EA Bride Fall/Winter 2017

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FROM MISS. TO MRS. » a useful cheat sheet to guide you through the name changing process

Kansas City

Fall/Winter 2017



create a cohesive look for your bridal party


new trends & techniques



WEDDING EA Bride Fall/Winter 2017 $4.80 Shelve until 2/14/2018

CHECKLIST (with over 200 to-do's)

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HAPPILY ENGAGED engagement announcements


JOYFULLY MARRIED wedding announcements

10 REAL LIFE INSIGHTS trend alert, budget buster & more 12 CITY SCENE what's new around kansas city 14 CREATING A COHESIVE LOOK for your bridal party 16 BANDING YOUR MAN finding his perfect metal match

18 CALENDAR OF EVENTS upcoming bridal shows & events 21 ETHEREAL ELEGANCE whisked away in an outdoor chapel 30 ASK THE EXPERT all your flower questions answered 32 ONE STITCH AWAY from your dream dress 34 ADVICE FROM THE AISLE straight from newlyweds





36 10 MISTAKES COUPLES MAKE when planning a wedding 40 GEARIN' UP FOR GIRL TIME tanks for you and the girls




68 42 STYLISH STATIONERY current trends in invitation design 46 A COURTEOUS TIPPING GUIDE who deserves a tip and how much


48 THE WONDER WOMEN OF WEDDINGS the hidden duties of wedding planners

66 #WEDDINGFAIL oh, what a disaster

51 SWOONING SERENADES love in burgundy and blues

68 THE ULTIMATE WEDDING CHECKLIST check off your wedding to-do's

58 WORDS OF THE WEDDING WISE words of advice from local experts

82 BEYOND THE WEDDING a breakdown of retirement savings accounts

62 REGISTRY HOT LIST our top techy picks

85 THE SOCIETY PAGES kansas city's premier weddings

64 GOING FROM MISS. to MRS. cheat sheet to changing your name



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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Keep up to date with the latest wedding shows happening around the city by visiting eabride.com/ kansas-city-bridal-eventcalendar.


Submit your engagement photo or wedding photo to britney@eabride.com. Then stay tuned for the next issue to find you and your hubby in our pages.


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Photographer: Claire Ryser Photography Venue: The Pavilion Event Space Design & Coordination: Julian Events Gown: Ivory & Lace Bridal Boutique Hair, Makeup & Accessories: Hello Lovely Menswear: Tip Top Tux Flowers: Beco Flowers Rentals: Ultrapom Event Rentals Bride Model: Alexis Railsback, Voices& Groom Model: Zach Young EA Bride info@eabride.com www.eabride.com Ph. 816.726.2877 Published in February and August Advertising Inquiries: info@eabride.com Copyright 2017 for EA Bride. All rights reserved.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: The beauty behind planning for the Fall & Winter Issue is that you get to envision all the ways that couples will enjoy its pages. At its release in the middle of August, some brides will have it in tote with sunscreen and a towel, headed to the pool to find some relief from the blistering sun. In late Fall, couples will have it stashed on the dash of the car as they load up the dog-children and make their way to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. And towards the end of its life on shelves, during the Winter months, the issue will find itself in the hands of new brides, still finding themselves looking down at their engagement ring in disbelief. As the editor, it thrills me to know that regardless if you find EA in August or February, at the beginning of your planning or near the end, that we have something (if not a multitude of things) within our pages that will help you plan for your day.

Photo by Brianne Elizabeth Photography

Britney Jones Editor-in-Chief

As if that wasn’t enough to bring a smile to my face, I am excited to announce that with the release of this magazine comes a brand new, fully integrated, and strikingly beautiful website with endless planning tools and inspiration galleries. We designed the website with you, the bride, in mind. The site is complete with numerous articles on wedding planning, both written by our experienced staff and by local wedding professionals. An inspiration gallery has been filled with weddings that have taken place right here in Kansas City, and you can view them by season (summer, fall, etc.), by setting (backyard, urban, space, chapel, etc.), or by style (glamorous, classic, bohemian, etc.). Each gallery is complete with a color palate, a collage of photos, and the ability to share the images so that you can incorporate the ideas into your own wedding. And lastly, the largest area of construction was within the wedding vendor profiles. We wanted you to get an all-encompassing view of what each professional can offer, so we built a platform that shows you their story, shares planning tips directly from the owner, provides video and photo insights, and has an in-depth look at work they have completed for real weddings and inspiration shoots. By the time you are filling out the contact form for more information, you will already know so much about the business and its creative capabilities. EA has always sought to impress, inspire, and inform readers with the stories and photos within its pages. And while you’ll enjoy reading the magazine through the upcoming Fall and Winter season, we hope that you will also join us online, as we bring our world of weddings even closer to your fingertips. Happy Planning! EABride.com




Photo by: Kelsey Diane Photography

Trey & Ashlee October 7, 2017

Photo by: Brianne Elizabeth Photography

Chris & Kelsey December 2, 2017

Photo by: Sharaya Mauck Photography

Nick & Kristen

September 9, 2017

Photo by: Marissa Cribbs Photography

Photo by: The Grays Photography

Photo by: Kapture King Photography

Michael & Leah

Parker & Caitlin

Jeremy & Natalie

October 7, 2017

December 30, 2017

March 3, 2018

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Matt & Lizzie May 20, 2017

Photo by: Mary Cramer Photography

Aaron & Lauren October 22, 2016

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Brandon & Krishelle May 27, 2017

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Photo by: Kelsey Diane Photography

Corey & Maree

Collier & Kristi

April 22, 2017

June 3, 2017

Photo by: Mary Cramer Photography

Justin & Jenna July 16, 2016

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design your


If you’re lucky in love, come to Harrah’s North Kansas City where we specialize in fun, excitement and elegance all wrapped up into one. Our wedding services professionals will tailor your nuptials to you, making this the wedding of your dreams. Contact us at 816-889-4227 or MEET@caesars.com to start planning your romantic walk down the aisle.

Real Life Photo: Melissa Sigler

Photo: Steven Michael Photography

Trend Alert:

Things Are Looking Up No literally, look up! The emphasis on decorating has taken flight into the rafters of weddings. Creative elements are being designed to hang, suspend, and appear to float above the celebration of nuptials, many of which are comprised of greenery, floral, and lighting. Decorating a ceiling in a lofty venue or tent is not a new concept; many weddings have used draping, string bulb lighting and chandeliers to fill the gaps of empty space over the years. But the expansion of ideas and materials at hand have generated a new version of the trend. Where draping used to suffice for a ceremony backdrop, now high-hung lanterns adorned with flowers hang for an elegant look. Where chandeliers were used to light a tent, they are now found dripping in greenery and full sized blooms. And where the attention on a head table used to be downwards towards the centerpiece, it is now focused above the table, where a rustic ladder features a blooming field of wildflowers and a couple’s personalized monogram. 10


Photo: EpagaFOTO

The objective is not only to fill the void of space overhead, but to create an awe-factor in an element no one has ever seen before. Here in Kansas City, creative minds have caught wind of the trend and are installing breathtaking and awe-inspiring designs for local couples. At Bridal Bash, Ultrapom Event Rentals and Wild Hill Flowers collaborated to create a geometric copper structure that adorned a tuscan head table (pictured left). Pitching aside the typical place cards, a trendy couple worked with Events by Elle and Ultrapom Event Rentals to create acrylic table assignments that hung from the rafters of their venue (middle). Another couple enlisted the help of Sidelines Custom Floral to create a custom piece for above their table that included both greenery and lighting (right). All of this to show that if you can dream it, there is someone that can build it!

Going Green: Choosing Green & Saving Green

In Case You Missed It: Silent Last Call

Don’t underestimate foliage; it creates volume and shape in bouquet, arbor, and centerpiece arrangements alike. Even better, incorporating greenery is less expensive than having full-floral arrangements. You get the expensive look for less and the flexibility of accompanying your colorful blooms with endless options of greenery.

Everyone is acquainted with typical “last call” procedures at a bar. Thirty minutes before closing, a loud, and usually obnoxious announcement is made that if you are thirsty for another beverage, that you better propel yourself towards the closest bartender to order one last (or possibly a few last) drinks before alcohol service suspends. This makes some quick cash for the business, but logically it isn’t safe for guests. Instead of ordering one last drink, many guests choose to order two with a side-round of shots for their group of friends. This increases their level of intoxication just moments before leaving. Now, think of the bar that you will be hosting at your wedding, and the room that will be filled with all of your dearest at heart. By announcing a last call, you are encouraging them to consume as many drinks as they can before leaving your reception. If there has been an open bar available all evening long, chances are they don’t need the extra alcohol in the first place. The best course of action you can take to keep your loved ones safe is by implementing a “Silent Last Call”. The procedures of serving the last drink thirty minutes before the end of the event is still intact; but there is no announcement made that the bar will soon be closing. The elimination of the announcement keeps your guests from flocking from the dance floor to the bar to consume large amounts of alcohol. It also keeps your liquor tab in check if you are paying by consumption. Be sure to talk to your venue or bar service provider about implementing a silent last call at your reception.

Budget Buster: Labor-Intensive Foods

Are you trying to save money by dismissing a dinner and replacing it with hors d’oeuvres at the reception? You may be surprised that many appetizer related choices are rather expensive due to their labor-intensive assembly. A selection of five to seven hors d’oeuvres is typically needed to appease someone’s growling appetite, so the more work it takes to create the beautiful bite-sized apps, the more expensive it is for you. Be open with any budget concerns you have with your caterer; so that they can point you in the right direction.






Photo by: KCM Studios


WONDER-FILLED WEDDINGS Kansas City native wedding planner and bridal boutique owner, Michael Nolte, has cumulated his 37 years of wedding experience into a book titled, "Wonder Filled Weddings". With the visual impact of a coffee table book and take-away knowledge from an experienced planner, this easy read is both educational and entertaining. Go behind the scenes with Michael as he shares what he has learned by coordinating over 1000 weddings!

Photo by: Brianne Elizabeth Photography

The ladies that have been beautifying brides for years are now prettying up a little piece of downtown Liberty. Ashley Backs, and the talented stylists of Hello Lovely, recently opened a darling salon and mini-spa, making their talents available to visitors throughout the week. With exceptional service, creative stylists, and cutting edge techniques, this salon is sure to be the buzz of beautifications. When do you want to grab some time in a chair?

The creative mind behind Kansas City’s traveling bridal show, The Big Reveal, has launched yet another interactive way for couples to meet local wedding professionals. Titled "Thursday Night Live", this unique interview series introduces couples to local professionals within the wedding industry. You learn about a company’s passion, experience, and success all in a live video chat. Thursday Night Live premieres on The Big Reveal’s Facebook page every Thursday at 6pm – Don’t miss out!


