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D I S P L A Y U N T I L F E B R U A R Y 2 8 TH

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2014 Winter CONTENTS 76 20

44 FEATURES

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Editor’s Letter

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Honeymoon Destinations

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Q&A

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Honeymoon Diaries

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Get to Know

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Newlyweds at Home

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Proposal Stories

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Vendor Guide

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Giveaway

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Brides’ Real Advice

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Food & Drink


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98 INSPIRATION

REAL WEDDINGS

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Hand-Stamped Details

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Emma & Alex

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Color Inspiration Boards

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Lisa & Shay

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Whimsical Winter Affair

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Sally & Josh

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Molly & Beck

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Nicole & Tom

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Editor Portrait: Jeff Sampson Photography

Editor’s Letter

There is nothing quite like winter in the Midwest. Interpret that how you want. Call me crazy (or 10 years old), but I love blizzards and snow days. To me, winter is all about celebrating the holidays, happily hibernating during the short days, taking that extra minute for reflection, contemplation, recharging, refocusing, planning, planning and more planning—all with a cold cocktail in hand and fuzzy slippers on my feet, of course. I find there’s no coincidence that this magical time of year happens to be when the greatest amount of engagements take place. The season seems to bring out the love in people. With this issue, we introduce to you a couple of new editorials that we are especially delighted about. First up: Dainty Living. Beyond having a styled-to-perfection wedding comes having your home (and everything in it) feel curated and styled to perfection as well. Here you’ll find everything: home tours, food and drink recipes, hosting ideas, baby nurseries, décor, DIY projects, and more. Second: Newlyweds at Home. We all know there is life after your wedding. In fact, there’s so much more to life after your wedding. This editorial takes us into the real lives of Dainty newlyweds to see and hear first-hand how marital bliss is treating them. As always, we thank you for grabbing a copy of Dainty Obsessions. We are grateful for your readership, and our hearts are full knowing we have the most style-savvy and loyal readers in the Midwest! To another fruitful and happy year,

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Hand-stamped DIY inspiration from Confetti Creative Co.

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Hear what recently married brides had to say about their wedding and how they would do things differently.

Go into the home of newlyweds, Kaylee, John and baby Ivy to hear how married life is going.

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PUBLISHER

The Mighty Bowtones, LLC MANAGING EDITOR

Valerie Sampson ART DIRECTOR

Kerry McDonald SALES MANAGER

Angela Berry COVER PHOTOGRAPHY

Laura Ivanova Photography CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

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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. ©2015 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 Cover Photography: Laura SUBSCRIBE OR PURCHASE HARD COPY HERE!

Ivanova Photography | Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham, Eden; L’Atelier Couture | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Watters Empress, Donna Morgan Rachel, After Six, Dessy | Hair & Makeup: Justine Sierakowski | Flowers: Camrose Hill Farm

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Mid shoot with Jessica Simons Photography. Contemplating the prettiest way to capture our Black Hills, rustic infused styled shoot topped with hanging marshmallows.

The Dainty office loves bonding over food! The month of October, we enjoyed a weekly get together of crock pot favorites for office lunch. Comfort food at its best!

The Dainty ladies spent a rejuvenating weekend in Las Vegas attending a wedding show for inspiration and celebrating the launch of volume III. We had a blast! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas... or it can be found somewhere on social media.

Our adorable sales manager, Angie, representing emogis for halloween.

You know you spend a lot of time together when all the ladies of Dainty accidentally coordinate outfits. White tops and jeans day.

Even the Daintiest of offices have surprise Nerf gun shootouts. Enjoying a midafternoon pick-me-up.


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Contact Info

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Etiquette E MI LY HAG E N OF RSVP E VE N T PL AN N I NG + ST YL E

Q : Should I do a seating plan or not? I don’t want to, but my partner and his family do. I just don’t see the need. A : Having a seating plan is nice for wed-

dings that are more formal and have a lot of guests from different areas of your lives (i.e. work friends, college roommates, high school friends, distant family etc.) as it allows you to group people together that might not know very many other guests and seat them with others they are familiar with. However, it has definitely been a growing trend to have an open seating plan (which is okay), but maybe as a compromise to your partner and his family have a few reserved tables for immediate family and special guests that feel more comfortable sitting with people they know. Q : Is it classy or trashy to invite different guests to different parts of our wedding day? For example: Just the dinner and dance, or just the dance? A : I’m not a huge fan of inviting guests

to different parts of the wedding as it can make people feel slighted and resentful like they are not “good enough” to be invited to the whole thing. However, if you are very, very clear that your venue can only seat so many people for dinner so due to the large size of your family there isn’t space, but you’d like to open up the dance

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to more people later on, then that would be okay. But again, make sure you are communicating this to everyone.

with a personal message of congratulations always goes a long way.

Q : I just received an invite to a wedding from a gal that I have met in a professional setting just a handful of times. I feel obligated to attend because of professional reasons, but I personally don’t know this girl. What should I do?

Q : One of my best friends asked me to be a bridesmaid and stand up with her, however I don’t really support their decision to marry. I want to support my friend, but I don’t think they make a great couple. Should I say anything, or just support my friend and her decision?

A : The invitation was obviously a kind

A : It’s always an honor when you’re asked

gesture, but if you feel uncomfortable attending just decline with grace and continue to interact with her more on a professional level. Who knows, maybe that relationship will grow into friendship in the future! Q : What’s an appropriate dollar amount to spend on a wedding gift? A : This can be tricky as everyone

attending a wedding is on different financial levels. It’s usually a good rule of thumb to consider how well you know the couple, your own finances, and if you’re going to be spending a lot of money on travel and lodging to get to their wedding. Another thing to consider is whether or not you’ve been invited to showers and/or engagement parties where you have gifted them previously. At the end of the day you have to feel comfortable with what you are spending and, in my opinion, a nice card

to be in the bridal party, and the true role of being a part of your friend’s day is to support her and her decision. But before you put your relationship in jeopardy, think about why you really don’t support her decision to marry this person. Is her partner abusive in any way or do they have a lifestyle that is truly bringing her down? Or do you just dislike his political views and taste in music? How deep-rooted is this dislike on your end? Part of the beauty of being adults is that we all get to make our own decisions based on how we feel, and if your friend wants to marry that person, all you can do is love and support her. But keep in mind that you also have to be true to how you feel. If you think it will cause more strife to hear about every detail and help with her day, then sit her down and have an honest conversation with her. Hopefully she will respect your decision.

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Do-It-Yourself

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GOOD TO KNOW... One of the beauties of stamping is that each piece is done by hand. You should expect results accordingly. While producing a larger quantity of hand-stamped items, the best advice is to begin your project early. Stamping important items such as invitations where consistency is key, make sure to practice and have extra card stock on hand.

I F YO U H AV E A V I B R A N T W E D D I N G C O L O R PA L E T T E , A FUN TECHNIQUE IS U S I N G M U LT I P L E I N K S T O C R E AT E A N O M B R É E F F EC T, A S S E E N H E R E IN THE MELON AND PINK I N V I TAT I O N S U I T E .


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Color I n spi r at ion B oar d s

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Contact Info

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Engage Paperie Say ‘hello’ to co-managers Diedre and Alana of Engage Paperie—Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s premier stationery boutique. These two ladies are single-handedly bringing trendy, forward design, custom printing, workshops and so much more to the heart of downtown. The duo offers a carefully selected assortment of cards, paper, planners, pens, gifts and designer lines like Kate Spade and Rifle Paper Co. We dare you to leave their shop empty-handed.

When did you open Engage Paperie?

We opened our doors December 2013.

How did you discover your passion for paper and print? We are owned by Spark Letterpress,

a company that creates beautiful letterpress stationery. It’s safe to say that we are paper and print enthusiasts! The both of us work closely with Spark on a daily basis, assisting clients with their stationery orders and working with Spark’s inhouse designers to craft really unique pieces. It’s an amazing process, and one that we offer to clients locally.

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Tell us about Engage Paperie. How did you build your brand?

What sets you apart from other stationery and paper companies?

