Blair + Peter | Redeemed Farm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taking it back to 2015 – when Andrea and Eric tied the knot! We L O V E D working with this sweet couple. Lynse + Kellie worked on this wedding with these two lovebirds. This couple used a T O N of rentals from Rustic Elegance, which we of course love! They rented cupcake stands, burlap table runners, mason jar beverage dispensers, vintage dinner plates, table numbers, chalkboard signs, etc. They also rented a few of our sofas to create a fun L O U N G E area for their guests. Their guests loved be able to hang out in this area and enjoy conversations with family and friends. They also used our ladder to display memories // photos of past loved ones. It was a sweet touch to remember those who weren’t able to be there on their special day! Our team placed our vintage plates delicately at each place setting to create a cute dressed up table setting. One of our favorite things to do is integrate our rentals into the weddings we work on – so much F U N!

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The day began with the ladies prepping and the guys doings the same. They then headed to the church, where the couple officially could call themselves a M A R R I E D couple – yay! Before the couple left the alter, the groom took a selfie with his new wife and then preceded to walked down the aisle for the first time as husband and wife. [don’t worry, Alison Geier, the couple’s photographer, snapped a photo of this as well]! So fun!

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When the groom was satisfied with the selfie quality, the wedding party, consisting of 7 bridesmaids and 7 groomsmen, hopped on the super cute trolley that the couple rented out for the day [such a fun + unique transport]. The wedding party arrived at the Bullard Creek Barn, where they made their grand entrance to the song “Gold Digger”. During cocktail hour and for the remainder of the night, guests enjoyed yard games including Jenga, bean bags, and ladder ball. Post cocktail hour, guests were then seated for speeches and dinner. They found their place on the old door that doubled as their seating chart [loved this!]. Liberty’s provided the Y U M M Y buffet style dinner: marinated chicken and pork, roasted red potatoes and veggies. Dinner was followed with some A M A Z I N G cupcakes by Hanisch Bakery, placed on top of our cute little cupcake stands! As an added snack, they also had a old style popcorn machine throughout the night for guests to enjoy. The couple enjoyed their first dance together as husband and wife, to the song “Inspiration” by Chicago and it was so A D O R A B L E. As the dance continued, energy F I L L E D the barn, as the guests danced the night away. To make sure that their guests were comfy, the couple provided “dancing shoes” for their guests – love this idea! Later in the evening, guests also had the option of enjoying the B O N F I R E outside on this gorgeous night.

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Andrea + Eric – we hope that married life is treating you well and we loved reminiscing about your special day!

Special thanks to Alison Lea Photography for sharing these wonderful photos with us! We always love working with you have so much fun!

Vendors
Reception: Bullard Creek Barn
Church: First Lutheran
Officiant: Kevin and Chris Tjaden
Catering: Liberty’s
Rentals: Ripley’s
Florist: Cindy’s Florist Creations
Photographer: Alison Lea Photography
Desserts: Hanisch Bakery
Coordination + Decor Rentals: Rustic Elegance
Trolley: Rochester Trolley

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Lauren + Steve | Green Acres Barn

While some of the venues that we go to are farther outside of the cities, Green Acres Barn is situated seemingly close, located in Eden Prairie, MN. Lauren + Steve celebrated their S P E C I A L day at this location and Rustic Elegance was there to prep and help flip the space and had the B E S T time doing it [and helping out these two lovebirds!].

At Green Acres Barn, the lower level is filled with vintage items, including jukeboxes, older framed photos, and a small fountain. On this level, we set out place cards for guests to grab as they came in prior to the ceremony. Lauren + Steve also opted to have their guest book + card table near the door, capturing guests attention as they walked in [they got LOTS of signatures in their guest book – we loved seeing guests add their special note!]. For the wedding party pictures, this group braved the windy day and took S T U N N I N G pictures by a lake nearby. Studio Twelve:52 was able to capture these amazing memories, while still ensuring that the wedding party looked great for the ceremony. Prior to the ceremony itself, the wedding party hid in the silo that Green Acres has flipped into a wine cellar. It’s G O R G E O U S in there, and even features a little trap door.

On the upstairs level, the set-up for the ceremony was simple, yet extremely elegant. The venue set up the ceremony chairs, creating a perfect aisle for Lauren to walk down, walking towards the man of her D R E A M S. After a ceremony with the help of officiant Matt Berdahl, the guests were guided back to the downstairs level for a cocktail hour while the upstairs level was flipped by the Green Acres crew and catering staff from Sterling. Rustic Elegance worked on adding the finishing touches, such as the centerpieces, setting up the head table, and of course, setting up the dessert table. The centerpieces were simple white floral arrangements accompanied by white pumpkins, set on top of a square cloth napkin. The head table was abundant with floral from Lauren’s aunt, pulling in romantic tones for this October wedding. They also added a cute little addition of wooden names for each plate at the head table [we L O V E D this idea]. Lastly, the set-up for the dessert table was accompanied by Rustic Elegance dessert stands and a variety of cupcake flavors from Nadia’s Cakes. As if this couple wasn’t sweet enough [as sweet as the cupcakes even], they ordered one cupcake specifically for Kellie, her favorite kind of Vanilla Vanilla [how T H O U G H T F U L you two – thank you!!].

