Pine Peaks Event Center, Best Wedding Venues in Minneapolis - 2014 Couples' Choice Award Winner
Pine Peaks Event Center, Best Wedding Venues in Minneapolis - 2015 Couples' Choice Award Winner
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New Vendor Partner: Captivating Beauty!

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Thanks to our new partnership with Captivating Beauty, you can now sit back, relax, and let the hair and makeup professionals come right to you! Learn more about their services at

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Every bride wants to look beautiful and radiant on her special day. From flawless skin and eyes that shine to the perfect hairstyle that compliments the captivating woman that she is…

Our hair and makeup artists can create the look that’s right for you. Your appointment begins with an in-depth consultation to determine your desired look; we ask for pictures ahead of time.

Your hair and makeup will then be done completely, as it will be on your wedding day.

On your Wedding Day you can sit back, relax and let the professionals go to work, using the design that was created for you at your bridal preview. It is our goal to enhance your beauty and give you the look that will be cherished in your memories and photographs for years to come.

We use professional products rated for high definition photography, and yes, we AIRBRUSH – all pricing includes the option of airbrush or traditional HD photo-ready makeup application. Don’t know the difference? Leave it to the experts to determine your skin type and which is best for you.

Why On-Site Bridal Hair & Makeup Services?

  • YOU are the priority
  • Nothing more valuable than TIME itself
  • No waiting in a noisy seating area
  • No struggling for parking (What if it’s raining? Think of that little mess:)
  • No arranging multiple appointments for you, bridesmaids and family
  • Saves time
  • Saves Energy
  • Convenience

Services and Prices for Captivating-Beauty Brides:

Bridal Packages:

A. Bridal Makeup Package (includes trial, wedding day and lashes) $150

B. Bridal Airbrush Package (includes trial, wedding day, lashes) $150

C. Bridal Airbrush & Spray Tan Package (includes trial both makeup and wedding day, lashes, 2x spray tans) $230

D. Bridal Hair Package (includes trial and wedding day) $150

Bridal Add on Services:

  • Hair Extension Placement Package (Includes placement trial and wedding day – Does not include extensions) $75

Bridal Individual Services:

  • Makeup $75
  • Airbrush $75
  • Trial $75
  • Lashes $20
  • Bridal Hair style $75
  • Babe Hair Extensions bead extensions are available (price determined upon consultation)
  • Eyelash Extensions $130 for a full set

Wedding Party Packages:

  • Wedding Party Makeup & Hair Package (includes updo, makeup & lashes) $125
  • Wedding Party Airbrush Makeup & Hair Package (includes updo, makeup & lashes) $125

Wedding Party Individual Prices:

  • Wedding Party Makeup $65
  • Airbrush $65
  • Up style (arrive with clean dry​ hair) $65 
  • Down style (must arrive with clean dry​ hair) $55
  • Blow out  (must arrive with clean damp​ hair) $55
  • Short hair curl & style $45
  • Flower Girl Hair (9 & younger) $35 
  • Eye Makeup application $35
  • Airbrush Foundation application $45

Spray Tanning

  • 1 Session $35
  • 3 Sessions $95
  • 5 Sessions $150

Boudoir Photography:

  • 1/2 -45 minutes – 15 photos $130

(​We offer all types of massages: Hot stone, Pregnancy, Swedish, Deep Tissue)

  • Chair Massages – $1 a minute
  • 1⁄2 hour $35
  • 1 hour $65

Discounts and Freebies:

  • Purchase any bridal makeup package and a bridal hair package and receive a FREE bridal touch-up kit
  • Total event = $800 or more — Get 10% off your bridal makeup and hair services
  • Off Season Discount — Get 10% off your bridal makeup and hair services if your event date is in the months of December, January or February

We require a reservation fee of $100 in order to secure the date for you either by check, cash or paypal. Check can be mailed to:

Tracy Watson
5402 Hidden Lane
Brainerd MN 56401
Tracy’s Cell: (218) 831-5372

Thank you for your consideration, we would be honored to be a part of your special day!

*In order for us to provide on location services we require a minimum of three clients per service reserved.

**we require a trial run for the bride at least two weeks prior to the wedding, the pricing for the trials are $75 for hair and $75 for makeup unless you purchased a package deal.

***Please notify us two full months in advance if you wish to cancel your reservation and obtain your deposit back.


Trial-runs are the same cost as the day of service.

Makeup trial runs include a skin analysis, consultation, makeup application and lashes.

