Katelin + Jeremy | Almquist Farm

Katelin + Jeremy were seriously the sweetest couple to work with! Lead coordinator Kayla loved getting together with Katelin to plan and also enjoyed their in depth phone convos with the bride! The couple decided on getting married at Almquist Farm, on a beautiful Sunday in the fall. The farm has a stunning ceremony site, bridal/grooms rooms for both the guys and for the girls, a large lawn perfect for cocktail hour or an outdoor dinner, and a large reception barn with capacity for 340 guests. We love working at Almquist + the owners Paul & Kari are A M A Z I N G!

The ladies spent the morning getting ready in the adorable onsite bridal suite with getting their hair and makeup done. While the girls got ready, Rustic Elegance unpacked and placed decor all over the property! The day was beautiful, and perfect for the outdoor ceremony. The couple rented two of the barrels from Rustic Elegance which were placed at the entrance of the ceremony site, one with pretty flowers and the other housed their guestbook. Kevin Wood Photography snapped photos of the first look, bridal party, and family before the ceremony [and got some adorable shots]!

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Finally, it was time for these two to tie the knot! Katelin walked elegantly down the long green-filled pathway to meet Jeremy at the front of the aisle. Almquist has three beautiful decor options for the ceremony: a gorgeous birchwood circular arch, a wooden trellis, or a cross to go behind the couple. After the ceremony was finished and these two sealed the deal with a kiss, guests followed by greeting them in a receiving line, and went to the cocktail hour hosted on the large lawn outside of the barn. This Little Piggy catered in a few buffet style appetizers, while the Almquist team manned the bar. Guests then headed into the reception barn where This Little Piggy had set up a delicious buffet style meal.

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After dinner, Midwest Sound turned up the volume and got the party started! The couple enjoyed their special first dance, and then the rest of the guest joined them on the dance floor. For dessert, This Little Piggy brought an assortment of sweet treats out that guests loved.

Katelin + Jeremy – we hope that married life is nothing but the best and that you are enjoying every minute of it! We loved being your day of coordinator and can’t wait to watch your love grow. Shout out to Kevin Wood Photography for sharing these photos with us!

VENDORS:
Venue: Almquist Farm
Catering: This Little Piggy
Bartending: Almquist Farm
DJ: Midwest Sound
Photographer: Kevin Wood Photography
Florist: Custom Floral Design
Photobooth: NexGen Photobooth
Makeup: Urban Village Salon Spa
Dress: Posh Couture
Decor Rental + Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Barbara + Jesse | Barn at Dunvilla

Another T H R O W B A C K wedding for you all – we just can’t get enough! Barbara and Jesse had the sweetest church wedding followed by a barn reception. The Rustic Elegance team of Kellie and Kelly worked this wedding together and spent the night in Detroit Lakes [they L O V E getting away for little road trips which include quality time paired with A M A Z I N G weddings!].

The day started out with the ladies + men preparing separately before the first look. The bride and groom laid eyes on each other for the first time at the Barn at Dunvilla [also the reception location] and it was S T U N N I N G! Full of nature and greenery – we couldn’t get enough of this sweet couple! After the pre-wedding pictures with Abby Anderson Photography, the wedding party headed over to Rollag Lutheran Church for the ceremony [the cutest church E V E R!]. The groom’s niece and nephew played their parts as flower girl and ring bearer [+ were O H so adorable]. Then, the bride was escorted down the aisle by her mom and dad, where she met her groom. After they said their “I do’s”, everyone dispersed to the barn for cocktail hour, featuring an appetizer buffet including, wings, cheese + crackers, and salmon [Y U M]! Cocktail hour also featured the guest favors – can koozies with the couples name on it – pink for girls and camo for the gents!

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When it was time for the wedding party to do their grand entrance, the song “Jesse’s Girl” [how fitting!] played as the bridal party joined the rest of the guests for dinner. Dinner included a plated salad, accompanied by a buffet dinner from Quality Catering. There was even a special buffet for the K I D S including mac and cheese and chicken fingers. For dessert, Kellie + Kelly cut the cake and served it to the guests + had a B L A S T doing it! Then, it was time for D A N C I N G! Royalty Entertainment got the party started and guests were dancing the night away. For the late night snack, Zorbaz brought in a pile of pizzas – guests were loving it!

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Barbara + Jesse, we L O V E D reminiscing on this sweet day as your Day of Coordinators. The love you to exemplify is why we keep doing what we do! We hope married life is the D R E A M + all is well with you two lovebirds!

