John & Leslie

got married!

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Our story

July, 2013

They Meet

John and Leslie got seated at a shared patio table with friends at Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub in Minneapolis. They shared a lengthy discussion about porketta. Neither were supposed to be there that night, but fate intervened.

Sept, 2013

They Date

John finally mustered the courage to ask Leslie out, so they went to dinner at Muddy Waters and improv comedy at Huge Theater in Minneapolis. Leslie snort-laughed three times during the show and John loved it.

June, 2014

They Travel

They went on their first long vacation together, a southern road-trip across a dozen states. The following year they took another long road-trip circling the Great Lakes to the East Coast and back.

Dec, 2015

They Get Engaged

They went on a cabin retreat in the North Woods of Wisconsin over New Year weekend. John took the ring out and proposed on New Year’s Eve, just a few minutes before midnight.

Apr, 2016

They Wed

In about 8 weeks, John and Leslie planned a private ceremony with their parents in Saint Paul. The ceremony was held on Raspberry Island and the dinner at W.A. Frost & Company.

Apr, 2016

They Nest

John and Leslie bought their first house together in Minneapolis (OK, Richfield…) and are continuing the adventure.




Happy Days


Champagne Room


It's Amore






Happy Halloween








Fountain of Love




The Ceremony

April 9, 2016 5:00pm Raspberry Island in Saint Paul

In a private ceremony with their parents, John and Leslie tied the knot on a blustery day in Minnesota. Family friend Rich Flores officiated.

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Golf Outing

August 19, 2016 4:00pm Dwan Golf Club

Friends and family are invited to a 9-hole round for a golf outing tradition at Dwan Golf Club in Bloomington, MN. Email if you would like to reserve a tee time.

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August 20, 2016 4:00-9:00pm West Bush Lake Park (Pav #1)

Everyone is invited to a celebration of John and Leslie’s marriage. Children are also welcome to attend. Please RSVP below.

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Family Brunch

August 21, 2016 11:00am John & Leslie’s Home

John and Leslie’s immediate family are invited to meet at their new house for a leisurely family brunch.

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Info for Travelers

Directions to the Party

West Bush Lake Park (Pav #1). 9401 W Bush Lake Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55438. View in Google Maps.


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If you prefer a hotel, we have a block of rooms reserved at Staybridge Suites (5150 American Blvd West, Bloomington, MN 55437), within 4 miles of the party. Call 952-831-7900 and ask for the “Carey – Tasto” group rate or book online at by July 22.

In-town Travel

For guests staying at the hotel, sign-up for a shuttle to and from the party will be available at check-in. On party day, the shuttle will leave the hotel at 4:00pm and leave the party at 9:00pm. If you are staying elsewhere, try a car-share service like Uber. If you’re a new user, get $15 off your first ride with referral code 2dwlz.

To do in Twin Cities

There is plenty to do in our fair Cities. Eat your way around town with some of our favorites lists, like Juicy Lucy Throw-Down, Twincy’s Best Brunches, and Quirky Twin Cities Eats.

Take a brewery or distillery tour with Bitter Minnesota Brewery Tours, The Hoppy Trolley or Sippin’ Spirits Distillery Tour.

Tour the new US Bank Vikings Stadium, visit Twins’ Target Field, or head to the Mall of America for some shopping.


We’ve lived together a year or two, we really don’t need anything new. Your presence as a guest, is all that we request. But if you insist on giving a gift, some pennies for our goals would give us a lift!

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You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

Dr. Seuss