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Mikal and Derek’s wedding, Sept. 19, 2015

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Mikal and Derek’s day had finally arrived! They said their joyful “I Dos” in a glorious ceremony in Pine Peak’s garden officiated by the great Dr. Harry Olson. After the vows, as a sign of their love being released out into the world, doves were released over their family and friends! Screams of joy filled the yard!

The reception followed in Pine Peak’s pavilion followed by a fabulous wedding feast prepared by Kate and Chef Brian of Maucieri’s Catering. They started with a Caesar Salad, an array of fresh bread, asparagus with Hollandaise sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, maple leaf chicken and slow-roasted beef with mushroom demi-glace’ sauce. The kids had their feast with chicken fingers, fruit cups, tatar tots and veggie cups! Kate also served a fall favorite, Maucieri’s warm apple crisp.

Later, fresh pizzas were baked in the fireside room in Pine Peak’s very own Mugnaini’s Wood Fired Oven. The guests also enjoyed a delicious dessert bar of goodies! YUM!

It was a perfect wedding weekend for Mikal and Derek! We at Pine Peaks were honored to host this fabulous wedding and wish them the best of luck and love in their future as husband and wife. Enjoy Julie’s photos!

Dave and Julie Nyland Peterson

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Sam and Mike’s wedding, July 11, 2015

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The day had finally arrived for Sam and Mike to start the next chapter of their love story. Family and friends gathered at Pine Peaks for a glorious outdoor wedding in the garden. After witnessing the “I DO’s” a celebration of a lifetime was held in the Event Center and Pavilion with Maucieri’s Catering outdoing themselves with a fabulous feast! Thank you Kate and Chef Brian!

We at Pine Peak’s Event Center wish Sam and Mike the best of luck and love in their future as husband and wife. Beth and Deandre were honored to host this beautiful wedding celebration!

Enjoy Forever Yours Wedding Photography photos and video of the glorious day!

Dave and Julieann Nyland Peterson

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Chelsea and Ben’s wedding, Aug. 8, 2015

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Chelsea met Ben in ninth grade when his family moved to Stillwater from Rockford, Illinois. Due to her independent and defiant nature, she claimed she would NOT chase after the new kid at school. Inevitably, due to their common interests, a friendship occurred. Friendship turned to love and the two of them battled through the teenage years and eventually the college years.

The summer of 2014, Ben had expressed his plan to get engaged. Chelsea talked incessantly to family and friends trying to predict how and when it was going to happen (she hates surprises and is a PLANNER!) Chelsea tortured Ben all summer long, so as July came to a close and the last month of summer approached, she expressed to Ben that she thought he was going to ask Aug. 16 up at her cabin. Being completely right, it sent Ben into a scramble to come up with a new idea that would completely surprise her.

Ben did completely surprise her on Aug. 2! Originally stating he was going to be out of town he had planned a surprise day together with just the two of them starting with a fabulous breakfast. Once they returned from breakfast, Ben explained the fun day he had planned; going to the beach and then going out to dinner. Chelsea was so excited that he was there for the weekend and a proposal never crossed her mind. Just before they left for the beach Ben grabbed Chelsea, got down on his knee and this is where it all gets fuzzy for both of them. They are sure he said some extremely kind, loving works but he was nervous and she was crying and ecstatic. She obviously said yes!

Chelsea and Ben knew they wanted more than just a one day wedding and fell in love with Pine Peaks Event Center! Family and friends gathered to enjoy the whole weekend. After decorating the Event Center, they held the rehearsal in the garden then dinner in the retreat house Friday night overlooking the private 80-acre estate.

Saturday finally arrived. It was their day! Chelsea and Ben shared their first look, then fabulous photos on the farm and at Dave and Julie’s lake home. The wedding was held in Pine Peak’s garden in front of their closest family and friends then the celebration began!

Maucieri’s Catering rocked the wedding feast! Thank you to Kate and Chef Brian.

The guests started with a house salad and fresh bread, then mixed vegetables, antipasto, chicken light Italian and chicken parmesan. As a late night snack, Kate baked fresh pizzas in Pine Peak’s very own Mugnaini Wood Fired Oven. Chelsea and Ben also treated the guests to “Ben and Chelsea’s Ice Cream” and Cake Pops!

