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What’s your dream wedding?

Start your history together in the heart of Minnesota’s lake country. Breezy Point Resort provides the perfect setting for friends and family to gather and celebrate and offers ceremony and reception venues for groups from 20 to 450 guests. Choose from a wide variety of lodging and dining options, as well as a long list of recreational and entertainment options, including the Serenity Spa. 8 00. 4 32. 3 777

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Pine Peaks is a unique Destination Wedding Resort of magnificent surroundings in the middle of the Brainerd Lakes area. We provide an easy and relaxing experience for you, and offer exceptional service for a stress free, perfect three to four day experience. Our on-site Retreat Lodge will house your entire Wedding Party or families. Our Event Center has everything you will need for your wedding. One visit to our gorgeous facility and we know you’ll fall in love.

PINE PEAKS EVENT CENTER

39957 Swanburg Road South | Crosslake, MN 56442 612 986-6800 | www.PinePeaksEventCenter.com

We have partnered with Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites, a boutique Hotel just six miles away in beautiful downtown Crosslake for your out of town wedding guests.

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FEATURES SURPRISE ENGAGEMENTS

Many engagements are a surprise, but these fellas managed to get professional photos of the occasion. PAGE 7

A LAKES PROUD WEDDING

What started out as a nod to her hometown quickly grew into a complete Lakes Proud wedding. Michael and Deb Cranny host their daughter, Katelin’s wedding to Zach Hohertz at their Merrifield home. PAGE 18

ON THE COVER

White chapel at Grand View Lodge Photo by JP Paulus Photography www.jppaulusphotography.com

REAL COUPLES NORTHERN AMBIANCE Get inspired by photo spreads of couples who wed in the Brainerd lakes area. Easy Elegance PAGE 10 Boating Bliss PAGE 12

23521 Nokomis Ave Nisswa, MN 56468 1-866-801-2951 GrandViewLodge.com

Weddings North Weddings North is an annual publication published by the Brainerd Dispatch. PUBLISHER PETE MOHS ADVERTISING DIRECTOR SUSIE ALTERS CONTENT COORDINATOR SARAH HERRON ART DIRECTOR LISA HENRY COPY EDITOR DELYNN HOWARD ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES (218) 855-5895 (800) 432-3703 QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND STORY SUGGESTIONS: (218) 855-5895 Advertising@BrainerdDispatch.com ATTN: WeddingsNorth Brainerd Dispatch P.O. Box 974 Brainerd, MN 56401

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Rustic Spice PAGE 14 Lakeside Luxe PAGE 16 Dreamy Bay PAGE 24 Gorgeous Pines PAGE 26 Hidden Forest PAGE 32 Spring Sparkle PAGE 34 Country Delight PAGE 38 Romantic Hills PAGE 40

Katelin and Zach Hohertz. Photo by Jael Thorpe

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE WEDDING STYLE

From attire, to the ceremony and transportation, we compared some of the traditional and unique things couples are doing. PAGE 28

BUDGET CHECKLIST

Stay on track with a budget checklist. Tear out the page and keep it as you visit vendors. PAGE 43

2019 VENUE GUIDE

A graph to help you find the venue you’re looking for. Capacity, amenities and more. PAGE 45

SPONSORED CONTENT Arrowwood Lodge • 41

Kelli Engstrom Photography • 27

Breezy Point Resort • 11

Main Street Ale House • 35

Cragun’s • 13

Nisswa Community Event Center • 42

A Dream Come True A Little Bit of Everything Cragun’s on Majestic Gull Lake Crow Wing County Fair • 31

A Fair Venue for an Extraordinary Wedding Cub Foods • 23

Finding Your Photographer One-of-a-kind Celebration

Nisswa Community Center— Convenient Location on a Small Budget Northland Arboretum • 25

Nature-Inspired

Cub Foods — Pull Off a Stunning, Yet Afordable Backyard Wedding Barbecue

Party Time Rental • 17

Grand View Lodge • 9

Weekend Wedding Celebration at Pine Peaks Wedding and Event Center

Weddings at Grand View E.L. Menk • 6

The Symbol of Love

Party Time Rental Pine Peaks • 5

Pine Peaks • 46

Winter Wedding Celebration at Pine Peaks Wedding and Event Center Pequot Lakes SuperValu

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Host a Budget-friendly Wedding Reception at Home Reed’s Market • 37

2019 Cake Trends Timberlake Hotel • 36

Your All-inclusive Wedding Awaits The Woods • 39

The Woods — A Beautiful, Affordable Up-North Wedding Venue Whitefish Lodge and Suites • 15

Impeccable Taste


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WEEKEND WEDDING CELEBRATION AT PINE PEAKS WEDDING AND EVENT CENTER

BY SHEILA HELMBERGER What if you could spend your entire wedding weekend celebrating with your friends and family at a beautiful, private, 80-acre gated estate? With Pine Peaks Wedding and Event Center near Crosslake, owner Dave Peterson and his wife, Julie, have created a wedding resort that offers a true destination wedding. Secluded, away from everything, they make it possible to wake up the morning of your vows and have a cup of coffee and relax instead of running around from place to place picking up items you’ve rented. The Petersons supply almost anything a wedding couple might need. “We furnish the tables, chairs, linens, chair covers, and skirting in multiple colors. Chair sashes and table runners in 24 colors plus an entire storage room filled with decorations. “Most people don’t have to haul much at all,” he says. Set up is done by the wedding party and take down is done by staff at Pine Peaks. The Property Peterson gives each couple an extensive tour of the property when they meet – and there’s a lot to see. The property, owned by four generations of Petersons, offers a view from every deck and porch of serene beauty. It’s a photographer’s dream of rolling hills, corn fields and flowers. Two sites for the ceremony include your choice of arbors and each is surrounded by wildflower and perennial gardens. There’s a bubbling rock, and a pond with Koi fish in the spring through warm fall months.

The seasons in lake country can change quickly, sometimes overnight. Raising or lowering tent walls and utilizing heaters or fans, you can create your idea temperature and make the atmosphere as cozy or as open as you’d like. The Big Day Pine Peaks Wedding and Event Center partners with Maucieri’s Restaurant in Crosslake for catering services. The wedding couple and staff will work together to create the reception menu. “We allow customers to bring their own desserts and snacks for their reception,” says Peterson. Parking spaces are available for many motorhomes with power, sewer and water hookups. Delivery, setup and removal for RV rentals can be arranged. The Retreat House “Just about every couple uses our retreat house,” says Peterson. Across a pathway from the event center is a 5,000-square foot home with five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a loft with four more beds. “Typically, the wedding party and a few friends will stay here and have a nice time together for several days.” The master suite includes a Jacuzzi and a see-through fireplace. Also on site? A two-chair hair and makeup salon, a pool table, and laundry facilities. The home features a gourmet kitchen, screened porch, pool table, games, an outdoor sauna and a propane fire pit.

The Petersons know your wedding is more than just one really big day. It’s a weekend affair and the house is available to rent to couples from Thursday until Monday. A block of up to 28 rooms is available from Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites in Crosslake with shuttle service available to and from the reception. Extras After rehearsal, just move your wedding party into a space in the pavilion and have your groom’s dinner right there. Wood-fire pizzas can be made, or you can DIY grill burgers or steaks for the wedding party, offering a nice laidback evening before the big day. There’s no doubt Pine Peaks offers a few extras that other places can’t. Peterson has two tractors that can be used for some fun photos and then to take a celebratory hayride. “We’ve had over 275 weddings and no two have been the same,” he says. Nearly 50 weddings are already booked for 2019. We are now booking into 2020 and 2021. Wedding cancellation insurance is provided and paid for by Pine Peaks. Call 612 986-6800 for more information and to set up a tour. Pine Peaks Wedding and Event Center, with a capacity of around 300, has been the recipient of awards from The Knot and Wedding Wire as well as Best Wedding Venue in 2015 from Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine.

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Many brides-to-be plan traditional weddings, but when it comes to the engagement and wedding rings, they should be as unique and special as the couple wearing them. At Menk Jewelers, we can create the perfect, one-of-a-kind rings that match your dreams and personality. Welcome to E.L. Menk Jewelry where originality, superb quality and excellent service are hallmarks.

