True Bride Courtney & Josh 

Bride and groom outside a movie theater

Among the hustle and bustle of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, Courtney and Josh embarked on their journey toward forever. From their initial encounter at a local hockey bar to their magical engagement in Paris, this couple’s connection is straight out of a fairytale. The breathtaking Madrid Theatre and Kansas City skyline served as the perfect backdrop for a beautiful wedding surrounded by family and friends.  

Including intimate first looks and a joyful celebration with their favorite people, every moment of the big day was authentic to their love story. The elegant ceremony, lively reception and dazzling decor reflected the couple’s extraordinary romance. Courtney’s timeless bridal style stole the spotlight as she danced the night away in Essense of Australia Style D2887

Immerse yourself in the heart of the Midwest and keep reading to discover all the incredible details about Courtney and Josh’s special day. 

COURTNEY, TELL US ABOUT YOUR PARTNER.  HOW DID YOU MEET? 

November of 2019 is when it all started. I was home in Kansas City for a weekend and decided to go out with friends at the local hockey bar. Little did I know Josh was going to walk into my life that night, and thanks to mutual friends, he did. 

Ater we met, we talked daily, but with Josh living in Kansas City and me living in St. Louis, it made things a little difficult. The weekend trips were great, but they weren’t enough. Come March 2020, my office shut down, and we got our shot at being together. I moved back to Kansas City, and we spent almost every day together. 

In October of 2022, we took a vacation to Paris that we had been planning for over a year. We went to a dinner overlooking Paris at sunset. You could see everything from Moulin Rouge and Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower. To say it was breathtaking would be an understatement. 

Josh had told me that after dinner we were going on a boat ride on the Seine River for a nightcap. As we approached the loading area, there it was, the words “marry me” lit up with rose petals all around, champagne, the Eiffel Tower night show, and most importantly, our song playing in the background. Josh had reached out to a local photographer to make sure everything was captured perfectly. 

After the happy tears settled, we spent the night sitting along the Seine River in front of the Eiffel Tower calling our family and friends back home to share the exciting news. It most certainly was a night to remember. 

Bride and groom holding hands while groom is holding flowers

DESCRIBE YOUR BRIDAL STYLE.

I knew I wanted something timeless and romantic, but a stunner! I wanted to feel like a princess without the princess gown. Going into wedding dress shopping, I was set on a fit-and-flare or an A-line gown. However, after trying on an A-line, I knew that wasn’t the style for me. I fell in love with Essense of Australia Style D2887 and it checked all the boxes for me! I felt the most beautiful I had in a while, and it was unforgettable. 

Bride looking back in a sparkly wedding dress

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DRESS SHOPPING EXPERIENCE AT TRUE SOCIETY. WHAT DID YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH OUR TRUE CREW? 

Dress shopping at True Society by Belle Vogue Bridal in Kansas City was EVERYTHING! Going into it, I had a feeling I knew what I wanted, but was willing to try different styles and fits. The dress I ended up buying was the third one I tried on! I loved it from the moment I wore it 

My favorite part about working with my bridal stylist was she encouraged me to express how I felt and what I liked and didn’t like, and we were able to narrow down options from there. Everyone involved in my appointment was so loving and friendly, and they know how to hype a girl up and make her feel beautiful! 

Bride holding flowers leaning against a building

IN YOUR OWN WORDS, TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR WEDDING.     

Our wedding was perfect! Josh and I are both hopeless romantics, and we wanted our wedding to show that. Everything from the venue to the dress to the simple decorations screamed timeless and romantic.  

The day itself was so special, but I would say seeing both Josh and my dad for the first time were my favorite moments. Both first looks were filled with intimate and raw emotions. I also loved spending time with my bridal party before the ceremony. We had so much fun just being with our favorite people! 

Bride and groom holding hands outside next to a skyscraper

Cheers to Courtney and Josh!    

Photography: Monika Herbert 

Florist: Wild Hill Flowers 

Venue: Madrid Theatre 

Wedding Planner: Veil Events 

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Ready to find a dress that makes you sparkle on your wedding day? Find a True Society store near you and book your appointment today!     

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