Haley + Makkonen | Gardens of Castle Rock

Oh where to start with this S W E E T couple! Haley + Makkonen dug into their planning process with lead planner Kellie and the outcome was the most P E R F E C T day! This couple’s love story goes all the way back to high school [high school sweethearts – L O V E it]. Their wedding took place at the Gardens of Castle Rock, an A M A Z I N G outdoor venue that we love being at! We’ve Got It Covered came early in the morning do some G O R G E O U S draping under the tent and brought along their deep purple linens for the guest tables. The ladies in the wedding party prepped for the day in the newly renovated bridal suite, and the guys arrived a little later just in time for their first look! Jeannine Marie photographed this sweet couple and their bridal party throughout the day, doing a F A N T A S T I C job as always. Rustic Elegance prepped the guest tables, place cards, dessert table, and other decor throughout the space, and finally it was ceremony time!

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The ceremony was held under the Lath House at the Gardens of Castle Rock. The site was S T U N N I N G featuring a arch of gorgeous flowers provided by Studio B Floral, entrance doors provided by us, a pink aisle runner and the natural beauty of the venue. After the ceremony, it was time for cocktail hour- guests enjoyed refreshments and appetizers by Mintahoe catering, and also enjoyed touring the beautifully manicured grounds and gardens. Guests then moved under the tent to their beautiful decorated dinner tables with purple linens, burlap purple runners, white napkins, gold chairs, and floral centerpieces from Studio B Floral. The newlyweds sat at a sweetheart table – a cute touch! Mintahoe served an amazing dinner, and speeches came next, where there was not a dry eye in the room for most of them. We love hearing old & fun memories about the couples in the speeches! The rest of the evening was full of dancing and love radiating from the happily married couple.

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Haley + Makkonen – Thank you for including us in your day as your wedding coordinator’s, we love being a part of your love story! We hope that married life is a dream, and wish you all the love and happiness. Special shout out to Jeannine Marie Photography for sharing these A M A Z I N G pictures with us!

VENDORS
Venue: Gardens of Castle Rock
Catering: Mintahoe Catering & Events
Bartender: With a Twist
Rentals & Decor: We’ve Got It Covered
Florist: Studio B Floral
Photographer: Jeannine Marie Photography
Photobooth: MN Photobooth Rentals
Desserts: Sugar and Spice
Transportation: Northfield Transportation
Makeup: Bridget Belew
Hair: SM Hair & Makeup
Coordination/Decor: Rustic Elegance

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Tips + Tricks | Planning the Perfect Outdoor Wedding

As a wedding coordinator, we are here to make your day E A S Y! We wanted to again share a few of our biggest tips & tricks when planning an outdoor wedding in order to make your day P E R F E C T!

Rain rain, go away! As you know, Mother Nature has a mind of her own. As much as we can try to predict the weather, you may be blessed with extreme heat, rain, wind, or in Minnesota/Wisconsin, even snow on your wedding day. Be sure to have a “back up plan” prepared and have a team to help execute in case the elements get in your way. Think ahead in providing weather appropriate accessories for you, your bridal party + guests: umbrellas, cute rain boots, sunscreen, bug spray, fans, heaters, blankets, tent side walls etc. Your guests will be thanking Y O U for taking care of them.

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Don’t forget about D A N C I N G shoes: Your wedding day consists of a L O N G day on your feet! To make sure you and your guests can last all night out on the D A N C E floor, consider suggesting guests wear comfy + grass friendly shoes. Flip flops in your wedding color make the P E R F E C T “dancing shoes” to have on hand for those guests who insisted on wearing cute heels and are now dancing in their bare feet! Also, make sure if your shoes are O H – S O cute, but maybe not so comfy, that you also bring a pair of reception shoes to switch into.

W A T E R! Prep for the elements by providing lots of water for your bridal party + guests as they arrive onsite for the wedding. Think of having a H Y D R A T I O N station at the reception to ensure guests have access to water at all times. Consider adding fun flavors – berries, cucumbers or lemons, to the beverage jugs for a twist to the traditional beverage station [+ don’t forget ice/coolers]!

