Renee & John’s Glorious Minnesota October Wedding
Real Wedding Spotlight: Picturesque Fall Garden Wedding with Gorgeous Flower Arrangements, Modern Rustic Reception Décor, and Stunning Autumn Views.
Renee and John’s love story started with poetry. They met during a Latin poetry class freshman year at the University of Minnesota in Rochester. Their friendship blossomed during a class trip to Greece and when they got back to Rochester, they decided that maybe there was a little more than friendship blooming. When things became even more serious, they adopted their adorable dog, Noodle, who isn’t one to say “No” to a hiking trail, neither do Renee and John. In fact, when they got engaged and first visited The Gardens of Castle Rock, they asked if there was a walking trail nearby and we were happy to point them in the direction of Whitetail Woods. They are adventurous, adorable, and aglow with love for each other.
Saturday, October 8th of 2022 was a perfect fall day in Northfield, Minnesota for an outdoor wedding. As the sun came up and the morning dew began to clear, Renee and John’s family and friends began to arrive at The Gardens of Castle Rock. There was a definite air of excitement as Renee’s bridesmaids set-up in The Garden’s Suite for hair and makeup with LHN Beauty. After Renee stepped into her gorgeous gown from The Wedding Shoppe with help from her lovely mother, Renee enjoyed an emotional first look with her bridesmaids. Images by Nic was right there to capture these raw moments along with the couple’s wedding day details including Renee’s gorgeous ring from Filigree Jewelers. Meanwhile, John hung out with his wedding party and then took a quiet moment to open a gift from Renee outside of The Garden’s Cottage.
The morning set-up began when Renee and John’s phenomenal coordinator Heidi, with the Jenna Culley Events Team, arrived. There were lights to string, florals to be hung, and décor to be placed. Let’s go! Ultimate Events set to work hanging white chiffon draping and twinkle lights in the tent. They also strung black bistro lights throughout the reception patio space and along the walkway to the ceremony space. We have to admit that we couldn’t get enough of Wilderland Floral’s arrangements. The beautiful warm floral hues throughout Renee’s wedding bouquet and John’s boutonnière, The Lath House’s ceremony arch, and The Garden’s Reception Space were unbelievable. Renee and John’s Cedar Sweetheart Table was a floral wonderland and a definite highlight of the 2022 season.
Renee and John snuck away for a private first look in The Woods where they were later joined by their energetic wedding party. (Seriously, they were definite wedding party goals.) They looked amazing in the mixture of royal blue groomsmen suits by Bill’s Toggery and mixtures of red and orange toned bridesmaid dresses. The sun was just beginning it’s decent to the west when guests began to arrive for Renee and John’s wedding ceremony in The Lath House. As Renee and John exchanged kind and heartfelt vows, Leanne with Paint My Wedding Day was right there to capture the magic of their ceremony. We will never forget the joyful feeling that radiated throughout The Gardens as Renee and John were first announced as Mr. and Mrs. Brigham!
Their reception was filled with the cool sounds of a live jazz band, delicious food by Deco Catering, yummy drinks (from margaritas to warm apple cider) provided by Liquidmotion, mouth-watering desserts from Ganache Desserts and Confections, and a dance floor filled with laughter, singing, and dancing thanks to DJ Hunter Quinn. Renee and John even snuck away for sunset photos and some time to take in the moment as our Gardens staff fired up the woodfired pizza oven for some late night snacks. We are incredibly grateful to have been a part of Renee and John’s dream day!
“[The Gardens of Castle Rock] was absolutely perfect for us and was the first and best decision we made planning our 120-person wedding. It was important to us while planning during COVID to have an outdoor venue and plenty of space for our guests… We had our ceremony in the Lath house, which was absolutely stunning in early October… The property had a lot of great spaces for photos, and everyone was raving about how beautiful it was. We wholeheartedly recommend The Gardens of Castle Rock and the amazing team!” ~ Renee and John Brigham
Shoutout to all of the amazing vendors of Renne & John’s wonderful wedding day:
Event Venue: The Gardens of Castle Rock, Northfield, MN
Wedding Gown: The Wedding Shoppe
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Bill’s Toggery
Rings: Filigree Jewelers
Event Decorator: Ultimate Events
Day of Coordination: Jenna Culley Events
Catering Company: Deco Catering
Beverage Service Company: Liquidmotion
Dessert Company: Ganache Desserts & Confections
Photography: Images by Nic
Florist: Wilderland Floral
DJ: Hunter Quinn
Shuttle Service: Renee’s Limousines
Hotels: Holiday Inn, Lakeville, MN; Candlewood Suites, Lakeville, MN
Hair Stylist and Make-Up Artist: LHN Beauty
Live Wedding and Event Painter: Paint My Wedding Day
*Any photos not credited to the professional photographer are by Gardens of Castle Rock Staff.