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Essence Event Center Wedding | Emalee + Zak



Essence Event Center Wedding in St Paul, Minnesota

Essence Event Center Wedding in St Paul, Minnesota

Emalee & Zak’s Essence Event Center Wedding was one of the most stunning fall days! The colors on the leaves were just right and the weather wasn’t too chilly – a perfect day for a wedding!

Emalee and Zak were highschool sweethearts – meeting in their sophomore year of band class. They grew up together and it made them grow closer together!

The Engagement

On a typical Friday night, Zak and Emalee decided to go out for dinner in Wayzata. They parked down the street from the restaurant and walked along the lake. Since it was December, Zak suggested they go walk and look at the Christmas lights. It was then he got down on one knee and proposed! They went to dinner after and celebrated all their years together. On October 7, 2023, they would then tie the knot after dating almost 9 years at the Essence Event Center.

The Wedding

Emalee + Zak’s color scheme at the Essence Event Center was burnt orange with dark greens – a perfect color scheme for a fall wedding! They wanted their wedding to have a modern and classy feel but have an overfall feeling of romance, which they absolutely accomplished.

The bridesmaids were in terraccota dresses with the groomsmen in dark grey suits. Emalee wanted her wedding to feel like a fall wedding, and she accomplished just that with the color scheme and decor they chose!

The Venue

We have to take a minute to highlight the Essence Event Center as it is one of our absolute favorite venues to work at. The venue is well thought out, not only from a wedding vendor standpoint but also for the couple. They have 2 very large getting ready suites, with a kitchen area in between with plenty of room. My favorite part is having a separate dance area from the reception/dinner room. They have in house lighting and sound which makes set up for the DJ much easier and overall dance quite the vibe! The staff is amazing and always willing to do what is needed without hesitation, and we truly enjoy every wedding we have at The Essence Event Center.

Our Services

When Emalee + Zak inquired with us, they were looking for someone to help their day go smooth at the Essence Event Center. Emalee loved planning the wedding and the details, and had most of their vendors booked, but really wanted someone she could work with to ensure they had everything needed in place. They chose our wedding management package and we jumped in with them a few months prior to their wedding day to help tie up their vision and execute the perfect day!

Heartfelt Thank You!

We loved being a part of their wedding day the Essence Event Center. Emalee & Zak are two of the sweetest human beings we’ve ever met and have formed a friendship with them beyond the wedding day. We are so thankful to have been their wedding coordinator and will cherish the memories we have with them forever!

Read on to see their dream team of vendors, their sweet review they left for us, and photos from the wedding day!

“If I could, I would give Hanna more than 5 stars! I highly recommend booking Hanna Marie Events for your wedding! I booked Hanna for her day of coordination and it was worth every penny. Leading up to our wedding, Hanna was extremely organized and her communication was above and beyond. She was so helpful in answering my questions, and her to-do lists were incredibly detailed and helpful during the planning process. On the day of our wedding, Hanna and her team set up our decor, and they truly brought our vision to life! I am so thankful for Hanna and her team – they made our day perfect and we didn’t have to worry about a thing.

On a side note, Hanna is the type of person who I am so happy to support through her business(es)! She is a wonderful person, and you can tell how kind and caring she is. She took the time to get to know us, and I have a feeling she does this for all of her couples.
I can’t recommend Hanna and her team enough! If you’re in need of a wedding coordinator or planner, look no further. Hanna Marie Events is one of the best wedding vendors out there!”

-Emalee + Zak

If you’re still looking for a wedding coordinator or planner for your wedding day, we’d love to chat! Reach out here and let’s plan/coordinate your perfect day!

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