Hair trial up to 2 styles if necessary

We Do Not ​​charge a travel fee to Pine Peaks Retreat and Event Center! Download Brochure

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Danielle and Josh’s wedding, Oct. 31, 2015

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Danielle and Josh chose a fall wedding at Pine Peaks and the vibrant colors of fall surrounded the country estate which was a perfect back drop for the beautiful outdoor ceremony.
For their groom’s dinner on Friday, they hosted a fabulous meal in the pavilion, followed by the rehearsal, then a unique event: a pumpkin carving and costume contest! The pumpkins were seen all around the property for the guests to enjoy. What a night to remember!
Danielle had a teddy bear made with fabric from her Grandmother’s cloths to make sure she was close for their big day. The couple gave pinecone fire starters to their guests and had them sign a guest board with well wishes. Dave made a “Pumpkin Disco Ball” just for the occasion.
Kate of Maucieri’s Catering and Chef Brian rocked the wedding feast! After dinner, one of the family members came to Dave and Julie and said “I normally don’t like fettuccine but that fettuccine was so good I could have face planted in it!”
This was a close second to the Stuffed Shells with Maucieri’s handmade Italian sausage. A champagne toast and many well wishes were given to the newlyweds. After the party started, Kate made Maucieri’s fresh pizzas for the guests in Pine Peaks very own Mugnaini Wood Fired Oven.
We at Pine Peaks Event Center and Maucieri’s catering thank Danielle and Josh for choosing us and wish them a lifetime of luck and love! Enjoy Julie’s photos.
Dave and Julie Nyland Peterson

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Jessica and Ian’s wedding, Oct. 3, 2015

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Jessica and Ian met Dave Peterson in 2013 and knew they had found their venue and instantly booked their wedding at Pine Peaks Event Center. Their date was set, then postponed… Then fortunately they picked the perfect day in October this year to recite their vows.
After their emotional vows were exchanged in front of their closest family and friends in the beautiful outdoor ceremony, their family painted a picture together each using a different colors.
The happy couple had Reichert Bus Service on hand to move the guests to and from for the day and night. Maucieri’s Catering rocked it with a fabulous feast and service!
Jessica and Ian’s love story will follow. Enjoy some of Julie’s favorite pictures.

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Cori and Tyler’s wedding, Oct. 17, 2015

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Cori and Tyler chose Pine Peaks Event Center and the perfect day in October to say “I Do!” A crisp blue sky surrounded the stunning fall colors on the beautiful country estate. The bridesmaids were given cozy blankets, which helped take the chill off.
All of the wedding guests had a spectacular view of the outdoor ceremony in the garden while Cori and Tyler stated their intentions to spend the rest of their lives together. The two personal attendants had reserved seats of their own. After the ceremony the guests were greeted by a roaring fire in the fireside room and given a word game about the couple and were asked to give the newlyweds date night ideas and marriage advice.
Kate of Maucieri’s Catering along with Chef Brian treated the guests to a wedding feast fit for royalty. Later in the evening, to the guests delight, Kate baked Maucieri’s fresh pizzas in Pine Peaks very own wood fired oven. Great job Maucieri’s!
These are just a few of Julie’s favorite pictures of this beautiful event. Watch for Cori and Tyler’s love story to follow.

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Gretchen and Pat’s Wedding, September 5, 2015

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A perfect day for a perfect pair! Pine Peaks was thrilled to host the wedding event of Gretchen and Pat on September 5, 2015. Their love story will follow. Enjoy Julie’s photos!

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Abbey and Josh’s Wedding, August 29, 2015

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Pine Peaks Event Center was honored to host the beautiful wedding weekend of Abbey and Josh on August 29, 2015.
Look for their love story to follow. Enjoy some of Julie’s photos!

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Autumn Wedding Trends and Ideas

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Imagine the crisp air, flushed cheeks, and vibrant and vivid colors swirling in the atmosphere as you walk down the aisle with your friends and family beside you. Autumn is a beautiful season to have the wedding of your dreams. Get started on planning your fall wedding with these trends and ideas below.



Take advantage of the beautiful season, and choose vibrant and rich colors that reflect the changing of the seasons. Think plum, violet, emerald, Marsala, burgundy, cranberry, sage, wine, crimson, amber, blush, champagne, tangerine, and taupe. Don’t shy away from metallic; consider golds, bronze, and copper, too!

*Pro tip: If you opt for bold autumn colors, then choose a neutral color scheme like ivory, creamy whites, and blush, for the venue so bold colors will have a chance to stand out.


