where weddings in the woods happen well


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 doing new things.

We believe in love 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 think weddings can be minimalist, or not - that they should be a reflection of the couple.

We hope that we can help make your wedding what you dream for it to be.

Main Photo: Ryan Stadler Photography



(612) 888-3218


15 Min. West of Askov-Finlayson Exit on I-35

Address unlisted


Apt. Only


We are what was until very recently the middle of the woods. We are a space that wedding guests can’t imagine until they arrive. We saw this land and thought this is the place to make what we can’t find anywhere else. 

Then we learned how to make that happen. 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 humbled and joyful.

Juliane James Place now hosts ten weddings annually 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. 

We are an inclusive space with a history of diverse ceremonies welcome to all types of weddings. 

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.  

We are 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 be a canvas for artful weddings.

Our outdoor facilities are primitive and geared toward unique weddings. 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.


The main house has a bedroom and a bathroom on each floor. The first floor of the house has the main gathering and dining area, kitchen, and a bedroom with a queen size bed. There is also a bathroom and a stone fireplace. The master bedroom occupies the majority of the upper level of the house and has an attached bathroom. The upstairs master bedroom has a king size bed, a chaise lounge, and two vanities. The room is spacious enough for half a wedding party to get ready in it. The house has a deck and a porch with seating for relaxing and eating. 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 up to the pond. The cabin has electricity but no running water. It is rustic but comfortable. The cabin sleeps up to six people in its three double beds and another two people in twin beds. There is a wood burning stove in the cabin. A fire pit is located directly outside the cabin.


The pond is large enough for canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boating on. 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.


Juliane James Place has the following spaces available for weddings: a ceremony space with a stage that includes our benches and antique seating with your venue rental, a cleared space with a 40‘x60’ pole tent for your reception, a garden for guests to wait in upon their arrival, and a large area pond side for cocktail hour mingling.


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. Jesse 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. 


Alexandra McLennan manages Juliane James Place when she isn't busy perfecting the finer DIY arts or taking photos of her cats, Ziggy and Oscar. 2016 marked her fifth season at JJP and Bash Collective doing event design and coordination and generally knowing what's up, what needs to be done, and how to make it all happen flawlessly. She and/or Alyson are the hands on deck for wedding weekends and all the weekends of prep leading up to those weekends.