MN monday: saunas + apple trees

this tiny little town in minnesota (the one where j grew up) was the absolute perfect scenery for this artsy couple. when anne ingman photography sent this our way, we were elated to share it with you. anne said it best, “they were engaged in a sauna and had their engagement photos/rehearsal dinner at this amazing property. Old barn + authentic Finnish sauna and apple trees – you can’t get better” 

we couldn’t agree more. congrats stephanie + david!

Our wedding venue could not have been more appropriate. David proposed in a sauna which made Hemlock Preserve in Esko, Minnesota an easy choice. We wanted to welcome our family and friends to a place that was distinctly Minnesotan. The dairy barn converted into an event space accompanied by a Finnish wood-fired sauna provided a simple and comforting welcome to our weary wedding travelers. 
In total we had 60 guests which was the perfect amount to fill the barn loft for the dinner. Food was catered by B&B in neighboring Cloquet,MN which Hemlock organized. Stephanie’s aunts provided the traditional Indonesian delicacies for dessert. The venue lent itself towards simple decor with the focus on sharing this time with our guests. Flowers were re-used the next day for the wedding. Anne Ingman’s stunning photographs captured the ‘feeling’ we had that afternoon, finally being able to relax and enjoy our time with guests after months of anticipation.  After the dinner, the sauna was ready which offered a unique memory for us and our friends.
check out their amazing wedding website, one of the best we’ve seen!
Anne IngmanJanuary 2, 2012 - 9:54 am

Stephanie and David were such a pleasure to work with! The venue for their rehearsal was amazing – definitely full of character and charm. I love Northern Minnesota , especially their saunas! :)

Doc & EuniJanuary 2, 2012 - 1:50 pm

What a wonderful weekend! these photos were so much fun to see as they captured many details that we hadn’t noticed when spending time with good friends and meeting many new friends. It was such a welcoming, interesting group of people from many stages of David’s life and meeting Stephanie’s family was a real pleasure.

LiaJanuary 3, 2012 - 8:23 am

lovely :D

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RebeccaFebruary 25, 2012 - 9:34 pm

Such beautiful photographs! This is how I have always imagined my wedding. It has been extremely difficult to find information on the Hemlock Preserve. Do you have any info on the park? Thanks-

RebeccaFebruary 25, 2012 - 9:35 pm

Beautiful photos! Do you know how I can get in touch with the Hemlock Preserve? I cannot find info on the site anywhere. Thanks-

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