Like every good modern romance, we met on a dating app called “Her”. Maddy was feeling bold and started the conversation first, thinking Jesi was far too cute to be interested. Little did she know, Jesi also thought the same of her. We chatted frequently and met for the first time for happy hour. Our “happy hour” turned into four hours of chatting and munching on chips and guacamole, both feeling too shy to suggest we order actual dinner. Several awkward dates and about a month passed before we became “official”, and the rest is history.
We both proposed! We picked out engagement rings together on a whim about 4 months earlier. We went to Duluth, MN for the weekend to celebrate Jesi’s birthday and we both had been unknowingly planning to propose. Maddy proposed first on Friday of that weekend at Jay Cooke State Park, with a book she made that had a proposal on the last page. Jesi was so surprised! The next day, Jesi proposed to Maddy with a puzzle piece (we love doing puzzles), and Maddy was also surprised that she had planned to propose that same weekend! It was really special and fun to tell our friends and family when we got back from our weekend away.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
One of our favorite pieces of advice that we received from our officiant and one that we will always pass along to engaged couples is to spend time together a few weeks before the wedding without talking about the wedding. We took a one-night trip a few hours away to really focus on each other, but even a few hours can be refreshing. For the last few months of planning, we also set aside one day every week to work on any wedding tasks, which helped us think ahead and not let wedding planning consume all our free time. Lastly, be sure to take people up on their offers to help!
Ring Designer: Filligree Jewelers
Event Venue: Chowgirls @ Solar Arts
Cake Designer: HyVee
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Beauty: Ziel bridal
Cinema and Video: Gilmore Photo and Video
Dress Store: Wedding Shoppe
Dress Store: Our Shop Bridal
DJ: Instant Request
Floral Designer: Fersk Floral Artistry
Event Venue: Solar Arts Building
Caterer: Chowgirls Killer Catering
Photographer: Eileen K Photography