Juliane James Place is a destination wedding venue located in Finlayson, MN, a little less than 2 hours north of the Twin Cities & an hour south of Duluth.
At Juliane James Place we care about art and love and the thrill of learning new things.
We believe in marriage passionately and produced a space for all couples to get married as equals.
We yearn to be in the middle of happiness so much we started a business where we could help make it happen.
We hope that we can help make your wedding what you dream for it to be.
Main Photo: Athena Pelton
15 Min. West of Askov-Finlayson Exit on I-35
We are what was until very recently the middle of the woods. We are a space that wedding guests couldn't have imagined until they arrived. We saw this land and thought this is the place to make what we can’t find out of what we don’t know yet how to do. Then we learned and we made and we lent more love and sweat and blood into JJP than ever imaginable. Then we got married here. Then amazing clients came our way with amazing families who also believed in making weddings reflect who a couple is. And we felt full and humbled and supported in this business project of ours.
We host weddings of up to 150 guests from mid-June to mid-October.
Our clients are a diverse group of amazing people who want their weddings to reflect THEM not a pre-conceived notion of who they are supposed to want to be when getting married. They are 50% from out of state, 50% clients from within Minnesota. Around 20% of our pre-marriage equality clients have been same-sex clients. Almost 100% of our clients have dogs or love them dearly. We generally have two of them here when we are showing the property or working at it. They stay in the Cities at their other home during weddings unless they receive a proper invite.
Juliane James Place is 40 acres situated between Finlayson, MN and Willow River, MN. The vision for the property since inception has been to create a modern vacation rental and wedding venue that appreciates the rustic nature of rural Minnesota and the beauty the state offers. The houses contain unique items obtained from local antique stores and hand-built items made by the owners. Creativity can be found in each nook of the property. It is the intention of Juliane James Place to inspire creativity in others and be a canvas for artistic weddings.
Our outdoor facilities are primitive and rustic but completely geared toward and created with unique weddings in mind. The property consists of a main house and a cabin for sleeping quarters, a large pond, and spaces for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions. The property has a large garden with an additional garden pond and screened-in gazebo. There are two wood burning stoves accessible to guests and a stone fireplace in the gathering room of the main house. There a fire pits across the property as well.
THE MAIN HOUSE
The main house is a 2-level house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom occupies the majority of the upper level of the house and has an attached bathroom. This room has a king size bed and a chaise lounge for relaxing and napping. Mirrors are hung in place and placed by mirrored make-up trays if the master bedroom is being used by fancy folks get ready for their wedding. Outside the master bedroom there is a loft space with a fainting sofa, library (stocked with wedding-related books and magazines!), and a writing or computer desk for guests to use. From the loft you can look out the full wall of windows on the south side of the main house and have a view of the cabin, the cocktail area, and the pond. The south side of the house has an attached deck with seating for relaxing and eating. The east side of the house has a porch looking out into the woods. The garden is located behind the house on its west and north sides.
The cabin is located about a quarter mile down from the main house. It is nestled right up to the pond and you are almost on the water when you are sitting on the front deck. The cabin has electricity but no running water and is rustic but comfortable. A system for drinking, cooking, and washing water is in place within the cabin for the convenience of those in your party who will stay in the cabin. The cabin sleeps up to 6 in 3 double beds. There is a wood burning stove in the cabin for warmth and ambiance. A fire pit is located directly outside the cabin for relaxing pond side. If you are interested in playing movies outside please inquire about renting our projector for your stay (also available for weddings).
The pond is large enough for canoeing, kayaking, and using our paddleboat on. It is great for floating on and relaxing. The trail around the pond is about a half mile and the depth of the pond varies. The ceremony stage backs up to and overlooks the pond.
THE WEDDINGS SPACES
Juliane James Place has the following spaces available for weddings: a ceremony space with a stage that is flanked with dogwood bushes, astilbes, and hydrangeas, and also includes our pews, benches and antique seating with your venue rental, a cleared space that fits up to a 40‘x60’ pole tent for your reception, a garden that can be used for sequestering guests upon arrival or for cocktail hour, and a large area pond side for cocktail hour and reception mingling. With two houses each member of a couple can get ready in a different location or on separate floors within the main house. There is a back entry to the reception space from the main house that allows a couple to move over to the ceremony space without being seen by their guests. Caterers also use this path.
Jesse and Alyson Newquist moved from Brooklyn, NY to Minnesota in 2009 and set out looking for land to buy to get married on. When they came upon the property that is currently Juliane James Place in early 2010 they knew this was the place. It needed a lot of work to become a wedding venue but it was perfect. And then they worked, and worked some more, and learned a lot of new skills.
The couple married in July 2011 and had their legal ceremony in 2013 across the pond from where they married in 2011. Their wedding was featured in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of MN Bride magazine and was also chosen as one of the 10 Style-Fabulous Real Weddings featured in Style Me Pretty’s first online Fashion and Beauty Magazine.
Alyson's current focus is Rentivist.com, a peer-to-peer rental website that connects the owners of stuff with those looking to rent it, where she is the CEO and Co-Founder. Her event design company, Bash Collective, works with venues, restaurants, theaters, and other businesses to generate other revenue streams for their spaces In addition to operating events at Juliane James Place. Bash Collective currently also runs weddings at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. Jesse takes care of finances for Juliane James Place and works in Finance at Target Corp. The couple is obsessed with their two dogs, Dinosaur Nugget and Tuesday Tattoo and love when couples bring their dog(s) to the property for tours, weddings, and vacations.
