Cassandra & Andre’s Timeless Summer Garden Wedding

Real Wedding Spotlight: A timeless summer garden wedding full of once-in-a-lifetime moments.

There’s something special about summer weddings. The days are long, the nights are warm, and the whole world seems steeped in the nostalgia of days gone by. August 19th, 2022 was no different – a beautiful backdrop for a timeless garden wedding. The day, as with many summer weddings, started off cloudy, with a chance of rain. But the clouds softened the sunlight to provide the perfecting lighting for pictures, as evidenced by a shot of the bride appearing almost angelic as she got ready in The Gardens Suite. Loved ones gathered from near and far as the wedding party got ready to surround Andre and Cassandra with love.

Meanwhile, the wedding reception tent was busy being transformed into the reception space that dreams are made of. Soft pink linens paired perfectly with pastel greenery to create a charming, intimate space under the twinkle of café lights. Following fun photoshoots with the couple and their party, it was time for the ceremony to commence. The Lath House stood ready and waiting, the alter adorned with pink and white flowers to match. As the party filed down the aisle through soft white curtains, there was only one person left to arrive – the bride. Cassandra looked dazzling in her dress and stunning lace veil as she made her way down the aisle to Andre.

Following a heartfelt ceremony, it was time to celebrate! As guests settled under the wedding reception tent, the wedding party made fabulous grand entrances into the reception, setting the mood for the rest of the night. As eating, drinking, and dancing ensued, the couple sunk away for a quick golden hour photoshoot before returning to take to the dance floor. We invite you to scroll down and check out some highlights from Cassandra and Andre’s day…we know you’ll as in love with them as we are!


The Lath House was calm as the day began, awaiting a ceremony of love. Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography   

Cassandra looked stunning as she prepared for her day in the Gardens Suite. Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography


The bridesmaids were overjoyed when they saw Cassandra as a bride for the first time. Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography

Love and laughter filled the day as loved ones began to gather. Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography

The sweetest first look between mother and son, a moment sure to be cherished forever. Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography

Men’s Warehouse never disappoints! The man of the hour looked dapper as could be. Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography

Excitement abounded as Cassandra and Andre had their first look. Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography

The beautiful couple. Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography

Soft summer light filled the tent as pops of green and pink brought the wedding reception tent to life.

We’re still swooning over these delicate reception details laid out on the Gardens cedar wedding banquet tables. Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography

It’s wedding time! Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography

Even if the bride wasn’t blushing, the bridesmaids’ dresses were! We loved this palate of soft pink hues. Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography

Have you seen a more stunning wedding party?! Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography


The only thing better than love is celebrating it with your closest friends and family! Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography

Rainy vineyard shots are just breathtaking, a definite silver lining to a little bit of rain. Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography

Not a drop of rain could spoil the joy of this wedding day! Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography

The littlest members of the wedding party lined up for the ceremony.

The most beautiful bouquet was front and center as Cassandra prepared to walk down the aisle.

The moment a hush fell – here comes the bride into The Lath House

Peeking through the grapevines to get a glimpse of that gorgeous veil!

The bride and groom performed a unity ceremony as friends and family looked on. Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography

Stopping for a kiss on your way back down the aisle is a must! This moment felt like a dream. Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography


The bridesmaids danced through the wedding reception tent as guests cheered them on…it was time to celebrate! Photo By: Gretchen Hunt Photography

Andre and his groomsmen made an epic entrance into the wedding reception tent – we love seeing pops of personality! Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography

The “I do crew” cheered on Cassandra and Andre as they took to the dance floor. Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography

The Gardens Natural Stone Fireplace was a favorite spot to gather as the day turned to night…

The Gardens Vineyard was the perfect place to sneak away from the reception and take some golden hour photos. Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography

Walking hand in hand towards forever… Photo by: Gretchen Hunt Photography


Shoutout to all of the amazing vendors who helped make Cassandra & Andre’s day one to remember: 

Event Venue: The Gardens of Castle Rock, Northfield, MN 

Day of Coordination: Great Day Events

Event Decorator: We’ve Got it Covered

Photography: Gretchen Hunt Photography

Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal

Bridal Footwear: Heels from David’s Bridal; sneakers from CreatureCool on Etsy

Bridal Jewelry: Earrings from TheMillenniumBride on Etsy

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Azazie

Hair Stylist: Hair Design On Site

Make-Up Artist: Make Me Blush Artistry

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Suit and shoes from Men’s Warehouse; ties from Azazie.

Rings: Bride’s engagement ring and groom’s ring from Apple Valley Diamonds; bride’s wedding band from Kay Jewelers.

Pianist: Nate Hance

Catering: Apples 2 Apples 

Beverage Service: Hitch & Sip

Dessert Company: Sweet Kneads Farmington

DJ: Joe Reed

Photo Booth: Time into Pixels


*Any photos not credited to the professional photographer are by Gardens of Castle Rock staff.

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