Ed began his career as a watchmaker. He was honored with the Harold Donkersgoed Award for achieving the highest score on the Minnesota Licensing exam during his apprenticeship at Morgan’s Jewelry in Winona, MN. Ed and his wife Susan settled in Brainerd where he first was a watchmaker for Bud’s Jewelry before purchasing his own store. Watchmakers Jewelry was renamed E.L. Menk Jewelers due to the changing technology of watchmaking. Whereas watchmaking may have fallen out of fashion, Ed and Susan built a robust jewelry business spanning more than thirty years. The ability to design and create original pieces uniquely suited to the individual is one of the traits that made E.L. Menk a regional leader in jewelry. Here, not only will you find a wide selection of beautiful gemstones and settings, you will also have a virtually unlimited choice of designs. Your wedding rings can be singularly created for you, your taste, and your personality. Young couples are often on tight budgets and the prospect of purchasing a diamond ring may be questionable. But, before you totally throw out the idea, make a visit to E.L. Menk Jewelers. There are so many options available; you are sure to find the one that

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suits your style and your budget. The diamond still stands as a symbol of eternal love. Brilliant, sparkling and durable, as it captures light and reflects it back in a rainbow of colors, the diamond symbolizes the purity and grace of a truly meaningful relationship. Traditionally it also is the symbol of prosperity. Diamonds were once only available to royalty. Not until the diamond fields of South Africa were discovered did they become accessible to others, and even then only the wealthiest of citizens could afford them. Today, not only are diamonds found around the globe, they can also be created in the lab. This is great news for those who are concerned about the ethics of mined diamonds. Diamonds obtained from the earth vary greatly in their purity. In fact, only two percent of mined diamonds have exceptional purity. Those created in the lab have, at the very least, the purity of that two percent. The environment in which these diamonds are created is controlled. High temperature along with high pressure is one method used to create these pristine stones. The diamonds produced often have a yellow tint. Another method uses Chemical Vapor

...The diamond still stands as a symbol of eternal love. Brilliant, sparkling and durable...”

Deposition. These gems are whiter and sometimes have a pink tint. Both methods yield stones that are structurally and chemically identical to those which are mined from the ground. Technology can produce a perfect diamond in about three months. However, mined diamonds also have their unique qualities making them sought after. The diamond mines around the world produce a wide range of colors. Each area seems to yield a dominate tint. South African Cape diamonds and Canary diamonds have warm yellow tones which vary from slight to prominent. Down under, Australian diamonds have the coveted brown tint. These diamonds have been given nicknames like Chocolate, Cognac, and Champagne to describe their coloring. Icy white diamonds are mined from the fields in Canada’s Northwest Territories. These diamonds are also laser inscribed with identification that discloses the mine where the stone originated. Documents also identify the cutter. The wedding ring of your dreams is waiting for you. Visit E.L Menk Jewelers to browse our wide selection of gemstones. Let us help you discover the ring that is uniquely yours.


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BY KELLI ENGSTROM

Cami Kopetka had no idea Garrett Gregerson was planning a proposal. On a seemingly normal Sunday afternoon, Cami and her parents, Dave and Peg, met photographer Kelli Engstrom on the dock to have some family photos taken— or so she thought. Garret’s parents, Tammy and Tim, drove all the way from Tekamah, Neb., with his sister, Katheryn, from Manhattan, Kan., for the big surprise. Needless to say Cami was stunned and overjoyed!

Photos by Kelli Engstrom Photography

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SURPRISE!

“Maddy’s family has been going up to Nisswa every year since before she was born, so I knew that was a special place for her. I had the ring customized and asked her dad for his blessing the night before we left for the trip. I chose to propose at the Grand View Lodge because the year before Maddy showed me the resort and I was blown away with how beautiful it was. I planned on proposing on Sunday but that didn’t work out. I am so glad our photographer, Kelley, was so flexible. Since the plans changed, I told Maddy that we should go back for a walk. I had

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Kelley wait for us at the bottom of the stairs. We came down the gorgeous staircase, Kelley came up to us and asked to take our picture for a promo for the resort. She took one picture, then I got down on one knee and asked Maddy to spend forever with me. It was the perfect moment and I am so grateful that Kelley could capture it for us. Maddy was blown away and so surprised when I told her how this all came about. We couldn’t be happier with how the photos turned out and we are forever thankful for Kelley.


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GRAND VIEW BY SHEILA HELMBERGER

Where to have your wedding will be one of the first decisions you make for your special day. Whether you’ve always dreamed of an outdoor ceremony lakeside or something more intimate with close friends and family, the wedding planning staff at Grand View can make it happen.

White chapel at Grand View Lodge. Photo by Kelley Jo Imaging. A Grand View wedding can mean arriving on the property before the big day and not leaving until after the honeymoon. From the groom’s dinner to accommodations for you and your guests, the ceremony itself, and the reception, everything can be done within walking distance. “This is a true leisure wedding experience,” says Frank Soukup, Director of Marketing for Cote Family Destinations. A resort wedding can include doing other activities with friends and family. The famous golf courses are complemented with a worldclass spa on the property. The new NorthPark Recreation Center includes an indoor/outdoor pool, yoga studio and workout area. The resort now features a new chapel that seats 80 for a more intimate setting for smaller weddings and vow renewals. “The chapel has really been well received,” says Grand View Wedding Sales Manager and planner Becky Bohnenstingl. “It’s nice to have a smaller space that is perfect for an intimate ceremony.” The chapel features a large refurbished, colorful stained-glass window in the peak of the chapel with a high vaulted ceiling with thick, reclaimed wooden beams throughout that accentuate the rustic and inviting atmosphere. “A lot of people think Grand View is a perfect place for a destination wedding, but Grand View is also the perfect place for local couples

looking for a special reception or wedding venue,” says Soukup. Summer and fall are the most popular time for weddings, but there are some very good reasons to consider an off-season ceremony, too. It means increased availability of reception space at a discounted cost. “It offers couples a chance to splurge on other things,” says Bohnenstingl. An initial meeting or Site Tour at the resort will help determine what a couple is envisioning for their wedding and talk about the budget, says Bohnenstingl. With five venues to choose from at Grand View, they’ll determine which site works the best. Twice a year the resort offers a complimentary Grand View Wedding Fair for their booked clients that showcases preferred vendors and a chance for couples to sample menu options and speak with the chef and members of the culinary staff. Couples can determine how relaxed or formal they’d like the reception by choosing from hors d’oeuvres stations, wine, and beer tastings, to a plated meal. Their Preferred Vendors truly enhance the Wedding Fair experience: The tables are decorated by florists, photographers showcase their unique wedding photo shots onsite, hair and makeup vendors are showcasing the latest and greatest and live musicians/ DJs

are playing in the background. “It’s exciting because you get a feel for what your wedding could be like and the wedding team can finalize the menu. We get them into the planning mode, help them finish everything on their list, and they can see it all first hand,” says Soukup. The resort is booking weddings into 2020 but often hosts more than one event on the same day during certain times of the year, so it is never too early, or too late, to inquire about a date for your wedding. “Obviously,” says Soukup, “If you want your pick of dates, time and space and you have a large guest list—you should pre-plan out a little bit further.” This year, they will finish with their $55million expansion of 41 two- to six-bedroom units, and a 60-room boutique hotel means Grand View will continue to be one of the top locations in the state for both vacationers and wedding couples alike. “The hotel has a trendy up-north vibe,” describes Soukup. “It has a real classy feel, and the top-level rooms have a spectacular look-out balconies.” The hotel aptly-named North, will also feature three meeting rooms and a 100-person event space and might be the perfect fit for that destination wedding you have always dreamed about.

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Easy Elegance Gabe & Ellen Licht

FAVORITE MOMENT: Photographer: Tim Larsen Coordinator: Brandi Hitchler, Breezy Point Venue: Breezy Point Make up/Hair: Bliss Salon Floral: Petals and Beans Officiant: Friend Music/Entertainment: High NRG Entertainment

Real couple rating? Services, vendors and location for a Brainerd lakes area wedding

“Brandi at Breezy Point was awesome!”

