Clyde Iron Works Wedding With Costumes Galore *

Clyde Iron Works Wedding With Costumes Galore *

Clyde Iron Works Wedding With Costumes Galore

Attention all our ghosts and ghouls—this wedding is too cute to spook! Kaitlin and Taylor’s Clyde Iron Works wedding blended soft, romance vibes with a dark, Halloween-esque aesthetic. Their unique ceremony took place on Halloween, during a full moon, and in the middle of a global pandemic! Don’t get scared though—Kaitlin and Taylor took as many COVID-19 precautions as they could to keep their guests and vendors safe and healthy, including live streaming their ceremony. 

With gold-dipped pumpkins, dark florals, and gold candlesticks, it only seemed right that they had costumes, masks, and a cameo from Captain Jack Sparrow. Get ready to have your spirits lifted when you see these photos captured by Junebug member Brianna Lane Photography.  

The Couple:

Kaitlin and Taylor

The Wedding:

Clyde Iron Works, Duluth, Minnesota

Prioritizing Health and Safety

The biggest priority for us was keeping our guests safe and healthy. We set up a live stream for the family and friends that weren’t able to travel or couldn’t attend. The most important thing to us was getting married and celebrating with our family and friends in the safest way possible.

Family and Vendors Working Together

We’re proud of our family, friends, and the vendors that we worked with during this whole process. Our family and friends completely understood the hard decision we made to decrease our guest list, and the vendors we worked with were incredibly flexible and helpful every step of the way.  In the end, we decided that no matter what our day looked like, we just wanted to get married and celebrate our love.

Advice From The Bride 

Hire a wedding coordinator and start checking things off your list early! Planning a wedding during the pandemic was very stressful—with COVID safety regulations and venue rules changing often.  Luckily, we had an amazing coordinator who fully supported us, eased our worries, and kept us up to date with COVID precautions. Having a coordinator there to take charge and fix any problems that popped up was unbelievably helpful. Because of her, we were just able to enjoy every second of our day and not worry about the little things!

DIY Halloween Decor 

We kept our decorations to a minimum, the venue was already so beautiful that we didn’t need much to enhance it. Our only DIY project was ceramic, gold-dipped pumpkin candle holders handmade by our talented friend. She created dozens of these ceramic pumpkins, dipped them all in gold paint, and personalized the bottoms with our names and wedding date. We had the ceramic candle holders on the tables during dinner with the gold candlesticks and bouquets. 

A Halloween Clyde Iron Works Wedding

We chose the Malting building at Clyde Iron Works because it perfectly fit in with our unique vision of a timeless romantic Halloween wedding.  The Malting is a recently renovated historic building with beautiful exposed brick and we knew the second we toured it that it was the one.  Taylor and I spent many weekendss on the nearby north shore, so having our wedding in Duluth made it even more special to us.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Brianna Lane Photography
Event Planning + Rentals- Pure Events
Venue + Catering – Clyde Iron Works Malting Building
Floral Design – Saffron & Grey
Cake – Cozy Hen Cheesecake
DJ – Sounds Unlimited
Videography – Jake Durham
Invitation Design – White Loft Creative
Makeup Artists – Ellen Larson and Anna Purtle
Hair Styling – E’Clips on the Lake
Wedding Dress – Essense of Australia via Raffine Bridal
Rings – Shane Co.


Congratulations to Kaitlin and Taylor on their Clyde Iron Works wedding. And a big shout out to Junebug member Brianna Lane Photography for sharing and capturing this day with us. See more of her work in our directory of wedding photographers from around the world. If you’re looking for more Halloween wedding inspiration, check out this Catskills Barn wedding and this Tulum elopement


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COVID-Conscious Wedding With Greenery Everywhere *

COVID-Conscious Wedding With Greenery Everywhere *

Luscious greenery, DIY bouquets and boutonnieres, and a quaint backyard reception—we can’t think of a better COVID-conscious wedding than Stephanie and Stephen’s. Although it wasn’t their first choice of venue, this smaller celebration proved that shifting your original plans can be done beautifully. And with a backyard as luscious as this one, we don’t blame them for opting for this venue. 