The name Engage Paperie describes our love to engage one another through paper. Whether you are looking for the perfect birthday card or inviting guests to a party, we have what you need to capture the moment.

We’ve been around for a lifetime

What keeps your customers hooked?

Our curated collection of fine paper keeps customers coming back. As for our custom stationery business, we rely on referrals. Clients who create custom pieces with us once come back for other occasions because they know what to expect, and it’s a lot of fun.

in stationery years. We know our sources for specialty papers, envelopes and how certain design and printing methods work best together. We excel at creating unique and custom invites, especially for those clients who don’t have a design direction. There are so many paper products, brands, cards, stationery, gifts, etc. in your store. What’s your favorite and what are your customer’s favorites?

We were the first in South Dakota to carry the new Kate Spade stationery line. That was a really fun line to get in.


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We also love Rifle Paper Co., Hammerpress, and Knot & Bow for wrapping and crafting projects. What can your customers and potential wedding couples expect to see and experience when choosing to work with you?

Clients can expect quality service and tons of creativity. The first consultation is a bit longer as we absorb the wedding details, colors and inspiration and work up a design idea that fits their style. We often discuss all of the wedding papers from savethe-dates to invites, as well as the day-of pieces. We want clients to leave educated, knowing that their stationery can be completely tailored for them and that they aren’t stuck with what they see. You work with wedding designers, event planners and brides every day. What’s the best part of helping craft a wedding?

We are fortunate to experience the entire ride of the planning process. From save-the-dates to the place cards on the dinner table, we bring their vision to life on paper. The invite is really our favorite part of the process because it helps set the tone of the entire event. If the invite is amazing, just imagine what the wedding will be like!

3 fun facts about Engage Paperie

• We can make anything paper related for you: programs, guest book prints, stationery for a holiday gift. Dream it up and don’t be afraid to ask. • The majority of product in our store is made by small companies with big dreams to create art for others to enjoy. One company prints their cards in a barn in Missouri. • We like to pretend we’re Meg Ryan in the movie You’ve Got Mail.

Why is sending out custom stationery an important aspect of an event or a wedding? What does a wedding invitation say about the event?

A wedding is an event like no other, so it’s important to do it right. For many couples, it’s the first time they will purchase custom stationery. The wedding invitation design signals a formal, semi-formal or casual event. Invites also provide a lot of information to your guests, so it’s essential to communicate details well. Lastly, the invitation design need not be complicated. A simple, classic invite with wording in script can be just as impactful as a heavily designed invite.

What trends are you seeing for 2015?

Foil is crazy right now! Mixing foil with an organic look gives the bride the best of both worlds. What’s one thing every designer must-have on their desk?

A pencil and eraser. Sketching ideas is a fun part of the process with clients. Talk it through and give them an idea of the design madness/genius in your head.

What do you do when you’re not engulfed with all things paper and print? What’s family life like?

Diedre – I have two amazing boys that keep my husband and I very busy. We often cook together, garden and go on long walks with our adorable miniature schnauzer. Alana – I just bought my first house, so I’ve been having far too much fun making that a home for myself. Who knew I’d enjoy mowing the lawn and picking out shingle colors?! I spend as much time as possible with my friends and family and love throwing dinner parties for them. For fun, I like to relax on my deck with a yummy cocktail or spend the night in my craft room…I’m never too far away from the paper world.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

You can find inspiration anywhere. We recently crafted a field of red poppies for our store. The poppies later provided inspiration for a fantastic bridal shower invite. You just need a little spark to get your creative juices flowing. What’s the best part of running Engage Paperie?

Engage Paperie is a labor of love. We spend a lot of time looking for the right products that reflect the best trends. Honestly, opening a new shipment of cards is like Christmas!

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real wedding

EMMA & ALEX C A M R O S E H I L L FA R M , S T I L LWAT E R , M I N N E S OTA P H OTO G R A P H Y BY L AU R A I VA N OVA P H OTO G R A P H Y

From the bride ... Alex and I met at the tender age of 13 and spent the better part of our years together in high school growing as friends. It wasn’t until the second half of our senior year that we started dating, knowing well that we were going away to different colleges. We spent four years traveling the 150 miles back and forth, visiting each other, meeting new people, and learning new things. Though the distance was misery at times, he and I came away as stronger people and a stronger couple. Then, after more than six years together, Alex proposed.

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I had an idea in my head of what I wanted our wedding to feel like: natural, warm, intimate and above all, joyful. Alex and I knew instantly when we found Camrose Hill Farm that that’s where we would get married. I couldn’t believe it was real. The charm, beauty and serenity of the place were almost too good to be true. We loved it, and we knew our friends and family would, too. Weddings are one of the most personal events in life, so as we planned, we kept in mind how each detail would uniquely reflect us as a couple. I think we were able to achieve this by combining a handful of personal projects with contributions and guidance from the experts. Though planning can be a bear (trust me, it isn’t for everyone), I was pleasantly surprised by how many incredible, wonderful people we would meet in the process. Alex and I are still so grateful for the time, talent, love and effort that helped make our day so memorable. We hoped everything would come together to create a beautiful setting, but more importantly, Alex and I wanted our guests to celebrate with us. How better to do this than with good food, drinks, conversation and dancing? Ultimately, it is the people—friends, family, loved ones—who made our wedding such a happy occasion. I can only hope our guests had as good of a time as we did.

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“I am so thankful to everyone who helped us celebrate such an exciting and special time for Alex and me. We have cherished each and every moment and walked away with hearts fuller than we could have imagined. What a perfect way to start our new lives together as husband and wife.� ^ Bride


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D R E S S: J ENNY PAC KHAM, E DE N ; L’ATE LIE R CO UTURE

RENTA LS: U LT I M AT E E VE NT S

T RA NSP O RTAT IO N: S T I LLWATE R TRO L L E Y CO.

S HO E S: A L I C E A ND OLIVIA

F LOW ERS: C AM R OS E H I LL FAR M

O FFIC IA NT: PAS TOR R I C H A RD S TE F F E N

BR I DE SMAI D DR E S SE S: WAT TE RS E MPRE SS, DO N N A

CAT ERER: T H E DECO C AT E R I NG

V ENUE: C AM R OS E H I LL FARM

M OR G A N R AC HEL , A F TE R SIX, DE SSY

CAKE: T H E DECO C AT E R I NG

C EREM O NY M USIC : M I C H AEL HA N D L E R

GR O O MS AT TIR E : LU DLOW SUIT; J.CRE W

BAR & D RINKS: W I T H A T W I S T

BA ND : S LI P T W I S T E R

GR O O MS ME N AT TIR E : PE RRY E LLIS SUIT

LINE NS: T H E DECO C AT E R I NG

C INEM ATO G RA P H Y: H AR R IS O N F IL M CO.

H A I R & MA K E UP: J U S TIN E SIE RAKOWSKI

INVITES A ND W ED D ING STAT IO NERY: C H E LS E A

P H OTO G RA P H Y: L AU R A I VA N OVA P HOTO G RA P HY

E VE N T CO O R DIN ATO R: WO N DE RFUL DAY WE DDIN GS

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LISA & SHAY S TO N E H AV E N BA R N , D E S OTO, I OWA P H OTO G R A P H Y BY B R O O K E PAV E L P H O T O G R A P H Y

From the bride ... Shay and I met at work. He asked me to lunch via IM for over a month until I finally said, ‘yes.’ Our friendship quickly grew into an effortless and positive relationship. It was apparent we wouldn’t be our best without each other. Married at Stonehaven Barn, Iowa, this great outdoor space with character was exactly what Shay and I wanted. We hosted the ceremony and reception at the same location, which gave the entire day a very easy-going vibe, just like us. The ceremony was held in a small outdoor courtyard, while dinner was set up inside the barn. We lucked out having a mild July day where guests were able to comfortably enjoy dessert and dancing inside or opt to chat and relax outside on picnic tables. To be honest, I wasn’t that bride who was crazy about all the planning and details. Frankly, I just wanted to be married. However, when we opted to have a wedding, we knew we wanted something that was a true representation of who we are, rather than something cookie cutter. So, I knew we’d need to plan this ourselves, and we did with lots of help from our moms, family and friends.

