MN Wedding Planner, Sweet Treats, Fun Desserts

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Amanda Nippoldt Photography
(Barrels, door and cake stands can be rented from Rustic Elegance )

Desserts could possibly be our favorite part of the wedding day!! With all the new fun options out there, it makes dessert time even more exciting! The options are endless…pies, cupcakes, smores bar, truffles, cheese cakes, torts, macaroons, candy bars, ice cream sunday buffet, donuts, chocolates, sweet things in min cups, misc tasty treats on sticks… all such great ideas and a fun way to customize your wedding.

** Rustic Elegance planning tip: If you are ordering a variety of desserts, make sure you order enough-just in case guests end up grabbing more then one. Here are a few of our favorite dessert vendors:

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Nadia Cakes was featured on season one and two of TLC’s show Fabulous Cakes. They have a wide range of of fun cupcake flavors and options, including Cookies & Cream, Lemon Drop, Peanut Butter Cup, Salted Carmel.. but my fav is the Vanilla Vanilla.. LOVE the frosting!! (my mouth is watering writing this)!!

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Sara’s Tipsy Pies is also a unique option vrs a traditional wedding cake. Sara has partnered with local wine, whiskey and beer vendors such as: 2 Gingers, Liftbridge, Saint Croix Vineyards, Finnegans, Third Street Brewhouse, Winehaven…etc to add a little twist to her: mini tipsy pies, pie pals, hand pies, cookies, cupcakes and cheesecakes. I love the pecan hand pie and also the french silk mini dessert. Yummy!!! Ya can’t go wrong with pies at a rustic wedding!

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Campfire Desserts offers a traveling S’more’s Bar which includes 9 different flavored artisan marshmallows, a variety of different graham crackers, chocolates, and candy bars! They also bring along a Roast Counselor to give suggestions on how to make the perfect S’more!!! I must say I’m a sucker for a S’more using Reese’s Pieces!!

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Nicole Spangler Photography

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Ganache Desserts and Confections offers a wide selection of dessert options, including: wedding cakes, cupcakes, truffles, international desserts and confections! Chef Kevin Lindee is outstanding! He creates “distinctive flavor profiles and contemporary combinations while infusing modern techniques in every tantalizing treat”. We highly recommend him!

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Another fun idea is to have an ice cream bar!! This Little Piggy Catering can help provide this! (ooo add a chocolate chip cookie on the side)!!! Their ice cream bar includes: Delicious Bridgeman’s Ice Cream, peanuts, strawberries, cherries, M&M’S, Reeces, Oreos, sprinkles, warm hot fudge, and warm caramel. They also offer a 1919 keg of Root Beer for floats as well.

This Little Piggy Catering also offers a crepe Station, featuring a Nuetella, Caramel, Banana, Cinnamon twist, Lemon Supreme, Strawberry, Banana Strawberry Supreme, and Chocolate. This is a great alternative for a fun dessert. It also allows your guest to order just what they like!

I haven’t seen it yet, but I think cotton candy would be a fun idea…ooo or caramel apples..?? Below are some fun ideas from real weddings!

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Shelley Paulson Photography

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Whitney Furst Photography

Featured Dessert Vendors:
Nadia Cakes
Sara’s Tipsy Pies
Campfire Desserts
Ganache Desserts and Confections
This Little Piggy Catering

Thank you to the great photographers for supplying us with these wonderful photos!
Jeannine Marie Photography
Kendra Oxendale Photography
Amanda Nippoldt Photography
Shelley Paulson Photography
Whitney Furst Photography
Nicole Spangler Photography

MN Wedding Planner, Minneapolis Party Bus, Guest Shuttle

Looking for a way to transport your wedding party or guests to and from your reception or ceremony? Check out Minneapolis Party Bus. Its always a good idea to offer your guests a safe way to travel at the end of the night. Minneapolis Party Bus offers a variety of buses that can hold up to a group of 32 people. Their luxury transportation includes hard wood floors, tinted windows, high quality audio system with iPod connection, dancing poles, flat screen televisions, and more. To learn more about them, check out their website www.minneapolispartybus.com!

