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.

Just introduced as Mr. & Mrs., John and Renee walk up the aisle to the cheers of their wedding guests in The Lath House. Photo by: Images by Nic

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!

Renee and John toured The Gardens of Castle Rock in January… Let’s just say The Lath House looked very different! R & J were able to see past the icicles that this was the perfect Outdoor Garden Ceremony location for them.

Check out this stunning nature themed wedding ceremony arch floral installation by Wilderland Floral.

The cedar benches look lovely in The Lath House, but if you need a front row for your immediate family and friends (or relatives that need back support), no problem!

The Fireplace at The Gardens is not only fun, but a great way to keep guests toasty warm for an Outdoor Wedding in October. With the added bistro lights by Ultimate Events, it was the perfect wedding guest hang out spot.

Pops of burnt orange and terracotta reception décor made for a warm, fall themed Reception Tent. Photo by: Images by Nic

Guests were wowed by Renee and John’s flower stand wedding vases at The Gardens Cedar Banquet Tables, but also happy to be able to talk to their table guests. Photo by: Images by Nic

Make your day… your day! Renee and John made sure that their nature and fall season inspired sweetheart head table was picture perfect with beautiful floral installations by Wilderland Floral. Photo by: Images by Nic

Nic found that the slate pavers right outside of The Gardens Suite was the perfect spot for Renee and John’s wedding day detail photos. Their bold, fall wedding color palette really popped! Photo by: Images by Nic

The infamous purple chairs of The Gardens Suite are the perfect spot for detail photos and for slipping on your shoes before your first look. Photo by: Images by Nic

We love a good “first look” with bridesmaids. Look at those expressions! Photo by: Images by Nic

We just love this moment captured by Images by Nic of this tight squeeze between Renee and mom. The day goes by so quickly! It’s important to sneak hugs in when you can. Photo by: Images by Nic

As one of John’s groomsmen pin on his colorful fall boutonniere by Wilderland Floral, another straightens his suit by Bill’s Toggery. With so many details to take care of… good thing John had helpers! Photo by: Images by Nic

John took a moment outside of The Garden’s Cottage to read a special note from Renee. Photo by: Images by Nic

After their first look, John and Renee took a stroll through the Wedding in the Woods ceremony location. Photo by: Images by Nic

Renee and John’s October Wedding was full of sunshine and crunchy fall leaves. Even the vineyard was giving off perfect fall vibes for their wedding photos with Images by Nic.

The Wedding Party gathered under The Garden Pavilion for photos. With the perfect amount of shade and the really cool modern rustic vibes, who wouldn’t want to snag some forever photos to reminisce? Photo by: Images by Nic

The contrast of the hand hewn beams of The Garden Pavilion against the wedding party’s navy blue suits was perfect for John and Renee’s outdoor October wedding. Photo by: Images by Nic

Renee’s bridal party looked stunning with a warm color palette of reds, oranges, and yellows. Photo by: Images by Nic

It was time to walk down the aisle in The Lath House. Renee’s Mom and John knew to take in this moment. Photo by: Images by Nic

Renee’s dad knew how to take in this moment, too. As they walked down the aisle in The Lath House, he couldn’t take his eyes off of her. Photo by: Images by Nic

Under a canopy of grapevines and with crunchy leaves under their feet, Renee and John said “I do” in The Lath House. Photo by: Images by Nic

Unsolicited advice from this Minnesota Outdoor Wedding Venue: Laughter is the best medicine for wedding nerves… and the best way to remember the day forever. Also, have a great photographer like Images by Nic to capture the joy.

Leanne with Paint My Wedding Day live painted Renee and John’s glorious garden wedding in The Lath House during the ceremony. It was fun to watch her capture the color and views of this lovely October wedding day. Photo by: Images by Nic

A smooch for The Lath House aisle and on to the reception! Photo by: Images by Nic

The Garden’s Reception Patio awaits! With The Garden Pavilion, Fireplace, and Reception Tent complete with patio pavers underfoot, it’s the perfect space for an Outdoor Wedding in Minnesota! Photo by: Images by Nic

Looking to “jazz-tify” hiring a live band? Renee and John’s was the difference between background music and background vibes! Guests were talking about this experience all evening. Photo by: Images by Nic

Never underestimate a couple of yard games for your Outdoor Wedding Reception. Photo by: Images by Nic

Cheers to the Mr. & Mrs.! Photo by: Images by Nic

It’s hard not to shed a tear or two during wedding speeches and toasts… it’s even harder not to share an embarrassing story or two. Photo by: Images by Nic

Fun Sisters + Tasty Cocktails = Epic Wedding Toasts. Jot that math down for later. Photo by: Images by Nic

As the sun set on a perfect Minnesota fall day, John and Renee retreated to The Woods to spend some time snuggled under the fall foliage. Photo by: Images by Nic

Leanne with Paint My Wedding Day finished up her painting of The Lath House Ceremony and The Reception as Renee and John danced the night away. Guests were thrilled to go up and watch her paint. Photo by: Images by Nic

With the twinkle of lights in The Reception Tent and family and friends all around them, Renee and John danced together on their best day ever. Photo by: Images by Nic

“[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.

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