Barbara + David | Backyard Groom’s Dinner

Barbara and David planned one of the most beautiful groom’s dinners we have ever been a part of, and their wedding the next day took everything to the next level. Lead planner Kellie loved working with them on their Elegance Package vision and with the help of assistant My, made it happen! Due to how beautiful their weekend was, we will be breaking their blog into a two part series to share all our F A V details of this love story!

A little background on the couple – they met in 1983 [yes, you heard us right] at Fair Hills Resort near Detroit Lakes, MN. He was a lawn boy and she was working the front desk. At the time, Barbara worked and lived at the resort, where David went home to his family’s house nearby after his shifts at the resort. Barbara told us that she was quiet, but David knew all the people at the resort and was more of a social butterfly. He eventually asked her out on a date – going fishing. She said she had no desire to fish initially, but David made it easy & fun. From then through the rest of the summer, the two continued to date and fell in love. They were in between their college years, so they had a quick summer romance – short & sweet but so real & true. They had one more sweet summer at the resort in 1984 before Barbara called it off as she was about to head into her senior year at college. They then parted ways for Y E A R S and went through life on different paths, only to rekindle the flame again in 2013. From the point they rekindled, Barbara told us that she really, truly knew that they were soulmates and meant to spend the rest of their lives together.

Their groom’s dinner took place at their cabin in River Falls, WI outdoors underneath a gorgeous clear top tent from Apres. We L O V E the clear top tent look – very romantic. They also rented vinyl, hardwood floor from Apres to give that added rustic touch to the tent. The tent set up took multiple days. The first day, the clear top tent was installed, and then the flooring was added the following day. The day after the flooring was installed, We’ve Got It Covered came to drape and add lighting, and then on the day of the groom’s dinner, floral touches were added – W O A H.

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Barbara + David opted for our Elegance Package, granting them access to A L L Rustic Elegance rentals to use throughout their space. We used our bar, farm tables & chairs, as well as lounge furniture for a few different spaces in the tent that guests would later enjoy all night long. We’ve Got It Covered draped some G O R G E O U S champagne drapery in the tent, paired with our wine barrels for a grand entrance. In the tent, they added tent leg draping, twinkle lights, chandeliers, chair sashes and cocktail linens + ties for a fabulously elegant look. Ashley Fox Designs then came in and decorated the tent with hanging greens, and the table with light and airy floral arrangements + decor, and some real candles for added ambience at the table setting.

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Guests started arriving from near and far as the bride and groom welcomed them into the tent for appetizers, dinner & dessert. We must say, the charcuterie spread provided by Apples to Apples tasted A M A Z I N G and looked A M A Z I N G – we loved the presentation and the taste! Guests were in A W E as it started to get dark and the twinkle lights and chandeliers lit up the entire tent. For an added surprise, the couple included a fireworks display that took place at the end of the night [which was a surprise to the guests] and could be seen through the clear top of the tent – so C O O L!

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We can’t wait to share more about this couple and their wedding day in part two of this blog series! Stay tuned – you won’t want to miss this! Thank you to KT Sura for all the S T U N N I N G photos above

VENDORS
Venue: Private Cabin
Catering/Desserts: Apples to Apples
Tent Rental: Apres
Draping + Lighting: We’ve Got It Covered
Furniture Rentals: Rustic Elegance
Coordination and Decor: Rustic Elegance
Florist: Ashley Fox Designs
Photographer: KT Sura
Bathrooms: Onsite

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Rustic Elegance owner Kellie doing what she does best! Photo by: KT Sura
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Wide angle photo of the tent setup – so G O R G E O U S! Photo taken by Kellie
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A lounge area full of Rustic Elegance rentals for guests to enjoy – photo taken by Kellie 
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Cute little drink station – photo taken by Kellie 

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Beautiful evening in the clear top tent; the ambiance here is K E Y! – photo taken by Kellie

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 house in 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 Whitney Sue Photography 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: Whitney Sue Photography
Videographer: High Shine Media
Desserts: Something Sweet by Maddie
Hotel: Country Inn and Suites Albertville
Coordination: Rustic Elegance




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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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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Megan + Justin | Rum River Barn and Vineyard

Megan + Justin tied the knot on a cool September day at Rum River Barn and Vineyard. This couple was so F U N to plan with. On the morning of the wedding, the ladies prepped their hair and makeup with SoCoJo Artistry, while the boys stepped into their tuxes. While the wedding party got ready, the florist [who was a family friend of the couple], worked on prepping the guest tables under the tent. The tables were set with stunning white linens, and white plates, paired with brightly colored florals – L O V E this look! The couple & wedding party of 10 [plus a cute ring bearer flower girl crew] took some time pre-ceremony to take photos with Kokal Photography. We’ve Got It Covered draped the barn ceremony backdrop which looked S T U N N I N G. Rustic Elegance also helped prep the decor in the barn for the ceremony, and finally, it was T I M E!

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The ceremony began with the wedding party processing up by the stairs, and then the bride and her dad made a G R A N D entrance through the back barn doors, while “Marry Me” by Train played. It’s safe to say that at that point, there was not a dry eye in the room! The couple opted for a traditional candle unity symbol. Sealed with a kiss – they were married.

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Then, it was time for cocktail hour followed by dinner. We absolutely L O V E working with Custom Catering by Short Stop – they are so easy to work with and offer such Y U M M Y food choices. . Dinner for Megan + Justin was served family style among the guests to enjoy. After dinner, the cake was served to guests by Short Stop. Then – it was time to get the party started with Blue Water King Band [whom we A D O R E!]. The weather cooperated and the couple’s wish came true – having their first dance out on the barn deck! They danced to “Say You Won’t Let Go” and after that, the rest of the guests gathered to dance the night away.

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Megan + Justin: we are so T H R I L L E D for you two to start your life as a married couple. We loved being your day of coordinators and are so excited to see what the future holds for you both! Shout out to Kokal Photography for sharing the A M A Z I N G pictures with us for the blog!

VENDORS
Venue: Rum River Barn and Vineyard
Catering: Short Stop Custom Catering
Bartending: With a Twist
Decor: We’ve Got It Covered
Band: Blue Water Kings Band
Photographer: Kokal Photography
Desserts: Cold Spring Bakery
Transportation: Trobecs
Hair/Makeup: SoCoJo Artistry
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Emily + Jason | Carver Lake Park Pavilion

O H what a perfect hot wedding day we had for Emily + Jason! This cute couple were S O sweet through the planning process – we loved getting to know them.

The day began with the wedding party prepping for the B I G day in their separate places. The wedding party was intimate, including the maid of honor, best man, ring bearer and flower girl [so S W E E T!]. Emily’s flowers were P E R F E C T – Kowalski’s did a fantastic job with her bouquet. These lovebirds were married at Central Park in Woodbury, in front of their closest family and friends. The ring bearer started out strong – carrying the Rustic Elegance rental “Here Comes the Bride” sign – and made it to the aisle R I G H T before the chairs started, and then did a hard turn and circled back inside [it made for a giggle from all and was pretty cute]. Matt Berdahl officiated the ceremony with such personality and ease – very S W E E T! You could see the L O V E and support the guests had for the couple – it made the day so S P E C I A L!

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Guests then headed to Carver Lake Park Pavilion in Woodbury for the reception. The setup was S T U N N I N G – featuring Rustic Elegance farm tables + vintage chairs for their sweetheart table. The Rustic Elegance team of Kellie + Lynse set up the reception site including Rustic Elegance burlap and lace table runners, along with wood slices, flowers and candles – so G O R G E O U S. The couple also made their own J A M as guest favors – pairing them with a sign stating to “Spread the Love” [she also gifted Kellie + Lynse one – so D E L I C I O U S !]. Guests arrived at the reception venue and were able to enjoy a picnic style buffet provided by Kowalski’s. For dessert, the Rustic Elegance team assisted in setting up a s’mores station [featuring a flame holder made by the groom]. It was such a fun idea when a bonfire wasn’t an option at their venue!

Emily + Jason – we hope that married life is treating you well! We L O V E D being a part of your special day and enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane to blog about it. Also special thanks to Michaela Shanae Photography for sharing these fantastic photos of their day with us!

VENDORS
Ceremony Venue: Central Park, Woodbury MN
Reception Venue: Carver Lake Park Pavilion
Linens: We’ve Got it Covered
Officiant: Matt Berdahl
Photographer: Michaela Shanae Photography
Desserts: PJ Murphy’s Bakery
Catering: Kowalski’s
Florals: Kowalski’s
Coordination: Rustic Elegance
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Janine + Kendra | Woodland Hill Winery

Janine + Kendra – where do we even start about these two lovebirds! These two ladies were the sweetest couple to work with. Their wedding was set for 2014, but ended up being delayed another year, due to an illness, which meant more time getting to know them + we L O V E D every minute of it.

This sweet couple spent the morning prepping for their big day, while the Rustic Elegance team of Kellie + Angie prepped the venue for guests. The ladies featured Rustic Elegance rentals including table numbers, s’mores set up + dessert hutch. The ceremony was set at Woodland Hill Winery right next to their G O R G E O U S vineyard, while their reception took place underneath a tent nearby. The ceremony was short and O H – S O sweet. After the couple said their “I Do’s” the happy newlyweds walked down the aisle and hopped on a horse and carriage ride around the vineyard to enjoy their first minutes together as a M A R R I E D couple! Guests were later able to enjoy rides on the horse + carriage themselves [which was a H I T!].

