Erin is the daughter of John and Jan Cook of Cherokee. Her grandmother is Jean Cook of Cherokee. She is a 1998 graduate of Washington High School and a 2002 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Communication/Theater Education. She is presently teaching 8th grade language arts at Central Middle School in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, coaching the CMS speech team and pursuing a masters degree in education.
Nick is the son of Randy and Jeanie Gardner of Marion, Iowa. Nick is a 1997 graduate of Marion High School and a 2002 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Public Relations. He is currently employed in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with T. E. Miller Development.
Erin and Nick will be married June 11, 2005, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee.