A BRIDE'S GUIDE TO SAYING “I DO” IN KANSAS CITY
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32 HOW TO TREAT YOUR GUESTS TO A KANSAS CITY WEEKEND a weekend planner for your guests 39 LA VIE BOHÃˆME boho inspiration in downtown kc 46 WORDS OF THE WEDDING WISE pieces of advice from local experts
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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER: I’m a millennial. I’m an older one I have to admit, but nonetheless, a textbook millennial. Not that you have any reason to do so, but if you type in “millennial” into a search engine a slew of book suggestions will populate. Here are just a few: Understanding Millennials, Broke Millennial, Kids These Days, Managing the Millennial. I don’t know about you, but these titles seem to represent two things. One, I’m broke (fine, you got me there, I’ve spent my fair share of days eating Ramen). Two, that I am a rare breed of human that others don’t know how to understand and communicate to. So, that would make me (and you too if you are a millennial) the person the old geezers sit around and talk about in astonishment and disarray. I don’t know if I should be honored or offended. In my eyes, millennial-ism isn’t all that hard to understand. You can skip the book and just read the cliffsnotes here (which is exactly what a millennial would do): millennials love experiences, an elevation to the status quo of what one can take away as being meaningful. Whether it be in a vacation, a trip to a coffee shop, a small business meeting, etc. deliver to us a meaningful experience, with a lasting impression, in a time-efficient manner, and at a reasonable cost. There, it’s been summed up.
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What’s great about being EA Bride is that we are a group of millennials that already understand our reader (that's you!). We aren’t twiddling our thumbs trying to figure out what you want from us… we get it. We know what our job is and the duty we have to deliver you meaningful and valuable information to plan your wedding. We know you only have a few months to digest as much information about dress styles, flower types, and reception timelines as you possibly can, while also smothering out any drama that may come up in the process. That's why it’s our mission to create magazines, online/social content, and events for you that will genuinely help you plan your wedding. As a fellow millennial, I would dare not waste your time with “meaningless fluff”. The only reason we are here, day-in, day-out, hustling and leveraging every hour of the day, is to help YOU plan your wedding. So, let us do just that. Now it’s your turn to decide just how you want us to help. Want to see pretty pictures and find local vendors that can recreate the look, then go to our social platforms. Want to read articles (Top Locations for a KC Rehearsal Dinner, Comprehensive List of Kansas City Barns), then go to the blog. Want to meet and greet with vendors (in a non-cowherd kind of way), then join us at one of our Weddings Unveiled Bridal Shows. And if none of those fit your fancy, and you just want to cut to the chase, then simply DM us your question (“I need a florist for my wedding in just 4 months, help!”), and we’ll chat and help you out there too. We’re accessible where ever you may need us. Let's get to planning!
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I cannot even put into words how AMAZING my experience was!!!! I was lucky enough to have Emily as my consultant and she made my whole day feel like a dream.The entire process was filled with fun, incredibly seamless, very open and honest, & completely stress-free. I woke up the next morning wanting to do it all over again!!! Everything was so magical and my heart is so full. -Alex L
Emily Hart Bridal was an unforgettable experience! They made us my entire group feel right at home.We had our own space with a big couch and beautiful, big mirrors.The building is gorgeous and makes you feel so special.There are so many amazing dresses to choose from that I had a hard time deciding my favorite!!We worked with Molly and she was outstanding! So professional, knowledgeable, sweet, and patient! I would highly recommend Emily Hart and working with Molly. I guarantee you wont have to go anywhere else!! -Madison S.
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You don’t only have to be 7 years old to enjoy a good balloon anymore, especially when they are this fun and stunning to look at! Balloon décor is the latest re-energized addition to the ongoing wedding trend of re-introducing childhood favorites into weddings. From the bridal shower to the wedding day itself, you can find whimsical balloon displays that feature different colors (including metallics) in varying shapes and sizes. You can liven up your ceremony backdrop, dance floor, or photo booth with these lively creations! Local balloon artists, Up Up & Away Balloons and Pop Culture Sculptures have been busy creating balloon fun all over town, so check out their social accounts for some wedding day inspiration.
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We’ve died and gone to heaven! Kansas City Box has announced its “wedding” line of gift boxes and they are a Photo: Madison King Photography dream! Whether you are gifting your bride/groom, bridesmaids/groomsmen, parents, or anyone else that deserves a special “thank you”, these are the perfect, most thoughtful way to both wow your recipient AND support locally owned businesses. Each box is carefully curated using local goods from the KC Metro and the Midwest, including Joe’s KC sauce, Topsy’s Popcorn, Roasterie Coffee, Family Tree Nursey succulents, and more! And even better yet, the experience of gifting is stress-free; you can be as hands-on as you would like to be, or you can leave it to the experts. They will even deliver the boxes to your desired location! Visit www.kansascitybox.com for information and to view options.
How fun would it be if each of your guests could customize their listening experience during your reception to fit their own musical preferences? Well silent receptions offer just Photo: J. Vigil Photography that. Instead of music blaring throughout the venue, guests pick up headphones to wear while dancing. On these headphones is a dial that can be used to select different “stations”, and on each station is a different song. If guests don’t like what they hear, they can simply change the station to find a song they do enjoy. On the outside of the headphones are colored lights that illustrate what station each dancer is listening to, so everyone can see who is listening to what song. Silent receptions are the opposite of boring; they keep guests engaged and the dance floor busy all night long without any worry of noise complaints!
