Words by Emily

We have known each other for a little over six years. We first started as friends, drinking buddies, and slowly partners and best friends for life. September 11, 2017, Lindsey asked me to be her girlfriend, and we have been inseparable since.

Since we both enjoy golf, that is how our relationship took off, we had to incorporate golf into the proposal. It was at the golf course Emily used to work at, Copper Creek Golf Course. They have a beautiful patio that overlooks the 18th green. I had seen a few engagements happen there. So after thinking about how I wanted to propose, I gathered all of our closest family and friends to surprise them and watch as I asked Lindsey for forever.

Talk to us about the wedding day!

Everything that we had planned was met to the highest expectations and above. Everyone always talked about, “Now, if everything doesn’t go according to plan, don’t sweat it.” But everything was perfect in every way.

As my parents are deceased, we incorporated a memorial table of their wedding pictures along with both our grandparents, who have also passed away. My godparents were there to walk me down the aisle (my dad’s brother and mom’s sister). Unfortunately, my Godmother Ellen was unable to come due to a hospitalization, so Uncle Bill walked me down the aisle and placed two white roses on the front two chairs that we reserved for her parents.

Also, my dad was said to be an emotional guy, and at the beginning of the ceremony, there were a few raindrops, especially when Lindsey made her way down the aisle. For the recessional song, it was Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles. And just as we said I do, the sun was shining, and it was a beautiful day. It was perfect for us and moved all our guests.

What does marriage mean to you?

E: What marriage means to me is a promise for life. Making Lindsey my wife was the best decision I have ever made. She’s someone that makes me feel whole and at home. Marrying the Love of your life should be the best and easiest decision you ever make. In making this promise to Lindsey means I will love her today, tomorrow and every day until the day I die. 

L: Marriage, to me, is a promise to Emily, my wife, my forever and always.

A lifelong commitment, now and always, being each other’s go-to in good times and the bad. Fulfilling that promise means, taking me shopping when TJ Maxx has 50% off throw pillows, being down for late-night ice cream runs, and you picking where we should go out to eat because I can never decide. Marriage is not only having a lifelong partner, a teammate for life’s challenges but fulfilling and living with my best friend. 

And lastly, any advice for other couples planning a wedding?

We think our best advice would be to plan for your wedding ahead. Do as much as you can beforehand and be detailed in your planning for precisely what you want. It’s your day. Don’t let someone else tell you how to plan the best day of your life. It’s between you and your S.O. Make it great!


Photographer Hey Tay Photography

Bridal Boutique Something New Something Blue
Bridespeople Outfits Azazie
Catering Lidderdale Country Store
Celebrant Nick Rotert 
Ceremony & Reception Venue The Chateau at White Oak
Cinematographer Situation Films
Entertainment Complete Events
Florist Hy-Vee Florist Ankeny
H&MU Vesta Salon, SOMA Beauty Algona, Beauty of All Faces
Suit Designer Express