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Volume 2 | No. 1 From the creators of 605 Magazine

Fall 2013


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REAL WEDDINGS

Editor’s Letter

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Claire & Joe

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Q&A

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Lisa & Aaron

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Get to Know

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Alison & Ware

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Giveaway

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Amanda & Kent

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Food & Drink

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Laura & Tim

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Honeymoon Diaries

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Happily Married


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FEATURES + INSPIRATION

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Fall Deep In Love

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Ring 101: The Four Cs

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A Shore Thing

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Brides’ Real Advice

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Boho Black Hills

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Honeymoon Destinations

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Online Resources

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Vendor Guide

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Editor’s Letter

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Friends! Autumn days (my absolute favorite) are here again and we are so excited to release another chapter in our lives with Volume 2 | Issue 1. This marks the SECOND year of Dainty Obsessions, and we can’t believe how fast the past year flew. We’ve quickly grown from concept to creation in no time. This is undoubtedly due to the vast amounts of Midwest professionals who have contributed their talent and time, the awe-inspiring quality of resources in the region, and the overwhelming support and loyalty of readers just like you. This issue is graced with so much beautiful imagery of love and creativity captured by some of the region’s best. We’ve got Real Weddings that range from sophisticated ranch soirees to a glamorous couple in a train station, to summer camp sweethearts. Our honeymoon expert, Tracy Kirby, takes us to the exotic destinations of the Dominican and the French Riviera. Our styled shoots this issue encountered some interesting incidents from hundreds of buffalo crashing the party of our Boho shoot to finally completing a beach-side styled shoot a few months in the making (our first attempt was devastated due to an ice storm in April…the joys of Midwest weather)! With this issue, we capture the pleasure and excitement of starting a new beginning while remembering the simple beauty of the place where it all began. We hope you enjoy our fall issue as much as we enjoyed creating it. XoXo,

valerie sampson managing editor

DaintyObsessions.com BTS film: Check out the film from our Fall Deep in Love styled shoot by Jason R. Jonas Videography.

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Real Wedding: A Custer State Park outdoor wedding affair with Andrew + Tremaine.

BTS film: AJ Production Co. capturing our cover shoot at Lake Alvin, SD.

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Editor Portrait: Jeff Sampson Photography

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From the creators of 605 Magazine, Dainty Obsessions is printed quarterly by The Mighty Bowtones, LLC in Sioux Falls, S.D. ©2013 Dainty Obsessions. All rights reserved. Content in this magazine should not be copied in any way without written permission from the publisher. Dainty Obsessions assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs. Materials will be returned only if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Content in articles, editorial material and advertisements are not necessarily endorsed by Dainty Obsessions. Cover Wedding Dress: Alan Evans SUBSCRIBE OR PURCHASE HARD COPY HERE!

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The sweet and talented Jessica of Jessica Simons Photography in action with gorgeous models Amanda

Team Stunning: Divine Zheng, Jessica Albers and Katherine Kirby modeling BHLDN dresses for our Fall

and Cory Williams for the Black Hills Boho Styled Shoot.

Deep in Love shoot.

Behind the scenes of our cover shoot- A pile of mess that soon become our pretty lakeside table.

Jeff of Jeff Sampson Photography capturing our stunning cover model, Kelly Kirby.

The Dainty office enjoying a “Friday Fun Day” and celebrating our art director Kerry’s birthday at the gun range.

Kerry and intern Kinsey practicing how to tie bowties one afternoon. It’s a lot harder than it looks!


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ing pay for the wedding) have given me a ridiculously long guest list. How do I tactfully tell them we don’t want to invite all these people? A : This can be tricky, but try sitting

down with them and explaining that your venue capacity is limited and that each family needs to be given the same amount of invites for guests so that everyone is comfortable. Thank them for their financial commitment, but make sure they know where you stand. Q : A close friend, who is a

talented graphic designer, has volunteered to design my invites. She thinks her design is amazing, but I hate it. How do I let her know without hurting her feelings? A : Thank your friend for her talents

and let her know that you think her designs are great but that your vision for your big day is a little different. Be

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sure to provide examples of what your vision is so she knows exactly what you’re thinking and to eliminate any guesswork. Q : Do I have to wear a white

or ivory wedding gown? Can I break tradition and wear what I want? A : Break tradition….adding color to

your dress or wearing a colored gown is totally acceptable nowadays. Most people will admire your bold fashion choice, but remember to keep it classy as it is still your wedding day! Q : My wedding party doesn’t

seem to know what they are supposed to be doing. How do I let my bridesmaids and personal attendants know what their roles and duties are without sounding like a bridezilla? A : A timeline or a cute card that

lists all the times and events with

addresses and phone numbers is a great way to keep people on track for the wedding weekend. Having something that people can physically look at will cut down on them asking you a million questions or not knowing what is expected of them. Be sure to send an electronic version to them as well because many people use smart phones and can pull up the timeline that way. Q : When should I send out

save the dates and invites? A : The general rule of thumb for save

the dates is at least six months in advance, especially if it’s a destination location or over a major holiday weekend. This gives people enough time to look into travel plans and get time off work. Invitations should be in the mail eight weeks prior to when you want RSVPs back.

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ICON LOUNGE & EVENTS, SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC YERKE PHOTOGRAPHY STYLING BY DAINTY OBSESSIONS Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise that fall is the sweetheart of weddings. With it comes deep, rich colors with an ever-changing palette and texture aplenty, making wedding planning a feast with inspiration. Here are a few of our favorite things.

