Backyard Wedding | Marissa + Josh

Where to even start with this cute couple? Marissa + Josh and their families were so nice to work with! This was our 2nd wedding in this backyard, as we helped with Josh’s brother Justin’s wedding a few months earlier. We absolutely loved working with this family and we miss them dearly after all the time spent with them creating two, magical backyard weddings!

The tent was set up the Thursday before the wedding in the large, open yard, and We’ve Got It Covered draped the tent with fabric and lights [so P R E T T Y!]. Rustic Elegance then came back on Saturday morning ready to set up the rest of the decor, and ensuring everything was set and ready for the day. Their decor included a memory display of those loved ones who had passed, placed on top of a special wood slice that was made by grandpa. The couple opted to include a bounce to their wedding fun as their “kid’s activity”! It was such a hit with the kids, and all of the kid’s at heart [a.k.a. the adults enjoyed it too!]. The couple also rented Rustic Elegance’s bar and barrels with table tops for their cocktail hour set up. It was perfect weather wise – a sunny, beautiful day! The large wedding party consisted of 7 bridesmaids and 8 groomsmen, plus the cutest little ring bearer and flower girl combo.

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Surrounded by beautifully landscaped sections of the yard, complete with special wildflowers planted by the family, the couple said their “I do’s”
in front of an arbor built by the family. The ring bearers pulled the flower girl down the aisle in a wagon, almost stealing the show before the beautiful bride walked down the aisle with her dad. For their unity symbol, the couple tied three strands to make one braid.

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During cocktail hour, guests again enjoyed the bouncy house, as well as yard games. Then, it was dinner time – a pig roast buffet! The Lookout in Maple Grove brought in the full pig and served it buffet style for the guests to enjoy. It was Y U M M Y! Then, for dessert, yummy C U P C A K E S! As the sunset, you could now see the monogram brought in by the DJ that lit up the couple’s initials on the tent [so unique + cool!] and the dance had begun! The couple did their first dance to “Today” by Brad Paisley. We lit the bonfire and set out s’mores for a little late night sweet snack. At the end of the night, the couple exited with a sparkler send including flair fireworks!

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Josh + Marissa – we loved your extra S P E C I A L and memorable day, and miss our meetings with you both [+ the fam!]. We hope that married life is the D R E A M! Shout out to Whitnei Abel for the fantastic photos & High Shine Media for the great video!

VENDORS
Ceremony/Reception: Backyard of the Groom
Catering:/Bartending: The Lookout – Maple Grove
Rentals: Apres
Decor: We’ve Got It Covered
DJ: PM Enterprises
Florist: Buffalo Floral/Costco
Photographer: Whitnei Abel
Videographer: High Shine Media
Desserts: Something Sweet by Maddie
Hotel: Country Inn and Suites Albertville
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

Ahnah + Ryan | Creekside Farm

Ahnah + Ryan were such a S W E E T couple. Lead planner Kellie loved her meetings with Ahnah talking about her wedding day dreams at Creekside [which is one of our F A V venues!].

The day finally came and the fall colors were G O R G E O U S! Kellie and assistant Kelly set up the ceremony site and inside the barn while the wedding party prepped for the day ahead. The ladies sported some flannels during their makeup & hair time with Lisa Reinhardt. After Ahnah’s hair and makeup was all set, the couple did a first look and their reactions were priceless! The bride sported some F U N cowboy boots, and the groomsmen’s boots consisted of shotgun shells. Alma Film & Photography snagged some more cute photos of the wedding party and couple before Rustic Elegance led the “Day of Rehearsal” before guests started to arrive.

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The ceremony was set up “creekside” at Creekside – how F I T T I N G! We loved the addition of the Rustic Elegance ceremony doors and wine barrels at the entrance, surrounded by the beautiful yellow leaves. The bride’s uncle built their cross backdrop which was A M A Z I N G! Although the day was a little brisk, the guests toughed out the weather to give the couple what they had dreamed of – the most perfect outdoor ceremony. Their wedding party consisted of 8 bridesmaids, 5 groomsmen and of course, their cute pups Zeke and Pooka as the ring bearers! The couple said their promises to each other, and just like that, they were married!