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“The photos sessions with just Gabe and I. It was great alone time!”

FIRST DANCE SONG:

“‘Stand By Me’ - John Lennon”

WEDDING DAY TIP:

“I had a survival kit that I used about 50% of between the wedding day and honeymoon (Advil, mints, floss, oil absorber, etc).”

FAVORITE DETAIL:

“Maybe the bubbles while I walked down the aisle? I didn’t like the idea of the dramatic walk down the aisle, with everyone staring at you, so the bubbles were supposed to lighten the feel and give the kids something fun to do. It was an idea that we weren’t really sure would work out, but it turned out great!”


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REEZY POINT A Little Bit of Everything

BY SARAH NELSON-KATZENBERGER

When it comes to making major decisions about your wedding day, Breezy Point Resort offers all the options without any of the headache. “We really are a onestop shop from start to finish,” said director of Marketing and Group Services Bonnie Stroinski. “We help you make the big decisions and you leave all the details up to us.” Breezy Point Resort is located 20 miles north of Brainerd on beautiful Pelican Lake. The resort is home to three world-class golf courses as well as a number of restaurants, endless entertainment, indoor and outdoor wedding venue options and plenty of space for an entire wedding’s worth of guests to stay for the weekend. With so much to do, Breezy Point makes your special day feel more like an extended vacation with your dearest family and friends. “Really the possibilities are endless,” said Breezy Point general manager Dave Gravdahl. Summer lodging options offers something for everyone — suites, hotel rooms, condominiums, and retreat homes with lodging for as many as 32 guests. Plus, weddings hosted at Breezy Point come complete with a complimentary suite reserved for the happy couple for the duration of wedding weekend. “It’s really nice to be able to have the entire wedding’s friends and families all stay in one location,” Gravdahl said. “It takes the excitement of the big day and spreads it over an entire weekend.” Whether you’re looking for an intimate barefoot beach wedding or the matrimonious event of the decade, Breezy Point Resort has something to far exceed your expectations. “We are like the destination wedding location of the north,” said Stroinski. “You can have your beach wedding without breaking the bank.”

Stroinski said the gem of Breezy Point is the point itself where couples have their wedding ceremony surrounded by the crystal-blue water of Pelican Lake on all sides. It makes wedding parties forget they aren’t actually on a tropical island. “Who needs to go to Jamaica, Stroinski said. “It truly is breathtaking.” The rustic Antler’s Pavilion makes a beautiful backdrop for outdoor ceremonies. The resort can accommodate a small event of as few as 20 guests, a full-fledged social affair up to 400 guests. “Whether you’re looking for an indoor formal event or an outdoor lakeside affair, we’ve got you covered,” Stroinski said. After the ceremony, bridal parties have the option to take a relaxing cruise around the lake with their wedding party. They can take a ride on one of Breezy Point’s 15 available pontoon boats or the pride of Breezy Point — the Breezy Belle Paddleboat — is available for a post-ceremony breather before couples and their guests dance the night away. The Breezy Belle is also an excellent option for a unique groom’s dinner setting or even room for an entire wedding up to 100 people. There’s no shortage of things to do at Breezy Point. The resort has two indoor recreation areas, an onsite resort spa, live entertainment, lake access, not to mention plenty of golfing. For guests looking to venture away from the resort, Breezy Point is conveniently located near popular area shopping destinations in

Nisswa and Pequot Lakes. Whether guests are avid golfers or would rather see the sights, the activities at Breezy Point make sure wedding guests are having the time of their life while the wedding party prepares for the main event.

“We are like the destination wedding location of the north,” said Stroinski. “You can have your beach wedding without breaking the bank.” “Guests are never without something exciting to do during their stay,” said Stroinski. “It’s a great getaway from the day-to-day to celebrate and squeeze in a little relaxation while they are here.” While summer is prime-time wedding season at Breezy Point, Stroinski said Breezy Point Resort hosts weddings year round offering a magical getaway in the great northwoods. For more information on hosting your wedding at Breezy Point Resort call 218-562-7171 or visit their website at www.breezypoint.com.

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Boating Bliss Natalie & Adam Molde

Photographer: Tim Larsen Coordinator: MaryBeth Ostrand-Zea, Cragun’s Venue: Cragun’s Caterer: Irma’s Kitchen, Cragun’s Floral: Marci Hoard, Lily Grass Floral Studio Officiant: Deb Krogstad Cake: Dani Sutin, Sweet Life Bakery Music/Entertainment: Dynamite Reflections Entertainment Real couple rating? Services, vendors and location for a Brainerd lakes area wedding

“Tim [Larsen] literally helped save our wedding. He is incredibly knowledgeable, takes fantastic pictures, and truly cares about making your day special. I wish I could give him more stars, but alas I cannot. I would hire Tim for anything you could possibly want photographed. 10/10, five stars, fantastic.” - Adam Molde

DESTINATION WEDDING:

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“We had a lot of family fly in, from NY, FL, CO, and MA. We had our Groom’s dinner at Cragun’s as well. It was a great spot with a patio right by the lake. Our families loved it and the staff was so accommodating. They also started a bonfire for us by the beach.”


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ON MAJESTIC GULL LAKE

BY NICOLE STRACEK

Situated on the majestic Gull Lake, Cragun’s Resort can help make your dream wedding come true. Couples searching for a wedding venue that is both elegant and accommodating while leaving the details to the professionals can ensure their big day centers around making special memories. Cragun’s Resort caters to all sizes of wedding ceremonies. From large weddings to small ceremonies and everything in between, the goal is to cater to the unique needs of couples and their guests. Dedicated Wedding Coordinator Wedding and Event Coordinator Carrie Hofmann assists couples with a wide variety of planning needs. From working with vendors to helping guests feel welcomed, her goal is to ensure the day of is nothing shy of magical. “I love that I have the opportunity

to help couples make their wedding about their wedding. It is important to me that family and friends enjoy their time together while working behind the scenes to make sure every detail is in place,” shared Carrie. Whether it’s working with vendors or helping the bride-to-be with last minute details, Carrie and her staff are available from start to finish. “When someone books their wedding with us, we want couples to know that they can count on us at Cragun’s to take ownership of each and every detail from start to finish,” said Carrie. Wedding Venue Options & Accommodations Offering a variety of ceremony and reception locations, couples can choose from indoor or outdoor locations. From ceremonies on the beach with willow trees swaying in

the breeze to winter weddings with fireworks in the snow and roaring bonfires, Cragun’s Resort can help couples customize their special day. With newly constructed townhomes and cabins, wedding guests can enjoy a mini-retreat while enjoying one of the many activities available on-site. Seasonal activities include everything from golf to ice fishing. Let the dedicated team of professionals at Cragun’s Resort help make your wedding day one-of-a-kind. For more information on Cragun’s Resort wedding venues, call Carrie Hofmann at 218-839-6898 or visit the Cragun’s Resort website at https://www. craguns.com/weddings/.

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Rustic Spice Britt & Logan Marrow

RELAXING MOMENT: Photographer: Tim Larsen Coordinator: Crystal Glaser Venue: Manhattan Beach Lodge Caterer: Manhattan’s at Manhattan Beach Lodge Hair: Haley Dunlap, Lake Luxe Beauty Bar Floral: Melissa Boelter, Celebrations Floral Design Local Bakery: Reed’s Market, Crosslake Parents Bride: Bill and Rochelle Anderson Groom: Todd and Dawn Morrow Real couple rating? Services, vendors and location for a Brainerd lakes area wedding “Yes, I would definitely say we had a five star experience...Crosslake is very nostalgic for me and it was a dream come true having a lakefront/lodge wedding.” - Britt

“Crystal Glaser at Manhattan Beach Lodge was absolutely wonderful! So incredibly helpful and patient.” - Britt

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“There was a 20 minute period or so, between the formal photos and the start of the ceremony, when the entire wedding party gathered in our honeymoon suite to just relax for a bit. Having all of those close friends in one room just laughing and talking was priceless. It was a rejuvenating moment before the ceremony.”

FIRST DANCE SONG:

“‘Somewhere Only We Know’ covered by Lily Allen, originally by Keane.”

