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Ceremony Location

Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden

The ceremony will be held in the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden near downtown Minneapolis MN. It will be outside on the grass near the Gazebo of the Ancients.


We will be enjoying the beautiful urban and natural views of Minneapolis, a city we have grown to love on a (hopefully) beautiful summer afternoon. Because we can’t completely plan out the weather, please keep in mind that it will likely be hot, and there is always a chance it will rain. The temperature ranges from 75 to 85 degrees, and there is around a 2 percent chance of moderate rain for this time of day:

Average weather for Minneapolis on July 26th

We will be having the ceremony rain or shine, and so please plan to wear light clothes, and consider an umbrella just in case. We would rather you be comfortable than formal, so jeans and a T-shirt is better than a black suit!


The sculpture garden is located just off of interstate 94 near the downtown. When coming from the west, just take exit 231B toward Hennepin Avenue/Lyndale Avenue, and then turn right onto Vineland Place. If coming from the east, take exit 231B for Hennepin Avenue/Lyndale Avenue, turn right onto Hennepin/Lyndale and then turn left onto Vineland Pl.

Click here for directions from the west
Click here for directions from the east


A parking facility is adjacent to the Sculpture Garden on 400 Vineland Place. Daily rate is $3.50 per car.  There is also free, but limited, on-street parking on the surrounding streets and underground parking available across the street at the Walker Art center with a daily rate of $4.00 per car.


Hotel Information

We are reserving hotel rooms at the following Hotels in St Paul MN:

Crowne Plaza St Paul Riverfront
Address: 11 East Kellogg Boulevard
Phone Number: 651 292 1900
To reserve a room in the block, ask for the Dobitz-Van Ells wedding block or the code V2D.
Cost (per night): Standard room-$130, Riverview room-$140, Executive room-$150, Parking-$17

We have reserved 10 rooms for Friday, July 25 and 20 rooms for Saturday, July 26. This hotel is closest to our reception site. Try to book a room early as early as possible as these rooms will likely fill up quickly and the hotel has a conference in town that weekend making it unlikely we will be able to reserve many more rooms at this location. This block will be reserved until June 28th at which point the rooms will be available for public sale and you will no longer have a discount.

Embassy Suites St. Paul – Downtown
Address: 175 E 10th St
Phone number: (651) 224-5400
To reserve a room in the block, call the hotel and ask for the Dobitz-Van Ells wedding block.
Cost (per night): King -$132, Double-$151

We have reserved 10 rooms each for Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26. While this hotel is slightly farther away from our reception site, it offers continental breakfast. If we fill all 10 rooms at this site, there is an option for us to add more rooms. We can have up to 25 rooms at this site. This room will be reserved until July 5, at which point the rooms will be available for public sale and you will no longer have a discount.

For guests on a budget there are discount hotels farther away  such as the Super 8 St Paul/I 94 4.5 miles to the east of the reception area that charge $75 dollars on average.

Gift Registry

Because we will be traveling from and back to California for the wedding, we ask that friends and family refrain from getting us physical gifts due to how hard they will be to transport. Instead we set up an online gift registry with all the nice things that would help us start our life together. Many of the more expensive items are split up so that you can contribute to them without having to pay for the full price.

Click here for the gift regsitry!

We also appreciate gift cards to Target and Amazon.

If you plan to mail a gift or congratulations, our address has changed from the return address on the invitations. Our new address is:

Kyle Dobitz and Mara Van Ells
2136 McKinley Ave
Berkeley, CA 94703