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Love is in the air

Couples ready to say "I do" in shiny new wedding venue in Chaska

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Couples can say “I do” in front of a lake.

Brides and grooms-to-be are lining up to say “I do” at Chaska’s newest wedding venue, the Edward Anne Estate.

Wedding ceremonies, receptions and even corporate holiday parties, meetings and conferences can take place at the event center located off of Bavaria Road, near Victoria. The Edward Anne Estate is complete with a France-Normandy styled mansion (formerly known as the Redmond Estate) and outdoor and indoor reception areas.

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The building, formerly known as the Redmond Estate, is designed in a France-Normandy style.

The venue, owned by A’BULAE, opened on September 18.

“Unique properties are hard to come by and when Tim George (the owner of A’BULAE) and company set their eyes on something magical,” said Director of Marketing Matthew Balshaw in an email, “Bavaria Downs was just that.”

Weddings start at $7,995 and corporate prices vary, according to Balshaw.

The venue is part of a 270-acre development for wedding centers. Construction on a Kentucky Derby-esque event center, named “Equestria West” will start in 2019, according to the company’s website. As part of the second venue, the company will restore and repurpose barn structures on the property, according to city documents. The company also has plans to build a third event center on the site and owns two other wedding venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

We asked Balshaw, a few questions about the shiny new Edward Anne Estate.

Q: What makes the event space different from other wedding venues?

A:

The 26,000-square-foot Edward Anne Estate was designed with authentic French Normandy style and boasts the nation’s only venue with a steam-shingled roof. With a capacity of 400 people, the elegant estate can accommodate many styles and tastes. The natural space and modern amenities can be elegant, casual, rustic, vintage or lavish, to suit the needs of any unique event. Inside the estate’s palatial, gated entrance, guests are greeted by noble oak groves and rose gardens, reminiscent of a French country estate. The raw, natural splendor of the estate continues on the inside. What makes this property more special is the catering operations at Bavaria Downs which are exclusively run by D’Amico Catering, the Twin Cities premier caterer. D’Amico Catering’s innovative menus and farm-to-table operations pair perfectly with the elegance of the estate.

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Catering options are run by D’Amico Catering.

Q: What types of renovations/additions were made to the property?

A:

From start to finish the project took around a year. The house went through major renovations to get from residential to a commercial property. The old guest bedrooms were changed to bathrooms, and a 400-seated ballroom was built behind the estate.

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Bavaria Downs opened in Chaska on Sept. 18.

Q: How can people make reservations?

A:

People can make reservations by first submitting an instant quote on the website site. Then one of our sales representatives will contact you to set up a tour. After the tour you will sit down with our sales staff and talk through your event to make sure it is tailored to you. After that you place a deposit and the place is yours for your selected date.

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Corporate events can also be held at the Edward Anne Estate.

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The Edward Anne Estate is one of three venues planned for the 270-acre property.

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The venue can hold 400 guests.

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The Edward Anne Estate will transport visitors to Europe.

Staff Reporter

Alex Chhith is a staff reporter at the Chaska Herald. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dogs (Cody and Sam), catching up on the Game of Thrones and finding new restaurants. Follow her on Twitter @AlexChhith.

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