Tasha and John enjoyed hosting this beautiful wedding at Pine Peaks. We all wish Chelsea and Ben a lifetime of happiness! Please enjoy Julie and Tasha’s photos.

Dave and Julie Nyland Peterson.

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Dianna and John’s Wedding, Jan. 16, 2016

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John was married for 25 years to a wonderful woman who passed away. He was lonely and was doing the Lonely-man-hanging-out-at-the-bar thing at Harpo’s in Merrifield. Dianna was recently divorced and had never heard of Harpo’s but was muscled into going out with a friend that night. She sat down at the bar and ordered a scotch on the rocks. John leaned over and said, “I’ve never seen a girl order a scotch before!” Dianna told him “I didn’t order it to impress you”. From that point on they talked the whole night. They discovered they had many of the same interests. Their first date was magic, and they were hooked on each other ever since.

Dianna thought John was a kind, sweet person. However, convincing her daughter, Shayna that dating again was a good idea, was a whole other story. Shayna swore that John was a serial killer and buried bodies in the observatory in his front yard. After a lot of patience and spoiling her, she finally turned the corner on John and now they are besties. She has completely accepted him and loves him as much as Dianna does. John still teases her that he is a cereal killer when he dumps a box of stale cereal in the garbage.

Dianna and John had a lot of fun while they were dating. They went on trips, went camping, geocaching, skiing, and kayaking. One of their favorite things to do was grab some refreshments and head to a state park. It was during one of these state park visits that they decided they wanted to live in the area on a lake versus moving to the cities. It was during one of these trips to Crow Wing State Park on April 18, 2015, that Dianna found a geocache with a lovely diamond ring in it. After she had found it, John tried to get on one knee to propose and wound up tripping on a stick and falling on both knees. No knees were seriously injured, so John was able to pull off the proposal perfectly on both knees! SHE SAID YES!!

After the proposal, they had several stressful months with every life event you could imagine. John put his house up for sale; Dianna moved into John’s house with Shayna, Dianna’s mom moved in, Dianna switched jobs and started a master’s degree program. They bought a house in Crosslake on the lake, moved into that house (mom came with), sold the other house, saw Shayna off to college and started planning a wedding!

Pine Peak’s had everything Dianna and John needed to through the party of the century for their family and friends and to have them all witness the joy of their marriage. They chose a regal head table setting for the reception which allowed their closest friends and family to celebrate together in the center of the room. It was the coming together of their two families. They used all Pine Peak’s decorations and turned the space into a winter wonderland.

The day was crisp, but love was in the air. A few of the wedding party, including the bride and groom, enjoyed the wood-fired sauna on Saturday morning. Then Diana and her entourage got ready in the salon in the bridal suite. Captivating Beauty pampered the bride and quickly transformed her into a glowing bride.

For the candle lit ceremony, Dianna’s choir stood in the gateway between the pavilion and the dining room. After the personal vows and rings had been exchanged, the choir filled the room with joyful music. Candles were lit from guest to guest first, and then the flame was shared with the couple to light their unity candle. Then the party began!

Wes and Tony of Maucieri’s Bar greeted the guests in the fireside room. Doug Taylor of Action Entertainment proved horse and sleigh rides around Pine Peak’s Country Estate.

Kate and Chef Brian and the great team of Maucieri’s Catering rocked the wedding feast! For dessert, Maucieri’s served warm bread pudding! Yum! The guests are still raving over this fabulous meal.

Dianna and John took dance lessons and for their first dance to the delight of the guests, the newly weds transformed into a romantic “Dancing with the Star’s” hot couple were they danced the tango!

Later in the evening, Kate of Maucieri’s baked fresh pizzas in Pine Peak’s very own Mugnaini Wood Fired Oven.

We at Pine Peak’s Event Center were honored to host the beautiful wedding and celebration of Dianna and John. We wish you the best of luck and love in your lives as husband and wife. And yes, Dianna and John, it is fair to be this happy! We are so glad you found each other!

Please enjoy Julie’s photos.

