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Fargo wedding of North Dakota's Duhamel and Mari featured in Vogue Australia

The magazine reported that Duhamel landed in a local emergency room the morning of the Saturday, Sept. 10, ceremony in Fargo after straining his back while dancing the night before.

Two photos spliced together show Josh Duhamel in front of the Fargo Theatre at left and Audra Mari on the rooftop patio of the Jasper Hotel.
Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari.
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FARGO — Now that North Dakota’s favorite couple, actor Josh Duhamel and model Audra Mari, are married, people are getting the first public peek at their recent wedding ceremony and reception in Fargo.

But it’s far, far more than that — a full-out spread of the event featuring 49 photos in the magazine Vogue Australia.

The festivities were held Saturday, Sept. 10, with a wedding ceremony at Olivet Lutheran Church, followed by a reception at Drekker Brewing Company.

The Vogue Australia story, published Wednesday, Sept. 14, was headlined “Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari’s Fargo wedding was cosy, classic and a little rock ‘n’ roll.” Mari has since posted photos of the big day to her public Instagram and Facebook accounts.

The magazine reported that their wedding day had a bit of an abrupt start.

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Duhamel went to a local emergency room that morning after hurting his back the night before while dancing on a party bus.

“Cue the cortisone shot, and let’s get married!” the magazine reported Mari having said.

Mari chose to be married in a long-sleeved, full-skirted dress by Australian designer Leah Da Gloria. In photos, Mari was shown in at least three other dresses throughout the evening.

Photos indicated the couple had ten bridesmaids and ten groomsmen during the ceremony, and they arrived at the reception riding atop a vintage red convertible.

Some photos circulating on social media showed the couple giving the North Dakota State University Bison “horns up” sign in the car.

The magazine said there was no question that the couple would get married in Fargo.

“It was the most important thing for us. Not only is it home to us, but it was so convenient for everyone we love to get to,” the magazine quoted Mari as saying.

Mari, 28, entered the world of modeling at age 14 and competed in pageants after that.

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She was first runner-up in the Miss Teen USA competition, and after graduating from Fargo Davies High School in 2012, she claimed more pageant distinctions.

Mari finished first runner-up at the 2014 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and won the 2016 Miss World America contest in National Harbor, Maryland.

She and Duhamel met through a mutual friend in 2019 and began dating.

In July 2021, she launched a new video series called "Backroads with Audra Mari" that debuted on all Forum Communications Company news websites. She was also a full-time student taking online classes at NDSU with hopes of finishing a business degree.

Duhamel, 49, born and raised in Minot, serves as spokesperson for the North Dakota Tourism department.

He has a new movie “Bandit” coming out Sept. 23 that will be available on streaming platforms and in limited theater release.

It appears Mari has taken Duhamel’s name after tying the knot, as at least one social media account refers to her as Audra Duhamel.

Huebner is a 35+ year veteran of broadcast and print journalism in Fargo-Moorhead.
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