Backyard Wedding | Megan + Tyler

Megan + Tyler were seriously such a S W E E T couple to work with! Lead planner Kellie loved planning this backyard tent wedding. The couple was married on the groom’s family property – ceremony site down by the lake, with the tent set up a short walk away on open grass!

Leading up to the wedding, the days were rainy, but the day of the wedding turned out G O R G E O U S [sunny, and full of excitement!]. Kellie, Olivia + Kayla showed up early to help get the tent dry, prepped, and decorated along with help from the family. We’ve Got It Covered did lighting and draping in the tent – which we always love that extra touch! The ladies got ready in the main house, while the guys prepped in the guest house. Tessa June Photography was there to capture the whole day, and we loved working with her – she has such great energy! The bride did a first look with her girls before doing one with her future hubby – all reactions were P R I C E L E S S!

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The ceremony set up was S T U N N I N G – guests walked from the parking area down a path that brought you to the site down by the lake. There was a beautiful handmade arch with draping + decor, an old dresser set up with the unity symbol and shepherds hooks with lanterns hung on them – truly a sight to see! The ceremony entrance featured the Rustic Elegance doors along with some floral. The wedding party processed from a point up the hill, and then the bride & her dad came in with a surprise entrance down the trail, giving them a little bit of a longer walk together. The groom’s reaction was one that all bride’s hope for + Tessa captured the best photos! After the ceremony, the bridal party headed to the garage/guest house for a toast while guests proceeded to the tent.

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Cocktail hour was sweet – guests were able to grab a cocktail at the bar and snacks on the tables outside of the tent. The wedding party made their grand entrance as did the couple – complete with a ride in on a V I N T A G E car! Dinner was provided buffet style by Just North of Memphis – filled with BBQ options that we loved! Speeches were made by the bride’s twin sister & MOH, the best man, and family members. Then it was time for dancing & desserts. Nothing Bundt Cakes were spread throughout the dessert table – such a Y U M M Y set up!! The Rusted Revolver, a live band that played underneath the tent and kept the guests dancing all night long!

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Megan + Tyler – we hope that married live [plus your cute puppy addition] is a dream, and we loved being a part of your big day! Shout out to Tessa June Photography for sharing these A M A Z I N G photos with us!

VENDORS
Venue: Groom’s Family Backyard
Catering: Just North of Memphis
Rentals: Apres
Decor: We’ve Got It Covered
Band: Rusted Revolver
Florist: Buffalo Floral
Officiant: Luke Turner
Photographer: Tessa June Photography
Videography: Jim Bothun
Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cake
Hair: Arbor Salon
Dress: The Wedding Shoppe
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Backyard Wedding | Molly + Justin

Molly + Justin said their “I do’s” on the groom’s family property, and celebrated after with a huge tent reception. Lead planner Kellie loved working with the family [Justin’s brother, Josh also had a tent wedding that Rustic Elegance helped plan] and working on the charming property. It was so fun to plan a wedding for siblings – only a few months between the two!

The morning of the wedding, lead planner Kellie and assistants Kelly + Kayla arrived to help prep the tent + decor. The weather was iffy in the morning – the team watched closely and prayed for it to clear up in time for an O U T S I D E ceremony. The ladies + gentlemen got ready in their home on the property. Once it cleared up, the couple was able to do their first look at the ceremony site [complete with a G O R G E O U S homemade arch] that was sweet and intimate.

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After the first look, the wedding party captured some photos inside in intermittent sprinkling of rain, and then got some W O N D E R F U L photos in the woods. Finally, it was time to make the call on having the ceremony under the tent or trusting Mother Nature not to rain any longer. 30 minutes prior to the wedding, Rustic Elegance + the couple decided to have the wedding outside, and with the help family + friends, were able to move the chairs out from the tent into ceremony formation. Without a hitch, the ceremony went perfectly, with only a slight drizzle at the beginning. The couple recessed by doing a receiving line to greet their guests, and guests moved over to the tent for cocktail hour.

