We know you want your wedding to be unique, entertaining, and unforgettable. At Pine Peaks, we did some of the work for you and scoped out a few of the top wedding trends for 2014 that are being buzzed about right now.
Our passion is making your dream a reality while easing the unavoidable stresses of the “big day”
1. Gatsby themed wedding
The roaring 20s are back! The dapper and suave Gatsby theme keeps growing in popularity. It’s fun and can add a different mood to your wedding and the Gatsby inspired gowns are absolutely breathtaking! It’s all quite romantic.
- Centerpieces are elegant with crystals and feathers.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes can be put places around the wedding reception or on invitations.
- Bridesmaids are embracing the flapper look with a variety of different colors.
- Feathers, pearls, and diamonds are all part of the theme.
- Add champagne to get even more fancy.
2. Wedding colors
Put your own twist to these top wedding color trends of 2014.
3. Dramatic backs for wedding dresses
Add your own unique style to your wedding dress with an exotic back.
4. Rustic-Modern Barn wedding theme
This theme has been popular this past year and continues to be a favorite among brides. Bring on the cowboy boots, wheat, and rustic decor! Many brides are becoming inspired by a natural and simple theme.
5. Floral crowns for the bride and flower girls
Add it to your veil or keep it simple, without the veil. Brides love the bright colors of flower crowns. Pick your favorite flowers to add the perfect touch to your walk down the aisle.
Get inspired by other brides and find what themes and styles speak to you. We can help you at every point of your wedding planning process! To learn more about what we offer and for available weekends, click here.Weddings | Tagged Themes, Weddings | Leave a comment November 22, 2013
We are extremely excited to announce that we have recently added a salon station to Pine Peaks Event Center! Our new salon station is set up to fit a bridal party comfortably. It has large mirrors all around, seating and storage. The reason why we created this on site salon is because we know it is a hassle to go from place to place to get dolled up for your special day. We want you to be able to sit back, relax, enjoy your wedding day — and get beautified!
Captivating Beauty is a salon that specializes in bridal make up and they enjoy beautifying brides on site! Your appointment with a Captivating Beauty artist will begin with an in-depth consultation to ensure you get your desired look. Captivating Beauty’s services include airbrush makeup application; lash extensions, brow cleanup, as well as facials and peels. Their goal is to enhance your beauty, to make you feel confident and beautiful, and to give you a look that you’ll cherish in your wedding photographs forever!
Our salon is available for the whole wedding party throughout your stay at Pine Peaks Event Center. This gives you the luxury of doing your facial the day before your wedding and your airbrush make the morning of your wedding. And as always, feel free to contact us if you would like to have a tour of Pine Peaks Event Center.
View more salon photos here.Posted in Weddings | Tagged Captivating Beauty, Pine Peaks Retreat & Event Center, Salon, Wedding | Leave a comment November 19, 2013
Your wedding is a huge part of your lifelong adventure as a couple. Your ceremony should reflect your personality. We’d like to give you some extraordinary ideas to make the big day fun, unique, and practical. We’re sure you’ll find something to inspire you on that special day!
Consider using brooches & beads, pearls, fancy buttons, feathers, trinkets, sea shells or even paper flowers to create your beautiful bouquet that you can cherish forever. You can tailor your bouquet to match your dress, your bridesmaid’s dresses, or any color in your theme.
Not a flower-loving groom? That’s okay! Skip the traditional flower and try something more original, like sea shells, vintage keys or watches, a personalized button or pin, even a pinwheel for a whimsical touch! Try incorporating something that speaks to the groom’s personality (like guitar picks, shotgun shells, hops and barley, superheros or spark plugs) and dress it up!
Many couples are trying to put a new spin on the traditional “candle-lighting” ceremony. Mixing different colors of sand has been a common favorite, but have you ever thought of literally “tying the knot”? A couple would tie a fisherman’s knot together, which only gets tighter with pressure and cannot come undone, representing the couple’s strength. (Perfect for a nautical themed wedding!)
