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Woodhaven: The Perfect Blend of Modern Luxury and Countryside Chic
Have you been searching for your dream wedding venue in Minnesota? Tucked away in the lush rolling hills of the Minnesota countryside is Woodhaven Weddings + Events, a gorgeous new modern indoor wedding venue.
Woodhaven is Minnesota’s premier indoor wedding venue that combines classic Minnesotan charm and modern luxurious touches. This wedding venue’s location on Gopher Hills Golf Course makes for picture-perfect outdoor moments, while beautiful indoor spaces offer a reprieve from unpredictable midwest weather.
Its luxurious, minimalist interior gives couples a blank canvas to make their own for their wedding day. Woodhaven’s spacious ceremony and reception areas can host large and small weddings with various flexible floor plan options.
This new venue is only a 40-minute drive from the Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport and is just 30 miles south of the Twin Cities. Couples can enjoy the rustic charm of the countryside on their wedding day without being too far from the metropolitan area.
Let’s dive in and explore all the amenities available to couples for their wedding day at Woodhaven!
The Luxurious Bridal Lounges & Suites
Woodhaven at Gopher Hills offers two private getting-ready suites for both bridal parties. Each suite adjoins a private lounge area for the couple and their wedding parties to enjoy.
The lounge areas are complete with comfortable seating and a smart TV to give everyone a chance to kick back and relax on the morning of the big day. One suite even has a Shuffleboard table – dare I say, it’s a fun photo opportunity for the groomsmen!
Both getting-ready suites also have balconies looking over the ceremony space to give the couple and bridal party a sneak peek of their anticipated walk down the aisle. Natural light floods each suite, perfect for capturing true-to-color bridal portraits and candid getting-ready photos.
Woodhaven thought of everything you might need to make your wedding day the very best possible.
Both suites have garment hooks for hanging your suits and dresses – and of course, for capturing those ethereal wedding dress shots! They also provide an iron and ironing board for those last-minute touch-ups before heading down the aisle.
The bride’s suite includes a large vanity area complete with backlit mirrors and multiple chairs, so your bridal party has ample space for pre-wedding pampering. It also offers a curtained-off changing area with a full-length mirror, ideal for the bride’s big dress reveal.
Woodhaven’s Spacious Indoor Ceremony and Reception Areas
The ceremony and reception spaces at this Minnesota wedding venue are truly magnificent. Even better, there’s no need for tiresome room flips since Woodhaven has separate areas for your ceremony and reception.
Woodhaven offers wedding guests upscale luxuries, such as a coat room, security, and large restrooms. There is also plenty of space to host weddings of up to 350 guests comfortably.
The main spaces’ minimalist and modern design allow couples to bring their wedding day vision and aesthetic to life. The clean, white backdrop paired with an abundance of windows will compliment any style of decor you desire for your big day.
Both the ceremony and reception spaces boast vaulted ceilings with large chandeliers – couples can even decide to add hanging floral installs to complete the look!
Woodhaven’s indoor spaces are all climate-controlled, allowing couples to enjoy their wedding day without the worry of bad weather spoiling the fun. If the midwest weather permits, there are also plenty of gorgeous photo opportunities surrounding the venue.
Woodhaven thought of every angle when designing their spaces – the peek balconies looking over the ceremony space allow your photographers to capture magnificent aerial shots.
The ceremony space includes a baby grand piano for serene prelude music and an emotional walk down the aisle.
Guests can make their way to the stunning reception area with plenty of space for dining, dancing, and everything in between. Overlooking the reception area is another balcony accessible by a staircase – this is an excellent place for the newlyweds to make their grand re-entrance!
The reception hall is yet another area couples can make their own. The staircase is a blank canvas for couples to add their favorite florals or greenery. And there is plenty of space to create a floral backdrop behind your head table or sweetheart table.
Cocktail Bar Area
An upscale cocktail bar area adjoins the ceremony and reception space, acting as a fantastic transition area from the ceremony to cocktail hour.
This area includes a full bar and plenty of space to add high-top tables if desired. Guests can mingle comfortably, sit at the bar, or stand by the warmth of the beautiful fireplace.
The cocktail bar area is ideal for providing guests with delicious finger foods and hand-crafted signature cocktails during cocktail hour.
Woodhaven provides complete beverage service with bartenders, set-up, and multiple beverage packages. Couples can rest easy, knowing their guests are well-taken care of while away.
The Surrounding Landscape
Woodhaven is on the stunning Gopher Hills Golf Course grounds. Its sprawling pristine lawn and rolling hills make for a truly picturesque outdoor experience.
Couples who plan on having an evening wedding get a breathtaking backdrop of the Minnesotan sunset over the grassy hills.
The entrance to the venue itself is truly magical – stunning floor-to-ceiling windows adorn its chapel-like peaked roof. This modern but classic grand entrance offers yet another gorgeous photo opportunity.
There is also a private outdoor deck where newlyweds and their guests can overlook the gorgeous golf course.
Woodhaven provides plenty of on-site parking in their private lot and overnight parking (just in case!).
Plan Your Wedding at Woodhaven
Have you been searching for your dream wedding venue in Minnesota? I encourage you to check out Woodhaven’s website to learn more and get in contact with their team.
Searching for an experienced photographer for your upcoming wedding, but you aren’t located in Oregon? That’s what I’m here for! While my home base is Portland, Oregon, I love traveling to capture couples’ big days.
If you’re getting married in another state, contact me to chat about my travel packages!
Are you looking for inspiration to plan your Minnesotan wedding? Enjoy this lovely Woodhaven wedding I had the opportunity to photograph in May 2022.
I had the pleasure of working with the following various talented local Minnesotan wedding vendors:
Hair & Makeup: Katie Kebernik
Florist: Olga Shishko
Planner: The Bride
Cake: Mariya Sysa Bakes
Rentals: Mariya Sysa
Dress: My Darling Bridal
Explore the rest of my captures from this lovely spring Minnesotan wedding!