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Stephanie and Andrew’s Outdoor Wedding – January 3rd, 2015

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Stephanie and Andrew had a dream of having an outdoor winter wedding and their dream came true at Pine Peaks Retreat and Event Center! Stephanie prayed for snow, and she was blessed with a sparkly dusting of gorgeous snow which fell on Saturday morning giving the Country Estate a magical feel. The groomsmen set up chairs as the snow fell around them. ABRA Snow Removal later appeared and blew a path around the ceremony area.

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Stephanie and her bridesmaids enjoyed doing their hair and makeup in the Salon in the Master Suite of the Retreat House. I love taking candid photos of bridal parties getting ready and this day was a special treat as many giggles and a lot of laughter were shared amongst the guests. The whole group was playful and truly enjoyed their time together in the Retreat House.

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An enchanted first look was shared by Stephanie and Andrew with tremendous snowflakes falling all around. The moment was magical and the gorgeous, smiling bride was glowing as she stepped closer to her groom who anxiously waited. The couple did not wait for the photographer to ask them to kiss. Their love was evident in their reaction to seeing one another for the first time on that very special day.

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This was the first Wedding celebration held at Pine Peaks in 2015 and the VERY FIRST EVER “WINTER OUTDOOR WEDDING”!  An amazing energy surrounded the ceremony as the guests cozied together and warmed themselves with blankets. Stephanie was escorted down the snow sprinkle aisle by her father to a smiling Andrew. Tears of joy were shared by the couple during their vows to love each other forever.

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After the ceremony, the couple led their family and friends into the warmth of the Fireside Room waiting with hot coffee, hot chocolate and hot cider, and a roaring fire.  The room was previously decorated by the guys with a rustic, outdoor feel. The candle lit Dining Room had Stephanie’s hand in the décor with a touch of bling and elegance. The couple and decorating entourage arrived early and enjoyed using Pine Peak’s many decorations to achieve both of their visions of a dream wedding under one roof!  Rustic and Elegant!

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An early dinner was served by Kate of Maucieri’s Catering and Chef Brian once again did a fabulous job of satisfying the hungry guests! They started with a House salad, Sicilian green beans, antipasto, a generous sampling of prosciutto ham, pepperoni, salami, capicolla, Italian cheeses, tomato relish and pepperoncini drizzled with Italian dressing. The entrees were the ultimate comfort food on a cold winter day with Jumbo Stuffed Shells filled with Maucieri’s handmade Italian sausage, fresh spinach and three cheeses, topped with gravy and baked to perfection.  Also, Chicken Parmesan which was lightly breaded then grilled chicken topped with provolone cheese and gravy and served over fettuccine. Thank you Maucieri’s for a fabulous dinner!

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The celebration continued with toasts of good luck to the couple and the guests danced the night away! For those with a sweet tooth, many choices were available at the Dessert Bar. Kate of Maucieri’s later treated the guests to a late night snack of Maucieri’s hand made pizzas in Pine Peaks’ very own Mugnaini oven.

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The couple met while going to North Central University through mutual friends. Nine months later, Andrew went down on one knee at his parent’s house with family and friends surrounding them and asked Stephanie to marry him. SHE SAID YES!!! The newlyweds reside in Minneapolis and the rest of the story is to be continued…

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We, at Pine Peaks, truly wish Stephanie and Andrew the best of luck and love in their journey together as husband and wife. We hope the genuine sparkle that they shared on their beautiful wedding day remains forever. We thank them for choosing Pine Peaks!

- Dave and Julie Peterson

See the rest of their Facebook Wedding Photo Album here.



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Mestad’s Bridal & Formal Wear

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Last Summer, Mestad’s Bridal & Formal Wear provided and delivered tuxedos at a wedding held at Pine Peaks. Their services were so extraordinary that we have asked them to be a preferred vendor for us, and they agreed! Mestad’s is our one and only vendor in the tuxedo rental category.

Mestad’s is located in St. Cloud, Edina, and Rochester, MN. They offer dozens of tuxedos in both classic and trendy styles as well as hundreds of different vest and tie combinations. You can create the perfect look for whatever event you’re dressing up for! Let’s not forget about the huge variety of wedding and bridesmaid dresses too. They carry gowns in sizes 2-28 and have a wide range of prices points that will go over well with all sorts of brides.

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What does their delivery service have to offer you may ask? Mestad’s has a van that will deliver the tuxedos to Pine Peaks either before or after the rehearsal dinner. The delivery vans are fully equipped with sewing machines and extras of everything just in case. The guys will then try on their tuxedos and make any alterations and adjustments right on the spot. Tuxedo delivery services cost $14 per tux. Mestad’s is willing to offer our grooms and groomsmen delivery for only $10 per tux!

