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2017 Vendors of Distinction
February 05, 2017

The annual Holiday Celebration & Awards Dinner was held at the St. Cloud Country Club on a wintry evening in January.  It was our honor to award a number of member businesses with the 2017 Vendor of Distinction Award that evening.  This title is awarded to members who stand out in their industry by providing exceptional products or services to Central Minnesota couples.  Real wedding couples submit reviews of member products and services used for their actual wedding celebration in the previous calendar year.

It’s always so rewarding to hear the feedback that is submitted and to see the true dedication of so many experienced wedding professionals in the Central Minnesota area.  Please join me in congratulating the 2017 Vendor of Distinction award recipients and take a moment to read a sampling of the reviews that allowed the judges to determine who was most deserving of this prestigious award!

912 Regency Plaza

"I am so happy I booked 912 Regency Plaza for our ceremony and reception. It was so convenient for guests to stay in one location and relax and celebrate with us. Katelyn does a phenomenal job with coordinating everything that happens at this venue. She constantly checked in to ask if we needed anything. I would recommend the Regency to any engaged couple."

Katelyn Kelly, 912 Regency Plaza

Katelyn Kelly, 912 Regency Plaza

Bridal Aisle Wedding Consignment

"My first and only stop on the search for my wedding dress! I walked in not expecting to find the one. I just wanted to get a feel for what I was looking for. Sandi was amazing! As a matter of fact everyone I talked to there was very friendly and welcoming. They definitely contributed to making this experience special! Love this place! I would definitely recommend paying them a visit …… you won't be disappointed!"

Buffalo Floral

"I can't thank you enough for outstanding customer service. Thank You for not making me feel pressured to "buy more" when I came in for my final consultation. Thank You for doing extra work & making Scott's boutonniere. You made the experience enjoyable & stress free! You are amazing at what you do!"


Carlos Creek Winery

"We recently had our wedding at the Carlos Creek Winery and had the most amazing experience! From communication with our Coordinator (Paige) to execution the day of, everything was very seamless and better than we expected.

I would recommend Carlos Creek Winery as a wedding venue to anyone as they helped make our day more special than we could imagine."

Carlos Creek Winery

Carlos Creek Winery

Carrie Johnson Bridal

"Words cannot describe how much I appreciate Lexi and Carrie.

From day one they have amazed me, especially Lexi. Not only did my 8 bridesmaids and I have a 5 star experience, we had the pleasure of working with these amazing women who have the most beautiful souls.

At the beginning of my engagement I went in to see what kind of styles I liked and to be honest, I just really wanted to try on some wedding dresses. Never once was I pressured to decide on a dress. That was the day that I started calling Lexi my wedding fairy. Needless to say I returned specifically because of Lexi and found the dress of my dreams.

They were amazing with their recommendations for alterations, especially considering three of my girls are pregnant. Not only do I recommend Carrie Johnson Bridal to every single person, I recommend Lexi and Carrie because of how caring and accommodating they are. Not only did I find the perfect dress, I also found a lifelong friend in Lexi."

Carrie &amp; Lexi, Carrie Johnson Bridal

Carrie & Lexi, Carrie Johnson Bridal

99 Perspectives Photography

"We couldn't have asked for anything more on our wedding day. We adore Leah, and the second photographer she brought along, Mike, was amazing as well. Leah truly wants to make her clients feel special and she's amazing at what she does."

Always & Forever Officiants

"I loved that Kathy allowed us to create our own ceremony! She was so easy to work with, great follow up to any question I had. I appreciated that I did not need to remind her that my day was coming up; she kept in contact to let me know she had not forgot about us!!

Her willingness to allow us to create exactly what we wanted word for word made our ceremony PERFECT!! and tear filled! (sorry it was so cold out!!)...."

Beautiful Days DJs

"After receiving a recommendation to use Beautiful Day DJ's we contacted Noah. Not only was he responsive, his professionalism as well as his character were on display from that very first conversation. Noah did an exceptional job of making our ceremony and reception such a blessed day. We would recommend Beautiful Day DJ's and Noah to anyone looking for a DJ for a special event."

Celebrations Bridal & Formalwear

"We were married yesterday, and we have to give a shout out to Celebrations Bridal for making our day extra special. The owner, Laura, and her fantastic team have been so flexible and have gone out of their way to make the entire process easy for us and our entire bridal party. They made us feel like we were the only bride and groom that stepped in the door. Laura even went out of her way to pick up my veil to have it steamed. You cannot get that type of service anywhere. Thank you Celebrations Bridal for all that you did."