Dave and Julie Nyland Peterson

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Kari and Dominic’s Wedding, Nov. 21, 2015

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Dominic and Kari met for the first time in February 2013 after her roommate (now sister-in-law) came home from Barten Family Christmas with her now husband (Dominic’s brother) saying, “you should meet Dominic!” Little did Dominic know that Kari joining the fun at Scooter’s Bar that night in February was no coincidence. It was completely planned by Kari and Kendyll so Kari could “check Dominic out” and decide if he was worth pursuing!
Lucky for Dominic, Kari was impressed and again in April 2013 Dominic’s brother invited him along for dinner and drinks and Kari just so happened to be there as well! Again, not a coincidence! After this meet up, Kari was more impressed by him and took it upon herself to get his number after he left without getting hers!
From there their relationship took off.
By spring 2014, they knew they were in this for the long haul and discussions of marriage were in abundance. Dominic, liking to keep Kari guessing, found it funny to fake proposals over the next few months, even up until the day he proposed.
He called Kari’s father after leaving the jewelry store and spoke in code so McKenzie, his daughter who was in the truck with him, didn’t catch on to what was happening. Lucky for Kari, her parents love Dominic just as much as she does!
On September 11, 2015, Dominic and Kari had planned a low-key evening at her apartment with dinner and reruns of “Friends.” After a jab about marriage by Kari, Dominic slid off the couch and proceeded to leave the living room leaving Kari with her stomach in her chest! The joke was on Kari – she should have known after the last few months of the same! He left the room for only a few minutes and when he returned he got down on one knee. Kari wasn’t sure if she should believe him right away, but quickly realized it wasn’t a joke this time! It was a perfect moment! Of course she said “YES!”
Kari and Dominic knew Pine Peaks Event Center was perfect for the celebration of their marriage. They arrived early and transformed the space into a beautiful rustic elegant décor complete with bright yellow sunflowers. Kari had a great vision for the room and brought many of her own decorations. She also enjoyed using many of Pine Peak’s decorations to complete the look.
They chose a crisp clear November day to say their “I Dos” in front of their closest family and friends at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. A record number of guests then arrived at Pine Peaks to celebrate after the ceremony with the newlyweds. Kate from Maucieri’s Catering along with Chef Brian served a fabulous wedding feast to the guests starting with a Cesar salad and house salad, green bean almandine, garlic mashed potatoes, maple leaf chicken and slow-roasted beef with mushroom demi glaze. Great job Maucieri’s! As a late night treat for the guests, Kate served fresh-baked pizzas from Pine Peak’s very own Mugnaini Wood Fired Oven.
We at Pine Peaks truly enjoyed hosting the Wedding Reception of Kari and Dominic. We wish you the best of luck and love in your future as husband and wife. Enjoy some of Julie’s photos.

Dave and Julie Nyland Peterson

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Alyssa and Tyler’s wedding, Oct. 24, 2015

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A perfect fall day at Pine Peaks Event Center! Alyssa and Tyler shared their happy “I Dos” in the garden ceremony area in front of their closest family and friends. Their full love story will follow.

Tasha and John enjoyed hosting this fabulous event at Pine Peaks! Thanks Tasha and John!

Enjoy some of Julie’s pictures.

Dave and Julie Nyland Peterson

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Angie and Steve’s wedding, Oct. 10, 2015

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Angie and Steve had a BEAUTIFUL day for their wedding on Pine Peaks Event Center private country estate. Their colors of red and black popped against the early colors of fall surrounding the farm. Here are some of Beth’s candid photos of the joyful day. Watch for Angie and Steve’s full love story to follow. Thanks to Beth and Deandre for hosting this beautiful wedding celebration.

Dave and Julie Nyland Peterson

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Corin and Lance’s wedding, Dec. 19, 2015