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BHLDN Aiguille Gown | $1200 Dewed Vines Hairpin | $140 Opposite page: The Flower Mill: Kale, Hydrangea, Ranunculus, Foxtail, Coleus

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BHLDN Ribboned Silk Gown | $1600 Sakura Halo | $200

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BHLDN Flamenca Gown | $600 Nicobar Hairpin | $80

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Credits ^^^ Event Styling: DAINTY OBSESSIONS Models: DIVINE ZHENG, KATHERINE KIRBY AND JESSICA ALBERS Dress & Hair Accessories: BHLDN Hair & Makeup: LACEY MAE HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST Jewelry: BECHTOLD’S JEWELERS Floral: THE FLOWER MILL Cake: SUGAR’S BAKED GOODS & SWEET TREATS Stationery Suite: SPARK LETTERPRESS Vintage Finds: LOST MARBLES ANTIQUES Mannequin Beads: HOBBY LOBBY Venue : ICON LOUNGE & EVENTS Cinematography: JASON R. JONAS VIDEOGRAPHY Photography: ERIC YERKE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Royal Limousine Celebrating 30 years of limousine service, Royal Limo’s professional chauffeurs add that elegant touch to your wedding day or special event. Offering red carpet service, complimentary champagne and a royal treatment experience that is unmatched, owner Steve Haddorff describes why they are experts in their field.

In 1983, a friend asked me if I wanted to start a limousine business, so we started a partnership and bought one limousine.  After five years, he sold his share to another fellow and five years later that man sold his half to a lady.  The last 15 years I have owned the corporation entirely and have grown from that one limousine to 20 limousines and buses. What sets you and your company apart?  Royal Limousine has been providing luxury limousine service for 30 years. We have chauffeurs with 20 and 30 years of service. Our chauffeurs have extensive training for many different situations. They are trained as drivers, photographers, bartenders, counselors, auto technicians, concierge duties, “adult”sitting and tour directors. Every order is different, but we provide our red carpet service, soft drinks and water with each job. We pride ourselves on being able to customize

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each request for a customer’s specific event. We have also belonged to the National Limousine Association for 25 years, having to meet their excellence. What are some trends you are noticing? The current trends are for larger parties. Ten years ago people preferred the 10 passenger limousine. Now the limousine coaches are more popular with sizes from 14 to 30 passengers. Each group would like to take all their friends along so no one is left out. What advice would you give to engaged couples? For newly engaged couples, the best advice is to reserve your limousine as early as possible. We have reservations one to two years in advance. That will guarantee having the correct limousine and number of hours wanted for the special day.

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DO get to know What services do you offer? We have provided our luxurious limousines for nearly every type of occasion; from weddings, birthdays and anniversaries to weekend road trips. We list 25 different types of occasions for what a limousine can be used for, and we are always open to new ideas. A popular trend now is wine tours to the local wineries. What are some features of your vehicles that wedding parties seem to love/want? We specialize in providing limousine coaches for the wedding day. The limousine coaches or buses have a limousine interior on a mini bus body. Our limo coaches are professionally built by nationally accredited limousine builders. The advantage to a limo coach is that the bride and bridesmaids can walk in standing up and select a seat rather than sliding down the long bench seat inside a shorter vehicle. We do have 6-14 passenger stretch cars and an SUV for those that prefer that style. What is the process for a bride and groom to work with you? A bride needs to determine how many bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers and friends they would like to ride in the limo on their wedding day. They need to determine how many hours they will need the vehicle and at what times throughout the day. The bride and groom can customize any plan for their day, such as: taking the ladies for their hair appointments in the morning, taking the fellows golfing, providing pre-wedding rides to the church for grandparents, aunt and uncles, out of town guests and the bridesmaids and groomsmen, scheduling their post- reception needs (most importantly), planning transportation for postreception needs for the bridal party and other guests who may not be able to drive.

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Claire & Joe YMCA CAMP WARREN, EVELETH, MINNESOTA PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT LIEN PHOTOGRAPHY

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Our story starts at YMCA Camp Warren, where we both spent almost every summer of our childhood. Camp Warren is a single-gender camp, so we didn’t actually meet until we were both on staff. I had just finished my senior year of high school and was preparing to head off to college at American University in Washington, D.C. I was thrilled to find out that one of the male staff members had just finished his freshman year there and would be a sophomore in the fall. This, of course, was Joe! We spent the summer getting to know each other and the next eight years in love in the city we came to call home- D.C.


“Our wedding was very much a collaborative effort! My ladies and I made bunting, Joe’s brother-in-law made our amazing birch bark chuppah, our friends filled a canoe with beer, and my mother collected plates from garage sales during the year leading up to the wedding.” ^ Claire

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From the moment we got engaged, we knew we would get married at Camp Warren. We have such strong connections to camp and the community that getting married there was the only option we explored. We wanted the camp spirit to shine throughout the wedding. We said our vows at one of our favorite spots on camp and set up a tent on the athletic field. I was truly in awe of the way everything looked that night; the decor, the light and the people who had traveled so far to be with us in our little corner of Minnesota invoked a feeling of pure bliss. We wanted our out-of-town guests to have a true Minnesota experience: everyone spent the weekend canoeing and sailing, we served only Grain Belt beer, we hired most of our vendors from the Iron Range area and my dad even had a chainsaw-carved bear made for the occasion.