Laura &amp; Kennard, Celebrations Bridal &amp; Formalwear

Laura & Kennard, Celebrations Bridal & Formalwear

Classic Hall Event Center

"My husband and I had the best experience with Brit! Most people talk about how stressful their special day is and that's not what your day should be about. Brit made everything so easy for us, we gave her a vision on what we wanted and she did above and beyond for us. I honestly can't say one bad thing about anything.

Thank you Brit for taking the stress off of us and letting us enjoy the day."

Brit Haskins, Classic Hall Event Center

Brit Haskins, Classic Hall Event Center

Coyote Moon Grille

"I can't say enough great things about having Samantha and Max's wedding reception here. The venue is beautiful. Andrea did an outstanding job! The food was delicious and hot! This place is a hidden gem!"

Custom Catering by Short Stop

"I just attended a wedding catered by Custom Catering. The food was incredible, especially the steak. More importantly the wait staff hustled and yet were friendly and attentive. I was impressed!"

Bjorn &amp; Byron, Custom Catering by Short Stop

Bjorn & Byron, Custom Catering by Short Stop

Destination Vacation

"When we got engaged we knew it would be a destination wedding.  Imagine my surprise when 50 of my close friends and family wanted to join us in Jamaica. I could not have done it without Nichole from Destination Vacation. She was my savior. Everything was perfect. It's been almost a year and all my guests are ready to go back!"

Nichole Winter, Destination Vacation

Nichole Winter, Destination Vacation

D.J. Bitzan Jewelers

"The customer service at D. J. Bitzan Jewelers is unlike anywhere else. I really appreciate the help I received from Chris and the team yesterday on fixing a situation that occurred with my wedding ring. Chris personally drove my ring to my place of work and made the situation right. I cannot say enough about how well I have been treated as a customer through this company. Thank you!"

Angie and Michelle, D.J. Bitzan Jewelers

Angie and Michelle, D.J. Bitzan Jewelers

Dropp Visual

"Sue, Mike, and Sam were by far the friendliest and most professional people we dealt with on our entire wedding planning journey! Absolutely wonderful in every aspect! We love all of our photos and videos! We would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for quality photography and videography!"

Mike, Dropp Visual

Mike, Dropp Visual

Dyer Soundworks

"They are absolutely wonderful!! Great friendly people to work with. I would recommend them to anyone for anything. Everyone at our wedding loved the music and how the DJ was involved in the reception. They are truly the best around!

Thank you again so much for being a part of our big day!"

Rosie &amp; Kevin, Dyer Soundworks

Rosie & Kevin, Dyer Soundworks

Eagle Trace Golf & Event Center

"THANK YOU so much for all you and your staff did to make Anne & Brady’s wedding such a fabulous time! We truly appreciate the hard work- it definitely paid off!  We will certainly recommend Eagle Trace for anyone looking for an excellent event center!"

Food Ecstasy

"Food Ecstasy was fantastic for our wedding in September of 2016. They were easy to work with, fair priced and the food was excellent. Betty even allowed us to do a food tasting twice because my wife wasn't able to make it the first time. Everything looked wonderful and tasted even better. Would recommend to anyone for any event they are planning!"

Ken &amp; Betty, Food Ecstasy

Ken & Betty, Food Ecstasy

Geyer Wedding & Event Rentals

"Okay, you girls took my breath away. I trusted everything you all did. The moment I saw the venue I jumped up and down like a 5 year old!  Logan said, "This is literally something you only see on the internet, mind blowing." I cannot express how happy you made us. Thank you doesn't sound like enough."

Geyer Wedding &amp; Event Rentals

Geyer Wedding & Event Rentals

Gorecki Center at the College of St. Benedict

"We could not imagine a more perfect space for our wedding reception. Everything from the room set up, to the staff, to the food was amazing. Jessica was so helpful throughout the planning process and made it so easy for us. The day of manager was great about communicating with us and ensuring that all of our needs were met and the day-of staff did a great job as well.

We received so many compliments from our guests on the overall appearance of the venue and how amazing the food was. We highly recommend Gorecki and the CSB Event Planning Staff!!"

Great Blue Heron

"We had our wedding here and it was amazing! Nic and Chrissy are great to work with and everything turned out great …. just how we wanted it to be. Thanks again!"

Impressions Mobile Music

"Larry was literally the best DJ!  He was so great to work with through the whole process. He was way more than just a DJ.

