Wedding Planner, Bloom Lake Barn

This past fall, we had the pleasure of being a part of Bloom Lake Barn’s open house. This 10,000 square foot barn, located in Scafer MN is definitely a venue to check out if you are considering a laid back, fun wedding/reception! Adam and Monique-the owners are wonderful and it was so fun hearing about their passion/journey in converting their barn into a wedding/event venue. The barn consists of two levels, the lower level being perfect for cocktail hour, including a bar and pool tables. The the loft makes a wonderful dining space that can host up to 300 guests! We love the how bright it is up here and how the sun shines through the vaulted wall boards! Chandeliers and light strings have been carefully placed throughout the barn. We also love the rustic bar and the handmade wood tables (which are included in the rental). As far as the ceremony, they offer a few different options, one that even includes a lake view- love it!!

A few of our other favorite vendors were also at the open house including: Kelly Birch Photography (who also took these great pics.. thanks Kelly!!), Andrea with Crimson and Clover Flower Design, (who create the amazing floral’s that are pictured), The Old Log Cabin and also Nothing Bundt Cakes (my fav). We so appreciated being a part of the open house and hope to be out here this summer helping with Wedding Planning and Rustic Decor 🙂

Venue: Bloom Lake Barn
Photography: Kelly Birch Photography
Floral design: Crimson and Clover Flower Design
Catering: The Old Log Cabin
Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Planning and Decor Rental: Rustic Elegance

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Wedding Planner, Katie & Daniel, BWB Ranch

We so enjoyed helping Katie and Daniel tie the knot at the BWB Ranch in Laporte MN! We love the BWB Ranch – As you enter the long winding driveway, you feel like you are entering another country. The setting couldn’t be any more beautiful and Julie, the owner, is amazing! Laporte was somewhat of a mini destination for guests, (and us), but it was great fun and everyone was together all weekend! Most of the guests stayed at Chase on the Lake Resort in Walker MN and the wedding party stayed at Kee-Nee-Moo-Sha, a family resort in Hackensack, MN.

The wedding day started off with Katie and bridesmaids getting their hair and make-up done by SM Makeup Inc. (who are amazing btw)-meanwhile we arrived at the barn to start setting up. We loved the decor Katie chose-simple, elegant and rustic! A color pallet which consisted of sage, gold and navy was chosen to reflect the colors in nature-trees, sun and the lake. Gold wine bottles with wild flowers, birch candle holders, along with terrariums-which made by Katie’s Aunt, were placed on the guest tables.

After Katie and Daniel were ready and looking their best, Tim Larsen Photography captured their first look! Tim is an amazing photographer with a great sense of style and eye to catch “the shot”. We loved working with him throughout the day!

The couple decided on an Interfaith ceremony which included Jewish traditions. We lined up the wedding party, including the 6 flower girls, complete with their flower crowns. The couple chose on a trio of musicians for the ceremony, which add a nice romantic touch. Katie was escorted under the chuppah by both of her parents. The ceremony consisted of signing the ketubah, sharing wine and came to a close with the traditional glass breaking.

After the ceremony the guests headed up to the barn and enjoyed the couples chosen signature drinks: blackberry mojitos, old-fashioned’s and sangrias. Appetizers were passed while guests took in the scenery and played yard games. Katie and Daniel enjoyed a little alone time while eating their first meal together as a married couple. Cafe Racer served a delicious plated dinner (on Rustic Elegance’s vintage plates). After dinner and eating yummy cake by Butter Cream Bakery, the guests enjoyed dancing by Ntertainment and smores. The couple also took part in the Hora-the traditional chair dance-so fun and festive!

Congrats to you Katie and Daniel! We so enjoyed working with you and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness! We appreciate you including Rustic Elegance in your day to help with planning an decor! Also a special thanks to Tim Larsen Photography for sharing these amazing photos with us!!

Months after the wedding we were happy to find out that Katie and Daniel’s day was chosen to be published in the Spring/Summer issue of Central Minnesota Bridal Magazine! Check out page 31 for 5 pages of wedding fun from their day!


Thanks to these vendors for being amazing!
Venue: BWB Ranch
Photographer: Tim Larsen Photography
Rentals: Charlie’s Up North
Florist: Northern Lakes Floral
Hair & Make-up: SM Makeup Inc.
Caterer: Cafe Racer
Desserts: Butter Cream Bakery
DJ: Ntertainment
Transportation: Bemidji Bus Lines
Rustic Decor: Rustic Elegance
Wedding Planner: Rustic Elegance

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Wedding Planning, Historic John P. Furber Farm, Barn Wedding Venue

Are you looking for a rustic barn venue that can hold a lot of guests? The Historic John P. Furber Farm is just the place for you! This historic arched roof dairy barn, located in Cottage Grove, boasts over 8,000 square feet, which is large enough to host up to 500 guests. The Furber Farm was built in 1850 (by John P. Furber), and has been completely remodeled to create a fabulous wedding and event space. We at Rustic Elegance LOV this barn!! The barn consists of the main floor, loft, deck, built-in/flushable bathrooms, 2 built in bars, chandeliers everywhere, a man cave… and ladies you are going to love the bridal suite! The barn also comes with 60 round handmade farm tables (seats 8) , chiavari chairs, a 20 foot grand wood head table and ceremony benches. The owners, Angie and Wayne are wonderful and really left no details out when renovating this barn. We can’t say enough good things about the Historic John P. Furber Farm and we are excited to be helping with wedding planning out there this summer! Thank you so much to Kelly Birch Photography for taking these great photos!!