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Claire’s Vendor List DRESS: Saja Wedding SHOES: Taryn Rose JEWELRY: Bario Neal BRIDESMAID DRESSES: ModCloth, J. Crew &

Nordstrom GROOMS ATTIRE: J. Crew EVENT COORDINATOR/PLANNER: Lizie Anne

^ Weddings and Proposals TENT: Lefty’s Tent & Party Rental FLOWERS: Eveleth Floral Co. CATERER: YMCA Camp Warren LINENS: AmeriPride CAKE: Sunrise Bakery INVITES: Reese Vaccarezza TRANSPORTATION: Shubat Transportation

VENUE: YMCA; Camp Warren RECEPTION: Fair Hills Resort WEDDING BEAR: I Saw It in Minnesota SIGNAGE: Etsy KETUBAH: Etsy DJ/LIGHTING: Advanced Audio- Visual PHOTOGRAPHY: Matt Lien Photography

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Lisa & Aaron SCOTTLYN YARDS, BLAIR, NEBRASKA PHOTOGRAPHY BY MULLERS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Aaron is an architect and I am an interior designer. We met on the first day of architecture studio. He carried my drawing board, and that was the first day of our forever. We both grew up in small town Nebraska and moved to Chicago to pursue our architecture careers. Even though we have now lived in Chicago for seven plus years, we knew we wanted to be married in the place we still call home, surrounded by our families.


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“I loved seeing both of our dads sit and tie the baker’s twine around the programs – it was definitely a full family affair!” ^ Lisa


We fell in love with an old 1920â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dairy barn for its architectural beauty and because of the fond memories we both have of playing on our grandparentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; farms. It was also important to us to bring a bit of that city glam that we love about Chicago, as well as our love of modern design into the details. Our biggest hurdle was planning a long-distance wedding, finding the vendors from out-of-state and finding time for all of the design that we wanted to incorporate. The DIY was our favorite part! Since we live out of state, we understand that quality family time is priceless. Two days before the wedding, our families got together for one huge craft day. The biggest operation was planting the succulent and moss box centerpieces.

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â&#x20AC;?Nothing can describe how we felt walking up into the barn loft and seeing the long farm-style tables filled with our friends and family from every stage of life.â&#x20AC;? ^ Lisa + Aaron

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Lisa’s Vendor List DRESS: Reem Acra SHOES: Jimmy Choo HEADPIECE: Soutche & Supreme Novelty Fabrics BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Target Bridal, Maggy

London, Pea in the Pod GROOM ATTIRE: Hugo Boss

^ GROOMSMEN: J.Crew HAIR: Rain Salon DAY OF COORDINATOR: Details FLOWERS: Blooms CATERER: Attitude on Food INVITES: Steracle Press

OFFICIANT: John Ludvik QUARTET: Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra VENUE: Scottlyn Yards DJ: Groove Tour DJ’s CINEMATOGRAPHY: Day Grows Fonder PHOTOGRAPHY: The Mullers Photography

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Selecting an engagement ring is the first choice that ignites a host of wedding decisions to follow. Choosing an engagement ring should be a fun, memorable experience—not one that makes you feel overwhelmed and intimidated. With a little pre-shopping research and planning, you will be able to find an engagement ring that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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Clarity: Clarity refers to the purity of the diamond. Some diamonds can be internally flawless with a minor blemish on the surface of the stone. Other stones can have inclusions, meaning flaws within the stone, which can range from very small to eye-visible. There is nothing wrong with a blemish or an inclusion in a diamond. In fact, they can help you identify your diamond. Color: Diamonds can range from completely colorless to light yellow. It is often believed that a colorless diamond is the most beautiful, but a near-white diamond is actually easier for our eyes to look at. Carat: A diamond’s weight is measured in carats. The larger the carat weight, the more rare and the more expensive a diamond is. Cut: Cut is the most important of the “Four Cs” because it is what really determines a diamond’s beauty. Cut refers to the proportions of a diamond. If a diamond is cut well, its angles refract light, providing ultimate brilliance.


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There is something so incredibly romantic about a pastel color palette. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soft, ethereal and pretty much perfect for an outdoor wedding, which makes this watercolor inspiration designed by Emily Hagen of RSVP Event Planning + Style along with floral by Meredith & Bridgetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and photography by Jeff Sampson Photography all the more relevant on the shore of Lake Alvin, SD.


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Coupling the softest shades of watery peach and pink with calming and tranquil bursts of aqua and orange â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all were placed against the calming tides of where water meets sand and lush rolling hills of the state park. Our stunning model bride was adorned in a custom Alan Evans gown and donned loose waves with a side braid created by Ashley Fischer of Belle Touche Salon & Spa. Our handsome model groom sported a casual and laid back ensemble from the always-so-sophisticated Banana Republic.

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Heavily inspired by the delicate beauty of water color paintings, both Alyssa McDowell of Hyacinth Mine and Kari Popham of Sugarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Baked Goods & Sweet Treats created simple, yet statement pieces of art. Alyssa, using her design talents, fashioned a stationery suite that complimented the soft expression of the shoot, while Kari molded a hand-dyed ombre confection worth gawking about. Flattering our color palette with a rustic beach temperament, stood our World Market table and Ideal Wedding Center chairs. These elements allowed the pastel table settings and gorgeous floral to really pop.


