Janelle + Eric

June 16, 2017






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If there was ever a couple who we wish we could have jumped on their airplane and joined them on their honeymoon it would be these two!  For one they went to Costa Rica, which is our favorite place on the planet. For two, they are adventurous and bring the fun wherever they go. The type of couple who you want to just be around and learn more about. It was certainly obvious how much they are loved by the outpouring of friends and family who came from all over the US to celebrate in Duluth, MN a few weeks ago. Duluth was showing off and gave them a beautiful late spring day and we were able to get to Enger Tower for their first look photos and then braved the busy Canal for wedding party fun.  As you’ll read below, they waited along time for this day and we’re so honored to have gotten to celebrate with them!


The following written by the bride herself!

Eric and I met in college many moons ago-ha! We had mutual friends so we would see each other out and about quite often. It wasn’t until 5 years after college that we really started to notice each other on more than just a friend level. One of our mutual friends was getting married in Vegas. He was going to Vegas for the wedding and I was going there for my 26th birthday celebration with a few of my friends. We had been talking on Facebook prior to that weekend and he offered to pick me up from the airport because I didn’t have a car. Needless to say we ended up spending the entire weekend together. After that weekend, I went back to Arizona and he went back to Chicago but he would come and visit me in Arizona every 2- 4 weeks. Talk about dedication huh! After a year of a long distance relationship, he decided to move to AZ! And the rest is history.


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Eric and I had been together for 5 years and I was starting to really push the question…..”so when are you gonna marry me? The clock is ticking…..I’m not going to wait around forever!” ha


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It was my 30th birthday and I thought maybe just maybe he is going to propose. Well my actual birthday came and went and no ring. Bummer huh! Well the Saturday after my birthday a good friend texted me and said “Hey I know you have been super busy and haven’t been able to properly celebrate your birthday so let’s get all dressed up and go for drinks!” Needless to say I walked into the restaurant to a loud “SURPRISE!!!!” All of my friends and family were in the room there to celebrate my birthday! I couldn’t believe it. I was completely shocked! Eric and my friend had planned a surprise birthday party! I had no idea. It was so wonderful with decoration, balloons, and a cake! Everyone was sitting around talking and having a good time and all of a sudden Eric gets up to say a speech. He thanked everyone for coming and looked at me and said “there are three things that I have been getting a lot of crap for lately. 1) Throwing you a birthday celebration….. so here’s your birthday celebration 2) getting you a birthday cake…..so there’s your birthday cake and 3)……He got down on one knee and asked me if I would marry him!!!!! Of course I said YES!!! – (I’m getting teary eyed writing this just thinking back on that moment). It was perfect, just perfect. It’s one of those days that you dream about as a little girl someday coming true and it exceeded that dream!


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The best part of our wedding day for me was getting to see Eric for the first time up on Enger Tower. I was so nervous all morning to the point where my stomach was in knot!. But once I saw him and he turned around all those nerves went away and I knew I was about to marry my best friend and the love of my life.

I’m sure for most brides the planning process can be exhausting and you work so hard to make sure everything is going to be perfect on that wedding day. I felt the same way but once the day came everything was absolutely perfect, even beyond me expectations! We couldn’t have asked for a better day and we are still on Cloud 9!


Al and Lyndsey were so amazing throughout the entire process. Talk about two wonderful people inside and out!


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Church : First United Methodist Church

Reception Venue : Holiday Inn

Wedding Coordinator, Flowers and Deco : Northland Special Events

Wedding Cake : The Exchange Bakery

DJ : Sounds Unlimited

Videography: Bryan Jonathan Weddings



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