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The couple then took a ride on the horse drawn carriage provided by Independence Carriage [who we just love working with] and took in a moment alone before joining guests back for cocktail hour. By this time the sun was out in full force, and guests were able to enjoy horse rides until dinner [so fun + guests L O V E D it!]. Dinner was catered in by Russell’s on the Lake and was A M A Z I N G! Guests enjoyed dinner, speeches and laughter before it was time to dance. PM Enterprise DJ Luke got the party started post-dinner, and guests delighted in yummy cupcakes for dessert! As the end of the night neared, guests lined up for a sparkler send-off to wish the newlyweds fair well for the evening!

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We loved helping Molly + Justin on their wedding day and are so excited to see their love flourish! Shout out to Laurie Molzhan Photography for the photos featured in the blog!

VENDORS
Venue: Groom’s Family Property
Catering/Bartending: Russell’s on the Lake
Rentals: Apres
Decor: We’ve Got It Covered
DJ: PM Enterprises
Florist: Floral Arts
Officiant: Rock Hill Community Church
Photography/Videography: Laurie Molzhan Photography
Cupcakes: Marie Fitzsimmons
Hair/Makeup: Jeanna’s Salon
Dress: Aubony Bridal // Madison James
Horses: Independence Carriage
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Rolling Ridge | Styled Shoot

Along with a few other great vendors, we were chosen to help with a Styled Shoot, at the beautiful Rolling Ridge Wedding and Event Center. We absolutely L O V E D every minute of this fun shoot! We went with a fall theme, sporting some plaid and cozy feelings throughout. Our outstanding vendor team took the already romantic venue and added cozy & woodsy decor to create this romantic look. The florals from St. Cloud Floral were A M A Z I N G and bold – adding such a difference to the table setting. Rustic Elegance brought in rental decor including farm tables, vintage plates, wine barrels with door for desserts, lanterns, and Mr. & Mrs. pillows. Geyer Rental brought in the dinner chairs, the gold silverware, sofa and backdrop, adding more decor throughout the shoot. We also were so in L O V E with Paper Thick Ink’s graphic touches throughout the shoot including the invitations, popcorn bag programs, and guest favor tags.

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This rustic venue is located in Saint Joseph, MN, right off of I-94. The venue lays on 14 acres of natural beauty – hills, mature trees and views of fields and water that aren’t easily compared to other locations. The barn is 120-years old and can comfortable seat 300 guests, and also has heating/cooling features depending on what time of year your wedding is in. The barn was moved from its original place of standing, but the foundation was left as is, which now can be used for a backdrop for your wedding ceremony. We absolutely L O V E doing weddings at this venue, and working with the owners.

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We think these stunning photos from 99 Perspectives say it all – cozy, woodsy & F U N! Shout out to the vendor team for all their hard work into making this shoot so beautiful!

Photographer: 99 Perspectives
Venue: Rolling Ridge Wedding and Event Center
Florals: St. Cloud Floral
Planning and Décor: Rustic Elegance
Rentals (chairs, silverware, sofa and backdrop): Geyer Rental
Graphics: Paper Thick Ink

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Ally + Ryan | Redeemed Farm

Planning with Ally was oh S O fun! Lead planner Kellie loved her meetings with the bride and her mom to prep for the big day at Redeemed Farm. Being one of our F A V venues for a multitude of reasons, we were so E X C I T E D for this wedding at the farm! The couple was so personable and had many cute and unique touches throughout their wedding.

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The ladies prepped for the day in the amazing onsite bridal suite with Hair by Heidi and makeup with Paisley Jai. Meanwhile the Rustic Elegance team of Kellie + Kristin placed the perfectly picked out decor all over the farm. The table numbers the couple decided on were labeled as places that they had traveled to instead of the traditional numbers-so fun! Their guest book was absolutely A D O R A B L E – they used quilt squares for guests to sign that the bride’s mom would later sew into a quilt for the newlyweds. After hair and make-up and stepping into her wedding gown, Ally was ready for photos, and did a sweet first look with her dad before doing one with Ryan – both so adorable!