Also, Special thanks to Abby Anderson Photography for sharing these o so S W E E T photos with us!

Vendors:
Church: Rollag Lutheran Church
Reception: Barn at Dunvilla
Florist: Hombaches
Music – Ceremony: Amanda Backstrom
Officiant: Jim Greene
Catering: Quality Catering
Late Night Catering: Zorbaz
Photography: Abby Anderson Photography
Bartending: Rothsay Powerhouse
DJ: Royalty Entertainment
Transportation: Anderson Bus
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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Megan + Kolten | Legacy Hill Farm

This week, we wanted to F L A S H B A C K to 2016 when Megan + Kolten were married. Rustic Elegance planners Lynse + Kellie had an absolute blast planning this wedding with the couple.

Having their special day at Legacy Hill Farm, the Rustic Elegance duo set up the space with rental items from Rustic Elegance including the buffet hutch, barrels, suitcase for cards, table runners, mason jars, cake stands, and Y E S, the white sofa. Florals for the wedding party were provided by Studio B Floral while Megan’s aunt provided floral arrangements for the guest tables. As Rustic Elegance set up, the ladies spent their morning getting prepped and ready for the big day [in their adorable matching robes]! The guys got ready on the other side of the farm, prepping in their own ways. Prior to the ceremony, Lynse and Kellie ran a quick “day of” rehearsal with the wedding party to prepare for the day. With their morning full of pictures and fun with Eileen K Photography, it was finally time for the M A I N event!

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Megan walked down the aisle to “You Are Mine” by Spensor Canes with her E L E G A N T dress flowing behind her. Post-ceremony, guests enjoyed A M A Z I N G food from This Little Piggy, followed by Nothing Bundt Cakes for dessert [which is one of Kellie’s personal F A V O R I T E S]. The couple also participated in a fun alternative to the typical “Dollar Dance” – they did a “Cake in the Face”! They asked guests to place money in either Megan or Kolten’s jars, and whoever had the most money in their jar got the cake in their face by the other. Kolten ended up being defeated by his S T U N N I N G bride of course! After dinner time, the dance had B E G U N! The couple danced their first dance to “The Thing About Us” by Steve Moakler – and it was so C U T E. The rest of the night, guests packed on to the dance floor, enjoyed a bonfire, and even some fresh popcorn for their late night snack [gladly maintained by the Rustic Elegance team – F R E E smells for us!].

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As the night came to a close, the gracious couple let us take their flowers home at the end of the night, and we in turn donated them the following day. All in all, Megan + Kolten were an absolute D R E A M to work with, and we loved every minute of their special day.

Vendors

Venue: Legacy Hill Farm

Catering: This Little Piggy

DJ: Generation Now Entertainment

Rentals: Rustic Elegance

Florist: Studio B Floral

Photographer: Eileen K Photography

Hair/Makeup: SM Makeup Inc.

Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Planner: Rustic Elegance

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Kelsey + Isaac | Creekside Farm

In the end of October 2017, Kelsey + Isaac had an A M A Z I N G wedding at Creekside Farm. Planned by Rustic Elegance team members Angie + Kellie, this wedding was definitely one for the books! Tammy, the owner at Creekside Farm, was so extremely H E L P F U L on this day, and absolutely wonderful to work with! The couple spent their morning getting ready in the respective bridal/groom suites. They then met for outdoor F I R S T L O O K photos in their unplanned winter wonderland! Kellie helped keep the bride’s dress out of the snow by standing in the back of some of the photos and holding up the bottom of her dress so it didn’t get ruined! Although the snow was unplanned, it made for G O R G E O U S photos, and Kellie noted how fun it was taking them in the snow. Photographers from Midwest LifeShots Photography, Scott + Jen, were so easy to work with and Kellie said her cheeks were sore the next day from giggling so much through the shoot!

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The couple was planning for an outdoor ceremony, but to their surprise, they were blessed with S N O W [turning their fall wedding into a W I N T E R wonderland!]. Implementing the back-up plan, the Rustic Elegance team swapped their outdoor ceremony into an an intimate indoor ceremony inside of the barn. During their elegant ceremony, guests were able to enjoy the warmth from the in-floor heating that the barn had [a R A R E find]. The wedding party entered from the side of the barn, and the flower girl was also escorted down the aisle in a wagon [absolutely A D O R A B L E]. Kelsey made her grand entrance through the large barn doors at the back of the barn with her dad + guests were tearing up at the beautiful moment [and Kellie may have shed a tear or two, too!]. Kelsey + Isaac also had a unique unity tree planting during their ceremony, which was S U P E R special [we loved this idea!].