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Our wedding didn’t have a set color scheme, however, I was heavily influenced by the wide array of colors found in bohemian-chic style. Our print materials naturally followed suit. As a wedding gift, a dear friend custom designed our invitations and thank-you’s. This ended up being one of my favorite elements of the day. Another pleasant surprise was our flowers. I really wanted a hand-picked-from-the-garden sort of vibe. So, a few days before the event I picked a bunch of stems from a local farm and created all the table arrangements. It was a lot of fun and not as time consuming as I thought it would have been. They turned out beautifully.

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We made sure to keep our guest list short and sweet, inviting 50 of our closest people. We had an eclectic menu of some of our favorite things: fresh fruit, veggies, olives and chicken wings. We also opted not to do favors and instead treated everyone to an open bar. Another sentimental touch was incorporating a collection of blankets and afghans that were either owned or made by my Grandma Doris. We served homemade bars and cookies on antique dishes borrowed from family and displayed pictures of grandparents near the guestbook area. Shay and I were married on the 78th anniversary of Shay’s maternal grandparents, who we knew were watching from above.

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“The venue was perfect—great outdoor space and exactly what we wanted. We had the venue for four whole days, so setup and cleanup was stress free and not a scramble.” ^ Bride


“I had all the poofy fabric removed from underneath my dress to make it more free flowing which is much more my style.� ^ Bride

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D R E S S: W ED D I NG S BY DE SIGN

F LOW ERS: H OW E LL’ S DR I E D FLOR ALS + GR E E NH OU S E

INV IT ES: LI T T LE B I R D {DES IG N BO U TIQ U E}

J E WE L RY: LOVE T I NY DE VOTIO N S

CAT E RER: J J ’ S C AT E R I NG | H Y-VE E | J E T H R O’ S

V ENUE: S TONE H AVE N BARN

GR O O MS AT TIR E : R A LPH L AURE N ; DILL ARD’S

CAKE: H Y-VE E

P H OTO G RA P H Y: B R OOK E PAV E L P HOTO G RA P HY

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1 . C AT E G O R I Z E Grouping items in your closet into sections will help you find what you’re looking for in a much quicker manner. Hanging all your jackets together and pants and blouses will allow you to see how much you have of each item and how you might pair them together to make an outfit.

2. DE-CLUTTER

Meet Emily Hagen! Yo u m a y k n o w h e r a s t h e c h i c designer behind RSVP Event Planning + Style. While you can typically find her perfectly planning a wedding or event, today she takes us into the world of tailoring and o r g a n i z i n g y o u r c l o s e t —n a t u r a l l y carrying her desire and strength of beautifying spaces into the world of de-cluttering your everyday life.

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It’s always good to go through your closet a few times a year. I like to do it at the start of every s e a s o n . Ta k e a g o o d l o o k at the items you have. Do they still fit? Are they in good shape? Are they still on trend and do you feel comfortable wearing it? If not, get rid of them by making a donate pile, purge pile and keep pile. It doesn’t matter if you have five black dresses if none of them fit properly. That is prime real-estate that can be replaced with something that you love and makes you feel beautiful. Hello, shopping!


5. UNIFORM HANGERS Using hangers that are all the same color and type will help give your closet that initial pop of uniformity and allow you to look at what is hanging from them instead.

6 . M A I N TA I N T O S TAY S A N E By keeping up on the organization and taking 15 minutes a week to keep your closet in order will allow you much more time to find items when getting ready. This will also help in the long run of keeping your closet clean for the big overhauls you have each season.

7. K N OW YO U R S PAC E

3. SHOW OFF YOUR SHOES As a shoe-loving diva, I love to display my shoes like pieces of art. Having easy access to them allows me to grab them off the shelf and try on with outfits to get the whole look. Built-ins or stack-able shoe racks are great options to keep them from being stuck in the back corners of the closet f loor. This also helps you utilize vertical space that is often not used properly in closets.

4. BINS, HOOKS AND BASKETS Using other organizing tools in your closet to store smaller items such as jewelr y, bags, workout clothes and undergarments will help keep your space looking tidy and neat.

Not all of us have Carrie Bradshaw’s dream walkin closet. For everyone else, make sure you utilize your space the best you can by using shelving, hanging rods and storage to maximize space.

8 . W H AT T O S T O R E Being in the Midwest, we have to dress for seasons, so be sure to store heavier, bulkier items during the summer to create more space in your closet. Right after the holiday season, large Tu p p e r w a r e b i n s g o o n sale. Purchase them just in time for storing your winter wardrobe in order to easily access your s u m m e r i t e m s .

9. KNOW WHEN TO FOLD Any clothing that might stretch out if hung should always be folded. Sweaters, cardigans, heavy tops, etc. Be sure to place the heavier items at the bottom o f t h e s t a c k . Yo u c a n arrange the items by functionality: workout gear, sweaters, long s l e e v e t e e s , e t c .  

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SALLY & JOSH S O A R I N G W I N G S V I N E YA R D & B R E W E R Y, S P R I N G F I E L D , N E B R A S K A PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASHLEY CRAWFORD PHOTOGRAPHY

From the bride ... Josh and I met through mutual friends and hit it off immediately. Being together felt so natural and right from the beginning. That motto is exactly how we wanted our wedding to feel—natural. We agreed to hold our festivities at Soaring Wings Vineyard & Brewery. Our strategy was to keep it simple and let the beauty of the vineyard speak for itself. Although I don’t remember much before or after the actual ceremony, I can remember the ceremony very vividly—almost like a moment frozen in time. Everything else seemed to fly by so quickly.

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“What really made the day so wonderful was the love that surrounded us, and there is nothing more natural than that. We are so lucky!� ^ Bride


I chose the few decorations we had based on whether they could serve multiple purposes. For example, the mandarin oranges in our dĂŠcor also served as snacks for guests, the DIY marquee-style letter “Mâ€? and string lights are now decorations on our deck and the tree used as part of our wedding ceremony is now planted in the front yard of our home.

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Although the day is mostly a blur, I do remember how I felt that day. What stands out most is the love. Not only the love that Josh and I share, but the love of our friends and family. Thinking of all the guests who traveled from near and far, and came together to support us and share in the celebration of our marriage, simply overwhelms me. What really made the day so wonderful was the love that surrounded us, and there is nothing more natural than that. We are so lucky!

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D R E S S: S U BU R BA N BRIDAL

RENTA LS: U NI T E D R E NT-ALL

C EREM O NY M USIC : SANDY CRE E K BLU EG RAS S BA N D

R I NG S: G R EENBER G ’ S JE WE LE RS

CAT ERER: DOC & E DDI E ’ S B B Q

P H OTO G RA P H Y: AS H LE Y CRAW FO RD P HOTO G RA P HY

GR O O MS AT TIR E : M EN’S WE ARHO USE

LET TERP RESS P RINT ING : M I NU T E M AN P R I NT I NG

H A I R & MA K E UP: PA R LO UR 1887

VENUE: S OAR I NG W I NGS VI NE YAR D & B R E W E RY

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DO proposal stories J E SS + CO RY L a D e D a Photo g raphy Co r y and I are both fro m S o u t h Dakot a an d went to co l l ege to gether. Wh i l e we n ever dated in co l l ege, we were al ways f ri en d s and tho ught fo ndl y of eac h ot h er. I h ad recentl y moved back to Mi n n eap o l i s f ro m o ut-of-state and Co r y h ad b een l i v i n g h ere fo r over f ive years . We reu n i ted t h ro u g h friends and went o n o ur f i rst of f i c i al d ate in Januar y of 2 0 12 , Co r y to o k me to t h e Winter Carnival at Rice Park i n St . Pau l . I had never been to the Wi n ter Carn i val befo re. When we got there I t h o u g h t t h e l ights and ice s cul ptures were t h e mo st beautiful things I had ever s een . It al s o hel ped me s ee how cre at i ve, ro man t i c an d tho ughtful Co r y was . I k n ew ri g h t away he was s o mething s pec i al . It was t h e b est date I had ever been o n ! Need l es s to s ay, I was ver y impres s ed.

