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06.18.16 Jessica (Weitgenant) & Justin Sorenson

Our love story began in 2012 when a mutual friend introduced us. We spent the next four years falling in love, as we became each other’s best friend. Our monthly “pick-a-date” nights inspired us to try new restaurants and activities in the Rochester area. By the time we became engaged, we had many businesses in mind to make our wedding memorable.

Our proposal took place on Lake Zumbro and involved a ring, fishing pole, and afternoon picnic. In planning our wedding, we chose the Mayowood Stone Barn and easily booked our preferred vendors through its fall open house. Together, the Mayowood Stone Barn staff, Copper & Coal Photography, Canadian Honker, Wedding Day DJs, and Flowers by Jerry gave us a better day than we could have imagined. Warmth filled the air as the morning of our wedding was spent exchanging letters, personalized gifts, and celebrating our commitment. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour as we mingled and delighted in our new titles of Mr. and Mrs.

At the reception, we spoke heartfelt words following the family and wedding party speeches. This was a special moment—making us feel as if, despite being surrounded by loved ones, we were completely alone for the first time as husband and wife. The Blue Moon Ballroom choreographed our first dance to the music of the Dave Matthews Band. Later in the evening, friends surprised us by performing an arranged dance of their own. Our guests enjoyed the photo booth, dancing, yard games, and s’mores by the bonfire throughout the evening.

Following the wedding, Justin surprised me with a honeymoon destination of St. Thomas and Puerto Rico. This was the perfect opportunity to reminisce and anticipate the future. We are grateful for the love and support we felt throughout our relationship. We had the wedding of our dreams and find happiness in knowing we are together, as we’re meant to be. TWM

BUSINESSES: BRIDESMAID ATTIRE The Wedding Shoppe CATERING/DESSERT Canadian Honker/Pinnacle Catering & Carrol’s Corn DÉCOR/VENUE Mayowood Stone Barn FLORAL Flowers By Jerry GOWN Alan Evan’s Bridal MUSIC Wedding Day DJs RENTALS Majestic Tents & Events STATIONERY/VIDEOGRAPHY Karissa Phelps TRANSPORTATION La Quinta Inn & Suites TUXEDOS Knight’s Chamber