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 h

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

When designing the invitations, Danielle—a watercolor artist and designer—tried to communicate the feelings she has when at her family’s cabin. She painted lily pads, (reminiscent of a small area of Mitchell Lake) and created a custom logo of two loons. For out-of-town guests, she made a map of the lake and surrounding area, with a list of favorite things to do. She even worked with a printer to find the perfect paper so it would feel of a watercolor painting. “It was the most important design I've done,” she says. “I had so much fun with it.”
A large wooden sign, complete with Danielle and Kyle's wedding logo (a loon) and a “Lake Love” header, detailed the day's lakeside wedding itinerary.
“We really wanted our style to represent who we are as people,” Danielle says. “I'm a little boho, and lake life and nature are so important to us, so we decided to go with a lakeside boho theme. Lots of multicolored wildflowers, reclaimed decor, hints of watercolor blues and turquoise and love scattered throughout.”
The ceremony was held on the dock, with a birch altar wrapped in flowers and greenery. The photographer shot ceremony photos while wearing waders in the lake.
The couple's two rescue dogs wore special collars as ring bearers, but they didn't carry the actual rings down the dock. “Could you imagine if the rings fell in the lake?” Danielle says of the wedding at her family cabin in Fifty Lakes, Minnesota.
Growlers from local breweries doubled as vases for the wildflower arrangements that lined the ceremony aisle.
At the backyard bar—created out of  reclaimed materials from a Minnesota farm—guests could order a signature Mitchell Lake Sunrise cocktail, a tap beer from local Bent Brewstillery or Able Seedhouse & Brewery, and listen to a classic rock playlist. The cocktail hour “felt like a relaxing summer day on the boat,” Danielle says.
Danielle had been eyeing a particular silk and lace Rue De Seine gown with a drop waist and a ruffled bust but wasn't sure if it was right for a backyard wedding. She wanted Kyle's opinion before buying the gown, admitting it's unconventional, but “he's my best friend and my soulmate, and his opinion means the most to me.” He met her at the bridal salon after work, she tried on the gown, and he simply stated, “Yes, you need that dress.”
A collection of vintage beer cans, succulents, deer antlers, wildflowers, beer growlers and colorful candleholders “created a bright boho mix of our favorite natural elements: earth and water,” Danielle says.
A lawn game was personalized with the couple's first names and custom wedding logo. In addition to bags, a hammock and plenty of seating made guests feel at home.
“We went with a bakery that's inside a grocery store called Reed's Market in Crosslake, Minesota," Kyle says. "Yes, a bakery inside a grocery made a fantastic cake for us.” His mom made cream muslin table runners dip-dyed in shades of blue. The cake, minimal flowers and the runner was enough decor for a casual outdoor cake display.
Danielle and Kyle went with custom loon boat keychains, a natural choice for a lakeside Minnesota wedding. “Anyone in Minnesota who has a boat or is going to be on a boat needs one,” Kyle says.
Trees wrapped in twinkle lights, a large bonfire and string lights in the outdoor tent gave the reception a magical glow.