BIGGEST SURPRISE:

“A year ago, after Logan proposed, I secretly bought him a nice watch and kept it hidden until the wedding day. I had my Man of Honor deliver it in the morning before our first look as a surprise. Logan had no idea it was coming!”


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IMPECCABLE TASTE One of the most important aspects of a wedding for guests, is the food. It’s one of the most talked about details. BY CRYSTAL GLASER

“The ceremony onsite overlooking trout lake was magical. The food was AMAZING, the chef has great skill in pairing...and presentation. Crystal is wonderful to work with and made anything we asked for happen.” -Mrs. Chelsea Rhea, wedding at Manhattan Beach Lodge

Look no further for your wedding location! Whitefish Lodge & Manhattan Beach Lodge offer year-round endless possibilities – indoor/outdoor locations for ceremonies and socials with indoor receptions. Only one wedding per venue, per weekend so you aren’t just another wedding…. but the only wedding!! CONTACT US TODAY! CRYSTAL GLASER, Director of Sales and Marketing CRYSTAL@CROSSLAKERESERVATIONS.COM (218) 692-2246, EXT 412 WWW.CROSSLAKERESERVATIONS.COM

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Dazzle them with your food selections! Besides your location, the food and beverages for your celebration will probably consume the largest portion of your wedding budget. It’s well worth it when you take into consideration that your wedding dinner starts off the reception and can set the tone for the evening. You’ll want them to remember “great taste” so to speak. When you book your special day at Whitefish Lodge or Manhattan Beach Lodge, our excellent catering company – Whitefish Catering is part of the package. Whitefish Catering has won many awards and continues to receive excellent reviews from wedding clients.

In Beautiful Crosslake, MN

“We had our ceremony and reception at Whitefish Lodge. The best choice in venue we could have made! The venue coordinator, Crystal, was absolutely amazing; she replied to emails/phone calls almost immediately during the entire planning process. The food was incredible!! We had so many guests say they couldn’t remember the last time they had such tasty wedding food.” -Mrs. Karie Schwenzfeier, wedding at Whitefish Lodge

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Lakeside Luxe John & Kayla Kriesel

WHY THE LAKES AREA?

“We were planning a small wedding and wanted an outdoor ceremony. The area has so much beauty and was the perfect backdrop. We loved having our friends and family spend the weekend away with us.”

VENUE SEARCH

“We chose Grand View Lodge because it had the perfect space for our small reception and the Grand Stair Case and Gull Lake were the perfect setting for our ceremony.”

UNIQUE DETAILS

“We rented the outdoor Lower Terrace area of the lodge at Grand View. We set up yard games, there was a fire place, and we had speakers playing our custom playlist. It really fit the laid-back, fun vibe that we had hoped for and our guests seemed to enjoy themselves!”

Photographer: Kelley Jo Imaging Videographer: Josiah Tiegs Planner: Kelly Houlehan, For Better or For Best Weddings Venue: Grand View Lodge Caterer: Grand View Lodge Floral: Petals and Beans Photobooth: For Better or For Best Weddings Officiant: Pastor Stan Nelson Music/Entertainment: Trillium Strings Parents Bride: Kathy (deceased) and Tom Sylvester Groom: Mom, Diane Kriesel; Dad and Step-mom, John and Kathy Kriesel

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“Grand View does an excellent job with all the details and makes your wedding feel like a very special day.”

DESTINATION WEDDING:

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“We had a lot of family fly in, from NY, FL, CO, and MA. We had our Groom’s dinner at Cragun’s as well. It was a great spot with a patio right by the lake. Our families loved it and the staff was so accommodating. They also started a bonfire for us by the beach.”


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PARTY TIME RENTAL BY SHEILA HELMBERGER

rent, Lori says they can help create another unique look. “We have items for the more farm-type look that is so popular, including a rustic table top bar.” “We’ve done events as small as 20 people with a canopy set up next to a lodge. “They used the farm tables and cross-back chairs and it looked really lovely.” A group with as many as 650 people can be accommodated under a large canopy. “We’ll help you figure out the size you will need, a space for the dance floor and everything else that needs to be included.” Party Time Rental can supply any table cloths from linen, lace, chiffon and organza, and coordinate the napkins needed, choosing from a variety of colors. “We don’t necessarily stock every color on-site,” says Lori, “But we can get it.” “We have a nice relationship with clients from the area,” says Lori. Besides weddings, the couple provides the setting for business events, family reunions, graduations and other special occasions.

Party Time Rental takes care of the on-site delivery, installation and take down of most canopies, which means you can worry about more important things. Log onto partytimerentalmn.com to see a full list of what they have to offer for your event.

A family business for your family event. 6 miles north of Brainerd on Hwy. 371

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If a chance of rain is keeping you from taking a chance on the wedding ceremony you’ve always dreamed of, Party Time Rental can make sure it still happens. Host your wedding or reception under an elegant, white, lighted canopy set up on the location of your choice, whether it’s next to a scenic lake, or on a more sentimental property such as the family farm. Grey skies don’t have to dampen your special day. Brad & Lori Kohorst own Party Time Rental. The company offers all kinds of canopies and tents in a variety of sizes and styles. Include a dance floor, some unique lighting or a stage into the layout and it’s a beautiful space to have your family or business celebration. We design each event to meet the client’s dreams. Party Time Rental also offers table and chair rental, linens, silverware, glassware, chafing dishes, centerpieces and a variety of decorative pieces to finish off the look for your ceremony or reception. While they have the traditional folding chairs and tables for

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A LAKES PROUD WEDDING BY SARAH NELSON KATZENBERGER

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When Katelin and Zach Hohertz got engaged in the summer of 2017, they knew exactly where they wanted to celebrate their wedding vows — in Katelin’s parents’ Merrifield backyard. “Our goal was to throw a celebration where everyone had the best time and have everyone we love surrounding us,” Katelin said. “It just made sense.”


When Katelin and Zach approached her parents, Michael and Deb Cranny with the idea, they were pleasantly surprised. Katelin’s older sister, Keli Brooks, was married at the Cranny home in 2006. “Katelin always said she didn’t want to repeat what her older sister did,” Deb laughed. “But then she changed her mind — and of course, we couldn’t say no.”

What started out as a nod to her hometown quickly turned into a truly “Lakes Proud” focused wedding event with local vendors used for nearly every aspect of the wedding. “We even had a (Lakes Proud) sign in our yard,” Deb said. For Michael and Deb, the request led to a year of fun and excitement as they figured out how to host 250 wedding guests right in their backyard. “There were quite a few times we asked ourselves, ‘are we crazy’,” Deb recalled. “But we did it — and people had a great time. That was the most important thing.” Katelin said her ties to the Brainerd lakes area and love for the lake were a big part of the draw to having their wedding on the lake at home. “It was and continues to be the place where we get to spend time with family doing our favorite thing,” she said. Katelin, a mental health provider, met Zach when he was working maintenance at the hospital where Katelin is employed. “I was living in a house with four girls at the time and I convinced him to come over and fix a long list of things we didn’t know how to do,” Katelin said. “We started spending more and more time together after that.” After four years of dating, Zach proposed to Katelin over Fourth of July weekend in 2017 on Katelin’s family pontoon with the whole family present. “It was really perfect,” Katelin said. Katelin and Zach both come from closely knit families and were excited to bring their whole group of loved ones together for their big day. Getting married at home sounds like a dream but Katelin and Deb both agreed — it’s a lot of work. “There are lots of things

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LIST OF LOCAL VENDORS Rental: Party Time Rental Floral/Decor: Petals and Beans Caterer: Chef Mike’s Catering Music: The District Band Drinks: Roundhouse Brewery Hair/Makeup: The West Salon Kids’ Attendants: Kixters Portable Toilets: Fyles Mosquito Removal: TruGreen Landsburg: Greenhouse services for potted herbs and spices Lodging: Grand View Lodge Cozy Bay Resort Lake Edward Resort Shing Wako

DESTINATION WEDDING: “We had a lot of family fly in, from NY, FL, CO, and MA. We had our Groom’s dinner at Cragun’s as well. It was a great spot with a patio right by the lake. Our families loved it and the staff was so accommodating. They also started a bonfire for us by the beach.”

