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Hoops Brewing Styled Photo Shoot

In the spring we had the pleasure of working with an incredible vendor team on a styled photo shoot at Hoops Brewing in Duluth. After a busy wedding season, we finally have a chance to share more of the unbelievable photos taken by the lovely Jes Hayes from Mad Chicken Studio Photography. These images danced with details, emotion and her phenomenal eye for lighting and pose. Thank you to Brittany Nelson of Simply Gypsy Events and Black Woods Catering for inviting us to be part of the shoot and we’re still hoping to see these images published somewhere super cool in the future! Here is a gallery of photos, followed by a list of all the rad vendors that made the shoot possible….

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Photography: Mad Chicken Studio | Venue: Hoops Brewing / The Ripple Planning/Design: Simply Gypsy Events | Catering: Black Woods Catering

Floral: Fleurtation | Gowns: Modehaus Bridal | Hair/Makeup: Mollie Kae

Menswear: Mainstream Fashion | Cake: Snazzy Cakes | Veil: Aeva Made

Rentals: Northland Special Events | Invitations: Simply Gypsy Events

Going Corporate. Part Two.

...in a previous blog post, we showcased a corporate event with a festival theme that met the client's objective of creating a fun, memorable, INDOOR evening for their convention guests. Today we'll continue a dive into our corporate experience with events planned for a client's week long corporate retreat in Duluth. 

Corporate Event Planner - Destination Management Event

The Client: International Acquisition company in the construction trade, based out of the Twin Cities.

The Event: Annual Leadership Summit for company leadership and their guests. This event moves from location to location each year and has been previously held in places such as Washington, DC. The Summit takes place over several days and includes luncheon and dinner events for both the leadership and spouses on each day. 

The Challenge: Showcase Duluth's BEST locations, food, and fun and incorporating high-end, unique experiences for the guests. Provide on-location event planning support and coordination for the company's in-house event planner.

As a full-service event planning, decor, floral and design company, our client appreciated our ability to fulfill all of their needs on-location in Duluth. This included sourcing local favorites for the guest amenity bags, packing and delivering bags to local hotels, developing comprehensive transportation plan for 130 guests in multiple locations over multiple days, coordinating vendors, attending tastings, printing stationery pieces - you name it, we were there to take care of their every need. 

NSE and our sister company, Fleurtation, also provided floral and decor services for two day-time and 2 evening events that wow'ed the client and made us so incredibly proud! Working with Apres Tent & Party Rental for linens, dishware, tables, chairs, tenting and more we designed showstopping events that the guests couldn't stop talking about! 

Here are galleries from three of the events and the team we worked with to create the magic! All photos courtesy of Sternberg Studios. All guest transportation provided by Black Tie Affair.

Al Fresco Luncheon at Glensheen Mansion

Venue: Glensheen Mansion | Catering & Bar: Black Woods Catering | Linens & Rentals: Apres Party & Tent Rental | Floral & FleurBox Class: Fleurtation | Transportation: Black Tie Affair 

An Enchanted Evening by the Lake

Venue: Private Residence | Tent Draping & Decor: Northland Special Events | Catering: New Scenic Cafe | Bar: Black Woods Catering | Music: Lute Duo, String Ensemble, Bag Piper | Floral: Fleurtation | Tent, Chairs, Linens, Tableware and other rentals: Apres Tent & Party Rental | Luxury Restroom Trailer: Aardvark Sanitation Centerpiece Decor Rental: Linen Effects

Hoops Brewery Dinner & Dancing

 Venue: Hoops Brewing | Catering & Bar: Black Woods Catering | Floral: Fleurtation | Linens & Rentals: Apres Tent & Party Rental | Custom Cookies: Snazzy Cakes | Pie Pops: Sugar On Top Sweet Shop | Live Band: The Sevilles

Guests also enjoyed a private fishing charter from Happy Hooker Charters, mountain biking and kayak tours with The Duluth Experience, a segway tour with Duluth Segway, and a wine and painting class at On The Rocks Art Studio

Guest welcome gifts included a custom label Duluth Pack Scout Pack, delicious jam, granola and caramel corn from New Scenic Cafe, a marble cheese rock from Maker's Mercantile, Smoked Salmon platters from Northern Waters Smoke House and wine from the client's vineyard. 

 A week of glorious Duluth weather, combined with our carefully planned Duluth experiences truly showed the client and their guests the BEST of our beautiful city. We heard on many accounts the guests remark, “This is even better than last year!” Which was quite a compliment when the previous year’s events were held in Washington, D.C.! If you are planning a corporate event in Duluth or considering Duluth for your group, we are here to assist in making it “the BEST ever.” Visit our website www.northlandspecialevents.com or call us at (218) 499-9449 to start planning!