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Guests then headed into the barn for the reception. The tables were decorated with wood slices, antlers, burlap runners and lots of greens. The wedding party did a grand entrance back into dinner to ACDC’s Back in Black, with the couple coming in from the large, farm doors at Creekside – such a fun touch! Everyone then enjoyed a buffet, pig roast dinner by This Little Piggy, and then it was time for desserts!! The dessert display was set up with a variety of donuts, cupcakes, and a small cake for the bride + groom. The cake was to be used later for a game of “cake in the face” between the bride and groom! After dinner, the couple played a touching video about their journey together, and there was not a dry eye in the room.

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It was then time to dance it out! The newly married couple started things off with, dancing to Grow Old by Florida Georgia Line, followed by the father/daughter dance to My Little Girl by Tim McGraw, and lastly, the mother/son dance to My Wish by Rascal Flatts. Guests then joined in and danced into the night! There was also a super cool photobooth van available throughout the night for guests to snap a quick photo. Pizza was provided as a late night snack, which was appreciated by everyone. As a takeaway, the couple had put together trail mix in a mason jar for their guests to take home. To top off the night, the couple exited through a tunnel of sparklers into their first night as husband and wife!!

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Ahnah + Ryan – we absolutely loved being your day of coordinator for your wedding day and wish you all the best in your new life together. Special shout out to Alma Films & Photography for sharing these G O R G E O U S photos with us!!

VENDORS
Venue: Creekside Farm
Catering: This Little Piggy
Bar & Late Night Pizza: Bulrush Golf Club
Rentals: Rustic Elegance & Creekside
DJ: Adagio
Ceremony Music: Ovation String Quartet
Florist: Lady Fern
Officiant: Joy Christian Center
Photographer/Videographer: Alma Films & Photography
Photobooth Van: Bluegoose
Desserts: Rush City Bakery
Transportation: Ivy Farms Party Bus Rentals
Hair/Makeup: Lisa Reinhardt
Hotel: Grand Casino Hinkley
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Blair + Peter | Redeemed Farm

Blair + Peter were such a fun couple to work with throughout the planning process. The couple hosted their wedding at Redeemed Farm where we absolutely love working with the owners Julie & Jeff.

The wedding day started with the ladies getting ready in the onsite bridal suite, and the Rustic Elegance team of Kellie & Kristin prepping decor throughout the farm. After a morning full of preparation, it was time for the main event!

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The groom wore an all white outfit & we loved how much that made him stand out with the beautiful bride! The gorgeous ceremony took place in the Redeemed Farm vineyard. The wedding processional consisted of the couple’s family members and their partners whom the bride and groom look up to and cherish in their lives. Blair & Peter processed down the aisle together and stood at the front to say their “I do’s”. The family also took a part in their blessing & anchoring ritual during the ceremony.

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After the couple was officially married, guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the machine shed at the farm. Their cocktail hour also included a hot dog stand provided by Natedogs – A M A Z I N G & delicious! Guests also enjoyed a live bluegrass band, Bernie King and Guilty Pleasures.

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Dinner was then hosted in the lower level of the barn. They had a fajita and taco bar by K&J Catering which guests loved! After tacos, the guests headed upstairs for dessert, dancing, and to watch a video of the couple’s past photos together. Desserts were a mix of bars made by the caterers, and the bride’s mom also made a few family favorites [so S W E E T!]. Guests danced the night away before the shuttle bus brought them back to the hotel in the evening. But, before making it to the hotel, the guests stopped at Miesters on the way to get some great cheese curds to top off the night!

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Blair + Peter – we hoped married live is just as lively and fun as this day was, and we can’t wait to continue to watch your love story flourish! Shout out to Heather Jackson Photography for the amazing photos featured on the blog!

VENDORS
Venue: Redeemed Farm
Catering: K&J
Bartending: Liquid Motion
Hot Dog Stand: Natedogs
Music: Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures
Floral: Flowers with Flair
Photographer: Heather Jackson Photography
Transportation: First Student
Dress: Show Me Your Mumu
Rentals & Coordination: Rustic Elegance
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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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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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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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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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