Nelson Wedding

We couldn’t have planned a more perfect day! Beautiful weather for November started our morning, and it just got better as the day went on. Our friends and family helped create a day filled with love and laughter, and having our children experience the day and it’s events with us made it that much more memorable.

Bride: Stacey Sparks
Groom: Dakota Nelson
Wedding Date: November 4, 2016
Reception Venue: Fore Seasons Golf Practice, Newton, IA
Officiant: Jeremy Schnell
Bride’s Attire Purchased At: Allure Bridals By Hitched Bridal and Formal Wear, Bloomfield, IA
Wedding Cake: Karli Rozenboom
Hairdresser: Courtney Dolash
Jeweler: Kay's Jewelers
Invitations: Vistaprint
Wedding Colors/Inspiration: Blush, Gold, and Ivory with Eggplant Accents
Theme/Décor: Rustic
Floral Design: Shelly Sarver
Catering: Mayflower Homes
Entertainment/DJ: Dave Crawford
Honeymoon: Chattanooga, Tennessee
How did the two of you meet? Dakota and I were in the same preschool class, and ended up going throughout the rest of our school years together. We had always been friends, but it wasn't until high school that we started dating. It took him a year of trying until I finally said yes. The best decision of my life.
How did the proposal take place? December 23, 2014- Dakota is a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Searsboro. Every year around Christmas, the firefighters go throughout the town delivering cookies/baked goods. That year, they invited me to go along. I was offered the front seat of the new firetruck. He had to go down to the station early to get his bunker gear on and get the trucks ready so I headed down shortly after. When I got there, his chief and the crew were standing outside- they said he was still getting ready. We were all talking while we waited for him, when they told me to turn around. When I did, he was suited up in his gear, down on one knee. We laughed, hugged, and were congratulated, then headed out to deliver the goodies to the families in town. Even in the single digit temps, it was perfect.
How was your wedding day unique and special to the two of you? Dakota's favorite thing to do involves anything outdoors. He wanted to incorporate that in any way we could- the antlers were the perfect touch. Hunting is a family tradition for him, so we used shed antlers from his brother and sister-in-law. Our centerpieces helped bring in the outdoors with the wood base- and our flowers added just the right amount of romantic feel to bring it all together. Our wedding day was special in itself, as we had started our relationship six years earlier, to the day.
Photographer: Bre Ashley Photography
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