Favorite Wedding Venues of North Dakota | 2021

Updated: Mar 2


2021 sure was a busy year for weddings. The majority of my weddings were in North Dakota. After looking back on all of the weddings I shot, I thought it would be fun to cover some of my favorite weddings venues in North Dakota. I don’t have them ranked in any special order, I feel these venues stood out to me for different reasons.


The Barn at 52 Pines


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I have shot quite a few weddings here and each time I fall more in love with this venue. If you are wanting a venue that compliments rustic elegance, you need to check out 52 Pines.


First let me just touch on the location. 52 Pines is nestled around gorgeous rolling hills. When the sun sets, the hills are illuminated in golden sunlight. You cannot ask for a better view for pictures!


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Wedding Venue. North Dakota Wedding Photographer. Minot Wedding Photographer. Wedding Photography. Jennifer Hughes


Everything is right on site, so no need to worry about going from one location to the next. The large barn can serve as an indoor ceremony location, reception and also has the groom’s suite on the upper floor.


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There is a covered patio with outdoor seating. This is perfect when the weather is nice.



If you are hoping for an outdoor ceremony, no problem. Just outside tucked around some hills is the perfect spot for an outdoor ceremony. Guests will not have to walk far to get to the reception.


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There is a smaller barn just a short walking distance from the main barn. It is the bridal suite and absolutely gorgeous! I love photographing dresses in this suite.





Many brides have loved the hair and makeup are. Several spots for ladies to get their hair done and each chair has their own mirror.


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There is a large kitchen and cozy seating area in the suite as well. I always enjoy seeing the snack trays that are there to welcome the bridal parties in their suites.


52 Pines has an outstanding team that caters the meal for the wedding. They also help with any take down that is needed. Some couples have indoor ceremonies then switch over to reception. I have seen the team make this transition seamlessly, leaving the guests relaxed and able to enjoy each other's company.



The Barn at 52 Pines is located in Burlington, ND. If you would like to find out more information about them, you can check out their website: https://www.52pines.com/





The Regency Event Center


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Located in downtown Minot, ND, The Regency is the perfect venue for modern elegance. They have everything on site, so again, no need to worry about going from location to location. The bridal suite is absolutely stunning with a beautiful view of downtown. When I first saw the suite their vanities immediately stood out to me. So gorgeous! There is always a glass of champagne to welcome the girls!


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Wedding Venue. Bridal Suite. The Regency Event Center. North Dakota Wedding Photographer. Minot Wedding Photographer. Jennifer Hughes.



In the groom’s suite the xbox is always a favorite. The Regency has a large room that is perfect for cocktail hour. The grand hall can be used for an indoor ceremony location as well as for the reception. I love the warm dim lighting!


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Wedding Reception. Wedding Venue. North Dakota Wedding Photographer. Minot Wedding Photographer. Jennifer Hughes.

Regency's team is so welcoming and always willing to lend a helping hand. They do a wonderful job of transitioning the ceremony into a reception.


The great thing about the Regency is that they are downtown. If you love the look of downtown pictures, you will not have to go far from your venue site.


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Wedding Photography. North Dakota Wedding Photographer. Minot Wedding Photographer. Jennifer Hughes.


For more information about the Regency you can check out their website: https://www.regencyminot.com/




RiverHaven Events Center



Last year was their first year as this event center. I was absolutely floored when I had seen the inside. The interior is absolutely stunning! It is located right along the river. In one room it has large glass windows that have a view of the river. This particular wedding was in June. All the trees were full of beautiful green leaves. When you walked into the room it was as if you were surrounded by trees. It gave off such a calming vibe! As the sunsets, golden light pours into this room from the west side. Makes for absolutely gorgeous lighting for pictures.



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I love the combination of the rock walls and dark industrial beams! The composition of the two industrial beam framed entry ways is spot on! This is where we had the first look for the bride and groom.


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The wedding I shot here had the reception in the large hall. This room seriously needs to be in a magazine somewhere. It is just absolutely gorgeous. I am a sucker for industrial design. I love the blend between that a rustic touch. This bride wanted a simple yet elegant wedding. This was a perfect venue for that look!


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There are windows on each side that let in the perfect amount of natural light. The walls are white which only complimented the natural light. Natural light photographers will be in heaven. I know I was! I used this room for detail shots. Still some of my favorites shots taken to this day.


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Downstairs there are two small rooms the bride and groom can get ready in. The bridal suite is on the small side but oh it is gorgeous! I still cannot get over these getting ready pictures!


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If you are getting married here in the summer may I suggest a river stroll at sunset. The pictures at this time are just stunning!


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Wedding Photography. Wedding Venue. River Haven Events Center. North Dakota Wedding Photographer. Fargo Wedding Photographer. Jennifer Hughes

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Technically this venue is located in Moorhead, MN, but if you walk down the street you are in downtown Fargo, ND. So for this purpose we are counting it as a ND venue! You can find out more information on this venue here: https://riverhavenevents.com/


Rustic Oaks


So this is another venue that is technically in MN. It sits right along the river and just on the other side of the river is ND. It is also 15 minutes from Fargo, ND so I’m going to throw this one on the list as well.


