Alicia and her family and friends attended a Comedy Night hosted at Pine Peaks a couple of years ago and fell in love with the place. When Alicia and Dereck were engaged, they checked it out again and couldn’t believe the changes that had happened. They knew right away Pine Peaks was the venue for their wedding weekend celebration. In fact, many of the guests took extended days and stayed in the retreat house and enjoyed the 80 acre estate for the whole 4th of July Holiday weekend.
Alicia is from Iowa just south of the Minnesota boarder. Her family has been coming up to Outing since the early 70’s to a cabin they built which is now a treasured family property. It is worth making the five hour trek to the cabin according to Marcus, Alicia’s father, as they arrive to peace and quiet.
The couple loves family history and found some treasures that helped to make the Pine Peaks décor their own. Marcus put together a Roth iron stand to hold doors that he recovered from the bride’s mother Zada’s homestead. He walked his daughter through the doors of her family history and down the aisle to her new life with her groom Dereck. This gave the guests (including Julie) an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia.
Likewise, wood was recovered from an old family barn which Marcus used to make a custom wagon. The ring bearer pulled the three flower girls down the aisle in this wagon. Some of the same barn wood was dried and used in the centerpieces in the Event Center. What a great way to add family history to the décor.
It was a perfect day for an outdoor ceremony in the garden. The guests were all given yellow and white sunglasses! Their choice of colors popped against the blooming green backdrop of the garden. A chandelier was hung in the arbor beside the couple as they recited their vows in front of family and friends. They poured three colors of sand for the Unity Sand Ceremony, one for the bride, one for the groom and one for their daughter, Zaelee to signify the union of their family. The sand and their lives will never be separated. They also wrote love letters to each other and placed them in a Wine Box to be opened on their first anniversary. (I bet there will be fireworks!)
Chef Brian of Maucieri’s Catering served a fabulous buffet of salad with strawberries and a raspberry vinaigrette, Sicilian green beans with hollandaise sauce on the side, three cheese au gratin potatoes, slow roasted beef with red wine mushroom sauce and maple leaf chicken. The guests were then treated to Strawberry Short Cake with made from scratch Angel food cake and strawberry sauce and whipped cream! (One of Julie’s grandma’s favorite treats! Very delightful!) Instead of a dance, the guests played games in the yard along with Bingo and cards in the pavilion where they served fresh popcorn. Also, continuing a Pine Peaks tradition, Kate from Maucieri’s Catering baked fresh pizzas in the wood fired oven.
We wish Alicia, Dereck and beautiful Zaelee the best and thank them for sharing their wedding weekend at Pine Peaks. May you always find joy and love in each other and always find “comedy” in life! Oh, and a little fireworks never hurt either!
-Dave and Julie Peterson
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