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When the couple arrived back to their reception after a little time to themselves, they gave a champagne toast while in the carriage. The horses L O V E D being front and center and were so well behaved – shout out to the amazing Independence Horse and Carriage! Appetizers + wine were served during cocktail hour by the winery while guests mingled prior to dinner. Guests then enjoyed the buffet style dinner by Distinctive Catering, featuring freshly grilled food onsite – so Y U M M Y! After dinner and some sweet speeches, it was time for the first dance. The couple danced to Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran, and Janine did a voice over to the song. She talked about their past and how much Kendra meant to her – there was not a D R Y eye in the crowd! As the night continued, guests were able to spend some time by the fire and enjoy a S M O R E [or two!]. When it was time for the couple to leave – they were whisked off into the night by a W H I T E stretch limo – so F U N!

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We absolutely L O V E the L O V E that these two have for one another. Their wedding day was sweet + perfect, and we were so happy to be a part of it. Thanks for including us in your day Janine and Kendra!! Special thanks to Ashley Berry Photo for sharing these sweet photos of their day with us!

VENDORS
Venue: Woodland Hill Winery
Photographer: Ashley Berry Photo
Rentals: Ultimate Events
Coordination + Decor: Rustic Elegance
Draping: We’ve Got It Covered
Catering: Distinctive Catering
Bartending: With a Twist
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Chistine + Jeremy | Backyard Wedding

Christine + Jeremy had the sweetest backyard tent wedding and we had to throw it back to touch on this one. The Rustic Elegance team of Kellie and Danielle started setting up for the day featuring Rustic Elegance rented farm tables, benches, and our cute W O O D bar. As Rustic Elegance prepped, so did the wedding party – with the ladies + gents getting ready in their separate spaces. The bride R O C K E D some super cute cowboy boots – which we were O B S E S S E D with. The wedding party consisted of the couples 2 daughters and 3 sons and made for the C U T E S T pictures by kolorblind Photography. It was then time for their intimate ceremony, featuring a smaller group setting with only family. The day was G O R G E O U S – bright and sunny and perfect for a wedding.

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Christine + Jeremy opted for an open house style reception, featuring drinks poured by With a Twist, and wood fire grilled pizzas for dinner [S O – F U N] from Red Rover Pizza. They grilled the pizzas right on-site and even tossed the pizza dough up in the air, not skipping a beat, as guests were W O W E D. Since the bride and groom are “horse people”, they were creative with their guest book, and incorporated a old saddle for people to sign. While guests continued to mingle, DJ Skoolz kept the tunes playing and the dance floor full of energy! Guests enjoyed the laid back feel of the night and celebrating the love of Christine + Jeremy.

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We absolutely adored being a part of Christine + Jeremy’s day, and wish them the best in their married life endeavors! Huge shout out to kolorblind Photography for sharing pictures with us from their special day.

VENDORS
Venue: Backyard in Plymouth, MN
Rentals: Ultimate Events
Florist: Costco Floral
DJ: DJ Skoolz
Bartender: With a Twist
Photographer: kolorblind Photography
Officiant: Fred Henderson
Catering: Red Rover Pizza
Coordination and Decor: Rustic Elegance

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Jen + Jim | Backyard Wedding

Jen + Jim have the sweetest L O V E for each other + we absolutely adored helping them plan their special day. The Rustic Elegance team of Angie, Kim and Kellie arrived on site at the groom’s parents house, which was where this special couple would be married. While the couple prepped for the B I G day, the team set up their beautiful outdoor ceremony site, and decor inside their tent for the reception. The couple headed out to do some pre-ceremony pictures with Breanna Bisek Photography, and even included their pups for a few photos! The guys wanted a picture with some shotguns – so there’s that too!

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Although we weren’t sure on what Mother Nature was thinking – she held out for the ceremony and T H E N decided to pour – we were thankful that she decided to wait so these two could say their I do’s outside as planned! The ceremony was B E A U T I F U L. The flower girl [niece of the groom] + ring bearers [nephews of the bride] took the C U T E N E S S level up a notch. Guests quickly shuffled from the outdoor site to the tent for their dinner [+ to keep dry].

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Divine Swine provided a slow roasted turkey, a whole pig [carved on site], pasta, au gratin potatoes and slivered almond green beans [Y U M M Y]. During dinner, the couple had the sweetest idea – guests could ring a bell and for every $10 donation they would kiss. All of the donated money went to the ALS Colon Cancer Foundation – seriously the B E S T idea ever! After the yummy cupcakes were enjoyed for dessert, it was time to dance the night away! The couple danced to the song “To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks. After the traditional dances, Instant Request DJ, took it away, and guests danced all night long [+ even danced the rain away].

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Jen + Jim – we loved everything about being a part of your S P E C I A L day! Thanks for including Rustic Elegance! We hope married life is nothing short of perfect.

Special shout out to Breanna Bisek Photography for the A M A Z I N G photos!

Vendors:
Venue: Groom’s Parents Home
Catering: Diving Swine
Rentals: Victory Event Rentals
DJ: Instant Request DJ
Florist: Nikki Sailer
Officiant: Duane Harves
Photographer: Breanna Bisek Photography
Desserts: Target Cupcakes
Transportation: Northfield Lines
Bartender: With a Twist
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