Happy in Iowa

t was a second marriage for both of us, I was excited about getting married but not looking forward to planning it.  I had discussed a destination wedding with my fiancĂ© as we wanted to keep it small.  But that would have been too expensive for some family members so we decided to keep the ceremony local.

I told my sister I wanted to have a "surprise wedding" meaning I would just show up and celebrate with family and friends, but leave the planning details to someone else.  She was more than willing to take on the challenge to create the first ever "surprise wedding".  She planned almost every detail, right down to selecting my wedding dress and the bridal parties' attire.  My only request was to keep it causal, we wanted everyone to have fun and simply celebrate with us.  I had really hoped to get married on the beach with sand between my toes.  

She enlisted the help of Mr. Mann's Design for all the wedding ceremony and reception decorations and event planning.  It was awesome to walk down the aisle (which appeared to be sand and sea shells) and take it all in for the first time.  I was kept in the dark right up until the time of the ceremony.  They knew I wanted a beach wedding so they brought the island beach to me.  The lighting and remarkable detail made it feel as if we were on the beach somewhere.  The canvas backdrop Craig painted was unbelievable and we will cherish it forever as a keepsake from our special day.  The room was absolutely beautiful and we have had so many compliments on both the wedding ceremony and reception. I would highly recommend Mr. Mann's Design to anyone who wants a stress free event planned for any occasion. They made my wedding day better than I could have ever imagined. Thanks Craig, you created a wedding day we will always remember.   

Lisa and Mark S.