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Faithann and John’s Wedding – February 22, 2014

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Faithann and John's Wedding

John and Faithann met 6 years ago and became very close friends for a year before John finally asked her on a date. After dating a couple of years John asked Faithann to marry him while kneeling on a beach in Cozumel, Mexico in March 2012. She said YES!

Faithann and John

Once engaged, they toured many venues in the cities but nothing seemed to “just click” until they toured Pine Peaks Event Center and met Dave Peterson. They planned the wedding in just six months! They toured our country estate in August and the wedding was held the following February! They loved how unique the Event Center grounds were in that they could have the farm for a whole weekend for their wedding celebration. They were also excited with the onsite ceremony option in the Pavilion. Faithann enjoyed using Julie’s available decorations to compliment the Ball jars that she had painted and decorated. (They are “paying it forward” and left many decorations for future couples to use!  Thanks Faithann! There are already couples who plan to use them.)

The Groom’s dinner was held on Friday night in the fireside room of the Event Center and was catered by Maucieri’s. The wedding party and family enjoyed gathering and staying in the Retreat House and formed new relationships as well as strengthened old ones.

Faithann and John Wedding Salon

The wedding day was a crisp blue day in February. The ladies enjoyed getting ready with hair and makeup in the Salon located in the Retreat House. They wore beautiful navy blue dresses with ivory ties to match the bride’s gorgeous dress.
The ceremony was held with family and friends in the Pavilion followed by a reception complete with a hot chocolate bar in the fireside room. This was a big hit! Dinner was later catered by Maucieri’s with a fabulous buffet dinner. Everyone enjoyed fresh bread, Caesar Salad, Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce, Roasted Garlic Baby Reds, Pork Prime Rib, Chicken Florentine with wine sauce served with fresh steamed spinach mashed potato and green beans. Amazing food!

DJ at Faithann and John's Wedding

The group rocked the night away with DJ Craig McCulloch of Mac MC who is an Uncle of the bride. Later in the evening, Maucieri’s made their famous homemade pizzas for the crowd in Pine Peaks Italian wood fired oven.
When asked about their relationship Faithann said “We love and respect each other more and more each day. John makes me feel grounded and safe with his calm and genuine personality, while I keep his life fun and interesting with my creative and feisty personality. The saying opposites attract could not be any truer than with our relationship, and we love it. Although, we do share many, many passions such as cooking together, being active and travel.” (Well stated! Dido on that for Dave and Julie)

Faithann and John

The newlyweds bought a house in Andover, MN three years ago and they live there with their loving pooch, Bernie! They celebrated their honey moon on another beach in Cabo San Jose!

We at Pine Peaks wish Faithann and John a lifetime of happiness and thank them for sharing their wonderful wedding with us! We were glad you chose us! It was an honor to share in your joyful celebration!

-Dave and Julie Peterson

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Dave and Dena – February 8th, 2014

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Dave and Dena met online and quickly became best friends. Dave chose the blessed holiday season to propose by putting a ring in Dena’s stocking and proposing Christmas Eve! She said YES!

Dave and Dena

Dave and Dena chose Pine Peaks Event Center to celebrate their wedding weekend. They loved that Pine Peaks included all the linens, draped tables and decorations. When they arrived Thursday, they “shopped” upstairs in the Pine Peak’s decoration room and came up with their own combination for the tables. It looked fabulous!

Dave and Dena Wedding

The groom’s dinner was held Friday night in Pine Peaks Fireside Room with a roaring fire in the background. An intimate dinner and celebration was shared with family and friends. The Retreat House was occupied all weekend by family and friends that now share forever memories.

Dave and Dena Wedding

Dave and Dena were married in Pequot Lakes, MN at Grace United Methodist Church. The father of the bride walked the “barefoot” Dena down the aisle and then went to the alter to perform the ceremony! Dena’s brother is also a minister and officiated the beginning of the service. Family and friends were honored to witness the vows.
The reception followed at Pine Peaks Event Center. The guests were greeted with a roaring fire on the crisp February day. A fabulous dinner was served and they all danced the night away. Continuing in the Pine Peaks tradition, Maucieri’s made fresh pizzas in the Italian wood oven early in the evening. The guests enjoyed the celebration of Dena and Dave’s love well into the night.