Bridesmaids Carry Something Other Than flowers
You can try matching clutch purses (since they’ll probably need one anyway), umbrellas or parcels for outdoor weddings, muffs for winter weddings, even small lanterns have recently become popular!
The Wedding Pillow
There is the tried and true white satin pillow, but instead maybe try something different, like a book, a small, decorative box, a tea cup, or a piece of a hollowed-out tree branch. This again can be tailored to your theme: fall weddings could use a small pumpkin, spring weddings could use a decorative birdhouse. Other ideas include: baseballs, coconuts, pinecones, anything that says something about the couple!
Many people have been substituting something other than rice to protect birds, such as birdseed or bubbles. If you want to get even more creative try lighting sky lanterns or sparklers for night weddings, pretty confetti (maybe made from old book pages), pieces of lavender (or your favorite smelling herb), leaves, dried flower petals, or mini flags with clever sayings.
At Pine Peaks, we do our utmost to ensure your wedding unfolds as simply and smoothly as possible. We hope these ideas sparked some creativity and we cannot wait to see what you can come up with to make your wedding uniquely you!Posted in Weddings | Tagged bouquet, Boutonniere, Throwing Rice, wedding inspiration, Wedding Pillow | Leave a comment November 18, 2013
“Ashlee grew up in Emily, MN and Darren in New London, MN. They met on match.com in May of 2008 while they were both going to school in St. Cloud. He first messaged her and after talking online for a couple of weeks, decided to meet. Once they were done with school they moved to Uptown Minneapolis together and after 5 ½ years, Darren asked and Ashlee said yes!
The couple chose Pine Peaks Event Center for their wedding venue because of its exclusive private country setting close to Ashlee’s family home in Emily. Many of the wedding guests and family had previously enjoyed Pine Peaks with laughs at some of the past comedy acts. The wedding party and family filled the Retreat House with their own laughter and good times the whole weekend.
The couple exchanged self-written vows in front of family and friends in the Pine Peaks Pavilion. They walked out as husband and wife to a favorite tune from Star Wars at the delight of the guests! The atmosphere for the reception was calming in the Event Center with the scent of dried lavender complimenting the rustic décor.
Chef Dewey announced the menu to the guests and presented the delicious Italian buffet. Fresh bread, Caesar Salad, Sicilian green beans, roasted garlic baby reds, chicken fettuccine and spaghetti with Maucieri’s famous sausage were enjoyed by all. The night livened up and guests danced the night away. Jodi from Maucieri’s Catering made fresh pizzas for the late night guests in the Italian wood oven.
Pine Peaks was honored to share this dream wedding with Ashlee and Darren. May the couple enjoy a lifetime of happiness and perhaps ride into the sunset with Ashlee on the pink bike and Darren right beside her on rollerblades.” -Julie and Dave PetersonWeddings | Tagged Pine Peaks Retreat & Event Center, Wedding | Leave a comment November 7, 2013
“When Terry first met Jennifer while judging a karaoke competition, he was told not to choose her to win. Well, this past weekend they chose each other and its safe to say they are both winners. Getting married on the beautiful grounds of Pine Peaks Retreat & Event Center, the two of them were able to tie the knot and commit to one another as husband and wife.
As mentioned above, Jennifer was singing in a karaoke competition when Terry met her five years ago. The reason Terry wasn’t supposed to vote for her was because she would always win. Ever since that night, the two have enjoyed each other’s company immensely. They both love the outdoors, as they like to go fishing and be adventurous. They also are very social and like to spend their free time hanging out with their friends. Currently, Jennifer and Terry live in the Twin Cities.
The ceremony took place outside and the weather was better than anyone could have hoped for. With the sun coming out during the exchanging of vows, it was impossible not to see how happy Jennifer and Terry were. The guests (and Bride and Groom!) were also treated to the song “Always” which was performed by guitarists James Hardy and James Wentworth, the former being the Bride’s father.
