Kristen & Nick’s Relaxed Rustic October Wedding
Real Wedding Spotlight: Crisp October weather, peak Minnesotan foliage, and rustic wedding décor created the perfect setting for Kristen & Nick’s rustic outdoor wedding.
Years of travels and adventures led Kristen and Nick to each other… just not in the way you might think. After earning their respective college degrees, Nick headed to the coast and Kristen to France as they sought adventure and new experiences. It wasn’t long before they missed their family and friends, so they both moved back to Iowa in 2018 whereupon they met on a dating app! Their first date provided an instant connection and the rest is history. As their Knot profile acknowledges, “The world led them to each other at a perfect time in both of their lives”.
They Said “I Do”
Fast forward to October 23rd, 2021 and you’ll find a spectacular fall day. A warm, light breeze filled The Gardens of Castle Rock as Kristen and Nick were greeted by their friends and family with… “oh my gosh, you’re getting married!” We hear it time and time again… Once your first look happens, you blink and your whole day goes by in a flash! From their first look in The Vineyard, photos around the garden with Bellagala, to their ceremony in The Lath House, and a magical first dance in The Reception Tent, time seemed to be racing by as if it was trying to keep up with the changing fall foliage.
Kristen and her bridesmaids took to The Garden’s suite to get primped by Primped and vendors from all around set to work placing all of the special décor for their day. Meanwhile, Nick and his groomsmen arrived on site with lively energy after a fun round of poker games at The Fairfield Inn. Event planner and coordinator Bailey Bivolarvov started the initial décor set-up under the twinkle of Stargazer Design’s café lights delicately draped in the reception tent.
Nick and Kristen’s ceremony was stunning. Bright, warm sunrays and lovely fall foliage filled the ceremony space as they exchanged vows and said “I do” under a lovely cottage inspired floral display by Hyvee Floral. If you listened really closely, you could hear the birds tweeting in the tree above The Lath House and the crisp crackling of leaves below their guest’s dancing shoes.
They Partied the Night Away
To end an unforgettable evening, guests danced the night away to entertainment provided by Bellagala or snuggled up to The Garden’s Natural Stone Fireplace. With bellies full of substantial cuisine by Hyvee Catering, yummy drinks from Equal Parts Cocktail Company, and late night pizza made in The Garden’s very own Late Night Pizza Oven, we imagine guests will be talking about Kristen and Nick’s perfect fall wedding for many years to come.
More Highlights from Kristen & Nick’s Rustic Outdoor Wedding
Congratulations to Nick and Kristen! All of us here at The Gardens of Castle Rock wish you years of adventure and joy! We are so honored you chose The Gardens to celebrate your friendship and love.
Shoutout to all of the amazing vendors of Kristen and Nick’s wonderful wedding day:
**Special thank you to Bellagala (Photography and Videography) for allowing us to feature their gorgeous work in our real wedding spotlight!**
Event Venue: The Gardens of Castle Rock
Planning and Coordination: Bailey Bivolarvov
Decoration: Stargazer Designs
Catering: Hyvee Catering, Lakeville
Dessert: Hyvee Catering, Lakeville
Florist: Hyvee Floral, Lakeville
Bar Service: Equal Parts Cocktail Company
Shuttle Service: Nite Trane MN
Hotel: Fairfield Inn, Northfield
Hair Stylist and Make-Up Artist: Primped
Wedding Gown: Madi Lane Bridal
Bridal Footwear: Vans
Bridal Jewelry: Wedding Day Diamonds
Engagement Ring and Wedding Rings: Wedding Day Diamonds