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I love the Semple Wedding Fair! 2017!

Hello, and welcome to my recommendation of the Semple Mansion Wedding Fair, coming up on Sunday, Feb 19th, 2017, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, at 100 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404! Here’s a Semple Mansion outdoor shot – just gorgeous! … Continue reading

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The wonderful Design Cuisine Catering in Minneapolis, MN

Dear readers, I love a personal recommendation – when the recommender actually knows the vendor, when they’ve eaten the food, and can tell you what you’re really getting, you know? I mean, you’ve got to taste the food and know … Continue reading

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Semple Mansion Wedding Fair, April 12, 2015

Want to go to the best wedding fair in Minneapolis? I’ve been officiating weddings in the Minneapolis, MN area for almost twenty years, and my favorite wedding event in Minnesota is the one at Semple Mansion. It’s on Sunday, April … Continue reading

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Radisson Roseville for weddings

Email from a friend: Hi Rev Tomkin, Hope all is well with you! Would you like to visit me in my new position, at the Roseville Radisson? There is an outdoor courtyard here for weddings and it is popular and … Continue reading

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More beautiful photos from Tim and Madie photography!

I love working with Tim and Madie photography of Minneapolis, MN – not only do they take beautiful pictures, but they’re fun and friendly people and great to work with! Check out their photos of the last wedding we worked … Continue reading

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Five Piece Brass Quintet for weddings in Minneapolis

I got to see (and listen to!) Classic Brass Inc., the wonderful brass quintet in the Minneapolis, MN area, play for a wedding ceremony at the University Club in St. Paul. There’s nothing like live music – I love it, … Continue reading

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Gluten-free Minnesota wedding option

Wow, how often do you find something that you love, that is good for you? It’s funny, I eat gluten-free, and so many others do, too, but I’m also extremely into eating well. Just by chance, I found the most … Continue reading

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Semple Mansion Annual Wedding Event Sunday, 4/6/14

Hello, Readers, Coming up soon – Sunday April 4, 2014, the (free!) wedding fair at Semple Mansion in Minneapolis, MN. The hours are 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and the address is 100 West Franklin Avenue, in the Uptown area … Continue reading

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Favorite Wedding Fair 2014? Semple Mansion

Semple Mansion, site of upcoming wedding fair on Sunday, 4/6/14! There’s several wedding fairs, AKA wedding spectaculars, in the Minneapolis, MN area, but which one should you go to? They tend to be early in the year, in the winter … Continue reading

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Minneapolis Premarital Counseling

Whether you are non-religious or religious, you can get $75 off your Minnesota marriage license by taking premarital counseling. The course I offer is two evenings, 60-90 minutes, for $395, and we meet at the University Club, 420 Summit Ave. … Continue reading

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New Wedding Consignment Shop in Osseo, MN

Question: Hi Rev Tomkin Coleman, My husband and I were married last year and are opening the premier wedding consignment store in central MN, opening in November 2013. Anything the wedding presents, we will have – please check out our … Continue reading

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First Plus Size Dress Store in MN!

Question: Hello, I just read your recommendation for Luxe Bridal to a plus size woman in which you stated Luxe is the only store in Minnesota that specializes in plus size gowns. I am sure you were given inaccurate information … Continue reading

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GLBT Wedding Open House at Black Bear Crossings!

The beautiful wedding venue, Black Bear Crossings at Como Lake in St. Paul, MN is celebrating Minnesota becoming the 12th state to legalize same sex marriage by having an Open House! Black Bear Crossings’ Open House: Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 … Continue reading

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Where to get a MN marriage license?

Question: Good afternoon, Rev. Tomkin! My name is Natalia and my fiance and I are getting married at the end of this summer. I’ve found your website to be quite helpful on several different occasions, and I’m hoping you could … Continue reading

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Weddings on a boat in Lake Minnetonka!

  Dear Readers, I just got a great phone call from Captain Terry of Lady on the Lake Cruises on Lake Minnetonka, MN. I love performing wedding ceremonies on his gorgeous boat (some info about the Lady of the Lake … Continue reading

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2013 Apple Valley MN Wedding reception venue still available!

Dear Rev. Tomkin Coleman, Are any of your brides looking for a Minnesota wedding venue that still has a few Saturday afternoons available? We have a new banquet facility in Apple Valley, MN, the Valleywood Golf Course, and as of … Continue reading

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Shout-out to the awesome Gina Kieffer!

I love how the Twin Cities is big, but is also such a small town! Congrats to Gina and Andrew on nine years of happy marriage (I officiated their wonderful wedding back in the day) and it was so great … Continue reading

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Our personal photos from amazing photographer from MN – Lisa Venticinque!