After the ceremony, guests were treated to a cocktail hour where they were able to take in the beautiful Pine Peaks event center. Guests raved about the property and the beautiful fall theme inside and out that Jennifer and Terry chose. Combined with fall colors and colorful decorations, the event center looked beautiful. Extra emphasis was placed on the harvesting of fruit and vegetables, as pumpkins filled the event center grounds and apples were used as centerpieces.
Dinner was served by Maucieri’s Italian Restaurant and they did a fantastic job of serving the guests. The buffet that consisted of caesar salad, a bread display, stuffed chicken and braised beef had the guests asking for seconds. Maucieri’s head chef Dewy received many compliments. After dinner, the guests were treated to cupcakes designed with a fall theme topped with leaves.
As the party went into the night, the wedding party and their guests continued to celebrate as the music brought everyone to the dance floor. We would like to congratulate Jennifer and Terry for their new marriage! It was a privilege to be there with them on such a special day.” – Mike & CassieWeddings | Tagged Pine Peaks Retreat & Event Center, Wedding | Leave a comment October 25, 2013
“Jesse & Alesha Bates have been together for seven wonderful years. This past weekend, the two were able to take the next step and commit to one another as husband and wife. While clouds filled the sky early in the day, the weather cleared to a beautiful sunny day just in time for their ceremony.
The two of them met through mutual friends and there was an instant connection between the two. As they continued to get to know each other, they found out that they both shared passions for boating, ice fishing, shopping and watching movies. They currently live with their dog, Vivian. Their friends and family consider them the perfect couple. They looked pretty perfect to us, as well.
Jesse & Alesha were blessed to enjoy their wedding at Pine Peaks Retreat & Event Center. They chose Pine Peaks because they wanted a “Get-away Wedding” and that is exactly what they got. This destination offered them a place to enjoy their time and moments together while also sharing the experience with their family, friends and loved ones. The scenic backdrops and beautifully landscaped grounds helped set the private and romantic mood of the event.
Personal touches filled the reception hall as Jesse, Alesha and the rest of their family and friends created all of the decorations used. Each table had a very special and unique look that gave each and every one of their guests their own experience.
For dinner, Jesse & Alesha treated their guests to a delicious buffet catered by Maucieri’s Italian Restaurant. The food consisted of caesar salad, mixed vegetables, baby reds, stuffed chicken, and pork prime rib. The guests loved the food so much that many went back for more. Well, at least the ones that didn’t get full off their first plate! Dessert followed dinner and each guest were offered his or her choice of pie or cake.
As if that wasn’t enough food already, Maucieri’s kept with tradition and cooked pizzas in the wood fire oven later in the evening. This offered everyone some more energy to continue dancing into the night.
We would like to congratulate Jesse and Alesha on their new marriage! Their wedding was absolutely gorgeous and we had a great time helping them have a truly memorable experience.” – Mike & Cassie
Click here to view Jesse and Alesha’s wedding album.Posted in Weddings | Tagged Pine Peaks Retreat & Event Center, Wedding | Leave a comment October 25, 2013
“Brandon and Terri met through a service that is becoming quite popular in recent years: online dating. They both signed up over five years ago in hopes to find the one they have been looking for. They started to communicate and become quite interested in one another. Eventually they went on their first date to a bowling alley. It was quite clear early on that Brandon & Terri’s search for their +1 had come to an end.
They both share a deep admiration for the outdoors as they love fishing together and staying healthy while running. They even own a cabin that they plan on living at permanently in the not so distant future. This is why Pine Peaks Event Center was a perfect fit with its up north feel. The outdoor ceremony provided a breathtaking setting that fit their personalities to the tee.
It was said that Terri loves to cook and Brandon loves to eat. Fortunately on their big day, Terri didn’t have to worry about cooking. Dinner was catered by Maucieri’s Italian Bistro and featured a delicious spinach strawberry salad with poppyseed dressing, a bread display consisting of over ten different types of bread, and two delicious entrees to fill the guests’ stomachs; chicken with white wine sauce & slow roasted beef with mushroom demi-glaze. Following tradition, Maucieri’s also cooked the guests pizzas in an authentic wood fire brick oven stove. Dessert was provided by the Bride and Groom’s mothers and grandmothers, which consisted of their favorite dessert items.
