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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Tips + Tricks | Different Types of Wedding Planners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Round Barn Farm – Styled Shoot

As a wedding coordinator, we have some A M A Z I N G opportunities that come our way. One of such is being a part of a styled shoot. This fall, we were able to take part in a styled shoot at Round Barn Farm, and it couldn’t have turned out any B E T T E R! This barn is located in Red Wing MN, and features [absolutely] beautiful views of the Mississippi River Valley. The barn itself is a sixty foot high round barn, and is surrounded by greenery [fun fact: the barn was built in 1914 – W O W!].

We tried to think a little out of the ordinary for this shoot, and pair some non-traditional fall colors together, while still ensuring that they complement one another, and leave a romantic vibe in the air. We settled on burgundy, gold and black details which turned out to be S T U N N I N G.

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The ladies spent their morning getting ready in the G O R G E O U S bridal suite at Round Barn Farm. JAK Beauty styled our models with some amazing make-up, while Hair Love worked on their hairdos [the outcome was perfect on all of the models – such a good T E A M!].

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We tried to think a little out of the ordinary for this shoot, and pair some non-traditional fall colors together, while still ensuring that they complement one another, and leave a romantic vibe in the air. We settled on burgundy, gold and black details which turned out to be S T U N N I N G.

For this shoot, we were S O lucky to have the help of S O many vendors. The bride’s wedding gown was a feature from Bridal Accents Couture, and incorporated gorgeous lace embellishments. Fringe Boutique provided E L E G A N T gold jewelry for our ladies which added an extra sweet touch. The bridesmaids were outfitted in long, burgundy dresses in two different styles [tip: this style is I N – having your bridesmaids in different styles of dresses looks fun for pictures A N D ensures that everyone is comfortable in their dress!]. Also, because fall weddings can get a little C O O L in the MN // WI area, we featured fur wraps to keep our ladies heated during the shoot. The A D O R A B L E flower girl is wearing a simple white dress with burgundy accents [sash + floral crown] to complement the wedding color scheme. The groom was dressed in a traditional black suit with a burgundy bow tie [L O V E] and pocket square. The ring bearer wanted to be dressed the same as the groom, and the outcome is just too C U T E!

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The florals throughout the day were nothing short of P E R F E C T! Studio B did a fantastic job tying in burgundy, red, and purple arrangements throughout the day. The bouquets even had blueberries [so C R E A T I V E]. Hanging amaranthus were also used throughout the day to add more of the burgundy pop to our shoot.

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The Round Barn Farm is seemingly B E A U T I F U L by nature. For decor for this shoot, we decided to focus on this natural beauty outdoors, and keep the ceremony sites decor simple. The fun thing about the Round Barn Farm is that they have 2 ceremony site locations to choose from when planning your S P E C I A L day, so we wanted to showcase these outstanding options. For ceremony site #1, We’ve Got It Covered used G O R G E O U S white draping to frame the site, and add a nice simple touch to the ceremony backdrop. We also utilized some of the hanging amaranthus on the ceremony draping, and tied black sashes on the backdrop and chairs for another simple touch. Studio B created a hanging floral ball with burgundy blooms, as well as simple greenery for the couple to stand underneath. Love Letters designed a F U N chalkboard sign at the end of the aisle for added decor [which we A D O R E D]. For ceremony site #2, We’ve Got it Covered used simple elegant white draping on a large tree, paired with an adorable chalkboard [again by the talented Love Letters] at the end of this aisle as well.

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On to the R E C E P T I O N! For this, we styled two different tablescapes – one for guests, and one for the head table. The guest tables featured burgundy, cream, and gold color schemes. The chairs were accented by a burgundy + lace sash to further complement the romantic theme. For the centerpiece features, we used gold lanterns with cream candles, gold floral vases, birch table number holders, floral watermark table numbers + menu cards designed by the great Ink Well Minneapolis, and a burgundy table runner. We also added burgundy blooms, berries, and a subtle amount of greenery compliment our color scheme throughout the tablescape.

For the head table, we used M O R E greenery, as well as a few more black accent details, like plate chargers and napkins. For the head table backdrop, we used burgundy draping with greenery hanging from birch branches. A long garland with gold votive candles was used to center the burgundy bouquets and gold pillar candle holders.

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For the reception decor, Adagio Djay Entertainment added some A M A Z I N G up-lighting to the dance floor, and we were ready to dance [all night long!]. We also featured some cozy couches for guests to sit on in the bottom level of the barn, which were rentals from the Rustic Elegance furniture collection. We’ve Got It Covered added some extra draping for a nice finishing touch to this area.

