Murphy is a 1997 graduate of Puxico High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University in 2002. She is a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Essner is a 1996 graduate of Notre Dame High School. He is employed by Tom Beussink Excavating in Jackson.
An Aug. 5 wedding is planned at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kelso.