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Wedding Planning, Rolling Ridge Wedding and Event Center

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Rustic Elegance had the pleasure of meeting Randy and Nancy of Rolling Ridge Wedding and Event Center this past summer. We got to spend some time at the barn and absolutely fell in love! From the moment we drove onto the property we could tell that no detail was forgotten. From the landscaping to the bridal suite-this place is amazing!

The large 1800’s timber-framed barn has been completely restored and renovated (which now includes a sound system, heating, AC and every so carefully placed chandeliers). The property also includes a Roosters Roost for the groomsmen, a built in bar/lounge (including bathrooms), and did we mention the perfectly set up bridal suite..?

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Located just north of St. Cloud, the historic barn can host up to 300 guests. You will be happy to know that the rental fee also includes the tables and chairs. Rolling Ridge has partnered with a great catering company called Custom Catering, who can offer both food and beverage services. Rolling Ridge has a few ceremony options, including the rolling hills among the large oaks, the barn and also a unique space along side the original rock barn wall (our fav).

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If you are looking for a unique barn venue that has all the bells and whistles, we highly recommend you check out Rolling Ridge Wedding and Event Center. We are excited to be out here a couple times this summer to help with wedding planning.

Thank you to 99 Perspectives for these great photos!

Wedding Planning, Settlement Hill Farm, Kristan and Jon

Rustic Elegance was invited to partake in an open house to promote our services and this is where Kellie & I meet Jon. Jon also had a booth representing his company Devine Liquors. We were cruising around the venue chatting and getting to know other vendors when we find Jon’s company on the patio. Of course we were going to stop it was a beer trailer. That’s what caught our eye but Jon is the one who made us stay. We found out he was recently engaged and he melted our hearts with his proposal story. Let me tell you I wanted really wanted to assist with this rustic wedding! You could literally see the love pouring out of his eyes and I hoped that I would get to meet this wonderful woman he would soon call his wife. Shortly after the open house we met for coffee and I seriously couldn’t stop smiling-they are the most lighthearted couple who seem to know this secret to a happy relationship. The way they looked at each other and the banter back and forth. It just makes you feel good inside. I am happy to tell you they booked and I could not wait to start planning with Kristan.

They decided on was Settlement Hill Farm and the date was set for September 12th. The morning began as the bridal party arrived for hair & makeup approximately 9am. Evonne, the owner of the barn turned the lower level of her house into a bridal suite complete with a kitchen. Meanwhile at the barn, I began placing the linens on the tables that Busters rentals had delivered the night before.



Kristan & Jon decided to go with their local farmers market for their florals. The flowers arrived shortly after I did, and they were so beautiful. Buckets & buckets of the brightest loose leaf flowers I had ever seen. The rustic barn smelt like a spring meadow. Normally the florist would piece together the centerpieces and bouquets but instead we had a wonderful team consisting of a few family members and myself. The family finished up the centerpieces while I was fortunate enough to have some spare time to tap into my inner florist and created the bride’s bouquet while my assistant Lanae helped create 3 for Kristan’s bridesmaids. There ended up being about 4 or 5 buckets of leftover flowers and I recalled back on my meetings with Kristan, how she envisioned flowers being the main statement when guest arrived for dinner. Wanting the day to be exactly that, Rustic Elegance hustled around and cut just the blooms off of the stems and placed them like garland all along the back of the bar as well as the ledges outlining the entire cocktail hour and seating charts.

Kristan was all polished up and ready for their first look. Ester Knowlen Photography was standing by to capture this moment-one of many she would catch during the day. Ester had a wonderful light about her, very easy to work with. You can also see photos of the couple on her website. I recommend looking into her-she brought out Kristan & Jon’s personality perfectly. And captured many delightful photos of their daughter Miabella.

The vendors began to arrive and I was there to greet them. The first was a friend of theirs who was helping cater Main Street Bar and Grill. I lead her to the kitchen and explained what and where everything was located for her to accomplish her job. The second was Mama Marias & Bo’s Jo’s Creations with cupcakes & the bride and groom cake. Anne the mother of the bride also made 15 delicious pies that Rustic Elegance would serve after dinner.

The Ceremony was held in the midst of apple trees that were planted in the front of the landscape, with the barn as a magnificent backdrop. The crisp white chairs were placed carefully underneath the ripe branches. The bright red apples complimented these chairs quite well on this perfect fall day. As my team and I finish up the last minute touches the guests begin to arrive. With everything in place the wedding party and I wait in the barn for the music to que. Such a beautiful and happy ceremony. Family and friends then join the couple for short cocktail hour where they provided their beer trailer right outside the barn. Jon and Kristan look so happy to be surrounded by the ones they love.

After dinner the couple invited their guest to join them upstairs for their first dance as Mr. & Mrs. Dan with Adagio can read the vibe of the couple and their guest very well. He picked the songs without missing beat and kept them dance all night! I would have to say once of my favorite memories from this wedding was capturing Jon & Kristan Whip……and yes, Nay Nay flawlessly while friends danced in a circle around them. I wish you the best in love & life. It was a pleasure working with both of you! Jon your sense of humor will be missed.

-Lynse Mae / Rustic Elegance, Lead Coordinator

Venue: Settlement Hill Farm
DeVine Liquors: Devine Liquors
Photographer: Ester Knowlen
Caterer: Main Street Bar and Grill
Dj: Dan with Adagio
Rentals: Busters
Dessert: Mama Marias & Bo’s Jo’s Creations