Credits ^^^ Styling: RSVP EVENT PLANNING + STYLE Models: KELLY KIRBY + COLIN KOTH Dress: ALAN EVANS BRIDAL Groom’s Attire: BANANA REPUBLIC Hair & Makeup: ASHLEY FISCHER; BELLE TOUCHE SALON & SPA Jewelry: RIDDLE’S JEWELRY Floral: MEREDITH & BRIDGET’S FLOWER SHOP Cake: SUGAR’S BAKED GOODS & SWEET TREATS Stationery Suite: HYACINTH MINE Chairs: IDEAL WEDDING & EVENTS Table: WORLD MARKET Location: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE PARK-LAKE ALVIN Cinematography: AJ PRODUCTION CO. Photography: JEFF SAMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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Alison & Ware PRIVATE RANCH, MORAN, WYOMING PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARRIE PATTERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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Ware and I met in the summer of 2011 when we were set up by some friends on a blind date. While Ware was pretty interested right away, I really wasn’t. Fortunately we made plans for a second date, and when he walked into the restaurant the second time I was smitten! Love at second sight, I suppose. We were pretty inseparable from that point on and got engaged eight months later and married six months after that.


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We wanted to get married outdoors in a beautiful space surrounded by nature. Naturally, this lead to my godfather’s ranch in Moran, WY – just north of Jackson and not far from Yellowstone National Park. We wanted the décor to be something rustic and romantic, yet to allow the natural beauty to take precedence. Adding some personal touches was a must; the ring pillows were stitched by my mother and Ware’s best friend, who is an amazing artist, designed a “brand” for us incorporating our initials. We used it for all kinds of things from the welcome tote bags to the coasters and cocktail napkins. We named the tables after places that were special to us: our hometowns, where we went to college and the places we had traveled and lived together.

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Our beloved yellow lab, Birdie, accompanied Ware down the alter. The cakes were really special to us. The wedding cake was a traditional tiered cake with handmade bluebonnets and dogwoods incorporated to represent each of us and our home states. The groom’s cake was a tribute to Ware’s marine adventures. He worked on boats for a few years and circumnavigated South America, including sailing to Antarctica. Monica designed representations of boats, surf boards and other things that have been meaningful to Ware through the years. She even surprised us with a ring in a treasure box, a reference to Ware’s proposal which took place out in the middle of the ocean while we were swimming in Barbados.  It was the perfect weekend in every way, and we feel so lucky we were able to celebrate it with those we love in one of the most beautiful places in world! 66

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Alison’s Vendor List DRESS: Liancarlo SHOES: Oscar de la Renta JEWELRY: Nadri for Nordstrom BRIDESMAID DRESSES: J.Crew GROOM ATTIRE: Jos A Bank & Brooks Brothers FLOWERGIRLS DRESSES: Custom designs by

Kathy’s Loving Stitches RING BEARERS ATTIRE: Custom designs by

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Kelleher, In Any Event RENTALS: Canvas Unlimited FLOWERS: Lily and Company CATERER: Maho Catering CAKE: Jackson Cake Co.

CALLIGRAPHER: Boo Owens, Custom Calligraphy OFFICIANT: The Rev. Henry H. Edens, III BAND: Big Blast and the Party Masters DJ/LIGHTING: Hughes Production CINEMATOGRAPHY: Randi Jacobsen, Moonstone

Pictures PHOTOGRAPHY: Carrie Patterson Photography

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Fargo Historic Downtown 701.364.9225 IOWA Des Moines Jordan Creek Mall 515.222.4910 Des Moines Valley West Mall 515.457.2906

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Amanda’s inspiration

Amanda & Kent SOUTH 40 EVENTS, LINCOLN, NORTH DAKOTA PHOTOGRAPHY BY GLASSER IMAGES

From the bride...

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I met Kent one summer night at a little cheesecake shop downtown. Our mutual friends fell into conversation, and so naturally we found our own topics. As we were leaving, the friend I came with turned to me and said, “Amanda, you’re going to marry that guy.” I laughed and didn’t think I would see him again, but a few weeks later he walked into the coffee shop I worked at….


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We wanted bright colors and settled on mixes of yellows and other floral and citrus tones. Yes, the groomsmen were gracious and wore the coral pink ties proudly. It wasn’t until we saw a rustic barn on the outskirts of town that we feel like we “found the venue.” The rest of the decorations and country charm theme fell into place after that. Kent and I wanted our ceremony to be very meaningful, which is why we included a Finnish rug tradition as well as a foot washing ceremony. My family is a big lover of the arts, and so it was a treat to be able to make all sorts of projects and decorations. My mother and sisters helped to add some special touches with things like a piñata for the kids and fun signs on the way out to reception.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I loved his zany sense of humor and his interesting stories. We talked about spiritual things, art, family and everything under the sun.â&#x20AC;? ^ Amanda on her groom, Kent

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Amanda’s Vendor List DRESS: Vera Wang; David’s Bridal SHOES: American Eagle JEWELRY: Herberger’s BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David’s Bridal BRIDESMAID SHOES: American Eagle GROOM ATTIRE: Mark Anthony suits by Kohls

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CHURCH: Charity Lutheran Church OFFICIANT: Pastor Terry Kern VENUE: the South 40 DJ/LIGHTING: Silver Nights DJ CINEMATOGRAPHY: Shane Reetz PHOTOGRAPHY: Glasser Images

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Morgan Baker

Jaime Vollertsen 

“Enjoy the process. Soak it up. Personalize your wedding by adding elements of you, your fiancé and your relationship to make your wedding unique and special.”

“If you’re a daddy’s girl, I would totally suggest a first look with not only your groom-to-be, but with your dad as well. It’s such a special moment, and after all, he was your first love.”

