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Minneapolis Reception Site

Our reception dinner and dance will be at the Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul Minnesota.


Where: 215 Wabasha Street, St. Paul, MN 55107
When: Saturday, July 26
Dinner: 7 p.m.
Dance: 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Cave tours: TBA

We will have a buffet style dinner catered by Kane’s Catering.

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

Wedding Party

Jacob Mack

J Mack and Maragunda have been best friends since the beginning of time. He is Mara’s brother from another mother. Basically.

Whitney Fong

Mara and Whidget go way, way back to when they were naughty high schoolers together and enjoyed sneaking into college dances and pretending to be twin sisters

Sarah Howes

Sarah & Mara have been besties since they were roommates while working as starving actors at the Brownville Village Theatre in Nebraska.

Ashley Decker

Ashley & Mara have been friends since they were first graders at Heart River Elementary School when they still believed in leprechauns and thought boys were nasty

Jessica Holdman

Jessica and Mara have been friends since they worked together as starving journalists at the Bismarck Tribune and amused themselves by taking photos with large animal sculptures and gnomes.

Here is a video depicting their coolness:

Tyler Bartholomew

Topher Pirkl

Brandon Mink

Jacob Steckler

Mike Sund