Jenna and Dan
Apparel | Atmosphere
Jenna and Dan
Apparel | Atmosphere
Jenna and Dan’s wedding day was nothing short of a photographers dream. I loved that the couple picked their wedding venue, because it didn’t feel like a wedding venue. 514 Studios has a raw, industrial feel and is a blank canvas. The couple hired A Vintage Touch and the venue was transformed right before your eyes.
To start off the day the couple did a first look at 514 Studios in their upper level natural light studio, so pretty. The dark color pallet for the day of navy and reds blended so beautiful. During their ceremony these two wrote their own vows to each other, which is always a favorite moment of mine. Dinner was served food truck style from Gastrotruck and Angel Food Bakery brought lots and lots of yummy choices for desserts! As a final send off the couple lit sparklers and the rest was history!
Dan and I met on Match.com… I know… how unromantic :). The funny thing is… when you’re living in Texas and searching for a 5ft 10in, brown haired, fit, educated, funny, Minnesota man and your 100% match messages you hours after you save him as a favorite… it’s kind of perfect.
Dan proposed during our coed softball game, right after I got hit in the face with a ball :). Here’s the story in his words, “I nervously had the ring in hand for nearly two weeks leading up to July 20th. There were several days in that period that I wanted to whip that ring out and ask her already. Finding the right moment is difficult. Going on a weekend vacation, while out on the town, walking around the lake, relaxing on our porch with the beloved weiner-dogs… all moments that could’ve been THE moment. What kept the ring in my pocket until July 20th, I honestly don’t know. I should’ve asked her the day I had the ring in hand.
Jenna and I play in a co-ed softball league on Thursdays in Minneapolis. On this particular Thursday, by no doing of my own, we had several teammates absent. And to fill their spots, we added to the lineup Jenna’s sister, Kacie, Jenna’s father, Scott and Scott’s then fiancé, now wife, Katy. In addition, Jenna’s grandmother, Sharon, joined the peanut gallery to watch the ballgame. I couldn’t have planned, or not planned, that audience any better.
It got late in the game. Jenna was playing 3rd base, Scott at shortstop, Kacie at 2nd base and myself backing up Jenna in left field. The largest guy in that park, maybe Minneapolis, stepped up to the plate and ripped the ball hard, VERY HARD, down the 3rd base line and KNOCK! If you know Jenna to any amount, then you know she’s a tough girl. She held her ground at 3rd base and took a one-hop, bad-hop, from a bright yellow “soft”ball right to the cheek bone, just missing her eye. Jenna went to her knees and I sprinted in from left field. When I made it to Jenna, she was holding her right hand over her already swelling, stitch-laced, bright red cheek bone. Jenna calmly asked for ice as I was kneeling in front of her. Jenna’s father, grandmother and sister all made it to her side. As they all surrounded her and I, I thought to myself ‘MOMENT!!’ I shakenly reached into my right-side pocket and dug out our engagement ring and asked Jenna to marry me. Looking back on that moment, I can confidently say that I was in more shock than a girl that just took a softball to the face. I had several things I wanted to say to her when the time came, but they all escaped me as I rushed to not let another moment fly by. The only words I could make out were, “While I have you here – Jenna, will you marry me?”
If I could go back and have a second shot at it, unsurprised at what was about to happen, knowing that she was going to take a ball to the face and I’d find us sitting there together surrounded by family then I would add this…
Jenna Marie Freitag, I love you with all my heart. You are a smart, resilient and beautiful woman. You excite me with your presence and humor me with your goofiness. I’m lucky every single day to have you by my side, dreaming of our future together, complaining about the Winter and laughing at the wiener dogs. I’m a patient man, but I’m done waiting for the day where I may call you my fiancé, and my wife.
… and while I have you here – Jenna, will you marry me?”
The wedding planning process was fun, stressful, and exciting all at the same time. Our main focus was to plan a fun wedding the reflected us as best as possible. We worked with a decorator who customized the whole night into the wedding of our dreams. It really was the best day ever.