K ATIE + PH IL Michael Liedtke Photo g raphy On a l a te Ja n u a r y n ig ht , I wa s 30 m i n u te s late l e av in g wo r k a n d i t wa s sn owi n g o u t . I a l re a d y h a d two m i sse d ca lls f rom P h i l, s o I ca l l e d h im o n my way h om e . T h i n k in g I wa s f u n ny, I told hi m I wa s i n a d i tc h o n K iwa n is Ave . He di dn’ t be li eve me a t f ir st, b u t h e g ave i n af te r seve ra l mi n u te s of p e r s u a s ion, a nd I could he a r h i m s c ra m b l in g a ro u nd to com e ge t m e . On ce I h e a rd th e s e r v i ce door to t he g arag e c l os e , I to l d h im I wa s k i ddi n g a n d was ju st d ow n th e ro ad. He di dn’ t t hi n k I was ve r y f u n ny, a n d I a rri ve d h om e to f i n d th e h ou s e p itc h bla ck . I wa lke d i n to s e e ca n d l e s l e a d in g u pst a i rs to t he li vi n g ro o m . A s I tr ie d to ca tch my bre a t h, I i mm e d ia te l y s a id , “ Thi s be t te r n ot be a j o ke.” I co u l d n’ t m ove . I fe l t a rush of h a ppi n e ss as I sta re d a t th e tra il of ca n dle s a n d f lowe r s th ro u g h th e hou se . He e n sure d me i t wa s n ot a joke a s h e m e t m e i n t he e n t r y way d ow n o n on e k ne e a nd a ske d me to b e h is w ife . We la te r l a u g h e d w h e n he told m e hi s sto r y of h is n ig h t. To be gi n, a s Phi l wa s s e t t in g u p , o u r p u p py Me sa wa s ve r y exci te d a b o u t eve r y thi n g a ll ove r t he f lo o r a n d b e g a n r u n n ing a round. Sh e k n o c ke d s om e ca n d l e s ove r on t h e ca rpe t . P h i l wa s c l e a n in g th a t u p wh e n he got t he p h o ne ca l l f rom m e . Growi n g f rust ra te d w i t h th e tim in g of my di tch excu rsi on, h e was s c ra m b l in g to b l ow ou t t he ca n dle s an d g a th e r th in g s to com e ge t m e ou t of my b a d s itu a tion u n ti l I broke t h e news t h at it wa s a jo ke . He t h e n ha d to rush to lo ck Me s a in th e b e d room a n d li ght a ll t h e can dl e s a g a in b efore I a rri ve d h om e t h re e mi n u te s l a te r.

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On March 2 3rd, 2 0 13 Co r y to l d me we were “meeting friends fo r di n n er” at Meri t ag e, which is a beautiful Fren c h rest au ran t acro s s the street fro m Ri ce Park . I was ve r y exc ited becaus e we were cel ebrating o ne of Co r y’s go o d friends f inal l y l an d i n g a j o b . As we got closer to St. Paul , Co r y mentio ned his friends were staying at the Saint Pau l Hotel (w h i c h i s a lso a cro s s the street fro m Rice Park) and we wo ul d be meeting them there f i rst , w h i c h I t hou gh t was strange but didn’t questio n it. When we got to the hotel we wen t st rai g h t u p to t h e n i nt h f lo o r: Ro o m 92 1. Co r y pul l ed o ut a key to the ro o m, which I al s o tho ugh t was st ran g e b u t a ga i n di dn’t questio n it. As the do o r o pened, I s aw a path of red ro s e petal s o n t h e f l o o r l ead i n g u p to a tabl e in the ro o m. On the tabl e was a beautiful ring s urro unded by ros e p et al s . Co r y g ot down on o ne knee and pro po s ed. It was s o ro mantic and per fect. I co ul dn’t b el i eve i t . We st i ll went o ut to dinner at Meritage that night to cel ebrate, but it was just t h e t wo of u s . I a ske d Cor y ver y excitedl y, “So did yo ur friend get the jo b?! ” and he unfo r tun atel y rep l i ed , “No , n o one got a jo b.”

RHIAN + DEREK Lind s ay He rbst Photo g raphy In May 2 0 13, Derek and I enjoyed a vacati o n i n En g l an d an d Wal es vis iting my Britis h famil y and friend s . It was a ver y windy day when Derek and I, my grandpa ren t s , p aren t s an d my aunt vis ited Co nwy Castl e, an o l d ruin ed cast l e b u i l t in 12 8 3 by K ing Edward I. I had noticed th at Derek s eemed par ticul arl y excited abo ut vis iting this cast l e, b u t I j u st tho ught it was becaus e Derek is ver y inte rested i n h i sto r y and had never been to a castl e befo re. A s a t rad i t i o n at Co nwy Castl e, I cl imbed up the o l d, steep, n arrow sto n e step s to the highest turret and as ked s o meo ne el s e to c l i mb u p t h e o ppo s ite turret s o that we co ul d take pict u res of eac h ot h er fro m acro s s the castl e. I had mentio ned th i s to Derek an d h e s eemed ver y excited abo ut it. Once we got i n to t h e cast l e, Derek s eemed l ike a man o n a mis s io n. He s p ot ted o n e of t h e co rner turrets and was of f ! Derek and I st ar ted t h e as cen t up the turret, and my dad, Cl ive, star ted u p t h e o p p o s i te on e . D e rek was l iteral l y pul l ing me up the turret, and it was s o high and steep t h at we were exha u sted by the time we got up to the to p. On ce a t the to p, we to o k a few mo ments to catch o ur breath and waited fo r my d ad to arri ve at t h e top of the o ppo s ite turret. Once my dad arrived, he star ted taking pictures of t h e v i ews , an d I looke d o ut at the s ea bel ow us and tried to get Derek to co me cl o s er to the l ow ed g e of t h e wa ll wi t h me, but he s eemed rel uctant and ex tremel y ner vo us . Derek grabbed my h an d s , s ai d som e lovel y ro mantic wo rds , reached into his po cket, pul l ed o ut a beautiful ri n g , g ot d ow n o n on e k n e e and as ked me to marr y him! It was abs o l utel y per fect and l iteral l y b reat h t ak i n g i n s u c h a rom a ntic pl ace.


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DO proposal stories J E S S I C A + CO L E Lind s ay He rbst Photo g raphy Co l e and I met in high s cho o l , where we attended o ur fres hman ho meco ming dance to gether. We star ted dating at the end of s enio r year, af ter much anticipatio n o n my behal f. We then moved to Iowa City fo r co l l ege, and the rest is histo r y. We had al ways tal ked abo ut getting married, and I al ways as ked when it wo ul d be. Many years down the ro ad (f ive to be exact), we graduated fro m co l l ege. My parents treated us to a Mexico vacatio n to cel ebrate, and l ittl e did I know it wo ul d be the best vacatio n. The s eco nd mo rning we were there Co l e got up earl y. I tho ught he was go ing to the gym with my dad, s ince that had beco me his ro utine. Instead, I wo ke up to Co l e l eaving the ro o m dres s ed in nice cl othes . I got o ut of bed and notice a Po st-It o n the co unter that read, “Hurr y and co me downstairs .” At this po int my hear t was racing. I had a feel ing that s o mething was abo ut to happen, but af ter f ive years I to l d mys el f not to get my ho pes up. I rus hed downstairs in my dres s and hair fro m the night befo re, and s aw my s o o n-to -be f iance standing al o ne o n the beach. As yo u can g u e s s , I l ost it. I tu rn e d t h e corn e r a n d saw bot h my parents standing there —I l o st it even mo re . ‘ Wa s th is f in a l l y h a ppe ni n g? ” I a ske d myse lf. T he wo rds we s po ke I stil l can’t recal l , but I d o re m e m b e r a s k in g , “W ha t a re you doi ng? ” Cole re sponded, “I’m pro po s ing to yo u.” Af te r m a ny h u g s a n d te a rs of j oy, Cole a n d I go ba ck u p to o ur ro o m and I noticed mo re Po stI t s —o n th e s id e ta b l e , on t h e f ront door a nd on t he sli ding gl as s do o r to o ur patio . The o ne o n t h e p a tio d o o r re a d , “ Look ou t si de . “ Look i n g down , Cole had written, “Wil l Yo u Marr y Me” in the s an d .

MEG A N + A N D R E W Michael Liedtke Photo g raphy Our re la t i on ship star ted whil e we attended So uth Da kot a St a te Univers ity (SDSU). We met at the end of t he spri n g semester, s o we exchanged numbers and we n t our se parate ways fo r the s ummer. Af ter a l o ng sum m e r, we returned to SDSU fo r o ur s enio r year. In t he fa ll of our s enio r year, we made it of f icial and st a r te d da t i ng! Af ter abo ut a year of dating we knew we wa n te d to s pend the rest of o ur l ives to gether.

WH I T N E Y + D R E W L a D e D a Photo g raphy Af ter Drew and I star ted d at i n g , i t d i d n’t take l o ng to know we wan ted to s p en d o ur l ives to gether. Hav i n g met w h en we were s o yo ung, however, we h ad a l ot of l ife experiences and g row i n g u p to do befo re an engagem en t s eemed ri g h t . We s pent the nex t s even years b u i l d i n g a wo nder ful l ife to geth er.  Aro u n d o u r s eventh annivers ar y, I was eag erl y wai t i n g and ho ping Drew wo ul d make i t of f i c i al . Unbeknownst to me, Drew h ad p u rc h as ed a ring in May 2 0 13 and i t s at h i d d en i n h i s des k fo r a co upl e of mo n t h s . In Ju l y 201 4 , Drew and I vis ited his s i ster i n Po r t l an d , Orego n.  Drew decided to p ac k t h e ri n g . I l ater l earned he bro ug h t t h e ri n g w i t h o u t any s pecif ic pro po s al p l an , h o p i n g t h e per fect time and pl ace wo u l d p res en t its el f.  On the s eco nd day of o u r t ri p , we drove al o ng the Orego n co ast l i n e t ak i n g i n breathtaking views , wal k i n g o n b eac h es , vis iting charming town s an d eat i n g del icio us fo o d. As the d ay wo u n d d ow n , we arrived at Cape Loo ko u t St ate Park , s o I s uggested we s it o n t h e b eac h an d watch the s uns et —a per fec t en d to w h at I tho ught was a day that co u l d n’t g et any better. Unknowingl y, I h ad j u st p res en ted Drew with the o ppo r tu n i t y h e h ad b een waiting fo r al l day!   A s we s at to g et h er watching the s un s et over t h e Pac i f i c Ocean, Drew as ked me to marr y h i m. 

Af te r gra dua ting, I embarked o n a new adventure work i ng for t he Nebras ka Game and Parks Com m i ssi on , and Megan was star ting her s eco nd year of pha rm a cy scho o l at SDSU. Here star ted the l o ng di st a n ce re la tio ns hip. Whil e away o n training, I wo ul d ra n dom ly se nd Megan l etters in the mail . She didn’t know this , but I knew thes e l et ters wo u l d o n e day le a d up to the mo st impo r tant questio n of my l ife. So with this in mind, I knew i t was t i me to g o bu y t he ri ng Megan had her hear t s et o n.

We we re a bout to cel ebrate a year-and-a-hal f to gether, s o we were go ing to s pend a weeken d away. T h e m orni n g befo re we l ef t, I to l d her I had to go to Menards to l o o k fo r s o methin g fo r my p aren t s . But re a lly, I went to s et up to po p the questio n. I to o k a bottl e of o ur favo rite wine, t wo w i n e g las s e s , a w h ite ros e an d t h e la st le t te r to a ne a rby st a te park . I s et ever ything up o n a high hil l overl o o king a val l ey of tre es , a p l ace w h ere we cou l d re tu r n to in the f u t ure to re m e m be r t h e m om e nt. Befo re we l ef t town, I to l d her we were go ing “bird watching.” Wh en we arri ved at t h e sp ot, s h e th ou g h t we we re i n t h e m i ddle of som e on e el s e’s thing, s o I knew s he didn’t expect what was co ming. When sh e s aw t h e l et ter h ad h e r n a m e on it, s he re a li ze d i t wa s for h e r. She re a d it al o ud and at the end of the l etter it s aid, “I have o ne mo re questi o n to as k yo u ”. . . an d s h e s a id ye s !

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MOLLY & BECK VA R S I T Y T H E AT E R , M I N N E A P O L I S , M I N N E S OTA P H OTO G R A P H Y BY PAU L V I N C E N T

From the bride ... The first time I saw Beck was in seventh grade at youth group (he was wearing a green and purple striped polo). In ninth grade, Beck sat behind me in math class and threw paper balls into my hoodie. We became close and I began to like him, because he made me laugh every time I saw him. Eventually we ended up at the same college, same dorm building and started dating. Beck asked me to marry him and I said ‘Yes!’

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“My mom tore out a magazine page with an ad for the ‘Made’ dress at Macy’s. I loved the bright orange color that would contrast beautifully with the green setting for our ceremony. I ordered one for each bridesmaid and the lacy sleeve with the pleated skirt was flattering on everyone.” ^ Bride


When beginning to plan our wedding, we knew we wanted our festivities to be personally meaningful, fun and uniquely styled. It took about five seconds for me to fall in love with the romantic willow trees and greenery at The Woods Chapel as an outdoor sanctuary for our ceremony. Beck is a musician, so he immediately loved the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis as our reception venue. We agreed that it had a perfect atmosphere for a celebration dinner and dance, as well as fun memories of attending concerts there in the past.

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Another important aspect of planning was our attire. We agreed from the very beginning that both the bride and groom should get to feel awesomely stylish on their big day. Beck loved the idea that getting a custom suit at Martin Patrick 3 in Minneapolis meant that he would get to choose his fit and fabric for a suit that he’d have forever. I loved that he cared in that way. For me, the dress was a tough decision because I’m an artist and could appreciate the modern architecture of one dress and the classic, traditional feel of another. I ended up choosing my dress for its botanical lace pattern and the simple form that allowed me to shine, not just the dress. As crazy as it seems, the best detail of the whole planning process was the invitations. My mom is a graphic designer and we both love paper goods in all forms. I knew that I wanted to watercolor my invitations and had the luxury of a mom who could add professionally designed typeface and handle the printing aspect for me. It was so fun to work with her on layout ideas. I painted and painted and repainted. After the painting, graphics and printing, I had a little party with friends and family to add the gold leafing on the invites. That last hand-made step added the perfect touch of bridal glimmer.

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GR O O MS AT TIR E : C U STO M-MADE SUIT FRO M MARTIN

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Though the weather is growing colder, we wanted to create a warm and inviting bridal shower for our rustic, winter bride. What better place to host than Spearfish Canyon Lodge, infused with the smell of pine needles and a burning fireplace-which provided a cozy spot for Timeless Wedding & Event Rental’s custom farm table.

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Miranda Boenisch of Timeless Wedding & Event Rental brought snow to life with a homemade marshmallow chandelier, the centerpiece of the afternoon soiree. Our envisioned event was sprinkled with cool colors of blue, grey and mint with a dash of red. Elements of the outdoors were brought inside with painted deer antlers accenting the cake table, pine and cinnamon wrapped in the napkins, and berries everywhere from the cake to the spruce cone bouquet to our bride’s crown.

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To finish off our bride’s send-away to her wedding day, our guests left with a to-go cup of their choice of warm apple cider or coffee, topped with a delicious donut hole.