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Finally, it was time for the ceremony. Their ceremony took place in the top or hayloft at Redeemed Farm. Pristine Floral decorated the arch with flowers and added greenery to the aisle chairs. As guests entered, they were given a rock to be used later in the ceremony for their unity symbol. The couple collected the rocks and also put a rock carain together as their symbol. Ally’s twin sister Emily did a meditation/speed painting during the ceremony that was such a fun personalized touch to the ceremony. The bride’s great aunt married the couple, and they exited the ceremony with guests blowing bubbles at the new Mr. and Mrs!

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Cocktail hour was hosted in the machine shed, with easy listening music by the couple’s friend Maz. Guests enjoyed yard games which were spread throughout the beautiful grounds (that are provided by Redeemed). During cocktail hour, the guests were able to pick up a personalized note that was written for each of their guests at the wedding (even Rustic Elegance had one) – we loved how personal this was! They had passed appetizers during the cocktail hour, and while guests enjoyed this, the Redeemed Farm staff flipped the upstairs into the dance floor. The owners of Redeemed Farm Jeff & Julie are such W O N D E R F U L people, and we seriously love working with them!

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Guests gathered in the lower level of the barn to enjoy the dinner prepared by Marna’s Catering. The couple had gorgeous decorated guest tables, complete with kid’s activities in mason jars for their little guests. During dinner, the couple did the “Mission Impossible” challenge and went from table to table while the Mission Impossible theme song played so they could get a photo with each guest table – such a F U N idea and nice way to see everyone! Ally’s twin sister Emily prepared a little fun song for her Maid of Honor speech which was so fun! Nothing Bundt Cakes were set up on top of Rustic Elegance dessert stands for a little sweet treat. Guests also enjoyed s’mores out by the fire. Then it was time for dancing! Adagio got the evening started with the couple’s first dance – a Tango! After that, guests danced the night away as did the happy couple.

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Ally & Ryan, we hope that married life is A M A Z I N G & that you are enjoying every minute of it. Shout out to Chris and Kristy Photography for the capturing these fantastic pics and thanks for sharing them with us, and Jasper Meddock for the fantastic highlight video!

VENDORS:
Venue: Redeemed Farm
Catering: Marna’s Catering
Bartending: Liquid Motion
DJ: Adagio
Florist: Pristine Floral
Photographer: Chris and Kristy Photography
Videography: Jasper Meddock Productions
Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cake
Hair: 139 Hair by Heidi
Make-Up: Paisley Jai
Dress: Effie’s Bridal
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Katelin + Jeremy | Almquist Farm

Katelin + Jeremy were seriously the sweetest couple to work with! Lead coordinator Kayla loved getting together with Katelin to plan and also enjoyed their in depth phone convos with the bride! The couple decided on getting married at Almquist Farm, on a beautiful Sunday in the fall. The farm has a stunning ceremony site, bridal/grooms rooms for both the guys and for the girls, a large lawn perfect for cocktail hour or an outdoor dinner, and a large reception barn with capacity for 340 guests. We love working at Almquist + the owners Paul & Kari are A M A Z I N G!

The ladies spent the morning getting ready in the adorable onsite bridal suite with getting their hair and makeup done. While the girls got ready, Rustic Elegance unpacked and placed decor all over the property! The day was beautiful, and perfect for the outdoor ceremony. The couple rented two of the barrels from Rustic Elegance which were placed at the entrance of the ceremony site, one with pretty flowers and the other housed their guestbook. Kevin Wood Photography snapped photos of the first look, bridal party, and family before the ceremony [and got some adorable shots]!

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Finally, it was time for these two to tie the knot! Katelin walked elegantly down the long green-filled pathway to meet Jeremy at the front of the aisle. Almquist has three beautiful decor options for the ceremony: a gorgeous birchwood circular arch, a wooden trellis, or a cross to go behind the couple. After the ceremony was finished and these two sealed the deal with a kiss, guests followed by greeting them in a receiving line, and went to the cocktail hour hosted on the large lawn outside of the barn. This Little Piggy catered in a few buffet style appetizers, while the Almquist team manned the bar. Guests then headed into the reception barn where This Little Piggy had set up a delicious buffet style meal.