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Did someone say PIZZA: Late night snacks are L O V E D by all! Who doesn’t enjoy a slice of yummy pizza after having a few drinks and a showing off your dance moves?! Consider adding late night [gourmet] s’mores, a popcorn bar, a mac and cheese bar or a wood fire pizza buffet to refuel your guests before they hit the dance floor for the last few songs!

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Tick Tock: Suddenly, it’s the end of the night! What are you going to do with all of the decor, presents, cards, leftover desserts, florist items etc? Have a game plan figured out ahead of time as to what goes where, who does what, what vendors are coming back at the end of the night etc.  This will ease the stress for you, your family and friends at the end of the night.

Hope these items help you perfect your plans for your future outdoor wedding!

Love,

Kellie + the Rustic Elegance Team

Image provided by: Jeannine Marie Photography

Kristin + Jason | Furber Farm

Kirsten + Jason tied the knot in June at the Furber Farm + we L O V E D everything about planning with them! The ladies got their hair & makeup done by Shelly Blackstone, and then arrived at the venue in a big, P I N K party bus. They then set up shop in the gorgeous bridal suite to get dressed for the day. The bridal suite at Furber Farm is amazing! While the ladies continued prepping, the guys arrived and headed to the groom’s room. They enjoyed playing some card games before getting into their suits. Once both parties were ready, it was first look time! Dodge Creative set up their first look on the deck at the farm, despite the crazy weather that day [a little bit of rain & humidity]. After the couple had their first look, the wedding party joined for a few pre-ceremony photos outside when the rain let up.

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Meanwhile, Rustic Elegance was busy setting up the decor for the day. The couple decided to have their ceremony indoors due to the humidity and potential threat of rain, so we set up for the ceremony where the head table would later be placed. They had a great wood folding backdrop, paired with Rustic Elegance wine barrels. Cindy’s Floral Creations brought in S T U N N I N G arrangements, including accent pieces for on top the barrels. They also provided G O R G E O U S greenery with purple accents for the head table! Other prep for the day included setting out the memory photos, placed on the Rustic Elegance ladder, arranging the place cards, and setting out the handmade card box on the gift table [which was made out of a wooden stump!].

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Finally, it was time for the couple to get married. The wedding party entered from the first floor and processed up to the ceremony site. Then the bride, escorted by her uncle, made their grand entrance via the staircase from the second level. Officiant Matt Berdahl went through the ceremony with ease, doing a great job as always. The couple opted to do a unity symbol, with three different sand colors, and included the groom’s daughter in their ceremony. A kiss sealed the deal, and then it was cocktail hour!

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Guests enjoyed drinks while the room was being flipped for dinner. Distinctive Catering did a F A N T A S T I C job keeping up with the large crowd for the plated meal (240 guests) & the food was so T A S T Y, too! Desserts were provided by Distinctive as well and consisted of cute & yummy cupcakes. After dinner and speeches, DJ Kelsey (rock star) from Adagio started off the night with the formal dances, and kept the party going all night long! Distinctive also provided late night wood fired pizzas that were definitely a hit with the guests.Day of Coordinator, Kristin + Jason, Furber Farm_1161.jpg
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Kirstin + Jason, thank you for including Rustic Elegance as your coordinators in your wedding day – we LOVED being a part of your love story! We hope that your married life adventures are nothing but fun + exciting, and we can’t wait to watch your love grow! Shout out to Dodge Creative for the A W E S O M E images!

VENDORS:
Venue: Furber Farm
Catering/Bartending: Distinctive Catering
DJ: Adagio
Florist: Cindy’s Floral Creations
Officiant: Matt Berdahl
Photographer: Dodge Creative
Photobooth: The Original Traveling Photobooth
Hair & Make-Up: Shelly Blackstone
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Jenna + Luke | Creekside Farm

Jenna + Luke were such a fun couple to plan with! They happily shared their engagement pictures with us that we utilized on social media [gladly because they were A D O R B S!]. Lead planner Kellie loved finalizing their details with them for their wedding at Creekside [one of our favorite venues], and finally, the day was here!

