Event Recap: Minnesota Brides' Best of 2019 at Bavaria Downs

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Written by
Charlotte Larson


Spring/Summer 2020

Guests spent a perfect July evening at the stunning Bavaria Downs in Chaska for Minnesota Bride’s 17th annual Best Of awards. The tip-top of Minnesota’s wedding industry mingled and enjoyed a well-deserved celebration, champagne and hors d’oeuvres in hand. A warm thank-you goes to our sponsors and event partners for creating an unforgettable event: Bavaria Downs, Bellagala, D’Amico Catering, Botany Creative Works, Buttercream, Carlos Creek Winery, Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos, Doggy Social MN, Facetime Business Resources, Festivities, Linen Effects, Studio C Floral, The Traveling Photo Booth, Voigt’s Bus Co., WarPaint International and Yes Way Rosé. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners.

1. Publisher Sonja Babich and editor in chief Sarah Baumann Rogers lean in as the awards are about to begin.

2. Cathy Bovard, Rachel Bruzek and Jessica Kielblock of D’Amico Catering take a celebratory photo after being named Best Caterer for a Large Wedding.

3. Modehaus Bridal’s Chelsea and Colin Lovett, winners of the Best Custom Dressmaker award, sip and celebrate on the spectacular Bavaria Downs grounds.

4. Ted Manderfeld and David Charles Eichholz, the Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos duo, doing what they do best: Entertain the crowd with an unbelievable performance.

5. Old world charm welcomes guests to Bavaria Downs. The venue, pure elegance in a rustic setting, was the perfect backdrop for the gala event.

6. Hewing Hotel’s Rachel Mattison and Brianna Karlen beam after receiving the Best Hotel Venue award.

7. A smiling Deanna Huffman of Botany Creative Works shows off her Editor’s Pick award for Best Installation Artist.

8. Centerpieces of lush greenery with pops of blue, yellow and white florals by Studio C Floral added a gorgeous touch to the stunning setting.

9. Bernie from Doggy Social MN might just have been the most sought-out guest of the evening.