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NICOLE & TOM B L A C K H I L L S R E C E P T I O N S & R E N TA L S , R A P I D C I T Y, S O U T H D A KO TA PHOTOGRAPHY BY CADEY REISNER WEDDINGS

From the Bride ... Tommy and I met through mutual friends during the summer of 2010. By our second date, I knew he was ‘the one.’ There was this unmistakable feeling that I had known him forever. Having both grown up in the Black Hills, we wanted to celebrate our marriage in a venue that truly captured the rustic beauty we were so fortunate to be surrounded by. Black Hills Receptions and Rentals turned out to be the perfect locale, offering both nostalgic charm and elegant touches in a dream-like, Black Hills setting. We loved that guests could wander the grounds, enjoying both an indoor and outdoor setting. Set amidst a backdrop of towering ponderosa pines and lush greenery, the venue lent itself perfectly to the photography and bucolic scenery that were both must-have elements for our wedding.

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“There were times while planning our wedding that I felt overwhelmed and anxious. However, Tommy was always there to remind me that, ‘At the end of the day we’re going to be married to each other, and that’s all that matters.’” ^ Bride


Fall in the Black Hills is a time unlike any other, which is why we chose a September wedding. The days are sun-soaked and mild, and there’s this feeling of warmth and calm in the air. In planning our reception, I wanted to bring a Black Hills fall into the event space. We made this happen with rich hues of plum and champagne, accented by the soft glow of hundreds of candles. We also brought all of our floral arrangements from our ceremony to the reception, which enhanced the natural beauty of the event. Throughout the entire process, the staff of BHRR were consummate professionals, ensuring every last detail was attended to. By letting their team manage all setup and takedown, Tommy and I were able to fully relax and embrace a day that’s notorious for passing too quickly.

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Along with a warm and inviting ambiance, catering was very important to us. Full guests are happy guests, right?! At the center of every lotus-fold napkin was a chocolate-covered strawberry, a special treat for each of our guests. We served a prime rib dinner, paired with a decadent dessert bar that featured everything from cheesecake to chocolate to tiramisu. I think it’s safe to say everyone was well-fed. When he asked me to marry him two years later, the answer was a no-brainer. I’d found a man whose compassion, generosity and kind-hearted nature helped shape me into a better person, and I wasn’t letting go. In planning our wedding, it was my hope that those values would be reflected in every detail up until the very last dance.

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F E E D I N G YO U R G U E S T S W E L L AT A N Y E V E N T I S A C L E A R R E Q U I S I T E . H O W E V E R YO U N E E D N ’ T S E R V E B E L U G A C A V I A R , W H I T E T R U F F L E B U T T E R O R K O B E B E E F T O W O W Y O U R C R O W D . S I M P LY TA K I N G T H E T I M E T O S E R V E A N D P L AT E V I S U A L LY AT T R A C T I V E S P R E A D S C A N G O A L O N G W AY. D R E S S U P Y O U R C R U D I T É P L AT T E R M O N O C H R O M AT I C A L LY, D O L L O P Y O U R B R I G H T B E E T S A L A D W I T H C R È M E F R A I C H E , O R A D D A C R A N B E R R Y S T I C K TO YO U R C O C K TA I L , A N D C H E E R S TO A M O D E S T, Y E T S AT I S F Y I N G M E A L .

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BEET SALAD WITH CRĂˆME FRAICHE Wow your crowd with a colorful beet salad. Delicious and easy, this salad takes little prep and brightens up any table.


GRILLED BEEF SKEWERS Addictively tangy and delicious, you can’t have just one kabob. Serve marinated beef skewers for a keen and budget-friendly way to portion out that ribeye or filet.

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DONUTS + MILK Not everyone is about the six-tier cake and topper. In fact, more and more couples are opting to serve personal sweet favorites. We vote you do the same.

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As many people may have advised you up to this point; marriage is a marvelous, zany journey filled with incredible ups, downs and turn-a-rounds. The “I-do” moment is your one-way ticket to the adventure of a lifetime—and you thought wedding planning was a feat! Therefore, why not illustrate your commitment to an adventure of lifetime with an actual trip that is an adventure of a lifetime? Here, with guidance from our favorite local travel agents, we detail two true-to-life bucket list destinations that will give you just one more reason to sprint down that aisle and on down to holy matrimony.

AMALFI COAST, ITALY

BALI, INDONESIA

Like a sparkling utopia rising out of the blue Mediterranean Sea, the Amalfi Coast of Italy is so picturesque you might have to pinch yourself to ensure your eyes are not deceiving you. And then pinch your spouse just to be sure they’re real, too. Located in southern Italy off the Sorrentine Peninsula, 13 municipalities grace the soaring cliffs of the magical coast, including the legendary towns of Positano, Amalfi, Praiano and Maiori. And as if this romantic heaven could not get anymore ideal, the fabled island of Capri—arguably the most romantic island in the world—is just a short ferry or hydrofoil ride away.

Known as the “island of the gods,” Bali may be a place you’ve only heard about in the movies or referenced by professional surfers or divers. That is... until now. Now, it is your number-one honeymoon destination! The largest and most popular island in Indonesia, Bali provides a unique experience. The island is steeped in unparalleled beauty, populated by the extremely friendly local Balinese who make up Indonesia’s minority Hindu population.

Where to Stay: You will find no shortage of some of the loveliest, most romantic accommodations in the world in and around the Amalfi Coast. However, Mary Jo advises staying at the Grand Hotel La Favorita in Sorrento. “It has been a savored resort since roman times,” she says. “You can use it as a base to explore

all that the area has to offer.” In the heart of the stunning historical quarter of Sorrento, the hotel’s rooftop terrace boasts incredible views of the Bay of Naples and a perfect place to simply rest and breathe in paradise. What to Do: According to Mary Jo, the best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is May through September when the mild Mediterranean climate is at its finest. Grab the hand of your new spouse and wander the towns all connected via ferry or bus. Roam the ancient stone paths throughout the towns that offer some of the best views this side of paradise, or lazily lay by the rhythmic, lapping warm waves on any of the gorgeous beaches. To top it off, sip on and savor the locally grown and made Limoncello, a classic Italian after-dinner drink, and toast to your everlasting love and true Italian la dolce vita.

Where to Stay: Kristina Wolfe, travel specialist at Travel Leaders Sioux Falls, recommends two outstanding places to lay your head and call home while you’re visiting the popular Indonesian destination. The first, is Amankila, which is a luxury resort in the regency of Karangasem in Bali. Boasting 34 stand-alone suites with garden, pool or ocean views, this resort

gives the feeling of living in a beautiful oasis with the perfect amount of seclusion. The second resort Kristina suggests is The Oberoi. Experience all things Bali at this resort which offers thatched-roofed villas, garden bathrooms, gourmet fine dining, and even private pools. Get lost on the hotel’s stunning 15-acre lush grounds or sequester yourself to Seminyak Beach and the calming waves. Your only problem now: Which hotel should you select? What to Do: A holiday in Bali means doing whatever makes you happy. Whether that means hitting the world class waves and surf, exploring the truly out-of-thisworld coral reefs while snorkeling or diving, taking a boat excursion, mingling with the locals, or cuddling with your sweetheart from in your private villa; Bali is a honeymoon haven for you. But whatever you choose to do, choose to always remember that time you went to Bali and fell in love all over again.

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Sampson.

Why Honeymooners Flock Here: For hundreds of years, the Amalfi Coast has beckoned honeymooners, tourists and royalty from around the globe to explore its crystal blue waters, grottos and historic towns. This year, local travel agent Mary Jo Nelson (owner of Travel Partner Sioux Falls) says she has witnessed an influx of visitors from the area to the Amalfi Coast. “It is so romantic and scenic, a classic honeymoon destination for those looking for a quiet oasis,” Mary Jo says.

Why Honeymooners Flock Here: Long known as one of the most beautiful places in the world, Bali conjures up an element of both mystery and romance unsurpassed by many other island destinations. Surrounded by lush beaches, lakes, volcanoes, rivers, exquisite temples, and rice fields; this honeymoon destination not only provides respite and calm, but an experience you won’t believe until you’re already there. Newlyweds can happily explore the sunkissed wonderland and bask in the beauty that comes when you’re halfway across the world in a tropical utopia with nothing except a suitcase and your soulmate.


