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My wife and I had the pleasure of spending our wedding weekend on at the pine peaks event center. We were staying at the house from Oct. 3rd til Oct.7. Out of all the decisions we made when setting up our wedding, choosing to have our groom's dinner and reception on the Peterson property was the best we made. We looked at hotels and wineries and nothing seemed as perfect as the Pine Peaks Event Center. It is truly a beautiful location and the seclusion really allows for strangers of the different families to bond.
We knew from the first time we spoke to Dave that this was the place for us. I don't believe he ever said no to any of our requests. For instance, over this past summer my parents flew in from Florida and on short notice Dave was able to give us a tour and run down all the options for us. Never once did it feel like we were just another couple. The Peterson's really made us feel special. The exact feeling we wanted as we prepped for our big day.
So, we had booked the location 14 months prior to our wedding, and the amount of improvements that have been made to the property were immense. The road was paved, the reception hall was improved, and the patio was finished. The place looks better everyday.
My mother decided she wanted to go all out for the groom's dinner, since a lot of our guest traveled from Florida and other parts of the country. But due to the request of the bride, she was not allowed to use the reception hall. So Dave and Julie turned the outside patio into a beautiful party hall, complete with sound system and a dance floor. At one point my mother asked Dave if he could dim the lights, and all she got back as a sure. We found out later that at the time he did not have a dimmer, and just ran up to the store bought one and installed it. That was the attitude we came to expect of Dave and Julie and we were never disappointed.
For the Wedding Reception, we had it in the reception hall. We had brought a ton of decorations, but over the years Dave and Julie have acquired a huge collection of decorations, and with them we were really able to tie everything together. This was Julie's expertise. She stepped in and helped my wife with everything she could possibly need. It was crazy. And on the night of the wedding, they were there to ensure that everything ran smoothly, and it did.
Finally, the house. What a great retreat location. We had our bridal party, parents, grandparents, and a few extra friends stay there. We all had plenty of room. My father-in-law and I were the only ones to make use of the sauna, and I can tell you from experience it is a really nice touch. I think the most popular spot of the whole house was on the deck centered around a very unique tabletop fireplace. I am still not sure how to describe it was, but it was really a hit. The second biggest hot spot was the man cave down below. Every night you were sure to find a multitude of people down there shooting pool, drinking beer, and just enjoying each other's company. It was just one of the many things that made this house so amazing.
My wife, my family, and all my guests truly could not recommend this place any more. All anyone has been able to talk about for the past week was how nice this location for the reception was, how nice the house was, but most of all how nice Dave and Julie were, We thank them so much for everything.
-Nate and Jackie Baldwin
I had my wedding at Pine Peaks Event Center this past December and loved it!!! The owners were so incredibly helpful, we rented the house Thursday-Sunday so we were able to spend 2+ days decorating and Sunday for gift opening and taking things down. It was perfect.
My experience with Pine Peaks Event Center couldn’t have been more beautiful. From the beginning, they were gracious and hospitable hosts for our wedding weekend. I will never forget the kindness shown by Dave and Julie Peterson, their newlywed assistants Mike and Cassie, and Maucieri’s caterers, Jodi and Dewey. They all worked together flawlessly to make sure this day went seamless. I know people do things for the bride so she doesn’t have to think on that day, but I never expected every tiny detail I had forgotten to be attended to with such delicate care. I think they even put in an order to mother nature the day of the ceremony because our special day was surrounded by days of rain, fog, snow, and wind. But on our wedding day, the sun came out, the wind stopped, and it was just warm enough to hold the ceremony outdoors… in November… Up North… We are very grateful and feel blessed to have had our celebration at Pine Peaks Event Center with Maucieri’s. Ooooooh, the food. All my guests raved at how amazing the food was. It’s been two weeks, and we still get compliments about the food. If you want good food at your wedding, don’t even think about asking them to host another caterer. Pine Peaks with Maucieri’s work. I don’t see how another caterer could top the service we got. I’m not sure how much more I can boast about these wonderful people without sounding like a bag of hot air. All I know is the happiest day of my life so far was spent at Pine Peaks Retreat and Event Center, and nothing made me any less than that.
