August 8, 2018
How They Met…
Joe and Nicole first met in August 2012 at Briar Cliff University where they ran track and cross country for the Chargers. Joe and Nicole got to know each other more over the years since they spent so much time together as teammates. They started spending more time together outside of track early in 2015. Joe had to ask her three times to be his girlfriend before she finally said yes. They officially started dating in March that year, and the rest is history!
Joe and Nicole had a very laid back first date. They went to Olive Garden after practice one evening, and then they went back to campus and watched a movie together. Joe and Nicole bond most over their love for track and their families. They also spend time in the summers on the lake or camping. Being in a relationship came easy for both of them because they already knew each other so well.
The weekend before Thanksgiving in 2016, Joe planned for the two of them to go visit his family in Minnesota. He planned to take Nicole to Minnehaha Falls and propose to her there. His younger brother, Cole, was going to take pictures, and Joe’s parents were going to be waiting with flowers. Unfortunately, the Midwest weather did not cooperate. The roads were extremely icy that weekend. Joe and Nicole made it to Worthington and had to turn around. Instead, they spent the weekend with Nicole’s family in Spencer. Nicole didn’t think much of the change in plans, but Joe was understandably upset that his plan didn’t work out. On Sunday evening, they came back to Sioux City and went to Minerva’s for a nice dinner. When they got back to their apartment, Joe got down on one knee and asked Nicole to marry him. She, of course, said yes, and there were many happy tears shed. His proposal was sweet and simple, which fits their relationship perfectly.
Ceremony Location: St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Milford, IA
Reception Location: Rolling Oaks Barn in Spirit Lake, IA
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Dress boutique: A Heavenly Celebration in Emmetsburg, IA
Bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff
Bridesmaid dress boutique: A Heavenly Celebration in Emmetsburg, IA
Tuxedos/Suits: Tip Top Tux
Hair: by Amber at Cut Loose in Spencer, IA
Makeup: by Robin at DermUs in Spencer, IA
Florist: Hyvee in Spencer
Band/DJ: Weddings by Will from Mankato, MN
Cake: Creative Cakes in Spirit Lake, IA