We are so fortunate to have Mestad’s as our preferred vendor. With their generosity, kindness, and efficient services, we believe that Mestad’s will help our married couples have a beautiful and stress-free wedding.

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- Dave and Julie Peterson


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Danae and Catlan’s Wedding – December 20th, 2014

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Danae and Catlan met through Catlan’s sister Carley. Danae and Carley had been friends for a couple of years before he requested her phone number. Luckily, she shared Danae’s number! They dated for about eight years before he popped the question. They were on their annual sweetheart snowmobile trail ride last February 22nd when they stopped along the trail and Catlan got down on one knee and asked if she would marry him. SHE SAID YES!! 2014-12-20 03.44.33 Danae and Catlan live in the middle of North Dakota and wanted a destination wedding within driving distance so many of their family and friends could witness their vows. They chose Pine Peaks as it had everything they needed right on the property and loved that no other events would interrupt their day. They filled the Retreat House with family and friends for the whole wedding weekend! Many came early to decorate on Thursday. A light layer of snow covered the country estate making the space magical. They loved that Pine Peaks had so many decorations to choose from to transform the Event Center into the wedding of Danae’s dreams with an elegant and classic décor. 2014-12-19 21.28.37 The bride went with black chair covers and linens covered with maroon organza table covers and champagne bows. The guests of honor at the head table had sparkly chair ties and gold chargers which added an elegant touch! Various combinations of decorations were used throughout, which added a festive bling. Dave made ice candles to add sparkle outside on the walk way. They completed decorating on Friday and then held the rehearsal in the Pavilion. The Groom’s Dinner was held at Zorbaz Restaurant in Cross Lake. 2014-12-20 02.25.31 Saturday arrived and it was THEIR day! Catlan had requested that he not see his beautiful bride the day of the wedding until she was walking down the aisle. Danae stated that he had so few requests for their day and she couldn’t say no. (He was a very romantic groom) 2014-12-19 22.48.37   The wedding party got ready in the Retreat House in separate quarters. The Master Suite with its own salon was the hangout for the Bride and her entourage. The guys were allowed the use of the rest of the house with the lower level being their main domain to get ready. 2014-12-19 22.09.40 The bride was radiant in her strapless gown adorned with sparkling jewels that matched the twinkle in her eyes. Her laughter was contagious as she shared the day with her mom and bridal party who wore stunning cranberry red satin dresses. Their unique bouquets were an arrangement of Christmas bulbs! 2014-12-20 01.30.39 It was 4:30 and it was time for the Groom to see his Bride! Danae wore the orange sandals she had worn to prom with Catlan years before as she was escorted by her father from the Retreat House and down the aisle. An emotional  Groom waited as Danae made her way toward him. Loving vows were witnessed by all who had traveled to share their wedding day. A Unity Cross was assembled by the Bride and Groom as a symbol of two becoming one. They were introduced as Husband and Wife and they joyously walked hand and hand up the aisle ready for the rest of their lives! 2014-12-20 03.54.35 After the ceremony, a roaring fire awaited the guests in the fireside room and Toni Maucieri Sr. and Wes were ready at the bar. Kate of Maucieri’s Catering and her team went to great lengths to make sure all of the guests were taken care of for the entire evening. Rob the DJ introduced the wedding party and the new Mr. and Mrs. and the party began! 2014-12-20 04.25.16 A Pine Peak’s tradition, Dave introduced Maucieri’s team and announced the menu chosen by the couple. Chef Brian outdid himself with a Ceaser Salad, fresh bread, Antipasto, Asparagus, Chicken Parmesan which is lightly bread, then grilled chicken topped with provolone cheese and gravy and served over fettuccine. The guests also enjoyed Stuffed Shells of jumbo pasta shells stuffed with handmade Italian Sausage, fresh spinach and three cheeses, topped with gravy and baked to perfection! Fabulous!!! 2014-12-20 04.32.07 Reed’s Bakery created a beautiful sparkly two tiered cake for the newlyweds to cut and Maucieri’s cut the sheet cake for the guests who had a sweet tooth. S’mores where also provided for those who wanted the classic chocolate gooey treat! 2014-12-20 04.12.37 As a special late night snack, Kate baked fresh made pizzas in Pine Peak’s very own Mugnaini Wood Fired Oven. The guests danced the night away with Danae and Catlan. 2014-12-20 06.03.22 The Newlyweds plan a Honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic followed by a long weekend snowmobiling in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Danae is a Dental Hygienist and Catlan is a farmer. They share their happy home with their dog Gus and four cats! 2014-12-20 04.55.46 We, at Pine Peaks, were delighted to share this joyful wedding weekend with Danae and Catlan and their fun wedding guests! Their love for each other was contagious! We wish them the best of luck and love in their HAPPILY EVER AFTER!

See the rest of their Facebook Wedding Photo Album here.