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Their wedding was themed “Alice and Wonderland” and featured fun decor throughout the wedding that followed this theme, including their tablescapes, programs and signs [“Eat Me” dessert sign, “Toast Me” s’mores sign] – love! They had colored votives and loose jewels spread throughout the guest tables, paired with black charger plates. As Rustic Elegance prepped decor around the B E A U T I F U L barn, the ladies & gents got ready for the big day!

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When it was time for the ceremony, the bridal party featuring the 3 bridesmaids, 3 groomsmen and 2 sweet little flower girls got ready to walk down the aisle. The S T U N N I N G bride walked down the aisle to “Cannon in D”, to meet her groom who was just seeing her for the first time [so C U T E]. Their unity symbol was a lock, signifying their love for one another no matter what the circumstance. And just like that, they were M A R R I E D! The happy couple recessed out of the ceremony to “So Happy Together”, the most fitting song for the occasion!

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Cocktail hour featured appetizers from This Little Piggy [absolutely L O V E working with them!] including meatballs and bruschetta – both are fan favorites. After guests were seated, the wedding party made their grand entrance to “I’m a Believer” by The Monkeys. Following this entrance was the buffet style dinner by This Little Piggy – Y U M! After speeches, Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment started the dancing. The first dance was adorable, and then the father daughter dance to “Brown Eyed Girl” was very fitting as the bride has brown eyes. Rustic Elegance helped cut the sheet cakes for dessert and set out the s’mores station which had a few chocolate options – Y E S please!

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Jenna + Luke – Rustic Elegance had an amazing time being a part of your wedding day as your coordinators. We love the L O V E that you two have for one another, and can’t wait to see your marriage grow for years to come! Shout out to the amazing Justin Mark Photography for sharing these photos with us! [We L O V E working with you]!!

VENDORS
Venue: Creekside Farm
Catering: This Little Piggy
DJ: Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment
Photographer: Justin Mark Photography
Videographer: Two Hearts Film & Photo
Desserts: Kowalski’s
Transportation: Ivy Farms Party Bus Rentals
Hair: Hairsmiths
Dress: The Wedding Shoppe
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Megan + Justin | Rum River Barn and Vineyard

Megan + Justin tied the knot on a cool September day at Rum River Barn and Vineyard. This couple was so F U N to plan with. On the morning of the wedding, the ladies prepped their hair and makeup with SoCoJo Artistry, while the boys stepped into their tuxes. While the wedding party got ready, the florist [who was a family friend of the couple], worked on prepping the guest tables under the tent. The tables were set with stunning white linens, and white plates, paired with brightly colored florals – L O V E this look! The couple & wedding party of 10 [plus a cute ring bearer flower girl crew] took some time pre-ceremony to take photos with Kokal Photography. We’ve Got It Covered draped the barn ceremony backdrop which looked S T U N N I N G. Rustic Elegance also helped prep the decor in the barn for the ceremony, and finally, it was T I M E!

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The ceremony began with the wedding party processing up by the stairs, and then the bride and her dad made a G R A N D entrance through the back barn doors, while “Marry Me” by Train played. It’s safe to say that at that point, there was not a dry eye in the room! The couple opted for a traditional candle unity symbol. Sealed with a kiss – they were married.

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Then, it was time for cocktail hour followed by dinner. We absolutely L O V E working with Custom Catering by Short Stop – they are so easy to work with and offer such Y U M M Y food choices. . Dinner for Megan + Justin was served family style among the guests to enjoy. After dinner, the cake was served to guests by Short Stop. Then – it was time to get the party started with Blue Water King Band [whom we A D O R E!]. The weather cooperated and the couple’s wish came true – having their first dance out on the barn deck! They danced to “Say You Won’t Let Go” and after that, the rest of the guests gathered to dance the night away.

