This was my first Gale Woods Farm Wedding, and I fell in love with the venue upon arrival. My couple, Lauren & Noah, were kind, intelligent, creative, and made the day so much fun. I’ll share some details about Gale Woods Farm as a wedding venue, along with some unique details of Lauren & Noah’s wedding. I’ll end with a large gallery of wedding images from their big day.

Gale Woods Farm Wedding Venue Details

Gale Woods Farm is a beautiful 410-acre park that features a working educational farm. Located in Minnetrista, MN on Whaletail Lake, the farm provides experiences that enhance visitors understanding of agriculture, food production, and land stewardship.

Wedding receptions take place at the Gale Woods Pavilion and can host up to 320 people from April to November. They offer a fully enclosed modern red barn, free onsite parking, and have beautiful grounds and animals all around. The bonfire pit overlooking the lake is one of Gale Woods Farm’s best features. My favorite part of the day to photograph there is during sunset, which happens right over the lake, and viewed from high upon the forested hills.

Gale Woods Farm is a zero-waste facility and incorporates eco-friendly design throughout. They prioritize waste reduction, reuse, compost, and recycling programs. They also offer local and organic food & beverage and utilize plant-based and compostable hardware and utensils. As a result, all the waste from weddings and events is composted or recycled. If you’d like to have a wedding with a greatly reduced environmental footprint, Gale Woods Farm is an excellent choice.

Visit Gale Woods Farm Pavilion to find more detailed information, browse their online calendar, or contact the venue directly to schedule a private tour. I highly recommend Gale Woods Farm for any nature-lover couples looking for a gorgeous and laid back eco-friendly wedding venue.

Wedding Day Details

In addition to that eco-friendly wedding awesomeness incorporated into their day, Lauren & Noah also forwent wedding favors, and made a donation in each guests name to the Daylight School in Pokot, Kenya where Lauren has spent countless hours volunteering her time. She also currently serves on the board. Read more about this great cause at

Enjoy the gallery of wedding images below:


Bride & Groom silhouetted in the large flames from the fire pit at Gale Woods Farm on the day of their wedding.

Unique Weddings rings, with the sunset reflecting on them, making them glow at Gale Woods Farm

Emotional first look moment between the bride and groom on their wedding day.

Couple stands underneath a giant tree on their wedding day

Wedding party having fun in front of the big red barn

Wedding party huddling up underneath a giant oak tree at Gale Woods Farm

Touching moment full of emotion as the bride embraces and shares a beautiful moment with her young flower girls

Father walks his daughter down the isle on her wedding day

Wide angle view of the ceremony site overlooking the lake with the bright sun overheard

Bride and Groom stand at the alter to be married, with the lake and forest in the background, on a beautifully sunny day

Eco-Friendly and compostable plates and silverware

Compostable plastic wedding cups

Bride & Groom cut their wedding cake and share a big laugh

Best man speech

Maid of honor speech

Couples first dance on their wedding day

Sunset bonfire overlooking the lake

Flames from the bonfire reflect off of the couples non-traditional wedding rings

Wedding guests getting wild on the dance floor


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