Hannah Power

Chelsea Koch

“Don’t worry about what’s expected or what others are wanting your wedding to be. It’s your day. Make it personal, make it special, make it you.”

“Choose things for your wedding based on value, not the price.”

Photos Top L to R: Rachel Ebel Photography (Image 1); Studio LB (Image 2); Autumn Wilson Photography (Image 3); Finished Vision Photography (Image 4).

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Black Hills free-spirited contemporary t r e n d y unconventional wild&offbeat wandering lovers b o h e m i a n Custer State Park Game Lodge, Custer, South Dakota Photography: Jessica Simons Photography

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Buffalo roamed the roads and fields as we headed to natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playground for our boho-themed styled shoot: Custer State Park in the luscious Black Hills in western South Dakota. Fitting for the second largest state park in America, it created the perfect backdrop for our casual and free vibe for our faux bride and groom. Along with bohemian being a main inspiration for this shoot, feathers played a lot into the design from the gorgeous statement necklace by Mamazoo our bride adorned to the groomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boutonniere to the stationery by Hi My Name is Holly to the place settings for the sweetheart table.

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Moroccan lanterns from World Market hung from a tree above the ombre confection by Piece of Cake. 


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For hair and makeup, Stormy Lermeny from AJ’s Wicked Salon & Spa created laid-back, loose braids wrapped into her head piece by Three Bird Nest, while keeping a light smoky eye to add drama but show off our bride’s natural beauty. Flowers by LeRoy arranged a vibrant display of flowers (snap dragons, peonies, freesia, thistle, wax flower, and yarrow) that overflowed the table and followed into the bride’s bouquet.  

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DO giveaway

Giveaway We are giving away a Giselle bridal veil from The French Door. One lucky bride will win one of the most popular veils for all gown designs.

what you win: A single layer finger veil with edging of seed pearls and Swarovski crystals

how to enter: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Likeâ&#x20AC;? Dainty Obsessions and The French Door on Facebook, then e-mail us at: giveaway@daintyobsessions.com with your name, wedding date and contact information for your chance to win!

the details: Redeem by November 30, 2014

The French Door

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Laura’s inspiration

Laura & Tim PRIVATE FARM, ELK POINT, SOUTH DAKOTA PHOTOGRAPHY BY STUDIO BLU PHOTOGRAPHY

From the bride...

Tim and I met while starting my job at Rug & Relic. I was invited to a private afterhours evening of music at the gallery, where I saw him perform for the first time. Art and music have always been a huge part of our individual lives. Being together has brought an understanding and appreciation for each other’s passions, projects and interests. Tim and I have made some of our most treasured memories during simple evenings surrounded by the people we love; laughing, talking and listening to the music that friends create together.  Most of the time, these memories took place in the backyards or living rooms of our friends. We chose to have the wedding at a friend’s farm as a way to pay homage to the simple pleasures that we hold so dear.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Underlayment of my dress was made from polished cotton that I bought at a bazaar in Turkey and the overlay was made from 75 doilies collected from friends and family in the months before the wedding.â&#x20AC;? ^ Laura


Our hope was that our wedding would invoke those same feelings of closeness and friendship that we have come to treasure with our friends and family. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend any time at all looking at sites like Pinterest, in the hope that I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get lost worrying about details. I found that leaving so many little things unplanned left room for friends to suggest ideas and to help execute tasks such as decorating. I wanted things to be simple so that people would feel like they could relax, feel at home and dance!

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Laura’s Vendor List DRESS: Custom made by Missy McCollar JEWELRY: Pearl Earrings;Sticks and Steel BRIDESMAID DRESSES: ModCloth BRIDESMAID JEWELRY: Etsy

^ GROOM ATTIRE: Banana Republic RENTALS: Carolan Rentals FLOWERS: Jillian’s Flowers VENUE: Private Farm, Elk Point, SD

DJ: Robin McGalliard-Nelson & Fiddler Nelson LIGHTING: SteveB Lighting CINEMATOGRAPHY & PHOTOGRAPHY: Studio

Blu Photography

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Submission Requirements: 1. 50-60 images â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 90 percent details, 10 percent bride and groom/wedding party Photos Must Be: High Resolution Inches: At least 9 by 12 or greater 2. A vendor list 3. A write-up about the details of the wedding and planning 4. Submit to: valerie@daintyobsessions.com

Looking to be a DO advertiser? Content Ideas? We are always looking for fresh ideas for articles, styled shoots, local business openings, the latest in wedding trends, and more. Please e-mail contact@daintyobsessions.com or call 605.274.1999 ext. 4.

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Give your guests something to look forward to after dinner with an “after dinner.” With dancing feet and all the excitement, your calorie burning friends and family will be happy that you thought of more to feast on. Make these options bite-sized to cure those late-night munchies.   PHOTOGRAPHY + STYLING: KATIE LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY CATERING: JOHNNY CARINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 104

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This Page: French Fries Right Page: Sliders: Chicken Parmesan, Meatball and Italian Sausage


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Need a get together with your bridesmaids to chat about wedding details? Opting for a classic signature drink instead of an open bar? Try some of these irresistible beverages to brighten the affair.