PLACE THEM. HANG THEM. FLOAT THEM. Elite Sounds’ latest addition to their rental inventory includes these strikingly elegant and modern orbs that can be programmed to match any color scheme. Place them outside to brighten up an outdoor patio, hang them above a dance floor to create a fun ambiance, or float them in a pool or water feature in elegant style. Better yet, the orbs are controlled via remote, so make them interactive with your event, by changing their colors throughout the evening!



cohesive look



By: Ashley Backs, Hello Lovely

No matter if your wedding party is big or small, ensuring that you and your girl's looks coordinate, instead of compete, should be a big to-do on your planning list. Searching for your hair and makeup styles are surely on your radar, but have you considered the beauty selections for your bridesmaids? These women are prominently featured on your day and in your photos, so don’t wait until the last minute to decide what their look should be. Follow these five steps to make sure that your sisters, cousins, and BFFs look their very best!

1. Choose the bridal look first.

2. Brainstorm what you want first.

Your look is the most important! You’re the star of the day and the belle of the ball. If you have strong feelings about the looks of your hair and makeup from the get-go, it may be a good idea to plan the rest of the day’s theme around that. If the venue and décor are already set, take this into consideration as well. For example, if your wedding is a 10 a.m. garden brunch, a full smoky eye and bright red lip will look out of place. Work with the style of your wedding instead of against it. if there is a lot of greenery incorporated into the flowers, a rich berry lip would look incredible. If you are saying your vows on a beach, a textured updo with braids would look perfect.

Once you’ve selected your look, it’s time to consider the bridesmaid's look. Before you get the opinions of others in your head, spend some time alone considering what you want. Do you want the women that surround you on your wedding day to look dramatic? Understated? Do you want their lip color to match yours? Are you thinking hair down or hair up? Have you selected dresses? How will you match or coordinate hair and makeup with the color and vibe of the gowns?

If you need help brainstorming, think about the vibe that you are wanting to achieve: sultry and glamorous, natural and bohemian, or classic and clean? Consider the neckline of your gown and the facial features you want to accentuate. But, most of all, you should look like you. Your bridal look should be a vamped-up version of your best self. Think of when you felt the prettiest – whether that’s sunkissed from a recent vacation or all done up for a company gala – and go from there!


Once you have all of these ideas worked out for yourself – and maybe on a private Pinterest board – then bring these ideas to your girls. I’m not saying that you should dictate what your bridal party looks like (unless that’s what you want – it’s your day), but you can show the women your vision and go from there. During your brainstorming session, don’t forget about the moms and flower girls. They’ll be in your pictures too, so their looks affect the overall feel of the day as well. When you’re planning these looks, always remember the cardinal rule: no one should be more done up than the bride.

3. Consider the differences. Unless your bridesmaids are a set of identical triplets, you’re going to have to consider differences in hair length, color, texture, and skin tone. These differences are beautiful and should be enhanced! This is especially important if any of the women in your party don't like wearing makeup. I’m not saying you should let this sister go bare-faced, but it’s possible to choose an understated look for her that still coordinates with the other women. For example, she can wear a sheer stain in a similar color to the lipstick the other women are rocking? You may want all of your ladies to have a glowy, J-Lo look. But your African-American sorority sister is going to need a totally different bronzer than your fair-skinned friend. Enhancing those differences within the same theme would be beautiful, but finding the right makeup artist and/or products will be key. The same goes for hairstyles. Just because one of your bridesmaids has a pixie cut doesn’t mean that all is lost as far as coordination goes. All different styles short hair, curls, long and straight - can have thematic similarities. Even a short pixie cut can be styled in a glam, bohemian, or romantic way. One easy way to coordinate un-matching hair is by adding hair accessories.

4. Makeup and hair should go together like a cupcake and icing.

Considering the cohesiveness of the entire look is important. Not every hair and makeup list go together seamlessly, and not every bridal look matches well with every bridesmaid look. If you’re wanting to rock an Old Hollywood look with long, side-swept waves, your bridesmaids should not have beachy braids. Understated chignons with volume at the crown would be a better option.

If you’re envisioning flower crowns for your bridesmaids, simple, glowy makeup in the tones of the florals (pink, peach, and neutrals) would match the best. A soft berry lip is eternally versatile and will coordinate well with any hairstyle or dress. With every choice that you make, consider how it will look in photos. A classic red lip doesn’t pair well with jewel tones, but a deeper, wine shade will. Embellished straps should be shown off with upswept hair. Women in pastel dresses will need a skin-tone appropriate dose of bronzer.

5. Test it out! Once you’ve solidified your plans and ideas, it’s time for a test run. Ideally, this should happen a month out from the big day. Grab at least one bridesmaid and get your trial on! If you’re having your hair and makeup professionally styled on your wedding day, booking a trial for both yourself and a bridesmaid is a way to ensure that your looks will coordinate and not compete. If you only book a trial for yourself, be sure to take time to discuss the bridesmaid's look during the appointment. Your stylist is an expert and may think of details that you have not considered. If you’re planning to do your own hair and makeup on your special day, a trial is even more important. You have to ensure that the products you want to use are perfect, and that the hairstyle you pinned looks the same in real life. Do everyone’s hair and makeup, using the same care you will on the wedding day, then take photos. Go outside, use the nicest camera you’ve got, and get your pose on! You do not want to be surprised by an orange-tinted bronzer or a weird-looking lipstick color when your wedding day photos come back. A professional makeup artist knows which products play well on camera, but it may take some trial and error to find the perfect product if you’re doing the work yourself. EABride.com


BANDING Your Man While you have been dreaming about your wedding ring since you were a little girl (remember putting on those flashy plastic gemstones rings during dress up?) it’s reasonable to say that your fiancée hasn’t been doing the same. So, when it comes to putting a band on your man, a great place to start is by becoming familiar with various types of metal that are available. Rose gold, black titanium, meteorite, and two-tone metals are four trendy selections commonly picked by couples. Read more on their characteristics, view an example from Shane Company, and then discuss which option is a perfect fit for your man.

Black titanium has a distinctive and bold look for the modern groom. There are endless options when it comes to the design of the ring including shiny or matte black styles. This metal provides a dark contrast to the brightness of diamonds if you want some bling in the ring. Black titanium does not fade, is scratch resistant, and is nickel free. And for the groom that wants their ring to feel weightless, the lightweight characteristic of titanium is a perfect match. Rose gold is the perfect metal for a groom that wants a traditional look of a wedding ring with a modern hue. The romantic color has been given a masculine makeover through textured and hammered designs on the outside of the ring. While gold can be scratched, it is also relatively easy to get buffed out. If a bride’s engagement ring is rose gold, then finding a men’s band in the same color will make for a picture-perfect duo on the wedding day. A meteorite band is truly a one-of-a-kind option. Cut from a real meteorite, each ring has a different pattern, so you can choose between a dynamic or muted look. The meteorite is commonly paired with black zirconium to accent the light and dark elements within the design of the meteorite. Who else can say that a piece of their ring was made eons ago in outer space?

Can’t make up your mind on your favorite metal? Don’t worry, two tone rings are very popular and there are many designs available so that you can choose what fits your personality best. Having a two-tone ring allows you to pick out your favorite metal and then have it accented by your second choice. This also provides flexibility in matching the bride’s ring. Some popular combinations include white and rose gold, white and yellow gold, and black zirconium and gold.




Sunday, August 20th THE BIG REVEAL KC Location: Crossroads, Downtown, West Bottoms

Location: Cardinal Cake Co. 3100 SW State Route 7 Blue Springs, MO

Time: 11:30am - 4:00pm Admission: $12

Time: 11:00 - 3:00pm

Website: bigrevealkc.com Grab a drink and a bite to eat then hop in a limo, trolley or party bus and enjoy the ride in style to visit some of Kansas City’s most amazing event spaces and wedding professionals. We offer a relaxed atmosphere, by inviting you into five venues that you can tour all in one day. Whether you book one of our venues or you’re planning your event elsewhere, the caterers, DJ’s, bridal salons and other vendors featured in each space, can help you bring your vision to life. Let us share their passion with you!

Website: cardinalcakecompany.com Join us at Cardinal Cake Company’s Bridal Fair & Open House to visit with local vendors, participate in give-aways, and enjoy entertainment. And as if that wasn’t recipe enough for a good time, you can also indulge your tastebuds with the tastiest cake in Kansas City!

Wednesday, September 13th GET YOUR CURVE ON BRIDAL FASHION SHOW Gather your girlfriends together for Kansas City’s first ever Curvy Bridal Fashion Show! All My Heart Bridal & Bella Bridesmaids have teamed up to bring you the ultimate wedding experience by showcasing models with curves on the runway. See the latest in bridal, bridesmaid, and accessory fashion. Plus, meet and greet Kansas City’s best wedding vendors while enjoying champagne, appetizers and treats throughout the evening. The first 75 brides to register will receive a complimentary swag bag filled with goodies & treats!

Location: The Aspen Room Rooftop 308 SE Douglas Street Lee’s Summit, MO Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Admission: $10 Website: allmyheartbridal.com


Sunday, October 8th BRIDAL WARS KANSAS CITY Location: The Pavilion Event Space 14831 E. US Highway 40 Kansas City, MO 64136 Time: 1:00pm Admission: $20 per person Website: bridalwarsevent.com/ bridal-wars-kansas-city

Bridal Wars is a team competition event. They have taken the traditional Bridal Show and turned it up a notch, creating an interactive and fun experience. Brides create teams with their bridal party, friends, family and moms. Then all come to Bridal Wars to have a FUN wedding experience! It's all about celebrating your wedding in an exciting way, so come dressed up in team attire, with a creative team name.

For details on these events and many others, visit us online at eabride.com.

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weddings From traditionally elegant to simply modern our Hy-Vee wedding experts will help you every step of the way. Fresh flowers, luscious cake and delicious food create an ambiance that invites friends and family to enjoy your special day. To get started, call the catering coordinator for an appointment. We cannot wait to help make your day magical.

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1525 E. 23rd St. 816-836-1177 Catering: Victoria Forbes

4545 S. Noland Rd. 816-478-6557 Catering: Brad Cottington

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310 SW Ward Rd. 816-554-2200 Catering: Mike Moore

9400 E. 350 Hwy 816-358-9940 Catering: Sam Horkman

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PHOTOGRAPHY DESIGN & COORDINATION Claire Ryser Photography Julian Events FLORAL Beco Flowers


RENTALS Ultrapom Event Rental

CAKE Cardinal Cake Company

VENUE GOWN The Pavilion Event Space Ivory & Lace Bridal Boutique MENSWEAR Tip Top Tux


MODEL, BRIDE Voices&, Alexis Railsback


















Q: I want beautiful flowers at my wedding, but don’t have the budget to spend a fortune. How can I find a good balance for the two? A: I think there is a misconception that in order to have beautiful flowers, you have to have a large budget. Deciding where to spend the bulk of the floral budget is key. Choose what is most important to you: personal flowers (such as bouquets, corsages, boutineers), ceremony or reception flowers and make that the main focus for your floral budget. If it is a particular flower that's a budget buster, like David Austin Garden Roses, use these blooms as the main focal flower in your bouquet and use blossoms that are less expensive in the ceremony and reception decor. Another recommendation I would make is giving your florist artistic license to select seasonal blooms to create the overall feel that you are trying to achieve. This will often save money as seasonal blooms are typically less expensive than choosing blossoms that are out of season. Another solution that helps stretch the floral budget is to repurpose the floral arrangements from the rehearsal dinner and/or ceremony flowers to the reception. I believe that a florist can work with most any budget. It is ultimately up to the bride and groom to decide what is most important to them. Then give the florist the permission and flexibility to create arrangements that fit the theme and feel of the day. Q: I am in love with the flower adorned arbors I see on Pinterest, but I’m sure they are quite expensive. How can I create this look for less? A: Use a mix of faux greenery with fresh greenery to create a great base to allow for the majority of the budget to be spent on fresh flowers that will create a lush adorned arbor. 30

By: Katie Malone Inspirations in Bloom

Q: I received advice to reuse some of my flowers from the ceremony for the reception. What type of pieces would be easiest to repurpose? Since my guests will notice the flowers in both places, will this make us look cheap? A: The pew arrangements and arbor arrangements are extremely easy to repurpose and both would work well on the head table. Repurposing arrangements will not look "cheap" if it is done right. My best advice is to have a solid plan in place and a designated person to discretly move the arrangements to the reception venue after the ceremony so they are in place before guests begin to arrive. Q: I don’t want an out-of-date look, what are some trends that I could implement into my wedding florals? A: Cascading bouquets seem to be gaining popularity again. In order to incorporate this throw back style, but still keep it modern, add extra greenery to create a soft cascading flow. That way you can get the cascading "feel" without having to fully commit to the style. The addition of succulents and other unique blooms are an easy way to stay on trend. These flowers offer a modern touch, can create an interesting conversation piece, and make for a truely memorable arrangement.

