Thank You

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for making our day so wonderful. 

We've posted photos and the ceremony video. Feel free to save or print any pictures you like. If you have photos or video you can share, we'd love it if you would. Email us at hello@jacquiedan.com or call (612) 643-0497 and we'll figure out a way to get them from you.

Thanks again!

Jacquie & Dan

Married for 1,139 days :o)
6pm, October 26th, 2013
Calico Skies Vineyard & Winery Inwood, IA
Jacquie and Dan

Our Story

Jacquie Lonning

Jacquie

A Sioux Falls "city" kid turned farm girl when she moved to rural Worthing, SD at age 10. Jacquie grew up on the softball fields of SE South Dakota, graduated from Lennox High School, attended college at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA, and later completed her master's degree at Portland State University in Portland, OR. She was very involved in student activities throughout, especially those focused on service and advocacy.

Jacquie served two terms in AmeriCorps, and her first "big kid" job was working at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion where she worked for seven years. She currently is employed in the Extension Center for Youth Development at the University of Minnesota. 

Jacquie enjoys being involved in social justice and community development projects as well as youth-related organizations like HOBY. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, riding her bicycle, balloon twisting, exploring craft breweries, and both spontaneous and planned traveling.

Dan Letsche

Dan

Dan grew up between the small towns of Remsen and Marcus, IA. He was an active kid, participating in various sports, the Boy Scouts, and working as a hired hand on neighboring farms.

Dan graduated from MMC High School and spent the next nine years in Vermillion, SD as a Computer Science undergrad/grad student and full-time employee at the University of South Dakota. In college, he was very involved in campus and community organizations like the SAE Fraternity, Dance Marathon, and the local cycling club. In 2010, Dan left USD to partner in a business building websites called Web Concentrate.

Taking full advantage of the freedom in self employment, Dan has spent the last three years on a somewhat nomadic wander through SD, OR, and MN. In his spare time he enjoys visiting coffee shops, breweries, and bike lanes all across the Twin Cities.

Jacquie + Dan

Jacquie and Dan

If you know Jacquie and Dan, you know there's always more to their story. But for the sake of brevity, here's the abbreviated version of how they became a couple.

The first of their interactions began while working at USD. Jacquie had asked a colleague for some recommendations of people who might be interested in creating a website for a youth leadership organization she was involved with (HOBY). The colleague recommended Dan, so Jacquie reached out and he declined! BUT, he did refer someone and offered to volunteer at another time if needed. The need came later that year during the organization's annual seminar.

At the post-seminar cook-out, they realized they lived right across the street from each other and started hanging out more often. Jacquie would frequent Dan's place for summer barbecues, movie nights, "Mama Letsche" pumpkin bars, and freezie dates.

While others suggested for years that they would make a cute couple, they continued with the "just friends" reply whenever asked. Four years after they first met, following an unforgettable Halloween party with friends, Dan asked "does everyone tell you we should be together?" Jacquie replied, "yeah, do they ask you that, too?" And Dan said, "yeah... so why aren't we together?" And the rest is, as they say, history!

The Proposal

While living in Portland, OR, Jacquie and Dan started a weekly tradition of hiking and biking throughout the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

On an otherwise normal weekend hike (through Forest Park's Wildwood Trail on February 19, 2012), Dan commented on how fun their hikes were and asked if she’d like to keep doing them for a while. Jacquie, with a smirk on her face sarcastically replied, "maybe for a couuuuple more years".

Dan (not normally quick with replies), responded perfectly with "how about a lot longer than that?" and got down in the spot you see here and proposed. And yes, this is the exact spot. Jacquie didn't even move her feet.

After an excited "yes" (and some mushy stuff), Dan scrambled to carefully place some twigs and set a self timer. Their adventure-worn camera held it together just long enough to snap this one last photo - definitely the best one of all.

Ceremony & Reception

Calico Skies Winery

Schedule

5:30pm: Guest Arrival
6:00pm: Sunset Ceremony
6:30-9:30pm: Reception
11:00pm-ish: After party in DTSF 

Location

Calico Skies Vineyard and Winery
2368 Able Boulevard
Inwood, IA 51240

Location Website

Attire

Casual and comfortable dress is encouraged. Nice jeans and un-tucked dress shirts are completely ok! If you want to get fancy, you're welcome to that too - just come in whatever's comfortable. Also note that, weather permitting, our ceremony will be outside so you may want to keep an eye on the weather.