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The honeymoon: Eze and Paris, France Married: April 5, 2014 What To Bring - A trench coat, walking shoes and a

great camera. Where We Went - Eze, Monaco and Paris. Why We Chose it - We both love to travel and wanted

to get out of the country while still going somewhere relaxing—bread, wine and the most picturesque landscape, France was an easy choice! Also, Paris is my favorite city, so Travis was nice enough to take me there. How Long We Stayed - 10 days. Where We Stayed - Chateau de la Chevre d’Or in Eze

and the Hotel D’Aubusson in Paris. What We Ate During the Stay - Bread, wine, cheese,

chocolate, coffee, pastries, repeat. drinking coffee while gazing at the Mediterranean Sea. We moseyed around Eze village, went hiking, drove along the coast of the French Riviera and spent a day in Monaco. The view was beyond gorgeous. It was hard to tear ourselves away from relaxing on a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. In Paris, we drank delicious French coffee and strolled through all of our favorite areas – the Latin Quarter, Germaine de Pres,

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What We Did - In Eze, we spent every morning


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the Marais, Tuileries, L’Opera. The weather is beautiful in April, so it was pure paradise to drink a coffee, picnic in a garden and stroll through the picturesque Paris streets. Recommendations - In Eze, the

Chevre d’Or is amazing, even just for a drink at their outdoor bar overlooking the Mediterranean. Anyone visiting the French Riviera should stop by Eze.

It could be a little overwhelming after a busy wedding. Give yourself a little time (somewhere like Eze) to relax and enjoy the beauty of France without the pressure of seeing so many sights. ^ travis + kelly

In Paris…where do you even start? The Latin Quarter and Germaine de Pres, the cafes (Les Deux Magots is our fave!), the museums (Musee d’Orsay fifth floor, the Louvre, the Musee de l’Orangerie, Rodin – the list is endless), strolling along the Seine, chocolate chaud and mont blancs at Angelina’s, a picnic in Tuileries or Luxembourg Garden, climbing to the top of something for a view of the city, spending a Sunday in the Marais and grabbing falafel at L’As du Fallafel, late-night dining in a street-side café, stashing a loaf of Poilane’s bread for your suitcase and day tripping to the Palace of Versailles, Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny or Normandy. Tid-Bit - I studied abroad in Paris and Travis had been

there before as well, which allowed us to enjoy the trip without the pressure of seeing everything for the first time. That is important for any honeymooner in the midst of post-wedding exhaustion. It could be a little overwhelming after a busy wedding. Give yourself a little time (somewhere like Eze) to relax and enjoy the beauty of France without the pressure of seeing so many sights.

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The Newlyweds at h o m e

Family photo by Finished Vision Photography.

Kaylee, John and Dainty Obsessions go way back. Like, our very first edition of Dainty Obsessions back. Rewind to the fall of 2012— the then engaged couple graced our first issue, modeling in our Outdoor Rustic styled shoot and Kaylee became DO’s first cover model. Fast forward two-and-a-half years later—insert a rustic wedding in the Black Hills, a beautiful new home in Sioux Falls and the cutest accessory to any outfit, baby Ivy. The bond we share naturally led us to the Koch’s front door to interview them for our first edition of “Newlyweds at Home.” Meet the Koch’s.

Where do you live?

Sioux Falls, SD. Tell us your love story - Ha, love story.

Well, hardly that. We met at John’s afterbar party one night after a Nick Rallis Band concert at McNally’s Pub. I’m sure we both made great (intoxicated) impressions. Two months later, I posted a ‘single’ status on Facebook and John took the bait. He messaged to meet up and invited me to the St. Croix River in Stillwater, Minnesota where he and a buddy were boating. Do you rent or own?

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see each other every day and getting a real idea of what life would be like together. To each their own. It worked for us. What is your favorite wedding registry items, if different from most used?

Our favorite registry item is probably our glassware. We splurged and registered for Riedel wine glasses and love them. We got the stemless for relaxed occasions and the stem glasses for more formal occasions. We love our wine. What different decisions, if any, would you make about your wedding registry list?

Don’t register for too many things. I would have registered for less to make sure we got the items we really needed. We ended up receiving gifts we didn’t necessarily need and had to go buy the

things that were more necessities. If we would have had fewer registry options, maybe we would have gotten more of the things we needed. Which room in the house is your favorite and why?

The kitchen. Our new house is like a dream! I absolutely love the kitchen. It has a huge granite island, Viking stove, tons of beautiful dark custom wood cabinets and a large sliding door to hide the pantry and our glasses. I love how our nice wine glasses are displayed when the doors are open. We love to entertain, and everyone loves to gather around the kitchen. I also love our outdoor patio. From the kitchen, we have French doors that open to our patio. It has an outdoor fireplace that is so fun. Something about the crackling wood


and cozy fireplace outside with a glass of wine is pretty much the best. Do you have children?

We have one baby girl named Ivy who turned one years old in October. She is so much fun! How has she changed your relationship/marriage?

Our marriage has definitely changed. It is one of the best things seeing your husband with his baby girl. A baby has made us appreciate each other. It is interesting learning about what you want for your child, what you’ve learned from your parents, or just ideas you have come up with together. John and I see eye-to-eye on many points, so it is great to see it in action. On the other hand, it is hard to put each other first. We don’t go on as many dates, we aren’t as spontaneous, and trips are much harder. John and I are very social and we want Ivy to be the same, so we try and take her everywhere. We’ve gone hiking up Camelback Mountain in Arizona, Ivy’s been wine tasting with us on a winery tour in Oregon and she loved all of the horses at a rodeo in Wyoming. It’s really important to us to not let children slow us down (too much). Things may have to change or be harder, but we are determined to keep doing what we always have loved to do. How does your family handle finances?

John handles all of the big bills and I handle all of the small ones. John does the mortgage, everything with the house and vehicles. I then take care of any items we need for the house,

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groceries and Ivy things. This is what we did when we moved in together before we were married, and it’s what we are still doing. It works for us.

back in rooms we wouldn’t use as much, like the guest bedrooms and formal dining room. Who cooks and who cleans?

Where do you splurge and where do you save when it comes to your home?

We had almost a year to buy items that we needed for our new home. Thankfully, we didn’t have to buy all at once. The home was much bigger from where we lived previously and had extra rooms to furnish. We sold a ton of stuff on Craigslist. We were able to bring a lot of rustic décor and items from our weekend cabin to help furnish the new house. When we were planning on new items for the house, we splurged in rooms where we would be often, like the kitchen, our master bedroom and living room. We then scaled

I do! John is not a cook. I remember when I moved in to his house, all he had in his fridge was beer and ketchup. Total bachelor. I love to cook. With cleaning, I do most of it. John loves to vacuum, so that’s his go-to, but I love a clean kitchen and bathrooms. What is your go-to weeknight meal? Weekend meals?

Weeknight meals are something easy. I cheat sometimes. Look’s Meat Market offers delicious and ready-to-eat whole chickens and pecan smoked chicken halves. When I do cook, it’s something fast. John’s

favorite is spaghetti with meat sauce and homemade garlic bread. I discovered Mario Batali’s Arabiatta Sauce that has imported San Marzano tomatoes and spicy crushed red peppers, chopped onions and fresh garlic. It is to die for. Weekend meals are more work, but they are the fun ones! We recently bought a Kamado Joe grill from Look’s Meat Market and it is fabulous. I’m learning how to smoke on it and I will have to say, I’ve nailed the smoked ribs and pork butt. What’s a week in your household look like?

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construction company that is big into remodeling, so HGTV is right up his alley. I started a blog this year about our family. Some nights I’m working on a blog post and/or editing pictures, which has been a huge learning process for me. I love to write. It’s very therapeutic. When blogging, I try to be real and honest about my experiences. Bonding with other mommas that feel the same has been so much fun. Plus, what else was I going to do with the millions of digital pictures I take of Ivy? Hello virtual baby book. Weekdays are kind of in cruise control. But come Friday, we head to our second home in Yankton. There, we love to go boating, run on the bike trails near the river, or walk down to the beaches to relax on shore. It is perfect to go there to recuperate from the week. How did you celebrate your one-year anniversary?