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Megan + Justin: we are so T H R I L L E D for you two to start your life as a married couple. We loved being your day of coordinators and are so excited to see what the future holds for you both! Shout out to Kokal Photography for sharing the A M A Z I N G pictures with us for the blog!

VENDORS
Venue: Rum River Barn and Vineyard
Catering: Short Stop Custom Catering
Bartending: With a Twist
Decor: We’ve Got It Covered
Band: Blue Water Kings Band
Photographer: Kokal Photography
Desserts: Cold Spring Bakery
Transportation: Trobecs
Hair/Makeup: SoCoJo Artistry
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Laura + Will | Kamp Kenwood

Laura + Will met through the “Coffee Meets Bagel” app [how cool is that!] and felt an instant connection. Their love for one another grew quickly, and then Will popped the question – and that meant it was time to plan the big day! Lead planner Kellie met with Laura and her mom, Sue, throughout the planning process and loved talking with these two ladies about their wedding ideas.

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Their wedding took place at Kamp Kenwood – a gorgeous outdoor rustic venue located in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. It featured a S T U N N I N G lakeside ceremony site, and large dining area for the reception. Since the couple met via Coffee Meets Bagel, the company contributed money to their wedding, which bought adorable camp cups as guest favors! One [of many] unique touches the couple added to their day was a directional sign that featured locations of where guests had traveled from to get to the wedding [we loved this idea]. The couple also honored past family members by displaying photos and special items on top a vintage upright piano. The couple also used a canoe to house beer & soda for the guests [how fitting with the camp theme]!

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The ladies got ready for the day with the ever so talented Luminous Beauty Studios doing their hair and makeup, and the guys prepped in their separate cabin. The couple did a sweet first look in the woods, with Abbots Lane Photography, these pictures are P E R F E C T! After the first look and a few wedding party/family photos, it was time for the ceremony. Laura + Will tied the knot [literally] during their unity symbol that featured tying two cords together and included their parents. After the ceremony, the wedding party and family enjoyed a champagne toast and passed apps during cocktail hour. Yard games were played by all and included kube, bags and spike ball.

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The reception was hosted in the dining hall. Table decor consisted of butcher paper, table numbers that were pictures of different countries the couple had traveled, tea lights, coffee mugs, and copper containers with flowers and greenery spread throughout the room. The wedding party did their grand entrance to “Space Jam” – so fun! Dinner was buffet style and catered by Yankee Jacks Premiere Catering which was delicious. Desserts were home made by family and friends, served on mismatched vintage plates [SO sweet]. Instant Request DJ started pumping the tunes and the rest of the night was spent dancing and laughing with the newlyweds.

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Laura + Will – we absolutely A D O R E your love story + planning your wedding day was so much fun! We hope that married love is amazing and can’t wait to see your love grow in the years to come. Shout out to the amazingly talented Abbots Lane Photography for the photos featured in this blog!

VENDORS
Venue: Kamp Kenwood
Catering: Yankee Jacks Premiere Catering
Rentals: A1 Rentals
DJ: Instant Request DJ
Photographer: Abbots Lane Photography
Transportation: Chubbs Party Bus
Hair/Makeup: Luminous Beauty Services
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Jenna + John | Redeemed Farm

John + Jenna – where to even start with these two lovebirds! This couple booked their package a little bit later than some. Kellie and Kristin met with the couple only T H R E E weeks before their wedding date! Although the planning process was short, lead planner Kristin noted how sweet & laid back they were. The couple planned the wedding at Redeemed Farm in their beautiful vineyard. Kristin headed to the farm on Thursday evening to assist with their rehearsal – 70 degrees in J U L Y!