Dave and Dena Wedding

The couple honeymooned in Florida and especially enjoyed Disney World! We at Pine Peaks wish Dave and Dena a lifetime of happiness! We thank them for choosing us and sharing their special weekend with us.

-Dave and Julie Peterson

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Kate and Chris Jones – January 18th, 2014 Wedding

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Kate messaged Jeff, a friend from college, in January 2012 over Facebook. Jeff was in Kuwait when she asked him to set her up with the “perfect man”.  She didn’t expect him to set her up or even respond to her “I hate men” email.  However, Jeff introduced Chris to Kate via Facebook and he stole her heart with his first letter to her. She did the whole girly squeal over and over while reading it!

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They did long face book letters to each other and eventually instant messaged.  Chris sent her flowers, wrote her a book and ran 3 miles anytime he could to find a phone card and call Kate.  They eventually met in May when Chris was back in the states.  She was standing in the middle of the road and there were two cars coming towards her.  Chris pulled up and she ran to him and they hugged.  He was so tall and handsome; their fate was sealed.  Chris was a corporal in the US Army and a sniper school graduate previously deployed to the Balkans and the Middle East.

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Chris and Kate chose a crisp sunny day in January 2014 to celebrate their love at Pine Peaks.  The day was GLORIOUS from the first peaceful moments of the morning through the exchange of vows in front of family and friends in the pavilion as the sun went down. Following the ceremony a spectacular reception was held in the Event Center with the Head Table displayed in the center of the room in a “regal setting” for 24.  Family and friends filled the room.

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The best man was Chris’ brother Mike who was unable to attend the ceremony.  He is serving as a US Army Specialist and stationed in Fort Brag, North Carolina.  He surprised his brother and the crowd with a heartfelt recorded toast for the newlyweds.  He described Chris as a protective and selfless brother and promised Kate she would always have protection, love and support and was so happy they found each other.  See the awesome video on Youtube.

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Maucieri’s Catering delighted the crowd with another spectacular buffet dinner starting with fresh bread, a house salad and Antipasto.  Chef Dewey out did himself with his Grilled Chicken Marcela and Stuffed Shells featuring Tony’s famous homemade Italian sausage, fresh spinach and three cheeses, topped with gravy and baked to perfection. Jodi from Maucieri’s made one of their specialties fresh pizzas in Pine Peaks Italian Wood stove at 10:00 and they danced the night away.  The newlyweds presently reside in Fargo, ND.  For a wedding present Chris’s parents put together a special weekend in March in the cities with a hotel, dinner and a play.

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We wish Chris and Kate a successful marriage and a fabulous life together. It was an honor to host their wedding and witness their love. (Kate, you can borrow my fuzzy jacket anytime)

-Dave and Julie Peterson

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Be Radiant with This Year’s Pantone Color of the Year!

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The New Year has come which means that the newest Pantone Color of the Year has taken the throne.  The newest reigning color is Radiant Orchid, which is a majestic violet and magenta color. The potential ways to use this rich color for your upcoming wedding are endless!

Radiant Orchid

Imagine your bridesmaids in this lush color that is appropriate for all seasons that will make your gorgeous white dress pop in all of your wedding photos. We cannot forget about the gents that will be in the wedding as well! Accessorize them with a dashing Radiant Orchid bow tie or tie to create a complete ensemble of good-looking people.

Bridesmaid   Tie

The color purple is associated with royalty, grandeur, extravagance and ambition, and using Radiant Orchid within your wedding will do just that. Consider utilizing this color with your floral décor. Using actual orchids, purple lilacs or sweet pea are great options for your arrangements and/or bouquets.

Bouquet   Decoration Orchid

Wardrobe and flowers are only one part of the wedding experience, we cannot forget about decorations! Radiant Orchid can be paired with a variety of colors such as gold, light gray and/or dark blue to accent its beauty. Whether you are a purple fanatic or not, the use of this color will give your wedding a unique decadent look and feel.

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There are numerous possibilities on how to use this color! We hope that our suggestions and examples have helped to jog your inspiration and creativity to make your wedding as radiant as the Pantone Color of the Year!







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Ambrosia and Joachim Eitenmiller – January 25, 2014 Wedding

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We asked Ambrosia and Joachim to tell us their love story and Joe replied “Our story is really based on the meeting, loving and knowing your best friend.” They both love to hunt, fish, boat, hike and travel. He said “As best friends, being with each other is fun, yet romantic. Our love is a destiny that we intend to fulfill for the rest of our lives.”

