Justine & Mark

Emily Jessen Photography October 28, 2017 Cottonwood Pavilion, Shenandoah

BENSON BEGINNING They grew up a mile apart but never knew each other in school. They met one night in Benson in 2015. "Mark got my number, but we didn't go on our first date for over six months. We have spent every day together since.'' HE REELED HER IN They enjoy spending lazy weekends camping along the river just north of Fremont. One morning Mark asked Justine if she wanted to take the dog for a walk along the riverbank to their favorite spot. It was a beautiful, sunny morning, Justine recalls. "Mark spotted something on the ground and stopped. It was a wine bottle with a note inside. I picked it up  and read the note: 'Will you marry me?' I turned around and he was down on one knee.'' FALL COLORS They love the simpler things in life but wanted something special for their guests and themselves on their big day. Because the ceremony was in the fall, they loved the idea of a rustic backdrop filled with beautiful refined floral and greenery. Justine says to trust your instincts. "It is so easy to become overwhelmed by all of the choices and Pinterest boards, but feel confident in your vision and roll with it.'' LIKE MINDS They both used a line from "Parks and Recreation" in their vows: "I love you and I like you.'' "We wrote our own vows and had no idea the other was using it.'' SUCH DEVOTED SISTERS Justine has three sisters and during the father-daughter dance, her dad suggested that they bring them all out onto the floor. "One by one they joined us,'' Justine says. "It was a great moment.'' For the song, he picked "The Cape,'' which he often played while they were growing up. WELL-ROUNDED TREAT Their glazed doughnut wall was a huge hit. The doughnuts came from The Donut Stop in Shenandoah, Iowa. "We loved it and our guests really enjoyed it as well,'' Justine says. "One guest said he had seven doughnuts.'' HOUSE WARMERS Gift cards to The Home Depot were the best present, the couple says. "We were remodeling a house at the same time as the wedding, and it helped so much.'' They bought the old post office in Leshara, Nebraska, and the renovations took six months. NO SURPRISES They felt comfortable with each other before the wedding, so there were no big revelations. Mark says Justine takes care of them and always has the family's best interests in mind. Justine says Mark is the most genuine person she knows. "I have never felt more loved than when I am with him.''

THE COUPLE Mark Grimm and Justine Dunker

PHOTOGRAPHER Emily Jessen Photography

WEDDING DATE October 28, 2017

REHEARSAL DINNER Wabash Wine Company, Shenandoah, Iowa

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Cottonwood Pavilion, Shenandoah


BRIDAL GOWN Jarlo London

ACCESSORIES Veil, Etsy; earrings, Rivka Friedman; jacket, BB Dakota (custom painted by Emily Jessen)


MAKEUP ARTIST Makeup by Kristal


MEN’S ATTIRE JoS. A. Bank, suits; ASOS ties

RINGS Engagement ring, Etsy; wedding band family heirloom; groom's wedding ring, Etsy

FLORIST Creating Atmosphere

CAKE Nothing Bundt Cakes/The Donut Stop

CATERER Katy’s Catering

RENTALS Creating Atmosphere

MUSIC B.S. Music

TRANSPORTATION Limeozene Party Bus

INVITATIONS/PROGRAMS: Bride, printed at Physicians Mutual

GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Shenandoah Inn & Suites



Marjie is a writer for The World-Herald’s special sections and specialty publications, including Inspired Living Omaha, Wedding Essentials and Momaha Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @mduceyOWH. Phone: 402-444-1034.

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