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The stigma of perfection associated with a wedding dress can certainly overwhelm a bride. It is THE dress after all, and not one button, one sparkle or a single piece of lace should be out of place. Even with the endless options available online and in bridal stores, it can be hard to find the one that is just right. If only every bride could have their own custom tailor that could make their dream dress for them. Right here in Kansas City, we have just that person. Introducing, Janay A, a local gown designer that has fashioned countless wedding gowns and brought to life the dreams of many brides. The process of designing a gown with Janay is very personalized. The style of the gown as well as the fabric and fit are discussed during the first design consultation. As she sketches out the vision of your gown, you can add embellishments and color to further enhance your aisle style. Then your dream dress is created using silk hemp and organic cottons.


Janay is also infamous for restoring heirloom dresses. Choosing to wear your grandmother or mother’s dress on your wedding day is such a personal decision and alterations to the dress to make it your own must be handled with care. Here are some of Janay’s featured gowns, from satin to tulle, long to short, she embraces all styles and shapes. It is no secret that Janay devotes her talent and love of fashion to making brides happy with their truly unique gown. Accessories: The Yellow Peony Floral: Prope Terram Floral Design Automobile: 1954 Series 62 Coupe original owner Mr. Don Brown

Opposite Page: Photo by Tou Yang Photography, Model- Joyce La Rea Hurley Top: Photo by Kapture King, Model- Adriana Salas, Hair- Karen Scharnhorst, Makeup- Becca Percifield Top Right: Photo by Sam Clausen Photography, Model- Noelle Manica Bottom Left: Photo by J Hartley Photography, Model- Elise Hardenburger, Hair- Karen Scharnhorst, Makeup- Kat Von Corley Bottom Center: Photo by J Hartley Photography, Models- Joyce La Rae Hurley and Diego Astorga Bottom Right: Photo by Tou Yang Photography, Model- Noelle Manica






Wedding Wisdom from Newlyweds: If you are up for it, you don’t need a long engagement! Most people are doing engagements a year or longer. I was excited about starting our life together and couldn’t wait! It’s definitely not impossible, so I would encourage any soon-to-be brides out there to go for it! I'm so happy I did! -Kelsey My advice to engaged couples getting married would be - first things first - enjoy the first month of the engagement. Don’t start planning right away. Bask in the fact that you and the person you love are going to spend the rest of your lives together. Enjoy the happiness and love you share because you will be tested and tried during the planning process and it can be easy to forget why you’re doing this! Lastly, don’t sweat the small stuff. Harder said than done when you’ve put all your heart and soul into creating the most beautiful and memorable day of your life. Honestly though, at the end of the night it will only be about you and your husband. What decorations you had, what gifts you gave everyone, if you had enough food or not - none of that will matter! -Megan Our advice would be to plan the wedding that you want. There will be many people trying to persuade you during the planning process, but the day is about the bride and the groom. We chose a small guest count because we wanted to spend time with each and every person that chose to celebrate our special day with us. Luckily, that is exactly what we got to do. Sticking to a small guest count also allowed us to splurge on the details of our big day! -Derek & Kara


The day before our wedding, I was in the ballroom for the reception unpacking dinnerware, setting up tables, running around like a crazy person and obviously appearing a bit stressed. One of our great friends and groomsmen stopped me, put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Ten years from now guests at the wedding won’t remember what the plates looked like, or what the tables looked like, but they will remember if the bride and groom were happy together on their wedding day.” That really stuck with me. It sincerely made me take a deep breath and realize that I don’t want to be that stressed out bride. Enjoy your day regardless of what minor things happen. Those are the things that make it memorable anyway! -Sara Our biggest piece of advice is that at the end of the day, you two are married and get to start a life together, and that’s all that matters! Take a few moments to spend time with the people you love, create some memories, and just enjoy it. The details are important, but not as important as your relationship with those you are planning with; enjoy the time you get to spend together. -Jeff & Kali My advice is two fold. First, I would say go to a venue with the whole package included. Every argument you have from your engagement to your wedding will be menial and childish, but in the end you will have no clue about all the little details that go into it. However, you will remember your family, friends, and everyone who came to celebrate with you. Second, as long as your closest friends and family are there, nothing else matters. Make sure everyone can be accommodated because in the end, they are the most important to you. -Marcus




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There are many small things that can go wrong on the wedding day. The flowers aren’t the exact hue you were expecting, the cake table linen is a few inches short of the floor, or maybe a skunk has conveniently drenched the outdoor ceremony area with its offensive odor. And while all of these stink (pun intended) to have happen on your wedding day, they aren’t deal breakers. The wedding will move forward, you will become husband and wife, and in two years, or maybe less, you will have completely forgotten the small mishaps. Let's put the small things aside and focus on the big picture, what lessons can you learn now that will help you enjoy your wedding to the fullest? Here are ten mistakes most commonly made by couples as they plan for their big day.


Remembering that love is the reason you are here in the first place, nurture it.

Planning a wedding can be stressful and can tear you down at times. And usually, the person closest to you that takes the brunt of the frustration of the unanswered RSVP’s and impossible seating chart is your fiancée. Make an effort to enjoy your engagement, for it will go by fast. Go on date nights, take vacations, and if setting back the wedding date will allow you to enjoy your engagement more, then so be it! Love brought you to the place of planning a wedding, and once the wedding has past, love will remain. Nurture your relationship as it evolves into a marriage.


Not understanding that nobody will know what you didn’t pick.

A wedding is a culmination of decisions determined by the bride and the groom. And with a world of inspiration and ideas at our fingertips, deciding between one thing or another can be difficult. Don’t let the choices that you have to make get the best of you. Your guests will never know about the venue that you didn’t reserve, the duo-entrée option that you decided to forego, or the bar package that would have annihilated your budget. Instead, they will see you on the happiest day of your life, in a stunning gown, and with a smile on your face. Guests are coming to your wedding to share in the happiness of the celebration, regardless of which choices you made along the way.


Not addressing an awkward family dynamic before the wedding day.

Let’s face it, there is an elephant in the room. And there is no better time than BEFORE the wedding to address it. Whether it be related to divorced parents, estranged siblings, or another smothered relationship in the family, it would be best to mend relations prior to the wedding day. Even if it doesn't pertain to you personally, it would be wise to ask the individuals involved to find resolve in order to prevent any confrontation that might make others feel uncomfortable. If resolve is not possible, then as the bride, take the precautions needed to separate the individuals that are at odds. As an example, if your parents are divorced and do not wish to sit next to each other at the ceremony, then decide who will sit on the first row and who will be seated on the second. Then prior to the rehearsal and wedding day, share what you have decided with each parent so that they know what to expect and so that their feelings will not be hurt. Of course, the wedding day is about you and your fiancée, but having negative vibes around you can impact your happiness. Drama is a fun killer, don’t let it stiffen your day.




Expecting nature to be on your side.

We live in the land of uncertainty; we can have a heatwave in February or find snow falling in May. While you arepicturing a perfect, 74-degree cumulous cloud kind of day, Mother Nature may have something else in store for you. Never assume that you have nature on your side, and take precautions early in planning to prepare for a Plan B in case it is needed. That way, if an unlikely storm comes rolling through, you don’t have a bridezilla moment, freaking out that your wedding is going to be ruined. Always prepare for the undesired circumstance: excessive heat, endless rain, record breaking snowfall, strong winds, saturated grass, and relentless bugs.


Deciding when it is a good time to stop pinning.

It is all so pretty, isn’t it?! The breathtaking tablescape with an elaborate floral runner spanning the 12-foot head table, the custom lettering on a hand-written invitation enclosed in a laser cut wrap and satin ribbon, and the swooping fabric throughout the tent with large chandeliers and a tall floral backdrop behind the cake table. It is all so darn pretty, and we want it all! And such the problem is created; the photographic nature of what we see online has created the unhealthy habit of relentless window-shopping. And like any other bad tendency, we keep going back for more. It's perfectly fine to start planning your wedding with ideas that you find online, but at a certain point (usually after colors have been selected, bridesmaid dresses ordered, and the look has been communicated to and priced out by vendors) it is time to stop searching for new ideas. Find confidence in the choices that you've made and stick to them. If you just can’t help yourself, add to your wedding through small details and personal touches.



Waiting until the last minute to plan and assuming that things will take care of themselves.

There is an elegance in being the laid-back bride, but not if panic is going to set in three months prior to the big day when you realize that you still have an endless to-do list. Even the simplest of weddings have nearly the same amount of work in them, so putting off the details of a 50-person wedding is nearly the same as putting off the details of a 300-person wedding. While you have hired wedding professionals to execute the specifics of your big day, they are not responsible for making decisions that make the wedding unique to you. DJ’s are not expected to select the song to be played during your father-daughter dance, caterers are not responsible for providing vegetarian meals if they were not informed of them in advance, and photographers should not be expected to know the specific family photos you want without an organized shot list. While hiring a wedding coordinator is undoubtedly a step in the right direction to keeping the planning and wedding day organized, there are still details that cannot be decided by anyone other than you and your fiancée. To prevent doomed stress, take planning in stride, making it a point to discuss all options with your fiancée and making decisions together in a timely manner. The to-dos won’t magically disappear before the big day, so you might as well not let them pile up.


Expecting that everything will go perfectly as planned.

The reality is, things happen. And there are two ways you can go about reacting to a wedding-day problem. You can freak out and start crying, making everyone around you feel uncomfortable, or you can take a deep breath, realize that there is nothing you can do about it, and move on with marrying the love of your life. While obviously the second option seems more ideal, it isn’t so easy to stay cool when the wedding that you have been planning on for months suffers a mishap. You have to prepare emotionally long before the wedding day arrives, knowing that no wedding is perfect and that yours, like many others, will most likely have some unforeseen circumstance arrise. Guests will not remember the details of your centerpieces, the song you walked down the aisle to, or what you served for dinner. However, they will remember seeing you and the emotions that you portrayed throughout the day. Everyone knows you are bursting with excitement and happiness to be marring your best friend. So shut away feelings of stress and concern, and focus on sharing the happiness of your wedding day with those you love.


