Jenny & Craig

February 23, 2019Brainerd, MN

Our Sweet Little Love Story
Ries + Hirschey...the Perfect Combination

July 14th, 2013 was the very first time Craig and Jenny laid eyes on each other. Jenny had just moved back from living near 10 years away from Minnesota (4 in Kansas and 5+ in NYC). She immediately reunited with two of her best friends (and bridesmaids) Stacia Flicek (soon to be Conzemius) and Dana (Weber) Caturia. These girls were living in St. Louis Park at Stacia's house and had just started hanging out with "some Hastings guys", one of which, Brandon Berger (and groomsman), lived in a house just around the corner from Stacia. So, one by one Jenny started to meet the Hastings guys. That summer evening in July, Brandon had a BBQ and up walks the infamous Craig Hirschey. There are a lot of stories, all in good spirit about this boy, so Jenny was intrigued to meet him. And in true Craig form, earlier that day before arriving at Brandon's he had been on a sky diving adventure followed by shopping at a few estate sales. Truly a perfect day for Craig.

We won't say, the rest was history, Craig and Jenny spent that summer as friends, meeting up often with the Apple Valley girls and Hastings guys.

Soon after spending more time together as friends. Jenny mentioned the name "Craig Hirschey" to her older sister Elizabeth. Elizabeth quickly said, "wait, Hirschey? Does he have sisters?" Turns out Jenny's older sisters Elizabeth and Katie were in Kappa Kappa Gamma at UW-Madison during overlapping years with two of Craig's four sisters, Karin and Megan, also KKG's at UW.

By Fall, of 2013 Craig and Jenny had more and more fun together as friends, and by Christmas-time they shared their first kiss at a Christmas party in downtown Minneapolis. They don't have an official anniversary, but sometime in the new year of 2014 they began dating. Now it's safe to say the rest is history.

Together they've traveled to San Francisco, Carmel Valley, Florida, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Banff, Vancouver, Kelowna, Seattle, Colorado Springs, Denver, Boulder, Green Bay, Chicago, Nashville, Traverse City, MI, Hershey, PA, Newport, RI, Boston, Kansas City and Lawrence (Rock Chalk!), plus many trips to the Lake, and more. They've been to 20 weddings together, with 11 more to go between end of 2018 and summer 2019.

Shortly after Jenny introduced Craig to her family, the connection was instantly made... wait Jenny Ries (like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups) is dating Craig Hirschey (like Hershey's Chocolate)? Yep! So after getting engaged on April 7th, 2018 Jenny reached out to the Hershey Company to see if they had any interest in this unique story. And boy did they ever! Hershey Co. flew Jenny and Craig out to Hershey, PA to see where all the magic happens in their sweet little town. They spent the day with a team from Hershey and two amazing photographers to capture some beautiful, fun and hilarious photos all surrounding the theme of Hershey/Hirschey and Reese/Ries, the sweetest love story.

We hope everyone enjoys the photos of our magical day in Hershey, PA. And more importantly is able to celebrate with us (and perhaps enjoy some sweets!) in Brainerd, Minnesota on February 23rd, 2019.


Jenny & Craig

The Wedding

Saturday, February 23, 2019
4:30 PM
Attire: Cocktail
Zion Lutheran Church
220 N 8th St, Brainerd, MN 56401, USA
The NP Event Space
210 Blacksmith Circle, Brainerd, MN

Shuttles will be available from Grand View Lodge to Zion Lutheran Church (a 20 minute drive) and then again from Zion Lutheran Church across the street (a 4 minute drive) to The NP Event Space. Return shuttles will also be available back to Grand View Lodge sometime after dinner.

*Note - if you have dietary restrictions, please leave them in the NOTES section when RSVPing to the wedding. It is the last screen before submitting your RSVP. Thank you!

Other Events

Welcome Party!
Friday, February 22, 2019
8:00 PM
Grand View Lodge - Heritage Room
3850 Lodge Road, Nisswa, MN 56468, USA

We thank you for traveling up to one of our favorite places, Brainerd area of Minnesota. If you are able to join us the evening of February 22nd, we would love to welcome you at the Grand View Lodge - Heritage Room for light appetizers and cocktails.

Attire: Casual to Cocktail - Up North and Cozy! (Meaning: anything goes... jeans, sweaters, slacks, dresses, sequins, fur, whatever your heart desires!)

Shuttle To and From Grandview Lodge for Wedding
Saturday, February 23, 2019
3:30 PM

We will have shuttles to and from Grandview Lodge leaving at 3:30 promptly from the Main Lodge and at 3:45 promptly from Roy Lake cabins. Please RSVP if you would like shuttle service so we know how many buses we'll need. Even if you aren't staying at Grandview you're welcome to hop on the shuttle.

Reservation at Grandview Lodge
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Grand View Lodge Spa & Golf Resort
23521 Nokomis Ave, Nisswa, MN 56468, USA

Please RSVP if you are staying at Grandview Lodge.

Wedding Party

Elizabeth Ries - Maid of Honor

Elizabeth is Jenny's oldest sister by 5 years. She hosts a fabulous day time television show called Twin Cities Live, featuring food, fashion and fun. Elizabeth is married to Jay Reimers, and together they have two amazing children, Bernadette (4) and Franklin (18 mos). When she's not chasing her two littles around she's tending to her urban chickens and backyard garden. Jenny has looked up to Elizabeth her entire life and has LOVED living so close to the Reimers' family for the last 5 years. It's been especially fun to watch her as the wonderful momma she is to her sweethearts. Fun fact! Elizabeth was a Kappa at UW-Madison with two of Craig's sisters, Karin and Megan.

