Kellie and Nathan's vendors:
Photographer // Shana Drake Photography | Wedding Gown // Pure Bridal | Groomsmen attire // The Backroom Clothing | Ceremony // Iowa State Central Campus | Reception // Scheman Building Iowa State | Catering and Cake // Iowa State | Videographer // Essential Video Midwest | Day of Coordinator // Make It Happen Events | Florist // English Rose | Hair and Make up // Salon West (Ames Iowa) | DJ // Tys Tunes | Rentals // Celebrations | Bus // VIP Party Bus
Kellie and Nathan grew up in the same town and went to high school together, but their love story didn’t begin until long after graduation. They had known each other for quite sometime when they were asked to go on a double date with one of Nathan’s friends, and although Kellie and Nathan were not supposed to be the one’s to fall in love that night, fate had other plans. The couple still credits their double date friends, whom were married a year before, for their happy ending.
Nathan proposed to Kellie on her birthday, giving her a surprise she will never forget. Every week, the couple and a few of their long time friends get together for a weekly dinner with their families. For special occasions, they go out to one of their favorite restaurants and celebrate. Not only was it Kellie’s special birthday dinner, it would be the night she said yes to Nathan forever. When she got to the restaurant, she walked in and her friends were standing up holding up a sign that said, “Will you marry?” and when she turned around, Nathan was down on one knee, ring in hand, and said, “Me?” Shocked, in the best way possible, Kellie was happy to say yes alongside her close group of friends.
Kellie has always loved pink, so naturally for one of the most important occasions in her life, she chose her favor shade of pink, complimented by gray and pearl to inspire her entire wedding. She turned to Pinterest, The Knot, and Local Wedding Magazines to find the exact look she was going for. For selecting the perfect vendors she attended bridal shows, scoured the internet, and took recommendations from other brides.
Her favorite part of the planning process was coming up with the look of the reception and focusing on the attire, flowers, and food for her guests. Her favorite memories from that day were having her first looks with her two favorite guys, Nathan and her dad. Kellie’s biggest advice is to “take a moment on your wedding day, just the two of you, to take everything in and enjoy the moment. The day goes by so fast.”
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