getting ready to propose he asked permission from Anna’s entire family including her dad, mom, and siblings. The proposal was a romantic fairytale just like their wedding. Dane shares, “I chose the Starlight Room in the Downtown Holiday Inn because it used to be a rotating restaurant where many romantic dates and marriage proposals took place. The starlight room was decommissioned in the early 80s and the restaurant closed soon after. I wanted it to be special. We were the first couple to get engaged in that room in over three decades.” Dane lured Anna to the Starlight Room under the false pretense that they were attending a friend’s Christmas party. Entering the room Dane escorted Anna into a circle of soft candles and a musical duet waiting to serenade them. In the middle of their dance, Dane stopped and got down on one knee and proposed. Anna excitedly accepted. Dane surprised her again with drinks at a local wine bar where both of their families were waiting to celebrate their engagement. A year later Anna and Dane married November 24, 2018. Their wedding was rich with family values and tradition. They chose November 24, because it was the birthday of Anna’s greatgrandmother whom she was named after. Dane and Anna embraced tradition by not seeing each other or speaking to
each prior to their ceremony. This also meant that they didn’t do the popular “first look photo.” Seeing each other for the first time walking down the aisle enhanced the excitement and both agree it was their most memorable moment of the day. Surrounded by a wedding party of family, Anna’s sister was the maid of honor and Dane’s sister was the best woman, they exchanged vows and rings. Dane’s ring was his late father’s ring and Anna was wearing her great-grandmother’s ring on her right hand. The music that celebrated their love during their ceremony was a mix of traditional hymns and popular songs sung by Elizabeth Hunstad and Company. Immediately following the ceremony the wedding party and guests went to Minnehaha Country Club for the reception. The romantic cast of navy, dusty rose, and lush greenery set the stage for a traditional sit-down meal that turned into an evening of dancing the night away with friends and family to the music of the Goodroad Band. Their traditional wedding along with their roots of strong family values and being cancer warriors serve as the foundation of a love that they believe will stand the test of time. n
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