Jacob and I are the product of a successful eHarmony match. We joined within two weeks of one another and were in each other’s first set of matches. On New Year’s Day 2012, I received my first communication from Jacob. We had lunch three weeks later at Fayze’s, and the rest is history.
Some may think we’re crazy, but a January wedding was perfect for us. On our wedding day, I awoke to freezing temperatures and light snowflakes. When it was time for our first-look photos, Bryan and I met indoors. Soon after, everyone braved the cold for outdoor pictures. It felt like we were in a dream. My soon-to-be husband was holding me tightly to protect me from getting cold, while our friends stood by our sides laughing and making jokes in an attempt to fight off the bitter cold!
Mike and I met in June 2010 while working as teachers in Milwaukee. After spending a few months going to baseball games, restaurants, and barbeques, Mike invited me over for a homemade dinner in his downtown apartment. Our friendship blossomed into an everlasting love.
Our wedding was one of the most special events of our lives, because we spent it with the people we love. Our wedding and reception were held at The Days Inn, and the staff did a fantastic job getting everything prepared and ready so it was magical.
Planning and organizing are far from my strong suits, so after Jason proposed, and I said, “Yes,” I was lost and had no idea how to begin preparing for our wedding. All I knew was that we wanted a summer wedding and wanted to incorporate our love of the Mississippi River.
Kale proposed a few days before Christmas in 2011. After a day of baking Christmas cookies, we went for a sunset horseback ride on the hobby farm where I grew up. It was a beautiful evening, so Kale suggested we take a photo at the crest of a hill. He set the timer on the camera, but instead of looking at it, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!
Both Sam and I grew up in Minnesota and have been avid Twins fans our entire lives, but we didn’t meet until we were attending Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis. We were both nursing majors who met by chance at a friend’s birthday party. While dating, we attended several Twins games. Some of our most memorable moments as a couple were at those games.
“What do you do for a living?” I asked the handsome man I’d met on a cruise ship in Alaska. “I’m a farmer,” he replied, with a sexy, Minnesota accent. I laughed, appropriately, at his joke and asked him again about his profession. He replied that he was a farmer. I had a hard time believing this.
Andrew proposed at sunset on the corner of my parents’ farm where the river, trestle, and sunset create a stunning vista. Since this was where Andrew and I, who were high school sweethearts, shared so many memories of growing up, we had to have our wedding and ceremony there.
Not many couples pick their wedding date before they are officially engaged, but that’s exactly what we did. Thereafter, we followed a more traditional approach to wedding planning, using a checklist to help us stay on track. Homemade invitations and centerpieces helped establish a garden feel that matched our venue, the Berwood Hill Inn.