After transferring with her job to the Iron Range and not knowing anyone in her new town, a friend of Char’s talked her into signing up for “If nothing else, you will get a few free dinners” her friend had said. So, Char signed up for a free 7-day trial. A few days into the trial, a guy named Liam sent her a message commenting on her desire to travel to Greece one day, saying when he was growing up he had a foreign exchange student from Greece. After some back and forth messaging, they scheduled a date. Char was quite impressed when she showed up to dinner, and Liam was sporting a mow hawk, mossy oak t-shirt, and camo shorts! They ended the date watching the Wolverine 3-D.

The next day, Char sent Liam a text thanking him for a great time…then she waited and waited…Liam had gone down to a Twins game the next day with some friends and left his cell phone at home! Three days later, Liam sent Char an EPIC apology text and asked for another date, and the rest is history! After 2 ½ years, a house, a dog and many traveling adventures, Liam proposed to Char on the shore of Lake Superior in Duluth. SHE SAID YES!

Char and Liam wanted a destination wedding and knew that Pine Peaks Event Center was the perfect place for them. They loved that all of the decorations were included in the Treasure Chest upstairs and had a great time transforming the space into a rustic/bling/winter décor. On the morning of the wedding some of the guests, including the Groom, enjoyed a wood fired sauna.

Char and Liam had a candlelit wedding ceremony just before sunset in Pine Peak’s Pavilion in the presence of their closest family and friends. Honoring their Irish and Norwegian heritage, Liam’s cousin Charlie played bagpipes as the bride walked down the aisle. After personal vows had been shared, a Hand Fasting Ceremony was performed. During this wedding ritual, the couple’s hands were tied together as a symbol of their lives being joined together. The newlyweds were presented to the guests and then escorted out by Charlie and his bagpipes. (It was really cool! Goose Bumps!!)

The guests were treated like royalty with all of the treats and were served a fabulous feast. A hot chocolate bar warmed the crowd along with visits to see Wes and Cory at Maucieri’s Bar. A delectable dessert bar was enjoyed with everyone’s favorites including the Groom’s favorite, OREOS!

Norwegian Circle Cakes baked and constructed by the Groom’s mom and a family friend was a special treat for the wedding guests. They enjoyed using Pine Peak’s prep kitchen to put the cakes together. The tradition states that the number of children the couple will have is predicted by the number of rings of the cake that they could lift off. A hesitant couple removed a “few rings” not wanting to tempt fate. They broke off pieces and shred the delightful Norwegian tradition. The guests were asked to share the cake along with the dessert bar of treats. The guest that traveled the farthest came from Norway. He surely enjoyed the Norwegian tradition.

Kate of Maucieri’s Catering dismissed the “Royalty” from the Regal Table where the Bridal Party and family and friends sat in the center of the dining room. Kate and Chef Brian served the guests a fabulous wedding feast to remember! Kate later baked her famous fresh Maucieri’s pizzas in Pine Peak’s very own Mugnaini’s Wood Fired Oven.

We at Pine Peaks wish Char and Liam a lifetime of luck and love! We loved the traditions honored at their fabulous wedding and were honored to host the beginning of the rest of their Lives! Enjoy some of Julie’s favorite candid photos!

Dave and Julie Nyland Peterson



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