Need assistance in uniting decoration, dress, and flowers? Commit to one of the popular autumn wedding themes below.

Vintage: Think classic. Think memories. Think charm. This has been the biggest wedding trend of recent years, and it has no signs of slowing down. Use a muted color scheme, lace, and pearls for a vintage theme, and add charming touches like antique frames, thrifted suitcases, and classic skeleton keys for décor accents.

Academics and School: A return to fall is synonymous with the back to school season so if you and your partner are academics – like to read and love to learn – this could be a perfect theme. Make use of books, blackboards, apples, and more.

Rustic: A perfect theme for country lovers, envision adding bonfires, hayrides, and twinkling lights for a homespun wedding. Decorate with lace, burlap, branches, tree stumps, and wildflowers. Include wheat bundles as centerpieces—wheat grains traditionally symbolize fruitfulness and good fortune!


Flowers and Décor

Most people assume that the best blooms are in the spring and summer, but don’t deny the beauty of autumn flowers like the asiatic lily, asters, calla lilies, chrysanthemums, dahlias, gerbera daisies, gladioli, marigolds, roses, sunflowers, and zinnias. Consider using autumn plants, tendrils, twigs, berries, succulents, rose hips, crab apples, and, of course, a variety of leaves to incorporate the season’s rich and complex plant life into your bouquet and decor.

Acorns, pinecones, berries, and other earthy finds make for excellent table decorations. Scatter harvest baskets, gourds, and gold-painted leaves for a perfect fall atmosphere. Add ambient lanterns, twinkling lights, and candles to make the most of autumn’s magic.

*Pro-tip: Summer is undeniably the most popular and hectic season for weddings. Ask caterers, makeup and hair stylists, musicians, and vendors if they offer any deals or discount for the off-season. Worst result? They say no. Best result? You could potentially save on the most expensive aspects of wedding planning.

Dress and Attire

Autumn fashion means warm colors and rich textures. To add a touch of warmth to your wedding gown, incorporate cardigans, knits, or shearling to the day’s wardrobe or go more glamorous with faux fur shrugs, capes, or floor-length cloaks. Consider using plains, tweed, flannels, and suede to make the most of the season.

*Pro-tip: Don’t let your guests get chilly. Provide throws, hand warmers and outdoor heaters so your guests will be extra comfortable.

Food and Drink

For a cozy and indulgent event, serve rich and seasonal food like butternut squash soup, acorn and berry chicken, truffle risotto, and a variety of seasonal treat like doughnuts, caramel apples, apple pie pops, fig cheesecake, and pumpkin pie. Look to fall dinnerPinterest boards for a warm, indulgent, and delicious menu spread.  Provide a warm beverage bar between events and let your guests sip on hot cocoa, cider, tea, and hot toddies.

Autumn is quickly becoming as popular a season as any other to have a beautiful wedding. The atmosphere and inspirations that the seasons provide will be the perfect backdrop for your wedding.

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Let Us Rock your Reception – $timulu$ Package

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Ear Kandi, now known as $timulu$ Package, was founded as a small house band at Izaty’s Resort in Onamia, MN. Lead singer, Lisa Johnson, was the entertainment director of the resort at the time. Ear Kandi started out as just Lisa and her brother for about 6 years. Then in 2003, the duo put an ad in the Mille Lacs Messenger newspaper which resulted in two new members. The group started off low-key by playing for small events, like town festivals.

Ear Kandi took a break due to Lisa giving birth to a beautiful baby before regrouping in 2009 and changing their name to $timulu$ Package. The band excelled greatly at weddings and specialty events by letting their customers pick out their favorite songs. In 2010, $timulu$ Package played at a few club gigs and weddings, but not many. Eventually they doubled their gigs and have continued to do well.

When Lisa’s brother left $timulu$ Package, they were fortunate to find a new bass, keyboard and fiddle player. Having endless amounts of energy coming from five people makes every wedding and event they play come to life. The variety of instruments used by $timulu$ Package makes its very easy to market to weddings.

Meet the Band Members:



Lisa Johnson: Singer/rhythm guitar/percussion
You think Will Ferrell can rock the cowbell, well you better watch out for Lisa! When she’s got her “More Cowbell” tee shirt on, the crowd goes wild!

Mike “Thune”: Guitar/vocals

“Billy Base on the Bass Mark”: Bass/vocals

Jorge Martini: Singer/keys/fiddle
Jorge is a very talented writer. He has written 85 original pieces.