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Finally, it was F R I D A Y! The ladies prepped for the morning in the bridal suite and were looking stunning. While the wedding party got ready, the mother of the groom was making C U T E + personalized brown-bagged lunches for everyone with their names on it. The gentleman sported different colored F L O R A L ties which added a super fun touch to the day! As everyone got ready for the big day, Kristin and Angie prepped the decor. Studio B Floral added some G O R G E O U S greenery to the ceremony arch – we loved that added touch. One of Kristin’s favorite decor pieces was the Rustic Elegance ladder featuring the couple’s grandparent portraits.

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John + Jenna opted to have married couples paired up to create their wedding party processional versus just the traditional friends on each side. As a super family oriented pair, they felt that they wanted to begin their marriage surrounded by the successful + loving couples in their lives [L O V E this]! While the processional occurred, the Lovers of Vitamin String Quartet played. Both the bride and groom were escorted down the aisle by both of their parents, which was so heartwarming to witness.

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After the ceremony was completed, everyone headed into the machine shed for cocktails and yard games. Dinner was promptly served in the barn after guests had a chance to mingle and enjoy the beautiful grounds at Redeemed Farm. After the wonderful dinner by Vincenzo’s Catering, guests [+ the newlyweds] enjoyed Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream Sandwiches which were a huge H I T! Midwest Sound DJ kept the music pumping and the night going – we didn’t want it to end! It was T R U L Y a wonderful day, surrounded by friends + family of the couple.

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Jenna + John, we loved helping coordinate your special day! Thank you so much for including Rustic Elegance! We hope that married life is the B E S T ever.

Special shout out to Abigail Berge Photography for sharing these A M A Z I N G photos!

VENDORS
Venue: Redeemed Farm
Catering: Vincenzo’s Catering
Bartending: LiquidMotion
Rentals: Rustic Elegance
DJ: Midwest Sound DJ
Floral: Studio B Floral
Photographer: Abigail Berge Photography
Dessert: Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream Sandwiches
Hair + Makeup: 139 Hair by Heidi
Dress: Bridal Aisle Boutique
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Tips + Tricks | Different Types of Wedding Planners

In the world of weddings, there are many different types of planners that can be hired to assist with your special day! Not to mention many different types of planning packages. In order to better understand the world of planners, we decided to write a T I P S + T R I C K S article on the different types of options out there!

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FULL SERVICE WEDDING PLANNING
A full service wedding planner usually coordinates and plans all aspects of the day, down to the tiniest details. Communication during the planning process can begin as soon as you get engaged and normally will include unlimited communication. A Full Service Wedding Planner will help create the wedding concept and offer overall design assistance. They will book and communicate with all vendors (venue, caterer, officiant, photographer, videographer, DJ, florist, beauty, desserts, transportation etc.) and they may even attend these vendor meetings and help keep track of when payments are due. They will also offer assistance in keeping on point with the budget. This type of planner may assist in ordering invitations and keeping track of your RSVP’s. They also usually perform all the tasks listed under the Day of Coordinator as well (see below). Of course, A L L companies will vary in the services/packages that they offer, but normally this is a “fully loaded” package, which includes everything you can think of.
Who should  hire a Full Service Wedding Planner:
This might be a good option for someone who lives in a different state/location from where the wedding will be held. A Full Service Wedding Planner package could also be a good option for someone who wants a perfectly planned wedding, but doesn’t have the time, interest or know where to start with planning.
Cost Range: $5,000+

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DAY OF COORDINATOR/PACKAGE
There is actually no such thing as just a “Day Of Coordinator”. Although many planners use the title “Day of Coordinator” when describing their services, they are really more like “month-of planners”. Communication with a Day of Coordinator, will usually begin about 30 days before the wedding date. Most of the details will be planned out already and the planners main focus is on executing the details you have set in place. They will help create a timeline of the days events, and execute this timeline to ensure everything runs as planned. They will lead the rehearsal and help make sure the ceremony runs F L A W L E S S L Y. They will act as the point of contact on the wedding day for vendors, guests and the wedding party. They can also help with any last minute problems that arise, setting up decor, pinning on boutonnières and corsages, handing out gratuities and final payments etc. A Day of Coordinator may also help with clean-up at the end of the night (although this may incur an additional cost). Their main focus is making sure the day runs smoothly so that you and your family can enjoy every M I N U T E.
Who should hire a Day Of Coordinator:
To be C O M P L E T E L Y honest, we think everyone getting married should hire a Day Of Coordinator. There is S O much time and money is spent on the wedding day, and we believe that every couple + their family should be able to enjoy the day in low-stress. It is a huge help to have one contact person on site, who knows all the moving parts and can ensure everything goes according to the master plan. Most importantly, hiring a Day Of Coordinator lets the couple and family enjoy the entire wedding without getting bogged down with planning details and questions. Let the planner handle this so more time can be spent with guests.
Cost Range: $1,250-$2,500