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After the ceremony, we flipped the barn into a very special reception venue with the help of Tammy and the Creekside Farm staff. Distinctive Catering & Events did a fantastic job prepping the buffet food for the night, and even cooked up the late night snack of wood fire pizzas [so D E L I C I O U S]. For dessert, guests enjoyed Dippin Dots and Nothing Bundt Cakes [Y U M]. After dinner, guests enjoyed a slideshow of the couple on a screen provided by Creekside [what a F U N way to look back on memories of the couple!]. As the night progressed and the dancing started, DJ Dan from Adagio DJ Entertainment had the guests dancing the night away, and as always, is so F U N to work with! Rustic Elegance cleaned up the reception area and packed the trailer back up with decor at the end of the night. We took home the flower arrangements, per the couples request, and donated them the following morning to Golden Living Center in Wayzata, which created lots of S M I L E S!

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Kelsey + Isaac, we had an absolute B L A S T working on your wedding with you two. Rustic Elegance is so blessed to work with couples as S W E E T as you two, and we wish you the best with married life! Special shout out to Midwest LifeShots Photography for sharing these extra S P E C I A L photos with us for the blog.

Vendors:
Venue: Creekside Weddings & Events
Catering/Bar: Distinctive Catering
DJ: Adagio DJ Entertainment (Dan)
Florist: Sweet Peas Floral Boutique
Officiant: Minnesota Officiants
Photography: Midwest LifeShots Photography
Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Hair: Tina Huppert
Makeup: Sarah Halberg Makeup Artistry
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Jodie + Nikki | Bloom Lake Barn

This past fall we had the absolute H O N O R of being a part of Jodie + Nikki’s special day! This couple was A M A Z I N G to work with throughout the planning process, and Rustic Elegance lead planner Lynse loved working with them. Although Nikki was blessed with a last minute broken foot, this couple S T I L L found a way to make their day P E R F E C T [with the help of a wheeler and a golf cart!].

These two lovebirds spent their special day at Bloom Lake Barn. They prepped for the day with their all lady wedding party [who were such a B L A S T!]. Jodie’s side of the party was dressed to the N I N E S in woman’s tuxes – and looked F A N T A S T I C. Nikki also fashioned a unique vintage wedding dress that was S T U N N I N G. Their ceremony was absolutely adorable and so romantic! The setup looked G O R G E O U S – and the overcast parted just in time for them to be able to walk down the aisle [it was the perfect day – we couldn’t have asked for more!].They both hand wrote their vows – and ended up starting them I D E N T I C A L to one another [that’s when you know you’ve found your true soulmate].

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Throughout the day, we L O V E D all of the personal touches that were specific to the couple. They opted to have a shot ski used as a guest book [how F U N is that?!]. They also had a wedding cake topper that was P E R F E C T for the couple [& pretty self explanatory!]. Their videography was done by Paul Jennings Film, who did a great job covering the day from beginning to end. The night ended with dessert by Sara’s Tipsy Pies. With a Twist Bartending was fantastic to work with [as always!] and kept the drinks flowing all the way to the dance! Bellagalla did a G R E A T job getting all of the guests on the dance floor and kept the love spreading through the music into the night!

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Lynse noted that this was one of the most high E N E R G Y weddings that she had the pleasure of coordinating, and that she had the B E S T time getting to know Jodie + Nikki! These two souls are sure to live a H A P P I L Y – E V E R – A F T E R!

Special thanks to Joe Lemke Photography for sharing these G R E A T photos from the day – they tell the story perfectly. Also, shout out to Paul Jennings Film for sharing their video with us – what a F U N keepsake!

P.S. This was Lynse’s last wedding with Rustic Elegance as she moved on to a new business venture – owning a resort up north – so fun! We are so thankful for the heart and soul that Lynse put into her time coordinating with Rustic Elegance, and she will be greatly missed. We hope the best for her in her new adventure in life!

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Vendors
Venue: Bloom Lake Barn
Photography: Joe Lemke Photography
Videography: Paul Jennings Film
Dessert: Sara’s Tipsy Pies
Bartender: With a Twist
DJ: Bellagalla
Coordination: Rustic Elegance
Catering: Friend of the couple
Floral: Family friend