Not remembering that your important moments are important to others too.

This day is undeniably about you, about the relationship you share with your fiancée and the family that you are starting together. But it is also a monumental day in the lives of your parents, siblings, and grandparents. The day you get married is the day that your immediate family gains a new member. For your parents, it is even more of an emotional experience as they toggle between memories of you as a baby and their daughter as a bride. Remember that small moments on a big day create lasting memories. One-on-one coffee with your mom before getting ready, a hand-written note for your dad to find in his coat pocket, or a special gift are all ways you can show love and gratitude to your loved ones.


Believing that you can DIY your entire wedding.

Where there is a will, there is a way...that is until you are sobbing on the floor because the floral arrangements that you swore you could make for your wedding tomorrow are turning out to be a disaster. There is a Pinterest Fails website for a reason, you aren’t the only person to be standing in the midst of a defeated dream. When deciding to make handmade items for your wedding, it is important to make sure that they are not time sensitive (like flowers) and can be rescued by a professional if needed. Save the crucial pieces, such as the wedding gown (girl, you know you have no clue on how to alter a wedding gown), bouquets or boutonnieres, and DJ’ing to the professionals. The professionals that service these areas of weddings are true artists of their trade, and will not leave you disappointed. Instead, focus on things that you can create easily that adds character to your wedding, such as a polaroid guest book, a photo collage, or a memory table.


Not appropriately thanking those that take part in your big day.

It goes without saying that everyone that participates in your wedding day, from family, to the bridal party, to all of the guests, should be shown gratitude and appreciation. Without them, the day would have felt less like a celebration and more like a fancy elopement. Express your love and thanks to family and the bridal party through personal gifts and notes. Be courteous to the rest of your guests by hand-writing a thoughtful thank you card, and sending it in a timely manner after the wedding. EABride.com


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Whether it be the bridal shower, bachelorette party, or getting ready on the wedding day, you have a lot of fun ahead of you with the lady loves of your life! Why not be fit in style to celebrate the occasion. We instantly fell in love with these bride and bridesmaid tank duos from Bachette! They are perfect to wear out for the bachelorette party, ideal to wear while getting hair and makeup done for the wedding, and cute enough to rock well after the celebration has passed. There are many styles to pick from at www.bachette.com, but here are a few of our favorites.




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Not only will your ring shine, but so will your invitations! This glamorous trend embellishes your traditional, contemporary or vintage wedding theme. Add this luxurious finish to your invitation suite and day-of paperie or mix this trend with thermography (raised printing) for a shiny impact. 42


Minimalist designs focus on a bold style, with structured elements or embellishments. Give your invitation suite a bit of an edge with vellum to strike a sophisticated, monochromatic color palette. Embrace the ‘less is more’ mentality. Letterpress is the perfect pairing to this trend. EABride.com


laser cutting

An intricately cut detail on your custom designed invitation or bellyband is sure to be a showstopper. Elevate your stationery to include this fine laser cut detail. This treatment can be done on cardstock and even on wood, acrylic or metal. Look for this trend to grow in popularity, just as letterpress, thermography or engraving has done. 44

envelope liners

The first look should always take your breath away. Invitations are the first thing guests see so why not make a statement with an eye-catching envelope liner? These allow you to add some personality through a creative pattern, textured paper, vibrant florals, or a foiled monogram. Make an even bigger statement by using a colored envelope. EABride.com



TIPPING GUIDE Tipping wedding professionals for servicing on your wedding is not expected, but is a generous way for you to show appreciation for their creative work and dedication in ensuring that your wedding is a success. Use this guide to determine which professionals should receive a special “thank you” and how much would be appropriate to tip. To relieve yourself of this responsibility on the wedding day (when you already have so much going on), pre-make envelopes with the thank you card and gratuities inside and entrust your wedding coordinator, a member of the bridal party, or a close relative with dispersing your thanks to the appropriate professionals.





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The Wonder Women of Weddings Without a doubt, credit is due, to the women who serve as the glue between an engaged couple, hired wedding professionals, and the momentous task of pulling off a wedding. These wonder women of weddings, also known as wedding planners, carry a weight on their shoulders to keep the day organized, vendors on task, and the bride continuously calm throughout the day’s emotional ride. While hiring a coordinator used to be a luxury, more and more couples realize the dire need to have a professional planner on their side. The typical responsibilities of a wedding planner are to assist the couple in planning the details of the day (dÊcor, budget, vendors, timeline, etc.) leading up to the wedding and then executing the details of the planned timeline the day of. However, these wonder women do a plethora of unsaid duties to ensure your day is perfect. Here are some things a wedding coordinator handles without you ever knowing.

Works with the wonders of nature Rain or shine, your wedding must go on; and the person responsible for insuring your day is as perfect as can be has taken it upon herself to battle Mother Nature. A planner is regularly the person wiping down wet ceremony chairs, refolding wind-blown napkins, or making an ice water for your grandma on a hot day.

Knows the detail photos you want and stages the pieces beautifully While you are sitting amongst a cloud of hairspray getting your makeup carefully applied with your bridesmaids, all the while, your planner is collecting your personal pieces to be photographed. Pictures of your dress, wedding rings, jewelry, and invitations are excellent keepsakes and make a beautiful introduction to your wedding album.


Steps in as a janitor in the bridal (and groom suites) Prepping for a wedding gets messy quick, and when the time comes to leave for the ceremony, the last thing on the minds of the bridesmaids, and especially the bride, is to tidy up the getting ready suite. A planner doesn’t want their clients to return to their honeymoon suite to a mess of scattered clothes, bags and discarded tags. Nor do they want their client to be charged by the church for leaving the ready rooms in disarray. A planner pulls up her sleeves and cleans the room, collects personal belongings that have been left behind and restores the bridal and groom suites to suitable order.

Is the designated "shusher" of the ceremony

Is a family photo wiz

After reminding the moms to light the unity candle tapers, releasing the bridal party down the aisle one-by-one, successfully bribing the ring bearer to walk to the end of the aisle in exchange for a cherry sucker, and situating the bride’s dress perfectly as she enters her wedding, a planner’s job is not done yet. She is now in full-on “shush” mode, ready to eliminate any ruckus that may cause disruption to the ceremony. This could be quietly escorting guests that arrived late to the back row, finding a cry room for a mother and her baby or going outside to ask the mower across the street to delay progress by a half hour.

Family formals are a necessary, yet extremely chaotic event, both for the newlyweds and the photographers. Planners are a crucial component to ensuring that the correct family members are wrangled back from cocktail hour, all people are placed evenly around the bride and groom, and that youngsters have a distraction to look at to make them smile. Now all the photographer has to worry about is capturing the perfect shot.

Carries a bottomless Mary Poppins bag

Sets the mood all evening long

It is as if the planner already knows you are going to forget the cake cutting set at home. The bag(s) that they endlessly tote around all day is filled with the thrills and frills of wedding day décor and emergency kit must-haves. From a sewing kit to candles, champagne flutes, and clothes pins, there is something in that bag for everyone and when the time comes that you need it, she is there, ready to offer up all that she can to make the day run more smoothly.

Ask a planner and they will know the location of the light switches in venues they have worked at. That’s because a planner assumes the task of setting the mood throughout the reception. They know the suitable lighting level for a dinner conversation, the scheduled time for when the first dance is expected to start, and the appropriate time (after the old folks leave) to turn down the lights for an epic dance party.

Knows how to cure a cake problem Aside from baking, decorating and delivering, a planner knows her cake stuff. And while it doesn’t sound like there would be anything left to do, a planner reveals her improvising spirit when it comes to a cake problem. Forget to order a cake topper or have an eager kid put his finger straight into the icing? A planner can pull blooms from your other arrangements and assemble the perfect cascading floral display that will appear as if it was planned all along. Forget to add the cake cutting service with your caterer? If they can’t sweet talk the serving staff into cutting it, they have the expertise to be able to grab a knife, dismount, and plate up perfect slices.

Serves as a middleman for unique family dynamics If there is one thing that can save the day, it is helping to diffuse a family conflict. Planners have a unique skillset in this type of work and know how to adapt day-of to prevent confrontation.

Takes care of inebriated guests A planner not only has your best interests at heart, but your guests as well. They monitor and take care of those that have enjoyed the reception to the utmost level by conversing with the bar staff, notifying loved ones, and calling safe transportation if needed. During your sendoff, planners act as an eagle eye when sparklers are in the hands of your inebriated guests. Damages and lost deposits are most commonly related to the last few hours of the event, and a dedicated planner is doing everything she can to protect the integrity of your event (and your damage deposit).




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WEDDING WISE Pack a pair of boots or flats if rain is expected on or around your wedding date. It will prevent your pretty wedding shoes from getting muddy. -Brianne Jackson, Brianne Elizabeth Photography

Plan with your guests in mind! This seems obvious, but it's so important. Before any of our weddings we do a full walk through with our couples of the entire experience from the guest's perspective, to make sure we have them covered in every way. Is it easy to find the venue or do we need signage? Where will they park, who will greet them upon arrival, and what will they say to set the tone? Will there be a safe spot to stash coats, are the bathrooms easy to spot? Will every guest be able to see and hear from their seat? Your guests will be so thankful for the extra care and attention! -Beth Chappelow, Chappelow Events

Keep yourself hydrated the weeks leading up the wedding day; it really helps to bring out that bridal glow! -Ashley Backs, Hello Lovely

Dress designers have a multitude of sizes charts, and measurements that designate sizing. 99.99% of the time no body shape is a perfect match to the size chart so make sure you set aside money in your budget for alterations. Alterations are a vital part of completing your bridal look, and a proper fit will make for a comfortable wedding day! -Sarah Bronson, All My Heart Bridal


More than ever, it’s about fit. It doesn’t matter what kind of tuxedo or suit you’re looking for, the fit means everything. Consider your wedding party when selecting the perfect tuxedo; not all tuxedo styles and designs look the same on all body shapes. With today’s modern fitting styles, you have options! There are traditional styles that fit the average build as well as modern and slim fit for the trimmer men in your party. The greatest thing about renting is that all of our tuxedos and suits are available from a Boys 3 to a Mens 70 – available in short, regular, long and extra-long lengths. Nowhere will you find the ability to purchase matching attire for your ring bearer and everyman in your party than at Tip Top. That’s our specialty! -Jenni Newton, Tip Top Tux

Make sure you communicate with both sets of parents/step-parents about what they want for the wedding. I know it is YOUR wedding, but they may have ideas of what they think should happen and you can either listen to it now or later, when it could create conflict. Besides, their ideas may be helpful! -Debra Lawrence, Abundant Moments Photography

