NATURE-INSPIRED WINTER WEDDING

Cody and Taylor Capra met in January 2013 through work. They started hanging out several months later, and in June he asked her “So, what do you think about me calling you my girlfriend?” She sealed the deal. During the summer of 2016, Taylor and Cody were on a family trip in Glacier National Park. On July 1, the couple drove to a remote lake near the Canadian border where they were hiking around Kintla Lake. They had stopped to enjoy the beers they packed on a log, overlooking the picturesque lake when Cody popped the question. They traveled together extensively before getting engaged, so when Cody asked “So, what do you think about…” Taylor thought he was coming up with a new destination. He surprised her by finishing the question with “me calling you my wife?” She – of course – said a shocked, teary and joyful “Yes!”

“A normal timeline would have had our wedding in 2017,” Taylor said, but with 17 weddings that year, they decided to hold off until February of 2018. Despite their large guest count, Taylor and Cody wanted a warm, intimate environment for their winter wedding at A’BULAE in lowertown St. Paul. They worked with Nicole, a Bellagala event planner, and Melissa from Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling to plan their welcoming wedding. Taylor and Cody envisioned an intimate environment with “an extreme amount of greenery, a dusting of white flowers” and tons of glowing candles. They wanted simple decor with less maintenance and teardown required, which was part of the appeal of the venue, with its raw beauty. At A’BULAE, the existing chandeliers, exposed wood beams and the expansive windows with views of snowy downtown St. Paul created the perfect base for warm, simple decor that truly reflected Taylor and Cody’s personalities. 

The main accent piece in the ceremony space was a large cross that Taylor’s dad made, which was draped in greenery and placed as a backdrop at the altar. While specialty linens from Linen Effects draped the tables, Melissa from Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling created floral arrangements and garlands for the ceremony and reception. She took direction from a photo of a bouquet Taylor wanted hers to look like, and created a floral montage from that. One of the pieces Taylor and Cody were most excited about was the garland, dripping with crystals, that was strung from the ceiling for the couple to walk under during the ceremony. The head table was placed under the garland during the reception, for a soft touch of nature in the space. The five centerpieces adorning the tables varied in height, width and texture. Taylor says she still dreams about the head table, which was clothed in a gold beaded linen and covered with garland, candles and the bridal party bouquets.

Cody and Taylor’s goal was to travel to every continent before they got married, and in October 2017 they completed their goal – except Antarctica. In celebration, they used a globe for a guest book. In their travels, they stopped at Cody’s hometown music festival twice to hear a local band, 32 Below. They are notorious country music fans, and when the news got out that 32 Below was performing at the wedding, guests were exciting to stomp their boots with the newlyweds and their favorite band at the reception and dance.

Taylor’s dress was fitted above the waist, and flowed out from the waist in a full skirt, which was a shape she knew she would be comfortable in all day. “The dress I chose was not what I ever thought I would go with,” she said, “however when I tried it on, I knew it was the one.” Cody wanted a classic look for his big day attire. He achieved that with a black bow tie, black suit and white shirt. But, hidden underneath was a little surprise. “Something I think Cody most looked forward to was for him and all of his groomsmen to put on their matching American flag socks,” Taylor said.

One of Taylor’s favorite moments was being at the altar, in front of her dad’s handmade cross, marrying her best friend. Taylor and Cody agreed that sitting at their head table with their best friends and loving families surrounding them was a special moment, and loved celebrating with their 420 guests on the dance floor. They also enjoyed involving their four nephews – all under 3 years old – in the ceremony. The oldest nephew pulled two others down the aisle in a wagon, and gave Cody a huge high five when he reached the front. “I could hear the guests roaring with laughter as I waited to walk down with my parents,” Taylor said.

Taylor and Cody recommended that engaged couples enjoy the planning process because it goes by so quickly, and advised not stressing details as you plan.

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Vendors

Photography: Bellagala

Videography: Snowshoe Productions

DJ: Bellagala

Event Planner: Bellagala

Venue: A'BULAE

Catering: Mintahoe Catering & Events
Linens: Linen Effects

Invitations: Champagne Press

Floral: Sadie's Couture Floral

Bride's Dress: a&bé bridal

Makeup: Makeup by Mindie

Bridesmaid Dresses: Flutter Bridal Boutique