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And last, but D E F I N I T E L Y not least, our dessert featured a stunning burgundy tiered cake designed by Miss Sara’s Cakery. The top tier was even painted gold to go with the theme. She also provided amazing wedding themed cookies and other small desserts placed on stands and trays to fill the dessert table [which was an old horse wagon situated inside the barn].The dessert stands + platters featured are rentals from Rustic Elegance, and are great options to add a little more rustic decor in to your special day!

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As previously stated, we are S O lucky to have the opportunities to work with some amazing vendors [listed below] at this styled shoot, and we absolutely cannot W A I T to help couples with their Day of Coordinating at the Round Barn Farm.

P.S. Thanks to Jeannine Marie Photography not only for these outstanding photos but also for help putting the amazing details of the day into the above words for our post.

Venue: Round Barn Farm
Photographer: Jeannine Marie Photography
Planner & Decor: Rustic Elegance
Décor: We’ve Got It Covered
Florist: Studio B Floral Designs
Make-Up: JAK Beauty
Hair Stylist: Hair Love
Desserts: Miss Sara’s Cakery
Print/Design: Ink Well Minneapolis
Chalkboard Art: Love Letters
DJ: Adagio Djay Entertainment
Lighting (barn): Adagio Djay Entertainment
Videographer: The Great White Dress
Catering: A’BriTin Catering
Bride Dress: Bridal Accents Couture
Groom Outfit: Savvi Tuxes by Bridal Accents Couture
Flower Girl Dress & Ring Bear Outfit: Bridal Accents Couture
Accessories: Fringe Boutique
Bride/Groom Models: Ali and Shane Ewy
Bridesmaids: Hannah and Angie
Flower Girl/Ring Bear Models: Aubrey & Javin (future Mrs. & Mrs.)

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Redeemed Farm | Styled Photo Shoot

First of all… this was such an amazing day! We got together with some of the BEST local vendors and coordinated a styled shoot/grand opening for Redeemed Farm. Redeemed Farm is a newly restored barn venue in Scandia, MN. It was named one of 2017’s Most Stunning Barns Across the USA, and when you take a look at these photos you will see why!

A huge shout out to all the talented vendors that made this day happen! We were so lucky to be able to coordinate with such an all-star team.

With a little collaboration this styled photo shoot turned out stunning! See lots…. and lots! of pics below 🙂

VENDORS
Venue: Redeemed Farm
Planning: Rustic Elegance and Pure Event Planning
Photography: Jeannine Marie Photography
Videography: Jasper Meddock Productions
Flowers: Studio B Floral Designs
Hair: Hair by Heidi
Makeup: Makeup by Mindie
Decor: We’ve got it covered and Rustic Elegance
Desserts: The Thirsty Whale
Stationary: Ink Well Press
S’mores Bar: North Mallow
Dress Shop: Flutter Bridal Boutique
Dress Designer: Leanne Marshall
Groom Outfit: The Wedding Shoppe
Jewelry: Style By Cia
Models: Lauren Witte + Elliot Backer

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Tux by The Wedding Shoppe and dress by Flutter Bridal Boutique
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Gorgeous jewelry by Style By Cia
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Look at this head table! Complete by We’ve got it covered, Rustic Elegance , and Studio B Floral Designs

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Jasper Meddock Productions does such amazing work!
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Dessert spread by The Thirsty Whale ….. soooooooo good!
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Check out this ceremony site! Chair and arch drapings by We’ve got it covered
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S’more bar by North Mallow. So unique and so good!
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What a pleasure it was to work with so many amazing vendors that made this day happen. And a special thanks to Redeemed Farm for letting us use your STUNNING space to pull this off!

MN Wedding Planner, Inspirational Shoot, Farm Wedding

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This fall, Rustic Elegance worked with some outstanding vendors to plan a backyard/farm inspirational shoot. This experience was incredibly amazing!! So much work but so much fun! I have to say it was really hard to narrow down which photos to use. Jeannine Marie Photography did an astonishing job capturing all the details. We were inspired to put this shoot together for brides who share a love of the outdoors and who are envisioning an intimate, rustic but elegant, backyard/farm wedding.

A bit about the shoot:
The shoot took place on a residential farm in Independence, MN, which belongs to the parents of the bride model. The bride and groom models (Leslie and Jeremiah) have been dating since 2010. Their love for each other truly shows in theses photos. The flower girls are sisters, Macia and Siri and are friends of the ring bearer, Miles. Can they get any cuter!!?? Parker, the horse, was a horse I rescued a long time ago-He looked like a donkey when we got him-you could never tell by the looks of him now!