The day was crisp and skies were royal blue. The wedding party enjoyed the Pine Peaks Retreat House and when they ventured outside they were warmed by the roaring fire in the fire pit. Ambrosia and Joe were married in record time at the Crosslake Lutheran Church witnessed by their family and closest friends.

IMG_8712The celebration followed with a reception at the Pine Peaks Event Center. They chose a vintage theme to decorate the Event Center so there was nostalgia in the air. The bride’s parents Ron and Dee Dee collected numerous vintage pieces consisting of silver, cameras and photos. Each table had an interesting display of these unique items. The scent of fresh red and white roses filled the air. The cake top belonged to the bride’s maternal grandparents from their wedding in 1960. A photo of the couple cutting their cake was on display.

IMG_8734The guests of Joe and Ambrosia enjoyed a variety of fabulous cupcakes and cheese cakes made by their “sweet” aunt. On display was a photo of the bride’s fraternal grandparents along with the wedding dress which was made from a parachute from WWII. Likewise, the mother of the bride’s bouquet from 1984 was displayed. Other family photos also added to the decor and all had a story of the family’s history.

IMG_8827Mauceri’s Catering delighted the guests with their fabulous buffet dinner. Fresh bread, house salad followed by beef bourguignonne, stuffed chicken with ham, three cheese prosciutto and basil and roasted garlic rosemary baby reds and Sicilian green beans. Jodi later made a crowd favorite, fresh pizzas in Pine Peak’s Italian Wood Fired Oven.

IMG_8844Trying to outdo the vintage photos was difficult, but the guests tried while entertained themselves and gave the bride and groom fabulous photos in Premier Entertainment’s photo booth. Then they danced the night away. Love was obviously in the air as a bridesmaid,also the sister of the bride, Lauren, became engaged after all of the festivities of the night were done! She will also be a beautiful bride.


The newlyweds plan a honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. It was an honor to host their wedding weekend and celebration. We wish them a life of success and love. – Dave and Julie Peterson

Click here to view Ambrosia and Joachim’s wedding album.

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A Winter Weekend Getaway in the Pine Peaks Retreat Center Lodge!

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What better way than to spend these cold winter days, than in our warm and cozy Retreat Center Lodge?


You along with 5 additional couples or friends and family could win a weekend away in March to the Pine Peaks Retreat Center Lodge!

The Retreat Center Lodge is typically used for the Bride and her wedding Party to prepare for the wedding day. It has also been used for corporate retreats such as scrapbooking parties, and overnight golf trips.

This lodge was built in 2005 to accommodate 18+ people. It contains 5 bedrooms and a loft. Perfect for 6 couples or a big group of friends and family. Enjoy the spacious 6,000 square feet of comfort. The lodge has a big, open concept Gourmet Kitchen. The living room has 2 televisions (one 50-inch and two 40-inch). The lower level comes with a wet bar, pool table and a 50-inch TV! The Master bedroom is equipped with a Jacuzzi and fireplace. All perfect for a fun weekend away. You know you deserve it!

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Win a weekend getaway with friends and family at the Retreat Center Lodge in March 2014! Simply visit our Facebook page  and “like”and “share” your way to a weekend of relaxation! Like our Facebook page starting Tuesday, February 4th and better your chances by sharing the post from February 4th and comment on whom you would like to bring with you. The winner will be drawn by random and they will get to choose the dates of March 14th – 16th or March 21st – 23rd for their weekend getaway.

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Erica and Cory’s True Love Story

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Erica and Cory were the winners of the $40,000 wedding giveaway from Pine Peaks Retreat and Event Center. We are extremely excited for them to have their wedding here. They are a great couple and have a wonderful love story that we would love to share with you all.


While Cory was growing up and attending school in Minnesota, he never would have guessed his future wife; Erica was growing up and attending school in the next-door state of North Dakota. For most of their life they were only a state a part and at times only a few hours apart. But that is not where they would cross paths. It wasn’t until 2012 that they met in Utah.

After graduating from St Johns University in 2008, Cory decided to join the Air Force. He finished training in 2009 and went off to his first duty station, Hill Air Force Base (AFB), Utah.