As if there wasn’t enough celebrating going on, the Bride and Groom also offered a candy bar and a Smore Bar. The smore bar offered their guests an opportunity to relax next to a fire and gaze into the stars. Of course, having a smore for a snack was good too.
Click here to view Brandon and Terri’s wedding album.Posted in Weddings | Tagged Pine Peaks Retreat & Event Center, Wedding | Leave a comment October 25, 2013
“This past weekend featured another perfect wedding at Pine Peaks Retreat & Event Center. Bride and groom, Katie and Scott Paquette, celebrated their love for one another with 250 of their closest friends and family. With the sun shining down upon the day, it was clear to see that their commitment has sunny days ahead.
Katie and Scott met when they both worked at the Brainerd International Raceway. She was an on-site RN and Scott kept the location safe by working overnight security. Perhaps that is the reason Katie feels so safe with him.
Some of the newlyweds’ favorite things to do are fishing, sightseeing, and taking day trips to local areas. Their shared passion for traveling was one of the many reasons why Pine Peaks Retreat & Event Center was a perfect match. Its privacy and beautifully landscaped grounds made every guest feel like they were part of a truly special experience.
Entertaining 250 guests can be quite a feat, but Katie and Scott were up to the challenge. They were able to make sure everybody had something to do. Whether they were playing yard games on the lawn, taking photos in the photo booth, or blowing bubbles during the ceremony, everyone had a smile on their face.
The wedding reception kept the smiles coming. Maucieri’s Bar made sure to keep everybody stocked up on beverages as dinner was prepared. As the dinner buffet began, guests who had to wait to get food made sure to enjoy the slideshow that played on Pine Peak’s projector screen. After dinner, the wedding party and their guests were not only treated to wood-fire pizzas from Maucieri’s, but also to a s’mores bar and appetizers that included jalapeño poppers and chips and salsa with queso.
As the dancing went into the night, it was obvious how blessed Katie, Scott, and their families are to have each other in their lives. We here at Pine Peaks Retreat & Event Center want to congratulate Katie & Scott on their new marriage and we wish the very best for both of you in the future.” - Mike & Cassie
Click here to view Scott and Katie’s wedding album.Posted in Weddings | Tagged Pine Peaks Retreat & Event Center, Wedding | Leave a comment October 25, 2013
“Nathan and Bethany met just over four years ago. Nathan works in the Phone Industry as an IT person and Bethany has her degree in Social Work and has recently started a new job. They met at a restaurant where Bethany was working. As much as Nathan enjoys the sport of hunting he was not very quick to pull the trigger to ask Bethany out on a date. After months of weekly restaurant visits timed to match Bethany’s work shift it finally happened. The first date eventually led to a wedding proposal and then their wedding at Pine Peaks on September 14, 2013.
Friday was spent decorating the grounds and Event Center to match their taste complete with a large pumpkin grown by the Groom to accent the country style they wanted. After the ceremony rehearsal the Wedding Party and family enjoyed a wonderful catered meal in the Retreat House screen porch served by their favorite Caterer Madd Joe from www.maddjoesbbq.com. Madd Joe has a multi-year award winning BBQ Sauce.
Bethany and her Entourage came to the Pine Peaks Vendor Fair last January and found a team of local vendors that helped to make their dream wedding come true. Kelli Engstrom Photography captured the special moments with timeless photos. Captivating Beauty did hair and makeup for the beautiful wedding party in the newly added on site salon. Kate from Bloom Designs brought color and fragrance to the Event Center with her beautiful flower arrangements with purple and orange flowers as accents. Jeremy Pollock of DJ Entertainment provided the guests with music and a Photo Booth to capture the guests in candid moments providing the couple with a photo guest book of memories of their fabulous day. Reed’s Market of Cross Lake presented a beautiful wedding cake and sheet cakes for the guests. Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites housed most of the out of town guests in their up north cabin designed Inn and Safe Ride Shuttle Service shuttled many of the guests back and forth safely from the hotel to Pine Peaks. Maucieri’s Catering serviced a delicious reception meal and hosted the refreshment bar. Last but not least, Doug Taylor and his team of majestic Percheron horses from Action Entertainment fulfilled the bride’s dream of a ride in a white wedding carriage to her wedding ceremony.