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“We got to show everyone we love the place we love the most,” Katelin said. “Being on the lake, people understood why we love the Brainerd lakes area so much.”

that you have to figure out that I didn’t even think about going into planning,” Katelin said. The tiny details like silverware, flatware, clean-up, hiring a bartender made for a long list of to-dos on top of the normal wedding checklist. “I had amazing help from my mom, sister, my aunt and my mom’s friends that made the day possible,” Katelin said. “The best advice I could give to anyone else would be to have good help!” The couple rented a large tent for the reception and the Crannys asked a neighbor for a field to borrow for parking. The ceremony itself was held right on the shore of

Lake Edward. “We had it right on the water,” Deb explained. “It was perfect.” Being a Brainerd native and a daughter of local small business owners (Michael and Deb own Home Instead in Brainerd), it was important to Katelin to used local vendors for everything possible — even if it meant getting creative. “Katelin’s ideas were wonderful, simple and always focused on her guests having a great day,” Deb said.” I was able to assist with resources from our ‘small town’ Brainerd lakes area.” Being well connected in a small community was truly comforting for Deb as she helped Katelin plan. “To be able

to have people helping us that we already knew because they were business people right here in our community — it just made things go so smoothly,” she said. What started out as a nod to her hometown quickly turned into a truly Lakes Proud-focused wedding event with local vendors used for nearly every aspect of the wedding. “We even had a (Lakes Proud) sign in our yard,” Deb said. Uninterested in traditional wedding catering, Zach and Katelin ordered a massive burger bar from Chef Mike’s catering. Mike grilled burgers beachside and had a

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Zach and Katelin ordered a massive burger bar from Chef Mike’s catering. Mike grilled burgers beachside and had a massive spread of condiments complete with a special “Bride’s” and “Groom’s” burgers and tables covered in French fries.

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massive spread of condiments complete with a special “Bride’s” and “Groom’s” burgers and tables covered in French fries. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Katelin and Zack opted for donuts from the Senior Center in Brainerd displayed on a pegboard for guests to munch on after dinner. The District Band, a group made up of Lakes area educators, provided live music for the evening. “They are the best,” Deb gushed. “I have loved them forever.” Knowing that parking cars for 250 guests was going to be tricky, Katelin had to get creative in coming up with a good plan of action. A former Kixter, Katelin reached out to the group for help. Current Kixters not only

handled the parking valet but also managed the kids’ table. The guest list included 50 children under the age of 12 who all sat at a beached dock-turned-table for the wedding reception. “We had games and goodie bags and art projects to keep the kids busy while their parents enjoyed the day,” Deb said. “And lots of sugar. We gave them a lot of sugar.” With a large part of their guest list traveling from Minnetonka and out of state, the Crannys reached out to local resorts and hotels to secure rooms. “Most people came up a few days before and made a weekend vacation of it,” Deb said. They booked out Cozy Bay Resort for the groom’s family and friends and the groomsmen got dressed at the resort before being

ferried to the ceremony site on one of the resort’s pontoons. “It was really pretty cool,” Deb said. “Just so fitting.” For both Katelin and Zach and their families, the best part of the day was just seeing how much fun their friends and families had celebrating their marriage and enjoying the lakes area in its prime. “We got to show everyone we love the place we love the most,” Katelin said. “Being on the lake, people understood why we love the Brainerd lakes area so much.”

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ordering pork shoulder to make pulled pork. They’ll smoke it themselves or have a friend do it for them. “People like pulled pork because they can make it two to three days ahead of time and heat it up in warmers,” Kunde explains. Kunde recommends planning a 1/3-pound serving of meat per person, or two pulled pork sandwiches per person. If you’re expecting 30 guests, you’ll need about 20 pounds of pork. Kunde recommends ordering your meat at least a week in advance. Cub Foods’ bakery staff not only can make personalized wedding cakes or cupcakes, but they’ll bake fresh hamburger buns for your pulled pork sandwiches that day.

Some couples chose prime rib, beef brisket or even brats and hamburgers. The deli also can create fried or grilled chicken dinners, taco bars and ham and turkey roll-ups for weddings and even for the wedding party as they get ready before the big event. Food can be picked up hot and ready to serve at either store. Flowers for floral arrangements can be ordered from around the world right at the store. No matter your budget or personal style, Cub Foods has something for everyone. “There are no two weddings that are the same,” says Bryan Jelinski, Brainerd Cub store director. “We can offer whatever they are looking for.”

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A formal groom’s dinner at a restaurant used to be a wedding tradition. Today many couples decide to host more intimate gatherings at home or their parents’ backyard. If the idea of hosting a backyard bash seems daunting, Cub Foods in Brainerd and Baxter can help take the guesswork out of your party planning. Your hometown grocery store offers a variety of meats for grilling, side dishes, desserts and even floral arrangements for weddings and wedding-related parties on a budget. You can also pick up read-to-eat meals, party trays and beverages. It’s a one-stop shop for budget-savvy brides and grooms. Dan Kunde, meat manager at Cub Foods in Brainerd, says he’s noticed more couples are

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Photographer: Kelli Engstrom Photography Venue: Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge Caterer/cake: Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge Floral: Northwoods Floral Entertainment: Dennis Bazalirwa Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe Officiant: Pastor Elizabeth Sillerud Parents Bride: Carolyn and Bob Holmsten Mother of Groom: Candy Mpanga

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“There are so many favorite parts but a few would be seeing snowflakes in September, looking at our loved ones seated in the crowd with umbrellas and blankets (now that’s dedication and a whole lot of love).” -Anne & Edgar

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MOST MEMORABLE:

Groom: “Seeing my future wife walk down the aisle with her father. She looked even more beautiful than I imagined.” Bride: “Standing in front of our loved ones saying our vows to one another.”

UNIQUE DETAIL:

“Despite the wintry cold weather, the weather was perfect for wedding pictures, and yes the bride was

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SHARING THEIR LOVE

“One of our favorite parts was getting to share one of our favorite places, Bay Lake, with our close family and friends.”

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of these locations. There are three outdoor areas for wedding services each with their own seasonal appeal. All locations are surrounded by seasonal wildflowers, native plants, lush gardens, a Red Pine forest and 16 miles of hiking trails. The Holden Gazebo near the visitors’ entrance, is perfect for smaller, more personal ceremonies for up to 25 guests. The Garden Gazebo is surrounded by a wall for an intimate and a truly private experience. The Field Gazebo is surrounded by a sea of prairie grasses for those looking for that nature inspired wedding experience connecting to nature and wildlife. Contact Kelly or Vicki, 218-829-8770 to schedule your event, for costs and other services available. A list of catering options for food, liquor, nearby lodging for guests and a list of officiants can be provided. The Northland Arboretum focuses on education, recreation and conservation on their

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MEMORABLE MOMENT:

“Being on the dance floor with our families and closest friends celebrating all night.”

UNEXPECTED:

“Taking a tractor ride with our bridal party or when one of our groomsmen accidently broke the wooden box he was sitting on during pictures - resulting in the best candid picture of the day.”

BIG THANKS:

“We wish we could relive saying ‘I do’ over and over. We thank our families for their unconditional love and support, our friends near and far who came and celebrated with us, and our vendors for being so helpful the months leading up and on our special day. We will treasure and remember this day forever.”

Photographer: Kelli Engstrom Photography Videographer: Jasper Meddock Venue: Pine Peaks Wedding and Event Center Caterer: Maucieri’s Italian Bistro Cake: Reed’s Market Floral: Bloom Designs by Kate Kuepers Decor: Supplies provided by Pine Peaks Wedding and Event Center Entertainment: Complete Music & Events Transportation: Bob’s Shuttle Service Officiant: Scott Schwefel Planner: PJ Overvold Parents Bride: Dolores Laure-Elizondo, George Laure (deceased) and Michael Elizondo Groom: Lori and Dave Millard

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DESTINATION WEDDING:

“We had a lot of family fly in, from NY, FL, CO, and MA. We had our Groom’s dinner at Cragun’s as well. It was a great spot with a patio right by the lake. Our families loved it and the staff was so accommodating. They also started a bonfire for us by the beach.”