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After dinner, Midwest Sound turned up the volume and got the party started! The couple enjoyed their special first dance, and then the rest of the guest joined them on the dance floor. For dessert, This Little Piggy brought an assortment of sweet treats out that guests loved.

Katelin + Jeremy – we hope that married life is nothing but the best and that you are enjoying every minute of it! We loved being your day of coordinator and can’t wait to watch your love grow. Shout out to Kevin Wood Photography for sharing these photos with us!

VENDORS:
Venue: Almquist Farm
Catering: This Little Piggy
Bartending: Almquist Farm
DJ: Midwest Sound
Photographer: Kevin Wood Photography
Florist: Custom Floral Design
Photobooth: NexGen Photobooth
Makeup: Urban Village Salon Spa
Dress: Posh Couture
Decor Rental + Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Charlotte + Jonathan | Green Acres Event Center

Charlotte & Jonathan where do we even start with this sweet couple? Lead coordinator Kellie planned with Charlotte and her mom and loved helping them envision the perfect wedding day for the couple while Jonathan completed training for the military. The couple tied the knot at Green Acres Event Center, a beautiful barn situated in Eden Prairie [who we love working with!].

The August wedding date was finally here, and it was a B E A U T I F U L day! The couple opted to have their ceremony at the outside location at Green Acres surrounded by the trees & nature. Decor included the Rustic Elegance ceremony doors with double barrels at the entrance. 101 Market brought gorgeous floral for the doors and barrels making for a S T U N N I N G entrance for the wedding party to walk down the aisle through. Finally, it was ceremony time & guests watched Charlotte enter with her father gracefully down the aisle as she met the love of her life at the front of the podium. In a short & sweet ceremony, the couple tied the knot with their closest family and friends, and Spicy Meatball Photography was there to capture all of the special moments.

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On the inside of the barn, the set-up crew at Green Acres placed linens and dinnerware while the Rustic Elegance team placed decor throughout. The dessert table was A M A Z I N G with treats and a cake from Sweet Assurance. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour and passed appetizers outside before heading in for the buffet style dinner from Deco Catering. After an amazing dinner & F A B speeches, it was time to dance the night away! Spicy Meatball did photography, DJing and a photo booth for this wedding and did a G R E A T job with all of these duties!

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The couple ended the night with the bride doing a dress change into her getaway dress, and exited through a P E R F E C T sparkler send off. Charlotte and Jonathan, we hope that married life is a T R E A T and that you two are enjoying it! Thank you for including Rustic Elegance as the day-of-coordinator for your wedding – we L O V E D working with you. Special shout out to Spicy Meatball Photography for sharing these great photos with us!

VENDORS
Venue: Green Acres Event Center
Catering & Bartending: Deco Catering
DJ, Photographer & Photobooth: Spicy Meatball Photography
Floral: 101 Market
Desserts: Sweet Assurance
Makeup: Sara Wilhelm
Dress: Carrie Johnson Bridal
Coordination/Decor: Rustic Elegance
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The 6 L A YE R S [ingredients] of your Dessert Display

Image by: Asher Marie Photography

As wedding coordinators, we see a L O T of different dessert displays. In order to spark your creativity for your wedding, we’ve added some of our pointers below to get you started thinking about S W E E T treats for your special day!

Choose a sweet treat that best fits Y O U: Traditional wedding cake, cupcakes, bundt cakes, pies, donuts, cookies, bars, ice cream, macaroons… how could you possibly decide? We think lots of taste tasting will be sure to help! Decide on a dessert that best fits you and your partner. If you’re not a fan of cake, go for pie or a mix of dessert options! You can also get creative and mix + match dessert options. Whatever you choose, your guests will be sure to love the sweet treat you decide on!

Start from the bottom layer: Consider what these sweet treats are going to be displayed on – will they be set on a table with a fancy linen, a farm table, a vintage hutch, or maybe the ever so popular wine barrels, with a door across? There are so many F U N options to display your dessert of choice!

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S T A N D tall: Dessert stands can offer decorative flair and also be functional in utilizing space for as many desserts to be set out as possible. Decide on a type of stand that best fits the rest of your decor – are they black, silver, white, glass, wood, round, pedestals, trays, etc.? Consider adding D E P T H to your dessert display to create interest. Do this by including wooden boxes, crates, tree trunk slices or different heights of dessert stands.