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UNLOCKING: Belle Vogue Bridal The moment you step foot into Belle Vogue Bridal you notice two things; the first being that this place is gorgeous and even photos don’t do it justice. And second, that standing behind a modern desk in the lobby is someone smiling, ready to greet you and to help find your dream wedding gown. While you are checking into your appointment, you can peek through the geometric dividing wall to see the beauty that lies behind, from racks of endless gowns to lush furniture seating, and a jaw-dropping floral wall. As you walk into the gown area, you realize that this is truly a bride’s dream. Along the side walls are racks of endless gown choices. And in the center, poised mannequins display stunning gowns in satin, tulle, and lace. You can forget trying to find one dress, because you will easily find at least 3 you could be happy wearing down the aisle. You will find many designers at Belle Vogue, including Essense of Australia, Stella York, and Martina Liana. Within these collections, there is a wide variety of styles, from traditional to boho, to designer to plus size. No matter what style of wedding dress you’re searching for, they are sure to have the dress of your dreams waiting for you! While you are connecting with your stylist on the vision for your wedding day, your family and friends get to cozy up in lavish seating to watch you try on gowns. But that's not all that is in store for them, because after finding the perfect gown you’re going to want to look at Belle Vogue's selection of beautiful bridesmaid dresses, available in many colors and styles. 14
Belle Vogue truly is an essential shopping destination for Kansas City brides! But before jumping in the car to head that way, you should do some preliminary work. Belle Vogue’s Retail Manager, Shannon McIntosh recommends, “When shopping for a dress, it’s always important to bring pictures of your favorite dress styles for inspiration. We also recommend preparing any venue location or theme ideas you have in mind. We love Pinterest – we encourage you to share your wedding board with us when you come in for your appointment; this allows our stylists to get a better feel for your personal style and who you are as a bride. It may even open doors to dresses you never knew you’d fall in love with.” Belle Vogue’s new location is so welcoming to everyone. From brides, to mothers, to bridesmaids, and other family and friends. Finding your dream gown is a moment that should be shared with these special people in your life, and Belle Vogue has created the perfect environment for you to do just that. Belle Vogue Bridal is nestled in the heart of Lenexa along Santa Fe Trail Drive. You can make an appointment by calling 913-317-8981 or you can visit their website for more information at bellevoguebridal.com. Photos Courtesy of Belle Vogue Bridal
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Venue Alert: Myer Event Space What was once known as The Monarch Room is now under new management (and also currently recieving a beautiful renovation) and will reopen as the Myer Event Space. Located in the Crossroads Art District, the venue features authentic wood ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows with a breathtaking city view. The Myer offers Bride and Groom suites, a full-day rental to give clients plenty of time to perfect every detail, and a flexible vendor policy.
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Boutique confections creator, Kate Smith, has opened a new location for her business: Kate Smith Soirée in the Lenexa Farmer’s Market. While her shop features various pastries and desserts, her specialty is macaron, with over 25 different flavor options. Kate’s creations are the perfect addition to a wedding and/or bridal shower. She even provides gluten-free options to satisfy all of your wedding guest’s dietary needs!
Light Up Your Wedding: AlphaLit KC AlphaLit calls Dallas home, but they just announced that they will be setting up a remote office in Kansas City, so you now have a local resource for all of your marquee letter needs! Not only do they have the ability to stack their letters two to three high, but they also have colorful bulbs that can help you accentuate your lettering with a punch of color. Marquee letters are the perfect way to show off your new last name or a creative hashtag on the wedding day. Visit www.alphalitletters.com for more info and inspiration images.
Unexpected Blooms Unexpected Blooms is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively affect the emotional wellbeing of our community by delivering repurposed and recycled wedding flowers to individuals in healthcare facilities throughout Kansas City. Under Executive Director Jenni Koch (owner of Wild Hill Flowers & Events), volunteers recut, refresh, and reuse flowers to create beautiful bouquets that they then deliver to brighten someone's day. They work hand-in-hand with healthcare, hospice, senior resident, and social service communities throughout KC to touch people's lives. Want to get involved or donate? Visit their website at www.unexpectedblooms.org to find out how you can support their mission. 16
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.
Our award-winning floral design team has the experience and expertise to create stunning flower arrangements for all of life’s special moments. With Hy-Vee, you can serve a stellar reception meal and have money left for your honeymoon! Schedule an appointment with your local catering department to discuss your event and customize a menu to suit your individual tastes.
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a Party with a Purpose Photos by: Melissa Sigler Photography Popped is a modern engagement party designed for brides and grooms-to-be as a way to celebrate their engagement and kick off their wedding planning, while also giving back to a worthy local cause. Led by the creative team at Chappelow Events, talented vendors come together to provide an evening of inspiration and insider tips. But most importantly, it's a laid-back, social opportunity to connect with some of the very best in the industry. You won't find any booths or brochures at this event, just incredible visual presentations and unique experiences to be shared with some party lovin' people who specialize in creating custom weddings. Attending Popped is a great way to start your engagement off on the right foot, with ticket proceeds benefiting a local charity. Since its inception in 2018, Popped guests have helped raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters (2018) and KC Pet Project (2019). Thoughout the evening, party-goers have the chance to discover other meaningful ways to connect and give back to the community throughout their wedding planning process. The 3rd annual Popped party will take place on Friday, February 28, 2020 at The Guild in the Crossroads. Visit poppedpartykc.com and follow @chappelowevents on social media for more details as they unfold. And don't miss your chance to snatch up an early bird ticket special in October! Get ready to sip, socialize, and soak in all of the inspiration and style as you prepare for the important planning milestones ahead! Bring your planning crew with you too, it's fun for all!
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Let’s be honest, wedding planning sounds like so much fun. For the first two weeks. Until suddenly you can’t get a call back from your venue options, your favorite photographer is already booked for your date, several guests start making menu requests, and Aunt June isn’t happy with your hotel selection for the out-of-towners. All you wanted to do was enjoy all the moments leading up to the big day, but now you think eloping would just be easier. Fortunately, under that tear-stained Bride-to-Be tee is a solitary ounce of hope. A Wedding Planner. Sure, you might save a few bucks by DIY’ing your big day. But when it’s all said and done, is it really worth it? There’s a reason most people don’t YouTube how to fix their own transmission. Why girls rarely sew their own prom dress. And why you wouldn’t risk cutting your own bangs right before getting professional pictures. Truth be told, when it’s a big job, you want it done right. And your wedding is no exception. There are so many reasons an event planner is worth her (or his) weight in gold. Let us explore just five of those ways:
A Million Headaches Saved: When all you really want to do is sip champagne with your bridesmaids and imagine how the best day of your life will unfold, your planner is prepared to swoop in and take care of the less-than-thrilling aspects. Like keeping head counts, paying the florist, ordering enough gluten-free entrees for your restricted guests, and making sure everyone gets down the aisle. On time and in the right order. 28
T hey Take the Brunt of the Blame: Instead of igniting WWIII among your nearest and dearest when it comes time to decide what’s customary and who’s best-suited to handle the different duties of the day, think of your planner as your Conflict Resolutionist. They’ve been there, salvaged that. They know emotions will be running high and have learned how to best handle everyone in the party to maintain peace.