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MN Wedding Planner, Rustic Ring Bearers & Flower Girls

Cute Kids, stylish digs…Rustic dressed flower girls and ring bearers could possibly be the cutest part of the wedding day! Thanks to Jeannine Marie Photography and Kendra Oxendale Photography, we pulled together some real wedding photos of these super cute lil ones for inspiration. We are loving the newsboy hat on the boys and fun hair pieces worn by the ladies! Dapper Lads has a few cute rustic clothing options for the wee ones!

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Wedding Planning, Dellwood Barn, Barn Wedding

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Dellwood Barn is located just minutes north of Stillwater. The historic barn was homesteaded in the 1860’s and operated as a working dairy farm for five generations. Now the barn has been carefully renovated into a grand wedding barn. From the moment we drove down the gravel driveway, we got goosebumps with excitement about this gorgeous space! The one level barn is very pleasing to the eye, and is surround by nicely manicured landscaping and fields. With a whooping 4,700 square feet, the barn can seat about 300 guests for a sit down dinner! A few tables can easily be removed to make space for the dance floor. Guests can get a birds eye view of the fun from the loft area-this also makes a good photo opp for a shot of the entire reception. Dellwood Barn has a few geat amenities including nicely decorated, built-in-bathrooms!! They also have a custom built-in-bar and offer handmade farm tables/chairs. Another great feature of the barn is the sliding barn doors, which allow a lot of light to shine on in! Brides also love the get ready space in the lower part of the barn. Dellwood Barn is a great fit for a grand rustic wedding! We are excited to be headed out here in September to help plan Stephanie and Andrew’s wedding! If you are considering getting married here, we would love to help with planning or decor rental!

Photos provided by Dellwood Barn-Thanks!!
Video by Harvest Film Company

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Wedding Planning, Hope Glen Farm, Barn Venue

There is something magical about Hope Glen Farm in Cottage Grove! From the moment you step onto the property it is easy to fall in love with all aspects of the farm! It has been a very popular venue-doing at least 80 weddings a season! Paula and Michael have a great story about how they started out, and couldn’t be better hosts! The ceremony site is located in the grassy area in front of an old tree, which had a limb fall ever so perfectly in a storm, making a background arch to say your vows in front of. Rustic benches are provide for guest seating. Hope Glen Farm can host 300+ people under their pavilion for a sit down dinner. Rustic farm tables and chiavari chairs are also provided. We love their new addition of the grand stone fireplace under the pavilion! After dinner guests can move to the air conditioned barn for the dance. Other nice amenities include: built in bathrooms, the classy bridal get ready room and the “man cave”. Coming in 2016, they will also have a tree house honeymoon suite and a corn crib cottage! Hope Glen Farm is a great barn to host your wedding, just make sure to plan far in advance as the book up pretty quick. We would love to help plan your wedding here, or provide some additional rustic decor! 🙂 Thank you Jeannine Marie Photography for these great photos!

p.s We forgot to mention the have Goats!!! So cute!

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MN Wedding Planner, Kailee and Derek, Minnetonka Orchards

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We had the pleasure of helping Kailee and Derek with their wedding last spring at Minnetonka Orchards. I must say we love Minnetonka Orchards, it is a perfect wedding venue for the more relaxed crowd and has great options to be outdoors, but has indoor options in case of rain. Kailee and Derek did an outstanding job of personalizing their day. Guests arrived and headed down the wooded path to where the outdoor ceremony was set up. 5 sets of grandparents were included in the ceremony, which was very touching. One of the talented groomsmen played the guitar for the processional music. And they used an apple tree for their unity symbol-how fitting for the apple orchard!

Their reception started off with outstanding bar services from With a Twist. Instead of the traditional guest book, a drawing of a tree was used and people added their names to a leaf or an apple, which was then placed on the tree. What a great idea! Florapalooza provided the florial arrangements-We love the simple white and pink peonies arrangements, which also filled the air with a sweet aroma. Rustic Elegance also provided some of the rustic decor-including blue mason jars, Shepard’s hooks, lanterns, seating chart frame.. etc Mr. Pig Stuff provided delicious pulled pork sandwiches for the meal-which everyone enjoyed! It was the perfect evening for guests to partake in yard games, a bon-fire and of course smores! Instant Request had everyone dancing all night, I must say they have some friends with some pretty good dance moves (we were taking notes)! 🙂 . We love the “who has been married the longest” dancing game-Which Delores and Phil won-They couldn’t have been any cuter! Melissa Jopp Photography captured their day beautifully! We thank her for these amazing photos!

Thanks Kailee and Derek for including Rustic Elegance in your day-we had a blast! We wish you much love and happiness!

Venue: Minnetonka Orchards
Photographer: Melissa Jopp Photography
Rentals: Ultimate Events
Florist: Florapalooza
Catering: Mr. Pig Stuff
Bar Service: With a Twist
Dj: Instant Request
Coordinating: Rustic Elegance

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MN Wedding Planner, Ann & Chris, Farm Wedding

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We had the pleasure of helping Ann and Chris with their wedding planning this past fall. The ceremony and reception was located on their family farm by Sauk Centre, MN. I am a huge fan of this part of MN, as I spent a lot of my summers on a farm not far from here when I was growing up. The ceremony was set in their backyard, overlooking a vista of fields. Stawbails, covered with canvas, lined the aisle for guests to sit on. The reception was held in a large tent provide by Centre Rental, and was positioned in front of the barn. Ann and Chris incorporated a lot of fun details in their day-include a non-traditional ceremony program, which let their personalities shine through. As guests entered the reception they picked up a mason jar glass with their name on it, from under a sign that read “fill me up, use me all night, take me home”. The couple also put a twist on the traditional directional sign, by displaying places they had traveled together and the distance to these places.

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One of my favorite details they incorporated, is they asked their aunts and cousins to bake their favorite dessert/bars instead of a having a cake. These were displayed with the name of the bars and who made them. Despite a huge rain storm that went through right before the ceremony, we rearranged a few things and the sun came back out right as Ann and her dad walked down the aisle. Adagio DJ provided uplighting in the tent and also had people dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Huge thank you to Shelley Paulson Photography for these great photos! She did an fantastic job and was great to work with! It was such a pleasure being a part of Ann and Chris’s day. We felt like we were part of the family-we must say Ann’s dad, Ken, was one of best FOB we have met! Ann and Chris’s wedding was published in the Sauk Centre Herald and will also be featured in the up coming issue of the Central Minnesota Bridal Magazine.

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Event Coordination: Rustic Elegance
Photographer: Shelley Paulson Photography
Caterer: Food Ecstasy
DJ: Adagio / Krista Haskins
Rentals: Centre Rental

MN Wedding Planner, Fun Wedding Ideas, Plan your Wedding

Looking for something a little different and fun to add to your day… Here are a few of our ideas!

Transport your wedding party or offer rides for your guests by horse and hayride from Independence Horse and Carriage. It also makes a good photo opp for your wedding photos!

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Hire The Slow Motion Booth, to provide lots of endless laughs and fun with their slow motion booth.

Have Charicatures by Adnan draw fun caricatures of your guests-great idea for something they can take home. Photo by Heather Hanson Photography
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Feed a large group of people for pretty cheap by using a taco truck by chicos catering. (sadly they don’t have a website, but their food is amazing)!! email Ray at chico_mn@hotmail.com
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Or use a food truck by Kabomelette. Lots of menu options!

As far as desserts, consider using Sara’s Tipsy Pies. Her pies are made with a little twist! Photo by Jeannine Marie Photography

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Incorporate a refrigerated beer trailer from Victory Rentals, with outside taps, to keep your kegs cool on a warm day! Holds up to 10 kegs!

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Add a little coolness to your reception, by providing an Ice Cream Machine with a buffet of various toppings.

For a late night snack, rent a Popcorn Wagon or a Cotton Candy Machine from Cater Rent

Add a Bounce House to entertain the kids from Midway Party Rental.
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Hire the Wienbeck Trio to provide fun jazz music during the cocktail hour. Photo by Melissa Oholendt Photography
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Consider harp music by Reuben Correa for your ceremony or cocktail hour.

Use mason jars with a handle for drinking out of. Rent them from Ultimate Events

Personalize your wedding with custom barn wood signs by Lisa Curry Designs.

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