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look for poses and backdrops you like. Keep these in mind or save them to discuss with the photographer you choose. Maybe you like candid photos that capture the feeling of the moment. Kelli Engstrom has both the creative eye for gorgeous posed photos and the experience to capture enduring moments as they happen. That’s a big job. This kind of wisdom can only come from a seasoned photographer. Recommendations Their portfolio and website should hint at whether or not the photographer is truly a pro, but you’ll also want to see their recommendations, ratings or comments from other clients. Kelli Engstrom has years of experience at various wedding locations in the area and has numerous recommendations from couples. (See Kelli Engstrom Photography throughout Weddings North magazine).

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Lastly, but very importantly, you’ll want to make sure you can openly communicate with your photographer. Finding someone who is friendly and easy to work with can help alleviate feeling awkward in sharing ideas and posing for photos. Setting up a meeting beforehand to discuss your photo ideas is a great time to gauge how comfortable you feel with them. Kelli’s brides will tell you she has a fun, warm personality and an open-minded approach to ideas and locations. See Kelli Engstrom’s website to see her portfolio and set an appointment. www.kelliengstrom.com

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Wedding photography is not DIY You are getting married. You’re planning a wedding. So many things to think about. So many expenses on your list - the venue, flowers, dress, suits, food, decor. Though some wedding items can be DIY, wedding photography isn’t one of them. Your wedding photography shouldn’t be something you try to tackle on your own. It can be very difficult especially for an amateur to organize a wedding party for photos. The money you may save in hiring a novice or family friend with a great camera or iPhone may cost you an overwhelming amount of disappointment come picture delivery day. Okay, so you know you’ll need a photographer. What do you look for? Checking a photographer’s portfolio is a must. You’ll want to look for variety and style. If you’re not sure what your photo style is,

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Create a truly unique wedding experience on Brainerd’s Crow Wing County Fairgrounds. This remarkable area provides ample space for every aspect of your special day. With the capacity to seat 800 guests, overcrowding is not going to be a factor here. The fairgrounds provide you with a blank canvas on which to paint your picture perfect wedding day. Let your creative juices flow as you imagine the possibilities, because only your imagination will limit what can be done in this space. The Curling Club building is one of several which can provide indoor space for your ceremony, dinner and dancing if you like. Or, you can have the festivities in the spacious outdoors or a combination of the two. Choose the building that suits

your budget and your theme. Whether you anticipate a large crowd to celebrate this special day or a smaller gathering, we can help you create the ideal atmosphere. Kick up your heels for a bona fide country hoedown event, or bring out the tulle and mini-lights for a midsummer’s eve fairytale romance. Make a grand entrance with a horse and buggy ride. Keep kids entertained with hay rides. Crow Wing County Fairgrounds has unlimited possibilities for your wedding. Our preferred vendor list supplies you with all the resources you need to make this an event to remember. Our affordable rates allow you to stay on point with your budget. The Crow Wing County Fairgrounds are only minutes away from

downtown Brainerd. There’s plenty of parking and our camping area has electrical hookups for RVs and campers. With 70 camping spots available and additional areas for tenting, you can make this a non-stop party for friends and family. Kids will love the freedom of playing outdoors, riding their bikes and scooters on our paved paths. As the sun sets and the stars appear in the evening sky music fills the air as you dance the night away. A wedding at the fairgrounds can be an exciting and memorable event for everyone.

Call Gary Doucette of the Crow Wing County Fair Board for more information at 218-839-0270. Reserve your space at the fairgrounds today.

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Home is where the heart is. So it makes sense you’d want to celebrate your wedding day with friends and loved ones at home or your family cabin. A small wedding held in a setting close to your heart captures the intimacy and beauty of your special day. You’ll save money on the venue, plus by incorporating your own style, the reception can be as intimate and personalized as the wedding itself. SuperValu in Pequot Lakes can help take the stress out of food planning. They offer budget-friendly party trays, filled with fruit, cheese or meat, and their popular broasted chicken meals. Choose between side dishes, baked goods and other specialty deli items. All you need to do is pick them up at

the store, served hot and ready to eat. Custom-made wedding cakes can be ordered through Cub Foods in Brainerd and Baxter, SuperValu’s sister stores, along with bridal bouquets and floral arrangements. They’ll be delivered to SuperValu for you, saving you time and money. Corky LeDoux, store manager at SuperValu, says they typically only need a 24-hour advance notice for special food orders. If you have a house full of guests for the weekend, they can whip up party trays for you, along with soda and bottled water and ice to fill your coolers. This can help take the pressure off of feeding your entire wedding crew. If you’re intimidated by pulling off your

own DIY catering, visit with the staff at SuperValu. They’ve helped many budget savvy couples plan their big day. They can help problem solve with you on serving sizes and other aspects of food preparation. Serving food for a large group often requires a few extra steps and equipment for cooking, heating and serving that you’ll need to plan for. But it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Hosting your wedding reception or groom’s dinner at home can make your wedding day an even more beautiful and meaningful celebration, creating memories that last a lifetime. Let SuperValu help make your special day a magical one.

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Spring Sparkle

Katie and Matthew Scott

Photographer: ADOR Photography Coordinator: Crystal Glaser Caterer: Whitefish Catering Venue: Whitefish Lodge & Suites Entertainment: Spectrum Entertainment Photobooth: Spectrum Entertainment Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes Lodging: Whitefish Lodge & Suites Floral: One Precious Pearl Decor: One Precious Pearl

HOW WE MET:

“Online dating works for some... but isn’t for everyone. Trust the girl who’s tried it all. Thank goodness my best friend intervened and set Matt and I up.”

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“One could call me the modern day Katherine Heigl from “27 Dresses” as I have been involved in over 10 weddings. I love how Matt and I instantly connected, and our love

grew and shaped over our first summer together spending time in Crosslake.”

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“What we loved most about our wedding- Friends and family from all over seeing Crosslake and experiencing it through our eyes. It was the perfect mini-getaway spot for our wedding and we are so pleased with our choices of location, venue, and vendors.”

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“When stepping into the Whitefish Lodge we knew instantly we had to have our wedding here. It was perfect for our spring wedding!”

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offers a modern rustic lodge vibe we promise you and your guests will fall in love with. It’s the perfect location for your rehearsal or groom’s dinner—or even an intimate wedding reception. With seating up to 35, you can be sure to give each guest the attention they deserve—as well as a culinary experience they’ll be raving about. Come in to have a look around, so you can see for yourself. When you book your reservation, think about creating a lasting impression by collaborating with Ashley and Chef Fitzpatrick to design a unique menu befitting of your special event. You can also choose your options straight from our already delectable menu—the choice is yours.

If you’ve ever been to the Nisswa area, you already know the splendor of Main Street, which is why we chose it for our location. You and your guests can follow up your celebration by meandering the boardwalk or visiting some of the unique boutique shops—all within walking distance. Best of all—we’re just a hop, skip, and jump away from of all the lakes and resorts. To learn more about what we offer, visit our website at: www.mainstreetnisswa. com or check us out on Facebook. Have questions? For inquiries or to book your private dining room reservation, contact Ashley via email at: ashley@ mainstreetnisswa.com.

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Looking for a unique venue in the Brainerd lakes area to host your pre-wedding celebrations? Or perhaps you’re seeking the perfect setting for your intimate wedding reception… Why not give Main Street Ale House a try? Located in beautiful, historic downtown Nisswa, Main Street Ale House is more than just a great place to wine and dine—we’re an experience. In fact, we may be an ale house, but we do so much more. Our drink menu exceeds that of simply beers (although we have some of the best brews around). Come in to check out our extensive wine and cocktail list—they’re perfect for catering to all of your celebratory tastes. In addition, our new private dining room

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to providing an elegant wedding at an affordable price. We want to make the entire celebration as effortless for you as possible. Which is why we take care of everything— from start to finish. Work hand-in-hand with our wedding coordinator, as we ensure every detail is in place before your big day. Come in for a food tasting while planning a spectacular menu you and your guests will be delighted about. Choose the perfect decorations to set the mood, and then rest and relax while we handle the details. As an added perk, your overnight guests won’t have to drive for miles from their hotel or struggle to find a room. They can stay right here. Your wedding package includes a complimentary bridal suite, as well as a personal

hotel block reserved for all your family and friends. Overnight guests receive a delicious complimentary breakfast in the grand Central Café. We are an easy drive from the hubbub of Brainerd—and so worth the time when you see all the wedding day luxuries we have to offer. Come visit us today. To learn more about our offerings, visit our website at www.timberlakehotel.com or follow us on Facebook to learn about our incredible wedding destination and specials. Ready to get your wedding booked? Contact Eric or Jordan at 218-895-1300 or via email at: sales@timberlakehotel.com or gm@timberlakehotel.com.