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Corin graduated from Ada-Borup High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in communications-public relations from Concordia College, Moorhead. She is currently an online sales specialist at Rackspace in San Antonio, Texas. Lance graduated from Pequot Lakes High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from North Dakota State University, Fargo. He is currently a software developer at Rackspace in San Antonio, Texas.
Corin and Lance first experienced Pine Peaks Event Center when they attended a fabulous wedding of friends in 2013. They knew this was the place for their families and friends to join them while they said “I Do!”
Corin and her team brought decorations to the event that transformed Pine Peaks into a beautiful, rustic and elegant winter décor’. The beautiful candlelit ceremony in Pine Peak’s pavilion was perfectly timed with the setting sun. After the ceremony the guests enjoyed snacks along with a roaring fire in the fireside room. JP of Premier Entertainment introduced the new Mr. and Mrs. and the celebration began!
Kate of Maucieri’s Catering along with Chef Brian prepared the ultimate wedding feast for the guests. They started with a house salad, an array of fresh breads, anti pasto, mixed vegetables with green beans, julienne carrots and yellow beans served el dente. Chicken Parmesan, lightly breaded then grilled chicken topped with provolone cheese, and Tony Sr.’s red gravy was served over fettuccine. Lasagna with Tony Sr.’s house-made Italian sausage, tomatoes and a blend of three cheeses were baked to perfection and enjoyed by all.
As a late night snack for the guests, Maucieri’s Catering baked freshly made pizzas in Pine Peak’s very own Mugnaini Wood Fired Pizza oven. JP kept the guests dancing well into the night.
We at Pine Peaks were thrilled to host the wedding celebration of Corin and Lance. We wish you a lifetime of luck and love. Stay true to each other! Enjoy these photos by Julie.

Dave and Julie Nyland Peterson

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Carmen and Luke’s Wedding, Dec. 5, 2015

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Carmen and Luke were both offered to go to Japan through People to People. During a calligraphy class on their second day there, Carmen decided to talk Luke’s ear off. After his initial hatred of her wore off, they became good friends and stayed that way until September 2012 when they finally started dating.
The Proposal – After buying the ring on a Sunday and telling a few people, Luke waited very impatiently for Thursday, February 13th. It was chilly and Carmen did not suspect a thing when Luke wanted to go for a walk on such a cold afternoon. When they were alone near St. Anthony Falls, Luke got down on one knee to pop the question and of course she said YES!!
Pine Peak’s Event Center was a perfect choice for Carmen and Luke. They had a beautiful candlelit ceremony in Pine Peak’s pavilion where they exchanged personal vows of love in front of their closest family and friends.
The guests were then greeted by a roaring fire in the fireside room and Maucieri’s Catering famous artichoke dip and beautiful fruit tray. Shortly after, the wedding party and the new Mr. and Mrs. were introduced by the DJ, Deondre’ of Premier Party Entertainment and the party began.
Kate and her team from Maucieri’s Catering along with Chef Brian rocked the wedding feast! The guests enjoyed a house salad, fresh bread, green beans almandine, roasted garlic baby reds, carved ham and Cornish game hens. A kid’s meal was also enjoyed by many! Great job Maucieri’s! As a late night treat, Kate baked fresh homemade pizzas in Pine Peak’s very own Mugnaini Wood Fired Oven. Deandre’ kept the guests rocking well into the night!
We at Pine Peaks truly enjoyed hosting the wedding celebration of Carmen and Luke! We wish them the best of luck and love in their lives as husband and wife. Enjoy Julie’s photos below!

Dave and Julie Nyland Peterson

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Tiffeny and Matthew’s wedding, Nov. 14, 2015

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It was a bright, crisp November day at Pine Peak’s Event Center as they prepared for their long-awaited wedding. Tiffeny and Matthew chose a candle light service surrounded by their closest family and friends to share their “I Do’s” in Pine Peak’s cozy pavilion.
A perfect Minnesota sunset was the backdrop across the rolling hills of the private country estate.
The celebration continued when Wes and Tony greeting the guests at Maucieri’s Bar in the fireside room. Soon after, Kate and Chef Brian and their fabulous team at Maucieri’s Catering rocked the wedding feast! The guests are still talking about the fabulous food and service. They started with a Caesar Salad and fresh bread, Sicilian green beans, garlic mashed potatoes, chicken parmesan and Chef Brian’s specialty 26-hour roasted prime rib. OMG!
Deandre of Premier Entertainment DJed fabulous music all night and hosted a photo booth, which the couple will cherish as their guest book. As a late night snack, Maucieri’s treated the guests to homemade pizzas baked in Pine Peak’s very own Mugnaini Wood Fired Oven. Many guests also enjoyed the roaring fire with s’mores at the fire pit.
We at Pine Peaks were honored to host Tiffeny and Matthew’s beautiful fall wedding. We wish them a lifetime of luck and love! Enjoy some of Julie’s pictures!

Dave and Julie Nyland Peterson

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