T hey’re Connected: When you’re actually in the industry on the daily, you get your share of insight. This includes who and who not to work with, in what areas you can save money, and what vendors will work best together to create flawless wedding execution. All of which is just guesswork when you’re going in blind. In fact, the amount in extraneous overages they can save you would probably pay most, if not all of their fee, making the process a whole lot dreamier, at no additional cost to you.
T hey’re Like an Insurance Policy: Sometimes, even with the best intentions and the most preparation, life happens. Vendors get sick, accidentally overbook, or venues suddenly go out of business. That’s where that industry connection comes in handy. Instead of you scrambling to decipher PR speak for what’s really going on, your planner is already in action, calling in favors, and finding alternative options. Seriously, the peace of mind that comes with someone else handling the unexpected is what will make those moments actually bearable.
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The actual day is perhaps the most stressful of all. You have the stage being set, guests arriving, all while you and your girls get beautified. And when you think about it, you have One. Single. Day. to spend time with all of your favorite people. It’s the one day to savor all the attention, and to embrace the love and happiness that surrounds you. Meanwhile, your planner will field all the questions about the overflowing trash cans, the keg that just got tapped, and making sure the DJ pronounces all the names right, so that you can just soak up the spotlight. If Uncle Ned becomes too wasted on wine, the flower girl loses her basket, or the ladies room runs out of toilet paper, you don’t even have to think about it. After all, that’s what you have your wing (wo)man for!
Now, if you need a strong starting point on who to reach out to, here are a few event coordinators we’d bet our big day on: A Wedding Come True - aweddingcometrue.com AH Planning - ahplanningkc.com Belle Journee - bellejourneekc.com Chappelow Events - chappelowevents.com Dearly Creative Co. - dearlycreativeco.com Events by Beth Long - eventsbybethlong.com Events with Soul - eventswithsoulkc.com Fiore Events - fioreevents.com
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Anyone who hails from KC will be able to rattle off their personal shortlist of the things our beloved “cowtown to crowntown” is most known for, but translating Kansas City’s best features into a wedding weekend your guests will love and remember forever is an entirely different matter. Don’t make the mistake of reserving a block of rooms and leaving your guests to their own devices! Instead, think about which Kansas City experiences you adore and provide them with plenty of opportunities to experience all the City of Fountains has to offer.
Kansas City Marriott Downtown Upscale hotel by Marriott, located in the heart of Kansas City Easy access to Power & Light District, River Market, West Bottoms, and more Complimentary local area shuttle (see hotel for details) Hilton President
RESERVE HOTEL ROOMS FOR OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS IN THE HEART OF THE CITY. Kansas City has no shortage of stellar hotels, but there is something to be said about staying in the heart of a city with so much heart. When you are choosing your recommended hotel, think about location to local attractions, as well as distance to your ceremony and reception location. Is parking provided? Are there restaurants, shopping, and bars within walking distance? Are there transportation options nearby for guests who will rely on taxis or Uber? A few downtown hotel favorites include:
Hilton President 1920's inspired hotel on the National Register of Historic Places Easy access to Power & Light District, West Bottoms, Crossroads District, and more Complimentary local area shuttle (see hotel for details)
The Westin Kansas City Upscale hotel by Marriott, located in the heart of Kansas City Easy access to Crown Center, Union Station, The Plaza, Liberty Memorial, and more
GIVE THEM A KANSAS CITY "WELCOME" BASKET. Once you have chosen the perfect hotel for your guests, show them your appreciation by having a personalized welcome basket delivered to their room prior to their arrival. Include a personal note and a schedule for the wedding weekend, detailing special events and ceremony and reception details (along with dates, times and locations). Tuck in a few iconic Kansas City local favorites and a gift card to your favorite local coffee shop for a well-rounded welcome they’ll remember for years to come.
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SCHEDULE AT LEAST ONE GROUP EVENT OR ACTIVITY PER DAY TO KEEP EVERYONE ENGAGED AND ENTERTAINED.
Some great gift ideas include:
1. Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates 2. Local Barbecue Sauce 3. Charlie Hustle Apparel 4. Kansas City Candle Co. Candles 5. Raygun Shuttlecock Coasters 6. Roasterie Coffee
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Kansas City is bountiful with fun activities, restaurants, and attractions. One way to ensure your guests have a fantastic Kansas City weekend is to provide a personalized “schedule” or “guide” for your guests. Be sure to include a couple of opportunities for everyone to connect, like a group cocktail hour the night before the wedding, or a brunch the morning after. Great group activities in KC:
Breakout KC Escape Rooms Kansas City Royals Game Kansas City Zoo Blade & Timber Top Golf Sea Life Aquarium Up-Down Arcade Bar Kansas City Chiefs Game First Fridays in the Crossroads & West Bottoms EABride.com
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You may be otherwise engaged with your rehearsal dinner, but as your guests arrive into town and check in to their hotel, dinner will be one of the first things on their minds. Sure, the hotel restaurant is an option, but if you want to serve up a Kansas City weekend to remember, give them the lowdown on local BBQ favorites!
KC has a truly amazing range of coffee shops and roasters. Give your guests a gift card to your favorite, or simply include a short guide to a few local options. Make sure to include addresses for your guests!
KC's hottest BBQ joints:
The Roasterie Messenger Coffee Co. Quay (pronounced “key”) Broadway Cafe Second Best Oddly Correct
Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque Gates Bar-B-Q Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que Q39
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KANSAS CITY SHOPPING
Kansas City may not be the city that never sleeps, but our weekend game is strong. Invite your guests to join you for cocktails and a night on the town at Power & Light District, the Crossroads District, or Westport.
Local artisans and makers abound in Kansas City, but your wedding guests are likely unfamiliar with shopping options. Steer them toward some of your local favorites.
