Natalie Collora, Owner & Lead Planner/Coordinator
Hello! I'm Natalie - A Wife, Mom, and Wedding Planner! As a hopeless romantic and big believer in happily-ever-after, I take great joy in learning people's love stories and seeing them through to their big day. I know the importance and strength in genuinely connecting with people, attention to detail, and excellent listening skills.
About four years ago, I took a position as the Wedding Director at a church in St. Louis. While assisting with the weddings at the church, I realized I loved this work, but was limited in the scope of abilities. I felt a need and desire to be part of the entire wedding planning process; thus, Natalies Brides was born!
Being a wife and mom is also a huge part of who I am! I am married to my amazing husband and biggest supporter, Nicholas Collora. We have five wonderful children together; Allyson (20), Abbygail (15), Nicholas Jr. (12), Samuel (11) and Claudia (10) and two four-legged babies; Ollie and Mollie.
Andrea Lewis, Associate Planner & Coordinator
I am a full-time Auditor in Corporate America, but have an immense passion for all things planning, especially wedding planning. My love for event planning started when I became involved with a not-for-profit in St. Louis at the age of twenty-two. I volunteered my time to help them establish budgets, develop processes for securing vendors, create floor plan designs and oversaw the overall execution of their major annual fundraisers. As soon as my friends started getting engaged, I became the go-to gal for all things planning - from the bridal showers, bachelorette parties and ensuring my friends had nothing to worry about on their wedding day. I loved every bit of it!
When I got engaged in May 2017, I was so excited to plan my own wedding and was actually one of those brides that enjoyed the entire planning process (well until the end because man was I ready to be a wife!). I also knew that as a bride, it was SO important for me (and my friends and family) to enjoy my wedding day and not worry about anything else, so I hired Natalie. Natalie and I just clicked - she was the perfect addition to my wedding day and I was so glad to have her there to take away my worries, but most of all I was thankful to have gained her friendship.
So here I am today - a former bride of Natalies Brides, a wife, a dog mom and a lover of champagne, coffee and wedding planning. I'm a master of timelines and budget management thanks to my accounting degree and you'll probably always find me checking things off my to-do list. I'm a firm believer that a lot can be fixed with a smile, positive attitude and a big cup of coffee. I am completely invested in assisting Natalie with providing clients a Natalies Brides experience; detailed, organized and a piece of mind that everything will be perfect.
Mary Goodman, Associate Planner & Coordinator
Throughout my professional career, I have found a love for event planning. From small functions to large corporate events, I have a passion for all things events and have an extreme eye for detail. Because of my background, my friends and family have frequently enlisted me to be their wedding and event planner.
When it became my turn to walk down the aisle, I knew exactly what I wanted to do to make my day perfect. But, I also knew I couldn’t do it by myself and was on the hunt to find the best coordinator for our big day. After meeting with Andrea, I knew her attention to detail and organization would be a great fit. I am happy to have been one of Natalies Brides and honored to now be a part of her team!
As a former bride of Natalies Brides, I want to make sure your day will run as smoothly as mine did! With more than 5 years experience in the event industry, I will be able to help you with everything from balancing budgets to deciding on napkin color and more.
I reside in South City with my husband Brad and two fur babies - Cheddar & Kolby. I am a lover of all things glitter, champagne, chocolate and shoes!
Ashley Hrubes, Associate Planner & Coordinator
After five years as an event planner at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, my family made the move home to St. Louis. From 25-person corporate dinners to 5,000-person outdoor picnics, I have planned a wide range of events the past 10 years.
As a part of Natalies Brides team, I am able to focus on my favorite type of events to plan – weddings! Known for my attention to detail, creativity and calm demeanor, I promise to make a couple’s wedding day the happiest day! I have a heart for serving others so my goal for each bride is to create a unique and personal wedding experience that is free of stress.
I reside in Crestwood with my husband Scott, daughter Audrey, and our dog Champ. When I am not checking things off an event to-do list, I enjoy reading, working out and being around family. I am a lover of neutral color schemes, museums and Italian delis.