Hi Rev. Tomkin! I just wanted to say thanks to you and Julie for a most wonderful time on Monday morning. I really loved meeting you and spending time with you guys- thanks for the warm reception! I will send … Continue reading

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How to find an amazing photographer in Minneapolis, MN

Note that the above photo is shot by me, not by Lisa – hers are so much better, and you’ll see them in the next blogpost! Dear Readers, In the past, you’ve read about my criteria for a wedding photographer, … Continue reading

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Remember – possible backlash to gay weddings in Minnesota

Dear Readers, I just saw a great night of dance (like ballet, but different) by the amazing Nic Lincoln, who is an artist/dancer/activist and he raised a warning about the wonderful new law allowing gay marriage in the state of … Continue reading

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Open letter to all couples for gay weddings I’ve performed in Minnesota

To all gay and lesbian couples I’ve officiated weddings for in the last fifteen years in Minnesota: Congratulations on Minnesota passing the same-sex marriage bill! I’ve emailed and phoned many of you, the couples I’ve performed commitment ceremonies for (weddings in … Continue reading

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The Transition for an Officiant for Gay Weddings in Minnesota

What a year! Here’s some fun logistical thoughts about the soon-to-be-voted-on Gay Marriage Law in Minnesota: It was only a couple weeks ago that I had met with a wonderful gay couple to be an officiant for their wedding this … Continue reading

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Minnesota name change checklist for new brides

Question: Hello Reverend! You have a great free new-bride name change kit, but I made another online resource for local brides, too! I am the graphic designer for Brovado Weddings, a Minneapolis-based wedding photography company. I have recently spent a … Continue reading

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McNamara Alumni Center – officially coolest place to get married in MN

Question: Dear Rev. Tomkin, It was so nice to see you yesterday! Yes, as we talked about, Buzzfeed has named the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis, MN as one of the top ten coolest place to get married in the … Continue reading

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Great St. Paul MN Wedding Photographer

Question: Dear Rev. Tomkin, Thank you for your wonderful compliments about my work! Per your request, here’s some more information about my wedding photography at Lisa25 in St. Paul, MN. I’m a photographer who LOVES my work, and I’ve been … Continue reading

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Recommendation for Sandy May Photography

Question: Hello Rev. Tomkin, Just saw a great dog photo of yours on FB and wanted to say hello after working with me on a few weddings the last few years. You may know that I live and shoot weddings … Continue reading

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2013 Semple Mansion Wedding Fair rocked!

The 2013 wedding fair at the Semple Mansion in Minneapolis, MN was amazing – fun, interesting, friendly, full of good food and cheerful brides. I love this wedding fair because it’s such a great size – large enough that there’s tons … Continue reading

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Gorgeous renovations at the St. Paul College Club

St Paul College Club on gorgeous Summit Avenue in St. Paul, MN The outdoor wedding ceremony space at the St. Paul College Club Question: Rev. Coleman, Good Morning! This is Lauren with the St. Paul College Club. I hope this … Continue reading

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2013 Semple Wedding Fair

Semple Mansion Wedding Fair – This Sunday, March 24th, 2013 12-4pm, 100 W. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN Dear Readers: I tell you, one of the best parts of being engaged is going to a wedding fair – free food, people are … Continue reading

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Carlson Towers for weddings in Minnetonka, MN area

Question: Hi, Rev. Tomkin, How are things? Is your 2013 wedding season going to be busy? I hope so. Looking forward to having you perform more wedding ceremonies here at the Carlson Towers in Minnetonka MN this year! We love … Continue reading

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Semple Mansion Wedding Fair – 2013!

Dear Readers, Getting married this year (or next?) in the Minneapolis, MN area? Here’s a fantastic recommendation! The Semple Mansion Wedding FairSunday, 3/24/13 noon – 4pm – free! Location: 100 W. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN I’ve gone every year to … Continue reading

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Graves 601 Hotel for Weddings

New! Just published an amazing review of the Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis, MN, and how it can be used for wedding ceremonies and/or wedding receptions. Perhaps my favorite place for a wedding ceremony and reception is at a hotel … Continue reading

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McNamara Wedding Showcase was AMAZING!

What a fun night! The annual wedding fair at the McNamara Center is my favorite – it’s set in this gorgeous site, the food is amazing, and there’s a real sense of celebration and fun. The McNamara Event Center is … Continue reading

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My favorite Minneapolis wedding fair!