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DECORATORS + STYLISTS
Not to be confused with wedding planners, but usually are, decorators and stylists are there to help you envision the space on your special day. They can offer in depth help with choosing the style, color pallette, decorations, and overall feel of the wedding day. This type of planner can often come in and set up the morning of your wedding, but isn’t a logistical planner that will execute the wedding timeline and details. They are more focused on making things P R E T T Y.
Who should hire a Decorator or Stylist:
Consider hiring a Decorator or Stylist if you are short on time, have no idea how to decorate your house let alone your entire wedding or if you would like to incorporate new, fresh and creative ideas into your day but are not sure how to do it. Also, you may want your wedding to look A M A Z I N G, but really have no interest in figuring out how to do this – these would be your people.
Cost Range:
Price varies on how involved you would like them to be. They can charge per hour or by one lump sum. $350-$2,000

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VENUE COORDINATORS
A venue coordinator is employed by the venue to assist in the big picture details of the ceremony/reception location. The Venue Coordinator will most likely be the main contact when booking the venue and will offer help with general questions about the layout, room flips, food and beverage menu, timing and decor restrictions, etc. Being the expert at this specific venue, most of their focus will be on venue related questions. They most likely do not help with decor ideas, set up, timeline, rehearsals, clean up etc. Venue Coordinators usually do not cost extra and for most “traditional” venues will be included in your price (we say “traditional venues”meaning hotels, golf course, country clubs etc. Most barn or rustic venues do not include a Venue Coordinator – even better reason to hire a Day of Coordinator).

As you can see, there are P L E N T Y of different types of wedding planners and packages out there. These are the most commonly used terms to describe planners, although we at Rustic Elegance don’t fit perfectly into just O N E of these categories. We like to think of ourselves as a crossover between Full Planning, Day of Planning and Decorator. We have picked the most helpful parts of each package and put them into one. If we had to label ourselves, we might be considered Logistical Coordinators. We help with everything listed in the Day of Planner Package, but can also start working with you right from the moment you get engaged and want to make sure the final outcome is decorated to fit you! We specialize in tent, barns and backyard weddings, digging deep into the logistical aspects for wedding day. We also act as the “host” on the day so you, your family and friends can enjoy every minute of your special day. Ask about our detailed price list for more info on how we can assist with the logistics of your day!

Since you have read this far, you must be considering hiring a planner, We recommend doing your research on what different companies include in their packages, as many packages can differ within the same planner type. We D E F I N I T E L Y know how stressful wedding planning can be, and hope this helps when debating on which type of wedding planner is right for you!

Special thanks to Jeannine Marie Photography for the photos used in this blog post!

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Emily + Jason | Carver Lake Park Pavilion

O H what a perfect hot wedding day we had for Emily + Jason! This cute couple were S O sweet through the planning process – we loved getting to know them.

The day began with the wedding party prepping for the B I G day in their separate places. The wedding party was intimate, including the maid of honor, best man, ring bearer and flower girl [so S W E E T!]. Emily’s flowers were P E R F E C T – Kowalski’s did a fantastic job with her bouquet. These lovebirds were married at Central Park in Woodbury, in front of their closest family and friends. The ring bearer started out strong – carrying the Rustic Elegance rental “Here Comes the Bride” sign – and made it to the aisle R I G H T before the chairs started, and then did a hard turn and circled back inside [it made for a giggle from all and was pretty cute]. Matt Berdahl officiated the ceremony with such personality and ease – very S W E E T! You could see the L O V E and support the guests had for the couple – it made the day so S P E C I A L!

