A Lakeside Cabin Wedding at a Private Residence in Fifty Lakes, Minnesota

Danielle Voigt (25 and a designer) and Kyle Randall (27 and an education engineer) met when Danielle, who was a 16-year-old server at the time, left her phone number for Kyle on a napkin. He called, they went out for coffee, they had a terrible time, and they both thought that was it. “We were opposite,” Danielle says. Two years later, Kyle took a chance and reached out to Danielle again. This time, the chemistry was different. “We started dating almost immediately after that and have been pretty much inseparable for the last eight years,” she says. What began as a joke—getting married at Danielle’s family’s cabin in Fifty Lakes—soon became reality after the couple realized it would provide the perfect setting for a “big, chill party,” Kyle says. The negative? There was no plan B for their 113 guests in case of inclement weather. (Adding to their anxiety, it rained the entire week before the celebration. On their wedding day, though, it was 75 and partly sunny. According to Kyle, “We definitely had some angels watching out for us.”) The cabin set the tone for everything, including the green watercolor and loon-themed invitations designed by Danielle. The ceremony took place on the dock (with the couple's two dogs as ring bearers). Afterward, the meal included walleye and local vegetables from a northern Minnesota restaurant, and a Mitchell Lake Sunrise signature drink was served; the end of the night featured s’mores and hot dog stations near the campfire. Guests were given boat keychain favors, played bean bag and enjoyed a hammock area. Local elements were incorporated too, with high-top tables and a custom bar created from reclaimed barn wood, Minnesota beer cans and local beer growlers as floral centerpieces, plus a menu highlighting nearby farms. Even though Danielle's sister’s dog jumped onto the cake table and ate a chunk of the wedding cake (“she thought I wasn’t going to speak to her again; I thought it was hilarious,” Danielle says), the wedding was perfect. Her advice to future couples is to find time throughout the day to “stop, stand with each other and just take in everything. It will go by so fast and stopping for a moment will let you remember the day forever, together.” —Chrissy Sorenson