The Wedding Ceremony went off without a hitch (excuse the pun) and dinner for the wedding guests was served soon after. It was a plated meal prepared and served by Chef Dewey and his staff at Maucieri’s Kitchen at Pine Peaks Event Center. The guests had their choice of Pork Prime Rib or Broiled Walleye. This was served with ten different kinds of fresh bread, a house salad, roasted baby red potatoes, and Sicilian green beans. The guests had many compliments for the Chef.
The new bride and groom danced the night away on Pine Peaks wood dance floor and Jodi from Maucieri’s Catering served fresh baked pizzas out of Pine Peaks wood fired pizza oven for the remaining wedding guests toward the end of the evening.
The wedding guests staying at Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites enjoyed a free breakfast on Sunday at Pine Peaks Restaurant in beautiful downtown Crosslake compliments of the Hotel. The bride and groom joined these guests for breakfast as the new Mr. and Mrs. Schletz.
This was another successful dream wedding at Pine Peaks Event Center. Thank you Nathan and Bethany for sharing your wedding with us.” – Dave Peterson
Click here to view Nathan and Bethany’s wedding album.Posted in Weddings | Tagged Pine Peaks Retreat & Event Center, Wedding | Leave a comment October 23, 2013
“Brooke was first intrigued with Randy because of his cool motorcycle, and their first ride together was just the beginning of their journey together. He got her number and the rest is history. Randy was deployed for a year to Kuwait and Iraq and they remained close while he was gone. When he returned, he went to school for Power Sports and Brooke is presently completing schooling in Hair, Cosmetology and Esthetics.
After they were engaged, Brooke and Randy chose Pine Peaks Event Center as a destination wedding because of all that was included in the wedding weekend package. When they arrived, Brooke and her Entourage enjoyed using the Pine Peaks collection of decorations to decorate the Event Center and birch arbor. Randy’s attention to detail helped pull the event together with the music and lighting. A unique feature was the “message in a bottle” in which the guests wrote advice for the couple to be read after the 1st, 5th, 10th, and 25th anniversaries. Also, the mixing of salt and pepper in a bottle during the ceremony which can never again be separated. Together forever.
The wedding party and family enjoyed the house and grounds for the weekend and had time to get to know the people that supported Brooke and Randy through their journey. They hosted the Groom’s Dinner on the site Friday night and Grandma at the request of the bride made her fabulous homemade caramel rolls for breakfast. (Dave and I tried them and they were amazing!)
Some of the guys enjoyed the wood sauna Friday night and had their very own water boy, Grandma, who was shocked to find the guys in their underwear! She decided that she had her very own Chippendales! Grandma was not disappointed as the “Chippendales” gave her a dance on Saturday night that I am sure will be talked about for years in Kansas when she returns home!
Brooke was ecstatic to learn upon arrival that Pine Peaks had added a salon in the Master Suite! She did her own hair in beautiful curls first, then the hair of her bridesmaids. The bridesmaids then enjoyed a Jacuzzi for their feet which warmed them before dressing for the ceremony.
To the couples’ delight, an outdoor ceremony was held on a crisp, sunny fall day surrounded by the beautiful colors of the season and witnessed by their family and friends. Chef Dewey of Maucieri’s presented a fabulous buffet dinner featuring Lasagna with Tony SR’s homemade Italian sausage and chicken fettuccini along with a house salad and Chef Dewey incredible fresh breads.
Brooke and Randy and their two beautiful children Remington and Benelli live in Ada, MN. May your journey together continue to be as exciting as the first ride together on the motorcycle! Congratulations from Pine Peaks Event Center!” – Julie and Dave
Click here to view Randy and Brooke’s wedding album.Posted in Weddings | Tagged Pine Peaks Retreat & Event Center, Wedding | Leave a comment ← Older posts