Bridal Hair & Makeup At the Quarter Deck

M r. & M R S. Manley!
After nine years of knowing one another, these two were very excited to tie the knot! They spent 11 months planning their big day after Larry asked Gloria the big question at Oconee Brew Co. in Greensboro, GA! 

How did he ask? “It was a long time coming, and my husband had the ring for quite some time, but he wanted me to be surprised so he did it when I was totally not expecting it. He asked to go to dinner at this fancy restaurant and by the time we were suppose to be getting ready to go I was not feeling getting all dolled up (of course) so I decided to switch things up and asked if we could just go grab some beers at the local brewery and have a more chill night. He was annoyed but of course gave in and invited his cousin and her husband to come along for company. We had a couple drinks and then his cousin wanted to take a picture so when it was our turn for a picture he got down on one knee and I was totally shocked!”

Gloria and Larry went with Champagne, black, white and greenery for their wedding colors! 
When asked what her favorite part of the day was, Gloria shared: “Since I am from MN and he is from GA the best part was having all of our favorite people together for a long weekend in my favorite place in the world. It was magical.”

Did you do bridesmaid gifts or groomsmen gifts? If so what & where from: “Yes groomsmen gifts from Etsy were personalized lighters. Bridesmaids gifts were earrings and getting ready outfits from Etsy!”

She walked down the isle to Feels like home to me by Chantal Kreviazuk! They shared their first dance to the song You Make it Easy by Jason Aldean! 

Number one tip she wanted to share when asked was-  “Organization!! and dont sweat the small stuff, things will not always go as planned and no one will notice besides you anyway!” 

“Funniest moment of the day was probably watching everyone taking a shotski and their reactions!” 
They didnt do a big formal send off because everyone was staying at the resort, but they did do a sparkler line that they ran through! I love those!! 
After they took a honeymoon to Punta de Mita, Nayarit, Mexico! 

Other Wedding details: 

Wedding Venue: Quarterdeck Resort 
Wedding Dress: Posh Bridal Couture 
Grooms Suit: Men’s Wearhouse 
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids 
Groomsmen Attire: Generation Tux 
Floralist: Petals & Beans 
Decorator: Petals & Beans (Dyana Rasinski) and Emerald Events & Design (Kelly Hurley) 
Photographer: Complete Weddings and Events (Brainerd)
Videographer: Complete Weddings and Events (Brainerd)

Caterer: Billy’s Breezy Point 
Cake/cupcakes: Sweet Life Bakery
Formal Hair and Airbrush Makeup- Captivating Beauty 

Airbrush Makeup and Hair for Brides at Pine Peaks MN

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Sowers!
It all began about 9 years ago! These two love birds dated for about 7 years and were engaged for 1 year and 9 months in total! 
We know we all love details! Who wants to hear about the proposal and where it happened? 

“It was at our favorite campsite – Lake Koronis in Paynesville. We were there with our closest friends when he got down on one knee in front of everyone with a giant replica of my engagement right that he had made/welded (he’s a welder for a living). It was the sweetest, and now we go back to the same campsite every year to celebrate the day!” – Jessica.

These two did such cute bridesmaid gifts/groomsmen gifts!  
For her girls she did a tote (Wedding Shoppe online) full of a bunch of items for the day of! Earrings to wear for the wedding (Express), lotion (bath and body works), Starbucks mugs (Walmart), tank tops for morning of (Etsy), custom hangers for bridesmaids dresses and their favorite snacks and drink of choice! 
For the guys he bought them custom beer caddy’s that he also stuffed with their favorite things and beer of choice! 

Every detail thought out perfectly! 
The song Jessica walked down the isle to was – Speechless by Dan & Shay! Ryle and Jessica shared their first dance to – Today by Brad Paisley! 

When asked what her favorite part of the day was Jessica responded with- “I don’t know how anyone picks this…. getting ready with my girls in the morning – one of my bridesmaids got me a letter to the bride book and I bawled my eyes out. Or the tractor ride with the whole wedding party after our ceremony. To be surrounded by so much love and support is overwhelming. Looking out at everyone from the head table at dinner… knowing it’s unlikely that this same group will likely never all be together again. It is humbling and bittersweet. And then our last dance of the night where everyone formed a circle around us.. I still tear up thinking about it and can’t listen to Good Riddance by Greenday.” 

These two are planning a honeymoon this upcoming winter! They are still deciding on where exactly but do know it will be somewhere tropical since it will be the dead of winter here! (I don’t blame them one bit!!) 

When I asked Jessica her number one tip for a bride or groom to be she had some really great wisdom! –“I heard this so much too, but you don’t really get it until afterward. SLOW down and enjoy every. Single. Second.”There is so much truth in this! Time goes way to quickly, enjoy enjoy enjoy! 

