We had so much fun working with Callan and her mom to plan a gorgeous October wedding for Callan and Michael at The Round Barn. These two met on a blind date and shared their story with us so we HAD to share! Two of their mutual friends were celebrating birthdays and wanted to go for a motorcycle ride to celebrate. Callan of course, was in for the ride but didn’t know how to drive one. That’s where Mike comes in! Callan’s friend assured her that she would have someone to ride with. At the birthday party, they both said they had an instant connection with one another. After the birthday party, Callan thought for sure that Michael would ask for her number, but in true fashion, he just gave her a goodbye wave! She was persistent and ended up finding his Snapchat and talking to him there until he gave her his number.
If the story about how they met didn’t make your heart melt, the proposal story sure will! Callan had always dreamed about a Jeep Wrangler and owning one sometime in her life. She had been saving for one for a while when she met Michael. He kept encouraging her to save for it, until one day he told her that it would be a “money pit”. Discouraged, she decided to let that dream go, as she trusted his judgement. Fast forward to their three year anniversary. Michael had kept the whole night surprise from Callan & she was S U P E R excited! Although others questioned if the proposal was going to happen that evening, Michael threw Callan off by overly mentioning that was not the case, just a nice celebration for their anniversary and to wear a “nice dress” for their dinner. They headed off to the St. Paul Pool & Yacht Club for dinner. They had great service, amazing food and the B E S T seat in the house. While they were there, they talked about their future, marriage & getting engaged as if it were in the distant future… when really it was going to start that evening. After dinner, they headed down to the valet to get their car to head home. At the valet parking, there was Callan’s D R E A M Jeep Wrangler – two door pure white with custom tires and extras. Callan mentioned to Michael how beautiful the car was and his response was “It’s yours, I built it for you”. The parking attendant then jumped out of the car and handed Callan a box. She opened it and there was a little wooden frame that said “Will you marry me?” and that’s when Michael dropped on one knee and popped the question!
After that grand proposal, the couple was super excited for their future together and started planning their wedding. They used our Elegance package for their planning which includes our entire decor inventory! Lead planner Kellie loved helping the couple come up with different ways to use the decor at The Round Barn, and soon enough, the big day was here!
Nate & Chad (our handy Rustic Elegance delivery team) brought the furniture to Round Barn and helped Kellie & Kelly place it throughout the barn. We created cozy lounge areas in the top of the barn, featuring our furniture – couches, coffee tables, sitting chairs, lamps etc. We also used our wine barrels with tops along with our bar in the lower part of the barn. This created a great space for guests to mingle and grab a drink on the way up to the dance floor. We also used our display hutch at the ceremony site to display champagne/sparkling water for guests to take prior to the ceremony, and then we re-used the hutch as one of the [three!!] dessert displays later on in the evening. The RE team also hung our string lights across the center hole in the barn for some added ambience, as well as on a pallet wall behind the bride and groom for the reception. Our RE chalk artist Kierra designed a large, custom chalk timeline for the couple that made a great accent piece for the reception space.
The guys + gals prepped in their respective suites on the morning of the wedding before the ceremony. The wedding party consisted of 4 attendants per side, and included the C U T E S T flower girl/flower dog combo [Khloe + Tuka]. Tuka was the couple’s dog and was so well behaved. She stole our hearts a bit. They glided down the aisle to say their I do’s, to the song Cannon in D, which was played by a trio. After the gorgeous ceremony, the trio moved to the pavilion and continued to play for the cocktail hour. Guests enjoyed an appetizer buffet from This Little Piggy before sitting down for dinner.
This Little Piggy provided an awesome dinner buffet in the pavilion before speeches & dances. The couple had the most A M A Z I N G dessert station spread throughout the barn: one on the hutch, one on the wine barrel/door, and a smaller display of mini desserts on a sofa table upstairs. Cossetta’s brought the desserts and there were T O N S of options to choose from. Guests loved the variety [+ so did we!]. Cossetta’s also provided the guests favors of chocolate goodie bags. After dinner + desserts, the couple danced their first dance to “You Make It Easy” by Jason Aldean – it was such a special moment between these two love birds! After the first dance guests joined in the dancing to get the party started. The reception setup was G O R G E O U S and guests seemed to love the cozy seating arrangements with RE furniture to gather around. Guests also enjoyed the bonfire outside the barn – it was a chilly night and P E R F E C T fire weather. For the late night snack, the RE team placed out a cute popcorn bar to round out the night. After everyone said their goodbyes, the couple and some of the wedding party stayed overnight at the B&B.
Callan + Michael, we L O V E D being a part of your love story, and hope that married life is treating you well. We hope that you are driving right into this new chapter of your life, Jeep Wrangler and all!
Blog Photos Above: Daly Proof Photography
Blog Photos Below: Rustic Elegance Team
Venue: Round Barn Farm
Catering: This Little Piggy
Bartender: A’BriTin Beverage
Decor: Rustic Elegance
DJ: Midwest Sound
Ceremony Music: Greenwood Tree
Florist: Wild Roots Florist
Officiant: CJ Brase
Photographer: Daly Proof Photography
Videographer: JK Videography
Photobooth: Midwest Sound
Transportation: Red Wing Bus Company
Hair + Makeup: Madi Mae
Dress Shop/Brand: Effie’s Bridal // Mikaella
Hotel: Country Inn & Suites Redwing + Holiday Inn Express
Coordination/Decor: Rustic Elegance