The Knot Best of Weddings: The Gardens of Castle Rock

What Couples are Saying about this Timeless Outdoor Wedding Venue in Minnesota

Welcome to The Gardens of Castle Rock, a wedding and event venue in lower south metro – a short distance from the Twin Cities. Here you will find beautiful settings for your outdoor wedding ceremony and reception or special event. What a year! Couples (and their guests) traveled far and wide to celebrate their love stories here at The Gardens. We are honored and excited to share what these special couples had to say about their experience at The Gardens of Castle Rock.


Greta & Ben

“Choosing the Gardens of Castle Rock for our venue was one of the best decisions we made during the planning process; [The Gardens staff] were very communicative and accommodating to requests and questions throughout the whole process; from our first tour to the wedding day itself…We also wanted flexibility in who we brought in for the rest of our vendors – not only were we not restricted in our choice in caterer/florists/décor, etc., but the Gardens also provided a list of tried and tested vendors that knew the location. We felt fully supported during our vendor journey without feeling pressured to pick from a restricted list…They also helped us navigate and plan for potential rain, which thankfully we didn’t have to use, but it was such a comfort to know that rain or shine my wedding was going to go off without a hitch. I can’t thank the Gardens of Castle Rock enough for ensuring my perfect day and I wholeheartedly recommend them!”

The back of The Gardens Natural Stone Fireplace makes a perfect backdrop for the bride & groom. Photo credit: Studio 220 Photography



Anna & Alec

 “I couldn’t imagine having had my wedding anywhere else! We had a very long engagement, and The Gardens kept in contact with us the whole time, ensuring we had everything we needed. They referred us to our fantastic wedding coordinator as well. We got so many compliments on the venue and the Lath House was such a beautiful space for the ceremony! All the spaces down to the getting-ready cabin were gorgeous! There were so many areas to take photos as well! I really loved their flexibility with catering as well. I would recommend this venue to ANYONE!!”


Golden hour photos in our vineyard are simply stunning. Photo credit: Photos By Jennifer Jane


Nicole & Tyler

“We could not have asked for a better wedding venue. The location itself is beautiful with plenty of opportunity to make it your own. The staff are amazing and really shine when it comes to communication and adaptability. I would recommend the Gardens to anyone who asked!”

I’m getting a whimsical fairytale vibe and I love it! Photo credit: The Gardens of Castle Rock

Nicole & Kit

“We got married at The Gardens of Castle Rock in June. The venue is absolutely stunning. The staff is amazing. Glenn and team have developed the most beautiful venue with so many different backdrop options for photos…On our wedding day, our guest were raving at how beautiful and unique the venue is. The also have many very helpful blogs on their website. Definitely recommend checking those out…All around 10/10 for everything when dealing with The Gardens of Castle Rock. We could not have asked for a better location and team to work with. It was everything we had dreamed of.”


Wisteria transforms the Lath House into a moody and dramatic backdrop for photos after the sun went down. Photo credit: Chelsea Reeck Photography


Piper & Sam

“The Gardens are so beautiful! It was the perfect setting for a wonderful day! There were so many unique and special places for our guests to spend their time: playing lawn games, gathering under the hand-carved structures, walking through the forest by the grape vines. And at night, the whole place twinkled with beautiful exterior lighting. The staff was great and we had a fabulous time. It was lovely.”

Piper’s stunning dress set the tone for this fabulous celebration. Photo credit: Abby Lynn Photography


Green space? We got 13 acres of it! Photo credit: Abby Lynn Photography


Traci & Donald

“Our wedding day was THE BEST DAY EVER! Everyone raved about the venue! It was warm and cozy in the tent even though it was a cool, windy October day. The bridal suite was an awesome place for all the ladies to get ready. Everything was simply perfect!”

Shelby & Mitchell

“As soon as we toured the Gardens of Castle Rock, we knew it was where we wanted to get married. The grounds are gorgeous, extensive, and you get them all to yourself all day! The bridal suit is huge and perfect for photos as well as comfy for hanging out. [The Gardens staff] were incredibly easy to work with and so helpful and responsive. They also provide a really useful blog and Flickr account full of photo ideas. Everything is so customizable; our wedding was so personal. Even when the weather didn’t cooperate and it stormed after the ceremony, everyone pivoted to the tent and the sides went up in a blink of an eye! I didn’t have to lift a finger all day and everything was perfect. More beautiful photo locations than we could use all day and such a smooth experience. I can’t recommend them enough.”

We dare you to find a more romantic setting than the Lath House at night.  Photo credit: Render Photography


On the path of happiness that leads from The Gardens Suite to the Lath House. Photo credit: Render Photography



Rachael & Ryan

“Absolutely stunning venue with amazing options for pictures and sites to have your ceremony! There’s a beautiful stone fireplace, lots of fairy lights for the evening, and cool wooden structures throughout the property. They were so lovely to work with and helped make things go as smoothly as possible. They were responsive to any questions we had and they have a good process to help with planning things…It’s clear they know what they’re doing and are committed to making your day what you dreamed it to be! We got so many comments about how beautiful and magical it felt.”

The 2023 wedding season had some gorgeous brides in amazing dresses! Photo credit: The Gardens of Castle Rock

Natalie & Jake

“[We] had a wonderful time, the staff was incredibly helpful. It rained pretty heavily on our wedding day and [they] were still working with us at every turn adjusting whatever was needed when needed. Not mention the venue itself is stunning. Glenn does amazing work, and the whole venue is extremely well kept!”

Whoop-Whoop! Let the celebration begin!! Photo credit: The Gardens of Castle Rock

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