Hey! We're Kate + Tony, and we make up one half of the visionaries and entrepreneurs behind Nature Link! We have been married since 2014 and live in the wide open country on an acreage with our 2 daughters and dog. We love the peace and quiet and always being connected to nature right out our back door.
We love traveling, and have a strong itch to explore the world around us and experience God’s goodness through amazing places like national parks and forests. We feel like we are at our absolute best when we are able to disconnect from our busy lives and reconnect with ourselves through the great outdoors and experiences.
Tony and I have been immersed in the wedding industry since 2011 - First through my photography business, next with a photo booth business, then in 2019 we built our first event venue, Pinewood, in Cambridge Minnesota. Shortly after building Pinewood we knew we wanted to create more places for people to create lifelong memories, and that’s when we teamed up with Zoie and Ben, and the idea for Nature Link was born.
With Nature Link, we’re excited to continue our goal of creating unique spaces and fostering life long memories for our clients and guests. It’s an honor to be a part of something that allows people to have experiences that they may have never had, and we hope that God’s love and light shines through all that we create!
Kate + Tony
nature link founders
Hey, We’re Ben + Zoie! We have been married since 2021 and have a sweet baby girl named Kinney. We enjoy spending most of our weekends at our cabin in Crosslake or traveling around to the mountains or surfing in the ocean. When we aren’t traveling we are busy running several businesses, including commercial and rental real estate, short term rentals and WOODCHUCK USA, which is a manufacturing company here in the US also focused on connecting people with nature through our planting program.
Since we first started dating back in 2018 , it seems we have always been building and remodeling places in nature together. The first cabin we flipped was on 250 acres, it was truly the foundation of our relationship and where God really showed us for the first time a passion we had together. Our dream to do something bigger grew after launching a few short term rental properties and traveling out west, where we were able to experience Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming. After visiting and experiencing the life changing impacts a nature centered resort could have , we decided the next chapter of our lives would be to create places that people could disconnect in nature.
Although our lives are extremely busy, we’ve found that disconnecting in nature to help us “reset” was instrumental in our happiness. The busier we got, the more we needed nature. We’ve realized that we’re not the only ones that need nature to help them balance their lives, and this truly is the purpose of Nature Link. A luxurious place for busy people to disconnect from the hustle of daily life, and reconnect with themselves, their significant others, and their dreams and passions.
We’re excited to have you stay with us! We hope you’re able to disconnect and reconnect with the great outdoors and the people around you!
Ben + Zoie
The Vanden Wymelenbergs
nature link founders
Director of Venue Operations
Venue operations Manager
Olivia has many years of experience in the wedding and events industry where she has worked in venue management, coordination/planning, corporate events, marketing, and as a virtual assistant to creative entrepreneurs.
Her Type A personality loves organization and systems, but she also has a passion for pretty things and creating fun, beautiful events for others to enjoy, so being able to work in both an administrative and creative capacity fills her cup!
Olivia is married to her high school sweetheart, Damie, and together the two of them own and operate an ice cream cart business. In her free time Olivia enjoys being on the lake, spending time with family and friends, traveling, gardening, and reading books!
Krysta has worked in the wedding and events industry for 10 years in venue management, catering, bridal, marketing, and coordination/planning. She has been working for the Beckers at their other venue, Pinewood Weddings and Events, as their Director of Operations since they launched in 2018 and continues to thrive and run Pinewood today!
Krysta says the best part of her job is building relationships with her team and seeing the ripple effect of their impact on our clients!
Krysta has been married for 7 years to her husband, Max. She has 2 little boys named Baker and Crew as well as a dog named Maizy! She loves traveling and experiencing new places and things with her family!
Director of Hospitality + adventure advocate
Manager of Housekeeping and grounds crew
After four years of service in the Army, Jasper gained five years of experience in the hospitality industry, quickly finding his passion in resort management. Nothing gives Jasper more joy than to impact guests’ stays, making them unique and special. He loves working “behind the scenes” so guests can take time away from the hectic daily grind to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Being free-spirited, Jasper’s time away from the resort is just as exciting and diverse as his day-to-day on property. From projects around the house to traveling, Jasper strives to keep busy by getting creative or spending time outdoors with friends and family.
After operating her own daycare for 12 years, Nicole has rediscovered her passion for hospitality with her position here at Nature Link!
She loves that her days are filled with excitement and variation! From interactions with guests, to maintaining resort cleanliness and managing operations. Nicole thrives in our fast-paced environment.
When she is not at the resort, Nicole stays busy with her four children and husband of 16 years. Nicole is no stranger to adventure; she loves to get outdoors to kayak, hike, run, and garden.
Head of Maintenance
photo coming soon