- Dave and Julie Peterson

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Catrina and Tyler’s Wedding – November 22nd, 2014

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Catrina and Tyler met through mutual friends while attending college at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Catrina distinctly remembers meeting Tyler at a local bar and recalls him being loud, crazy and way too outgoing for her taste! Ha! They all started hanging out together quite regularly and Catrina realized that if she was going to run with this crowd, she was going to have to step out of her comfort zone and join in on their antics. So she joined them!

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Tyler was the leader of all possible ways to have fun and she found herself really enjoying how fun and spontaneous he was. It was hard for her to say no to dating him, so she finally said YES! They dated for a year and a half before he proposed.

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While Tyler and Catrina were dating, she spent her summers out in Yellowstone National Park working as a general ranger for the Park Service. The second summer she received a care package from Tyler with instructions to open one package a week for each week she was there. In each package was a love note with little things such as candy, a book to read, bug spray and a movie for them to watch on their Skype date night that they had once a week. This made the summer and their long distance much more tolerable!

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At the end of the season in September of 2013 Tyler flew out to Bozeman to keep her company on her trip back to Grand Forks, ND. They drove straight through from Bozeman to Grand Forks and decided to go out to dinner and have a date night that night. Catrina jumped into the shower and when she opened the door of the bathroom into the hallway the lights were out and there were rose petals, tea candles and all of the love notes that he had written for her that summer laid out down the hall and around the corner! Each letter of the first word in every love letter was circled. As you put them together it spelled out WILL YOU MARRY ME? She opened the door to the bedroom and along with dimmed lights and more candles, there was Tyler down on one knee with her ring in his hand!  He kept the proposal short and sweet telling Catrina he loved her more than anything and asked her again in person this time to marry him! SHE SAID YES!!

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Catrina and Tyler decided on a church ceremony in Hackensack, MN where Catrina is from. They wanted a new experience for their family and friends so they chose Pine Peaks Retreat and Event Center for their wedding weekend. They loved that so many family and friends could stay right on the property and get ready for the wedding in the beautiful Retreat House.

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They arrived early and put together a unique combination of decorations which made the space their own. Dave had freshly cut pine for their centerpieces which were topped with Ball Jars, candles and baby’s breath and pink flowers. Tyler and Catrina had made and designed a cake and cupcake display that was spectacular! (They kindly left that for other couples to enjoy! Thanks guys!)

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On Friday, after the rehearsal at the Catholic Church in Hackensack, Catrina and Tyler hosted the Groom’s Dinner in Pine Peaks’ Pavilion and utilized the prep kitchen and buffet room to put together a feast! A great time was had by all!

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It was finally Saturday and it was time for the WEDDING! It was a crisp November day with a crystal blue sky and the grounds were sprinkled with white snow. The bridal party of eighteen enjoyed getting ready at the Retreat House and many fabulous pictures were taken to create forever memories of this beautiful day.

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The 2:00 ceremony was held at the Catholic Church, they said “I DO!!!” and THE PARTY BEGAN!  Light snacks were there along with Wes at Maucieri’s Bar to greet the guests at Pine Peaks Event Center. The roaring fire and beautiful rustic décor made everyone feel welcome! The couple LOVES to travel and had guests sign a globe with well wishes in lieu of a guest book!

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Kate of Maucieri’s and her team did a fabulous job taking care of the guests. Chef Brian prepared the Couple’s Choice of Caesar Salad, fresh bread, Ratatouille, Bacon Blue Cheese Scalloped Potatoes, Slow roasted Beef with Mushroom Demi-Glace’ Sauce, and slow roasted Rainbow Trout Oscar, pan fried, with onions, mushroom, bacon hollandaise and corn meal breading! OMG! Great job Chef Brian!!! Kate later made her specialty fresh baked pizzas in Pine Peaks very own Mugnaini Wood Fired Oven!

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The Newlyweds just returned from their honeymoon. They went to Couples Tower Isle in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. They made friends with other guests and enjoyed many great dinners, climbed up to the top of the Duns River Falls, swam with dolphins, and went horseback riding! What a memorable honeymoon!

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Catrina and Tyler reside in Grand Forks, ND and would love to move to Arizona in the future. We, at Pine Peaks, truly wish this delightful, adventurous couple the best of luck and love! May you always enjoy life’s surprises and enjoy fabulous travels together! Enjoy the ride!

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Julie (Nyland) found out at the end of the evening that many of the guests were from her home town area of Stephen, MN! We know these guests knew how to have a great time and celebrated well into the night! A special thank you to all of your Northerners who ventured south to have a great time!