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Guests then headed to Carver Lake Park Pavilion in Woodbury for the reception. The setup was S T U N N I N G – featuring Rustic Elegance farm tables + vintage chairs for their sweetheart table. The Rustic Elegance team of Kellie + Lynse set up the reception site including Rustic Elegance burlap and lace table runners, along with wood slices, flowers and candles – so G O R G E O U S. The couple also made their own J A M as guest favors – pairing them with a sign stating to “Spread the Love” [she also gifted Kellie + Lynse one – so D E L I C I O U S !]. Guests arrived at the reception venue and were able to enjoy a picnic style buffet provided by Kowalski’s. For dessert, the Rustic Elegance team assisted in setting up a s’mores station [featuring a flame holder made by the groom]. It was such a fun idea when a bonfire wasn’t an option at their venue!

Emily + Jason – we hope that married life is treating you well! We L O V E D being a part of your special day and enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane to blog about it. Also special thanks to Michaela Shanae Photography for sharing these fantastic photos of their day with us!

VENDORS
Ceremony Venue: Central Park, Woodbury MN
Reception Venue: Carver Lake Park Pavilion
Linens: We’ve Got it Covered
Officiant: Matt Berdahl
Photographer: Michaela Shanae Photography
Desserts: PJ Murphy’s Bakery
Catering: Kowalski’s
Florals: Kowalski’s
Coordination: Rustic Elegance
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Janine + Kendra | Woodland Hill Winery

Janine + Kendra – where do we even start about these two lovebirds! These two ladies were the sweetest couple to work with. Their wedding was set for 2014, but ended up being delayed another year, due to an illness, which meant more time getting to know them + we L O V E D every minute of it.

This sweet couple spent the morning prepping for their big day, while the Rustic Elegance team of Kellie + Angie prepped the venue for guests. The ladies featured Rustic Elegance rentals including table numbers, s’mores set up + dessert hutch. The ceremony was set at Woodland Hill Winery right next to their G O R G E O U S vineyard, while their reception took place underneath a tent nearby. The ceremony was short and O H – S O sweet. After the couple said their “I Do’s” the happy newlyweds walked down the aisle and hopped on a horse and carriage ride around the vineyard to enjoy their first minutes together as a M A R R I E D couple! Guests were later able to enjoy rides on the horse + carriage themselves [which was a H I T!].

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When the couple arrived back to their reception after a little time to themselves, they gave a champagne toast while in the carriage. The horses L O V E D being front and center and were so well behaved – shout out to the amazing Independence Horse and Carriage! Appetizers + wine were served during cocktail hour by the winery while guests mingled prior to dinner. Guests then enjoyed the buffet style dinner by Distinctive Catering, featuring freshly grilled food onsite – so Y U M M Y! After dinner and some sweet speeches, it was time for the first dance. The couple danced to Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran, and Janine did a voice over to the song. She talked about their past and how much Kendra meant to her – there was not a D R Y eye in the crowd! As the night continued, guests were able to spend some time by the fire and enjoy a S M O R E [or two!]. When it was time for the couple to leave – they were whisked off into the night by a W H I T E stretch limo – so F U N!

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We absolutely L O V E the L O V E that these two have for one another. Their wedding day was sweet + perfect, and we were so happy to be a part of it. Thanks for including us in your day Janine and Kendra!! Special thanks to Ashley Berry Photo for sharing these sweet photos of their day with us!

VENDORS
Venue: Woodland Hill Winery
Photographer: Ashley Berry Photo
Rentals: Ultimate Events
Coordination + Decor: Rustic Elegance
Draping: We’ve Got It Covered
Catering: Distinctive Catering
Bartending: With a Twist
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