A bit about the vendors:
Most of the decor came from the Rustic Elegance Rental collection… including the harvest wood tables, vintage sofa’s, dessert buffet hutch, vintage plates etc.. It was so fun to see all our items come together to create this sensational look! Similar to a real wedding, we also coordinated all the vendors, time-lines, set up, overall look and style of the shoot.

SM Makeup Inc. used their talents to help with the make-up and hair styling. For the Bridal look, they went with a more traditional, elegant look. They kept her hair style simple by sticking with a down-do, but adding extensions to give a full, thick look. Then, by setting the full head in curls, they were able to achieve that effortless and “flowy” outcome. They used a combination of traditional and airbrush makeup. Then contoured the face to accentuate the brides features, and ended with a light airbrush application to really give that “flawless face”. They also wanted to make her eyes pop but still look “natural” so defined the eyebrows, contoured the eye with shadows in the brown/neutral tones, highlighted all the right areas, and used beautiful, thick faux lashes to round out the look. For her lips, they gave a little pop of pink coral, and she was ready to go!” I think Leslie was awestruck at the outcome, as this country girl doesn’t usually wear make-up!! She looked breathtaking!!

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We love the gold lettered “love” necklace that was provided by Kisa Boutique -so simple and so fun!! Kisa boutique has a new whole sale business which and specializes in small batch statement pieces curated for the beautifully bold and adventurous women of this world!

Inspire Bridal Boutique provided the bridal gown and flower girl dresses. The brides dress is an Essense of Australia. This stunning low back wedding dress in Luxe Taffeta features a figure-flattering trumpet silhouette and a romantic removable lace overlay that creates a beautiful V-neck and a deep V-back. The detachable French-wide satin sash adds wow to this breathtaking ensemble. We love how the lace complimented the style we were going for.

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Simply Stated Elegance provided all the floral arrangements. The brides bouquet consisted of classic rustic flowers including sola, hanging amranthus, roses, orchids and greens for texture, secured using burlap and lace. The grooms boutonniere consisted of scabiosa pods, broom corn pieces and seeded eucalyptus tied using a twine string. Rustic wood floral boxes were used as accents on the dinner tables-they consisted of the same blend of rustic flowers as the brides bouquet. These flowers were outstanding!!

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Sara’s Tipsy Pies , adds a twist to the traditional homemade pie by baking with local wine, whiskey and beer! For our shoot she made an assortment of fun desserts-a good alternative to the traditional wedding cake. Among the desserts were: Hand pies filled with salted caramel apple filling featuring Finnegans Irish Amber Ale, Drunken pumpkin pies, “Pie Pals” (mason jar pies) filled with Finnegans Maple Apple, & Pie Pops (pies on a stick) made with Chestnut Hill Apples beer from Lift Bridge brewer. We were lucky enough to try these after the shoot an WOW!!!

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The Outer Envelope specializes in wedding invites, bridal logos, save the dates, programs, place cards.. etc- For our shoot they used fun typography, popping on each piece with rustic kraft paper along with touches of lace and twine. So cute!! We love how they were also able to create custom tags for our desserts and popcorn favors.

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We’ve Got it Covered, specializes in custom draping, specialty linens, chair covers, sashes, backdrops and more. For our shoot, they provided and hung all the chandeliers and also the lace chair ties. We think you can never have enough chandeliers-they just add such elegance to any setting!

Midway Party Rental provided the chiavari chairs, burgundy napkins, place settings, crystal glassware and candelabras used at the harvest dinner table. We loved how the silver candelabras added such a classic, warm, romantic look to the table. We also love how the harvest table looks paired with their chiavari chairs!

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Huge thank you to all the vendors who took part in this inspirational farm shoot! They all went above and beyond to make this shoot spectacular and it came together better then I ever imagined!! Hope you enjoy the photos.. don’t miss the moon in the night shoots!! (We planned that.. ha).

Vendors:
Photography: Jeannine Marie Photography
Planner/Rustic Decor: Rustic Elegance
Hair/Makeup: SM Makeup Inc.
Dresses: Inspire Bridal Boutique
Floral: Simply Stated Elegance
Desserts: Sara’s Tipsy Pies
Graphic Design: The Outer Envelope
Lighting/Decor: We’ve Got it Covered
Jewelry: Kisa Boutique
Rentals: Midway Party Rental

Models:
Bride Model: Leslie Pritchard
Groom Model: Jeremiah Buchholz
Flower Girl Models: Macia and Siri
Ring Bearer Model: Miles
Horse: Parker & Rio