A Rustic, Romantic Wedding at Five Lakes Resort in Frazee, Minnesota

Despite first meeting in the third grade, newlyweds Amanda Sigurdson (26 and a merchandise planning manager) and Grant Larson (26 and a medical studen

Despite first meeting in the third grade, newlyweds Amanda Sigurdson (26 and a merchandise planning manager) and Grant Larson (26 and a medical student) didn't begin dating until their senior year of high school. When the time came for a proposal, Grant waited for the perfect moment while visiting Franklin Lake. "He proposed on a pontoon in the middle of the lake where his parents have a cabin," Amanda says. "We both love to slalom ski, so we went out for an evening cruise and he strategically stopped the pontoon in the middle of his slalom ski course and got down on one knee. It was the perfect moment!" For their July wedding in Frazee, the couple quickly settled on the Five Lakes Resort as both their ceremony and reception venue. "Grant and I both grew up going to our lake cabins every weekend in the summer, so the Detroit Lakes have a special place in our hearts," Amanda says. "When we came across Five Lakes Resort, we knew it was perfect for us since it was a private venue on the lake that allowed us to have an outdoor ceremony." With the help of her mother, resort wedding coordinator Marlette Otto and Lori Velde from I Do by Lori, the bride pulled off a rustic, romantic f?te filled with elegant touches. "We kept our tables simple, since the barn itself already had so much natural character," Amanda explains. "We had large floral arrangements spread out throughout the room along with mercury glass and crystal pave votives. We even hung lanterns under the large barn window upstairs in the reception area." K's Bakery in Fargo created the couple's romantic, flower-filled cake along with pink cupcakes that guests enjoyed along with dinner and cocktails. "We passed out drink koozies as favors and displayed them in a wicker basket for guests to grab, the bride explains. "We knew they'd get used and we thought they were so fun!" As for wedding advice for future brides, Amanda advises to book vendors quickly. "We were fortunate enough to work with fabulous vendors for everything we did," she explains. "However, if you're getting married in the Detroit Lakes area in the summer, I recommend reaching out to your vendors as early as possible. It's a popular area for weddings in the summer and vendors get booked quickly!"

"I took photos off of Pinterest and shared them with our florist as a starting point," the bride says. "She really brought my vision to life -- I leaned on her expertise and the arrangements turned out better than I could have imagined!"
Bridal Party Polaroids
Since the ceremony was outdoors, the bride opted for a pair of wedges by J. Renee to make it easier to walk on the property's lawn.
The couple worked with Knox Jewelers in Minneapolis to create the perfect rings.
Each bridesmaid wore the Arabelle dress in misty rose from J. Crew paired with nude shoes and delicate jewelry.
Bouquet with Baby's Breath, Peonies and Hydrangea
Groom in Charcoal Gray Suit by Halberstadt's
Green and White Boutonniere with White Tie
Romantic Bridal Bouquet
Amanda added a subtle, floral belt to her white, lace, strapless dress from Bridal Accents Couture in Burnsville, Minnesota.
Rustic Cabin Sign
The bride wore a Justin Alexander dress while the groom wore a charcoal gray suit from Halberstadt's in Fargo, ND.
"We didn't have to do much to decorate the ceremony space," the bride says. "There was already so much natural beauty to work with. Outside of an arbor and a few burlap bows on chairs, we didn't touch the space."
Rustic Wood Canoe
The bride's grandfather performed the ceremony for the newlyweds under a tree at Five Lakes Resort.
DIY Gold Wine Sign
Baby's Breath in a Mason Jar
DIY Chalkboard Welcome Sign
Gray and White Escort Cards
Floral Centerpiece with Baby's Breath and Roses
Purple and White Centerpiece with Mums
Rustic Wedding Reception Seating
The couple's rustic, yet simple cake was created by K's Bakery in Fargo. Central Market in Detroit Lakes provided extra flowers for decoration while the cake stand came from the bride's personal attendant, Bre.
Romantic Centerpiece with Hydrangea and Roses
Romantic Cake Flowers
K's Bakery in Fargo created these lemon raspberry cupcakes for the couple.
"Having our reception in a barn was wonderful because we were able to use the natural character of the barn to add to the style of the wedding," Amanda says.
Mr. and Mrs. Pennant Sign
Amanda and Grant Outdoor Wedding