Places for a night not to forget:
Some shop-worthy stops include:
Power & Light District Aura Nightclub Green Lady Lounge Manifesto
The Plaza Rivermarket The West Bottoms Crown Center The Crossroads District
Sunday KANSAS CITY BRUNCH Schedule a brunch for your guests at a local favorite spot for the morning after the wedding. Choose a brunch spot with easy access to transportation or with shopping options within walking distance. Reserve
Some mouth-watering favorites include: The Corner Restaurant Grand Street Cafe The Farmhouse Black Dirt Rye KC Reserve Restaurant & Lounge
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WEDDING WISE When it comes to selecting your flowers for your wedding, itâ€™s helpful to have a style and look you want more so than specific flowers. The reason being is that the particular flower you may be drooling over is out of season or very pricey. If itâ€™s pricey, consider if possible, doing just a few of the expensive ones and save money with other types of flowers. Most of the time the overall look the bride wants can be achieved with using different flowers. Be sure and communicate with your florist that you are willing to try different flowers as long as the look and style you want is still there. - Tisha Garcia, Perfect Petals Weddings & Events Florist
Don't short change yourself by forgetting to use your best asset-a wedding planner. I always tell my brides: a planner's value will always come back to you through the relationships they've established in the community. We relieve stress both financial and event related, which allows you to enjoy every minute of planning your dream day! - Beth Long, Events by Beth Long
A few months prior to your wedding, schedule time at your venue to run through the day from two perspectives: your perspective and the perspective of your guests. Imagine you're a guest at your own wedding. Park where they will park and enter your venue from the door where your guests will enter. Walk through your entire day like this. It helps you to think about the small details you may have forgotten to plan for and also makes sure your venue layout makes sense, both for you as well as for your loved ones coming to celebrate. - Julie Schlueter, Fiore Events
Don't settle. Take the time you need to find THE dress. You will only wear it once and it should be a perfect fit to the curves of your body and the colorful pieces of your personality. - Sarah Bronson, All My Heart Bridal
Don't be afraid of having a more intimate wedding. This day is for you as a couple, not for your guests. Weddings are not for guilt-invites or the most over-the-top favors. It is about you and your partner publicly declaring your love and commitment to each other. Everything else is just for fun. - Ariana Knudson, Sweetest Devotions
As soon as you have your marriage certificate-give it to your coordinator! They will pass it along to your officiant before the ceremony if needed, but they will also ensure it is signed post ceremony, and if you're mailing it in, can put it with your personal belongings at the end of the night so it doesn't get lost!
Don't be afraid to ask your photographer to get a little creative if that's your style! I've had brides request special photo effects like tilt shift or the ring of fire (google them!) and both effects require some extra tools or thought behind the shot. I'm so glad my brides spoke up so that I could be prepared to deliver these fun unique shots as memories of their wedding day! - Cassie Edens, EffJay Photography
- Jennifer Hougland, Events with Soul
The one thing I recommend to all of my couples is to look into getting a wedding coordinator. You want to be able to sit back and enjoy your day, not running around telling everyone what to do. And donâ€™t make your mom do it! She needs to enjoy the day as well. - Sarah Hermann, Sarah Dean Photography
Don't save your top tier. This was a sentimental trend for a long time but is not practical in any way. You wouldn't eat lasagna or pizza that had been in the freezer for a year, would you? What you remember of your delicious cake on the wedding day will not be the same when you thaw out this tier. Better yet, when you are interviewing prospective bakers, ask if they offer a special rate or certificate to place an order for the same flavor and design for your 1 Year Anniversary. Fresh is Best!
Even if you think you can't afford a full-time wedding planner, I highly recommend that you still try to create your own custom package with one. Many coordinators are willing to create unique packages to fit a couple's budget. - MorĂŠe Guerra-EuDaly, Paper-Heart Events
- Abigail Church, A Wedding Come True Throw "tradition" out the window! Your wedding is about YOU. The most rememberable weddings are the ones that have the couple's unique style, favorite food/drinks, interactive guest activities- anything that truely represents the couple. Have fun and happy planning!
- Austin & Hannah Painter, Wildcliff Weddings & Events
As a wedding photographer, there are a couple of things I've experienced that can help your wedding flow smoother. Preparing a shot list for your photographer assures that you get all of the important photos you want, without trying to remember on your wedding day. It also allows the formal family photos to go quicker and more organized, avoiding any hiccups along the way. - Lyndsey Baldwin, Captured by Lyndsey
If you’re dreaming of having your wedding in a prime Spring or Fall month but don’t want a two-year engagement (and everything within the coming year is booked up), consider having your wedding on a Thursday or other weekday! There’s a good chance your favorite vendors will have your date available, and most will offer discounted weekday rates. As an added bonus, you’ll have more fun anniversary dates to choose from like 9/9/2020! - Jewelee Cox, Tobacco Barn Farm
When it comes to planning your dream wedding there are a lot of details to consider. The main vendors most brides focus on are the venue and photographers, but don't wait to book your florist last. You want your flowers to showcase your personality and flare just as much as the dress and color palette. Booking the florist last reduces your budget and ability to get the true look you dream of. Most florists can work within a budget to create the look you desire; however, we are not miracle workers. Let us do our job best we can creating the designs of your dreams early in the planning process! - CheyAnne & Alex, Twisted Sisters Custom Floral Design
Start planning your wedding attire at the beginning of your wedding journey. This includes weddings suits, bridesmaid dresses, as well as your wedding gown. This is the last thing you want to be worrying about as your big day grows near. Your gown will definitely need alterations, so the sooner the better. The sooner you pick out your wedding party’s attire, the sooner you can inform them of their ordering responsibilities. There’s always a few wedding party members that will have to be chased (like the CIA) to get them in a store to be measured! - Jennifer Woodson, Tip Top Tux
Personalize your day! The most meaningful celebrations are those that reflect you as a couple. From the venue to the decor, every detail of your special day will showcase your unique relationship. Read a quote from your favorite book at the ceremony, add a signature drink during cocktail hour, swap the cake for a colossal cookie, or tell your DJ to play that one song you can’t resist dancing to! Share your love story with your guests one detail after another! - Bonnie Curley, Eighteen Ninety
Choosing the perfect venue is the first step to all other wedding-day decisions. If an authentic Kansas City experience is what you’re seeking, no other venue than the Downtown Marriott can offer a better location and energy! We specialize in the entire wedding weekend – from rehearsal dinner, to elegant reception, to farewell brunch, including LGBTQ and ethnic wedding celebrations! - Gretchen Gilmore-Rizo, Kansas City Marriott Downtown
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MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES FOR YOUR GUESTS Chances are you want your wedding to be remembered in two ways: personable and fun. With guests in mind, you are in search for a unique element that will bring just the right amount of interaction to your wedding that will also create a memorable experience for you and your guests. And luckily, you arenâ€™t restricted by the four walls of your venue any longer, because these companies are the epitome of fun, and they just so happen to be on wheels.
