NEW ULM - An engaged couple rung in the final hours just before their wedding Saturday with a blast of cannon fire at the Hermann Monument.
Jordan Schuetzle, of Grand Forks, N.D., and Molly Maurer, of Hutchinson, decided the best way to kick off their destination wedding in New Ulm was to participate the New Ulm Battery's cannon firing fundraiser at the Double Anniversary Celebration event at Hermann Heights Park. The fundraiser revolved around members of the Battery loading one of their cannons for firing, then letting the participant pull the cord on the firing pin.
The couple initially faced adversity with two sputtering misfires by the cannon, but their lucky third attempt to pull the cord together was successful. The final pull by the couple was greeted with the bark of the cannon's blast and the roaring cheers of the onlooking crowd.
Schuetzle said they got the idea after a relative joked that firing the cannon could be their wedding present. He said they found the idea so much fun they decided use it as a kick-off event for their wedding.
Schuetzle also noted that the event was the first time he was able to see his new wife in her wedding dress.
Following the firing of the cannon and photograph with an actor playing Hermann the German, the couple held their wedding later that day at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Molly Maurer and Jordan Schuetzle shout in excitement after firing a New Ulm Battery cannon Saturday at the Hermann Monument to ring their wedding later that day in New Ulm. The couple celebrated the cannon blast after their two prior attempts ended with the cannon misfiring.
But, the couple received a surprise when they exited the church: the New Ulm High School Marching band performed music while leading the newly wed couple down the street to their reception at Turner Hall. The couple had reportedly told other family members and friends that they wished they could have had a marching band for their wedding.
Schuetzle said the couple's future plans are to move in together in Grand Forks, N.D.
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