Photos by Molly Pasternock
Three years after meeting, Madalyn Wells and Melvin Gabel exchanged vows in a non-religious ceremony at Sorenson Estates.
For Madalyn, having the celebration in her hometown of Columbia was especially important. “COMO is where I was born and raised,” she says. “It’s where I met the love of my life. Having our wedding there meant the world.”
Madalyn, a first grade teacher, and Melvin, who is studying for his doctor of nurse anesthesia practice, first met in March 2019 and began dating a few months later. After spending time together and traveling, they adopted their first puppy, Maybel. In January 2020, the couple got engaged and began planning their special day.
Thanks to the contributions of friends and family, most notably the bride’s mother, Natalie Booth; her aunt, Stacey Woods; her siblings and wedding planner Terra Nickelson, every last detail was perfect for the wedding. “It was the best day of our lives,” Madalyn says.
And that’s even considering the small practical joke played on the bride when the groom moved her chair at the reception, causing her to fall to the ground. “We laughed and danced the night away,” Madalyn says.
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