Jenna + Michael | Backyard Wedding

Jenna + Michael were so A M A Z I N G to work with as we planned their backyard wedding. The couple opted to get married in a church and enjoyed an open air reception in the bride’s parent’s backyard. The backup plan was to use their shed, and we were worried that with all the rain during the week leading up that we would have to use the the backup plan instead of the beautiful yard. Thankfully, Mother Nature blessed the couple with the rain stopping, yard drying up, and a bright + sunny wedding day! The night before the wedding, lead planner Kellie stayed in the town of New Ulm for the evening and enjoyed dinner at a super cute little place in downtown.

The Rustic Elegance team of Kellie + Andrea arrived the morning of the big day to help set up the tables/chairs outside in the lawn with the groomsmen. After those big items were set out, we began the detail work – setting out the rest of their decor. The couple had a Jenga set as their guest book, which guests were to sign a piece [what a F U N keepsake!!]. The couple also gathered photos of their family to make a family tree display which we loved. On the back of the tree were photos of the couple over the years – so fun to see each stage together. Their seating chart was made of an old window, such a C U T E idea. For the head table, G&K Event Rentals provided beautiful wood harvest tables. After all of the decor was set up, Kellie headed to the church while Andrea held down the fort and greeted the vendors as they arrived.

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The ceremony at the church was short & sweet, then guests headed to the backyard for cocktail hour and dinner. The guests used mason jars as their drinking glasses and then were able to take them home [fun idea + saves on garbage]. During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed yard games that included Hammerschlaggan. Next, it was time for a yummy buffet style dinner provided by Gutes Essen Catering and Deli. After dinner, the dancing started with the couple’s first dance to “You Make It Easy” by Jason Aldean. The dancing took place outside under the large trees in the yard.. It was one of the most romantic settings ever! The string lights hung from tree to tree enhanced the romance even more. DJ Matt from Showtime Productions kept the party going all night long under the stars!

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Jenna + Michael – it was so much fun helping plan your P E R F E C T wedding day! We loved being a part of the first day of your new chapter as husband + wife, and wish you all the best in the rest of your chapters ahead. Shout out to Stacy Pfaff Photography for sharing these G O R G E O U S photos with us!

VENDORS
Ceremony: Cathedral of Holy Trinity
Reception: Backyard of Family
Catering: Gutes Essen Catering and Deli
Bartender: Best Western
Rentals: G&K Rentals
DJ: Showtime Productions
Florist: A to Zinia
Photographer: Stacy Pfaff Photography
Hair: Aura Salon
Makeup: InStyle Salon
Bathrooms: Onsite
Hotel: Best Western
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Rolling Ridge | Kayla + Steve

Steve & Kayla are two of the S W E E T E S T people ever! Lead planner Kellie loved her pre-wedding meetings with this cute bride to talk about planning their big day. The couple met at a church in Rochester, and he popped the question with a video of adorable messages and notes from their closest family & friends playing as a trailer before a movie they were seeing in the theater! So adorable!

These sweethearts tied the knot at Rolling Ridge Event Center. We L O V E this space and working with the Rolling Ridge staff. They were married on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, in front of 80 of their closest family & friends. The barn interior was decorated with We’ve Got It Covered’s draping, paired with St. Cloud Floral’s flower hoops above the head table. The guest tables were decorated with RE table numbers, and votive candles spread throughout. The head table was set for the couple and their children – a fun way to include them in their big day.

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The ceremony took place by the old barn foundation/rock wall, where St. Cloud Floral decorated the ceremony arch beautifully. After the short & sweet ceremony, guests headed to the barn for cocktail hour and dinner. Short Stop Custom Catering always does a fantastic job, and we love working with them. They have an amazing coffee bar that always has E V E R Y T H I N G & and impeccable service!! For dessert, the couple opted for Nothing Bundt Cakes [always a fan favorite], placed delicately on RE’s dessert stands.

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Kayla + Steve – we hope married life is nothing but the best as we near your one year anniversary next month. Thank you to Sherry Ramer for the great photos of the couple and this very S P E C I A L day!

