Jenna and Corey’s connections go way back to the early 1990’s when they both went to Mankato State University. They knew some of the same people and hang out at the same places, however, their paths never crossed.
They did finally meet in 2001 when they were employed by the same company. That holiday season, Jenna picked Corey’s name out of a hat and became his “Secret Santa” for a week. They would rarely talk as they worked in different departments. Also, Jenna had three small children and Corey was single, living a bachelor lifestyle and they had no common ground at the time.
Fast forward to 2011. Jenna had not heard, or seen anything of Corey for about 8 years. In August of 2011 Jenna took a different position in Northfield Lines, Inc. which she had been employed with for 13 years and Corey was the trainer for her new position. That day they talked, laughed and finally put two and two together with all the “connections” they had. Jenna said, “This is so cliché, but it really DID feel like we had known each other forever”.
They continued to work together and became good friends, then best friends and then one day, they fell head over heels in love with each other! They became engaged November 1, 2013 when Corey surprised Jenna by proposing at a very special place for him in his hometown of Apple Valley. He had arranged for dinner that evening and had packed a bag for her. At the restaurant her three children were waiting at the table to surprise her! They were all in on it! SHE SAID YES!
Their wedding weekend had finally arrived and they had the wedding of their dreams with very special family and friends there to share the experience! Jenna and Corey enjoyed a fabulous rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s mom Mary Jane and the bride’s parents Jeff and Sandy Landon in the Retreat House. The dinner was provided by Catering by Valeri Ann. The guests enjoyed a “home cooked” meal complete with Valeri’s famous homemade pies. Many lucky guests had the best seats in the house in the porch which overlooks the whole country estate.
On Saturday, the guests arrived soon after 5:00 and greeted one another in the fireside room with Maucieri’s bar open. Many of the guests arrived in style in a Northfield Lines, Inc. coach. The 6:00 ceremony was held in the garden. Corey did not see his beautiful bride until she walked down the aisle with the glow of the sunset at her back. The groom had tears in his eyes as Jenna walked into his “forever” and they said their I DO’s. Her three children were by her side. It was a brisk evening with a clear blue sky that quickly turned to a beautiful fall orange glow as the sun set on the happy newlyweds.
After the ceremony the Event Center was inviting with a roaring fire and Beth from Maucieri’s Catering waiting with Antipasto. The dining room was decorated with a rustic vintage bling and lots of candles with olive organza and burlap and a beautiful mix of white flowers. The head table was set for 24 in a Regal setting in the middle of the dining room which allowed family and friends to surround the couple and celebrate with toasts of well wishes.
The celebration was very kid friendly with a children’s meal with their favorite chicken strips along with fruit and veggies. The kid tables were covered with white and brown paper to allow the kids to customize the décor themselves with colors. The bonus room was also designated as a “Kid’s room.”
Maucieri’s Catering served a buffet dinner starting with the bride and groom. They enjoyed a Caesar Salad, fresh bread, Sicilian Green Beans, Roasted Garlic Baby Reds, Chicken Light Italian pasta and slow roasted beef with Brandy peppercorn Sauce or Red Wine Mushroom Sauce. Cake was later served to the guests. Beth also served Maucieri’s fresh baked pizzas from Pine Peaks’ very own Mugnaini Wood Fired Oven during the dance.
We, at Pine Peaks, would like to wish Jenna and Corey the best of luck and love in your lives as husband and wife. May your future be filled with many more “Regal” celebrations with family and friends. We were honored to host your wedding celebration.
See the rest of their Facebook Wedding Photo Album here.
– Dave and Julie Peterson