ME LT BOX I C E C R E A M T RU C K : Melt Box is an ice cream food truck offering bold ice cream flavors partnered with unique toppings and presentation. Take your summer wedding to the next level and WOW your guests with their signature item, the Melt Monster. It's crafted to perfection using a soft cinnamon glazed sweet bun, stuffed with a scoop of their super-premium ice cream, then sealed and served with your favorite toppings and sauces. Photo: Shanley Cox
BU BBLE TAP TRAIL E R: Time to serve up some bubbly! The Bubble Tap Trailer brings you sparkling and flat wine straight from the tap. There are no bottles to open or dispose of and the best part, no waste (because wasting alcohol should be a crime.) Their menu includes a variety of bubbly brands to suit every palate and offers fun add-ons such as a mimosa bar and bubbly cocktails.
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The Photo Bus is more than just a super awesome vintage VW bus: it's a photo booth that brings that extra spark of uniqueness to your event. This photo booth starts conversations, brings smiles to faces, and is fun for all ages. It's quality from the customer service to the prints every guest takes home is impeccable. This Volkswagen photo booth brings up stories of the past while making memories for the future. With 4 different types of beautifully designed and high-quality photo booths to choose from, it's something perfect you can add to your guest experience.
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MAR IGOLD'S F OOD TRUCK: Marigold’s Food Truck offers a diverse assortment of comfort food inspired by Mom's home cooking and brings a fun element to your reception dining experience. Their menu includes fan favorites: pot roast sandwich with crispy onions, Korean beef lettuce wraps, black bean/corn quesadillas, and caprese sandwiches. It’s entertaining and tasty... you'll be lov'n every bite!
InstaFunKC captures the magic of your wedding in an instant with one of their photo booth experiences! Their vintage experience features a Shasta Camper Photobooth where guests hop in the decked-out camper with provided props for a truly memorable photo-fun experience. They have a rose gold and baby blue camper, so take your pick, grab a prop, and get your silly-face ready for some serious laughs!
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FIZ ZOLIN O: Fizzolino is Kansas City’s first Piaggio Ape tap truck. They’re a Prosecco truck, an adorable kegerator on wheels, a piece of Italy’s la dolce vita, and available for your wedding. Their mobile bartending service dispenses your heart’s desire, whether that be Prosecco or your favorite local KC beer.
You don’t want to miss out on KC’s coffee camper! What started as a love story between a boy and girl, has bloomed into a traveling coffee company that features local coffee, chai, pastries, and tea. Their menu only features items with real ingredients. They even make their own syrups because a lot of the syrups used in coffee shops have processed sugars and/or fake ingredients. The Wild Way is perfect for the coffee-loving couple, whether it be the wedding or a high-tea bridal shower. EABride.com EABride.com
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ADVICE FROM THE AISLE WEDDING WISDOM FROM NEWLYWEDS
FROM THE BRIDE My advice for newly engaged couples is to definitely hire a wedding planner. They think of things that you, as the couple, aren’t aware of; plus, they give really good feedback and opinions on the flow of the day so that no one will be stressed. Also, don’t forget to take a step back during the wedding day and take a moment to soak it all in. It is true, the day really does fly by! - Hadley Take time between the ceremony and reception for just the two of you. If you can carve out 10 minutes or 30 minutes, just take some time together, it will make a world of difference. - Stephanie My advice is to make a promise to yourself that you will not let anything upset you on your wedding day. Go into it understanding that there will be mistakes and your timeline may not be executed perfectly – but that’s okay! We both made sure to go with the flow and to laugh through every hiccup in our plan. Just remember, at the end of the day the most important thing is that you’re marrying your best friend; the florals, the timeline, the dessert table, etc. are all just minor details in comparison. - Rachael The best advice I can give is to make the day your own. Don't feel like you need to appease everyone in attendance for a celebration that is all about the two of you. We loved that our wedding was extremely personalized to us. Also, I would recommend scheduling a private moment after the ceremony without cameras or your wedding party. I can't express enough how much that time alone meant to us. After taking such a big step together, it was so great to just have a second to be "normal". We didn't have to be aware of cameras or answer any questions. We were able to kick back and relax with a cold beverage while we waited for the rest of the event to kick off. - Amanda 60
We had a 9 month engagement which I felt was perfect. We didn’t have to start planning right away, but there was enough time to still explore our options. I am happy I did not spend time on unnecessary things. Now at weddings, there are photobooths, extravagant party favors, etc. I am so happy we kept it simple with great appetizers, a great meal, and an awesome band. As the bride and groom you don’t even get to enjoy the extras, so spend your time and money on things that matter to you. It is your wedding after all! - Emily
FROM THE GROOM The main thing I would suggest to future grooms is to remember that this is their day too. Being involved in decisions might seem daunting, but the more you are involved the more you feel like this great day was something that the both of you put together. On the wedding day specifically, just remember to take it all in. There's going to be so much going on, possibly some fires to put out, but this is one of the biggest days of your life and there are going to be so many little things that will make you smile or laugh later on. Also, maybe have one of your groomsmen pack a flask. - Thorn Make sure to check everyone's suit before leaving the rental store. We had several pieces missing in our bags and we could have solved the issue had we found out at the store. And if you don't want to check the contents of your bags, then bring an extra set of pants to the wedding. - Dustin
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FIND THE NAME OF THE FLORALS THAT SPEAK TO YOU Floral designer and owner of Botanical Floral Design, Matt Hutchinson, shares photos of his infamous work and names off some trendsetting blooms/greenery so that you can have their name in hand when consulting with your florist.
Spring Freshness This bouquet is classic and timeless. It's white and blush tones, with large accents of greenery, are ideal for a spring wedding.
Queen Anne Lace
Juliet Garden Rose
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
Sarah Bernhardt Peony
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Falling for the Tropics This bouquet is tropical, yet fall-like. It's variety of rich color stands out against the statement tropical greenery behind it. This style is perfect for the bride that is looking to add some tropical flair to her look.
Red Velvet Scabiosa Scoop
White Mink Queen Protea
Pink Mink Queen Protea
Pink Kangaroo Paw
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Bold & Beautiful This bouquet is colorful, yet still elegant. The striking shades of pink show off the bride's style, yet when paired with greenery, don't take away from the essence of a classic bouquet. It's ideal for the fun-loving bride that loves a punch of color.
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Raspberry Scabiosa Scoops
Pink Cymbidium Orchid
Pink Queen Protea
Hot Pink Ranunculus
Green Hanging Amaranthus
Green Ball Trachelium
Pearl Millet Grass
Photo: Mariam Saifan Photography
Exotic Excellence This bouquet is a complete show stopper! The bold variety of colors and flowers will leave onlookers awe-struck. It is perfect for the trend-setting bride who doesn't mind to over-step tradition to make a statement.
Yellow Pincushion Protea
Bells of Ireland
Red Queen Protea
Orange Pincushion Protea
Buddha Nut Pod
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Have you ever noticed that when brides-to-be are portrayed on television they magically morph into an event guru overnight? Or they have a trust fund that affords a wedding planner nothing short of a modern-day Fairy Godmother, complete with the pumpkin carriage to carry them away at the end of a flawlessly executed day? We’ve all been there, seen that Hallmark movie. But this is 2019. And the reality is, that more brides than ever are career-driven. In an effort to plan the most important day of your life while continuing to climb the career ladder, you’re forced to mentally rearrange everything you have piled on your plate. Which could leave you with a pint of sugar-free ice cream and a how-do-I-possibly-juggle-it-all conundrum. Fortunately, we feel your pain and have just the thing(s) to ease your life-in-overdrive soul. Trust us, you CAN have your career and eat your cake too!
WEEKLY CHECK-INS If you’re prone to setting out your clothes, meal prepping, and creating to-do lists on Sunday night, you recognize how smoothly your Monday morning starts. You know what lies ahead, and you’re prepared for it. Consider your planning checklist in the same light. On Sunday, prioritize what needs to be accomplished in the week ahead. Doing this regularly each week will keep you moving forward in planning while not having to deviate much focus from work throughout the week.
DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF When time is limited, and you have a million decisions to make, don’t waste precious time on the stuff that won’t matter five years from now. Ask most married people today, and they won’t remember what time their ceremony started, what the cake flavors were, or if all of their bridesmaids suffered in matching stilettos. What’s important is how you feel when you first set eyes on your beloved. The way the flower girl ran full-bolt down the aisle. The moment you danced with your dad, or the laughs shared with your girlfriends. So, whatever you do, don’t allow the details to make you lose sight of the big picture and ultimately, the big moments you will remember. 68
HIRE A PLANNER IN THE WAY IT SUITS YOU Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all wedding planning, and local planners have adapted their services to better reflect your specific needs. Let’s face it, between board meetings and an endless inbox of emails, you may need to hire a full-time planner to help you throughout the vendor booking process, to keep a budget on track, and to help create a flawless plan for the wedding day. If your work comes in ebbs and flows, like an accountant, you may only need assistance during a busy work season. So, during the time when work is overcoming everything, you can hire a planner for one of their a la carte services, such as a venue search, invitation and RSVP handling, and day-of coordination. And if you just need help, advice, or direction, you can hire them at hourly rates too. Its really pretty simple; planners can help save your sanity.
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Trying to insert bits and pieces of planning into your regular work-life is like a waitress taking your order the same time they’re taking on a phone call. Sure, it might get done, but it won’t be nearly as efficient. So, each week block off specific time in your calendar to deep dive into planning (hopefully with your significant other) so that you can hone in your focus and make some serious headway.
We’re in a day and age where people pride themselves on handling their business and not relying on anyone else. Well, we’re here to tell you that it’s OKAY to ask for help, and that you should. And believe it or not, those closest to you feel more invested in your big day when you invite them to participate. (Just ask nicely, of course!) Is your bestie OCD organized? Maybe she can handle the RSVP’s. Or you could put your networking-savvy Aunt Nancy in charge of the greetings and guestbook. And your cousin, the one who’s always had an eye for design; sounds like a great fit for the reception setup. Simply put, they feel more useful, and you get the help you need. That’s clearly a win-win for everyone.
In fact, to prevent overwhelm, go so far as to schedule all your milestones up to the big day (when the invitations should be mailed out by, when you need to share hotel/flight information with out of town guests, or when your payments and notices are due to vendors), so that you can go into each week knowing everything will be covered in due time. Not to mention, it gives you that extra bit of permission to enjoy the entire process minus the panic.
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Justin & Hadley Price
CEREMONY VENUE Holy Trinity Catholic Stone Chapel BRIDAL GOWN Altar Bridal CAKE McLain's Bakery
PHOTOGRAPHER Jenny Frazee Photography
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES Weddington Way CATERING & BAR Grand Street Cafe
DJ Fernando Productions
RECEPTION VENUE Grand Street Cafe INVITATIONS Minted
WEDDING PLANNER Events with Soul
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October 13, 2018
Justin & Hadley's LOVE
Kansas City, MO
Justin and I met through mutual friends at a house party; I immediately knew he was the one! We hung out and got to know each other better over the following six months before deciding to become serious. We had so much fun every time we hung out, which created one great relationship. Justin supported things in life that I wanted to do and pushed me to go back to school. But it was his willingness to help my family that showed me that he really was the one for me. My mom had started remodeling her house and he jumped right in to help, without hesitation or complaint. He was different to me in all the right ways. We dated for four years before getting engaged, and every moment of it was bliss. As I planned a trip to Chicago to visit my sister and her girlfriend, Justin saw it as the perfect opportunity for a surprise proposal. I traveled to see them alone, and was already visiting, when he flew in and surprised me. While exploring the Lincoln Park Conservatory, a botanical garden, Justin asked me to be his wife. My sister and her girlfriend were there to capture it all! We were engaged for 18 months before our big day. We started our planning by hiring Events with Soul as our wedding planner. I wanted the day to be relaxed but also have a modern feel, and I knew Grand Street Café would provide that perfectly, along with some amazing food! For something fun, Justin and I served Winstead’s for late night snacks, and our guests loved it! Everything about our day was special and amazing and we wouldn’t change a thing.
FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY
FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY
My favorite part of the wedding was our first look and getting ready with my friends at the hotel. I really enjoyed having time with my buddies, all of us feeling the anticipation and getting excited for the big day!
My favorite part of the wedding day was the reception; I loved every minute of it! Grand Street Café’s food was amazing and the cake from McClain’s was so tasty. It was such a fun time mingling and dancing with all of our family and friends that were there to celebrate us.
