I'm Aimee and Northern Pacific Center is pretty much my favorite place on earth. I am the owner of The NP Event Space and couldn't be more thrilled to share this space with locals from the Brainerd Lakes area as well as those from Minneapolis and all of greater Minnesota. My passion for the site started with my photography studio is located in the Clocktower. I have lots of love for the entire property and feel like it's my second home. From here I operate my photography business Aimee Jobe as well as the venues and farmhouse foundry.
Our vendor list contains great people that are tried and true in the area. We have this list for two main reasons. First, because we are that good. Between the people listed, there should be a style or business that fits your wedding. Second, we know the property and respect the rules. It is very important to me that all events held at The NP hire vendors that are qualified, respectful and insured. As always, you are welcome to use vendors of your choice that are not listed here [special terms apply to catering options]. We do require prior approval as well as proof of insurance.
Keep scrolling down to view preferred vendors in a variety of services. Thank you!
Photography is my first passion and continues to run my life. Photography is also the reason The NP Event Space exists. I knew there had to be something that churned my creativity and had more options for wedding couples at the same time. And the killer bridal getting ready suite is just a plus...what was once just my photo studio is now open to our couples. There is no where else in the area where you can find such beautiful light and an open area to have an enjoyable time while getting ready for your big day - it’s basically a photographer’s dream. ;)
You are welcome to choose your own photographer, but these are a few of our favorite's:
There’s probably more creative ways to describe Mike and Madison, but basically they are crazy cool. They were married in one of our all time favorite weddings in Luminary Fern in 2019 and we can’t wait to see more of them out here and watch their juicy goodness of videography and view their dreamy photos.
Not only is Kelsey an unbelievable photographer, but she and her husband Stephen were married at NP in 2017! Who better to photograph your wedding than a past NP bride. :) And if you feel like tearing up at this moment, check out her wedding film by Story of Us. http://storyofusfilms.com/stephen-kelsey-np-space/
Please note that Northern Pacific Center does have a photography permit and photo policies. The permit fee is waived during weddings or other booked events, but the policies must be followed including a specific shooting area that generally consists of the front half of the property.
Kate Keupers of Bloom Designs is a local gem in the Brainerd Lakes area. Her floral arrangements and bouquets are beyond gorgeous. A favorite of brides looking for something artful, organic and all around beautiful, Kate's eye and creativity put her floral designs among the best in Minnesota. Besides floral, Kate also offers design and planning services to help make your day run perfectly smoothly.
Sabrina with Adore Weddings and Events has been in the event world for 10 years. What started as a quest to put on the best homecoming the University of Minnesota had seen turned into an internship with a wedding planner and the rest is history. Over the last 10 years, she has had the opportunity to plan events for 10 - 10,000, each with their own unique set of needs and size of budget. If you meet her, ask for a cake recommendation and then set a timer. She’ll give you 12 bakery recommendations and tell you the cake texture and kind of frosting each uses. While nothing makes her more happy than a great wedding cake, Sabrina knows that in the end, a wedding day isn’t about the decor (or the frosting) it’s about you marrying your partner for life and her focus throughout the planning process will be on ensuring you get to enjoy and take in the full wedding day.
We love Prairie Bay Grill & Catering. Besides having the best food in the area, their service and catering staff are second to none. They smoothly operate weddings and events without a hitch, providing excellent customer service and food your guests will never forget!
Black Woods Catering is simply the best. We love their constantly friendly and courteous staff, attention to detail, and picture perfect food! Whether you are working with a budget or not, Black Woods will work with you to create the food of your dreams.
Short Stop Custom Catering has been perfecting their methods for over 22 years. They offer everything from local farm-to-table options to gourmet, imported items, their custom wedding catering abilities are endless.
Short Stop Custom Catering | www.shortstopcustomcatering.com | 320-257-3008
The caterers above have a proven track record of being amazing on all levels AND they respect our building and policies. They take great care of our historic building while exceeding service standards. If you wish to use a caterer other than one listed above there will be a $750 catering fee. Please contact us for catering policies and invoice before signing a contract with another caterer.
Farmhouse Foundry calls Northern Pacific Center home. The showroom as well as storeroom are both located on-site, with the farmhouse tables, chairs, linens, decor, arbors, bars and unique vintage furniture being rented to not only weddings and events at The NP Event Space and Luminary Fern, but also to other venues in the Lakes Area. With both gold and ivory in stock (with select quantities of black, fruitwood and silver as well), there is a perfect chair for your wedding.
Farmhouse Foundry [Formerly Chiavari Chairs of the Brainerd Lakes] | farmhousefoundry.com
Kathy Bjork and her team at The Fine Line Salon and Spa are ready to make you and your ladies look their best on your wedding day. Their experienced group of Aveda professionals set up on-site in the bridal suite and offer hair and makeup, nails, massage and even a hair package for your groom too!
Planning on being off-site on the wedding morning? Schedule your appointments at The Fine Line's historic salon just a few minutes from here.
thefinelinesalonandspa.com | 218-829-9397
Nick of Electrifying Dynamics is one our favorite local DJ’s.
Looking for instrumental music? Jim Olsen is an instrumental guitarist specializing in Weddings, Corporate Events, & Dinner Parties. You can view his music by clicking here and contact him at 218 232-9498 or via email at [email protected].
The Brainerd Holiday Inn Express & Suites is conveniently located in neighboring town Baxter. Located less than 6 miles from The NP Event Space, Holiday Inn is a great recommendation for your wedding guests.
Holiday Inn Express | www.brainerdhi.com | 888-824-3232
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"My role as a nondenominational wedding officiant has provided me a tremendous source of gratification and pleasure through the years. Being a part of such a very special moment is a true honor and one that I absolutely love."
Mike Kennedy | brainerdlakesofficiant.com | 602-469-2677