Not only were they utilizing an incredible venue, but this DIY couple literally made their own wedding dreams come true. From creating individual charcuterie boards to having a custom beer brewed, every detail of this wedding was unique and thoughtful. Stephen and Stephanie truly made their wedding day their own and had fun along the way. Thankfully, J.Olson Weddings captured every laugh and every detail of this COVID-conscious wedding. Get ready to see nature working its magic and get your Pinterest ready.

The Couple:

Stephanie and Stephen

The Wedding:

Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Have Fun And Savor Important Details

You can have fun no matter where you are if you’re with your person! We feared the pandemic conditions would make our wedding less special and less fun, so we spent a lot of time on a few key details that were really important to both of us. We really wanted to have some of our best people around us, take photos by the Mississippi River, and have really great food for our guests. It made it easy to let go of the big wild ideas that weren’t as important, and we were able to have fun and savor those most important details.

Choosing A COVID-Conscious Wedding

Pre-pandemic, we’d picked a nearby wooded park with a lodge that had a great way of showcasing nature with some hiking trails and a small lake nearby. When we shelved our ‘big party’ and our venue along with it, some generous family members who live down the street from us offered up their backyard, and it seemed perfect! They have a gorgeous flower and vegetable garden, which provided a comfortable and COVID-safe way to still enjoy a little nature in our day without the stress of navigating the logistics of a typical venue. The proximity to our homemade it really easy to shuffle décor and food back and forth as well! And of course, living in Minnesota, the weather is not always cooperative, and we were lucky to have the foresight to rent a tent so we could escape the rain while enjoying our garden party celebration

Pre-Toast Mad-Libs 

A friend gave us a goofy idea to have wedding mad-lib letters to the couple for guests to fill out since social distancing was bumming us out. We were skeptical, but went with it, and made a copy for each guest and invited them to read their mad-libs aloud before official toasts. We were in stitches laughing at the silly things our family and friends came up with, and it warmed up the crowd for the best lady and dude of honor speeches from our siblings.

DIY Florals And Charcuterie Boards

There were a lot of DIYs that made our wedding magical—honestly, they were some of the best parts! We selected our own flowers from a floral market and picked some wild sweet fern to hand-tie our own bouquets and boutonnieres, in addition to table arrangements.  We found a great Esty shopLeaf Décor—that makes forest-themed art that we used for table escort cards along with some leaf clippings from local trees that Stephen’s dad snipped the day before our wedding. Plus, we asked around for family members to collect enough wooden cutting boards to make individual charcuterie boards, which were assembled with top-notch wild venison salami.

Handmade Cakes And Custom Brews

A close friend bakes cakes on the side. So, we asked her to create a custom wedding cake with our favorite flavors—lemon, blueberry, and rosemary. It was gorgeous and delicious. We also had a family member who brews beer make a custom brew for our wedding. It was a Maple Marzen called “The Perfect PH”, which was made with maple syrup we harvested and produced on some family property.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – J.Olson Weddings
Ceremony Venue – St. Stanislaus Church
Floral Design – Market Flowers MPLS
Catering – Mucci’s Italian
Cake – Sierra Baked It
Officiant – Father Dennis Thompson
Live Music – William Van De Crommert
Paper Goods – Leaf Decor
Wedding Dress – Bridal Aisle MN
Groom’s Apparel – Milbern Clothing
Groom’s Ring – Staghead Designs
Bride’s Ring – Ken & Dana Design
Rentals – Après Event Dècor and Tent Rental
Favors – Mademoiselle Miel

Congratulations to Stephanie and Stephen on their perfectly green COVID-conscious wedding. Major shoutout to J.Olson Weddings for capturing and sharing the excitement of this day with us. Loving the idea of a backyard wedding or reception? Check out our ultimate guide to planning a backyard wedding


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