PHOTOGRAPHY + STYLING: KATIE LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY DRINKS: JOHNNY CARINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Peach Bellini  Frozen peach nectar White wine Champagne Rum Swirled with Sangria Garnished with Chianti soaked peach

Italian Margarita Tequila Triple sec Sweet & sour Amaretto Lime juice Garnished with lime and salted rim

Pomegranate Granita Cointreau Rum Pomegranate syrup Blend with Italian Ice Garnished with Orange and sugar rim


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Honeymoon Destinations

s Tropical by Tracy Kirby

With so many wedding details to check off your endless to-do list, strategizing the perfect honeymoon can sometimes take a backseat to dress fittings, tastings, venue visits, vow-writing, etc. But, fret not! We can help you find a location and tailor it to your every desire. Here, we feature two alluring destinations that will surely wipe away any wedding planning detail-induced stress and leave you and your spouse refreshed, relaxed, and maybe even a little sunkissed.

FRENCH RIVIERA

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The mere mention of the French Riviera summons notions of glamour, romance and idyllic fancy. And for good reason! The region, known as the Côte d’Azur, stretches down the southern French coastline all the way to the sovereign city-state of Monaco and boasts of dazzling towns and luscious beaches that melt into the flawless blue Mediterranean Sea.

Resting like a fine jewel in the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican Republic is a utopia for honeymooners seeking relaxation, tropical paradise, romance and culture. Colonial structures with cobblestone streets and whitewashed buildings provide a glimpse into the country’s fascinating past while its sandy beaches and diverse geography beckon you to serenity.

Why Honeymooners Flock Here: Pretty much since the beginning of honeymoons as we know it, the French Riviera has been a bull’seye for ring-wearing lovers. With beaches galore, intoxicating scenery, unforgettable restaurants and grand, scenic, celebrity-worthy towns such as Saint Tropez, Cannes, Nice, Antibes, and the fairy-tale village of Eze; there is not much left to be wanted for romance-seeking newlyweds.

Why Honeymooners Flock Here: With no shortage of pristine beaches, all-inclusive resorts, opportunities for exploration and the thrill of leaving the United States without the pain of traveling too far, the Dominican Republic attracts honeymooners like a moth to a flame. Romance abounds in its secluded, tranquil coastline and accommodations while those seeking a more active, adventurous experience can discover the bustling nightlife, water sports and more.

What to Do: Take a train up and down the coast exploring the coast and its renowned cities, bask in the endless lazy sun, people watch from a beachside cafe, dine at gourmet French restaurants, and take countless photos as this is a vacation you definitely want to brag about when you get home!

Where to Go/Stay: Kristina Wolfe, branch manager at Travel Leaders Sioux Falls and also an expert in Dominican Republic travel,

recommends staying at her favorite resort: Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana. This adults only, all-inclusive resort has unlimited luxuries. From delicious gourmet restaurants, a world-class spa, white sandy beaches to 24-hour room service, this is your one-stop shop for all things honeymoon. What to Do: The beauty of traveling to the Dominican Republic is you can either do everything (swim, snorkel, dive, dance, boat, explore, hike, tour, etc.) or you can do nothing at all (sit by the pool or beach sipping on a pina colada or snuggle up in your room and order ungodly amounts of room service). This magical island has it all!

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Sampson.

Where to Go/Stay: With countless alluring options for accommodations, we tracked down Mary Jo Nelson at Travel Partners Sioux Falls for her French

Riviera expertise. “I highly suggest staying in Monte Carlo at the Le Meridien Beach Plaza,” Mary Jo said. “The hotel is in walking distance to many attractions, has a private beach (the only one in Monte Carlo) and the area has a great night life with casinos and more; perfect for honeymooners!”


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Kaylee + John Koch The honeymoon: Paradise Valley and Big Sky, Montana MARRIED: JULY 20, 2012

Photos: Courtesy of Kaylee Koch.

Montana offers honeymoon options for every couple and budget with luxury lodging to rustic camping and everything in between. From breathtaking mountains to natural hot springs to charming little towns, Big Sky, MT offers natural beauty that’s perfect for the outdoor enthusiast: Adventurous, relaxing and romantic.    Beginning their four-day adventure, Kaylee and John headed to Pray Mountain in Paradise Valley eager to take in the beautiful rolling hills in the heart of Yellowstone River. “We relaxed in the hot springs of our resort, Chico Hot Springs, which was exactly what we needed after a long drive,” Kaylee described.   With Montana offering an abundance of outdoor excursions- from white water rafting to fishing to hiking to horseback riding to boating, just to name a few. Starting off day two of their adventure, Kaylee and John hired a guide who taught them how to flyfish. “We spent five hours floating down a breathtaking scenery of mountains along the river. We caught almost 15 fish-- trout, whitefish and a cut-throat. This was the best day! It was something we had never done before. It was both relaxing and exhilarating,” Kaylee said.

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Day three, the honeymooners drove into Big Sky where they stayed in their “Cowboy Cabin” at the Moonlight Basin Resort situated at the very peak of the mountains. “The cabin and resort were perfect! We were secluded and the scenery was majestic. The resort offered a fivestar restaurant, amazing wildlife where we saw moose and bears in the wild and a relaxing pool and spa,” Kaylee described.     One evening Kaylee and John went into Big Sky Village where they enjoyed great local food and beer. “Big Sky itself is just the coolest village with the hippest bars, shops and restaurants. There was a live music festival one night, which was one of our favorite nights! The music was great mountain music, the people were so friendly and you could bring in your own drinks! We grabbed some beer and wine from the local market and laid on the blanket enjoying the tunes,” Kaylee recounted.

