Kristi and Chad's Wedding


Our wedding was great! It couldn’t have gone any better than we ever imagined. Just everything during that day was good. Getting married in Crosslake, MN was perfect. We love that area and we have special memories there as this is the area we grew up in. It’s surrounded by the beautiful Whitefish Chain lakes. May is a great time of the year in MN, the weather was perfect. We can’t thank everyone enough that was part of all the details of our wedding to being our guests at our wedding. It made every part of our day special and many amazing memories. Oh, and Wedding Mapper was a great resource to share with our guests and to include in our wedding invitations. They did an incredible job making our little map exactly what I wanted. We'd highly recommend using it!:)


Vendors & Venues Reviews

David's Bridal
Wedding Fashion

The only store I went to look at for my wedding dress was David’s Bridal. I love their store. The first dress I tried on was the dress I chose. Their stores are filled with a vast selection of wedding gowns, in stock, in every size. It was really nice to be able to try on the difference styles in my size and not try to wonder what it would really look like if I were wearing a bigger or smaller size. What I really liked was that they give you your own consultant to help you find the right dress. Also after I found my dress, my bridesmaids were able to find their dresses as well. They have beautiful and many colors to choose from for your wedding colors and for bridal party dresses. I do like that they have an on-site alterations, special financing options, gown preservation services, and coordinating ensembles for the entire bridal party. I was able to also order my flower girl basket, ring-bearer pillow, unity candle, guest book all matching exactly my Clover green color I had my bridal party wear. I also was able to order a Clover green sash for my 2 flower girls and for me to wear with my wedding dress. They also have a nice selection of shoes to wear and they also were able to die my bridesmaid’s shoes to the Clover green color. We were all able to pick out beautiful jewelry to wear there and my veil as well. The prices are great in every area! The only thing that was frustrating for me was that you have to keep on top of them to make sure like my bridesmaid’s shoes were going to be done on time and same with my dress alterations. They had to do a rush on one of my bridesmaid’s shoes because they forgot to do that so I stood there while they were able to die the shoes (cause my wedding was in 2 days). But they were fast and it all still turned out great.

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Men's Wearhouse
Clovis, CA

David's Bridal works with Men's Wearhouse for the groom and groomsmen's tuxedos. I loved that because they have the exact same colors as David’s does. To accent the Clover color, we chose Honeydew color and it was very nice. We met with a Wardrobe Consultant to help us find exactly what we wanted Chad to wear and his groomsmen. They have very nice and high-quality rental tuxedos. Because we had 6 or more groomsmen renting, Chad got his tux rental for free. The only issue we had was Chad’s jacket was way too big for him. The tailor didn’t do a good fit for him. This was a huge disappointment for us on our wedding day especially for Chad. Also 2 of our groomsmen’s jackets didn’t fit either but they were able to exchange and luckily they fit each other’s jackets! The rest of the tuxes fit great. Everyone sure did look very handsome and the colors looked beautiful together!! .

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Woody's Photography
Nisswa, MN

This was the most important part of my wedding for me is my photographer since I am one as well. Woody was exceptional! He is one of the best photographers I've ever seen! He worked so well with us and our bridal party especially the kids. He really made us feel at ease so he could capture our natural expressions and some very special moments. He is very creative and artistic with his photography. What meant a lot to me was that I always wanted to get photos of us on a dock with the lake in the background somewhere-- He took time to do this for me even when was suppose to be done taking photos. I love my wedding photos. We couldn't have been anymore pleased and thrilled. His prices are great. With his wedding packages, he gives you a DVD with all your wedding photos on them. I couldn't find another photographer that did that without having to pay ALOT of money. As a photographer, that meant so much to me to have all my original wedding photographs. He also color corrects and enhances your photos as well. One of my favorites is a close up of me and my bouquet- I'm in black & white format while my bouquet is in color. It is beautiful! He is a very gifted and wonderful photographer.

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Famous Dave's Catering
Vernon Hills, IL

My mom and I were eating at the Famous Dave's in Baxter, MN and I saw their catering brochure! We started looking through it and the prices were great! We really needed to stay within our budget and use someone that Whitefish Lodge would work with too. We met Ryan Olson, the manager & catering expert, that night when he came around to our table asking if he could help us with anything. We asked him some questions and we set up an appt to meet with him. We met with him a few days later and we walked out of there shaking our heads in awe of how wonderful and willing Ryan was to help us come up with the perfect meal for our reception. He was excellent!! He went out of his way to do so much extra for us. We knew for sure that we would definitely go with him and Famous Dave’s. Ryan did so much for us, was very friendly and easy to work with. He's very creative as well and we were able to stay within our budget! The food was excellent and so was the service!! Heard nothing but good from our guests! :) It was very fun as well. It fit Chad & I's personality too- BBQ and we LOVE to eat at Famous Dave’s! :)

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Complete Music- Kris Lambke (Special K)
Baxter, MN

