After a 9 year romance, these high school sweethearts tied the knot at their classic mansion wedding on a gorgeous August day in Minnesota. Anna and Roman's traditional ceremony, filled with laughter and tears, was officiated by a family-friend priest and held in an early 1900's Byzantine-style chapel. From the unique black bridesmaid dresses to the striking, vintage venue, their wedding embraced a hint of old-Hollywood and was filled with elegance and class. For more fun details, stunning photographs, and wedding advice from Anna herself, keep reading below!
Q. How did Roman pop the big question?
A. In 2004, Roman and I went on our first day to the movie “Meet the Fockers". 8 years later, Roman had planned a movie for our anniversary at the same theater as our first date. When we arrived to the movie, we got in for free, went to theater number 8, and although we were a bit early I noticed that no one else was there. We went up into the right corner of the theater, sat down, and on the sliding screen it said “Happy Anniversary, Roman and Anna.” I thought, there was no way this could be true. Roman handed me a card and as I started reading it, tears poured down my face. Inside were our first movie tickets from “Meet the Fockers” along with the most amazing words I have ever read. I was sitting in the exact same seats as I was 8 years ago--I felt like I was in a dream. When I looked up, Roman was down on one knee and holding the most beautiful ruby engagement ring I have ever seen. This moment was shared only between the two of us, and I will never forget it.
A. I wanted black bridesmaid dresses, and when the consultant pulled the Kennedy Blue full-length dresses, my mouth dropped. I loved the elegance of the dresses and all the different options they had for necklines. I had an array of different ages in my bridal party, so I knew that I wanted to have something that resembled all of them. My girls tried them on, and every single one of them looked absolutely gorgeous. The neckline was also different from anything I had ever seen.
Q. What was your favorite moment from the wedding?
A. My favorite moment was being at the altar and becoming husband and wife. That is a once in a lifetime moment, and I was so happy I could feel my cheeks hurting. I was excited to finally say "I do" to my best friend.
Q. What was the hardest part about wedding planning?
A. The hardest part was choosing our bridal party and making our guest list. We both wanted to incorporate all of our family and closest friends, but one day we gave up and just decided on having 9 on each side, with two ushers and two personal attendants. We didn't want to leave anyone out.
Q. What wedding advice do you have for other brides?
A. Don't sweat the small things! Enjoy every moment of wedding planning with your fiancée. Try not to let others opinions stray you from your own--this day is about the two of you! Do everything you have dreamed of and more, because it will be the best day of your lives!
Photography: Scott & Hannah Photography
Ceremony Location: Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas - University of St. Thomas
Reception Venue: Van Dusen Mansion
Bridesmaid Dresses: Kennedy Blue
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Taking Your Measurements
For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.
**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.
Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).
Waist size: While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.
Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.
Choosing your correct size
Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.