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Tiffany and Ryan’s Wedding – November 15th, 2014

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Tiffany and Ryan met using the 20th century dating site, They have been together since their first date on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. They were actually planning to meet on Thursday, but Ryan couldn’t wait any longer to meet Tiffany so they decided to go out for dinner after work on Tuesday. Tiffany told her best friend Jenny after their first date that she was going to marry Ryan! It really was love at first sight! They had their second date on that Thursday and have been together ever since. 2014-11-15 01.47.14 They got engaged on their 6th month anniversary, December 11th. They had looked at rings a couple of times, but Tiffany didn’t think it would happen until the new year. Little did she know that Ryan had gone to pick out the ring a few weeks before and had it delivered to his work by the sales person on their anniversary! Ryan couldn’t wait to propose so he came upstairs when he got home from work. He got down on one knee and proposed! Tiffany was in total SHOCK! and of course, SHE SAID YES!! 2014-11-15 00.49.49 Tiffany and Ryan were looking for something different than the cookie cutter hotel ballroom wedding.  Tiffany said “We were looking for someplace that would be more intimate and that is exactly what we got at Pine Peaks Event Center. Dave was very responsive in the planning and willing to do whatever we asked, to make sure our day was perfect. He is one of the hardest working people and is always in a great mood!” They also loved using Julie’s decorations and welcomed her suggestions on the finishing touches which helped give the Event Center the exact look they wanted. 2014-11-14 03.09.20   Tiffany’s friend Jen works for an event center in the cities and was on site to help create Tiffany’s dream wedding!  The bride and Jen worked together and planned every detail. They even draped the ceremony area in the Pavilion which gave it a romantic backdrop for the “I DO’s”. A customized aisle runner was surrounded by candles and rose pedals. Beautiful! 2014-11-15 03.12.10 The ladies created fabulous bouquets and flower arrangements on Friday in Pine Peak’s prep kitchen. (It is so nice to enjoy fresh flowers in the winter!) A dessert room was set up in the Bonus Room using Pine Peaks’ platters and cake stands which were filled with goodies during the reception. They also made use of chalk boards, antique windows and a ladder to complete their décor. 2014-11-15 05.05.07 Finally, it was Saturday! It was a crisp November day with a sky to match the royal dresses. Ryan had a romantic “first look” at his beautiful bride by the gate. He was nervous and excited as he turned to see his bride. It was again love at first sight! Many pictures were taken with family and the bridal party to capture the day. 2014-11-15 01.04.21 And then it was time! The sun had gone down and the guests had arrived. Daddy got to walk his girl down the candle lit aisle to her new husband! Family and friends had come from all around and witnessed their vows of love and commitment. They said “I DO!” Then the celebration began! Wes and Tony Sr. were ready at Maucieri’s Bar and Kate and her team had butler passed Hor D’oeuvres ready for the guests. Everyone enjoyed crab cakes with dill sauce, meatballs and bruschetta! 2014-11-15 04.31.56 The bridal party was announced by JP of Premier Party Entertainment and then the guests of honor were invited to the dance floor for their first dance as Mr. and Mrs! Tiffany and Ryan cut their cake at the head table for all of the guests to see and Kate served plated Caesar Salads to all of the guests. She then escorted the newlyweds to see what Chef Brian had prepared for the guests. They were not disappointed as Chef Brian had the couple’s choice Maple Leaf Chicken, slow Roasted Beef and Salmon! Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Almandine completed the show. Great job Chef Brian! As a special late night snack, compliments of Maucieri’s Catering, Kate baked fresh pizzas in Pine Peaks’ very own Mugnaini Wood Fired Oven! 2014-11-15 06.12.42   Ryan works for the Luther Automotive Group at North Country Ford and Lincoln as a Sales Consultant. Tiffany works as a Senior IT Project Manager at a natural and organic food company called SunOpta. After a romantic honeymoon in Granada where they stayed at the fabulous Sandals Resort, the newlyweds are back home in Maple Grove, MN. 2014-11-15 01.44.13 We, at Pine Peaks, were delighted to share this beautiful wedding with Tiffany and Ryan and wish them a lifetime of luck and love. May you remain best friends in your journey as husband and wife! Enjoy the ride!

See the rest of their Facebook Wedding Photo Album here.

- Dave and Julie Peterson

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Jennifer and Dan’s Wedding – December 6th, 2014

