Why Shores?

For those wondering about our last name...

We put a lot of thought into what to do about our last names. The one thing we decided on from the beginning was that we wanted to share a last name, rather than each keeping our own. We both found it important to signify a bond and the start of a new family. So, that decided, what to do with these names? We quickly ruled out hyphenations; Crystal Kay Marie Schumacher-Tanev is just plain ridiculous! We played around with different combinations, Schumaktanev being my personal favorite ;) although I knew a lifetime of spelling and sounding it out would ensue!

So, we decided to come up with something that held a special meaning to us. We searched many different nature inspired names. Many were beautiful, but nothing felt right, until we came across Shores. The water aspect is perfect for our Pisces, ocean loving selves. The aspect of feeling grounded on the shore is what resonated most for me though. In my vows, I described our name as the beauty of staring at this ocean of a world, grounded and safe with the one I love, our feet in the sand. This is exactly the image I am taking into this marriage and I couldn't image a more perfect name to signify the journey.
                                                                                              -Crystal Shores

About Crystal and Rachel

They met 7 years ago while working at Outback Steakhouse in Southcenter (Tukwila WA). Crystal was working as a waitress/bartender trying to make enough money to live in grad school. Rachel was just off the ship (a short stint as a cruise ship server) and an Outback newbie. Sparks flew at the holiday party, then Rachel spent many nights at the bar waiting for Crystal to close up! ;) They lived in a variety of memorable places out in Seattle (just ask for the stories!), then moved to Minnesota so Crystal could finally finish up that doctoral degree with an internship in Shakopee. Both were surprised by the hidden gem of St. Paul and decided to set down some roots. They bought their first house in July 2013! They have explored the area and found some really wonderful parks, lakes, restaurants, and shops. Their family consists of 2 crazy mutts, Domino and Zindle, and 2 unique cats, Squash and Melman.

Celebratory Dinner details

Saturday October 25th, 2014

Buffet and drinks at Axels in Mendota

Come any time between 5pm-11pm and stay as long as you please!

Kids are welcome, just remember to include them in your RSVP so we can provide kid friendly food :)

Axels link - http://axelsrestaurants.com/locations/mendota/
Location - 1318 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Mendota MN
We are in the Mendota room, past the hostess stand and to the left

RSVP link

RSVP here by 10/5/14



Gift ideas

We would love a contribution to our Hawaii honeymoon fund!! We plan to go in February, right about the time a Minnesota winter seems never-ending and unbearable...

If you prefer gift giving over money though, here are some ideas;

A few of our favorite restaurants (aka: places we would love receiving gift cards from!)
Axels (obviously) - http://axelsrestaurants.com/shop/

Pet sitting services through Wags - http://wagspropetservices.com/ 

Books!! - buy what you love, or gift cards to Half Price Books :) - http://www.halfpricebooksonline.com/ 

Wine!! - seriously, we love wine :)

House cleaning services - we would love you forever!

Massages, pedicures, etc