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Why spend your life savings on a wedding when you can be in an affordable, upscale venue with all the amenities? No, it’s not just wishful thinking. Timberlake Hotel in Staples, Minn., is an all-inclusive destination for couples looking to have their dream wedding at a price that makes everyone happy. It doesn’t matter if your event is a cozy, intimate scene, or if we’re catering to a group of a couple hundred people—our Event Center is the perfect location to put on the wedding of your dreams. We even offer state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, set-up and cleanup for your event, and a dance floor. While there are a lot of venues in the Brainerd lakes area, there is nothing quite like the Timberlake Hotel when it comes


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Make your wedding day the sweetest it can be. Reeds Market has the most complete dessert selections sure to please the palate of every guest on your list. Whether you want traditional or contemporary, our years of experience and creativity will make your special day a magical event. We have a delectable array of desserts for your wedding table. Doughnuts are one of the latest crazes and we have them in cake or raised varieties­ Popular right now is a donut wall with doughnuts hanging from pegs. We will decorate to complement your wedding theme. We offer regular doughnut frosting and our classic buttercream with flavors to suit your tastes. We also offer seasonal fruits to top them off — blueberry, lemon, and raspberry, as well as Bavarian cream filling for the bismarck or long johns. Our yeast doughnuts come in ring, long john, bismarck, fried cinnamon, cinnamon twist and French egg varieties. Cookies in mini, regular and jumbo sizes­ We offer the traditional flavors such as chocolate chip, M&M, peanut butter, as well as more unique flavors such as cranberry white chocolate, double chocolate mint, or macadamia white chip. Bars are always a hit We offer pumpkin, banana, cereal/ marshmallow treats, and of course, brownies topped with an assortment of deliciousness like German chocolate, Whopper, M&M or tuxedo mint, and candy bar. Sweet Goods tempt everyone’s taste buds­ Our selection includes cinnamon rolls and caramel pecan twists,

Danish caramel rolls, Danish Figure 8 with two fillings, or the Danish Snail both topped with streusel and drizzled with white frosting. Fillings for these include apple, blueberry, strawberry, lemon, apricot, raspberry and cream cheese. Cakes Succulents are all the rage in today’s weddings, so why not have them on your cake as well. We will design a cake especially for you showcasing succulents or ferns. Our creativity knows no bounds. We will provide you with vibrant and beautiful ways to dazzle your guests. Buffets are currently proving a much more relaxed way to cater for your wedding and they can look really beautiful. Reeds Market in Crosslake is the place to create your magical menu. Here’s what we hear from our clients: “You hit the mark on the design. You listened to what we wanted and made it happen!” Here’s another one: “We had a great experience with our (cake) testing…and having you deliver helped us so much.” Weddings can be challenging. Let Reeds help you. We have over 40 years of combined experience to make sure your wedding day is everything you’ve always dreamed of whether you are planning rustic or regal, we are here to make it happen.

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Country Delight Zack & Casey Slater

Photographer: Chelsie Elizabeth Photography Ceremony: The Woods Reception: Crow Wing Fairground Curling Club Floral: Family friend Cake: Walmart Caterer: Family friends Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal, Oleg Cassini Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie.com Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

MEMORABLE MOMENT:

“The whole day was spectacular, but my most memorable moment was the first look. I was so excited and nervous and it felt like everything was leading up to this moment. It was really the point of the day that felt like everything was real and we were really getting married.”

FIRST DANCE SONG:

“‘You and Me,’ by Kenny Chesney.”

BIGGEST SURPRISE:

Biggest Surprise: At the end of the ceremony, our wonderful pastor, changed up the last line and said, “You many now kiss the Groom!” It was a fun and unexpected twist that got a laugh out of everyone.

FAVORITE DETAIL: “There are so so so many! I would have to say it’s a tie between my beautiful wedding dress and all those gorgeous flowers.”

Parents Bride: Jerry and Lisa Orre Groom: Todd and Debbi Slater

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“Chelsie Elizabeth Photography did an amazing job!”

DESTINATION WEDDING: “We had a lot of family fly in, from NY, FL, CO, and MA. We had our Groom’s dinner at Cragun’s as well. It was a great spot with a patio right by the lake. Our families loved it and the staff was so accommodating. They also started a bonfire for us by the beach.” 38 Weddings North | 2019


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A Beautiful, Affordable, Up-North Wedding Venue BY ELSIE HUSOM

Nestled among towering pine and oak, The Woods is the perfect nature-themed venue for your special celebration in the beautiful Brainerd lakes area. Offering unique outdoor and indoor settings to enhance each detail of your wedding, owner Luke Ebnet prides himself on keeping it affordable for budget-savvy couples. Ceremonies can be held inside, although most couples prefer to exchange vows outdoors under the gazebo, which provides lovely photo backgrounds. Setup and take down for up to 300 guests are done by staff. With rustic charm, the ballroom is ideal for receptions and also for winter weddings. It can be divided for more intimate groups or expanded to serve 300. The on-site chef has prepared delicious menus. However, if you prefer a customized dining

experience, he will be delighted to work with you to craft your perfect meal. Events Specialist Becky Hale is warmly accommodating and passionate about making your memorable celebration worry-free. She will work with you throughout the entire planning process and event to make your dream wedding come true. The Woods never books more than one event at a time, so staff can focus on making your celebration truly special. The Woods can work with any vendor of your choice for special services but also will assist in connecting you with local vendors who have proven to provide top-notch services. Bridal couples are invited to tour the facilities, consult with the events planner and sample menu items at food tastings

each spring. Not just for locals, The Woods is truly a one-stop destination for celebrations. Available for engagement parties, showers, rehearsal dinners and private/corporate parties as well as weddings, The Woods is open year-round. Its onsite bar and restaurant, hotel, RV parking, and shuttle service easily accommodate overnight or weekend guests. The lakes area offers many recreational activities to enhance your family and friends’ get-together. If a beautiful nature setting, marvelous hospitality and affordable, one-stop packages are what you desire, The Woods is the place for you.

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The Woods also has several lodging options including; a Guest House, Rustic A-Frame, 11 Hotel Rooms, Jr. Suite and an RV Parking Area.

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“My bride and I had our wedding and reception here and I can’t say enough great things about the the location, the food, the value, and most of all the owners and staff. From beginning to end, every step of the way was a pleasure and they could not have been more accommodating. We had family and friends in from all over the country and everyone had a magnificent time. I cannot thank them enough nor can I recommend them strongly enough.”

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REAL COUPLES NORTHERN AMBIANCE

Romantic Hills Kayla and Alex Sather

MEMORABLE MOMENT:

“We each wrote our own vows and didn’t share any details before the wedding. Alex read his vows first and had the exact same sentence as I had in my vows (“I promise to work with you, knowing that together we will build a life far better than either of us could imagine alone”) it was a total surprise!”

A MEANINGFUL SURPRISE:

“I surprised Alex with a journal that included entries from the last

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100 days of our engagement leading up to the wedding. I gave him the journal during our ‘first-look.’”

Photographer: Kelli Engstrom Photography Ceremony: Crosslake Lutheran Church Venue: Pine Peaks Wedding and Event Center Caterer: Maucieri’s Italian Bistro Cake: Heather Pederson (family friend) Floral: Bloom Designs Decor: Supplies provided by Pine Peaks Wedding & Event Center Entertainment: Jeremy Pollock, Premier Party Entertainment Transportation: Bob’s Shuttle Officiant: Pastor Kristin Oltmann Other: Pat Netko

UNIQUE DETAIL:

Parents Bride: Penny and Karl Skog Groom: Julie and Joel Sather

SOMETHING UNEXPECTED:

Real couple rating? Services, vendors and location for a Brainerd lakes area wedding

“From the blue flannel Alex wore on our first date.” “The dance floor was packed with people dancing all night. It never cleared! It was such a fun way to celebrate our marriage with family and friends.”


