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Pinewood Wedding Center

Perfect marriage of metal roof and façade for stunning new wedding venue

Finding a signature location often is the goal for couples hoping to make their wedding day memorable. Not only can a special spot make the gathering of family and friends special on its own, it also can provide a backdrop for the all-important photos that help the event live on in physical frames and albums – and, of course, on Instagram. But not all of those locations can support the logistics involved in pulling such an event together. A new facility located an hour outside Minnesota’s twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul manages to check both of these essential boxes. It features a dramatic, pine-woods site and a purpose-built structure clad – and roofed – in matte black metal panels to provide a great backdrop for those all-important photos.

The aptly named Pinewood Wedding + Events center in Cambridge, Minn., is the creation of a pair of young wedding photographers who decided to up their business’s game and expand into the planning business. The 11-acre site they selected is close enough to the Twin Cities to avoid destination-wedding expense, while far enough off the beaten path to feel special. The building’s gabled roofline appears to be a mix of mountain A-frame and traditional church architecture. The most impactful touch is the way metal roof panels continue down to the exterior walls, where they’re paired with cedar clapboards to complete a simple materials palette.

Architect Jim Mackey, owner of the St. Paul-based Jim Mackey Architects, opted for Petersen’s Snap-Clad panels for the project. In total, 19,500 sq. ft. of the 24-gauge steel panels in Petersen’s Matte Black Steel finish were specified, along with the company’s flashing and trim metal in the same gauge and finish. Installers with Folie Roofing, based in Waseca, Minn., performed an artful job of ensuring smooth transitions from the roof to the façade.