Hello, I am Bonnie and I can’t wait to connect with you!
I am the new site director at The Van Dusen Mansion! Before moving to Minneapolis, I was managing two venues just outside of Kansas City. GO CHIEFS! New to Van Dusen, but not to the wedding and events industry, I have been gaining experience for over 4 years in various aspects of planning and executing events.
When it comes to planning, picking out the fine details and ensuring nothing gets overlooked excites and motivates me. When the big day comes around, it is my goal for you and your love to have the most effortless day from start to finish! Your wedding day should be about soaking in the best moments with all of your favorite people. It is my job (and pleasure) to take away any other worries or stresses to make that happen. Connecting with clients (aka you and the love of your life) in meaningful ways brings me the most joy! Lets be friends!
If I am not working a wedding, you will find me eating delicious food on a sunny patio or planning my next adventure around the world. Traveling is my greatest love, I have been to 18 countries and cannot wait to start planning my next adventure. Having just moved to Minneapolis, I love exploring my new city on long bike rides and at good restaurants.
I am so looking forward to connecting with you to hear about all of your favorite things and start planning your beautiful wedding day!
PT VENUE ASSISTANT
Hi! My name is Brooke Andrews, Venue Sales Assistant for Bavaria Downs, A’BULAE, and Van Dusen Mansion. I am here to be the helping hand during your wedding planning process.
I have been with our team for two years and a part of the wedding and events industry for 6 years. My passion is connecting with clients and helping them find the wedding venue of their dreams!
I am originally from Maple Grove, Minnesota and graduated with my Bachelors in Communications from The University of North Dakota in 2014. I currently live in Rogers, Minnesota with my husband Damon, 1.5 year old daughter Reese, and 5 year old Golden Retriever Cooper. We are expecting our second child in January 2021. I love spending time with my family, playing volleyball, making trips to family cabins, and enjoy attending events and concerts with friends.
I can't wait to connect and hear about what you have planned for your wedding.
Hi, I’m Samantha! I cannot wait to share in this process as you are considering one of the most premier venues in the Twin Cities! After helping thousands of couples achieve their dream wedding, I can't wait to build that relationship with you helping every step of the process as you “Say YES!” to one of our spaces!
I’m sure what attracted you to our venues was the aesthetic and design our property uniquely offers… but as we chat, I know you will also love the all-inclusive nature of our venue packages. We offer the simplest planning experience, with the best team!
A look into who I am as a person - I’m very big into the dance community. Growing up in Minnetonka, and graduating from the University of St. Thomas, I worked hard to lead my teams as captain and achieved the first four consecutive national titles with St. Thomas Dance Team along my college journey. I knew the moment I graduated, I would go after my dreams of becoming a wedding planner and coaching my Alma Mater team, Minnetonka. When I am not attached at the hip with my work laptop… I love spending time on my paddle board, supporting my boyfriend Tyson while he coaches hockey from the stands with a coffee, spending time with family on the lake, and giving a warm hello to every dog in sight -- (your dog is very much welcomed in our virtual tour session!)
A small glimpse into how my couples perceive their planning experience: "Samantha you were an absolute delight to talk to! Thank you so much for all the love and for bearing with my anxiety over dates! You were flexible and deeply understanding and that was very much appreciated!"
Hi, I’m Jenna! I am a Senior Sales Consultant for Bavaria Downs, A’BULAE, The Van Dusen Mansion, and our sister company Bellagala. I have been on our team since 2010 and have since partnered with over 2000 couples to achieve their wedding vision.
With over 11 years of industry experience, I know that wedding planning doesn’t have to be stressful. I have a passion for delivering superior service and ensuring the planning process is convenient and fun for every couple I support. Establishing meaningful relationships is the heart of my purpose; I truly care about you. Over the years, many of my client relationships have turned into friendships. I have a love for people, creativity, organization, design, and details.
A Minnesota native, graduating from Totino-Grace High School in 2005 and from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University in 2009, where I met my husband, Adam. We currently reside in Richfield with our 3.5 year old son (Gavin) 1.5 year old twins (Audrey & Griffin) and chocolate lab, Emma. I love spending time with family, interior design, hosting holidays/parties/events at our home, trying new restaurants, ample amounts of coffee, vacations to Mexico, the Real Housewives (guess which cast members I’ve met while working a wedding?) and have recently traded my favorite Zumba classes for a Peloton - send any ride recommendations my way! Working with me will guarantee a seamless planning experience. I can’t wait to meet you!