True Love Found at Work

True Love Found at Work

Bre ­­­­­Stevenson & Steve Berres: August 1, 2015

This heartwarming story features a small town girl from Nebraska who meets a small town boy from Wisconsin. Becky Appleby and her team from Appleby Photography were honored to capture their special day to share and help inspire you!

Engagement photos of modern bride and groom downtown in front of brick buildings captured by Appleby Photography.

Bre and Steve first met in Marshall, MN where they both worked opening a new Menards store. It wasn’t love at first sight, as the first side Steve met of Bre was her bossy side. But, skip forward several months and a spontaneous trip to the Minnesota Zoo gave Steve and Bre a chance to get to know each other.  After that, they spent as much time together as possible, going on day trips to surrounding cities and finding any and everything to do together around Marshall. They were inseparable and even gained the nickname “SteBre” among their Menards friends. The following spring Steve was offered an opportunity to promote with Menards in Iowa City. After only a week apart, Bre and Steve decided to follow their hearts and move to Iowa City together.

Iowa City is where Steve and Bre really fell in love. Just like any great relationship they faced challenges with career changes and learning to live together. These challenges proved to be stepping stones to making their relationship stronger through communication and trust. Throughout their time in Iowa City they took many trips including: Travels to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, the Arch in St. Louis, and of course to watch the Brewers in Milwaukee, just to name a few. Some of their best trips though were just to Sutherland, NE and Marathon, WI to spend time with friends and family. As you might be able to tell, they spent a lot of time in the car together. Steve found out Bre can’t sing and has terrible navigation skills. Bre found out Steve is very patient and knows how to get great gas mileage!

Steve tried multiple times to propose to Bre.  After a few failed attempts he decided it was just time to make it happen. Steve and Bre were visiting some friends in Omaha and had been spending the evening chatting on the porch, talking about the upcoming wedding of Bre’s brother. Steve left, returned, and said, “While we are talking about weddings…” Bre interrupted by standing up to give Steve a hug, after a funny look from Steve, Bre sat down and shrugged her shoulders at her friend. When Bre looked back Steve was down on one knee and Bre was speechless! It wasn’t until her friend reminded her she had to “SAY YES!!” that she finally responded to Steve’s BIG question.  Poor Steve had to ask only three times before getting an answer!

Emotional pictures of bride and groom getting ready on their wedding day captured by Appleby Photography in Iowa.

Collage of ceremony photos of bride, groom, and wedding party at the church captured by Appleby Photography.

Collage of inspirational wedding party pictures, bride and groom shoes, and outdoor fun photo pictures captured by Appleby Photography.

Collage of wedding reception at Bella Sala with lighting from Unique Events, cake inspiration, and bride and groom just married photographed by Appleby Photography.

When it comes to picking out just one moment of such a fantastic wedding day, the options are endless. From memorable moments in a beautiful Catholic ceremony, to a celebration with so many loved ones at a fairytale reception, the entire day will be treasured for years to come. There is one moment in particular that stands out and truly tells a story that is fitting to Steve and Bre. At the reception cake cutting, Steve and Bre planned the normal cutting of the cake. Upon cutting off a piece Steve immediately reached down and put a piece of cake in his own mouth. Bre tried to quietly remind him that they are supposed to feed each other. Steve quickly reached down for another piece of cake and shoved it towards Bre’s face as they both giggled.  The situation had typical Steve and Bre written all over it. Always doing what they feel in the moment, not always what is necessarily “normal”.

Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Appleby Photography (

Invitations & Stationary:  Appleby Photography (

Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Blackstone (

Ceremony Venue: St. Patricks Church (

Minister of the Liturgy: Very Reverend Rudolph Juarez

Reception Venue: Bella Sala (

Bride’s Gown: Alfred Angelo 2376, XOXO Bridal (

Wedding Colors: Coral and black with pearl accents.

Tuxedos: Mens Wearhouse (


  • Bride:
  • Bridesmaids:
    • Earrings & bracelets created by Bre herself (Considering opening up an Etsy Shop of her own!)


Makeup: Becca August (

Rings: Kay Jewelers (


Décor & Rentals: Bella Sala (

Wedding Planner: Self planned with help from “The Wedding Planner & Organizer” by Mindy Weiss. Available at Barnes & Noble (

Caterer: Dostal Catering (

Cake: Tip Top Cakes (

Entertainment: Unique Events (

Transportation: Express Limousine Service (

Hotel Accommodations: Heartland Inn (

Honeymoon: TBD

Behind the Scene with Becky Appleby of Appleby Photography

Becky Appleby goes above and beyond with her clients. She goes that extra mile to connect with her couples to really capture what is special to them on their big day. Check out Becky’s behind the scene blog with Bre and Steve. To read more fabulous inspiration and tips from Becky check out her blog at

When the Corridor Wedding Guide asked us about featuring one of our brides and grooms on their Real Weddings section, I knew exactly who I would pick!

Bre and Steve were married on August 1st in Iowa City, at a gorgeous Catholic church with a reception at the popular Bella Sala. I have had the pleasure of working with them since we met last November. We had done a bridal show at the Old Capital Museum that Bre attended. We clicked from the start.

We quickly found lots to bond over, from our love of Wisconsin (Steve) to a shared obsession of wedding details (Bre), like the cake that was Bre’s whole inspiration for her color scheme and theme.

Steve is a Green Bay Packers fan, so we even tweaked the time of their engagement session so he wouldn’t miss all of the Super Bowl playoff game. (That was the game the Packers lost, so we won’t speak of this again….)

The genuine and compassionate emotions that Bre shares become contagious. You can’t help but be drawn in by her, whether she is talking about her wedding, her family or the people at work who she treats like family.

When she cried when she first saw her wedding photographs, I was both touched and delighted! I knew the photographs were very important to her, so when she saw them and loved them, that meant so much to me.

So, it made me happy and excited that we were able to share these images with everyone else.