This was the hardest part for us to figure out which DJ to go with. We've heard and been to some weddings where the DJ just about ruined the reception... I was very nervous about picking out the right DJ. We couldn't believe how lucky we got with having Special K, Kris Lambke, being our DJ. I talked to a few different companies and I felt the most comfortable with Complete Music. Their prices were great. Just a few hours later, Kris gave me a call and wanted to know if I had any questions and to contact him anytime. I was so impressed with that and the most important thing was they were not pushy about me booking with them. SO I booked with them right away! :) I really didn't even know where to start with music... I've never had to work with a DJ before. Special K walked me through everything one night and we got it all planned out. He had me fill out a form and he really fit the music perfectly to our taste!! He was excellent!! :) He made our reception very fun and so special! We’ll never forget it! Our guests loved him too because he interacted with them all. He was friendly, cheerful, a lot of fun and loved how he dressed! During our meal, he had the music level perfect so our guests could talk to each other at their tables. He had some great ice breakers to get everyone dancing and even taught us a few new dances. You can tell he loves to do what he does best! We had a great time at our reception and our guests felt very comfortable and enjoy it too. If you are looking for a good DJ- for sure ask for Special K! :)

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Elegant Memories Floral Design
Crosslake, MN

Our flowers were exceptional, breathtaking and beautiful! I knew these ladies personally so it was very fun to work with them. Emily & Melissa met with us at Caribou and they were very prepared with books of flowers and photographs to help us choose the exact flowers. I was so impressed with all their photographs of wedding and events they have done. They are so creative and very gifted. They met with us again to finalize everything and the prices were great. The morning of the wedding, they came to our church and set up the flowers in the sanctuary and then went to the reception and completely set up all our flowers and even the candles on the tables. They made the flowers too for my cake. It was all so beautiful!! The flowers fit our colors, our personalities and just gorgeous. I couldn’t believe how perfect my bouquet was too. It just made my wedding day even more special!

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Regis Salons in Baxter, MN
Baxter, MN
Wedding Day Beauty

Wow! I had a certain style in mind how I wanted my hair to look. Sam, the manager, did that and even more. It was gorgeous! I’ve been a client of hers for 8 yrs now and knew I wanted her to do my hair for my wedding someday. I was able to get my bridal party all appts at the same time as me. It was very fun to be able to do this all together. Each of the stylists did wonderful jobs on my bridesmaid’s hair and worked with what they wanted as well. They are so professional, very friendly and talented! The prices were great.

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Wooverton Printing Company
Crosslake, MN

They did an exceptional job printing our wedding invitations, napkins, ceremony programs and our thank you cards. It’s a family owned business since the 1900’s. They have a wide range of printing opportunities in Commerical Printing, Church Division and Digital Printing. I was able to work with one of their graphic artists to create our wedding invitations to exactly what I wanted and our thank you cards. They are very easy and friendly to work with!! The quality printing, the coloring and paper is excellent. They matched up our wedding colors perfectly in our invitation, programs, thank you card and even our napkins. The turn- around time is very fast as well.

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The Log Church
Crosslake, MN
Ceremony Sites

The Log Church is my home church in Crosslake, MN. It started as a summer church that met from Memorial Day through Labor Day in the Fish and Game building. This continued from 1968 until June 28,1981, when the church was organized and established as Crosslake Evangelical Free Church. The church was given a 3 acre lot and in the spring of 1983 construction of the Log Church was started. It is a beautiful log church. Inside you can feel the warmth and the church is set in a small town with many lakes surrounding the area. It’s just a breathtaking area. It was perfect place for us to get married and it fit us perfectly.

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Whitefish Lodge & Suites
Crosslake, Minnesota
Reception Sites

Whitefish Lodge is located in the heart of Crosslake. It’s an absolutely breathtaking log lodge and perfect place for our reception. The room, decor and location were perfect for our reception and we couldn't have imagined our wedding reception anywhere else! It was amazing. Crystal, the group sales manager, was beyond great! She did such a great job and we couldn't believe all the hard work she did for our reception- before, during and after our reception. We knew that we didn't have to worry about a thing that day! Chad and I were just so thrilled and happy how well our wedding reception went! Along with everything else, being here made the end of our wedding day so wonderful and special that we will never forget! We also had one night complementary stay for us, the Bride & Groom, in a king suite that features a king size bed, a fireplace and jacuzzi tub in the bedroom and in the other room is a mini living room set up. We stayed 2 nights for our little mini honeymoon and enjoyed the sites around the Crosslake area.

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Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites
Crosslake, Mn

We blocked off some rooms at Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites for our wedding guests to stay in. This too is located in the heart of Crosslake. The lodge is rustic and beautiful with friendly staff and our wedding guests enjoyed staying here. They also got free breakfasts in the mornings. Pine Peaks also have their own restaurant which has excellent food and a large gift shop.

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