Ahhhh, I loved this wedding. Jen and Mike may be the couple that gets the “quickest to laugh” award of the year– they smiled and laughed through the entire day, which I loved capturing! I also had the opportunity to work with one of my favorite designers– The Dazzling Details– who ensure that every wedding is simply stunning.
I asked Jen and Mike to tell me a bit about how they met. It’s a great story! Jen said:
In 2004, I had moved downtown where Mike worked. One day I was walking home from work and heard “Gallus” screamed across Nicollet mall. We went out for dinner. Mike had a girlfriend, and, frankly, was still heartbroken from the horrible summer of 1994. But I had fallen and was persistent.
Eventually, I wore Mike down, and we started dating…and then we got a dog…and then we moved in together…and then we got another dog…and then…nine years later…
Here are a few of my favorite images from the day:
I wanted to know more of their story, so I asked Jen to tell me a bit about their engagement. She said:
We like to travel…a lot. Together we have been all over the US and to Canada, Mexico, Belize, Puerto Rico, Curacao, St. Lucia, England, Thailand, Virgin Islands, and Dominican Republic.
In 2013 our good friend, Elaine Peik (also a Gustie), was hosting a trip to Sweden to run a half marathon. We thought it would be a great opportunity to travel with friends. Mike was not so keen on the half marathon thing, but he went along with it (and, despite not training, completed it with a pretty impressive time).
The day after the half marathon, we walked through a park in Stockholm. Mike wanted to walk across the park to sit down for a bit. I, being my usual stubborn self, thought that was a waste of limited time in a foreign country. But, he pulled me across the lawn as I complained the entire time (again, those who know me are not surprised). Then he stopped. And I almost had a heart attack. Because, honestly, after nine years I was actually surprised.
I asked them why they chose to have a destination wedding (honestly not a surprise after the bit about loving to travel), and Jen said:
I lasted about one week trying to plan a wedding here before I decided that I wasn’t enjoying it…like at all. We had thrown around the idea of a destination wedding in the past. When it came right down to it, I couldn’t trust my wedding day to some random event planner at a random resort in a random location. I was lucky enough to have gone to college with Kristin Crawford, owner of The Dazzling Details. So, Puerto Vallarta became the destination based on that. After that decision had been made we worked with Kristin and Michelle to pick out the right venue. It worked out well, because most people stayed at Dreams or the condos associated with Dreams, which both are just a short walk down the beach from the venue.
Of course, my favorite question is what Jen/Mike’s favorite part of the day was. They said: