About Woodland Events

Woodland Events plans weddings and events that bring our clients' stories to life and are remembered for a lifetime.

The staff at Woodland Events have planned and executed dozens of extraordinary, fun, and unique events, ranging from small soirées to wild dance parties with over 3,000 guests. Let us do the heavy lifting in the background while you stay focused on having an amazing day with your family, friends, coworkers, or new spouse.

We primarily serve clients in the Minneapolis / St. Paul and Santa Barbara areas. But we love destination weddings, so feel free to contact us no matter where your wedding is! LGBTQ+ couples are always welcome!



Love is love is love. No matter who you are or whom you are marrying, we celebrate you. Woodland Events is an inclusive, anti-racist business welcoming everyone regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, family, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran, or citizenship status.

As a queer-owned business and a member of the Safe Space Alliance, LGBTQ+ inclusion is especially important to us. Whether you are working with us or simply using our website as an online gathering place, we promise to be a safe space where LGBTQ+ clients, colleagues, and both local and global community members can freely express themselves. We do not tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQ+ community or any other minority group.

Have ideas for how we can improve? We never want to leave anybody out, so if you feel that any of our materials or processes are not inclusive of a particular minority group, please call us out on it so we can quickly correct our error!


When you're working with Woodland Events, you're working with family. Building authentic relationships with our clients, our vendors, and even our competition is at the core of our business. When you hire us, you are hiring someone who cares genuinely about you and works hard to ensure your needs are met. We also love benefitting our local community, so we regularly volunteer at and donate a portion of our profits to local charitable organizations (click here to learn more).


We strive to have open and honest communication with our clients. We are upfront about our pricing, our policies, and our services. We take great care to ensure we're working 100% for our clients' interests, so we never take commissions for vendor referrals and are always looking for better ways to serve and engage our community.

Wedding Planner Todd Harper

Todd Harper



Hi! I'm Todd, the owner and lead planner at Woodland Events!

I moved to Minnesota from the central coast of California in 2018. I'm still getting used to the snow, but have fallen in love with the charm, beauty, and vernacular of Minnesota, dontcha know?


As a former stage and production manager for theatre, I have dedicated my career to bringing artists’ grand visions and stories to life on the stage. Now my focus is on bringing your story to life on a new stage. Whether you’re looking for something casual, classy, down to earth, elegant, romantic, or eclectic, I will work with any style and budget to create your dream wedding or event.


I live in the Twin Cities suburb of Eagan with my wife, Claire, our black lab mix, Gordon, and two calico kittens Minerva and Paulette (named after the Twin Cities). At home, we like to build LEGO sets, make lattes, and watch the wildlife in our backyard. When we're out and about, we go to plays, escape rooms, and try out local craft beers (though I recently started home brewing my own)!


I have an MFA in Creative Producing and Management from CalArts.

Memberships, Press, and Awards

Woodland Events is a proud member of the following organizations:

Twin Cities Wedding and Event Professionals Member Badge 2021
Safe Space Alliance Member Badge
Twin Cities Quorum Minnesota's LGBTQ+ and Allied Business Community Member Badge
The Planner's Vault Member Badge

Woodland Events is featured in the following blogs and publications:

Featured on Thymebase Badge
Featured on Aisle Academy Badge
Featured on Gay Weddings and Marriage Magazine Badge

Woodland Events has won the following awards:

WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards Badge 2020
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