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Jennifer and Dan met through a mutual friend and had their first date on December 7, 2007. The two of them became inseparable, spending as much time together as possible over the next couple of years. They were engaged in December of 2013 and right away started touring venues in the Twin Cities area. They toured over a dozen venues, but nothing felt perfect. 2014-12-06 01.02.24 - Copy After hearing about Pine Peaks Event Center through a friend of a friend, Jenny and Dan decided to tour the venue 2 ½ hours north. They immediately fell in love with the Retreat House, Event Center and location! They signed the paperwork that same day to book their wedding date – December 6, 2014, which was one day short of the anniversary of their first date seven years before! 2014-12-05 22.06.26 Jenny and Dan arrived early on Thursday with family and friends and spent the entire day transforming the property into Jenny’s dream wedding. They loved that their close family and friends were able to stay right on the same property as the Event Center, making it extremely easy to get all of the decorating done! They spent Thursday night relaxing with family, playing a card game and enjoying the company of family and friends. 2014-12-06 01.37.20 Friday was busy with last minute decorating, meetings with vendors, the rehearsal and then Groom’s dinner. Then finally, their day had arrived. It was Saturday and it was time to say I DO! There was a dusting of snow still on the ground with a hint of green grass showing through and the sky was overcast which makes a great backdrop for photos. 2014-12-06 03.41.00 The bridal party had their hair done at Studio Posh in Crosslake, just 10 minutes from the Event Center. The guys got ready at the Retreat House and were ready for action when the ladies returned. Dan had the “first look” at his beautiful bride just outside the gates of Pine Peaks. Many photos were taken to capture memories of the day throughout the private estate. 2014-12-05 21.35.51 Videographers from Morningside Wedding were present from start to finish. They captured details from getting ready at Studio Posh through the bouquet and garter toss. Photographer Lisa Sherwood withstood the cold with the bridal party and family to take beautiful pictures outside as well as during the ceremony and reception. 2014-12-06 01.09.54 The very romantic candle lit ceremony was held in the heated pavilion with family and friends excited to see the couple exchange forever vows. Dave even had made ice candles which were lit and lead the way from the Retreat House to the ceremony! They did it! They said I DO!! And the party began! A roaring fire was going in the fireside room and Wes was ready to greet one the guests at Maucieri’s bar. 2014-12-06 05.22.53 Introduction of the new bride and groom with the Grand March had the crowd on their feet! In lieu of a guest book, Jenny had a page that will make up a scrap book on each table for the guests to sign. Lisa Sherwood then followed the couple around to each table for a “group” photo for their “page in the couple’s memory.” (Great way to make sure EVERY guest gets in a photo! Great thinking Jenny!) 2014-12-06 04.29.50 Maucieri’s Catering with Chef Brian at the helm served a fabulous plated dinner starting with a Caesar Salad and fresh bread. Kate ran the show and the guests were given a choice of Beef tips with Mushroom Demi or Atlantic Salmon Char Grilled with Pesto Cream. Ratatouille, a French Provencal stewed vegetable dish and Garlic Mash Potatoes were also served! OMG! Great job Chef Brian and the team at Maucieri’s! 2014-12-06 04.10.10 The guests enjoyed the delicious and beautiful cake for dessert that was made by Reed’s Bakery of Crosslake. DJ Jeremy Pollock kept the guests on the dance floor the entire night! He also provided the photo booth that was a huge hit with everyone in attendance.  Later in the evening Kate of Maucieri’s baked her specialty, fresh pizzas in Pine Peaks’ own Mugnaini Wood Fired Oven. 2014-12-06 04.25.08 We, at Pine Peaks, were so thrilled to share the energy of this fabulous couple on their wedding weekend and thank Jenny and Dan for choosing us! We wish you luck and love in your forever adventure together! Be true! 2014-12-06 05.01.37 See the rest of their Facebook Wedding Photo Album, taken by Julie, here.

-Dave and Julie Peterson

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Chelsey and Ryan’s Wedding – November 1st, 2014

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Chelsey and Ryan met during their first few days of college at University of Minnesota Duluth. All freshmen go through Welcome Week the weekend leading up to the start of class and they were introduced through mutual friends. Ryan and Chelsey started to click right away. During the first week of classes they decided to take the city bus up to the mall to try to find French Silk Pie (her favorite!) and when they couldn’t find it anywhere, they ended up walking almost two miles to a movie theatre (they thought it was much closer) This gave them ample time to get to know each other and by the end of the night they couldn’t believe how much fun they both had! They’ve been together ever since!

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In the summer of 2013, Ryan asked Chelsey’s dad permission to marry her. HE SAID YES! In late September, Chelsey and Ryan decided to make one last trip up to the cabin and decided to make it special and go out to dinner at Bar Harbor. They were running late, so when they got to the cabin to change to go out, Chelsey suggested they wait until the next night to go out for dinner. Ryan was adamant that they were going out that night so she somewhat reluctantly agreed.

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They had a great dinner and while waiting for dessert Ryan got out of the booth, got down on one knee and pulled out a ring. Chelsey of course, being oblivious, thought he had dropped something at first and was completely caught off guard when he asked her to marry him! After the shock wore off, “SHE SAID YES”! Ryan suggested they stop at Moonlite Bay in Crosslake and have a celebratory drink on their way home, but little did she know he had invited all of their friends up as well and they had all been waiting for them to celebrate with them!