Katie Trotter - Maid of Honor

Katie is Jenny's older sister by 2 years. Katie is married to Adam and together they have two incredible boys, William (4.5) and Owen (2.5), and a new baby girl, Penelope "Penny" (3 mos)! Katie and Jenny lived together as roommates in Brooklyn, NY for one year and continued living in the city for another two years before Katie and Adam adventured to Chicago. Those few years in New York were some of the absolute best years of their lives. The memories will live on forever. Nothing like being broke, but also super fun and adventurous with your sister in one of the most amazing cities in the world. Don't worry, Elizabeth didn't miss out on too much of the fun, she made sure to get on a plane at least 5 times a year to visit us.

Laura Lemon - Bridesmaid

Laura is one of Jenny's first friends she met college at the University of Kansas. The two were sorority sisters in Kappa Kappa Gamma and instantly became close friends. Jenny and Laura basically lived together for four straight years, including a semester in Paderno del Grappa, Italy (a tiny town north of Venice). While they haven't lived together since graduation in 2008, they have remained best friends and have spent many trips visiting each other in San Francisco and New York and now Nashville and St. Paul. Laura is the founder of Lemon Laine, the most amazing natural beauty and wellness store in the Eastside of Nasvhille, TN. She and her loving husband Evan (who we met in Italy!) run the business together and are planning the opening of their second store in Houston, TX this Fall. If you're ever in Nashville and soon Houston, this gem of a shop should be your first stop.

Betsy Bengtson - Bridesmaid

Betsy and Jenny met at the University of Kansas where they were not only Kappa's together, but also both graduated from the School of Journalism. They lived together in a house of 12 girls their senior year, and Betsy was resident bartender at their favorite bar The Wheel. After graduation, Jenny and Betsy remained the best of friends - often visiting each other in New York and Denver. When Betsy was deciding on law schools, the two even took a 36 hour trip up to Portland, Maine for a school visit, but also to eat just about everything in sight. Betsy currently resides in Denver, CO with her wonderful husband Anton and their sweet baby girl Tilly.

Dana Caturia - Bridesmaid

Dana and Jenny met in the 6th Grade at Valley Middle School in Apple Valley, MN. They quickly became friends as they had both arrived from different elementary schools and were looking to make new friends. Jenny and Dana have a lot in common when it comes to party planning, cooking, eating, new restaurants and more. Needless to say, when it comes to food, they're on the same page. Dana married a Hastings guy in September 2018, one of Craig's close friends, Chuck Caturia - also having met when they were kids. Dana and Chuck reside in Eagan, Minnesota.

Stacia Flicek - Bridesmaid

Stacia and Jenny met in the 6th grade at Valley Middle School in Apple Valley, MN. The two were in choir together all through middle and high school. There's a Valley Singers CD out there somewhere where the two can be heard singing solos and duets. When Jenny was living in NYC, Stacia often mixed in a trip to visit as her brother was attending West Point. The two met up in Boston, trips to West Point, and of course epic NYC weekends. Stacia currently resides in St. Louis Park and will be married to, you guessed it, a Hastings guy, Michael Conzemius, in January, 2019. Jenny is a bridesmaid in Stacia's wedding party, too! Following their wedding the two will move to Phoenix, Arizona for career changes - we hope after a few years in the desert they'll want to return to the tundra!

Tommy Rymer - Best Man

Tommy and Craig met growing up playing hockey in Hastings, MN. While they never attended the same school, they remained close friends over the years. Tommy and Craig became roommates shortly after Tommy moved back to Minnesota. Tommy is an avid golfer and outdoorsman. He and his wife Jeni, welcomed a baby boy, Jack, into this world in July 2018.

Brandon Berger - Groomsman

Brandon and Craig met growing up in Hastings playing hockey and going to school together. After graduating from college, Brandon and Craig were roommates for quite a few years. Brandon recently became engaged to his now fiance Jackie. The two live in South Minneapolis and are planning their wedding in April, 2019.

Pete Hoffman - Groomsman

Pete and Craig grew up playing hockey together in Hastings (similar theme here!). Pete is engaged to be married to Jenny Jenson, their wedding is 2-weeks before Jenny and Craig's. He is an avid outdoorsman, love spending time at his cabin in Shell Lake, certified arborist and owner of a new chocolate lab, Murphy.

Peter Coonrod - Groomsman

Pete grew up down the street from Craig, attending the same schools through highschool. Pete and his girlfriend, Beth, live in Des Moines, IA both working in the medical field. They welcomed their first baby boy, Brooks, in October 2018.

Joe Conzemius - Groomsman

Joe and Craig grew up playing hockey together in Hastings. Joe works in commercial real estate and lives in St. Louis Park with his wife, Katie, and two babies, Madeline and John. He loves to golf and watch college basketball. Joe and Katie spend as much time as they can over the summer in Cross Lake, MN.

Joe Barnes - Groomsman

Joe and Craig met freshman year of college at the University of Minnesota. Joe grew up in Little Falls, MN. Joe and his wife Maca, live in NE Minneapolis with their 3-year old daughter, Maya. Last year, Joe and Maca took on a new adventure by buying a bakery in Lindstrom, MN. It's adorable, and the donuts are VERY good.

Shuttle To and From Grandview Lodge to Wedding
Shuttle To and From Grandview Lodge to Wedding

We will have shuttles to and from Grandview Lodge leaving at 3:30 promptly from the Main Lodge and at 3:45 promptly from Roy Lake cabins. Please RSVP if you would like shuttle service so we know how many buses we'll need. Even if you aren't staying at Grandview you're welcome to hop on the shuttle.