Real Sophia’s Bride | Ellen + Nathan

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Ellen + Nathan had a beautiful Leap Day Wedding in Cameron, Missouri


bride and groom embracing on their wedding day


real bride on her wedding day in her wedding dress


My grooms reactions

We chose to do a first look but I wanted to walk down the aisle to him so we had that experience.  We both just smiled, hugged, and cried. All the stress of the day went away. Nathan wrote me a letter. It was wonderful having that private moment before everything took off in full force.



My piece of advice for brides planning now

Focus on what matters.  While it’s about you, it’s also about your family and loved ones. I wanted the reception to be a gift for them with good food and time to socialize.  My grandmother had a stroke the day after returning home from our wedding, and passed soon after. I didn’t know that would be the last time we would be with her. I’m grateful she enjoyed the time so much.

Bridesmaid/groomsmaid dresses: @normonydesign
Suits: @generationtux

bride and groom surrounded by their wedding party

bride getting help with her wedding dress

Our favorite detail and element of our wedding

Our favorite element of the wedding was the PEOPLE!  We had the best team helping us. It was fun seeing all our parents ironing linens and arranging flowers.  We used family and friends for a lot of the wedding including flowers, food, music, hair, decor, cake, officiant, and coordination.  It truly made the day so special to see their creativity and talents. 


bride and groom embracing

Our Honeymoon

At the time of our wedding, we had no idea of the scope of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the social distancing mandates that would soon follow. We traveled to Corpus Christi and San Antonio prior to any restrictions. We spent a few days on the beach and then stayed in a historic home in San Antonio close to the River Walk. It was a perfect blend of relaxing and exploring.

The Details


wedding details




brides wedding dress up close with her wedding ring and veil



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