Finding the right venue can be a process, which is why it is always a good idea to go in with a plan! If you have your heart set of on one specific date, it is important to be realistic about when you need to book a venue and give yourself a time frame. To put it into perspective, there are 52 Saturdays in a year and lots of lovebirds going through the exact same process you are. Booking a date before November, which is the start of engagement season, is something to keep in mind to ensure that there are still a lot of dates available. If you have your heart set on THE DATE, don’t hesitate to book the venue you love immediately. And always remember, Happy Venue Hunting! -Kacie McClusky, The Pavilion Event Space

When thinking of your wedding cake design, try thinking outside the box for what you would imagine your dream cake looking like. There are many unique ways to find inspiration, such as your wedding invitations, wedding gown, a place that you've shared together or even a beautiful detailed piece of fabric. Let the inner artist in you come out. -Afi Green, Kosmic Cake Art

Think through your wedding day’s schedule before finalizing the actual reservations. How long will the ceremony really take? Will your guests be lingering at the church after the ceremony for a receiving line or to see you off after you’ve taken pictures? If not, they may arrive at the reception site long before the staff is ready to open the bar, serve the hors d’oeuvres, etc. Having your guests milling around for an extended period because of poor planning can be awkward for everyone involved. -Lori Glazer, Town Pavilion

Take time on your wedding day to sit back and enjoy every moment. Really soak it in and trust that your wedding vendors have everything under control. That is why you hired them! You should be able to go with the flow and not worry about one single thing except the love of your life you are about to marry! -Marissa Cribbs, Marissa Cribbs Photography

Start looking at pictures for hair insipiration early. A lot of women "grow their hair out" for their wedding and more times than not there's no need for it (unless wearing it down is the desired look). You can achieve many beautiful updos with medium length hair. -Roxana Dolson, Roxstar Style



Choosing a team of professionals can feel overwhelming and like an endless buffet of options. The most important thing I can recommend is choosing vendors with whom you feel relationally connected, aligned with their values and aesthetic, and within your price point. Do you enjoy their personality and communication style? Is this a team you feel excited to build a relationship with and feel comfortable having present for special moments on your big day? Do you trust them with details and decisions? Your vendor team desires to create an event that is reflective of you and wants a relationship and sense of compatibility, as well, to have the best experience for both parties! -Emily Love, Emily Love Events


Plan to revisit your venue soon after your floral and decor meeting. The ideas presented by your florist will be fresh in your mind, so you can visualize everything and make sure it still fits in your vision. You'll also be able to get answers to questions that come up, like whether you can use fresh petals or if open flame is permitted. If your budget allows, order a sample centerpiece from your florist to see on one of your tables. This almost always calms any nerves about whether you've made the right flower choices! -Rhae Adams, Found in Nature

Everything else aside, the key to a successful dance floor lies in the bride, the groom and the bridal party being active participants on the dance floor. -Mickey Beach, Elite Sounds







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If you have made the decision to take your husband’s last name, then you have quite the task ahead of you to make the conversion from Miss. to Mrs. So, what do you need to do to become the new you? Use this comprehensive list mentioning each area of life that you will want to update your name, read tips to getting the paperwork done efficiently, and take note of physical locations that you will need to visit.

Before the Wedding:


The first step in securing a new last name actually happens before the wedding. While applying for your marriage license, request and pay for a duplicate copy to be mailed to you. After the wedding has taken place, and your witnesses have signed, your officiant returns the license to the county. The county then processes the document as public record, and sends you a certified copy that you can use to begin the name changing process. The copy is typically mailed within two weeks, so you can begin promptly after returning from the honeymoon.

Changing your name on your passport may not seem immediately necessary, but given the length of time that it takes to get a passport back, you will want to add it to your to-do list sooner than later. If your passport is under a year old, then you can submit your marriage license, new photo, current passport and completed form DS-5504 to receive an updated passport for free. If your passport is over a year old, then unfortunately you will have to pay to change your name on the government document. You may visit a post office or mail in your request for a new passport.

Legal Documents: Social Security Card The first document to change is your Social Security Card. There are three locations in Jackson County to do this; two locations in Kansas City and one in Independence. There is only one office location for Johnson County residents, which is in Lenexa. To apply for a new social security card, you will need to bring your birth certificate, passport or driver’s license as proof of citizenship, as well as your certified marriage license and a completed application (available online). If you aren’t pressed for time, you can also apply for a new social security card via mail. Driver’s License After receiving your new social security card, you can make your way to the joyous DMV to apply for your new driver’s license. Be sure to bring your current driver’s license, marriage certificate or social security card, and proof of identity. You will have to pay a fee for the new license and provide a new signature. 64

Money Matters: Banking Now that you have an updated driver’s license, it is smooth sailing when it comes to banking institutions. Make an appointment or stop by your bank, and bring your ID and your marriage license with you, so that you can make an official name change on your checking, savings, and credit card accounts. You may also want to take time to order new checks with both of your names printed at the top. If you bank at more than one location, make sure to make changes to all accounts. You will want to contact all of your credit card providers, investments account holders, and school loans to make a name change. EABride.com




Whether you have decided to add both names to the title or solely update your own, you are going to need a plan for updating all records associated with your vehicle(s). This includes updating your vehicle registration, car title, personal property tax, and auto insurance.

There are many different items to update at your place of work when changing your name. Talk with someone in human resources or the person that cuts payroll to update the name that is to be issued on your checks. You will also want to change your W2 form, 401k, health insurance and life insurance (if provided by your employer). Lastly, update your voicemail greeting, email address and signature, business cards, and employee badge.

Home Management: Maybe the most time-consuming change of them all is updating your name on all of your home-related accounts. This would include your mortgage or rent agreement, homeowners or renters insurance, property tax, and the endless utility companies (electric, water, trash, cable, phone, internet, etc.).

Voter Registration: To be prevent from losing the opportunity to vote at the next election, update the name on your voter registration card and request that a new copy to be mailed to you.

Medical Offices: Use whatever strength you have left to update your name at your medical offices. This would include your doctor’s office, dentist, pharmacy, eye doctor, counselors, and the veterinarian. You will want your medical records to reflect new name that is printed on your insurance card.

Getting pulled over and searched with the wedding party at the military base, wedding first!

When you get married on #CincoDeMayo but the officiant pre-games too hard.



Note to Self: When wearing stilettos and a chiffon dress, DO NOT kick your heels up! @jennyhardmanty

Bruh. Apple juice instead of champagne. You kiddin me? @ryeknight




Had a bloody nose at my wedding? No. My mom broke my glass cake topper, cut herself, bled on my dress, & blamed me. @CrochetOle2013

That #awkward moment when you forget to take the wedding playlist off shuffle, and it plays the wedding march 10 minutes early. @The_MattDailey

A dead bird was in front of the church so none of the first generation Italians came in because they thought they were cursed.

For that amount of $, the wedding invite company should’ve caught that there was no line on the RSVPs!





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Photo: Sharaya Mauck Photography

9-12 months Determine who will need wedding day styling services.

6-8 months Research options for hair stylist and makeup artists. Book a hair stylist and makeup artist.

4-5 months Decide where you will be getting ready. Set the wedding day styling schedule with your stylist(s). 68

2-3 months Look for hair and makeup styles to share with your stylist(s). Schedule a hair and makeup trial session.

3-4 weeks Begin whitening your teeth. Get your hair cut and colored for the wedding day. Attend the trial session with the hair and makeup stylist(s).

Photo: Marissa Cribbs Photography

2 weeks Schedule manicure/pedicure appointments. Reconfirm wedding day beauty schedule and make changes as needed.

1 week Get a manicure/pedicure.

wedding day Relax and enjoy wedding day pampering with your favorite gals.



Photo: Shades of Gray

Photo: Jana Marie Photography

9-12 months

2-3 months

Begin shopping for a wedding gown.

2 weeks

Purchase a veil or headpiece. Purchase shoes before the fitting.

6-8 months Order your wedding dress.

4-5 months Confirm the delivery date of your dress and schedule dress fitting appointments. Purchase lingerie before the first fitting appointment.

Complete your look by purchasing earrings, necklace, bracelet, etc.

5-6 weeks Purchase a garter, if desired. Have your first dress fitting.

3-4 weeks Have your second dress fitting. Break in wedding shoes.


Photo: Christian Gideon

9-12 months Research and book a coordinator for the wedding.

Photo: Nicole Bissey

Photo: Sharaya Mauck Photography

Have final dress fitting. Have dress steamed.

1 week Pick up dress and learn how to bustle the train. Gather all of your personal items (dress, shoes, jewelry, lingerie, etc.) and pack them together for the wedding day.

after wedding Make arrangements for your gown and veil to be professionally cleaned and preserved.


Photo: KDog Photography

Photo: DColeman Photography

1-8 months Collaborate with your planner to hire vendors and organize details of the wedding.

1 week Finalize wedding schedule. Hand off decorations to the planner to be set up. EABride.com



Photo: L. Frisch

6-8 months Choose bridesmaid dresses and share the details with your bridesmaids.

4-5 months Confirm that all bridesmaids have scheduled fittings and have ordered their dress.

Photo: Jana Marie Photography

2-3 months Choose the shoes and jewelry to go with the dresses and share the details with all bridemsaids. Confirm the delivery date of the dresses.

1-2 months Arrange alteration options for when the dresses arrive.

Photo: Andrea Nigh Photography

2 weeks Make sure that bridesmaids have all accessories. Confirm that all dress alterations have been completed.

1 week Arrange for bridesmaid dresses to be steamed.


Photo: M&E Photo Studio

Photo: Melissa & Beth

4-5 months Purchase or reserve groom’s attire. Select groomsmen attire and share details with your groomsmen. Purchase accessories for the groom: shirt, tie, cufflinks, pocket square, suspenders, etc. 70

2-3 months Purchase groom’s shoes. Get measured and schedule necessary fittings for tailored pieces.

1 month Make sure all groomsmen have purchased or reserved attire.

Photo: epagaFOTO

1 week Pick up attire and try it on to assure the perfect fit. Confirm groomsmen have picked up their attire and have everything they need (socks, shoes, etc.). Make arrangements for someone to return rentals after the wedding.


Photo: JSI Photography

4-5 months

Photo: Cork Creative

Photo: Morgan Miller

1-2 months

Purchase or order wedding bands.

2-3 months Pick up wedding bands.

1 week

Purchase ring pillow or alternative, if desired. Determine who will bring and hold the wedding bands during the ceremony.

Add rings to insurance policy.

Clean your engagement ring and band right before the wedding. Pack wedding bands together and keep in a safe spot to take to the wedding.


Photo: epagaFOTO Photo: Andrea Nigh

9-12 months

Photo: Andrea Nigh

1-2 months

Research and consider ceremony and reception venue options.

Determine a contingency plan for an outdoor ceremony.

Book the ceremony venue.

Determine a contingency plan for an outdoor reception.

Book the reception venue.

6-8 months Purchase liability insurance or permits if needed.

Schedule a final walk through at the ceremony and reception location(s).

2-3 weeks Review timeline, ceremony layout, and guest count at the final walk through at the ceremony venue. Review timeline, reception layout, and guest count at the final walk through at the reception location.




Photo: Photos Edge

9-12 months Research and review photographers and their package options. Book your photographer. Schedule your engagement photo session.

