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About Us

Our Story

It all starts with the kindrid spirit and creativity of the matriac of our family Wynne Koecher.  Her whimsical aura has created many beautiful parties and all of the weddings for us siblings.  Thanks to all of the amazing people and talents that came together recently to marry off the baby of the family, the idea for Sunflower Hill was planted! We have many plans and ideas that are unfolding and we’re working hard to create a beautiful country chic venue. Located only an hour from Minneapolis/St. Paul and less than ¼ mile from the Saint Croix Falls Holiday Inn Express (walking distance) and next to the Saint Croix Falls Golf Course, this site offers the convenience of the city and yet is tucked away for a beautiful garden/country setting. Our new reception space is now open and we are well into our 2018 season. If interested in checking out the space or hearing more please contact us via the website or just call. We offer help coordinating parties, ceremonies, and receptions. We can also help grow special flowers and we offer floral design packages for your event. Sunflowers may be our specialty but we offer so much more.  Thanks to family we are able to bring you this beautiful venue.  This property has been a big part in all of our lives we have all taken turns living in the house on the property.  Our next project is sharing the beautiful house and offering the house as a bridal suite.  Stay tuned for all the wonderful new additions 2019 will have to offer.  

Meet the Team

Gary

Gary

CEO / Co-Founder

The patriarch of the family who doesn’t want any part of the operation yet we still need to run everything by him for approval.  We love our Dad and have coined his title CEO because let’s face it; he’ll always be the boss.

Wynne (Winkie)

Wynne (Winkie)

Whimsy Specialist |Master Gardener

Mom has been throwing elaborate parties all of her life and now she’s helping bring us all together for Sunflower Hill. Mom has spent her life being an amazing mother alongside my dad dairy farming and of course creating beautiful gardens in her own yard.  She’s also well known locally for her vast gardens and was once featured on the master gardener tour.  She has a knack for the whimsical touches and she actually coined the phrase, “it’s whimsical” in our family.  She will be overseeing building/construction plans as well as picking out new plants and coming up with neat ideas for gardens.

EMILY

EMILY

Event Specialist | Co-founder

Then there’s me. I’m a wedding enthusiast and have wanted to do this wedding site for years.  We use d to live on that property and I dreamed about the day the silo yard would be cleaned up and available to rent.  Gus and Megan made that dream much more possible.  Now we’re just working on making it even more beautiful and convenient for anyone in the event market.  We hope that you’ll choose our whimsical historical farm yard and gardens for your day and we promise to help make it nothing but unforgettable.

Gus

Gus

Farming Specialist |The hard work man| Co-founder

Gus is my younger brother and is the inspiration for Sunflower Hill. Megan and Gus just recently were wed last October and the pictures on the site are from their wedding.  Gus is taking over the home farm, he’s a Whitetail properties field assistant, and now he’s co-founder of Sunflower Hill.  Gus and Megan, alongside our families did an incredible amount of work in 2016 to get the site clean and looking presentable for their wedding.  He will oversee the mass plantings of sunflowers and other flowers alongside keeping the grounds to his liking and overseeing other projects as we evolve. He also plants the rye, bales the straw and is involved in all land management! He will definitely keep us in line and on track as the Whimsy specialist and I dream big.

MEGAN

MEGAN

Event Specialist| Marketing

Alongside her mom Sue and my mom, Megan put together a beautiful wedding October 16’. She turned her Pinterest dreams into reality and will be helping make yours a reality too.  She is super organized and knows the value of hard work. She also loves mowing lawn and tending to flowers so she’ll fit right in alongside us all.  We’re lucky to have Megan in the family and look forward to working together on other weddings in the future.

Chris

Chris

Design Specialist | Grounds Keeper

Chris is my husband and one of the busiest people I know.  He is fantastic at designing projects to be built around the farm.  Known to many as the “fencing expert” because of his beautiful fences, he’s busy tending to our hobby farm, works at Andersen Windows, and is involved in too many other things to list.  He’ll be helping design structures and landscaping.  He’s got a great eye for crisp clean design and how to make it happen.

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