Accommodations

Downtown Sioux Falls

Holiday Inn City Centre

1 King: $109 + tax
2 Queen: $109 + tax
Free shuttle to and from Airport.
Call hotel for pickup upon landing.
100 West 8th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 339-2000
Hotel Website

Country Inn & Suites

1 King: $107.10 + tax
2 Queen: $107.10 + tax
Free cab ride to and from Airport.
Call hotel for pickup upon landing.
200 E. 8th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
(605) 373-0153
Hotel Website

Bus

There will be a free bus from the Holiday Inn to and from Calico Skies. The bus will begin boarding at 4:45pm and depart at 5:00pm (promptly - we’re VERY excited to get married :)). The bus will return later in the night between 10 and 11pm. All wedding guests are welcome to ride (hotel stay is not required). The week of, an email with final details will be sent to all guests who expressed interest.

Beresford

For guests not traveling through Sioux Falls, we also have a block of rooms in Beresford, SD.

Super 8

1 King: $64.95 + tax
2 Queen: $74.95 + tax
1410 W Cedar
Beresford SD 57004
(605) 763-2001
Hotel Website

RSVP

Let us know if you're able (or not able) to make it on the form below. Or feel free to email hello@jacquiedan.com or leave a voicemail at (612) 643-0497.

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If Yes...

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You & others.
Interested in riding the bus to/from Calico Skies? (We won't hold you to it. Just getting a rough count.)
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Attend Virtually

Sadly, you might not be able to make it. Be it ability to travel, other commitments, or the unfortunate fact we couldn't invite every amazing person that's touched our lives over the years. But that doesn't mean you can't share in the day! We'll be recording the ceremony, and wifi/cellular-data permitting, will try streaming it here. Check back around 5:45pm on October 26th and you'll (hopefully) see a video available here. If not, we'll post the video later.

Registry

Gifts aren't necessary, but if you really want to...

Parents

Dave, Jacquie, and Becky

Becky & Dave Jandl

Jacquie's Parents
Dan, Becky, and Marty

Becky & Marty Letsche

Dan's Parents

Remembering Jacquie's Mom

Dan, Jacquie, Dave, and Becky at Calico Skies

This spring we unexpectedly lost an amazing mom. While moving forward has been incredibly difficult, we've found some comfort that she was able to help us prepare for our special day. She traveled the countryside helping us pick our location, and unknowingly (through a not-so-hidden Pinterest board), had a hand in picking Jacquie's dress. 

Perhaps most meaningfully, she was still able to help with catering our reception having already purchased some of the food and supplies in excitement for the big day. There is no doubt the day will be difficult without mom there in person, but we know that huge, contagious smile of hers will be shining down on us that day. There will be many parts of our celebration that will still have mom's touch. 

Wedding Party

Joe Rainboth

Joe Rainboth

Dan's Friend First
Jaimee Jandl

Jaimee Jandl

Jacquie's Sister First
Tracy Lonning

Tracy Gerdes

Jacquie’s Sister First
Brady Jandl

Brady Jandl

Jacquie's Brother First
Emily Letsche

Emily Letsche

Dan’s Sister First
Jason Letsche

Jason Letsche

Dan’s Brother First
Abby Voss

Abby Voss

Dan's Friend First
Alan Grage

Alan Grage

Dan's Friend First
Ben Klingenberg

Ben Klingenberg

Dan's Friend First
Blake Simpfenderfer

Blake Simpfenderfer

Dan's Friend First
Brooke Roberts

Brooke Roberts

Tie
Danny Geraets

Danny Geraets

Dan's Friend First
Grant Merrill

Grant Merrill

Dan's Friend First
Jamie Utt

Jamie Utt

Jacquie's Friend First
Bearclaw Hart

Jonathan Bearclaw Hart

Jacquie's Friend First
Justin Dunn

Justin Dunn

Dan's Friend First
Kirsten Korte

Kirsten Korte

Tie
Lisa Furler

Lisa Furler

Jacquie's Friend First
Nathan DeVries

Nathan DeVries

Dan's Friend First
Nikki Flammond

Nikki Flammond

Jacquie's Friend First
Randy Voss

Randy Voss

Dan's Friend First
Roger Schieferecke

Roger Schieferecke

Jacquie's Friend First
Roy Kammer

Roy Kammer

Jacquie's Friend First
Tina Shantz Hart

Tina Shantz Hart

Jacquie's Friend First
Travis Rhoades

Travis Rhoades

Dan's Friend First
Tyler Beisch

Tyler Beisch

Dan's Friend First
Wade McIntyre

Wade McIntyre

Jacquie's Friend First