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Dainty Extra+ 5 Treats to Try from Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe

Hopkins, Minnesota has a delicious secret… and if you’re not in on it, you’re missing out. Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe isn’t the run-of-the-mill sweets store you approach with a shrug of the shoulders thinking: “Well, at least it has sugar.” Amy Brace, the owner, has put in a considerable amount of time creating a menu of sweets that are all gourmet – some of which are gluten free, others being vegan, are all to die for.

Amy spends her time cruising through farmers markets and the produce aisles of local stores, hunting down the freshest ingredients she can utilize. Her goal was to create a welcoming environment; and like a visit to your grandparent’s house for the holidays, you might be tempted to leave your shoes at the front door. “When you walk into the shop, it always feels like home. Comfortable, delicious, and always good coffee,” she said.

Now that you’re in on the secret, it’s high time you experience it for yourself with these five favorites.

  1. Gourmet Cupcakes. Try staple flavors like Salted Caramel and Vanilla Bean, or other sample weekly made-from-scratch cupcakes in a variety of flavors. They keep the menu fresh, and your taste buds even fresher.

2. French Macarons. With an endless selection of flavors, these naturally gluten free delights come in a variety of colors, and push the boundaries of delicious with every option.

3. City Girl Coffee. If you’re craving cold or hot, they got it fresh, and it’s sourced from women-owned and operated farms.

4. Authentic Belgian Liege Waffles. Made with imported Belgian pearl sugar and cooked to a crisp perfection. We won’t blame you for eating them as they are, but with whipped cream and Nutella, they’re the stuff of sweet dreams.

5. Cookie Sandwiches. Available in chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter. Each flavor has its own special twists to keep you satisfied with every bite.


Food: Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe // Photography: Ashley Elwill Photography // Styling: Jenny Olson & Engle Olson

Real Weddings + Ajla & Noah

Ajla and Noah met as high school seniors through mutual friends. “There was a deep connection between us, that much was evident from the first date,” said Ajla. “Over time our love grew, and just a few months later we had to tell each other what we were both feeling – we were helplessly and undoubtedly in love.”

Fast forward three years, they got engaged as Augustana University students with a romantic picnic proposal by the Sioux River.

From the bride…

I’m an art student and decided to hand-make all of the stationery. I liked being able to add that special, personal touch to our save the dates, invitations, and programs. Also, I am originally from Bosnia, so we incorporated a fun Bosnian dance into our reception. We started with just us and our bridal party holding hands and dancing, and then we had all of our guests come up and join us. We are glad that we included a bit of Bosnian culture in our wedding, and we had a blast watching everyone participate. Another favorite moment was our prayer circle during our ceremony. We had our bridal party and some family members surround us and pray for our marriage. Our last favorite detail was our recessional. Noah rewrote the lyrics to “Unbelievers” by Vampire Weekend, and our talented band rocked it as we happily walked down the aisle. The fact that the lyrics were written by the groom made the experience feel incredibly unique and special.


Photography: Emily Mitton Photography // Venue: The Meadow Barn // Wedding Dress: Made With Love Bridal // Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu, ASOS, Lulus // Flower Girl Dress: Alice and Ames // Bridal Shop: A&Be Bridal Shop // Catering: Inca // Flowers: Hy-Vee Floral // Bridal Hairstylist: Keri Eberline // Bridesmaids Hair Stylist: Tara Westerman // Headpiece: Hushed Commotion // Stationery: Created by Bride // Ceremony Musician: Daniel Brunz + Band // Reception Musician: Darin Kaihoi