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Chelsey and Ryan were struggling trying to decide between having a wedding in the cities or in Crosslake. However, after touring Pine Peaks and meeting Dave and Julie, there was no doubt in their minds that they wanted to have the wedding in Crosslake!  They loved that they would be able to spend so much extra time with family and friends and that everything was in one place. They also loved that so much was included!

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They arrived Thursday and used Pine Peaks’ decorations in a unique combination to create their own vintage, rustic décor.

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It was a crisp November day and it was Chelsey and Ryan’s day to say I DO! Chelsey and her bridal party got ready in the Retreat House salon and the guys took over the family room downstairs. The “first look” was done early in the day so the couple could enjoy time together with family and friends before the ceremony. The guests arrived and witnessed the vows in an outdoor ceremony in the Garden. Then the party began with a roaring fire in the fireside room and Maucieri’s Bar open for business.

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Chelsey’s dad is the owner of multiple Famous Dave’s and wanted his team to cater the wedding feast. And boy did they! Greg Toone and the cooks at the Famous Dave’s in Duluth prepared the food Saturday morning and then transported it to Pine Peaks for the event Saturday night.  They enjoyed using Pine Peaks’ prep kitchen to finish with the preparations onsite.

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The guests were treated to an appetizer bar with Famous Dave’s Cheesy Mac and Cheese, chips and salsa, trail mix and the original Minnesota State Fair, Pig Lickers (chocolate covered bacon, a favorite of our Dave!) Then for the main course Country-Roasted Chicken, Texas Beef Brisket, Garlic Red-Skin Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Corn and Corn Bread.

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A Dessert bar was featured in the Bonus Room and satisfied every guest’s sweet tooth! Reed’s Bakery of Cross Lake made the desserts; Scotheroo’s, Pumpkin Bars, Banana Bars, Rice Krispy treats, Cheesecake, Donuts and Brownies. The bride’s cousin’s grandmother, Paulette made the delicious cake! Later in the evening, Kate from Maucieri’s Catering baked fresh pizzas in Pine Peak’s very own Mugnaini Wood Fired Oven. Yes, there was plenty of delicious food!

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Chelsey and Ryan bought a house in Golden Valley this last May and plan a honeymoon in Turks and Caicos after Christmas. We were honored to host the wedding weekend of Chelsey and Ryan and wish them luck and love in their lives together as husband and wife.  Enjoy the ride and stay TRUE!

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See the rest of their Facebook Wedding Photo Album here.

- Dave and Julie Peterson


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Naomi and Andrew’s Themed Wedding – November 8th, 2014

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Naomi and Andrew met on Andrew put his parameters out an hour from his home and Naomi decided to go a little further from her home at an hour and 20 minutes. This gave Naomi the “first look” advantage as she could see him and he could not see her.  She really liked his profile and everything about him.

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Naomi contacted him and they corresponded for a few weeks and found out they had everything in common. They decided to MEET! Because Andrew was from an hour and 20 minutes away and they already knew there was a real connection, he decided to get a hotel room in her home town so they could have two dates and not have to drive back and forth, one at night and one the next day which included church.

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They went out for pizza and Naomi delighted Andrew with her sense of humor when she pulled the cheese from the cheesy crust and made a “cheesy smile”! They laughed and talked and found out that they really did have a lot in common. The things that were not in common, complimented each other. For example, at Olive Garden, Naomi likes to squeeze the juice from the peppers in the salad to just get the taste. Andrew doesn’t like the juice as they squirt all over, but likes the pepper. Yep, she squeezes the juice out and he eats the pepper!!!! That is a salad made in Heaven!!

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The night of their first date, they both love Astronomy, so they snuck out on the roof of the hotel to look at the stars! They saw stars in each other’s eyes and knew they were meant to be together forever. It was a whirlwind romance and they decided to get married!

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Naomi and Andrew chose Pine Peaks Event Center for their wedding celebration because they loved the space of the 80-acre private estate and that it was all theirs for a whole weekend. Many of their friends had been to a number of weddings recently and the couple wanted to be different and have a themed event! Andrew suggested a Renaissance style wedding and together they planned a wedding no one would soon forget!

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Naomi, family and friends worked for hours making outfits for the bride and groom as well as the bridal party, ushers and many of the guests. They all dressed up in velvet, silk and brocade. To the delight of the couple, many of the wedding guests also came in Renaissance attire. It was a very colorful affair of maroon and gold with many handmade decorations to adorn the Event Center.

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On Saturday evening the wedding ceremony was held in the candle lit pavilion in true Renaissance style. The entire bridal party was all in character with their attire and carried candle lit lanterns down the aisle. Naomi was escorted by her brother Gregorio who was also the official wedding photographer. The couple had two ministers officiate the ceremony as they each had a favorite from their past.

