  Eelpout Stringers – Photo by Nicola Losik

Barn at night – Photo by Nicola Losik

Congratulations Ilsa & Matt! Photo by Nicola Losik

Venue: Bruentrup Farm

Flowers: Trader Joe’s

Decor: Bride

Catering: Chowgirls/Prom Catering

Entertainment: The Eelpout Stringers

Photographer: Nicola Losik/Dave Weber/Eric Kirkewoog

Day-of Coordinator: Bee The Buzz Event


Patricia and Kevin’s Wedding – Jumping The Broom

It has been truly a pleasure to work with Patricia (or Pat – as we would lovingly call her) for the last 16 months. She was very sweet and the best part was she trusted me with EVERY detail of her wedding. And I mean EVERY SINGLE THING – which made my job so much easier and enjoyable! Here are a few shots from a very talented, upcoming photographer, Nicola Losik which she had captured for Bee The Buzz Event and also a few photos by the wedding photographer, Tyn Fin of Surrounding Image Photography. Pat wanted lots of colors, but primarily in purple family. So we worked with shades of purple (true purple, wisteria, lavender, amethyst) with peach as an accent color.

For her bridesmaids, in lieu of bouquets, we suggested for them to carry custom clutches with colors coordinated with the wedding colors. These clutches double duty as bridesmaids gifts. I wish we had a close-up photo on these clutches. They are a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e.

Her centerpieces were designed by Bee The Buzz Event with materials from Candy Spirit.  Each centerpiece was a collection of candies with a special thank you tag for each guest. At the end of the event, the guests were welcomed to take the candies home (and the vases!). We love double duty elements in a wedding!

The wedding cake was a special coconut cream recipe by Paula Deen (Food Network) which was the couple’s favorite. The pasty chef at Three Sons Signature Cuisine was able to deliver that along with the Magnolia flower to represent The State of Mississippi – where Pat was originally from. We were able to incorporate the Magnolia flower in Pat’s bouquet, in bridesmaid clutches, in the pew flowers (which were re-cycled to be the head table decoration) and also in all wedding stationeries (invitations, ceremony programs, table numbers, placecards, thank you tags).

Pausing for a picture with the Bride, the Pastor and the Groom.

Ceremony Venue: New Creations Ministries

Reception Venue: Columbia Manor

Photography by: Nicola Losik ( and Surrounding Image Photography (Tyn Fin – 612-306-7333)

Flowers: Luna Vinca

Centerpieces/Favors/Stationeries: Candy Spirit

Catering & Cake: Three Sons Signature Cuisine

Wedding Planning/Coordination: Bee The Buzz Event

At Bee The Buzz Event, you are not just a number to us. You are a very special couple whose friendship we always treasure. We work hard to ensure your vision of an amazing wedding is a reality and we always strive to create a wedding that is beyond beautiful; it’s extraordinary.

For the love of beautiful & sustainable events,


Sherri and Ron – A Rustic Garden Affair

The wedding of Sherri and Ron took place at The Outing Lodge in Stillwater, MN – where the venue is picture perfect for a rustic garden affair. The rain was playing tricks on us on the wedding day but we were so lucky that it stopped literally one hour before the ceremony started and held off during the outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour. The wedding was full of beauty and grace as brilliantly captured by Poser Design.  To see more pictures from the wedding, visit Poser Design blog.  Bee The Buzz Event congratulates Sherri & Ron as newlyweds and so very happy for  this new chapter in their lives. They are not only a client to us. They have become good friends whose friendship we will always treasure. Congratulations Sherri &Ron!

Sherri’s pretty wedding hair


There is always hard work behind every detail. I ironed all those runners til 2am!

Sherri wanted something simple & useful as favors. I agree awesome music is something to please everyone!

Sherri & Ron – DIY

A beautiful bouquet from City Gardens Flower Mill

The Photographer, Poser Design, created all the table numbers using Sherri & Ron’s engagement pictures

Can you believe this program is from

Thumbprint tree – so cute, so practical, so memorable …


Venue: The Outing Lodge

Photographer: Poser Design

Flowers: City Gardens Flower Mill

Stationery/Table Number: Zazzle/Poser Design

Favors & Placecards: Bride

Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Bee The Buzz Event

Bee (Bea) Love

By Aysha Perez de Berthiaume

Hello everyone! My name is Aysha and I’m the new resident blogger for Bee the Buzz Event.  I love reading about weddings, talking about weddings and writing about weddings. Some people consider themselves foodies, winos, sports enthusiasts, well I consider myself a wedding aficionado. Weddings are something I am truly passionate about and I’m excited about the opportunity sharing my point of view with all of you.

For my first post I want to share with you my experience with Bee the Buzz Event. Almost three years ago my now-husband proposed and I had the daunting task of planning a wedding 280 miles away from where it was being held. Initially I thought I was going to be able to do it all on my own but quickly determined I was dead wrong. I figured I would do a quick Google search and find a few options to mull over. The next thing I knew I was sucked into a wedding planner black hole if it wasn’t for my darling husband I would probably still be looking at planners to this day! My husband took over and scheduled appointments with three different planners and hoped for the best.  The first two planners reminded me of Franck from the movie Father of the Bride. Although Father of the Bride is my favorite movie and Franck is a hilarious character we did not want a planner to hijack our big day.  We were a bit deflated and truly did not have high hopes going in to our meeting with Bea.  Bea blew our socks off. Right away I could tell she is kind and trustworthy, which were qualities important to us in choosing a planner.  Also, in that first meeting she did something that the other planners did not do, listen.  Bea listened then presented ideas that complimented what we already envisioned. Once we were officially working together, Bea hit the ground running.  We quickly ticked the boxes off of her checklist, but most importantly she helped us not get lost in a sea of possibilities. Bea helped us pinpoint what our vision was and brought it to fruition.

Bea truly exceeded all our expectations. Her expertise and vendor relationships are key to making the wedding planning process fun and as stress free as possible.

Next week…..I will discuss the right way to do NEON.


~ Aysha Perez de Berthiaume is a real  Bee The Buzz Event bride.  She now resides with her husband and her little boy in a suburb of Twin Cities ~