Wedding Details: Wedding Venue: Pine Peaks Event Center!
Photographer: Tem Photography!
Hair and Airbrush makeup: Captivating Beauty!
Wedding Dress: The Wedding Shoppe, Incredible place with someone for everyone! 
Grooms Suit:
Tip Top Tux, Stacey Condos from the Waite park store is so accommodating and on top of her stuff

Bridesmaid dresses: It was a mix of David’s Bridal and Lulus (an online store)

Groomsmen attire:
Tip Top Tux as well! Groomsmen, ushers and dads. Our ring bearer outfits were from Kohl’s! 

Flintwood Floral! My flowers were definitely one of the things I received the most compliments on. They were all fake but they seriously look and feel real to the touch. 

We did it all ourselves and with the help of the amazing Julie Peterson of course!

Kyle Buchholz with Stills N’ Motion! He is also a rockstar! 
Maucieri’s for dinner! Hyvee for desserts!

Wedding Planner in Brainerd MN

A wedding planner is so important for a bride on the day of her wedding and also the months leading up to her wedding day. Having been in the wedding industry for over 8 years in Brainerd and the surrounding areas, I can not tell you how many brides wished they had hired a wedding coordinator & planner… It can be very stressful for a bride to handle all the wedding details on her own. Our role as Wedding Planner is to make your dreams come true with little or no stress to you!

We make your big day come to life: we want your ceremony, reception, and all that ensues to live up to that which you have only imagined. And we want your experience planning and preparing for your wedding to be just as exciting and stress free!

How we plan your wedding depends on how much help you need and what you want. This could be anything from an inspiration picture to a detailed plan that thoroughly explains your vision. Our expertise and professional networking allow us to offer the best resources to connect the dots between all your details and help guide you through your event from beginning to end.  

We start all of our relationships with a complimentary consultation to address required planning needs.

We also do wedding decor. We have an amazing team.

Shout out to Morgan Watson Photography for these photos. We love her style!!

Captivating Beauty Decorating and styling/Petals and Beans Floral/Jackie Tyrell Cake/Renee Anderson Planning/Dees Decorating/Wedding Venue Pine Peaks

On Site Wedding Hair & Airbrush Makeup at Olivers Acres in Pequot Lakes MN

Meet Mr. & Mrs. Richardson: Funniest moment of the day: “I didn’t see it myself, but I was told that the flower girl had to go up the isle by herself because the ring bearer got nervous. She did so well and got to the very front, but then yelled, “Mommy I need you!!” and ran back down the isle!”

“We didn’t know each other very long before we started dating… We met at church during the meet and greet time! He later told me that he had saw me up front playing guitar and singing in the worship band and had prayed, “Lord, if you don’t give me her, give me someone just like her!” After a couple months of saying hi during the greeting time, I had noticed that he was always eager to say hi, so finally I said, “You know, we always say hi, but I don’t know very much about you… why don’t you tell me some more about yourself?” Not long after he asked me on a date and the rest is history!”

“(his story is different. He claims that I was looking right at him while playing and singing and that I was singing to him…) I wasn’t.


Taylor & Nathan were enagaged for about 8 months before their big day! “I had been waiting eagerly for Nathan to ask me to marry him for a while! I love the outdoors and really wanted to be in nature for a proposal and had hinted as such, but didn’t want to put too much pressure on him. Around the New Year we had been running some errands. He had dropped me off at my car and I was going to meet him back at his house, but I ran one more errand without him knowing. By the time I got there he was so worried that something had happened to me. He was so relieved, and he told me that he didn’t ever want to be without me. I think we both loved each other so much in that moment. He said, “I can’t wait anymore… can I just ask you now?” I eagerly replied yes and he got down on one knee is his unfinished kitchen! He said he wanted to take me somewhere outside like I wanted, but it was also -30 degrees out… It wasn’t glamorous, but it was beautiful!!”

Such a sweet story! When you know.. you know! 

These two were married at Oliver Acres Bed and Breakfast west of Pequot Lakes! Taylor shared- “Across the road from the B&B was my great-grandparents homestead. Although the family barn is no longer there, I was happy to have the wedding in the neighborhood where I grew up- just a couple miles from my parents’ house!”

These two did bridesmaid gifts that were robes from etsy & the groomsmen got some nice flashlights from online! 
They went with Mint green and burlap for their wedding colors! Taylor walked down the isle to: “Great is Thy Faithfulness” instrumental. Together they danced their first dance to 
“I Can’t Help Falling in Love” Haley Reinhart. 