We took a trip to Minneapolis. I was pregnant, but that didn’t stop us from having fun. We stayed at Hotel Minneapolis, which is in the heart of downtown near Target Field. We ventured around downtown, stopping at different bars to get a cocktail (or for me, a mocktail), had some fabulous food at various restaurants and went to a Twins game. What is one small way you show your love for your spouse?

John says: Going to work every day. Kaylee says: Doing his laundry. Who wouldn’t love having someone else do your laundry and put it away?! Read their full interview on daintyobsessions.com. We’re so grateful to Kaylee and John for sharing their hearts and home with us! Follow along with the Kochs at: www.appleofmyivy.com

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Affinity Salon & Boutique Chamberlain, SD 605.234.2334 www.108affinity.com

DJ Jer Events & Lighting Design Sioux Falls, SD 605.360.1102 www.djjer.com

BBT Style National www.bbtstyle.com

Empire Productions Midwest 605.929.2202 www.dj-siouxfalls.com

Coquette Couture Sioux Falls, SD 605.274.2488 www.coquetteshoes.com

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bank institution First National Bank- Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD 605.782.5712 www.fnbsf.com

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bridal boutiques Posh Bridal Couture Wayzata, MN 952.249.8000 www.poshmn.com

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

cakes/desserts

Hitch Design Studio Brookings, SD 605.592.9072 www.hitchstudio.com

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

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Holiday Inn Downtown City Centre Sioux Falls, SD 605.339.2000 www.sfcchotel.com Holiday Inn Express & Event Center Brandon, SD 605.582.2901 www.brandon-express.com Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, SD 605.342.1210 www.alexjohnson.com

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

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

Timeless Wedding & Event Rentals Black Hills 605.342.8966 www.timelessweddingandevents.com

The Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls South Sioux Falls, SD 605.444.4500 www.siouxfalls.hgi.com

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health/beauty ADAE Salon Fargo, ND

jewelry Borsheims Fine Jewelry & Gifts Omaha, NE 800.642.4438 www.borsheims.com Faini Designs Jewelry Studio Sioux Falls, SD 605.339.6956 www.fainidesigns.com Riddle’s Jewelry SD, ND, IA, MN, WY, NE 800.741.7609 www.riddlesjewelry.com

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

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

Jenny’s Floral Custer, SD 605.673.3549 www.jennysfloral.com

AJ Production Co. Midwest 605.354.0364 www.ajproductionco.com

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Belle Touche Salon & Spa Sioux Falls, SD 605.275.6200 www.belletouche.com

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

Old Market Eatery + Bar Brookings, SD 605.692.5757 www.oldmarketeatery.com

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B Beautiful Salon Brookings, SD 605.864.1480 www.facebook.com/pages/Bbeautifulsalon

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

Johnny Carino’s Sioux Falls, SD & Fargo, ND 605.361.7222 701.282.2922 www.carinos.com

jasonrjonas videography Midwest 605.595.7751 www.jasonrjonas.com

Affinity Salon & Boutique Chamberlain, SD 605.234.2334 www.108affinity.com

{Redefined} Designs & Events Sioux Falls, SD 605.359.6316 www.redefined-designs.com

Jerry’s Cakes & Donuts Rapid City, SD 605.341.4814 www.jerryscakesanddonuts.com

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event styling/ coordinating Black Hills Receptions & Rentals Black Hills, SD 605.342.8888 www.blackhillsreceptions.com

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

701.356.5505 www.adaesalon.com

Pinnacle Productions Midwest 605.376.5716 www.pinnacleprodj.com

CH Patisserie Sioux Falls, SD 605.275.0090 www.chpatisserie.com

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Minerva’s Sioux Falls, SD, Rapid City, SD 605.334.0386 www.minervas.net

Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothiers Sioux Falls & Rapid City, SD & Fargo, ND 605.361.2619 www.halberstadtsmenswear.com

Old Market Eatery + Bar Brookings, SD 605.692.5757 www.oldmarketeatery.com

Tip Top Tux Midwest 800.831.0902 www.tttux.com

Style By Treva Sioux Falls, SD 712.363.0678 www.stylebytreva.com

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Lindsay Herbst Photography 319.929.6510 www.lindsayherbstphotography.com

Studio Blu Photography 605.275.0337 www.studiobluphotography.com

Simply Perfect Sioux Falls, SD 605.338.3599 www.simplyperfectstore.com Sticks & Steel Sioux Falls, SD 605.335.7349 www.sticksandsteel.com

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restaurants The District Sioux Falls, SD 605.357.7377 www.thedistrictsf.com Johnny Carino’s Sioux Falls, SD & Fargo, ND 605.361.7222

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

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

The Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls South Sioux Falls, SD 605.444.4500 www.siouxfalls.hgi.com

stationery

Engage Paperie Sioux Falls, SD 605.221.4272 www.engagesd.com

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

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Black Hills Receptions & Rentals Black Hills, SD 605.342.8888 www.blackhillsreceptions.com

Creative By ME Rapid City, SD 605.858.0897 www.creativebyme.com

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Timeless Wedding & Event Rentals Black Hills 605.342.8966 www.timelessweddingandevents.com

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ABC Rentals Sioux Falls, SD 605.331.3644 www.abcrentalsmidwest.com

Sticks & Steel Sioux Falls, SD 605.335.7349 www.sticksandsteel.com

Michael Liedtke Photography 605.310.4639 www.michaelliedtke.com Sarah Sunstrom Photography 309.507.0618 www.sarahsunstromphotography.com

retail/rentals

Simply Perfect Sioux Falls, SD 605.338.3599 www.simplyperfectstore.com

Katie Lewis Photography 701.893.5782 www.katielewisphotography.com

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605.332.7952 www.sodakroyallimo.com

Holiday Inn Downtown City Centre Sioux Falls, SD 605.339.2000 www.sfcchotel.com Holiday Inn Express & Event Center Brandon, SD 605.582.2901 www.brandon-express.com Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, SD 605.342.1210 www.alexjohnson.com Minerva’s Sioux Falls, SD, Rapid City, SD 605.334.0386 www.minervas.net Museum of Visual Materials Sioux Falls, SD 605.271.9500 www.sfmvm.com

Fate + Love Stationery Fargo, ND www.fateandlovestationery.com

Old Sanctuary Reception Hall Brookings, SD 605.692.4859 www.oldsanctuary.com

Hitch Design Studio Brookings, SD 605.592.9072 www.hitchstudio.com

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“I wish it would have lasted longer. It goes by way too fast. So, don’t sweat the small stuff, relax and enjoy this fun time! No one will remember every little detail. Getting stressed out isn’t worth it.”

“We were blessed to have many people attend our wedding. My only complaint from the day is not being able to converse with everyone. I was warned that this would happen, but if you can visit with every guest I promise you won’t regret it!”

“We didn’t have a formal receiving line because they seem to take forever. We had an evening wedding and wanted to get moving to the reception. While it worked out great for time, we spent the entire reception trying to say hello to everyone and not really relaxing or enjoying that we just got married. So even though the receiving line might be somewhat painful, I think choosing to have one will allow you to enjoy your reception more.”

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There’s a lot that goes into planning a successful wedding. Having help from family, friends and future in-laws is a must. If that’s still not enough, hire a wedding planner. Michael and I did and it was the best investment we made.”

Photos L to R: jm studios (Image 1); 283 Photography (Image 2); Everlasting Love Photography (Image 3); a.jo. FOTOGRAFI (Image 4).


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Dainty Obsessions v.3 | no.2 Wedding Magazine  

A style focused wedding magazine that features: Real Weddings, Styled Shoots, Q&A’s, Honeymoon Diaries and all things inspiring.

Dainty Obsessions v.3 | no.2 Wedding Magazine  

A style focused wedding magazine that features: Real Weddings, Styled Shoots, Q&A’s, Honeymoon Diaries and all things inspiring.

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