We book 10 weddings a year. Tours are available by appointment. Please let us know when you're able to tour when you inquire as we will be able to arrange a tour faster. We do not do tours on Sundays during football season. We tour for and book weddings all year round and host them from mid-June through mid-October.
- We limit our booking to 10 weddings a year
- We usually book up for the next season by the end of the current season but still inquire!
- Tours are available by appointment on weekdays and select weekends.
- We book weddings for mid-June through mid-October.
- We host weddings of up to 150 guests.
- This means you can invite up to around 190 usually.
- The 150 guests includes seated vendors and children.
- Couple’s are encouraged to bring their dogs.
- Dogs are allowed in houses.
- Weddings usually start anytime after 4:30 and end at 11:30pm.
- You can purchase your own alcohol: we allow beer, wine, and three types of hard liquor to keep it simple and keep purchasing easy for you.
- You can choose a caterer from our list of pre-approved caterers or a caterer can pay a small fee to do a walk through and get approved to caterer at our property.
- Bartending is through Liquid Motion and you contract directly with them for services.
- We require guests who are able and not in wedding photos to take buses to the property. Trust us on this, they LOVE it. And we love not worrying about folks drinking and driving and dodging deer and foxes.
- We keep the address unlisted for privacy reasons (no concern over wedding crashers that way!) and because mapping devices don’t usually get folks to our property accurately.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
A 40‘x60’ Pole Tent with Cathedral Window Sidewalls
20 3’x8’ Harvest Tables
7 Barnwood Cocktail Tables
150 Vintage Wooden Folding Chairs
A 15'x15' Dance Floor
Globe String Lights and Italian Cafe Lights in the Tent
String lights across the property for lighting at night
Ceremony Seating Comprised of Benches, Pews, and Double Wood Folding Chairs
Two portable restrooms and the option to add on an ADA bathroom if needed
A Fire Pit
A Rustic Bar Pondsid
Vintage Sofas, Chairs, Buffets, and Tables
Access to the property for up to 30 people from 9am-4:30pm the day of your wedding
Guests allowed on-site from 4:30pm-11:30pm
$250 credit toward your mandatory bus service for the evening (covers 25-50% of total cost depending on guest total and hotel locations)
Parking for 25 cars--all other guests required to take bus to property
A planning meeting prior to your wedding to help you plan for your wedding at JJP
Access to our wedding planning software that allows you to create your guest lists, website, itinerary, and fill out our property planning questionnaires and use our planning checklists to guide your wedding planning process.
Ceremony coordination on the day of should you not have a professional officiant
WHAT YOU PROVIDE
Decor--many of the items in photos on our website are available for rent on-site
These folks handle all food and beverage clean up and pack out all wedding garbage
The remainder of the bus hours
- Saturday: $5600 (includes Saturday overnight for 8 people)
- Weekend no Rehearsal Dinner: $7400 (includes Friday and Saturday overnight for 8 people)
- Weekend w/Rehearsal Dinner: $9400 (includes Friday and Saturday overnight for 8 people and dinner for up to 40 people on-site)
Inventory Use Fee*: $2500
- 20 Harvest tables ($1000 value)
- 150 Vintage folding chairs ($900 value)
- Benches and double wood school house folding chairs for ceremony ($1500 value)
- String lights (200' of Italian cafe lights and 200' of globe lights in tent with tons of soft white led string lights around property) ($250 value)
- Chalkboard signs you can write on ($50 value)
- 175 handled mason jars at the bar (significantly lessens the amount of glassware needed as caterers can usually bring water and wine glasses for tables and you can give guests tags for their reuse) ($225 value)
- Vintage furniture (two couches, three chairs, some buffets for food and dessert) ($400 value)
- Rustic bar ($300 value)
- Cocktail tables made of barn wood ($150 value)
*Fee is mandatory and charged as a flat service rate for access and availability, fee is not dependent on usage. All value estimates are based on equivocal market rental costs in MN, excluding delivery fees, which have not been accounted for in these numbers.
Total Rental Price:
- Saturday: $8100 (includes Saturday overnight for 8 people)
- Weekend no Welcome Event: $9900 (includes Friday and Saturday overnight for 8 people)
- Weekend w/Welcome Event: $11900 (includes Friday and Saturday overnight for 8 people and dinner for up to 40 people on-site)
WHERE GUESTS STAY
There are so many great local accommodations for your guests. There are camping and motel locations off directly off I-35 within about 15-25 minutes of JJP (America's Best Value Inn/Days Inn Hinckley) for those who are trying to overnight on a budget. There are also the Grand Casino Hinckley, which has golfing, a spa, dining options, and of course the casino! The Americinn in Moose Lake provides a more "up north" experience and has a room on-site for hosting welcome dinners. We are also lucky to have two resorts that can host up to 100 guests between the two of them, the Waldheim Resort in Finlayson and the Sandlake Resort in Sturgeon Lake. Both are about 15 minutes from our property and located on lakes for water sports. The Waldheim can also host your rehearsal dinner on the shore if you secure the entire property for your guests or wedding party.
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