Don’t forget the frosting: Including additional decor is a M U S T! Add signage to let your guests know their options. Chalkboards are an easy and efficient way to let guests know what they are getting into, especially if there are any dietary restrictions! Consider a “Love is Sweet” banner, extra florals or greenery, as well as candles, votives or even lanterns. Get V I N T A G E – add fun mismatched dessert plates to the buffet – they act as a fun decor piece and are also functional!

Personalize it: Consider adding a Mr. + Mrs. fork and personalized knife/server for the cake cutting photos. Personalized napkins are A D O R A B L E too!

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Don’t underestimate: Most importantly don’t underestimate on the number of “pieces” of sweet treats you offer. If you are offering a variety of desserts or flavors, keep in mind guests may enjoy trying one of each. That being said, make sure you or your dessert vendor provides “to go” boxes, just in case there are a few left, in which case you can then enjoy for breakfast.

Hope these items help you perfect your wedding dessert display!

Love,

Kellie + the Rustic Elegance Team

Image by: Jeannine Marie Photography

Jaclyn + Elling | Rotschild Pavilion

Jaclyn + Elling’s wedding was so much F U N to plan! Lead planner Kayla loved meeting with the bride at coffee shops around the downtown Minneapolis area, talking about wedding plans and getting so excited for their special day. Jaclyn + Elling selected a location in Wasau, WI to tie the knot (approximately a 3 hour drive from the Twin Cities). The Rustic Elegance team took a road trip to Wasau the day before the ceremony to run the wedding rehearsal.

The morning of the wedding, Rustic Elegance began prepping at the reception location, the Rotschild Pavilion. The venue was very unique – it used to be an old roller skating rink! The guest tables were set with white linens, vases with twinkle lights, and greenery. Kase Styles brought in the greenery for the guest tables, along with stunning tall floral arrangements for the head table – L O V E D working with them! The bouquet for the bride featured protea flowers that were as big as a face! The weather for the day was a little iffy, raining on and off all morning. We made the call to have the wedding outside because the outdoor venue that they selected was on top of a M O U N T A I N! Rib Mountain State park was where the ceremony was held, in an amphitheater that overlooked the whole city of Wasau. The site was decked out with a rug and floral arch from Kase Styles – it was simply stunning! The rain held off long enough for the couple to get some pre-ceremony pictures with the ever so talented Natural Intuition Photography, and the ceremony went on with only a few drops of rain – which many say is L U C K Y!

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After the ceremony ended, guests headed to the Rotschild Pavilion for some appetizers, while the wedding party took a party bus around the town. After the wedding party arrived and made their grand entrance, Urban Street Bistro prepared an extravagant buffet style dinner that featured some A M A Z I N G food that was well received by all guests. After some amazing speeches by family, DJ Brian from The Brian West Show started pumping up the party! The newlyweds were sent off at the end of the night with a cute sparkler send off, ready to begin their life as a married couple!

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Jaclyn + Elling – we hope that you are thoroughly enjoying life in your new[ish] home with your cute pup as newlyweds. We loved being your day of coordinators, and can’t wait to see you grow as a married couple!

VENDORS
Ceremony: Rib Mountain State Park
Reception: Rotschild Pavilion
Catering/Bartending: Urban Street Bistro
DJ/Photobooth: The Brian West Show
Florist: Kase Styles
Photographer: Natural Intuition Photography
Makeup: V Beauty House
Hair: Studio E
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Megan + David | Bloom Lake Barn

Megan + David were such a fun couple to get to know throughout the planning process! Lead planner Kellie loved working with Megan and learning about all her decor ideas. Megan and her now mother-in-law partake in a pop-up shop with A M A Z I N G rustic decor, so being experts in this area, they had lots of great ideas – so F U N! After much planning and prepping, the day arrived in no time!