The rest of the evening ran smoothly and the DJ Andrew from Three Six Sound kept the crowd engaged. The bride, groom, as well as their friends and family were dancing the night away!

Lauren + Steve – thank you for having Rustic Elegance be apart of your first day of forever together! We are so thankful for the opportunity and L O V E D working with the both of you sweet lovebirds [Kellie will also miss the planning meetings that consisted of The Lion’s Tap hamburger + fries… D E L I C I O U S]!

Venue: Green Acres Barn
Catering / Bartender: Sterling Catering
Rentals / Decor: Rustic Elegance
DJ: Three Six Sound
Officiant: Matt Berdahl
Photographer: Studio Twelve:52
Videographer: Oldenburger Videography
Desserts: Nadia Cakes (Woodbury)
Hair/Makeup: Teressa’s Makeup
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Maggie + Corey | Historic John P Furber Farm

Maggie + Cory had a D R E A M Y day in October of 2016 – and we absolutely A D O R E D working with them to plan this special day! Maggie and her mom Lauri met with Rustic Elegance lead planner Kellie over coffee a few times, and these meetings were never without L A U G H T E R and smiles.

When the Rustic Elegance team arrived, it was time to get to W O R K! The couple rented a few items from Rustic Elegance, including a ladder which was used as a tribute with photos of passed loved ones. We prepped the barn with their centerpieces which were B E A U T I F U L wooden flower boxes with stunning florals from KMB Floral, along with burlap and lace squares, and a G O L D table number. We’ve Got It Covered added their special touches with a lace overlay and gold chargers at the head table, a fabric backdrop behind the bride and groom, and string lights! In place of a traditional guest book, the couple decided on a wood pallet sign for guests to leave a note on – and it turned out S O cute! They also used a cute little picnic basket for their cards – a F U N touch to their decor. While the Rustic Elegance team was finished setting up, the bride and her ladies enjoyed champagne as they prepped for the day in the A M A Z I N G bridal suite, while the guys prepped in the “groom’s suite”. Once they were all ready, they took some pictures with Justin Mark Photography before heading over to the church.

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The couple was married at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, and then headed back over to the Historic John P Furber Farm for their reception. Approximately 315 guests filled the barn, full of fun, food, and D A N C I N G! Appetizers were passed during cocktail hour which were Y U M M Y. The wedding party did their grand entrance down the stairs to “Drink In My Hand” by Eric Church – and it was O H so fun! This Little Piggy provided the dinner buffet, and always provides G R E A T food and service! We also placed dessert bars and cookies on each table, provided by “ We Cater To You”, for a S W E E T treat. After dinner, Maggie’s dad gave such a S W E E T speech about the couple.Day of Coordinator, Historic John P Furber Farm, Maggie + Corey_0732.jpg
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As dinner and speeches concluded, DJ Dan from Adagio started playing music and the dance floor was a sea of guests the rest of the night. He is A W E S O M E to work with, and always does a great job of keeping the party going all night! For a late night snack, the couple brought in Carbone’s Pizza – guests L O V E D this added touch. At the very end of the night, Rustic Elegance cleaned and packed up all of the decor, ensuring that friends, family, and of course the N E W L Y W E D S could enjoy the rest of their night worry free! The couple also was generous enough to donate their flowers at the end of the night, and we took them to a nursing home the following day, which always guarantees S M I L E S.

Maggie + Corey – your wedding day was truly a D R E A M, and we enjoyed every second of it. We hope that married life is all that you hoped it would be + more!

Special shout out to Justin Mark Photography for sharing these A M A Z I N G photos with us!

Vendors:
Ceremony: Resurrection Lutheran Church
Reception: Historic John P Furber Farm
Catering/Bartending: This Little Piggy
Rentals: We’ve Got It Covered
DJ: Adagio
Florist: KMB Floral
Photography: Justin Mark Photography
Video: JWalter Anderson
Photobooth: Photobooth Creations
Desserts: We Cater To You
Coordination and Decor: Rustic Elegance

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Kaitlin + Matt | Wasner Barn

We absolutely A D O R E D working with Kaitlin and Matt on their wedding. They ended up deciding on T O N S of Rustic Elegance rentals including some furniture, signs, etc. [they even rented the cute directional sign that Rustic Elegance owner Kellie’s 91 year old grandpa hand painted – so C U T E!].