Erica graduated from Minnesota State University, Moorhead in 2011 and was itching to get out of North Dakota. Since her brother and his family were stationed at Hill AFB, she thought that was her best opportunity to get out. So in September of 2011 she headed to Utah to look for jobs and experience a new place.

Erica eventually found a job that would suffice for a while and there she made a few good friends, but she still hung around the house a lot. Her sister –in- law started convincing her to come out with her. She was trying to help Erica meet more people in the area. June 2nd, 2012, was the day the Erica and Cory first met. They exchanged a shake of hands and that’s about it. After a couple more occurrences of the same sort of interaction, they would finally catch each other’s eye.

On July 14th, 2012 Erica and her sister went to see Mike Epps at the Comedy Club, in which Cory was attending as well. They didn’t see each other though. Afterwards, since her sister was driving, she had Erica call Cory to see if anything was going on after the show. From that moment on, Cory would take full advantage of having Erica’s number.

A few of them met up a little later in the night. Cory would go on to talk most of the time while Erica yawned and waited to go home. Before Erica left, Cory squeezed her shoulders and said, “You smell good!” Awkward. When Erica got home and was getting ready to go to bed, Cory sent her a text saying, “You have no idea how good it was to see you tonight!” Again, awkward.

The next day Cory apologized for the awkward moments. They went on to text for most of the day and Cory asked her to see the movie Brave. Although Erica isn’t a big fan of animated movies, she said yes because it was something to do. They enjoyed the movie, but both of them thought of it as nothing but the beginning of a friendship.

At one point in the night on July 14th, Cory had made fun of Erica’s headlights and said he was a pro at cleaning them. So, Erica made him prove it. He came over one evening and cleaned them for her. They took the car through the car wash when he was done. That night they went on to talk until one in the morning. This is when they realized they had a lot in common. They talked about everything from age, to education, to background, to the military.

You see, Erica had applied for the Air Force earlier in the year. While all of this was happening with Cory, she was finding out what her job was going to be and when she would ship out to Basic Training.

Erica’s ship out date was to be November 27th, 2012. After the night with the headlights, Cory and Erica started hanging out more often. Since she was going to be leaving, they took things slow right away. It wasn’t till around the 7th time they hung out that Cory kissed Erica.

In August, Cory’s parents came to visit and he was adamant about Erica hanging out with them. While they were visiting, they wanted to take a motorcycle ride to Bear Lake. Erica had never been on a motorcycle ride before, but they convinced her to tag along. It may have been early in the relationship, but Cory’s parents made her feel like she was part of the family.

As the months went by, Cory and Erica tried to enjoy the time they had together. They took a few trips throughout Utah. One in particular was to Park City, UT where they would celebrate Christmas together since Erica wouldn’t be around for it. Cory had a small box for her and for a second she thought he was proposing. It was a ring, but today it is the ring she wears on her right ring finger, a promise ring.

Before they knew it, November 26th rolled around. Erica had to stay in Salt Lake City the night before she shipped out, so Cory came to visit her briefly. It was a tough goodbye because they had no idea what the future held for them. They didn’t know when they would see each other again or if they were tough enough to get through the distance and unforeseen.

Basic Training was in Texas and 8 weeks long. Erica was allowed a 15 -minute phone call a week and she could also write letters. She didn’t know at the time, but Cory wrote her a letter every single day she was there.

It was hard for her to decide who to call each week, but she tried to leave at least one minute every time to call Cory and let him know she was ok. One week she got an additional phone call for being one of five girls who passed their locker inspection. Of course, she used that phone call for Cory. He was in Las Vegas at the time and so happy to hear from her. He even went the distance to say, “I am going to marry you some day.”

Erica was set to graduate January 25th, 2013. Cory had been planning a ski trip for around that time, but he cancelled it to go see her. She was allowed four days with her family but she still had curfew of 2100 hours. Therefore, Cory was going to meet her family while she wasn’t around and he would spend every evening with them once she went back to the dorms. This is when Erica realized she had a special guy on her hands. Her family welcomed him with open arms and just like his parents did with her, her parents made him feel like he was part of the family.

This goodbye was even harder than the last. Erica had no idea how long her additional training was going to be. She heard everything from 3 months to 13 months. So again, they said goodbye without knowing when they would see each other next.

Erica’s next phase of training was held at the same base in Texas. She was allowed to have her phone after the duty day, so her and Cory could now talk or FaceTime everyday.