Mikey: Drums
He doesn’t have your average set of drums, Mikey’s got a rotating platform drum stage that used to below to Prince!

$timulu$ Package has an never ending list of cover songs. They live up to their motto, “classic to rockin’ country and everything in between.” More often than not, couples will introduce them to new songs that stay on their set list. Some of the most common music they play are:

  • Medleys(2 to 3 songs that are broken down into segments)
  • Friends in Low Places/Achy Breaky Heart medley
  • Country mashups
  • Play that Funky Music/BrickHouse/Rollercoaster of Love
  • “At Last” is one of Lisa’s favorite song to sing and people LOVE to slow dance to it.
  • Hokey Pokey and Polka music

$timulu$ Package met Dave and Julie through a bride and groom. This bride had remembered hearing the band at her coworker’s wedding and knew $timulu$ Package was the perfect band to make her wedding day memorable. When they performed at Pine Peaks, Dave was extremely satisfied with what the band had to offer. Dave and Julie were very accommodating to the band, especially since they are from out of town.

After hearing the band’s performance, Dave asked them to be a preferred vendor of Pine Peaks. They have such a great relationship and are more than willing to work with each others busy schedules. The combination of services Pine Peaks and $timuml$ Package each have to offer make for a perfect opportunity and atmosphere for the perfect event. We look forward to working with this amazing band at future events at Pine Peaks!

If you want $timulu$ Package to perform at your wedding or special event, contact them here.

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Keeping the Romance in Your Relationship

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It’s easy to think of romance as puppy love and grand gestures with a sweeping, dramatic soundtrack, but how do you sustain a healthy and satisfying romance with the person you love?

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Communication is Respect

As one of the most important qualities for a healthy relationship, learning and maintaining healthy communication habits is essential for happy couples. Communicate through kind words, gestures, and actions. Healthy couples communicate through difficult times with as much respect as when they communicate through happier times. Be sure to listen without interrupting or without focusing on what to say next.

Speak up, and communicate often because harboring bad feelings leads to resentment. Don’t gloss over the uncomfortable discussions and realize that criticism can be a healthy practice as long as it is done constructively. Learning the phrase, “When ____ happens, it makes me feel ____” can be particularly helpful. And remember that honesty and transparency are essential.

Fight Fair

Simply put, words hurt. Don’t let one bad argument become what defines your relationship. Set some boundaries on how you argue. Remain respectful and in control of your emotions, and keep in mind what you both are trying to achieve. Don’t fight dirty—this means no name calling, bashing, and threatening to leave the relationship as a means of “winning” an argument. Don’t dredge up past arguments. Be willing to compromise. Practice active listening, and paraphrase to make sure you understood what the other person said. Ask for clarification if there’s something that you’re not clear about. And remember that when you are in the wrong, a true apology is spoken and listened to with humility.

loveHealthy Boundaries

Spending time together is essential to building a relationship, but keeping your own interests and independence is vital. When couples spend too much time together, it can create an unhealthy, codependent relationship, and you can lose your identity as an individual. Continue to nurture your own interests, friends, and hobbies. No relationship can thrive if you don’t take care of yourself as well as each other.

Be Appreciative

You may know why you love your partner, but do they? Not feeling appreciated or needed by your significant other can be devastating in a relationship. Show them you care with compliments, tokens of love, and small gestures or daily habits that say so much—giving a nice foot rub at the end of a long day, splitting household chores and responsibilities, leaving small encouraging notes in their briefcase, or bringing home a favorite dessert. Don’t miss any opportunity to praise your significant other, and be proud of their accomplishments.

Older coupleQuality, Not Quantity

It doesn’t matter how much time you spend together as long as you really connect during this time. It’s fun to zone out together while watching hours of your favorite TV show, but it’s crucial to make sure you spend quality time together to maintain a deep connection. Have meals at the dinner table. Disconnect from the world together by turning off electronics. Ask each other about your days to show you care.

Be Romantic

After the honeymoon period fades or after years together, it can be easy to slip into a rut. Try out new food or cultural experience at different restaurants. Get active and try hiking, rock-climbing, or scuba-diving. Be spontaneous and go on a weekend getaway. Keep the spark alive by seeking excitement with adrenaline-inducing activities. Watch a scary movie, or spend the day at an amusement park to get your hearts racing.

Think about some ways to keep the romance- or discover a new flicker- in your relationship. For tips on keeping the spark alive, listen to some advice from couples who have been together for a long time- after all, couple that has spent the last 75 years together must be doing something right!


