Wed KC Spring:Summer 2020 Issue

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our space. your story. Every couple has a story. Every wedding has a place. At Fiorella’s, we’re

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delighted to serve as the place in your wedding story. With a full-service

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HAPPILY ENGAGED engagement announcements

10 JOYFULLY MARRIED wedding announcements 12 SAVE THE DATE to take a break from wedding planning 16 REAL LIFE INSIGHTS trend alert, budget buster, and more 18 YOU "GUEST" IT five-star tips to reserving room blocks 21 THE INDUSTRY'S EVENING 2020 kc wedding vendor choice awards 25 PLAYFULLY TIMELESS a fun and classic inspiration shoot 30 CITY SCENE what's new in kansas city weddings 32 UNLOCKING: HAWTHORNE HOUSE a fresh look at this traditional venue 36 WOW-WORTHY VOWS tips to getting your words together 40 TOP 10 WEDDING PHOTO SPOTS that you can find around kansas city 46 WORDS OF THE WEDDING WISE advice from local wedding experts 49 THE ART OF LOVE urban artistic inspiration shoot 54 LIVE WEDDING BANDS that can't be beat 59 HONEYMOONS TO BRAG ABOUT wow-worthy destinations 64 TODAY'S HOT TRENDS see what's new in weddings 68 ONLINE TOOLS TO HELP YOU PLAN harness the power of tech 71 THE SOCIETY PAGES kansas city's premier real weddings






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DESIGN TEAM: PHOTOGRAPHER: Cassandra Marie Photography COORDINATOR: Authentically You Planning & Coordination VENUE: The Delaware GOWN & VEIL: Altar Bridal FLORAL: Twisted Sisters Custom Floral Design HAIR: Modern Brides by Ashley Fancher MAKEUP: Dani Jo Bell Makeup Artistry MODEL: Makena Cornelius, Voices & Models LLC. JEWELRY: Kendra Scott

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Cassandra Marie Photography, Christie Nordmeyer (Travel Unrivaled), Lexie Penichet Photography, Michelle Layman (Events by Elle)

Midwest Bridal Network, LLC DBA, Wed KC Contact Information: / / 816.726.2877. Published in February and August. Advertising Inquiries: Copyright 2020 for Wed KC. All rights reserved. The views expressed in this magazine and through the advertisements do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Wed KC. No responsibility is assumed for unsolicited materials. Wed KC is not responsible for the return of any materials or artwork submitted. Wed KC shall have no liability for errors, omissions, or inadequacies in the information herein or the interpretations thereof. We have no liability for the infringement of copyright, and reserve the right to edit any and all submissions before publication. Any reproduction of any form without written consent is strictly prohibited. All requests can be sent to




@wed.kansascity Inspiration | Local Vendors | Giveaways

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER: If you have been following us for awhile you probably recognize the name EA Bride, as it was our business name for 10 amazing years. As the new owner and publisher of the magazine (well it’s been a few years now) I was getting the feeling that the brand needed a fresh face, an improved look, and a more inclusive name that would represent all weddings within the great city of Kansas City. Thus, I introduce you to Wed KC. It is our passion to help each and every couple that is getting married in KC, and while we love coffee dates, we don’t think there is enough time to arrange a sit down with each and every one of you. So, we are doing our best to bring you the most original and locally based content as we can within our pages and on our blog. Between the two, we are able to keep you informed of the latest wedding trends, best places in town to host your festivities, and showcase some amazingly talented vendors along the way that are available locally to make your visions all come to life (see ya later Pinterest frustration). You plan the way that makes the most sense for you – reading a magazine, searching for vendors online, attending a bridal show, or browsing articles online – and you can trust that we will meet you there. We hope you love the new brand and offerings that we are rolling out as much as we do! Happy planning!

UPCOMING EVENT S March 5th-7th: Madison James Spring 2020 Trunk Show at Mia’s Bridal March 7th 2-4pm: InterContinental Wedding Open House Light bites, drinks and mingle with local vendors!