Her birthday is March 24th, so they planned for Cory to come visit her over that time, since she wasn’t allowed to go anywhere. Cory flew in on Friday and flew out on Monday. He arrived early on Friday the 22nd, before Erica was released for the day.

Everyday there is a final formation held where all the Airmen in Tech School gather together to receive any important information and recognize anyone important. That specific day, Erica was working in the dorm so she wasn’t required to attend final formation. The student leader called her workstation and told her to go though. Erica was upset, anxious and nervous all at the same time. Cory was waiting in the parking lot for her so she just wanted to hurry up and be done. Once at final form, her military training leader called her to the stage. She was being recognized for being Distinguished Graduate in her class. Erica thought this was odd because no one else had ever been recognized for that. All of a sudden, Cory jumps on stage in uniform. He gave Erica a hug and then got down on one knee in front of 250+ people.

Needless to say, they enjoyed their weekend together. Every hello meant there was a goodbye and again they didn’t know when the next time they would see each other was going to be.

Over the next 8 months, Cory drove overnight and surprised Erica while she was in Washington. His parents, her parents and Cory visited her while she was in Little Rock. Cory and Erica went back to North Dakota and met her friends. Erica also made a short trip to Utah. They were able to see each other every 2 months or so.

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Ironically, a year later, on November 27th, 2013 Erica finished and graduated from all her training. They now anxiously plan and a wait their wedding day on June 28th of this year! We can’t wait for their big day!


Check out Erica and Cory’s engagement photos done by Kelli Engstrom Photography.

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2014 WeddingWire and The Knot Winners

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Pine Peaks Retreat and Event Center has done it again! For the second year in a row we have won the WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Awards and The Knot Best of Weddings 2014!

We were determined winners of the WeddingWire’s Couple’s Choice Award by our excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism with our wedding venue here at Pine Peaks Retreat and Event Center. Winners are chosen based on the reviews from past clients on WeddingWire, the nations largest wedding review site, with over one million newlywed reviews.

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Pine Peaks has been recognized as one of the top 5% wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada.

We also received an award for The Knot Best of Weddings 2014. Brides were asked to rate and review their wedding vendors. The results led us to be one of the best wedding venues and top wedding professionals this year!


A special thank you to all that reviewed us in 2013, it is great to have support from our guests. Congratulations to all the other winners of the WeddingWire’s Couple’s Choice Awards and The Knot Best of Weddings 2014!

Here is to another great year of service!

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Seven New Year’s Resolutions Every Bride Needs to Know

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With recent engagements over the holidays and the New Year in full swing, it is time to set some wedding planning resolutions for yourself! Wedding planning can be stressful for many brides, but if you set resolutions for yourself before the process begins, you are bound to have a smooth ride all the way up until the words “I DO.”

Here are 7 wedding resolutions that will make your wedding planning easier:

1. Create a checklist list

Putting together a list of things you need to do to have the wedding of your dreams will give you an idea of what you have in store for the upcoming months and will help you set a date as soon as possible.


There are many sites that offer wedding check lists for you. This will take away the worry that you may have missed something on your list. For example The Knot offers the “Ultimate Wedding Checklist” that is customizable to fit your planning needs.

Once you have your checklist ready to go, be sure to create some sort of folder or binder to keep your checklist and any other items you may accumulate throughout your planning. This will keep you organized and everything in one place.


2. Create your Guest List

This should be one of your top priorities. Having a good idea of how many people you are planning to invite will help you decide on your ceremony location and your venue. You do not want to book a venue that holds 100 people to realize later that you actually want to invite 300.

The Wedding Wire offers a tool that helps you import your guests names, addresses, RSVPs, gifts and more.


3. Set a budget

This is also something you want to do at the beginning of your wedding planning process. Sit down with your fiancé and discuss how much money you can afford for your wedding. If your parents plan to pitch in for your wedding day, make sure you establish a number with them before you spend money they may not have.

Research how much an average wedding in your area costs. The Knot has a great Budget Calculator and advice to help you stick to your budget.


Once you have your budget you will be able to figure out how much you can spend on each item of your wedding. Never go over your budget. It will lead to more stress and unnecessary items you do not need for your wedding.