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Anelisa and Thom’s Wedding, August 15th, 2015

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Despite swearing off men and being new to Shanghai, China, Ana immediately embarked on a search for a tall, dark, handsome, modest and grotesquely delusional English gentleman to sweep her off her feet.

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After a week of searching for those seven key characteristics, she decided it was a hopeless quest. Instead, she settled for some guy she met at an open mic stand-up comedy night. When Ana, with one “N”, thrust her number into Some Guy’s hand as the subway door was closing, he told her his name: “It’s Thom with and entirely unnecessary ‘H.’” He had all the best lines. 

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They knew pretty early on that they’d have to do the world a favo(u)r and get married to each other. Thom wanted to surprise Ana with a proposal in the Boundary Waters, the same area she’d gone camping every year since she was a child. The night before their camping trip, Thom, the vegetarian veterinarian, asked to join Eric, Ana’s father on a trip to the meat market. They were loading up for that evening’s family BBQ. With beef mince ensconced between his legs, Tom asked Eric for his blessing to ask for his daughter’s hand in marriage. The fact that their story continues tells you that it was duly granted.

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When they were finally on their way to the campsite, Thom, knowing that there was going to be canoeing involved, kept the ring in the pocket of his waterproof coat, which he insisted on either wearing or tying around his waist. The one moment he did set his coat down; Ana picked it up and felt something cube-shaped in the pocket. “What‘s this?” She asked.

Oh, that’s just my Rubik’s cube.” Thom improvised.

Ah right. Okay.” Ana wasn’t in the least bit perturbed.

Thom didn’t know whether to be relieved or crushed. Did his fiancée-to-be really believe it perfectly in character for him to bring a Rubik’s cube on a camping trip??

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It was while paddling to what would become known as Engagement Bay, that they were visited by the Engagement Eagle. The calm whooshing of this bald eagle’s wings helped settle Thom’s nerves (except for a very brief moment when those talons came a little too close for comfort, and Thom – ever the animal-lover – contemplated taking up his oar in defense).

They chose the perfect spot and set up camp and made dinner and settled in. When the moment felt right, Thom asked Ana to join him by the water’s edge. “Are we going to get married?” He asked.

Yes.” She replied.

When?” He continued.

Today.” She said matter of factly.

We can’t get married today. We have to get engaged first.” Thom reasoned.

When are we going to get engaged?” Ana picked up on the questioning.

Well…” Thom got on one knee and took what wasn’t actually a Rubik’s cube out of his coat pocket.

No! No! Stop!” Ana yelled, with her hand to her agape mouth.

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It was exactly the opposite of the response he’d hoped for. “You’re going to have to stop saying that…” With a red sun setting over his shoulder, Thom then said something terribly soppy, like “Anelise Wild Evenson, I love you more than anything else in this world, and I want you to be my wife. Will you marry me?”

She said “Yes! Yes!”

After much contemplation, they decided that Pine Peak’s Event Center was a perfect destination wedding place for them. They would have the whole country estate to themselves for the weekend. Many of their favorite family and friends packed their bags and headed to Cross Lake, Minn. to witness this very important event in Ana and Thom’s life.

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Dave surprised the guests with a Union Jack flag which was hung in the garden. The “crew” arrived and transformed Pine Peaks into a colorful, magical space. An abundance of fresh flowers adorned the area inside and out. Tie-dye flags were hung for luck and badminton, bags and croquet filled the yard. The families coming from two continents loved spending the weekend together to get to know each other.

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An early 2:00 ceremony in the garden was planned as Thom could wait no longer to see his bride. A glowing Anelise was escorted down the aisle by her mother and father where Thom saw Ana for the first time that day. His expression was priceless. The joyful guests helped to celebrate with sing-alongs during the ceremony. You could feel the love in the air as they said “I DO!”

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In an English tradition, ice cold Pimm was served to the guests after the ceremony in the pavilion. After numerous family pictures to remember their time together, the guests joined the newlyweds for a celebration in the dining room. Many family members joined the couple at the head table. Cheers and well wishes were everywhere as the evening continued.

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Chef Brian and Kate of Maucieri’s Catering rocked the event with a fabulous feast. Later, the guests were served fresh baked pizzas in Pine Peaks’ wood fired oven. They all danced the night away and made lifetime memories…

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We at Pine Peaks were truly honored to host this destination wedding for Ana and Thom. We wish them luck and love in their future together and hope they continue to find humor in everyday life! See their Facebook wedding album here.

Dave and Julie Nyland Peterson


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