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Clarke University Meets Intimate Family Wedding: Becca + Tyler

August 9th, 2014

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When Becca and Tyler met they knew it was love at first sight; hitting it off immediately on their first date. Nine months later when the couple knew that the relationship wasn’t anything less than serious Tyler decided to secretly pop the question in the crowd of a Trampled by Turtles concert. Becca of course said yes, and the planning began!

With Tyler from Washington State and Becca from Dubuque, and the couple now living in Fargo, North Dakota; choosing a wedding location was one of the most difficult decisions for planning the big event. The couple had selected a venue that was middle of the road for all their guests, but were prevented from checking out the space when a bad snow storm hit. After missing the venue tour Becca did some searching and stumbled across Clarke University’s Atrium, and knew it was the perfect place to hold an intimate wedding ceremony and reception with 70 of their closest family and friends.

The couple lucked out with gorgeous August weather perfect for some outdoor shots on the campus grounds and arboretum. They opted for a first look prior to the ceremony, and included family as much as possible throughout the day’s details. Tyler’s son served as a mini groomsman, his dad served as wedding officiant, and the couple incorporated a hand-tie ceremony using Tyler’s grandmother’s dress that had been passed down.

Later in the day the couple mingled with guests and held a laid-back dinner where everyone enjoyed Chicken Parmesan, vegetable lasagna and cake! At the end of the day the couple admits it was a lot of work to put a wedding together, but say that Clarke University and Mindy Leigh Photography were amazing to work with when it came to the wedding day.

BECCA + TYLER’S VENDORS:

Ceremony Venue: Clarke University Atrium, Dubuque, Iowa

Officiant: Tim Peterson

Reception Venue: Clarke University Atrium

Caterer: Clarke University Catering

Bakery: Asbury Hy-vee

Florist: Asbury Hy-vee 

Entertainment/DJ: Friend ran the music via playlists

Linens/Rentals: Clarke University

Wedding Favors: Candies which were wrapped in “Thanks for sharing in our special day” wrappers from Hobby Lobby and tiny antique keys to add to a “secret garden” type theme!

Hair: Design Studio- Stylists Sharlyn Donovan and Marlene Lund, Dubuque, Iowa

Make up: Merle Norman, Dubuque, Iowa

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal

Tuxedos: Gordon’s Toggery, Dubuque, Iowa

Bridesmaid Dress: Zazous Bridal Boutique, Dubuque, Iowa

Bride/Bridesmaid Accessories: David’s Bridal and Kohl’s

Wedding Bands: Stainless steel matching bands (Becca’s worn on her right hand, due to engagement ring’s style which does not allow for an attached band). Steel bands to symbolize unending strength and durability. Both bands were purchased as engagement rings, Becca’s diamond purchased a month later.

Rehearsal Dinner: BBQ at Flora Park in Dubuque with homemade food from family

Honeymoon Location: Washington state