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A dramatic old tradition of feet washing was shared by the couple prior to exchanging the vows.  The Feet Washing Ceremony is a sign of being humble, thoughtful, and willing to serve. A passage from John 13: 1-17 was read during this emotional part of the ceremony.

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To set the Renaissance theme, Doug Taylor of Action Entertainment brought his gallant pair of Percheron horses pulling a vintage carriage and gave rides around the farm to the newlyweds as well as many of the guests! (Lacy and Tori are Julie’s favorites and a welcome addition to any wedding celebration!)

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The reception was held in the Event Center and the décor was “regal” with maroon and gold satin and the tables were set with centerpieces with lanterns, candles and real fruit for the guests to enjoy. Kate of Maucieri’s Catering served an abundance of appetizers for the crowd with meat and cheese trays, fresh veggies and dip and Renaissance meatballs! Kate also baked her specialty fresh pizzas in Pine Peaks’ own Mugnaini Wood Fired Oven! Eat, Drink and Be Merry, was the theme for the night!

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We, at Pine Peaks, were so honored to share this themed wedding celebration between Naomi and Andrew who are a perfect pair.  May your differences be few and always complement each other! May you continue to make each other’s dreams come true!  Eat, drink and be merry in your lives as husband and wife!

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- Dave and Julie Peterson

See the rest of their Facebook photo album, taken by Julie, here.

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Alyssa and Ben’s Wedding – October 18th, 2014

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Alyssa and Ben met at Centennial Middle School and became good friends their senior year of high school.  They had created this joking relationship of being each other’s novio and novia. (Spanish for boyfriend/girlfriend.) Little did we know that this fun relationship would soon turn into something real and amazing! 2014-10-17 21.54.22 Alyssa and Ben officially started dating late in the summer before they left for college in 2005. Ben went to Colorado State University and Alyssa when to College of St. Benedict. It was not an ideal time to start a relationship, but they wanted to make it work. 2014-10-17 22.06.34 After time apart, Ben finished his BA at St. Cloud State and went on to get his Masters at the University of Minnesota. Alyssa graduated from St. Bens and started working in the Robbinsdale School District. Nine years later, they are still going strong and finally took the next step! 2014-10-18 00.28.25 It was planned that they would meet for Happy Hour at Old Chicago…nothing out of the ordinary. Ben secretly had taken half of a day off to talk to Alyssa’s parents. Alyssa arrived home to find Gilbert, a very frisky puppy they had adopted from the Humane Society, very happy to see her.  As she was petting Gilbert, he was jumping up and being crazy. It wasn’t until Ben asked her if she “noticed anything” on Gilbert that Alyssa realized what was happening! 2014-10-17 22.19.14 Gilbert did not make it easy on Alyssa as he was a moving target with a ring box tied on his collar! After Alyssa finally got the ring box untied, she opened it to find it was empty! It was then that Ben asked her to marry him!  SHE SAID YES!! 2014-10-17 22.53.27 Alyssa and Ben chose Pine Peaks Event Center for their outdoor wedding and celebration as they loved the private country estate that was close to their lake home a few miles away. The officiate  for the ceremony was Alyssa’s Godfather who stated that he recalled that Ben came home after visiting Pine Peaks and could not stop talking about how perfect it would be for their wedding! 2014-10-18 01.38.33 The day was perfect! A crisp Minnesota October day with a clear blue sky and a touch of fall colors everywhere. The couple had a romantic “First Look” alone at the alter in the garden before the ceremony. Their buddy Gilbert was there to share in the joy of their day! Many pictures were taken before the ceremony to capture the memories of the day. 2014-10-17 21.58.42 Family and friends came from near and far to witness the vows of this lovely couple. The beautiful ceremony was held in the Garden. The happy couple said “I Do!” and the celebration began in the Event Center! Alyssa and Ben had been busy creating a Woods/Fishing/Cabin décor and the guests were delighted with their unique decorations. Many snacks were provided in the Pavilion for the social hour. JP of Premier Party Entertainment announced the Wedding Party in “Grand Style” and the new Mr. and Mrs. Sieber entered the celebration with cheers from their guests! 2014-10-18 01.51.10 Dave announced the menu chosen by the couple and after some kisses for the crowd, Kate from Maucieri’s catering escorted the Newlyweds through the buffet. Chef Brian was there to serve the couple their first meal as husband and wife. The guests enjoyed a House Salad, Chicken Fettuccine, Spaghetti with Meat Balls, and Fresh Bread.  Thank you Chef Brian for a fabulous feast! 2014-10-18 03.24.04 As a special treat to the guests, pies from Betty’s Pies were served by Maucieri’s. The Groom’s Godfather and the Groom’s mom own Betty’s Pies in Two Harbors, MN. (OMG! What an awesome variation on wedding cake!) Later in the evening Kate from Maucieri’s baked fresh pizzas in Pine Peak’s very own Mugnaini’s Wood Fired Oven. 2014-10-18 02.56.02 The first dance to one of their favorite songs was enjoyed by the happy couple. Then the Father of the Bride and Alyssa had their dance. Fishing poles in hand, daddy led his daughter to the dance floor. In case some of the crowd missed the words, there were props to bring the message home – “fishin”, “Memories a biggin” and “livin,”and they danced the night away. 2014-10-18 03.01.30   We wish Alyssa and Ben the best of luck and love in their journey together as husband and wife. May you always bait each other’s hook and know that you have found a catch of a lifetime! Enjoy the ride! 2014-10-17 22.18.48 – Dave and Julie Peterson See the rest of their Facebook Photo Album here.

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Katie and Erich’s Wedding – October 25, 2014

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Katie and Erich met through work and discovered their families were close friends. Erich’s stepdad is the godfather to one of Katie’s uncles! They didn’t really become friends until Katie moved to Nashville. They kept in touch and after she moved back home, they started hanging out and officially started dating about six months later.

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They spent a lot of time at Erich’s cabin which had been in his family since he was a kid. One of their favorite things to do was to fish, then at the end of the day sit at the end of the dock and watch the sunset. One night after a full day of sun and fishing they decided to watch the sunset together and Erich stated he was going to get a drink and asked if Katie wanted anything from the cabin; she requested a blanket. Erich returned with the drinks and a blanket and knelt down in front of Katie and started tucking the blanket around her shoulders. While he was doing this, he snuck a ring box out of his pocket and said “Katie Flynn. Will you marry me?” She was caught completely off guard and replied “Are you serious!”  Then SHE SAID YES to the prettiest ring she had ever seen!

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Erich promised that he had one more surprise for Katie. On their way home to Maple Grove, Erich said “We have some time to kill. We are a little early, let’s drive past the house!” There was a cute townhouse for sale that they had their eyes on. Erich pulled into the driveway and the garage door opened and he pulled into the garage! She was freaking out as he laughed and said “Surprise! I bought us a house!!”

That is the story of how Katie got a man, a ring and a house, all in one weekend!

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Katie and Erich chose Pine Peaks Retreat and Event Center because they wanted their families to enjoy a whole weekend of time together, rather than just a day. Erich’s family cabin was close and they loved the Crosslake area. They enjoyed coming early to decorate and made the space their own. Katie was “jumping” with excitement the whole weekend!

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The couple chose to exchange their vows at 3:00 in the Little Church in the Woods, Faith Lutheran Church which is a mile from Pine Peaks.  Reverend Joan Gunderman officiated the beautiful service. When asked if Katie wanted to decorate the church she replied “it is so cute the way it is, it doesn’t need to be decorated!” It was perfect for their fairy tale wedding. According to the couple, Janis Allen, the organist from Faith Lutheran was very available and great to work with.

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It was indeed a fairy tale moment for Katie and Erich as they saw each other for the first time that day as Katie was escorted down the aisle by her father. Every one witnessing the event could feel the energy and love between the couple. They exchanged promises for a lifetime of love and became husband and wife!

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After the ceremony, the guests were greeted with a warm welcome and a roaring fire in Pine Peaks’ fireside room. The couple provided special treats for the guests with fresh popcorn and cotton candy!! Maucieri’s Catering served Butler passed appetizers Fruit Kabobs, Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp and Asparagus, and Cream Puffs with Olive Cream Cheese. All delightful!

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The cake had a replica of the couple with the groom “fishing” for his bride! Dave made the cake stand from a neighbor’s fallen pine tree which added a nice touch! The playful couple cut the cake and shared a piece generously with each other than shared a “sweet” kiss!

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Kate from Bloom Designs did her magic with beautiful bouquets for the bridal party and added rustic fresh flowers arrangements to the tables. It was great to experience fresh flowers in October!

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JP of Premier Entertainment announced the bridal party in the Grand March and then introduced the new Mr. and Mrs. to a dining room full of well-wishers. A champagne toast was given by the Best Men, friends of the groom, and the Maids of Honor, Katie’s triplet sisters. The couple then danced to their first dance and it was a fairy tale beginning for the rest of their lives.

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Maucieri’s Catering served a fabulous plated meal starting with a house salad, then Broccoli with Hollandaise, Walleye, and Chicken Fettuccine. The plates were garnished with edible flowers which a few of the guests enjoyed tasting! Later in the evening, Kate baked her specialty, fresh pizzas from Pine Peak’s very own Mugnaini Oven! The night was FULL of treats!

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We, at Pine Peaks, truly enjoyed the excitement and energy of this wedding weekend celebration and wish Katie and Erich a lifetime of fairy tale moments!

See the rest of their Facebook Wedding Album here.

- Dave and Julie Peterson



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