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Kelsey and Gabe’s Greenhouse Two River’s Wedding~11-15-2019

How and or where did you meet?
Kelsey, a woman with a big heart and gentle attitude, grew up in Joplin, MO, then moved to Springfield in 2008. Gabe grew up in central eastern South Dakota, and had moved to Vail, CO in 2007 to start a career after school. Kelsey began traveling to Vail, Colorado twice a year since 2014 to visit one of her Missouri friends that relocated.

Gabe and Kelsey met on a perfect, blue sky Sunday in early June 2018 at the 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits tasting room in Vail Village. This had also been the last day of an extended weekend full of outdoor events celebrated by the GoPro Mountain Games. Kelsey and her friend Katie had cozied up to the tasting room bar to enjoy a few spirits and chat about life. Gabe, being a man of perfect timing, happened to stroll in the tasting room not long after, and was accompanied by his goofy but attention-grabbing furry canine buddy, Jameo. While multiple conversations were happening among friends, little did Kelsey know, Gabe was figuring out how to distract others from the cross-talk and make his move. As it so happened, Gabe ended up asking both Kelsey & Katie out for dinner the following night, knowing full well that if he didn’t ask both, he’d likely never have the chance again. Alas, they had dinner the next evening in Vail Village at Mountain Standard, then kept in contact each and every day thereafter.

Kelsey & Gabe share an excitement for adventure, love of family, and desire to be outdoors. For five months they had a long distance relationship, each traveling back and forth to see one another and share new experiences. The relationship flourish quickly and, in November of 2018, Gabe decided to move to Springfield, and the rest is history!

How did you get proposed to?
It was exactly one year to the day when Gabe proposed in Vail, Colorado where we met.

What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?
My favorite memory from our wedding day was our first look. I’ll never forget the look on Gabe’s face when he saw me for the first time. We shared several tears. That moment will forever be so special to me.

What vendors did you use at your wedding?
Shannon’s custom florals
Branson Party Rentals
Allie Rose Events
Tabitha Nash- make up
Fridge Hair studio and Bella Dona salon
Greenhouse Two Rivers
Hyvee- catering

What was your experience like at Normans Bridal?
I had the best experience at Norman’s. The staff was committed to helping me find the perfect dress for my big day!