If you are looking for a lot of room and variety in a venue, Rustic Oaks needs to be on your list of considerations. It is another venue that has everything on site. You can get married inside or outside. There is a guest house for the bride, groom and wedding party. They have the option of staying the night in this house if desired.


Then there is the red barn. Oh is it gorgeous! It is two stories. The first floor can be used for an indoor ceremony location (not for large weddings) or part of the reception.

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The wedding I shot, they used part of the first floor for cocktail hour and the other half for all of the food and desserts for the reception. Upstairs is where the reception was held. I loved that lighting upstairs as well as the large windows that brought in a lot of natural light.

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The other building was historically a farmhouse. If you love historical homes you will love this one! It is 3 stories of elegant charm! The couple used this space to get ready. The guys took the basement. There was a pool table too so plenty of entertainment for the guys!


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The main floor had gorgeous sitting rooms and a large kitchen (remember to eat on your wedding day!!). I used one of the sitting rooms for the Groom's getting ready shots and some wedding dress shots. I still think about this room!


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Upstairs is a dream! There is one room with a few vanities. I loved the vintage mirrors and brushes!


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There is another room that is larger and set up for the bride to get ready in. My favorite part are the windows. They gave the most perfect view of the ceremony that would be taking place outside. It also gave the perfect amount of natural light.


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There is a lot of outdoor space at this venue to utilize. This couple chose to have their ceremony right outside the farmhouse. Large trees fill the area, providing lots of shade and giving a nice breeze to help keep cool!


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There is a lot of ground that could be covered for pictures.




The couple enjoyed a nice summer stroll during sunset for their pictures. Absolutely gorgeous!


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Wedding Photography. North Dakota Wedding Photographer. Fargo Wedding Photographer. Minnesota Wedding Photographer. Jennifer Hughes.

Wedding Photographer. North Dakota Wedding Photographer. Fargo Wedding Photographer. Minnesota Wedding Photographer. Jennifer Hughes

Wedding Photography. North Dakota Wedding Photographer. Fargo Wedding Photographer. Minnesota Wedding Photographer. Jennifer Hughes

If you would like to see this location come to life, click on the link to watch the wedding film: https://youtu.be/ZTQFvWsBOsk


For more information about this venue, follow the link here: https://www.rusticoaks.net/


The Gorecki Alumni Center


This venue is right on the campus of the University of North Dakota. A small but absolutely gorgeous campus! I was lucky enough to shoot two fall weddings here last year. The trees were so beautiful!


The Gorecki has rooms that can be used for getting ready. There is a beautiful room used for the reception. I love the modern glass!


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There is a beautiful little chapel just walking distance from the Alumni Center. There are plenty of windows that let in natural light. This chapel is perfect for a small to midsize wedding.

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The walk between the chapel and the alumni center is scenic. There you will find plenty of grassy areas, a small stream with a lovely bridge. There is a large tree just on one side of the bridge right next to the water. It is an absolute dream in the fall!



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Wedding Photography. North Dakota Wedding Photographer. Grand Forks Wedding Photographer. Jennifer Hughes

For more information on The Gorecki you can follow the link here: https://www.thegorecki.com/home


Theodore Roosevelt National Park


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Some of you might be wondering how a national park can be a wedding venue. First let me just say that there is nothing saying you have to get married at a venue or church. You can get married anywhere (that legally allows you to. Please don’t trespass!) If you love nature or want a scenic outdoor ceremony, I would recommend considering the badlands. This is perfect for micro/intimate weddings. Keep in mind you probably cannot bring an arch or chairs of any kind: not without a permit. I have been to and seen many ceremonies where the guests stood for the ceremony.


There are two entrances to the park. The North Unit is found just outside of Watford City, ND. Watford City is a small town with not a lot of options for receptions venues (if you plan on having one). Teddy’s is a beautiful hotel with excellent dining. If you just have a few guests this is perfect to have a celebration dinner. The South Unit is found in Medora. A fun little town with lots to do for all ages! There are a few great options for receptions. If you are planning an elopement, I would definitely recommend the badlands. If you are wanting epic pictures, get married in the badlands. The views are just on an entirely different level!


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Elopement. Elopement Photographer. Jennifer Hughes. North Dakota Wedding Photographer. Medora

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If you would like more information on elopements and if it’s right for you check out one of my previous blogs :https://www.jenniferhughesphotography.org/post/what-it-really-means-to-elope


St. Stanislaus Catholic Church

North Dakota Wedding Photographer. Jennifer Hughes

Of all the churches I have shot in, this one stood out. The interior is absolutely stunning and took me back to my high school days touring churches in Germany. This church is located in Warsaw, North Dakota. About 20-30min from Grand Forks.


There is so much artistic detail within the main church. The bride in the wedding I shot here for, has some deep rooted family history with this church. It was so surreal to be able to witness this wedding knowing that generations before her helped build the church.


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One of my absolute favorite things about the church, especially as a creative, is how the light pours through the side windows.


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Now these were just my favorite venues for 2021. I am sure I will be adding to the list for this next season. If you are a wedding venue in ND and would like to be featured in one of my blogs, let’s chat!


If you are planning a wedding and would like some more inspiration, jump on over to Pinterest and check out more boards. I have a board specifically made just for this blog! https://pin.it/5M2Z4a4


To all of you searching for venues, best of luck!


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