The real wedding of Natalie and Matt took place on October 3rd, two years after Matt popped the question. The couple met through friends, and while Natalie knew right away Matt was someone special, they just got to know each other as friends for a few months. Once they started dating, it took Matt just six months to ask her to marry him. They took their time planning a rustic fall wedding at Celebration Barn in Iowa City.
Natalie purchased her Maggie Sottero wedding dress, a belt to accent it, and her bridesmaid’s dresses from Hope’s. “Everyone was so nice! They made me and my bridesmaids feel so welcome and have such a great time when trying on dresses and helping us make such important decisions.”
Along the way, Natalie learned some tips she can pass on to current brides. “Let others help if they offer. If you are stressed, there is no sense in taking on all of the pressure if people want to help!” She also mentions not stressing over the small things. “In the end, everything turns out perfect, and at the end of the day you are married to your love!”
Natalie’s favorite memories from her big day are getting ready with her girls and the anticipation of the first look with Matt. Uniquely, the couple had one of Natalie’s former professors and mentors marry them. He got ordained specifically for that purpose! “It was the best decision- he was amazing. His sermon makes me cry every time I watch our video.”
After the wedding Natalie and Matt spent a few days relaxing in Wisconsin, but they are looking forward to a honeymoon in the future. They just bought a house, which she says makes marriage feel a little more real!
These two lovebirds know that the key to a good marriage is communication, and it shows even in the beautiful pictures and video from their big day how much they value each other. Thanks you for allowing us to be a part of your wedding! Many blessings, Natalie and Matt!
Videographer- Matt Bishop at MI Studios out of Moline
Photographer: Afton Marie Photography out of Vinton
Catering- Braise (out of CR)
Wedding Coordinator-Emily McMahon
Flowers- Kath at Racehorse Royalty
DJ- Jason Wells with ProSound of Iowa City