4.Order your dress early

Don’t be afraid to start dress shopping right away. You are most likely excited and want find that perfect dress. Plan a day with your bridal party to go dress shopping.


It is important that you the find THE dress, but it is also important to order it early. Sometimes it can take months for your dress to be delivered. You have to also figure in the time for alterations. After you lose the weight you wanted to, you might need more alterations than you first had thought, so give yourself time!

5. DIY is your friend

Not only are DIY wedding projects good for your budget, it makes your wedding unique from everyone else.

Figure out what things you can make yourself for your wedding. Centerpieces, flower bouquets, pew decorations, guest book, and a photo slideshow are among the many things you can make yourself. Then figure out how much time it may take you to do each of these things and set a date or time to make them. Make it fun by inviting your bridal party over to help. Offer drinks and play some fun music while you gossip and make your crafts. It will give you and your bridesmaids a chance to bond, plus you have the extra help!

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Pinterest is a great place to look for DIY wedding ideas. Visit the Pine Peaks Wedding Pinterest Page for some inspiration.

6. Be picky about your venue

Just because the venue looks amazing, does not mean it is a good choice for you. Do your research! Ask your friends and family where they had their venue and what they thought about it. You want a place that you love how it looks, but you also want a place where the owners are easy to work with and make your experience enjoyable.

Pine Peaks Retreat and Event Center not only has beautiful grounds, but we like to treat our couples as our guests. We want you to feel at home from the moment you get here to the moment you leave and we want your friends and family to feel that way as well. We promise you won’t be disappointed. For available dates contact us.

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7. Enjoy being engaged

Wedding planning can take your focus off of your fiancé. Be sure to set aside some time to share the love and excitement with them.

Involve them in your planning as well. Some may not enjoy that sort of thing, but having them help you with the planning will give you more time to bond and build excitement for them as well.

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Eric and Rachel’s Wedding on October 12th, 2013 at Pine Peaks

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Eric and Rachel grew up in Hastings and knew of each other, however did not meet until the summer of 2011. Rachel went as her mom’s date to a wedding and Eric was a friend of the groom. (Love was in the air) They danced, but didn’t talk much, however, reconnected a few weeks later at a local bar in Hastings and started dating soon after.

Eric proposed at Bentleyville, which is a Christmas light tour in Duluth, MN in November of 2012. He conspired with friend and maid of honor Jen to surprise Rachel as he popped the question with Christmas lights and the magic of the season to set the mood. She found a lot of new “sparkle” on her hand and she said “yes!”

The couple chose Pine Peaks Event Center because they loved the beautiful outdoor setting for the ceremony. They were superb planners and organizers and made the most out of the property and the available decorations for their wedding weekend.

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The groom’s dinner was held Friday in the seasonally decorated pavilion with a buffet dinner served by Chef Dewey of Maucieri’s Catering with stuffed chicken, slow roasted beef, house salad, garlic baby reds and asparagus with hollandaise.

On Saturday, their dream wedding came true as the fabulous fall colors of October provided the back-drop they wanted as family and friends witnessed the vows. The intermittent rain gave the property an earthy glow and as tradition has it, with the rain comes a promise of “luck and prosperity” in their marriage.


The rain stopped and prompted by Mother Nature herself, a flock of Canadian Geese stole the show with a breathless fly over. The experience was amazing. After the ceremony, the shuttle escorted the newlyweds and bridal party to a neighbor’s lake property for stunning photos with the fall colors surrounding the bridal party.


They were then escorted to a local favorite Moonlight Bay for a toast to the couple! Back at Pine Peaks Event Center the celebration continued with family and friends as the bridal party was introduced.


Fall was in the air and the Event Center was decorated inside and out. Chef Dewey of Maucieri’s Catering again pleased the guests with antipasti, fresh breads, house salad and Caesar salad, chicken fettuccine and penne pasta with spicy rose’ sauce and veggies. Later in the evening, Jodi from Maucieri’s cooked pizzas in the Italian wood fire oven for the guests. This is a Pine Peaks tradition and was a big hit!


The couple resides in Inver Grove Heights and plans to ring in the New Year and their new lives as husband and wife in the Bahamas! We wish the newlyweds a life full of “sparkle” and many more colorful days! We were honored to host your beautiful dream wedding weekend. Best wishes! -Dave and Julie Peterson

Click here to view Eric and Rachel’s wedding album.

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