Photo: M&E Photo Studio

6-8 months

Photo: JSi Photography

2 weeks Review the wedding day timeline with your photographer.

Take your engagement photos.

2-4 months

Determine the location(s) of off-site bridal party photos.

Create a list of family photos you want taken after the ceremony.

day before wedding Give photographer your room number for getting ready photos.

Create a shot list of must have images at your wedding.


Photo: JSi Photography

9-12 months Research and review videographers and their package options. Book your videographer.


Photo: epagaFOTO

2-4 months Create a list of must have shots for your wedding video.

2 weeks Review the wedding day timeline with your videographer.

Photo: L. Frisch

day before wedding Give videographer your room number for getting ready video.

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Photo: Shades of Gray

Photo: epagaFOTO

12+ months Discuss and decide on general ceremony preferences (civil, religious, etc.). Research religious requirements for pre-marital counseling. Review officiant options.

9-12 months Confirm/book your wedding officiant. Begin pre-marital counseling.

4-5 months Review marriage license requirements for the location of your wedding. Discuss ceremony personalization and preferences with your officiant. For a Jewish wedding, order a Ketubah and yarmulkes. Select readings for the ceremony.


Photo: Sarah Dickerson Photography

2-3 months Confirm readers for the ceremony and share the chosen readings. Begin writing your own vows, if desired. Decide on the standing order for the bridal party, processional, and recessional. Start working on the ceremony programs. Determine the day and time for the wedding rehearsal with the ceremony venue.

3-4 weeks Obtain a marriage license. Finalize and print the ceremony programs. Finish writing your personal vows. Designate ushers for the ceremony and communicate their responsibilities. Determine who will be the witnesses for the marriage license.

Photo: Melissa & Beth

2 weeks Share all final details, including the processional, recessional and ceremony outline with your officiant. Provide a copy of your personal vows to the officiant. Confirm rehearsal date and time with the ceremony venue. Purchase items for the unity ceremony (candle, sand, etc.), if needed. Determine how many rows need to be reserved for family.

day before wedding Attend the wedding rehearsal to practice the ceremony. Provide the officiant with the marriage license.

day after wedding Mail the signed wedding license to the courthouse (if not handled by officiant).


Photo: M&E Photo Studio

9-12 months

Photo: epagaFOTO

6-8 months

Photo: Photos Edge

2 months

Discuss ceremony and reception entertainment preferences.

Book musicians or rent a sound system for the ceremony.

Finalize the ceremony song list and share it with your ceremony musicians.

Research and review entertainment options for both the ceremony and the reception.

Book a band or DJ as reception entertainment.

Finalize the reception song list and share it with your reception entertainment.

Start a playlist of songs that you like for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.

4-5 months Begin taking dance lessons, if desired.

2 weeks Reconfirm all entertainment details and timeline with entertainment providers.


9-12 months Discuss general catering, menu, food allergy, and service preferences. Review catering options and schedule tastings.

6-8 months Book caterer and develop a preliminary menu. Design place settings and determine rental needs. Order catering equipment not provided by the caterer.

1 month Provide timeline and reception layout to caterer and confirm the arrival time and set-up schedule.

2 weeks Provide caterer the final guest count. EABride.com



9-12 months Write out the bar menu, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Review bar supplier options (caterer, venue, bar service, or self provided).

6-8 months Book bar and bartending services with chosen provider.

1-2 months Purchase champagne flutes for toasts. If providing your own bar, confirm beverage shopping list and quantities based on the final guest count.

3-4 weeks Purchase beverages and all bar supplies.

1 week If providing your own beverages, designate someone to drop off supplies at the venue and for someone to take home leftover supplies.

day before or wedding day Deliver all beverage related items to the venue.


Photo: Melissa & Beth

9-12 months Discuss general floral needs, color palette and collect inspiration images. Research floral designers. Meet with floral designers to discuss options and pricing. 76

6-8 months Book floral designer.

4-5 months Work through the details of your wedding with the florist to update the proposal. Purchase a flower girl basket.

2 weeks Finalize the floral order using the final guest and table count. Provide the wedding timeline to the florist and confirm delivery locations, times, and set-up details.



Photo: Melissa & Beth

9-12 months Review and note your stationery needs. Review and confirm the recommended stationery timeline and RSVP date.

Photo: Jana Marie Photography

4-5 months Update wedding website with travel and hotel information. Order wedding invitations, RSVP cards, and envelopes.

Start looking at wedding invitations.

Book a calligrapher, if needed.

Research stationery designers for a custom suite design.

Address invitation envelopes or take them to your calligrapher.

6-8 months Create a wedding website. Order Save-the-Dates and include your wedding website. Work on invitation wording, details and design. Finalize your invitation wording.

2-3 months Take a complete, stuffed invitation to the post office and weigh for postage. Send out wedding invitations.

Photo: Marissa Cribbs Photography

1-2 months Track RSVP’s from guests to organize table assignments for place cards and table numbers.

2-3 weeks Finalize the guest seating arrangement for the reception. Finalize the reception stationery and order or print.

1 week Pick up reception stationery from the printer.

Begin working on the ceremony program.

Organize escort cards in alphabetical order to be set out at the reception.

Begin working on reception stationery (menu, place card, table numbers, etc.).

Hand off printed materials to coordinator to be set up at the wedding. EABride.com


C A K E / D E S S E R T S

Photo: Alea Lovely

Photo: Melissa & Beth

6-8 months

4-5 months

Discuss cake and dessert preferences (style, icing options, flavors, etc.). Research and review cake decorators. Schedule and attend tastings.

Photo: M&E Photo Studio

1 month

Book your cake decorator.

Purchase a cake topper.

Determine if you want to serve or save the top layer of the cake.

Purchase a cake knife and server.

2-3 months

Adjust your cake order based on your final guest count.

Order a groom’s cake, if desired.



2 weeks Designate someone to take home left over cake.


Photo: Photos Edge

9-12 months Discuss room layout, equipment needs and preferences. Research and review equipment rental options.

6-8 months Select tent style and size. Request preliminary rental quote for tables, chairs, linens, dance floor, and lighting. Book rental company.


2 weeks Update rental quote based on the final guest count. Finalize equipment order and arrange for delivery, set-up, and tear down.


Photo: Cork Creative

9-12 months

Photo: Powersshots

6-8 months

Discuss guest transportation preferences and determine if it is needed, including pickup and dropoff locations. Discuss bridal party tranportation preferences, if it is needed and specific pickup and dropoff locations.

Discuss if the bride will need separate transportation to the ceremony. Discuss if the groom will need separate transportation to the ceremony. Research transportation options. Book transportation.

Photo: Lark Photography

3-4 months Set the transportation schedule. Make parking arrangements or hire valet services for the wedding and/or reception.

2 weeks Confirm guest count, location and pickup times with the transportation company.


6-8 months Reserve a block of rooms at a hotel for guests. Add the details of the room block to your wedding website.

4-5 months Reserve wedding night accommodations for the bride and groom.

2 months Check the status of the room block and add rooms if needed.

2 weeks Get the room numbers that you will be getting ready in and share the info with your photographer and videographer.






Photo: Photos Edge

3-4 months Select favors and determine favor packaging and placement at the reception.

2-3 months Purchase gifts and cards for your Maid-of-Honor and Best Man.

Photo: Photos Edge

1-2 months Purchase gifts and cards for your bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl, ring bearer and ushers. Purchase gifts for parents to thank them for their support.

3 weeks Purchase guest favors and packaging. Wrap gifts for the bridal party and parents with a heartfelt thank you note. Assemble wedding favors. Arrange for someone to deliver and set up the favors.


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BEYOND THE WEDDING retirement savings accounts

Let’s face it, planning for retirement isn’t nearly as colorful and exciting as planning for a wedding. But after the ink has dried on the marriage license, and you have rested up from the delightful chaos of the wedding, it’s time to sit down and have a real talk about how you are going to plan for your future together. You should act now, whether it be a big gesture or small, to ensure that you will be able to retire comfortably with the love of your life. Here are a few retirement savings accounts so that you can determine which plans fits your family best.

Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Individual retirement accounts are funded outside of the workplace by individuals and are invested into stocks, mutual funds, bonds and cash. You have control to diversify your investments or may consult with a professional on how to best diversify your portfolio. In most situations, an individual may invest up to $5,500 per year. There are two main types of individual retirement accounts, Traditional IRA and Roth IRA. The difference between the two is whether you prefer to pay taxes now or when the money is retrieved.

Traditional IRA A Traditional IRA grows money tax free and is tax deductible against taxable income within the year that it is contributed. There are some restrictions on the percentage of income tax deductions that can be made, primarily based on an individual’s filing status, income level and access to a 401k. Generally speaking, you get a tax break now and pay taxes on the money when you take it out later.

Roth IRA A Roth IRA is the most popular individual retirement account because it grows tax free. You invest after tax dollars and will not receive any income related tax deductions within the year that contributions are made. As long as you are 59 ½ years of age, no taxes will be incurred when you take money out. 82

Roth IRA's are a great option for young, low-earning individuals who have (investment) time on their side and anticipate to see a higher tax rate when they retire.

Employee Sponsored Plan: 401k Many companies offer a savings option for you to consider as their employee. This means that they have consulted with a third party, created investment packages for their employees, and present you with the choices to pick from. In most cases, automatic payroll deductions are reallocated as deposits into the 401k (out of sight, out of mind). Some employers offer percentage matching incentives. For example, if you invest 3%, then they will match 2% of your contributions. There is no fear of losing your money because if you are no longer with the company, you can roll the balance into your new employers 401k or move it to a personal IRA. Note: tax-exempt organizations will offer an employye a 403b and government related positions will be offerred a 457b plan.

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The Bowery is the perfect event space to host your special day. This trendy, rustic location encompasses a picturesque outdoor ceremony site, a large patio space ideal for your reception, as well as comfortable indoor space to accommodate additional bar and hors d'oeuvre stations. We also include amenities such as access to a spacious bridal loft, on-site florist and decor options, and a state-of-the-art sound system. In addition, this venue is the home of Red Crow Brewing Company, providing a unique experience for you and your guests. Whether you are planning for vintage, modern, rustic, or anything in-between, we have you covered. Call or email us to receive your custom quote.

