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Pre-Quarantine Elopement in the Privacy and Safety of the Family Home

With the possibility of a Stay at Home Order taking effect in a few days, this couple made a quick decision to elope in late March.
Megan White
Aimeé and Seth being wed in her parents' living room with her father officiating.

At the end of March, there were rumors that a Stay at Home Order was about to go into effect to quell the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota. In that time of uncertainty, Aimeé Sommerville and Seth Assam made the tough, yet quick decision to move forward with their wedding, but with a few adjustments. 

First, they changed their date. Changing a wedding date sounds insurmountable, but they made the choice to get married a week earlier so that Seth's parents would be able to travel to the wedding before the Stay at Home Order was enacted.  Secondly, to follow new guidelines that limited the number of attendees at a gathering, they kept their revised guest list as small as possible, with only their parents and a photographer in attendance. They also had to change their venue. Their original plan was to be wed at Aria, but given the circumstances, they said their "I do's" in the serene and sentimental setting of Aimeé's parents' living room. She wore her rehearsal dress, and created her own bouquet with the help of Flowers of Edina. They even had the bride's father officiate to keep the attendee count low, and to make it even more memorable! Afterwards, they dined on takeout and doughnuts from their favorite local spots. Despite difficult times causing them to change their plans, Aimeé and Seth still had their big day, just on a smaller scale. And most importantly, they have each other. 

They plan on holding a reception at a later date, and hope to still work with as many of their original vendors as possible. Their photographer, Christina, of Steena Anne, said, "They did a fantastic job of retaining all of their vendors and were so supportive of my business and others during this process. I was blown away by them!"

Minnesota Bride Planning Checklist!

Brides, grooms, photographers: Get a wedding published in Minnesota Bride magazine! We are looking for fabulous, creative and beautiful weddings that took place in Minnesota. We want to feature couples who have a great story about their engagement, proposal and/or wedding.

UPCOMING DEADLINE: February 5, 2021 (Weddings occurring between August 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021)

Please include as many of the following elements as possible: the couple, flowers, tabletop decor, interesting or innovative signs, favors, seating assignment table, decorative elements, food close-ups, the cake, invitation suite, the church, a view of the entire reception or ceremony scene, bridesmaids or groomsmen with the bride or groom.

  • You must include the following information about each couple: their first and last names, phone number AND email address, date they were married, location of reception site/ceremony.
  • Do not send images that will run in your ad.
  • Do not send the same images you are also sending to other local bridal publications.
  • Do not send out-of-season images, old images or images that have already been published.
  • Do not send all of the photography from the wedding. Edit to your best shots (about 60 per wedding).


We are now only accepting submissions through our online submission site.
Online submission instructions:
  • Click here to find a registration form. Fill out the information and click "create new account."
  • An email will be sent to you allowing you to log into our submission site and set up a password.
  • You are now logged into the site. Whenever you're logged in, you'll see a small camera icon at the top right of the page. Click that icon at any time to go to your profile page, where you'll have the opportunity to submit photos and view any images you have previously submitted.
  • Site limitations: The size can only handle 30MB per upload. You can upload your submission in batches if needed. Batches of 10-15 images might be necessary for larger images. File size suggestion: 1440 pixels x 960 pixels at 300 dpi is about a 1 MB jpeg file.
  • Save: Please click save after you have completed each submission.
  • Proof: Please check that all your photos have uploaded.
  • To log-in again at any time, simply go to
By May 15 if we are publishing one of your weddings. Please email Janet McLaughlin ( if you have not heard from us and would like to submit your weddings to another publication.
We also accept submissions for our website. Email Minnesota Bride Digital Editor Laura Crosswith a link to images as well as basic information about the wedding—date, location, couple's names and bride's contact information.

By submitting these forms, we assume you have received proper releases from any individuals and locations features in the photos. Photos you submit may be featured in the print version of the magazine, on our web site or both and will be credited with the name of your photography business.
By submitting photography or artwork, Tiger Oak Media, Inc is guaranteed that:
a) The use of art in connection with the magazine title will not infringe or violate the rights of any other person or entity, including without limitation, any copyright, trademark or service markright, or violate any applicable law. b) The supplier of the art/photography hereby agrees he/she will obtained adequate and proper releases, permissions, licenses or other authorizations from all persons and entities who or which provide services, materials or rights with respect to the work at the time of submission of final artwork who would claim any interest or right, direct or indirect. Public figures or celebrities are exempt from signing a release.

Contact Minnesota Bride editor Megan White.

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