He helped with timeline questions and put my mind at ease because I could tell he absolutely knew what he was doing and I would not have to worry about those details. He had guests on the dance floor all night! I just can't say enough good things! So happy we went with Impressions Mobile."

Larry Rowe, Impressions Mobile Music

Larry Rowe, Impressions Mobile Music

J.F. Kruse Jewelers

"After shopping around for our engagement/wedding rings, I wouldn't go anywhere but J. F. KRUSE. The store is so inviting and the staff was incredibly helpful. I'm not a big jewelry person and never really wore rings so I appreciated the personal attention we got. The staff was helpful with identifying a style that looked great on my hand and never pressured us to go above our budget.

We didn't spend a lot of money, but I still feel like a valued customer. I appreciate having the lifetime warranty and have been treated very well every time I have gone in to get my ring cleaned.

Can't say enough positive things about J. F. KRUSE!!"

Kari Kraemer Photography

"We loved working with Kari! Not only is she extremely talented but she is super personable as well. She's easy to talk to. We knew the minute we met her that she was who we wanted to work with. Our wedding pictures were better than expected. She also adds special touches like the way she sends you your CDs. We definitely recommend her and hope to work with her again in the future."

Kari, Kari Kraemer Photography

Kari, Kari Kraemer Photography

Pianist for Parties

"Sharon performed well above our expectations!!! We were so pleased and thankful we found her for our daughter's engagement party.

Sharon visited the venue beforehand and played the "play list" the couple selected beautifully. I will definitely call upon Sharon again if ever in need for a pianist in the future.

Thank you Sharon for making the night perfect for my daughter and soon to be son-in-law."

Sharon Planer, Pianist for Parties

Sharon Planer, Pianist for Parties

Rengel Printing

"It was a pleasure working with you and we really appreciated all the extra time and effort you put into making everything exactly what Amber wanted. All the pieces came together nicely and having Rengel Printing do the envelopes was a big plus. We received many compliments on how beautiful and elegant the invitations and programs were. Wonderful job!"

LeRae, Rengel Printing

LeRae, Rengel Printing

Rolling Ridge Wedding & Event Center

"Rolling Ridge was AMAZING to work with. We got married on a VERY hot day and they were overly accommodating in helping keep us cool! They were always available to answer questions and were able to respond in less than 6 hours.

They had many great ideas to keep our minds thinking and were willing to do whatever needed to be done in order to make my dream wedding day come true.

The venue itself was GORGEOUS along with the grounds. There was not a bad spot to take pictures or have the ceremony. Randy, Nancy and the Team did wonders in making my day go off without any bumps."

Randy &amp; Nancy, Rolling Ridge Wedding &amp; Event Center

Randy & Nancy, Rolling Ridge Wedding & Event Center

St. Cloud Country Club

"My husband and I had our ceremony and reception at the Country Club. It was more then we could have asked for. The staff were so fun and upbeat and made sure our special day awesome! I would recommend this venue to everyone!"

Paige, St. Cloud Country Club

Paige, St. Cloud Country Club

The Crown Room

"Everything was AMAZING!! We booked the Crown Room via text which was responded to immediately. There were special touches everywhere I turned!

We've heard NOTHING but RAVE reviews for our guests on the food, the services, the professionalism, and the beautiful location. Even after knowing what to expect, it exceeded our expectations!

Thank you to ALL of the Crown Room staff for making our day more than we dreamed of."

The Crown Room Banquet Center

The Crown Room Banquet Center

Todd Myra Photography

"Choosing Todd Myra to photograph our wedding was an easy decision. They are such a laid back couple who were great to work with. We’ve received many compliments saying our photographer really captured our love for one another. We have and will continue to recommend Todd Myra Photography!"

Todd, Todd Myra Photography

Todd, Todd Myra Photography

Wedding & Tuxedo Connection

"Thank you so much for helping me find my beautiful wedding dress, accessories and bridesmaid dresses. The compliments I received were too numerous to count and I felt like a princess! Thank you again for everything and the silk flowers too!"

Sue &amp; Jen, Wedding &amp; Tuxedo Connection

Sue & Jen, Wedding & Tuxedo Connection

Weddings by Kelly & Chandra

"I want to thank you for being such a great help at Kelsey and Anthony’s wedding. We could not have done it without you. Your calm in the time of stress is just what was needed.

Thank you for responding to the things that were important to me. You are both very good at what you do. Thank you for everything you did to help Kelsey make her special day as successful as it was."

Chandra &amp; Kelly, Weddings by Kelly &amp; Chandra

Chandra & Kelly, Weddings by Kelly & Chandra