Pine Peaks Event Center was the perfect place for our wedding. We were looking for something different that the cookie cutter hotel ballroom wedding. We were also looking for someplace that would be more intimate and that is exactly what we got at Pine Peaks Event Center. Dave and Julie that own Pine Peaks Event Center are phenomenal. I have nothing by positive things to say about both of them. Dave was very responsive in the planning and willing to do whatever we asked to make sure our day was perfect. He is one of the hardest working people and is always in a great mood! One of the best parts of having your wedding at Pine Peaks Event Center is that you are able to use all the fabulous decorations that are purchased by Julie. She has great taste and is very helpful when it comes to deciding on what to use for the wedding. We also liked that we were the only wedding there for the weekend, so this allowed us to come early to setup everything. This relieved a lot of my stress and ensured that everything was perfect! The best part of booking your wedding here is the retreat house that is right next door. Our family and wedding party stayed at the house, which brought everyone closer! The house is beautiful and huge! I would definitely recommend anyone to have their wedding at PPEC!
Thank you Dave and Julie for helping to make our day perfect!!
Dave and Julie were so on top of everything. They were so caring and prepared and genuinely interested in who we were and what our dreams were. They were super helpful and assisted my husband and I in bringing our dreams to life. We could not have pulled it off without them! :) Throughout the whole planning process they kept in close contact, asked questions, and send us pictures, so we always knew what we had to work with.
We had a Renaissance themed wedding and they managed to get a hold of a real candle chandelier that they lit before the ceremony! It was amazing! And when a clasp on my dress broke on the dance floor Julie was there with a pin in just seconds thus saving me from any embarrassing wardrobe malfunction pics!
Thank you! :)e
Pine Peaks Event Center is a first class operation for Weddings. Dave and Julie are excellent hosts making us feel welcome and providing anything we asked for throughout our stay. We stayed in the guest cabin / mansion, which handled the entire wedding party very comfortably. Overall, I would highly recommend this venue for the Wedding experience.
(Father of the Bride)
Our wedding at Pine Peaks was more than we could have ever imagined! Dave and Julie are two of the nicest, most helpful people we could have ever had the pleasure in working with. We were able to get there on Thursday afternoon and began setting up. I can't begin to say how amazing it was to have all of the decorations for our use! Not only did it save us tons of money, but Julie has such great things and was able to help us put things together in such a beautiful way. Dave was also around the entire weekend and was incredibly helpful in helping with whatever we needed! Our wedding day went off so smoothly and was so beautiful (even in the cold)! Everyone couldn't stop talking about how beautiful the grounds were and how great the space was. It was great to have everything right there - from set-up, to the rehearsal dinner to brunch the next morning, it was so stress-free! Our favorite part was just being able to spend so much quality time with our friends and family and having so much privacy. When we toured other places it just didn't feel like our weekend would be special. Once we saw Pine Peaks we loved that our wedding would be more than just a day and saw how special Dave and Julie made the wedding that was happening that weekend, there was no doubt in our mind that that is where we wanted to get married. I couldn't recommend Pine Peaks Event Center any higher! It truly was an incredible venue which made for an amazing weekend!
Nestled in an abundance of lakes and deep green conifers, there is a beautifully manicured resort and retreat. Central Minnesota is one of the most beautiful areas in the entire state and this is right where you’ll find Pine Peaks Retreat and Event Center. Dave and Julie have done an incredible job making this the right area for not only a multitude of events, but a gorgeous wedding location as well.
After meeting with Dave and Julie, we were confident that our wedding experience was going to be phenomenal. They are in constant good spirits and are ready and willing to make your wedding as wonderful as you can imagine. Dave is always there to keep you informed every step of the way. Julie is at the resort and retreat center every weekend fastidiously working away at the minute details. Together, the two of them can make your wedding just as you like.
The location of the resort is just right. Close enough to downtown Crosslake, but far enough to feel away from it all. The onsite amenities are far above par. The retreat house was especially a treat - big enough to comfortably accommodate a large wedding party and elegant enough to make it feel special for that special day.
Weddings are a difficult thing to pull off. There are many moving pieces that have to line up to make the customer happy. Erica and I could not be happier with the quality, professionalism, and overall kind-hearted atmosphere that Pine Peaks provided us.
Initially meeting with Dave and Julie an immediate decision for our daughter and son-in-law to be to have their special wedding week-end at Pine Peaks Event Center was the best choice! Communication was always prompt. Kindness is an understatement in the manner of genuine listening to what the vision of the couple was. This was to be a party, with a wedding ceremony included...the entire week-end was just that. The assistance in the property decorations (that are very plentiful and of amazing quality) was endless. A question asked, an "I wonder what...", patience, and care. This couple, the Event Center, the location, the helpfulness, the calming anxieties, and service is of an unmeasurable quality. The entire week-end was seamless from beginning to a sad end when it was over! Thank you Julie and Dave Peterson for providing this area a dream destination!
My husband ( so awesome to say that!), and I got married at Pine Peaks Event Center on a BEAUTUFUL fall day in October 2014.
