Madeline and Stephen tamed the summer heat in their Springfield Missouri countryside wedding.
Married in July 2020
Photography by Holland House Photography
Madeline and Stephen worked together at Prime Inc in Springfield MO where they spent a lot of time together during shifts, and started hanging out. After Madeline left Prime and started a new career at a local hospital, they were able to start dating and the rest is history.
"My great grandma passed away a few years back. She meant the world and more to me. I am even named after her! Her house was a special place to everyone. It was where we did all the holidays. We spent a lot of summer days out there, we hunted on the farm. Once I got old enough, I even worked on the farm, all the time. Stephen unfortunately never got to meet her, but he hears a lot about her from everyone in my family. After she had passed away, her house and farm were sold.
In preparation of the proposal, Stephen drove up to her old house and made the very nervous walk to the front door. He had asked the new owners if he could propose to me on their land and they were more than happy to say yes. They even offered to place a bench outside and mow us a path to walk down (how sweet is that?)
On August 18th, we woke up and got dressed for what I thought was going to be a breakfast date. Stephen ended up taking me to all the places that meant something to our relationship. Starting with Prime (since that is where we met), where we had our first date, etc. Eventually he handed me a blind fold and we made the drive to my grandmother's old house. He proposed to me in front of the old silo.
It was truly beautiful and one of the best moments of my entire life."
"My papa prayed during our ceremony and it was very heart-felt and emotional. It left a lot of people in tears and it is something that we will remember forever.
The speeches were amazing. There were a best man speech, maid of honor speech, and a speech from my father. They had us laughing, crying and cheering. Truly a rollercoaster of feelings.
Our first dance as husband and wife was a little nerve wrecking but the feeling of holding your new spouse is so fulfilling and unforgettable. It was amazing to share that moment with everyone."
"We chose Timberline Barn as our venue because it was so perfect. When we came to view it, we were tired from looking at wedding venues all day but when we drove down the driveway and saw the barn for the first time, a new feeling sparked. We knew immediately that this was the place we wanted to get married. It was such a beautiful property- inside and out. It had everything we wanted, it was beyond perfect."
Advice from the Couple:
"To the brides: Don't stress too much. You can plan your wedding up to the minute but sometimes, not everything goes as planned. You just have to relax and let it happen. Your big day is for you and your husband. One thing I had a really hard time excepting was to not hold on to the stress. Its best to let someone help you and just pass on whatever you are needing help with/stressing about. It makes it soooo much easier.
For the couple : Your Wedding Day will go by fast. Everyone will tell you that, but I didn't expect it to go as fast as mine did. Consider stopping to take moments together often and really be present in those moments. Stop and look around. Look at everyone else, and enjoy the little things. If something does go wrong, just let it go and move on. Enjoy the day and soak up all the attention!
Last thing: Ask for all the photos! If people attending the wedding also took photos, ask them to share their pictures with you. I think seeing your own wedding through others point of view is unique and super cool. It's fun to see things through their eyes!
Venue: Timber Line Barn
Photography: Holland House Photography
Florist: Shannon's Custom Florals
Catering: Curly Que Catering
DJ: All that Music
Dress/ Menswear: Gracie's Bridal
Hairstylist: I Do Hair by Kacie Covert