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What was the most memorable moment of your day?

Erica: Seeing him tear up at the alter.
Nathan: Seeing her for the first time.

Any advice for future bride/grooms?

Nathan: enjoy the day because it goes by in a flash.
Erica: RELAX and let it happen! Be carefree and smile, it’s literally the best day ever no matter what goes wrong.

Funniest memory from your wedding day?

Nathan: Erica grabbing my right hand at the altar.
Erica: Nathan shoving cake in my face after I begged him for months not to!

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?

Erica: absolutely not
Nathan: nope

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Branson, Missouri

location • Le Mars Bible Church
dress boutique • Sequins Bridal Boutique
dress brand • Maggie Sottero Designs belt Mori Lee veil Bel Aire Bridal
bridesmaid dresses boutique • David’s Bridal
alterations • Nancy Knapp, Cherokee, IA
tuxedos/suits • Savvi Formalwear, Sequins Bridal Shop, Cherokee, IA
hair • Laurel Engel, Owner; Hairport Station, South Sioux City, NE
makeup • Bethany Woodall, Independent Younique Consultant
florist • Gail Piper, Hy-Vee
photobooth * Jordan & Vianna Hobbs, Sioux City, IA
cake • Keri Graham, Pastry Chef, Sioux City, IA
caterer • Chef Daniel Myers, Elite Cafe and Catering, Sioux Falls, SD
planner • Rebekah WackerJanet Van Boven, Decor, Derald & Jane Philips, Church/Kitchen Coordinators


Vendor Love:

Dress Boutique/Brand: The French Door, Sioux Falls. Ti Adora by JLM Couture
Girl’s dresses: Tea Princess
Groom’s suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair: Sarah Vande HoefBella Via Salon & Day Spa
Florist: Tina Edwards at Elements Design Studio
DJ: Chris at Pinnacle Productions, Sioux Falls
Cake: Playful CupcaketionsHeather Nelson Baumgard
Caterer: Minervas Restaurant & Bar Okoboji Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center
Planner/Venue: Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center


What was  the most memorable part of your day?

Tracie: Having my mom walk me down the aisle and seeing Stephen at the end of the aisle with a tear in his eye was a memory that I will always hold on to.  Its a moment you dream of, but when it all comes true and the moment happens its an amazing feeling!  Its even more special that all of our best friends and the closest people in our lives were there to celebrate our special day with us.

Stephen: My nephew(ringbearer) bringing the sign saying ‘Uncle Stephen your bride is coming’. The sign was a surprise. And then Tracie was next down the aisle!

We both think the first look was a close second place as our most memorable moment.

Any advice for future bride/grooms?

Tracie: Don’t forget to put your veil on!

Stephen: Have an extra shirt for the reception, it was very hot out, and it was nice having a dry shirt to change into for the reception.

Funniest memory from your wedding day?

Tracie:  The flower girl sleeping  through the entire ceremony.

Stephen: So… I got a bit emotional, and then I could hear my brothers and the groomsmen all sniffing. Hearing all of them was kind of funny, so that was about the only thing keeping me from completely losing it. 

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?

Tracie: It was perfect. 

Stephen: Nope

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Costa Rica, Secrets resort in Papagayo

location • The Inn at Okoboji and The Jochum Residence
dress boutique/brand • Modern Dress, Maggie Sottero Designs
bridesmaid Dresses Boutique/Brand • Schaffer’s in Des Moines, Bill Levkoff Bridesmaids
tuxedos/suits • J. Ferrari Designs/Express
hair • The Hair Team
makeup • The Hair Team
florist • Emily Steichen, House of Fleur
band/DJ • Spotlight Entertainment
cake/desserts • Angie Bennett (grooms sister)
caterer • Crazy Bob’s at the INN
planner • Glenda Moeller (Studio 1328)
videographer• Cortney Kintzer
photography• C Starr Photography