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Jessica Patricelli

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The Bride

  • Age: 26
  • Hometown: White Bear Lake
  • Occupation: Research Scientist

The Groom

  • Age: 26
  • Hometown: White Bear Lake
  • Occupation: Event Caterer

The Details

  • Engagement Date: June 23, 2015
  • Wedding Date: August 5, 2017
  • Wedding/Reception Location: Two Harbors, Minnesota 
  • The Ring: We picked out the ring together before the engagement, so of course I love it! It has a traditional feel but is modern with a very thin band that compliments the diamonds very nicely.

Our Story

Matt and I met on the first day of the sixth grade when we introduced ourselves as locker neighbors. We were good friends throughout high school and had one date to the Sadie Hawkins Dance, but nothing came of it. Luck would have it that we both ended up going to the University of Minnesota Duluth for college. November 13, 2009 was our first date and it's been all adventures ever since! 

Engagement Story

On our first trip to Nice, France, we found a great waterfall on a hill with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea. On the next trip, ring in hand, Matt and I ventured back—only to realize the waterfall was man-made and had been turned off for some time. Laughing at the situation, surrounded by dried-up plants, slabs of concrete, and still a great view of the sea, Matt proposed and our newest adventure began.

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Photo by Becca Sabot

Real Bride Jessica and her fiancé Matt bucked tradition by creating a new last name together. more

Aug 2, 2017 7:00 AM Real Brides

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Photo by Mariah Joy Photography

Jessica gets real about the good, the bad, and the ugly in the final days of wedding planning. more

Jul 19, 2017 7:00 AM Real Brides

Real Bride Jessica tackles the final tasks leading up to her wedding in six weeks. more

Jun 28, 2017 7:00 AM Real Brides

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Photo by Mariah Joy Photography

Real Bride Jessica and her fiancé incorporated their interests into their engagement photos. more

Jun 14, 2017 7:00 AM Real Brides

Real Bride Jessica chooses her wedding-day food. more

May 24, 2017 7:00 AM Real Brides

Real Bride Jessica and her fiancé Matt saved money—and worked together!—by creating their own save-the-dates. more

Apr 12, 2017 7:00 AM Real Brides

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Photo courtesy of J.Crew

Real Bride Jessica allowed her bridesmaids to pick their own wedding-day attire. more

Mar 15, 2017 7:00 AM Real Brides

Real Bride Jessica finds her wedding venue. more

Mar 1, 2017 7:00 AM Real Brides

For Real Bride Jessica, choosing a maid of honor was an easy decision. more

Feb 15, 2017 7:00 AM Real Brides

Real Bride Jessica talks about her and her fiancé's decision to have a long engagement. more

Feb 1, 2017 1:59 PM Real Brides