“MUST” LIST: • Cowboy Cabin at the Moonlight Basin

• Fly-Fishing • Horseback riding the trails

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greylikesweddings.com A compilation of stylishly-handsome finds for voracious lovers of the good and pretty.

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bridal boutiques

Hobby Lobby National www.hobbylobby.com

Alan Evans Bridal Sioux Falls, SD, Moorehead, MN & Fargo, ND 605.275.6002 www.alanevansbridal.com

Ideal Wedding & Events Sioux Falls, SD 605.362.0223 www.idealweddingandevents.com

BHLDN National 888.94.BHLDN www.bhldn.com

Sugar’s Baked Goods & Sweet Treats Sioux Falls, SD 605.521.1631 www.sugarsbakedgoods.com

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World Market Sioux Falls, SD 605.323.1500 www.worldmarket.com

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cakes/desserts Piece of Cake Bakery Rapid City, SD 605.393.8234 www.pieceofcakesd.com

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retail AmaVo Boutique Sioux Falls, SD 605.274.8674 www.amavoboutique.com

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dj/entertainment + lighting & sound design DJ Jer Events & Lighting Design Sioux Falls, SD 605.360.1102 www.djjer.com

AJ’s Wicked Salon & Spa Rapid City, SD 605.791.5898 www.ajswickedsalonandspa.com

event styling/ coordinating

Belle Touche Salon & Spa Sioux Falls, SD 605.275.6200 www.belletouche.com Eclips Salon & Spa Sioux Falls, SD 605.274.2526 www.eclipssalonandsuites.com Grand Falls Casino Resort & Spa Larchwood, IA 712.777.7777 www.grandfallscasinoresort.com Lacey Mae Hair & Makeup Artist Sioux Falls, SD 612.720.5641 www.laceymaemakeup.com

RSVP Event Planning & Style Sioux Falls, SD 605.376.7186 www.sdrsvp.com

cinematography

Nerium International National 605.366.7642 | 605.351.9989 southdakotagail.arealbreakthrough. com www.celiagirl.arealbreakthrough. com

Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling Grand Forks, ND 701.317.3255 www.sadiesfloralnd.com

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hair/beauty ADAE Salon Fargo, ND 701.356.5505 www.adaesalon.com

Johnny + Dottie Southern Minnesota & surrounding areas 507.829.1422 www.johnnyanddottie.com

AJ Production Co. Sioux Falls, SD 605.354.0364 www.ajproductionco.com

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Gala by Megan Sioux Falls, SD 605.988.7465 www.galabymegan.com

Johnny Carino’s Sioux Falls, SD & Fargo, ND 605-361-7222 701-282-2922 www.carinos.com

Jason R. Jonas Videography Sioux Falls, SD 605.595.7751 www.jasonrjonas.com

Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling Grand Forks, ND 701.317.3255 www.sadiesfloralnd.com

Accents Event Planning & Rental Sioux Falls, SD 605.357.9558 www.accentsepr.com

Icon Lounge & Events Sioux Falls, SD 605.444.4260 www.iconsiouxfalls.com

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Meredith & Bridget’s Flower Shop Sioux Falls, SD 605.271.5500 www.mbpflowers.com

Lost Marbles Sioux Falls, SD 605.271.7698 www.facebook.com/pages/Lost-MarblesAntiques

Ruche National www.shopruche.com

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The Flower Mill Sioux Falls, SD 605.274.6080 www.flower-mill.com

Ipso Gallery at Fresh Produce Sioux Falls, SD 605.275.2191 www.pickfresh.com

The French Door Sioux Falls, SD 605.332.8841 www.thefrenchdoorbridal.com

Tres Chic Bridal Grand Forks, ND 218.791.6480 www.treschicbride.com

Flowers by LeRoy Rapid City, SD 605.342.0128 www.flowersbyleroy.us

Sunflower Salon & Spa Brookings, SD 605.692.2315 www.sunflowersalonandspa.com

floral Bloom Sioux Falls, SD 605.251.3500 www.bloomsiouxfalls.com

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hotel/lodging Custer State Park Custer, SD 888.875.0001 www.custerresorts.com


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Grand Falls Casino Resort Larchwood, IA 712.777.7777 www.grandfallscasinoresort.com

Eric Yerke Photography Cedar Rapids, IA 319-241-7653 www.ericyerke.com

Holiday Inn Downtown City Centre Sioux Falls, SD 605.339.2000 www.sfcchotel.com

Finished Vision Photography Sioux Falls, SD 605.838.3634 www.finishedvision.com

Holiday Inn Express & Event Center Brandon, SD 605.582.2901 www.brandon-express.com

Jeff Sampson Photography Sioux Falls, SD 605.610.8577 www.jeffreysampson.com

Terry Peak Chalets Black Hills, SD 605.359.5364 www.terrypeakchalets.com

Jessica Simons Photography Rapid City, SD 605.209.2529 www.js-p.com

The Clubhouse Hotel & Suite Sioux Falls, SD 605.361.8700 www.siouxfalls.clubhouseinn.com

Katie Lewis Photography Fargo, ND 701.893.5782 www.katielewisphotography.com

Custer State Park Custer, SD 888.875.0001 www.custerresorts.com

jewelry

Studio Blu Photography Sioux Falls, SD 605.275.0337 www.studiobluphotography.com

The District Sioux Falls, SD 605.357.7377 www.thedistrictsf.com

registry

Grand Falls Casino Resort Larchwood, IA 712.777.7777 www.grandfallscasinoresort.com