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Jeffrey & Kali Willis



RENTALS All Seasons Event Rental

DJ DJ Jerry Bro


GOWN Emily Hart Bridal

HAIR Salon Bara- Faith Manning BAR SERVICE 3 Blondes and a Martini EABride.com



JULY 9, 2016





I got an offer from Kanakuk Kamps to work at the high school camp, K2, after my freshman year at the University of Arkansas. I walked into camp and set my stuff down in my cabin - determined not to get distracted by any boy, I was there only for my campers. I then walked straight down to the K2 dock for boat driver training. Waiting for me was a tall, Ray-Ban clad boat driver from Kansas City with the best laugh and a killer sense of humor. The Lord, apparently, had other plans than I did that summer. Jeff spent the rest of the summer trying to impress me with his wakeboarding skills, and well, it must have worked. From the beginning, I knew Jeff was faithful, steady, patient, and filled with humility. These strengths made it easy to fall in love with him. Our college years were filled with road trips to and from K-State (where he went to school) and the University of Arkansas (where I went to school), long phone call dates, and old school letters he would write me. After a lot of prayer and consideration, we were both led to Dallas after graduation to start our careers. Long distance was finally over! The night Jeff proposed, I thought it was just a normal Tuesday night in Dallas. We had a great dinner at a restaurant called Meddlesome Moth. Jeff kept his cool until the waiter came to ask us if we wanted dessert. Jeff nervously responded with, “Well...I...um…I’m not sure if we know…..I don’t know maybe bring a menu?” The waiter, and I, gave him a weird look and the waiter ran off to get the menu. We decided we wanted coffee instead. Afterwards, we started to drive to White Rock Lake, a beautiful lake in the middle of Dallas that we spent a lot of time at. His roommates had said that there was an amazing Christmas lights display there, so I waited patiently, looking around for lights. We drove up to a dock, parked the car, and got out and walked. All of the sudden I saw that a single dock was lit up with lanterns and lights. At the end of the dock sat a big marquee “K” and “J”. At that moment, I knew Jeff was going to ask me to marry him. We got to the end of the dock and he pulled out a letter he had wrote to me. After reading the letter, he got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of our lives together. I said, “Yes!” Jeff and I really wanted our wedding day to celebrate the people that we love, that have helped us get to where we are now and to celebrate the union we believe marriage to be. We decided on simple, clean decorations to exemplify our style as a couple. We chose to get married outside, and incoporate greenery in our florals because Jeff is passionate about the outdoors. The wedding was just as we had prayed for - beautiful and meaningful.



SPECIAL PIECES The goblets that we used for communion during our wedding ceremony were my parent’s toasting glasses at their wedding 25 years before. And the cake cutter was loaned to us from Jeff’s parents, who had used it at their wedding 30 years ago.








My favorite piece of the wedding was the venue itself. I’m a big fan of the outdoors and the Red Barn Farm was an incredible location! It had beautiful rolling hills and the Timber Barn is very well designed.

After the ceremony, the entire wedding party (28 people, Jeff and I) crowded into the bridal suite at the Red Barn Farm to get ready for the wedding party’s entrance. We got to celebrate and dance with all of our best friends. It was such a sweet time!

Cory & Kelsey Boulanger

CEREMONY VENUE Knox Presbyterian Church MENSWEAR Johnston’s


CATERING Olive Events


RECEPTION VENUE PHOTOGRAPHER The Venue at Willow Creek Marissa Cribbs Photography INVITATIONS Dotted & Dashed

FLORIST Good Earth Floral

HAIR & MAKEUP Primp & Blow


GOWN Bridal Extraordinaire DJ DJ Fernando

FAVORS Grapevine Designs


SPECIAL PIECES For lack of a more eloquent phrase, I would describe Cory and I as “mug people�. We love collecting interesting and fun coffee mugs when we travel. Since we both drink coffee every day, having a mug in front of us that reminds us of a good memory is one of the best ways to start a morning. Because of that, we jumped at the chance to create our own mugs, using our monogram, as the favors for our special day! We had them at each place setting and had hot chocolate for those guests who wanted to use them immediately. The mugs now travel with us on all of our adventures together as a married couple!




JANUARY 21, 2017





Through an invitation from a mutual friend, Cory showed up to a birthday party at my apartment. A good conversation during the party led to a personal invitation to my sorority party. Cory got wrangled into dressing up as a barn animal by a few of my crazy friends and was notably a good sport in it all. I guess I must have thought he made for a pretty good-looking horse, because only a few weeks later we began dating. The following five years were filled with donut dates, graduations, a couple big moves, new jobs, wonderful vacations, sporting events, outdoor concerts, and many trips to the zoo. After an incredible weekend visiting with friends and family in Andale, Kansas, Cory suggested a quiet evening at the park to wind down and get ready for the week ahead. We enjoyed a beautiful picnic at a spot overlooking the lake in Shawnee Mission Park. It had been hot and windy the week prior, so with incredible weather and even better wine, I obliviously stated, “This really is the perfect night.” Taking that as his cue, Cory promptly got down on one knee and proposed! The most exciting thing for me leading up to the wedding day was being able to leave the ceremony and reception married to my best friend. Of course, I was excited for the meaningful ceremony and the wonderful party afterwards, but the end-result of being man and wife was the thing I was looking forward to the most. Cory and I absolutely love the winter months, so it was easy to decide on a January wedding. We incorporated a lot of winter-season elements in decorating. Both my mother and mother-in-law were tremendous in the whole wedding process, so I honestly had more help and love than I could have ever imagined in planning for the big day.




There was a moment at our reception where the dancing had just kicked off and I recall looking around the venue to see all of our favorite people under one roof celebrating our big day. You definitely could feel all the love!



I will never forget when we turned around at the end of the ceremony to be introduced as husband and wife. As I held my new husband’s arm tight, the whole sanctuary was emitting with love. Cheers, clapping, and smiles were coming from everyone in attendance. That meant more to us than they will ever know. EABride.com 95

Derek & Kara Higgins

CEREMONY VENUE RECEPTION VENUE PHOTOGRAPHER GOWN MENSWEAR Brio Tuscan Grille Brianne Elizabeth Photography Mia’s Bridal & Tailoring Macy’s Pilgrim Chapel MAID-OF-HONOR DRESS Mia’s Bridal & Tailoring

FLORIST & RENTALS Hitched Planning & Floral

CATERING Brio Tuscan Grille

HAIR Jo Eller

CAKE Nothing Bundt Cakes

MAKEUP Ceara Layne Matsuda

OFFICIANT The Vow Exchange





MARCH 25, 2017





Derek and I met at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. I was working as a Registered Nurse and he was in nursing school. One day his clinical group was assigned to my unit and he was specifically assigned to follow me around for the shift. One year after we met we started dating and the rest is history! After dating for three years, the big moment arrived! Derek took me out to a new restaurant for dinner and when we arrived back home, he told me that I had to wait in our guest bedroom for a surprise. When he was finally ready for me, I opened the door and found a scavenger hunt that touched on memories of our relationship. The final stop of my scavenger hunt led me to our master bedroom which was covered in rose petals and soft candle light. Derek dropped down on one knee and proposed with the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. My immediate reaction was, "Yes!" We didn’t want to rush into wedding planning, so we decided to enjoy our engagement for two years before saying “I Do.” Our wedding day started with Derek and I having breakfast with our family and friends. After breakfast, we split off from one another to get ready for the day. The women enjoyed getting their hair and makeup done and our photographer arrived just in time to catch the finishing touches of our preparations. We decided to do a first look at the Intercontinental Hotel. After seeing each other, relieving some nerves, and being able to share a few quite moments together, we jumped into a limo with the wedding party and headed to Nelson Atkins for more photos. Once photos were complete, we were whisked away to Pilgrim Chapel for the ceremony. After we exchanged rings and vows, the wedding party got back into the limo and headed to Loose Park. It was nice to enjoy some time as huband and wife with our closest friends. Our limo driver then took us to Brio so that our reception could begin. We enjoyed appetizers, dinner, and drinks with our guests followed by delicious cake! Our relaxed reception allowed us the opportunity to visit with all of our guests before and after dinner, something that was very important to us!



SPECIAL PIECES We chose to do a sand ceremony during our wedding ceremony using an hourglass. Each anniversary we will turn over the hourglass to continue the blending of our lives together. A touching moment for us was when our pastor mentioned the loved ones that couldn’t be in attendance to celebrate our special day. The Father of the Bride and Step-Father of the Groom had both passed way prior to our wedding, and it meant a lot to have them remembered.








My favorite part of the wedding day was being able to stand up in front of all of our closest family and friends and marry the love of my life.

My favorite moment of our wedding day was the hour spent alone with Derek immediately following the wedding ceremony. We had set aside an hour between the ceremony and reception for photos of just the two of us and it was nice to have time for us to reflect on our day.

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Geoff & Sara Riley


PHOTOGRAPHER Sharaya Mauck Photography

HAIR Stem Hair & Body Salon- Jordan

MAKEUP Chanel at Halls- Janet

GOWN Gown Gallery

BRIDESMAIDS Rent the Runway


FLORIST The Cottage Rose

CAKE BAND CATERER VIDEOGRAPHY FAVORS Krokstrom Klubb & Market Bev Stafford The Patrick Lentz Band Gold Hairpin Films The Succulent Source PHOTO BOOTH Complete Weddings & Events KC 102

RENTALS Ultrapom Event Rentals


SPECIAL PIECES Our toy schnauzer, Sprinkle, was a part of the wedding. I purchased a dress for her and she proudly wore it! It was so sweet to see her stay so close to me while I was getting ready the morning of the wedding. I’m so glad that she could be a part of our special day.




APRIL 8, 2017





I am a counselor and behavior analyst at a center that provides therapy to children diagnosed with autism. When we first opened our center, we had a temporary office location in a medical building while the permanent building was being constructed. I helped with many other duties around the center including medical billing, scheduling appointments, and answering calls at the front desk. One day, not long after we opened, I was working at the front desk and a very handsome man walked in and introduced himself and mentioned that his office was upstairs. I still remember looking down at his ring finger to see if he was married (which he didn’t have a ring on) and thinking to myself, “surely he is engaged, if not, I’m sure he has a girlfriend, and whoever it is, she is a lucky girl.” After he left our office, I knew I had to see him again and find out if he was single! I ended up befriending his office manager and asked her about him. He was in fact single! I friended him on Facebook, where we shared contact information, and planned for our first date. He started calling me every night on the days that we didn’t see each other, which led to a relationship, a house, and after four and half years of dating, a proposal. Geoff purchased my engagement ring before we went on a vacation to Charleston. Unfortunately, I became sick while traveling and felt under the weather for the entire week that we were in South Carolina. He had my ring in his bag the entire time we were there, but decided to wait until I was feeling better and we were back at home. Our schnauzer, Sprinkle, who was also a part of the wedding, helped Geoff with the proposal a week later while we were at home. When he proposed, I was completely caught off guard and surprised. I already knew years earlier that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him, but when he asked me, it was a special moment in time that I will remember forever. I did not hire a wedding planner because I knew that I would be too Type A for someone else to help me with the decision-making process. Geoff was such an easy-going supportive fiancé that as long as I was happy, he was happy. We planned a wedding for 280 people with many guests from out of town, so I feel that’s an accomplishment in itself! I spent several hours a month before the wedding making homemade confetti to go inside our glassine envelope programs, so that after they announced us as bride and groom, everyone would toss their confetti as we walked down the aisle. Well, it turns out we had a lot of lit candles lining our aisle, so our coordinator didn’t think it was a good idea to toss paper into an area that had a lot of open flames. We asked people to hold onto their programs until we arrived downstairs, which was outside the ceremony ballroom. Before we arrived, they had everyone line up and wait for us to walk through. Walking through the line, hand in hand with Geoff, while having everyone toss their confetti around us and seeing their smiling faces was one of the many memorable moments we shared on our beautiful day. 104



Marcus Siler & Megan Bartusek

PHOTOGRAPHER COORDINATOR CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE GOWN FLORIST The Bride & the Bauer Heirloom Photo Company Belle Journee KC The Gown Gallery Poppy & Clover CATERING Jack Stack BBQ

MENSWEAR Kinkade’s Fine Clothing

HAIR Chop Tops - Sadie


BAND Diamond Empire Band PHOTO BOOTH KC Photo Booth

CAKE Polkadotte Cakes




SPECIAL PIECES After we got engaged, we both gave each other journals to write in during the year of our engagement. On the morning of our wedding, we exchanged our journals with one another to reminisce on the journey all the ups and downs - we endured to get to this special day. It was so special to get to see after all that we’d been through, we still loved each other and knew without a doubt, we could get through anything ahead.