The day started with the ladies prepping their hair and makeup, and getting into the G O R G E O U S dresses. The men got in their suits, suspenders, and bow ties, and were ready to take photos with one of our F A V photographer’s, Jeannine, working for Bellagala [who is so much FUN to work with!]. The wedding party consisted of 7 ladies and 6 men which made for a group full of laughs and S M I L E S as the day went on. While pictures were being taken, the tent was being set up with simple + sweet centerpieces that included pictures of the couple, blue mason jars with Baby’s Breath, candles [made by the couple], and old B O O K S that they had collected. The tables were set with vintage plates for dinner and guests had the option of using mason jars to drink out of – we L O V E D this combo. We also helped set up a C A N D Y bar that was a hit with the guests later in the night.

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Kaitlin and Matt got married at a beautiful church and then guests headed over to Wasner Barn for the reception! Guests were able to play yard games in the large grassy area of the barn throughout the evening. For dinner, Divine Swine Catering served up phenomenal food [as always], followed by Y U M M Y desserts from Cake Walk. After dessert – it was time to get the party S T A R T E D! This couple lucked out with a G O R G E O U S night, so they were able to have their dance outside under the stars, with the sweet addition of string lights – so pretty [Jeannine captured some great night photos of this]! They also had a bonfire for guests to enjoy and a late night snack of S ‘ M O R E S! As the night came to a close, the Rustic Elegance team cleaned up all of the guest tables and decor so that the couple could enjoy their first night as a married couple.

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Kaitlin + Matt – thank you S O much for hiring Rustic Elegance to help with your wedding coordination. We had so much F U N working with you two, and loved reminiscing on your special day.

Vendors
Ceremony: St. Dominic Church
Reception: Wasner Barn
Catering: Divine Swine Catering
Rentals: Rent-N-Save Northfield // Rustic Elegance
DJ: Bellagala
Florist: Forget-Me-Not
Photographer: Bellagala
Video: PranaLens
Desserts: Cake Walk
Coordination and Rentals: Rustic Elegance

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Tips + Tricks | Planning a Barn Wedding

Planning a wedding can be S T R E S S F U L. There are SO many things to think about – your wedding party, budget, food/beverage, etc. After enjoying some time engaged to your future life partner, one of the first orders of business that every couple will have to decide on is the venue. From hotels, golf courses, event centers, etc., every couple has a venue style that they can envision themselves tying the knot in. One of the latest crazes in the wedding world is getting married in a barn, one that has been transformed into a beautiful wedding venue. At Rustic Elegance, we are fortunate to specialize in backyard, tent, barn, vineyard, and orchard wedding coordination. We love working with these types of venues – which start as a blank canvas but may require more planning then if you held your event at a full-service hotel or restaurant. Being in business for over 5 years, we have come up with our top 10 tips for planning a barn wedding, and we would L O V E to share with you all!

CLIMATE CONTROL
You might not think about this right away, but many barn wedding venues will face the outdoor elements because of the different seasons throughout the year. If you’re planning on getting married in the scorching summer months, you might want to think about adding some fans or renting an AC unit to ensure guests are comfortable. Also confirm with the venue if they have air conditioning as an option – there are a few out there. If you’re planning a fall/winter wedding at a barn, consider having space heaters or renting a blow-in-heating unit, so nobody will have to endure the harsh MN/WI winter during such a heart-warming day!

BACK-UP CEREMONY
Many barn venues have B E A U T I F U L outdoor options for ceremony sites, or a barn that can start as a ceremony site, where your guests are then invited outside for a cocktail hour, and the barn is then transformed into your beautiful reception venue. While outdoor options for ceremonies and cocktails hours are fantastic – there is always the chance of weather getting in the way. When planning a barn wedding, have a back-up plan if utilizing outdoor space. Also, think about who is going to help initiate a back-up plan once you have one, including ensuring guests are dry and safe, and moving any previously set up décor from your outside space indoors.

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POWER
Many barn wedding venues are repurposed older barns, that were decorated and transformed to create a place to make lifelong memories from your special day. With the older barns, there may not be as many sources of power or outlets that you will need. Consider bringing a few extension cords or power strips to ensure that your vendors will have enough power to work.

FLOW OF THE VENUE
Layouts of barn venues/the farmland are very different throughout MN/WI. Some have one barn, some have two, some have bridal suites, some do not. When visiting venues, consider the space and spending your entire day there. If you do decide to use the barn space for both the ceremony and reception, there will have to be a “flip” period, or a time when the venue changes from ceremony layout to reception layout. Also when thinking about utilizing this space, also question who will be flipping it for you – the venue workers, family members, or you could hire a day of coordinator [like us] to take all of it off your hands.

LOCATION, TRAVELING AND HOTEL BOOKINGS
If you are centrally located in the Twin Cities, chances are you will have to travel a little bit into the countryside for your wedding if you choose a barn venue. Also keep in mind that this means your guests will also have to travel, and some may opt to stay in a hotel. Consider booking a block of rooms at a hotel nearby for your guests, and providing a shuttle to and from, to encourage safe travels and further encourage dancing the night away.