Bechtold’s Jewelers Sioux Falls, SD 605.332.7151 www.bechtoldjewelry.com

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Plum’s Cooking Co. Sioux Falls, SD 888.935.1999 www.plumscooking.com

Three Bird Nest hello@threebirdnest.com www.threebirdnest.com Borsheims Fine Jewelry & Gifts Omaha, NE 800.642.4438 www.borsheims.com

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The District Sioux Falls, SD 605.357.7377 www.thedistrictsf.com

Mamazoo 646.240.0304 www.themamazoo.com Riddle’s Jewelry SD, ND, IA, MN, WY, NE 1.800.741.7609 www.riddlesjewelry.com

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limo/transportation services Royal Limo Sioux Falls, SD 605.332.7952 www.sodakroyallimo.com

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Amy Allen Photography Des Moines, IA 515.447.7938 www.amyallenphoto.com Caiti Jackson Photography Wyoming, SD 307.685.4408 www.caitijackson.com

Banana Republic National www.bananarepublic.gap.com Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothiers Sioux Falls & Rapid City, SD & Fargo, ND 605.361.2619 www.halberstadtsmenswear.com

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venues

The Grand Opera House Dell Rapids, SD 605.367.1132 www.dellrapidsgrandoperahouse. com Holiday Inn Downtown City Centre Sioux Falls, SD 605.339.2000 www.sfcchotel.com

Minerva’s SD & IA 605.334.0386 www.minervas.net

Icon Lounge & Events Sioux Falls, SD 605.444.4260 www.iconsiouxfalls.com

stationery

Spark Letterpress 605.221.5997 www.letterpresslove.com

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Holiday Inn Express & Event Center Brandon, SD 605.582.2901 www.brandon-express.com

Hyacinth Mine alyssa@hyacinthmine.com www.hyacinthmine.com

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Johnny Carino’s Sioux Falls, SD & Fargo, ND 605-361-7222 701-282-2922 www.carinos.com

Hi My Name is Holly Stationery 206.619.7932 www.himynameisholly.com

RJ Ries Valet Dry Cleaning Sioux Falls, SD 605.338.4821 www.rjries.com

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restaurants

Travel Partners Sioux Falls, SD 605.362.6771 www.travelpartners.tv

travel Travel Leaders Sioux Falls, SD 605.335.6968 www.travelleaders.com/brookingssd

Minerva’s SD & IA 605.334.0386 www.minervas.net Museum of Visual Materials Sioux Falls, SD 605.271.9500 www.sfmvm.com Terry Peak Chalets Black Hills, SD 605.359.5364 www.terrypeakchalets.com Washington Pavilion Sioux Falls, SD 605.367.6000 www.washingtonpavilion.org *Bold = Preferred Vendor


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Bruce & Elizabeth Hagen How did the two of you meet?

Elizabeth managed a clothing store in Sioux Center, IA. Bruce used the excuse of wanting to purchase a dress for his mom for Mother’s Day after he saw her picture in the paper announcing the opening of her store.

FEB 24, 1979 AMERICAN REFORMED CHURCH, ORANGE CITY, IA 34 YEARS OF MARRIAGE

Their top 3 things any couple should absolutely know about each other before getting married:

• Faith and how it’s important in their daily life.

• How each person’s parents handle financial matters and how that relates to how they handle their own money.

• Be perfectly honest with your fiancé about your past so there are no surprises later in the marriage.

They say the first year of marriage is the hardest. What was yours like and what got you through it?

We thought our first year was fun. We started dating in May, got engaged in September and married the following February. We each felt we married our best friend and had so much fun together. We also had our first child 13 months into our marriage. What is the most memorable wedding moment?  

For Bruce: Having all his friends and family there.

For Elizabeth: Walking down the hall with my precious dad who was so proud of me. He was beaming! What is the craziest wedding moment?

Elizabeth’s grandpa couldn’t understand why we wanted to leave on a honeymoon and not spend the weekend with all the family that came to the wedding. What’s your biggest advice to current planning couples?

Please get fantastic marriage counseling before the wedding. Talk about family issues that you both bring into the marriage, expectations, faith, finances, etc. Talk about how each of you handle conflicts and your plan for when problems arise in the marriage. Talk to couples who have been married 120

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a long time and ask for their best advice. Realize that you are making a lifetime commitment and are really ready for this. Marriage is not 50/50. It is 100/100. If each person in the marriage puts God first and then one another first, an amazing marriage will result! What makes your marriage successful? 

Our faith that God brought us together and this is His plan. When things get tough (and they have) we know divorce is not an option and we know we are each committed to each other. Forgiveness is an integral part of our marriage.  How do you deal with disagreements?

Even after all these years, this is a work in progress. However, we know when we communicate quickly about what is on our mind that’s when we can handle things much easier. It’s when we don’t communicate in a timely manner that issues become bigger problems. How did having children affect your marriage?

We had four children in the first five years of our marriage, so those years are a bit of a blur! But, our children brought so much joy that we had our fifth child seven years later. With children you do have less time for your spouse, which is why it’s imperative to have date night once a week to stay connected. With kids, your social life changes as it revolves around the children - church, sports, school activities, etc. We both feel having children enhanced our life and now with our first grandchild, Addilynn, the joys keeps coming.

Photos: Courtesy of Elizabeth Hagen.

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Meet love birds Bruce and Elizabeth Hagen. Celebrating 34 years of bliss, Elizabeth and Bruce share great advice on happily creating and maintaining a successful marriage.


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