elle & bryce ~ mayowood stone barn wedding

Before I dive into the beauty of my 2016 season, I have a few final special weddings to share from 2015 here on the blog (because it’s better late than never, right?). Elle and Bryce are one of those special couples. Elle is an emergency room doctor and Bryce is a firefighter so they spend their days saving lives, no big deal. They were so sweet and wonderful to work with throughout the planning process. Their priorities were a unique menu (no boring wedding food here!) and memorable design (colorful, botanical garden was the feel), and with our awesome vendor partners we nailed it. Despite her crazy work schedule, the bride DIY’d a lot of the details, including the marquee sign on the dessert table and the adorable mini succulent favors that doubled as escort cards.

Their beautiful wedding is currently featured in the Fall/Winter issue of The Knot Minnesota magazine, so be sure to grab your copy today! It was also featured on Trendy Bride earlier this year.

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Please take a few minutes to watch the video of the day from Eyetography!

Wedding Film | Elle + Bryce from Eyetography on Vimeo.


Wedding Planner & Signage: denae brennan weddings & events
Photography: Meg Cooper Photography
Videography: Eyetography Film & Foto
Venue: Mayowood Stone Barn
Flowers: Fox & Fern Floral
Catering: Catering by Design
Hair & Makeup: Hayley Sachs Artistry
Cake: Daube’s Bakery
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: The OK Factor
DJ: Instant Request
Bartending: With A Twist
Bride’s Gown: a & bé bridal shop
Officiant: Carolyn Germaine of Grand Avenue Officiants
Transportation: Rochester Trolley & Tour Co.
After Party Venue: The Doggery
Letterpress Invitations: A+P Designs (with DIY packaging from the bride)


aäna & jeff ~ rochester, mn wedding

Aäna & Jeff were married on what had to be the most perfect Minnesota day last summer. They had initially tossed around the idea of getting married in their current home of Philadelphia and even possibly a destination wedding somewhere in Canada, but when they were offered the private property of friends of Aäna’s parents in her hometown of Rochester, Minnesota, they were smitten. With its riverside ceremony lawn and rustic barn, the Kvenvold River Ranch was the perfect setting for their nuptials.

The couple made sure to incorporate both the bride’s Minnesota background and the groom’s East Coast roots with details throughout the wedding, including a his and hers beer, a custom logo made up of the state of Minnesota with the Philadelphia-famous LOVE image, an awesome bluegrass band, and a late-night Philly cheesesteak station. Aäna’s vision for the flowers was to have it look like an “Alpine meadow exploded in the barn,” and Brianna from Fox & Fern Floral delivered.

The day was filled with personal details and loads of fun, but one of the best memories was the ceremony itself. The bride and groom wrote their own vows and left not a dry eye among the guests.

It was so hard to choose which photos to share – I love them all from Brandon Werth! Here is just a glimpse into this gorgeous day. Don’t forget to check out the incredible film from Sky Blue Weddings at the end!


Wedding Planning: denae brennan weddings & events
Photography: Brandon Werth
Videography: Sky Blue Weddings
Venue: Kvenvold River Ranch (private property)
Flowers: Fox & Fern Floral
Catering: Johnny Mango’s Catering
Rentals: Majestic Tents & Events
Bride’s Gown: Carol Hannah
Band: The High 48’s
DJ: Instant Request
Hair & Makeup: Brittany Kinney Beautē
Bartending: With A Twist


katy & max ~ rochester, mn wedding

Katy and Max live an exciting life, to say the least. She’s a model and he’s a professional rugby player in France, where the couple resides, and they are frequently jet-setting around the world. But when it came time to decide where they would get married to start their greatest adventure yet, Katy’s roots in the Midwest (she grew up in Iowa) brought them to the Mayowood Stone Barn.

Katy impressively planned everything from France, enlisting my help for coordination to help pull everything together. Just over 100 guests flew into Rochester from around the world (Max is originally from South Africa and his family resides in Spain, not to mention their friends from everywhere from LA to Iowa to Scotland). The day was beautiful, intimate and FUN! Thanks to all of the vendors who helped their dreams come to life!

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Photography: Janelle Elise Photography
Wedding Coordination: denae brennan weddings & events
Venue: Mayowood Stone Barn
Catering: Catering by Design
Personal Flowers: Le Jardin Floral
Centerpieces: DIY’d with flowers from HyVee
Dessert: Daube’s Bakery
DJ: Adagio DJ Entertainment
Photo Booth: Photo Booth Entertainment
Rentals: Majestic Tents & Events / Midway Party Rental
Officiant: Jim Albani, Minnesota Officiants
Bride’s Gown: Pronovias
Bridesmaids Attire: Donna Morgan
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew


elizabeth + andrew ~ rochester, mn wedding

Elizabeth and Andrew are living la dolce vita in Rome, but chose to come back to Elizabeth’s hometown of Rochester to tie the knot. They had a beautiful, family-centered ceremony at St. John Catholic Church, incorporating some of Andrew’s family’s Jewish traditions as well.

The intimate group then moved to the Mayowood Stone Barn for cocktail hour in the sunshine, followed by a gourmet, family-style meal of scallops, lamb and much more. Thanks to the team of vendors who helped them begin their marriage just the way they envisioned!








Wedding Coordinator: denae brennan weddings & events
Photography: Joshua Becker Photography
Ceremony Venue: Church of St. John the Evangelist 
Reception Venue: Mayowood Stone Barn
Catering: Sontes
Flowers: Le Jardin European Floral
Rentals: Majestic Tents & Events
Stationery: The Paper Source