Before getting engaged Courtney, a Livestock Grant Administrator, and Mitch, an IT Application Developer, thought getting married on Leap Day would be unique. They’d only have anniversaries every four years! After a surprise proposal, Mitch’s mom asked when the big day would be, and without missing a beat Mitch said “February 29th.” “In my mind, that was only 3 months away so there was no chance,” recalls the bride. “From that moment, the planning quickly began.”
And although the wedding was planned rather quickly, the vibe of this affair was relaxed. Courtney attributes this to their vendors being so organized. “Even in moments that could be stressful everything really flowed, and we were able to enjoy our day. One of the groomsmen—in his own words—mentioned that this wedding was the most ‘chill’ wedding he had been to and I agree.”
“For colors, we choose a dark navy blue and a light seafoam green. The green was also brought in through the flowers in the bouquet and the table centerpiece,” recalls Courtney. Mitch’s grandmother actually did the flowers, making them an even more special aspect of the wedding. And for a sentimental touch, Courtney had a charm and picture of her grandmother, who recently passed away, attached to the bouquet. “I was extremely close to her as she had a substantial part in raising me,” explains Courtney.
With their short timeline, planning the wedding could have been a problem, “but I am extremely grateful that The Jerome Event Center was available for that day. From my first look at The Jerome, I knew it would be perfect. The rustic industrial atmosphere of the venue fit us perfectly,” explains the bride. And their venue wasn’t the only vendor that wowed the couple. “Carolyn [our officiant] did an amazing job capturing our story in the few times we had met with her. My favorite part of attending weddings as a guest is hearing the couple’s story so this was an important element to me.”
Along with their officiant, Courtney and Mitch also appreciated the talents of their photographer, “Taylor did an amazing job with our engagement and wedding pictures. Our engagement pictures were taken on one of the first snowfalls in November. At the beginning of our session it was lightly snowing, but by the end, we were covered in white. The day was a little chilly, but we kept moving and the end result was completely worth it.” They received many compliments on the food, thanks to Distinctive Catering.
As is often the case, the groom enjoyed the cocktail hour, seeing everyone having a good time and visiting with everyone. When it comes to Courtney’s favorite moment, it was also one that brides often cherish: when the groom read his vows. “We gave each other a preview of what our vows were a few weeks before our wedding day. But from that preview, he changed them in a way that completely blew me away. He had the room in tears. Mitch brought the room with him when he got a little choked up. I had people come up to me after saying how much he must love me. I knew he did, but at that moment, I could not have felt more loved.”
And while a short engagement might have stressed many couples out, for Courtney and Mitch, it was a blessing. “I am grateful that we did decide on a short engagement. My heart goes out to couples that are having to make hard decisions and make alternative plans for their weddings. When the shelter in place started one of my first thoughts was what’s going to happen to those who’ve planned weddings.” Luckily for Courtney and Mitch, they didn’t have to re-work their wedding. They already had everything they dreamed of on Leap Day.
Photographer: Taylor Lenz Photography
Officiant: Grand Ave Wedding Officiants, Carolyn Germaine
Ceremony & Reception: The Jerome Event Center
Reception Entertainment: Instant Request DJ – Alexander
Floral Design: Mitch’s Grandmother Karen, Flowers purchased from 101 Market Petals to Pines Floral in Otsego, MN
Catering: Distinctive Catering, Farmington, MN
Dessert: Pie from Waverly Café, Waverly, MN
Bridal Shop: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Make-up and Hair: Bela Salon in Elk River, MN, Hair by Jenni
Menswear: Men’s Warehouse
Photobooth: Photo Booth Creation
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