DECEMBER 17, 2016





I remember exactly when I met Marcus. It was December 15, 2012, the night of Hal & Mal’s Annual Tacky Christmas party in Jackson, Mississippi. A group of my friends were going over to Marcus’ house to meet up before heading to the party, so of course I tagged along. I had no idea who he was, but we surprisingly had all the same friends. I remember sitting in his living room and seeing him come down the stairs in these entirely too short, cut-off blue jeans, cowboy boots, and a ridiculous Christmas shirt. We didn’t say much to each other at that point, but little did I know, he was soon to be my plus one. Before we went to the party, we stopped at Underground 119 (a local bar) that was conveniently a few blocks away. Marcus’ cousin had just opened his own brewing company called Lucky Town Brewing, and they were having a launch party for their beer. Marcus was talking to some family members when he realized that all our friends had left for Hal & Mal’s. As he started heading for the door, he saw me talking to one of his very “talkative” relatives. After a good ten minute finagling, Marcus and I started walking to the party to meet up with everyone. When we got about half way, I grabbed his hand and said “you are my bar buddy for the night.” We barely knew each other, but it was that moment that started it all. We left that night having had the time of our lives, unexpectedly wanting to know more about each other. We scheduled a date before going home that night, and the rest is history. It was November 27, 2015 (Black Friday), and Marcus and I had been dating for almost three years. Our families hadn’t really spent a lot of time together and we thought it would be nice to get them all together for dinner. My sister and I had been doing our normal Black Friday shopping and were running late for dinner. It wasn’t until we pulled up to the restaurant that it dawned on me that Marcus was going to propose (I just had that feeling…you know). Dinner was at the restaurant that Marcus and I had shared our very first date and both of our entire families were there, so I just knew it was THAT time! I open the door to the private room and I see Marcus standing in front of me. He gets down on one knee and asks me to marry him. I was so happy and shocked. I will never forget that moment. Even to this day, it feels surreal. Since our special day was in the middle of December, I wanted wintery and woodsy elements. Our ceremony was sweet and simple. Afterwards, we hid in the bridal suite and enjoyed snacks and champagne, while the guests enjoyed cocktail hour. Something that was important to us was that we got to share some alone time during the day to take a breath and soak in what had just happened. That was the best decision we made throughout the whole thing! Once the cocktail hour was over, we were introduced as Mr. & Mrs. and started our first dances. After we ate, the rest of the night was a blur; so much happened in so little time. When I look back at that day, I still can’t believe how perfect, fun and easy it was. EABride.com




My favorite part of the day was watching Megan walk down the aisle. You think you are prepared for this moment, having been engaged for over an entire year, but you aren’t. Watching the person you are going to spend the rest of your life with walk down to you with a huge smile on their face is breathtaking and something I personally will never forget.




My favorite part of the day was our first look. It was so cold, yet we still wanted to do the first look outside. The walkway was icy, so I was wearing my snow boots with my gown. I was so nervous and I don’t even know why. I couldn’t wait for him to see me because all the thought I had put into my dress, my hair and everything was for him. I remember walking down the alleyway with him turned away from me - he was shivering. Finally, I asked him to turn around. Immediately, his jaw dropped and head flung back. I took his breath away!

Joel & Nina

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE The Brass on Baltimore HAIR & MAKEUP Be Chic Bride CATERER Olive Events


PHOTOGRAPHER The Grays Photography


PHOTO BOOTH Candid KC Photobooth

COORDINATOR Nellie Sparkman Events

FLORIST Good Earth Floral Design Studio

ENTERTAINMENT Weddings by Wynkoop

MENSWEAR The Black Tux

CAKE DECORATOR 3 Women and an Oven



SPECIAL PIECES Before the wedding, my husband and I painted a large canvas that was positioned behind us at the altar. We saw examples of drip painting that we loved, practiced the technique and experimented with colors before making the final canvas. When I was younger I bought two antique door keys and saved one of them for my future husband. On the morning of our wedding day, I gave Joel one of those keys with a tag attached that read, “For the love of my life�.




JUNE 4, 2016






I met Joel on the first day of work at my new job. I immediately had a crush on him and couldn't wait to talk to him more. Just a few days into work, I found out that he was going away for training for six months, and I was really disappointed. I dated other people during that time, but wasn't very invested in any other romantic relationship because I secretly anticipated the day that I would see Joel again. Shortly after he returned, a mutual friend at work encouraged him to include me in a board game night. A few dates later, he asked me to be his girlfriend. The most surprising thing about falling in love was that the characteristics I had feared to be unrealistic were present in Joel. We had so many unforgettable experiences and conversations about love, travel, family, design, politics, struggles, desires, dreams, literally everything - our connection was a kind I'd never experienced before. I felt a deep love for him that is indescribable. Joel and I came back from dinner one night and he handed me a custom designed card (he is a graphic designer) and told me to pack a bag. It was the start of a surprise trip. From that point on, he continued to hand me a new card at each point along our travel: one at the airport, on the plane, and when the plane landed. We arrived in Savannah Georgia where we both attended SCAD (although we didn’t know each other at the time). We drove to an old plantation with Spanish moss hanging from the oak trees and wandering walkways. We stopped at a twisted oak trunk overlooking a marsh where he handed me the last card that read, “At last your love has come along” (a quote from an Etta James song), and got down on one knee to propose! We are both graphic designers, and really enjoyed coming up with our wedding “brand”. Our invitations included a recipe card so our friends and family could help us start our collection. The table numbers doubled as cards with a unique prompt inside each one. Guests could write in the cards which we would then open later, on the corresponding year of our anniversary. My mom took my “bohemian chic” vision and created a unique setting for each table. She painted eclectic objects like metal type, elephants and bird cages to tie the look together. The wedding events started with a first look with my dad, and then with Joel at the venue. After that, the wedding party rode a party bus around KC to take photos. Then it was time for the ceremony; Joel and I had written our own vows and read them aloud, then sealed them in an envelope with a hot wax stamp. After the ceremony, our guests enjoyed appetizers and cocktails downstairs. The reception began with cake cutting, dinner, and then toasts. After that, the dance floor, dessert bar, and photo booth opened. About half way through our reception we announced “crazy hour”, which is a tradition that originated in the Dominican Republic and is basically a Latin dance party. Props were passed out to everyone on the dancefloor. At the end of the reception, our guests lined up outside with gold streamer poppers which made for an epic exit! 92 114



The few private minutes we had together in the waiting room right after we got married were the most special to me. It was the very beginning of my married life together with Nina and a memory I will always treasure. At the party, the chaos and excitement of crazy hour and our streamer exit also top my list.



The first memorable moment of the day was listening to Joel read his vows to me aloud; it was truly a spiritually moving experience. And then crazy hour on the dance floor was way too much fun. Getting crazy and being silly with all of our most favorite people in the world was priceless!

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Forrest & Ellen Goyer


HAIR Bethany Axe CATERER Cupini's


MAKEUP Paradise Makeup DONUTS Varsity Donut

INVITATIONS Weditorial Design


DJ Michael Lauren Weddings

REHEARSAL DINNER Cellar 222 EABride.com



SPECIAL PIECES I wrapped my great grandmother’s engraved locket around my bridal bouquet and since neither one of my grandmothers could be present, I wore each of their engagement rings on my right hand.



APRIL 29, 2017





Forrest and I met in our middle school band class when we were 13. We were good friends for a year and began dating when we were in 8th grade at age 14. Our "dating" at that time consisted of us holding hands in the hallway and having our parents drop us off at the AMC Movie Theater, but our relationship quickly grew into one that held great meaning in our teenage lives. We continued to date throughout high school, but by the time we were approaching graduation, we knew that we wanted to go to different colleges. Forrest pursued a Computer Science degree at the University of Arkansas and I studied Family Studies and Nonprofit Leadership at K-State University. For those four years of college, we lived 6 hours apart and only saw each other once every other month or so. It was challenging but it allowed us to learn so much as individuals and as a couple that we never would have imagined. This time in our relationship, as it is with many college students, was telling and pivotal and filled with unknowns, but we were so happy to go through it as a team. After we graduated college in May 2016, we both received jobs in Kansas City and were finally living in the same city again. I moved in to my new loft in early June, just before starting my new job. I had big dreams for what my new space would look like but was not exactly enthused about moving furniture and hanging shelves. A few days later, Forrest asked my best friend Dani to take me out on a shopping day and get our nails done. I was having such a great time with her that I did not make any connection between my new nails and a potential ring that would help show them off later that night. When I returned to the loft, all of my furniture had been set up where I had imagined, the shelves and photos were hanging perfectly from the walls, and on top of them were flowers and a note that said “I will pick you up at 7:30.” I knew right away what was happening and could not get ready fast enough. By the time he had arrived, I was already teary-eyed and buzzing with excitement. He took my hand and led my up the outdoor stairs of my apartment building, onto the rooftop. There, he had set up a table and chairs, complete with candles, my favorite wine, and magical string lights all around us. We sat on the roof and reflected on the love we had shared up until this day and what our relationship would look like in the future. Just as the sky began to be paintedwith the sunset, he pulled my dream ring out of his pocket and told me he wanted to spend every day with me, no matter where we are in the world. Of course, I said yes to his proposal and we went out for a celebratory dinner afterwards. Right away, Forrest and I knew we wanted our wedding to reflect who we were as a couple. We wanted it to be welcoming and warm, yet lively and fun; inclusive and thoughtful, yet intimate and romantic. Overall, we wanted every person there to feel like they knew us, were a part of our history as a couple, and would be a part of our future together. EABride.com






Out of a day filled with so much joy, love, family, celebration, and my best friend becoming my wife, it isn't easy to pick a favorite part. I remember much of the day vividly, but here are the moments I remember as if they occurred yesterday. The first moment I remember is seeing my bride for the first time, in her dress. She was so radiant, and having not seen it before, I was surprised by just how beautiful she was. This moment is only matched by the moment I saw her walking down the aisle toward me during the ceremony, it is hard to describe just how wonderful I felt.

The moment I felt most loved was when I was walking down the aisle to greet my new husband. The music, the atmosphere, the beautiful faces and tears really made for an incredible, dream-like feeling. I also truly appreciated that during our ceremony, our officiant had us turn to face our crowd and feel the love that was in the room that day. To see all of the people that I care so deeply for, who were there just for us, was very overwhelming and powerful. I loved every part of this day but that moment will stay with me forever.

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