When asked what her favorite highlights of the day were, Taylor shared:

“1) I rode up in a horse-drawn carriage and that was pretty amazing! I have always loved horses and that felt like a fairy-tale. 

2) SQUARE DANCING. Sounds cheesy, but I had done square dancing a couple times in college and it is seriously the funnest thing you will ever do! I wanted our reception to beautiful and FUN and it was! I hired a square dance caller who was great and brought his own sound system and still played our first dance songs that we requested, but then began calling. The best part of this is that EVERYONE can be included- old, young, and everywhere in between. You don’t have to know the dance because he teaches you as you go so everyone is in the same boat. You don’t need a partner because you switch all the time anyway! Even those who weren’t dancing had a great time watching. It was a blast! 

3) My (now husband) loves fireworks! He had asked about fireworks towards the beginning of our wedding planning, but I told them that they are illegal in MN (which they are). But then I began thinking and decided that I wanted to surprise him and hire someone to do it. My dad and mother-in-law chipped in to make it happen and that moment was probably my favorite. He was completely surprised and the fireworks were wonderful! The DJ we had later in the evening even played “God Bless the USA” !”

Who loves a cute send off?! 
“The dance went on after the firework show, but after a long day, that seemed like a pretty good end to a perfect day, so we took off shortly after that with a sparkler send-off!”

Right after their wedding these two were off to Banff, Canada! Taylor shared “It was INCREDIBLE!! Honestly my wedding and honeymoon both were absolute dreams come true!” 

What is your number one tip for a bride to be/groom to be?
“I had a bad experience with dress shopping because I didn’t like my dress that I bought which made me really sad. So to a bride-to-be, I would say: Don’t feel like you have to buy a dress in one day. Try them on, but then walk away and come back another day and see if you love it as much as you did before. 
Another practical tip is that your photographer is going to make you take pictures after the ceremony and you’ll be frustrated in the moment because you just want to be with your guests! But listen to him/her, because those ones were the best pictures! ”

Bridal dress is from: “Bride to Be” in Williston, ND!

Grooms attire is from: “We just did khaki pants from Walmart, a white long-sleeved shirt, and vest that we purchased online!”

Bridesmaids dress were from: “Bridesmaids each got their own dresses from all over the place. I just wanted them to be knee-length and mint green!”

Groomsmen attire were from: “Same as groom. We had a certain pants and vest, otherwise they got the rest. They also wore brown cowboy boots!”

Floralist: Lilly Grass Floral!

Photographer: Studio North Photography

Videographer: Isaac Akers (Family member)

Caterer: Ted and Jen’s BBQ

Cake/cupcakes: Schaefer’s Food Nisswa 

Hair and makeup: Captivating Beauty

Bridal Hair & Makeup at Grandview Lodge

Kayla was one of the sweetest brides. We have some fun details below of her wedding. Enjoy!!

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Kriesel!
These two met one another two and a half years ago! They spent 6 months engaged and planning this big day together!

The big question was popped at the Paris Hotel – Las Vegas! My favorite part- the proposal! 
“We went to dinner at the Eiffel Tower restaurant at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.  We were seated at the corner window overlooking the Bellagio Fountains and I thought we had sure gotten lucky with such an amazing view.  Before dinner arrived John proposed! After dinner we were picked up in a limo and drove all around Vegas drinking champagne and stopping at different landmarks to take pictures!”

John and Kayla tied the knot at Grandview Lodge– Headwaters Dining Room & Lower Terrace! Such a beautiful venue! 

When asked what was her favorite part of the day was:

Getting ready with my best friends, marrying my other best friend, our best man’s speech/song and spending the whole night out by the fire place on the Lower Terrace dancing and celebrating!”

The wedding colors for this beautiful day were:
pale pinks, gold & white!

She walked down the isle to the song,  Can’t Help Falling in Love!

Her number one tip to a bride to be is “Don’t stress too much about all of the details.  Pick your priorities and make those happen!  People are more likely to remember how much fun they had at your wedding rather than all the details of your centerpieces.  But if amazing décor is your priority, go all out! Planning a wedding is so much fun, don’t let stress ruin the fun.

“These two took their honeymoon to Los Angeles for the Vikings / Rams game and some relaxation! They had a incredible time!

Other Wedding Details: 

Bridal dress was from: The Wedding Shoppe

Grooms Suit: Savvi Formalwear 

Bridesmaids dresses: Macy’s

Groomsmen attire: Savvi Formalwear

Floralist:  Petals & Beans

Decorator / Coordinator:  For Better or For Best Weddings

Photographer: Kelley Jo Imaging

Videographer: Josiah Tiegs

Caterer/Cake/Cupcakes: Grand View Lodge

Hair & Makeup: Captivating Beauty

Ceremony Music: Trillium String Trio