2013 McNamara Alumni Center’s Wedding Showcase Wednesday evening, January 9th, 2013 From 5:30 till 8:00 pm Getting married in 2013? Well, in addition to buying lots of wedding magazines, or watching “Bridesmaids”, or getting together with girlfriends, one of the … Continue reading

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Video of Rev. Tomkin Coleman performing a wedding ceremony

Question: Hi Rev. Tomkin, At the recent wedding where we worked together, I promised to provide you a copy of the wedding video. This YouTube video is the full ceremony unedited, and a nice clip of it is here. Looking … Continue reading

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TreVeld Musicians for Weddings in MN

The amazing TreVeld trio – here, they’re playing at a church, but I heard them at a wedding…wow!!! Wow, I have to let you know all about this amazing band who played at a wedding I just performed a ceremony … Continue reading

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Cosmos in Minneapolis

Wow – Cosmos in Minneapolis, MN, in the Graves 601 Hotel at 601 North 1st Avenue, is absolutely amazing. The restaurant is an upper floor at the upscale Graves 601 Hotel on 1st Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. I first heard … Continue reading

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Minnesota wedding photographer recommendations

Question: Hello Rev. Tomkin! I know you’ve heard this many times but I’m going to say it too that I ABSOLUTELY love your site. I’ve thus far found it very useful and will continue to find it useful until (and … Continue reading

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Wedding Singer Mary Pat Nydahl

Question: Good Morning, Rev. Tomkin, It was a pleasure meeting you at Saturday’s wedding at Plymouth’s Millenium Garden. What a beautiful day for a beautiful wedding! It was a pleasure providing the wedding sining with wedding pianist Sharon Planer. Like … Continue reading

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Hope Glen Farm in Cottage Grove, MN for wedding receptions and ceremonies

Question: Good afternoon, Rev. Tomkin, I hope your summer is going well! In past years, we have enjoyed having you officiate wedding ceremonies at historic Hope Glen Farm in Cottage Grove, MN, and wanted to let you know that the … Continue reading

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Weddings at the MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Arts)

Question: Hello, Rev. Tomkin, I love your information about weddings at museums in Minneapolis! At the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, we have recently started hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions. Would you like a personalized tour of our wedding ceremony and … Continue reading

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Bridal shop for plus-size brides in Minneapolis

    Question: Dear Rev. Tomkin, Thank you for your amazing resources on your website! Can you help me with a problem? Where is there a place where I can buy a wedding dress if I’m fat? Or plus-size, or … Continue reading

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Congrats, Rev. Tomkin!

Question: Dear Rev. Tomkin, Congratulations on your Minnesota Bride Best of 2012 win! It’s always a pleasure singing in a wonderful wedding that you are officiating. I know couples get the very best ceremony if you are their wedding minister, … Continue reading

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Congrats on Best Wedding Officiant in MN!

Question: Rev. Coleman, Just wanted to send a quick note to say CONGRATS on your award last night! What a testament to your service that you’ve won this award. Can’t wait to work with you again. Hope you’re having a … Continue reading

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Simply Elegant Facebook Giveaway

Question: Hi, Rev. Tomkin, I hope your summer is going well! On Sunday, 6/15/12, we at Simply Elegant Bridal Consulting in Minneapolis are launching a 1-month giveaway where Brides who “Like” Simply Elegant Bridal Consulting on Facebook AND “Like” Adagio … Continue reading

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BLVD Kitchen in Minnetonka for a rehearsal dinner

Question: Good Afternoon, Rev. Tomkin, I hope your day is going well! When I searched for “Rehearsal Dinner Restaurants Minneapolis“, your website was #3. That is good news for you. The bad news for me is that you did not … Continue reading

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FIVE Event Center in Minneapolis – review

  Question: Hello, Rev. Tomkin, I hope this message finds you well. We recently received another wedding inquiry directed from your review of FIVE Event Center in Minneapolis on your page about gorgeous wedding locations in Minneapolis. Thank you and … Continue reading

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Unity Candle Recommendation for Outdoor Weddings

Question: Dear Rev. Tomkin, I’d like use Unity Candle ceremony in our outdoor wedding, if possible. I saw your blog post on Unity Candles at outdoor wedding ceremonies. I’m wondering what you recommend for a whole set, though, that we … Continue reading

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Live Streaming For Weddings

Question (from phone conversation): Reverend Coleman, Nice talking to you, Reverend Coleman! As we talked about, Your Host Streaming provides Live Streaming services for churches, and with so many elderly and out-of-state wedding guests, Live Streaming can be a great … Continue reading

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Wedding violinist in Minnesota

Hello Rev Coleman, I wrote to you a while ago thanking you for maintaining this wonderful resource for MN brides, including your wonderful list of wedding musicians in the Minneapolis, MN area. As it turns out, thanks to your review … Continue reading

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