College Sweethearts Host Rustic Wedding with Greenery Installations

Family and friends hold sparklers as Taylor and John kiss as their wedding day at Historic John P. Furber Farm ends.
Real Wedding
The Historic John P. Furber Farm was filled with light and laughter as these two University of North Dakota alum tied the knot
Written by
Allyson Reedy


Fall/Winter 2019

Wedding: July 21, 2018

Honeymoon: Dominican Republic

It all started in a back booth at a dive bar in Grand Forks. Taylor Nelson was running for student body vice president at the University of North Dakota, and John Mitzel managed the campaign. They spent most of their meetings in that booth, where they bonded over cheap beer and pizza. Not only did John manage to get the actual booth to Taylor’s family’s cabin to propose in it, but they also featured it at their wedding reception, where they shared its story and guests could pose for photos. Another special guest at their wedding was the couple’s pooch, Mitt. “We are a little obsessed with her,” Taylor says. “We had a little flower collar made for her and she joined us during the first look.” Taylor says that the highlight of the day was the ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. “Having such a perfect setup and seeing the room filled with our favorite people while we married the love of our lives made for such a magical moment. We were both so nervous leading up to it, but it was just pure bliss up there.”

Taylor and John's wedding cake.

A table setting at Taylor and John's wedding at Historic John P. Furber Farm

Taylor and John hold their dog while kissing.

Some of the desserts by Thirsty Whale Bakery

Taylor, John and their wedding party walk the grounds at Historic John P. Furber Farm.

Taylor and John's initials on the wall behind their head table at Historic John P. Furber Farm

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Cottage Grove