Thorn & Amanda Compton
MENSWEAR GOWN PHOTOGRAPHER CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE Rumely Tractor Historic Event Space Wonderwood Photography Savvy Bridal Tip Top Tux BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES Davids Bridal 78
FLORIST The Cottage Rose
MAKEUP Dani Jo Bell Makeup
HAIR Lauren Ruester
CATERER Plaza Catering
BAR SERVICE Embrace the Grape
SPECIAL PIECES We chose to do a hand-fasting as our unity ceremony. The tradition is celtic in origin, and is actually where the term "tying the knot" comes from. I braided the hand-fasting cord myself and attached sentimental tokens representative of both Thorn and myself, the tree of life and the mountains.
May 26, 2019
Thorn & Amanda's LOVE
Kansas City, MO
I like to say that our love story started with a book. I had just read, "Modern Romance" by Aziz Ansari and decided to give online dating a chance in hopes of coming away with a funny story or two. Instead, I immediately met Thorn. We played a game of 20 questions, which actually ended up being closer to 200 questions, and then decided to meet up for our first date about a week later. We immediately clicked over our mutual dislike of the same sports teams, our similar taste in music, movies, and books, and our love of hiking and the great outdoors. Over the next few years, we endured long distances and many life changes before a proposal happened on December 31, 2017. Thorn had a job opportunity that caused us to take our relationship long distance. As the holidays got closer, we planned to spend time with each other’s families around Christmas time, but spend New Year’s alone in a cabin in Leadville, Colorado. I grew a little suspicious when he sent me a gift in Colorado (where I lived at the time), even though we had planned to spend the Christmas holiday together in Missouri. He told me not to open it until New Year's Eve. But it wasn’t until after Christmas that I was really tipped off that something big was going to happen. I had returned to Colorado and was waiting for Thorn to fly in so that we could head to the cabin when all of a sudden, nearly my entire family was calling or texting me asking if Thorn had safely made it to Denver. Being a long-distance couple that was constantly traveling to each other, they had never been quite so concerned before. After a day of indulging my every whim at the cabin in Leadville, Thorn gave me the gift that had been waiting at my house since before Christmas. It was a glass rose displayed in a glass dome like the rose from Beauty and the Beast, my favorite Disney film. And along with the gift, came a proposal. Although he doesn't recall much of the moment due to nerves, I basically tackled him as I said yes. We had a lot of ideas for the big day, and while it was somewhat difficult to plan a Kansas City wedding while I lived in Colorado and Thorn lived in Iowa, we eventually found the perfect vendors to bring our vision to life. Before we even set a date, we agreed that we would have a literary themed wedding. Books have always been important to both of us, and the night we met we spent a lot of time discussing literature. The arbor at the ceremony was custom built by the Father of the Groom, and the shelves were full of books, flowers, and other decorative pieces. And at the reception, each table was themed around a specific author or genre with photos and quotes from the books. We even found an alternative guest book print of stacks of books where guests could sign their names on the spine.
FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY
FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY
There were so many great parts of the day, but my favorite was just after we finished taking our photos at Liberty Memorial. The book we were having the ring bearer carry down the aisle with our rings had been misplaced (it was later found) and we were scrambling to find it. Amanda was sitting on a bench a little stressed, so I handed her a flask that my groomsmen had slipped me to take a quick nip. It was a small moment, but just looking at her confirmed for the thousandth time that this was the woman I wanted to spend all of life's great (and stressful) moments with.
My favorite part of our wedding day happened during the cocktail hour. After family photos were completed and the florist finished repurposing the flowers from our arbor to the head table, Thorn and I were left alone in our ceremony space for a few moments before being announced at the reception. After a whirlwind day of photos and endless last-minute questions, we finally had a moment to just be in the same space together. We sat in the back row of chairs left from the ceremony and listened to sounds of the cocktail hour happening above us. Looking back on the day, it was my favorite moment because we were able to relax and just be together. EABride.com 81
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Justin & Stephanie
CEREMONY VENUE Church of the Resurrection Downtown WEDDING PLANNER & FLORIST Hitched Planning & Floral
RECEPTION VENUE The Guild
MENSWEAR Dan's Clothier & Tailor Shop
PHOTOGRAPHER Steven Michael Photography BRIDESMAIDS Azazie
GOWN Sheri Hill
INVITATIONS Minted - Pretty & Planned
HAIR DJ GUITAR DONUTS RENTALS MAKEUP CATERER Katie Grither Hannah Baker Olive Events Alex Reed Dru Davis Donut King Accent & Ultrapom Event Rentals BAR The Guild
PHOTO BOOTH The Photo Bus
VIDEOGRAPHY Her Third Eye Productions
BUS RENTAL Showtime Transportation EABride.com
SPECIAL PIECES Justin actually proposed with the ring his grandma wore; his Papa made sure to leave it to Justin when he passed. The engagement ring is over 40 years old and it means so much to the Bastin family. I feel so lucky to wear such a beautiful and meaningful ring. Itâ€™s also exactly the ring I wanted so Iâ€™m pretty sure that means it was meant to be, right? Also, we really loved entering our wedding reception to the tomahawk chop. GO CHIEFS!