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A DREAM COME TRUE Create the Wedding of Your Dreams at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes Located in the heart of lake country, Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes has become a popular Minnesota wedding destination. Loaded with rustic up-north charm in a convenient location, Arrowwood Lodge offers all the amenities and technologies needed to insure a successful wedding event. The warm and inviting venue is perfect for any size wedding. “We’ve had small, intimate weddings of 20-30 people and we can accommodate up to 300 guests for our largest weddings,” said Karolyn McCarte, director of sales at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes. Arrowwood Lodge offers an on-site pergola and courtyard for outdoor ceremonies or indoor fireplaces for off-season weddings. Other features include an outdoor fire pit, banquet rooms for reception/dance, and a complimentary reception night king whirlpool suite for the bride and groom. “We offer a complete wedding facility

in a luxurious lodge setting,” McCarte added. Joann Kohl, Catering Sales Manager, assists couples with everything that goes into planning a dream wedding from menu selection to table settings. Along with the Arrowwood Lodge staff, Joann is dedicated to working through all the details and decision making in advance to alleviate as much stress as possible. Her goal is to create a positive, memorable experience. For out-of-town guests, Arrowwood Lodge offers the option to block off rooms so family and friends can enjoy the weekend on-site. The rooms and suites offer a cozy cabin charm with all the comforts of a modern hotel. Guests can enjoy Arrowwood’s indoor 30,000 square foot Paul Bunyan Water Park/Recreation Center and after working up an appetite dine at their award-winning Baxter’s Bar and Grill, known for their Bloody Mary’s and house-cured

bacon. Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes truly offers fun, food and lasting memories for the entire family in one convenient location. For weddings booked and held in January through April 2018, Arrowwood offers a 50 percent discount off the food and beverage minimum and room rental, up to a $3,000 value. For more information about booking your wedding at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, visit www.arrowwoodbrainerd.com and discover how you can create the wedding of your dreams.

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NISSWA COMMUNITY EVENT CENTER Convenient Location on a Small Budget

BY BRYAN REEDER

Nisswa was recently named the “Best Small Town in Minnesota.” This is not a surprise to residents, local business owners, tourists or bridal couples who have chosen Nisswa for their destination wedding. But these couples may have not been aware of a perfect venue in the heart of downtown Nisswa with adequate space that will also meet your wedding budget. The Nisswa Community Event Center is nestled in the woods and conveniently located within the city park. There are numerous photo opportunities within walking distance to downtown Nisswa. Several beautiful lakes are also nearby. Your out-of-town guests will be elated with this ideal location to celebrate your momentous day. The Community Event Center’s enchanting event space is a spacious, versatile, state of the art facility, and has several great features, including high vaulted ceilings, a

wooden dance floor, and a wall of windows that lets in plenty of natural light. The main room has a dance floor, Wi-Fi, microphones, sound system and large televisions for your media needs. The Community Event Center can accommodate up to 299 guests. With a simple décor and open layout, this impressive space forms a blank canvas that you can adorn and decorate to your creative liking. Tulle draping, twinkling white lights, and stylish chandeliers will completely transform the space into an elegant ballroom. An outdoor wedding ceremony is also an option at the park, and there are three park pavilions nearby for outdoor entertaining to enhance your celebration. Your guests and wedding party can take advantage of the playground to entertain children. Call the City of Nisswa at 219-963-4444 to check the event calendar for open wedding

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dates and schedule a walk-thru with a knowledgeable staff member. The Nisswa Community Event Center is available for weddings, birthday parties, reunions, private special events, anniversaries, company holiday parties, workout classes, educational seminars, and non-profit organizations. Hosting your upcoming wedding in the beautiful facility at the Nisswa Community Event Center is sure to be an unforgettable event that fits any budget.


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Multiple areas within the property; courtyard and pergola, reception space for dinner and dancing.

Brainerd American Legion

330

Off-sites liquor/bar available. Great food and friendly staff!

Breezy Point Resort

500

Ballroom overlooks Pelican Lake, beachside and pavillion options; Breezy Belle boat with 100 capacity

Cragun’s Resort

450+

Stunning views of Gull Lake, manicured golf courses, ample parking and dressing rooms.

CWC Fairgrounds

400+

Dennis Drummond Wine Company

250

Bridesroom available with mirror, great lighting and private bathroom (groomsroom also availble). Wedding patio facing the sunset!

Grand View Lodge

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Multiple venues, 20 to 400 guests, open year-round, off-season specials.

Larson’s Barn

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Pine Peaks Wedding & Event Center

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Dedicated to serving only weddings; One-Stop-Wedding spot, retreat house for wedding party.

The Woods

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Convenient one-stop location catering, lodging, restaurant, shuttle service & more.

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BY SHEILA HELMBERGER What if you could spend your entire wedding weekend celebrating with your friends and family at a beautiful, private, 80-acre gated estate? With Pine Peaks Wedding and Event Center near Crosslake, owner Dave Peterson and his wife, Julie, have created a wedding resort that offers a true destination wedding. Secluded, away from everything, they make it possible to wake up the morning of your vows and have a cup of coffee and relax instead of running around from place to place picking up items you’ve rented. The Petersons supply almost anything a wedding couple might need. “We furnish the tables, chairs, linens, chair covers, and skirting in multiple colors. Chair sashes and table runners in 24 colors plus an entire storage room filled with decorations. “Most people don’t have to haul much at all,” he says. Set up is done by the wedding party and take down is done by staff at Pine Peaks. The Property Peterson gives each couple an extensive tour of the property when they meet – and there’s a lot to see. There’s a view of serene beauty from every deck and porch. It’s a photographer’s dream of rolling hills, fields and pines. For your wedding ceremony there are a variety of local churches to choose from. You can also opt to use the beautiful heated, draped pavilion at Pine Peaks all set up with ceremony chairs for your guests.

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Photo by Tim Larsen Photography The seasons in lake country can change quickly, sometimes overnight. Raising or lowering tent walls and utilizing heaters or fans, you can create your ideal temperature and make the atmosphere as cozy or as open as you’d like. The Big Day Pine Peaks Wedding and Event Center partners with Maucieri’s Restaurant in Crosslake for catering services. The wedding couple and staff will work together to create the reception menu. “We allow customers to bring their own desserts and snacks for their reception,” says Peterson. Parking spaces are available for many motorhomes with power, sewer and water hookups. Delivery, setup and removal for RV rentals can be arranged. The Retreat House “Just about every couple uses our retreat house,” says Peterson. Across a pathway from the event center is a 5,000-square foot home with five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a loft with four more beds. “Typically, the wedding party and a few friends will stay here and have a nice time together for several days.” The master suite includes a Jacuzzi and a see-through fireplace. Also on site? A two-chair hair and makeup salon, a pool table, and laundry facilities.

The home features a gourmet kitchen, screened porch, pool table, games, an outdoor sauna and a propane fire pit. The Petersons know your wedding is more than just one really big day. It’s a weekend affair and the house is available to rent to couples from Thursday until Monday. A block of up to 28 rooms is available from Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites in Crosslake with shuttle service available to and from the reception. Extras After rehearsal, just move your wedding party into a space in the pavilion and have your groom’s dinner right there. Wood-fire pizzas can be made, or you can DIY grill burgers or steaks for the wedding party, offering a nice laidback evening before the big day. There’s no doubt Pine Peaks offers a few extras that other places can’t. “We’ve had over 275 weddings and no two have been the same,” he says. Nearly 50 weddings are already booked for 2019. We are now booking into 2020 and 2021. Wedding cancellation insurance is provided and paid for by Pine Peaks. Winter Wedding Discounts Winter Wedding packages are discounted by up to 50% from our peak Spring/Summer/Fall season. Call 612 986-6800 for more information and to set up a tour.


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