Dresses and Tuxes (bride, groom, and bridal party): Bridal Images and Mr. Tux

Bride's Ring and bridal party jewelry: Imagine Jewelry Studio
Flowers and Decor - Barb Knutson
Location - Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, reception at a family member's backyard

Hair: Chauna Rossland, Mirror Mirror Salon
Photographer - Lindsay Mulcare

Caterer: Event Thyme Catering

Cake: Nick Mazanec (brother-in-law)
Officiant - Fr. Dan Shea

Eric and I met in a rather common way these days-online. His match profile was fairly terrible-one blurry picture and not much of a description, but we began writing to one another and after a few weeks decided to meet and have some Montana hard ciders together. He suggested the meeting place-the reservoir off of York road. I drove by it the day before we met, to make sure it wasn't as "murder-y" as it sounded, and found it to be a serene lakeside

Our first date lasted for several hours, eating bread and cheese, drinking cider and talking. The social one of us, I did most of the talking, but I got the sense that Eric very much liked listening to me. I still remember some details so well-the wind making the open bottles sing, the way the light hit him as the sun started to go down. I hoped I would see him again, and in fact, he asked if he could join me and my friends for game night the very next day. Within a few weeks we were an item, and we have been wonderfully close ever since.

One day, December 19 th , I came home from work, and found that Eric was at my house (not unusual), but there was a poem on the counter and our two stuffed-animal narwals (a long story) sitting on either side of it. The poem indicated that I should go to my bedroom, and when I got there, Eric was sitting on my bed holding the ring and another stuffed-animal narwhal. He blurted out "Will you marry me?" and I cried so hard it took me a few minutes to say yes!

We planned our wedding for exactly six months after our engagement (the minimum amount of time required to have a Catholic wedding), and when we had most of our planning in order, COVID-19 hit. Our 200 person wedding became a 20 person wedding in a different part of the church that we had imagined, and our Kleffner Ranch reception became an intimate backyard gathering at my sister's home. While we were sorry that we weren't able to dance and celebrate with all our friends and family, we were ecstatic to be married.

As a plus-size bride, I thought finding a dress that made me feel beautiful would be a challenge. I didn't expect anyone to have gowns I could try on. I was so pleasantly surprised to see the range of dress sizes Linda's Bridal had, and I wound up choosing the second dress I tried on. I've never felt more beautiful than I did on my wedding day.