DECORATIONS
Barn venues have their own elegance throughout, created by the wooden beams, posts, and rustic décor that the venue has. With the venues permission, you will have the chance to dress up the barn to your D R E A M! A few things to think about when decorating inside the barn:

Centerpieces – If there are going to be doors open at the venue, wind may try to blow away your décor. Think about heavier centerpieces, such as wood logs, heavier flower vases, etc., so that the decorations stay in place! Also, consider who is setting out the centerpieces [florist, family, you, planner, etc.] and who is gathering them at the end of the night.

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Lighting – Barns are typically only lit by a few overhead lights and may be seemingly dim on your initial visit to the space. To brighten the room [as well as everyone’s day], think about adding string lights across the ceiling or a chandelier over the head table, for a dramatic effect.

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Keep it simple – The barns that we have been so fortunate to work with are beautiful on their own with no decorations. Try to concentrate on the true beauty of the barn with light décor, or choose to focus on a focal point in the room.

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DRESS FOR THE OCCASION
All barns have different surroundings. Some may be surrounded by grass and fields, others by dirt paths/roads, etc. Ceremony sites may be all grass, rock, or they may be in the barn itself. Either way, remind yourself and your guests to wear farm or grass friendly attire, especially footwear, for your special day.

EVENT INSURANCE
Some barn venues require extra “event insurance coverage” to host your event at their venue. This is extra event insurance, in case there were anything to go wrong. This may be an added fee to your budget, so it’s something to keep in mind. Check with your venue or planner to verify.

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VENDORS AND DAY OF COORDINATORS
Unlike hotels, event centers, or golf courses, most barn venues do not have an in-house caterer, bartender, or coordinator, which means that you will have to outsource for these vendors. When deciding on vendors to help with you day, it is important to choose vendors that have experience with the outdoor/barn type venues. Some caterers will bring a grill/tent set-up and cook right on site – how A M A Z I N G is this? This set-up ensures food will be freshly made for your guests. Other vendors will bring food already made at their facility and transport it to the barn [not as fresh – but still yummy!] Barn venues may have restrictions on how loud a DJ or band may play, therefore, hire a DJ who has had experience with this type of venue. Also, look for a DJ who has experience with outdoor ceremonies and equipment that can withstand the “wind” noise. When considering your make-up/hair artists, hire someone who can keep your make-up and hair in place despite the weather elements. Last, but not least, hiring someone who is going to capture the magical moments from your day! When hiring a photographer, it is important to hire someone who has had experience with the barn type venue. Lighting can be a challenge and photographing with the elements [heat and rain], can be a tricky. Consider asking your photographer if you can view an entire album from a wedding they have photographed at a barn venue [this way, you know they aren’t showing you just their very best photos]. Hiring vendors with outdoor/barn experience is a must, and will ensure every element of your day will flow smoothly and you won’t have to worry about a thing. Many barn venues will have a list of preferred vendors that they enjoy working with. Think ahead about all the tasks that will need to be completed from start to finish throughout your day, from set-up, greeting vendors and guiding them where to set up, to giving last minute payment to vendors, greeting guests, directing guest traffic etc.

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CLEAN UP
Depending on your venue choice, you may have to clean-up the venue the night of your wedding, and remove all items that you had brought in, including décor, presents/cards, floral, food, etc. Plan for someone to help designate the clean-up effort, so that you aren’t tacked on with any extra clean up fees, or make sure your wedding planning team can take care of it.

BONUS TIP
One more bonus tip because we just have so much to share! When putting together your seating chart, we always recommend assigned seating for your guests, to make their dining experience a G R E A T one! One common mistake we see is that guest names are listed by table number vs. alphabetical order. This layout forces guests to have to look at all the tables/names to find their own. Instead, consider putting guest names in alphabetical order by their last name, to ensure guests can find their tables/names with ease. Also, we recommend using a list/frame type style vs. place cards. At barn venues, the barn doors are usually wide open to let the natural breeze in and this provides the perfect opportunity for fly-away place cards. When deciding on what will be used for your actual table numbers, consider something large enough to be seen from a distance, and something that is stable against the elements as well [have these placed on the table facing the door that guests will be entering from].

We’ve seen some extremely remarkable weddings at stunning barn venues across MN/WI, and have had the chance to work with some pretty amazing couples! We feel so grateful every day to be doing something that we love and feel so passionate about. We hope that our barn wedding tips have helped you consider how great it is to have a wedding at a barn venue, and that you also consider Rustic Elegance to help coordinate your special day! Day of Coordinator, Tips + Tricks, Planning a Barn Wedding_0409.jpgPhoto by: Asher Marie Photography

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