This sweet couple had their wedding at Bloom Lake Barn, which we L O V E being at and working with their amazing owners [they R O C K!]. Rustic Elegance arrived early to prep & place the decor brought in, which included so many cute details. One of these details included a ladder which was hung above the head table and had S T U N N I N G lights hanging from it, greenery was also added by the florist – one of our F A V decor elements of the day! While Rustic Elegance worked quickly to get everything set for the day, the ladies prepped in the bridal suite while Kelly Birch Photography snapped some great photos of them. Later, the guys arrived and hung out in the air conditioned groom’s room at the barn before the ceremony started.

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Although it was a hot day, the couple had a B E A U T I F U L ceremony outside, followed by cocktail hour on the lower level/outside of the barn. During cocktail hour, the wedding party slipped away and headed to town in a party bus for some additional celebrating! After the G R A N D entrance, it was time for a yummy dinner provided by Unique Dining Experience, followed by dessert by Nothing Bundt Cakes. These sweet cakes were displayed on Bloom Lake Barn’s wood farm table with a variety of mismatched dessert stands – L O V E this! After dinner and desserts, Rustic Elegance helped flip part the barn and transformed into a dance floor, ready for all to dance the night away.

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Megan + David – we loved working with you to create your M A G I C A L wedding day. We hope that married life is treating you well & can’t wait to follow your love story. Shout out to Kelly Birch Photography for the fantastic photos used in the blog!

Venue: Bloom Lake Barn
Catering + Bar: Unique Dining Experience
DJ: Music Mix Entertainment
Florist: Fresh Cut Florals
Officiant: Steve Swain
Photographer: Kelly Birch Photography
Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Transportation: DJ Party Bus
Hair: Lemon Water Salon
Makeup: Emile Ann Makeup Artistry
Dress: Bella Bridal Boutique
Coordinating: Rustic Elegance

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Melissa + Matt | Dellwood Country Club

Our lead coordinator, Kayla, had SO much for planning with Melissa + Matt in the months prior to their wedding. Being a very organized person, Melissa would come to the planning meetings with her “book of knowledge” – a binder that included everything needed to know about her big day! The couple decided to tie the knot at Dellwood Country Club, a beautifully situated venue in Dellwood, MN.

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When the day was finally here, the Rustic Elegance team arrived and unpacked the decor boxes and set-up. The ladies prepped for the day with Lady Vamp Artistry rocking their makeup. The tables were decorated with a variety of centerpieces, including lighthouse figurines [the groom is a huge light house fan] which we L O V E D that they incorporated this into their day! The ceremony was set up with minimal decor – wine barrels at the entrance with fall mums, a few memory photos of loved ones, and blanket scarves to keep guests warm throughout the ceremony. After all the set up and preparation, it was finally time to tie the knot!

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The ring bearer drove down the center of the aisle in a motorized remote control fire truck, which was O H – S O adorable! It was really fitting due to the groom being a firefighter [and another firetruck came later for pictures!]. After everyone had their smiles and giggles from the ring bearer, it was time for the main event. Melissa + her dad made their grand entrance as they entered down the deck staircase of the Country Club, with Matt watching from the front. They opted to not do a pre-ceremony first look, so this was the first time he was seeing his beautiful bride. After a short + sweet ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the Fireside Room before filling into the main dining room for dinner.

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The wedding party was seated at a harvest table in the middle of the room, surrounded by round guest tables throughout. Dinner was prepared and served by the Dellwood catering service, with desserts being brought in by Hyvee [which were amazing P I E S!]. After dinner, loving speeches and desserts, it was time to dance! The DJ turned up the music and guests were on the dance floor for the rest of the evening. The couple also played the “shoe game” which made for great fun for all!

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Melissa + Matt – we so L O V E D being a part of your wedding day and can’t wait to watch your love story continue for years to come. Shout out to Spicy Meatball Photography for sharing these amazing photos with us to use in the blog!

Venue + Catering: Dellwood Country Club
Rentals: Rustic Elegance
DJ: The Experience
Florist: Colleen’s Flower Cellar
Officiant: Pastor Jen from Christ the King
Photographer: Spicy Meatball Photography
Desserts: Hyvee
Hair + Makeup: Lady Vamp Artistry
Dress: Allure
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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