We chose Crosslake because my parents have retired up to the lake, and my mother in law spends her summers at her lake home on Crosslake. So the location was never an issue with us. We always knew we wanted to get married up north.
We toured 3 locations 10 months prior to our wedding. Pine Peaks was our last stop. Although the other venues that we toured were nice, Pine Peaks was SPECIAL! The land it self is breathtaking, and when we toured the reception area/bar and big stone fireplace.. We were 90% sure we wanted our wedding there.
Dave ( and his wife, Julie), gave us our first tour. They met us with an extended arm, handshake and a warm smile.
He brought us to a huge cabin that is located right on the premises. With my husband and I both traveling to Crosslake frequently to visit our parents, we know what Beautiful cabins are like in Brainerd Lakes area...
When we stepped into " the Lodge" my husband and I both said , " this is it! This is where we are getting married!"
Since we had immediate family members traveling from different states, we thought the lodge and ALL the accommodations were perfect for our wedding weekend!
Combined, my husband and I have 8 nieces and nephews ranging in age from 8 weeks- 7 years old. Everyone absolutely loved the lodge. There was enough room for everyone, and for 4 days ( we all stayed Thurs.- Sunday), we were all together.... Which is the KEY reason we chose PP... It was SO convenient for everyone, every age, and we all got to be together, which doesn't happen her often.
Dave and Julie were so accommodating, so helpful and just so pleasant to get to know and work with. The one thing ( as a bride and having a " destination" wedding), I absolutely LOVED the convenience of ALL the decor Julie has acquired and available for everyone to use to decorate!!! I did some of my own things, but the convenience of having everything you'd ever want or need to use for decor at your fingertips was a selling point to me!!!
I can't say enough about this venue. Everything about our wedding weekend went just perfectly amazing... I get teary eyed thinking of how quickly it went but how beautiful and memorable it was.... Please check this one of a kind venue out.... I promise you will NOT find another venue like this or that even compares to Pine Peaks!
Dave and Julie with Pine Peaks Event Center exceeded our expectations for our wedding day. They were extremely flexible with our schedule for decorating etc. They were with us every step of the way, at one point during photos the train of my dress got caked with mud; Julie hand scrubbed my dress for me!!! I would highly recommend this this venue for anyone looking for a flawless wedding experience!
My husband and I were the very fortunate and lucky winners of the Pine Peaks Wedding Giveaway! We are both in the military but Minnesota is home, so it was the perfect location. It allowed us to get away from the busy city life and once again experience the tranquility of a small town; which we thoroughly enjoy and missed. Every time we came home to visit, Dave and Julie were very accommodating in letting us see the venue in order to plan our decor. I will be honest, I was a little bit nervous about accomplishing my vision. The venue and location have a rustic feel and I was not the rustic bride at all. But I came to find out, that place is like a blank canvas! I wanted a very romantic, elegant wedding, and thats exactly what I got. I couldn't have been happier with the results we got. Dave and Julie were so helpful with that transformation too. Whatever we had to do, they made sure it got done. We were even able to come out a few days early to start decorating in addition to taking things down and putting things up. Your typical venue will not have that option. Dave as everything right on site (lift, ladder, tools) and is willing to help with anything you want to do. Julie has tons and tons of decorations to choose from as well! You could honestly create your own center pieces right there with all the decor she has. She helps you too! I was having troubles figuring out what to do with the mantle and card box, so I took a break to get my nails done. When I returned, Julie had it all taken care of. It looked beautiful.
They also have an amazing retreat house 25 feet away from the venue. It is absolutely gorgeous and so convenient. We don’t get to see our friends and family that often and that retreat house made a world of difference compared to everyone just being in their own hotel room or going back home.
If it wasn't for Dave and Julie and the wedding giveaway, our wedding wouldn't have been half as amazing as it was. We are so thankful!
There is no question at all that Dave and Julie have an amazing venue. I just had my wedding ceremony and reception at the event center and truly had an amazing experience. They managed to exceed our expectations with their hospitality and dedication to our event, to us, and to our guests. They have a very unique and affordable venue package that allowed us to have a full three day weekend of celebration as opposed to just one day. There is absolutely no other venue that can compare with the flexibility and convenience of Pine Peaks. You have the option to rent out a beautiful cabin for the weekend for friends, family, or just the wedding party. The cabin is literally 25 yards away from the reception hall where they offer a very extensive variety of decorations available to use at no extra cost. Also, they cater through Maucieri’s which is a delicious Italian bistro that offered a wide variety of food selection and provided us with great service. Seriously, if you are looking for a gorgeous “Minnesota” style wedding with good honest people who value their customers, please please please go check out the Pine Peaks Event Center out of Crosslake, MN!
