Real Wedding | Rochelle & Nick | Rochester, MN


Wedding Date: October 5, 2019

How did you meet and what was your proposal story?

We met on a blind date on November 21, 2017, thanks to the collective matchmaking skills of Adrienne, Nick’s sister, and Maria, my friend from medical school and neighbor of Nick’s family. Although Nick had deliberately chosen drinks instead of dinner for the first date in case it went poorly (it’s faster to drink a beer than eat a whole meal), we ended up talking for close to three hours. Our love story progressed quickly from there. Nick says he knew I was The One on December 6, 2017 (our third date!) when I asked for a “rain check” for something that conflicted with my schedule. (Coincidentally, Nick’s mother had also asked his father for a “rain check” early on in their courtship, so Nick saw this as a sign.). I took a little longer, but wrote a note on December 16, 2017 after having dinner with his family, “I’m calling it now. I’m going to marry this guy.” On May 18, 2018, Nick took me to a birthday dinner at the Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery, only to find that he had arranged a huge surprise 30th birthday party with friends and family at the Tap House. Afterwards, he proposed with a beautifully written love letter. The rest is history!

What was the inspiration for the look and feel of your wedding?

We wanted a feel of romantic elegance… something classy but simple at the same time.

What was the significance of your wedding location?

Rochester is home! Nick has lived in Rochester nearly his whole life, and it has become my home as well after more than nine years of school and training. We love Rochester and wanted to be able to share it with our family and friends.

What was your favorite moment in your ceremony and reception?

Our vows were the most special and meaningful to us. We wrote our own, and shared them for the first time surrounded (literally!) by our family and friends. Our ceremony was in a circle, a feature we truly loved.

Would you change anything if you could do it over again? If so, what?

Wouldn’t change a thing.

What advice do you have for other couples planning their weddings?

Take at least 10-15 minutes during the day to just spend with each other. It goes so quickly, and it’s nice to have a few minutes of time with your new spouse to remember why you’re there. Also, if it’s in your budget, strongly consider a wedding planner. Ours kept the whole planning process and the day itself low-stress and fun.

What did you do for your honeymoon?

We will be going to South Africa and Botswana on Safari this spring.


OFFICIANT: Reverend Christopher Hanley
CAKE/DESSERT: Flapdoodles Ice Cream
CATERING AND EVENING SNACKS: J. Powers Catering, evening snacks from John Hardy’s
FLORIST: Le Jardin Floral
INVITATIONS: Paper Rock Scissor
MAKEUP: Heather Trachsel
HAIR: Stephanie Knutson
BRIDAL GOWN: Eve of Milady, Allegria Bridal (Belmont, MA)
TUXEDOS: Jos. A. Bank
RECEPTION MUSIC: Bluewater Kings
PHOTOGRAPHER: Copper & Coal Photography
VIDEOGRAPHER: Ambient House Productions
WEDDING PLANNER: Denae Brennan Events
RENTALS: The Seatery, Majestic Tents, Rentex Rentals