Founded in 1980, I've had a part in over 1,000 wonder-filled weddings.
Founded in 1980, Columbia, Missouri, Nolte’s Bridal (and Nolte’s Flowers) offered gowns, tuxedos, flowers and stationery in the first of three stores in the city.
The company’s floral branch quickly found its niche providing flowers for country clubs, large home entertainment and the nearby Governor’s Mansion. Meanwhile, the gown salon was dressing not just high-end prom, but also the Midwest’s most beautiful brides and Miss America’s.
As national bridal magazines started featuring “Real Weddings”, the first such wedding that was not from the East Coast or the South, was entitled, “A Moment in Missouri Magic.” For a wedding planner, it was the ultimate compliment. “Elegant Bride” May 1991 showcased this unique celebration coordinated by Michael Nolte.
The following year, the Kansas City bridal market beckoned. What was conceived as a satellite store, launched in the yet to be developed Hawthorne Plaza. The intersection of 119 and Roe became such a desirable shopping destination that the owner realized his attention needed to shift to Kansas City. After two years of two locations, the Columbia stores were sold and the Nolte family moved to Leawood....