Thank you so much Natallie for choosing our wedding venue for this important day. You had a beautiful wedding and we were honored to be part of it.
Dave and Julie
We are so pleased with our decision to have our wedding at Pine Peaks Event Center in Crosslake MN. The venue is so serene with rolling fields and pine trees. The beautiful lawn, plants and flowers really made the place shine. Our perfect day included great weather as well. Dave and Julie (owners of the event center) were so welcoming and thoughtful. Julie has a treasure trove of accessories, table décor, candles, signage and ideas, which really made it so easy for us to personalize our special day! Dave was so accommodating with the set-up and sound system. We really felt like they were there for us, anticipating our every need. Having our own private, personal retreat to welcome our friends and family really provided us with just what we were looking for. The beautiful guest lodge right on the property was so convenient. Our whole family had a weekend together without the distraction of other events. Late in the evening there was pizza cooked in a wood-fired pizza oven as well as s’mores at the bonfire with music playing in the background. We very highly recommend Pine Peaks Event Center!
Pine Peaks was the outdoor getaway that we were looking for. We had the whole place including retreat center and event center from starting decorating on Thursday to finishing gift opening on Sunday and I only wish we could book a weekend every year on our anniversary to go back and enjoy the place but there are so many future happy couples that will want to have their wedding at Pine Peaks! The name says it all. Pine Peaks Retreat Center is a retreat surrounded by pines and a beautifully landscaped center. The comfort of the retreat center when you are surrounded by your wedding party and everything being on site is priceless and then you add on the ever accommodating owners Dave and Julie and your wedding is far from stressful it's simply wonderful.
We came across Pine Peaks in a magazine pointed out by a friend. We never thought that our wedding would turn out to be one of those amazingly fun and exciting weddings that people would still be talking about over a week later! It's so special at Pine Peaks that you get to stay in a beautiful home with your entire wedding party. It turned into a whole wedding weekend! Our wedding party had a great time and since they weren't friends before, the house offered the opportunity for them to really get to know each other. Not only are the grounds beautiful for the outdoor ceremony but the reception hall is amazing as well. All the draping and lights are in the pricing as well as their "designers dream" room of decorations for any style and theme you could think of. We purchased a few things and brought some stuff from home but basically we decorated the entire place with what was there which was included in the price. We also got to have our rehearsal dinner on site included which made it easy for our bridal party and our families. Dave and Julie, the owners, were so kind and easy to work with. I truly felt like they weren't just putting on another wedding with us but that we were special and taken care of genuinely! The catered food was one of the most popular things of the night with an amazing Italian buffet that everyone raved about! Even after the wedding was done my husband and I stayed in the beautiful house one more night just us. It was an amazing way to unwind without returning to the real world and neither of is wanted to leave!
We can't say enough good things about this venue. The owners, julie and dave, are the kindest and most accommodating couple. Having out wedding here really took off so much stress and made out weekend that much more amazing. We got so many compliments on how beautiful and comfortable the venue was. We really think this is the best place in MN.
Pine Peaks Event Center was an absolute dream come true for our wedding day. The owners, Julie and Dave, were there for us at the drop of a hat. They made our visions come to life and made everyone feel right at home. They treat you like family from the minute you meet them. They have enough decorations and decor available for use, that any type of wedding you want, you can have! We didn't have a wedding day. We had a 4 day wedding extravaganza. We were able to stay right next to the event center at their beautiful log home for three nights with our closest family and friends. We were able to start setting up and decorating the Thursday before our wedding. Pine Peaks scenery absolutely takes your breath away and our pictures are absolutely stunning! We had a gorgeous outdoor ceremony. There is enough space so that your guests can rome, play games outside, go for a walk around the field, etc. Everything from set up to take down was STRESS FREE. I would (and will!) recommend Pine Peaks Event Center to everyone and anyone. Thank you to Dave and Julie and everyone at Pine Peaks for making our wedding more perfect than ever imaginable. We are forever grateful!!!
If you want to get married some place that is beautiful and has everything you need. This is the place. Everyone was so nice and helpful that everything went smooth and perfect.
Absolutely thrilled with the venue. Very friendly and helpful staff. Beautiful place!
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You won’t believe how affordable and gorgeous a wedding at Pine Peaks Event Center can be until you try it yourself! Your dream wedding day should be stress free from set up to take down. Contact us today to learn more about how we can create your magical day!
- Price Range: $
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Liability Insurance, Liquor License, Onsite Catering, Onsite Overnight Accommodations, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Site Fee, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 300
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Barn/Farm, Botanic Garden/Park, Hotel/Resort, Mansion/Historic Site, Unusual/Alternative
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