VENDORS
Venue: Rolling Ridge
Catering/Bar: Short Stop Custom Catering
Decor: We’ve Got It Covered
Florist: St. Cloud Floral
Photographer: Sherry Ramer
Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Hair: Regis Salon
Dress: Carrie Johnson Bridal
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Anita + Paul | Redeemed Farm

Anita + Paul were such a fun couple to work with. Lead planner Kellie actually played hockey with Anita, so this wedding definitely tugged on the heart strings. The couple actually met at a hockey game – a mutual friend had initiated a meet up and thought that it would be F U N for Paul to watch Anita play! Helping plan their wedding was so fun, and the day came up very quick.

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Kellie and assistant Kristin helped with this wedding at the beautiful Redeemed Farm [one of our F A V S!] Julie + Jeff from Redeemed are so great to work with, and we love coming back to this venue time and time again! Rustic Elegance prepped the decor at the ceremony site, including a handmade cross by the couple, and the couple’s unity symbol. Guests were invited to come an hour early to enjoy drinks, yard games, and mingling on the barn grounds instead of your traditional cocktail hour.

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The ceremony was beautiful – the groom’s children Patrick + Britta played the prelude violin music as guests arrived. The couple stood together at the altar and said their vows in front of their 140 guests. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a buffet dinner by Custom Catering which was O H so yummy! The barn was set up with simple decor, including the Rustic Elegance Milk Can as a card box, and a large spread of desserts including cupcakes, cookies, and long johns!
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The couple danced their first dance to I Will Be Here by Steven Curtis, and it was oh so S W E E T! We loved being a part of Anita + Paul’s wedding day and wish them all the best in their new adventure together! Thank you two for including us in such a special day [hopefully Kellie will get to see you again on the ice again soon Anita]! Also thank you to TMOR Photography for these S T U N N I N G pictures from the big day!

VENDORS
Venue: Redeemed Farm
Catering: Custom Catering
Bartender: Liquid Motion
DJ: Jukebox Express
Ceremony Music: Tonja Grosskreutz
Florist: Peg Kennedy
Officiant: Pastor Greg Becker
Photographer: TMOR Photorgaphy
Desserts: Thirsty Whale Bakery
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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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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Chelsea + Brandon | Hewing Hotel

Chelsea + Brandon had the most beautiful Sunday morning brunch wedding, hosted at the Hewing Hotel! Kellie loved meeting with Chelsea leading up to the big day – she had such a vision and we absolutely loved helping that turn into a reality!Day of Coordinator, Hewing Hotel, Chelsea + Brandon_1528.jpg

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The ceremony/reception were hosted in the same room. Lead planner Kellie + assistant Kierra were there to help set up decor and make sure the day ran smooth. The ceremony set up was simple and elegant, featuring gold chiavari chairs from Apres, and arch/draping done by Apres as well. The draping also featured G O R G E O U S greenery from Thistle and Bloom. Large lanterns lined the ceremony aisles. The entrance of the ceremony had Rustic Elegance crates, and our easel with the couple’s beautiful welcome sign. The wedding party was small, having just a Maid of Honor and Best Man, and their cute little flower girls and ring bearers [even one in a W A G O N]. The ceremony was sweet, and featured a very U N I Q U E unity symbol – combining glass pieces during the ceremony and which will melted together post wedding.

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After the ceremony, the room was flipped by the Hewing staff, Rustic Elegance duo, and Kelly from Thistle and Bloom! The table decor consisted of greens, lanterns, and votives. The dessert display was one for the books – A M A Z I N G! They had a large display of different donuts, with a large donut for “cake-cutting” by the bride and groom, all from Angel Food Bakery. Breakfast was provided by the Hewing and consisted of a delicious buffet, including many gourmet breakfast food options. The couple was seated at a sweetheart table with a blush, sequin linen from Apres, and lots of gorgeous florals. After breakfast was served, guests enjoyed a photobooth that produced tons of fun photo memories.

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Special shout out to Alex Maxwell Photography for sharing these photos with us of their beautiful day!

Chelsea + Brandon – Thank you so much or including Rustic Elegance in your special day!! We hope that married life is perfect and wish you the very best!

VENDORS
Venue, Catering & Bartending: Hewing Hotel
Rentals: Rustic Elegance and Apres
DJ: Preenon Huq
Florist: Thistle & Bloom
Officiant: Bri Adams
Photographer: Alex Maxwell Photography
Videographer: PranaLens
Photobooth: Studio Veil
Desserts: Angel Food Bakery
Hair: Christina Johnston
Make-Up: Jett Make-Up
Dress: Annika Bridal
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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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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