November 10, 2018
Justin & Stephanie's LOVE
Kansas City, MO
Our love has been like raising a puppy. At first it was a small, cute, fun thing. It’s not overnight that you notice the growth in this dog. Until suddenly, it’s this huge, important, precious thing in your life. Something that you couldn’t imagine your life without. There wasn’t one colossal moment which created this love. More of a collection of a million moments together. We were destined to meet on the 3rd of July 2011, even though we were in proximity of each other for 4 years prior to that. I believe it’s because college Justin wasn’t ready to meet Stephanie. Our first “I love you” came after watching a movie and privately, quietly talking to each other afterwards. Then came our house, the chickens, ducks, and the neverending house projects for our fixer upper. My heart wasn’t only won over by Stephanie, but it was completely full by Stephanie’s family. The full body hugs and cheek-kisses to a man who initially, awkwardly went for a handshake. These big things really became the foundation of the love that Stephanie and I have built our relationship on. From July 2011 until the proposal in November 2017, so many things happened to us as individuals and as a couple that we knew we didn’t want to do life without one another. Between many weddings, nieces and nephews being born, trips with our friends, getting a puppy, countless tailgates and just everyday life, we knew it was better together. I took the day off before the proposal because I wanted to check out the venue and scout where my friends could hide to take photos as the proposal unfolded. The following day, we had a tour and dinner scheduled at the winery, Les Bourgeois. It was set up by our Pastor, offering us a gift card for that specific date. Well, at least that is what Stephanie believed. The gift card was actually purchased by me. Everything was set for the very next day. Stephanie and I arrived at the winery and took an amazing tour. We drank. Stephanie took pictures with cats. We laughed. After the tour, we walked down to have dinner. Before dinner, we stopped to look at the river and I saw my buddy in place. I got down on one knee and I was able to muster the words, “Stephanie… will you…(mouthing the words marry me, but I couldn’t get them out through choking up)?” She said “Yes,” creating one of the best moments of my life. We decided to go out for drinks and tell our friends the news in person that evening. Little did Stephanie know, all of our friends and family were already waiting for us at the bar. Through brilliant coaxing from our friends, we arrived to enjoy yet another great surprise. It was truly a day that we both will never forget. EABride.com
FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY
FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY
Stephanie and I were in the middle of the ceremony, looking into each other’s eyes and holding hands. I remember we both glanced at my four-year-old niece and my niece lit up with excitement. Extending her hand, she waved as hard as she could and loudly whispered “Hi Uncle Justin, Hi Aunt Stephanie!” Maybe it was the humor in such a heartfelt moment. Maybe it was the view of all our friends and family there to support us. Or maybe it was just perfectly symbolic of Stephanie and I’s love for each other; goofy and fun yet warm and comforting.
I started my morning by opening a gift from Justin; it was a beautiful bracelet and a journal he had been keeping for six months prior to our wedding day. He wrote an entry to me every, single, day for six months. Words of affirmation, funny stories, reasons he loved me, events from his day that remind him of me, he even printed photos for some of the entries. I didn’t have the time to read the whole journal, but I opened right up to his bookmark, which was our wedding day. I will never forget how that made me feel and how lucky I knew I was to be marrying this man.
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Jonathan & Emily Horowitz
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April 27, 2019
Jonathan & Emily's LOVE
Kansas City, MO
Jonathan and I met while on vacation in Destin, Florida. At the time, I was living in Dallas, TX out of college and he was living in Atlanta, Georgia. I worked as a nurse, having 4 days a week off work, so I tagged along with my roommate on a weekend trip to Florida with her work friends. Jonathan and I met on the trip and started talking on the phone and texting more and more over the next month. I decided to fly to Atlanta the following month to visit him and we have been together ever since. We dated long distance, Texas to Georgia, for a year and half before I moved to be with him in Atlanta. Jonathan proposed to me 7 months after I moved to Georgia. We had discussed marriage at different times, but I had no idea when he was going to pop the question. We were out to dinner at a local restaurant and decided to take a walk in the garden before sitting down. While admiring the beauty of the garden, he got down on one knee and proposed. It was more planned than I would have ever guessed because he even had a hidden photographer to capture it all! When we went inside to the restaurant, both of our families from Kansas City were inside to celebrate with us! It was a wonderful surprise! Knowing myself, I immediately hired a wedding planner. We hired Hannah from Weddings by Hannah and it was the best decision we ever made in planning the wedding. Hannah was so organized and had a large list of vendors for every style. We decided to go with her full wedding assistance, because we were living in Atlanta and only had plans to travel to Kansas City three or four times over the 9-month engagement. Jonathan and I decided on a classic theme for the wedding. Black tuxes for the men and black floor length gowns for the women. We got married at the Historic President Hotel, so we used gold accent pieces with all white flowers. It was truly a dream!
FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY
My favorite part of the wedding was spending time with all of our friends and family. It’s one of the unique times in life where everyone you love is in the same room.
FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY
My favorite part of the wedding was the ceremony. I was raised Christian and Jonathan was raised Jewish. My Maid-of-Honor’s brother, who is a Presbyterian minister, married us. We incorporated traditions from both of our faiths and focused on our unique family we are starting! EABride.com
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Chris & Rachael Stauffer
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June 1, 2019
Chris & Rachael's LOVE
Kansas City, MO
It was a Friday night in Kansas City, and I was out with some of my closest friends. Rachael was doing the same. Later in the evening our paths just happened to cross. After some exchanged words, we eventually shared our phone numbers. A week later, I picked up Rachael for our first date. We decided to bring our dogs in tow, Rex and Norman. We ate pizza, explored Shawnee Mission Park with the dogs, and learned as much as we could about each other. We ended up seeing each other again every day that weekend - we were becoming inseparable! We dated for the following two years, and they were full of travel and adventure. Everything from kickball leagues and concerts to saying goodbye to Kansas and moving to Colorado. I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Rachael, so we started talking about our future together. In March of 2018, Rachael and I traveled to Miami. We were enjoying a typical warm and sunny Floridian day; we had chartered a boat to sail to an island nearby. While enjoying all the fun, in the company of some of our closest friends, I knelt down to one knee in the sand and asked Rachael if she would marry me. She immediately wrapped her arms around me for a giant hug and said â€˜YES!â€™ We started planning the wedding by building a massive Pinterest board with ideas and projects; then we quickly realized this was a huge undertaking. We needed a wedding coordinator that had industry knowledge as well as connections in KC as we were living in Colorado at the time. Miranda Ritter, with Belle Journee, stepped up to the plate and made sure all our dreams became a reality. June 1st will be a day we will never forget. We were surrounded by friends and family from sunrise to sunset and we truly enjoyed every moment of our big day thanks to our amazing support system and vendors. We decided to focus our time and energy on our friends and family prior to the ceremony and forgo a first look. This made walking down the aisle such a special and memorable moment for both of us. Our dogs had been alongside us throughout our entire relationship, so finding a dog friendly venue and a way to incorporate them in the wedding was very important to us. We got them bow ties and had them walk down the aisle with our Best Man and Made of Honor so they could be right next to us during the ceremony.
FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY
FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY
It was such a special day with so many amazing, cherished moments that it's impossible to single out just one. But if I had to pick one as my favorite, it would have to be dancing after dinner. Everyone was having such a great time celebrating and enjoying great company. That was one of the happiest moments of my life!
My favorite part of the day was having all of our friends and family in one space. We both have friends who live all across the country and it was so special to have every single one of them under one roof! Nothing can compare to the joy of celebrating and dancing with our best friends and family who came from all over to be a part of our day. I don’t think there was a single moment that entire evening when I didn’t have a smile on my face – truly a night I will always remember.
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