PUT YOUR PINTEREST T O WORK Hop on over to our Pinterest page to gather inspiration images for your wedding day that were created by pros right here in KC. It’s Pinterest with a purpose!

@wedkansascity GRAB YOUR GEAR Shop our collection of KC apparel on our online store, don’t miss the popular KC Bride tee/tank! | 5

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Bryan & Rachel / May 9, 2020

Andrew & Elizabeth / June 13, 2020 8

Photo: Tannah Terry Photography

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Clay & Shelby / August 2020

Trent & Chloe / August 1, 2020

Photo: Jana Marie Photography

Photo: Tannah Terry Photography

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Tyler & Nicole / November 9, 2019

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Photo: EffJay Photography

Travis & Kayle / July 19, 2020

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Juan & Jenna / November 1, 2019

Save the Date

TO TAKE A BREAK FROM WEDDING PLANNING Actively dating your partner while planning for a wedding can feel like another to-do that just gets tossed (like a bouquet) onto the ever-growing wedding planning list. There’s no doubt that planning your big day is beyond exciting, but it can also feel chaotic and frustrating at times. Also, you may not agree on everything with your partner, in terms of planning, which can add even more stress on your relationship. So, put a pause on planning – really, it’s OK to take a break – and set aside time to spend together. Time spent connecting with your partner will only strengthen the amazing bond you two already share. Plus, it could alleviate and distract from any current stressors. In between booking the caterer and finalizing the reception seating chart, here are some ways that you can have fun dating your fiancé. Think of it as a mini honeymoon.

Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue Overland Park 9520 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS Downtown Kansas City 101 W. 22nd St. #300, Kansas City, MO

Dessert Destination Kate Smith Soirée 8750 Penrose Ln., Lenexa, KS

Wine Destination KC Wine Co. 13875 Gardner Rd. #1, Olathe, KS


Speakeasy Craft Cocktail Destination

You sent (or will be sending) save the dates to each of your guests, so apply the same principle and save the date for quality time together. Pick one day that works each week, make a planned activity and stick to it. It can be as simple as grabbing coffee and taking a walk downtown or taking it up a notch with a full-blown date night.

The Hey! Hey! Club by J. Rieger Co. 2700 Guinotte Ave., Kansas City, MO

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a sweet treat, delicious eats or drinks to unwind, we propose you take a look at these hot KC date destinations:

Coffee Destination

Brunch Destination Summit Grille 520 W. 75th St., Kansas City, MO

Lunch Destination Pierpont’s at Union Station 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO


Dinner Destination

Craft Cocktail Destination TikiCat 401 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO

Messenger Coffee Co. + Ibis Bakery 1624 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO

Jazz Destination Green Lady Lounge 1809 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Distillery Destination Lifted Spirits 1734 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO



From maintaining the overall budget to determining the wedding party, planning a wedding is a process and takes a lot of communication between the two of you. A piece of that communication should be discussing boundaries – before any planning begins.

The Kansas City Metro is booming with things to do, no matter what your interests may be. Whether you live in the heart of downtown or call the ‘burbs “home,” get out and explore new places with your fiancé. Pick a part of the city you wish to explore, select a hotel and stay the night. It can be as planned or spontaneous as you like. The main idea is to change up your scenery, mix in some fun, and focus on each other.

Start by creating a process on how you and your partner communicate planning information. Maybe your partner is more receptive to text messages, but you like quick phone calls here and there? Figuring out boundaries beforehand will ensure that one-on-one time with your partner doesn’t transform into a planning session. Here’s some quick tips on setting boundaries: • Put a time limit on the conversation • Have assigned duties, take action, and then set aside time to report on progress • Set “off limit” times in which you don’t discuss anything planning-related (evenings, during pillow talk, on your designated date night, etc.) • Determine a time each week or day, depending on where you’re at in the process, to discuss any wedding updates and pending to-dos PLAN FOR A NIGHT IN Sometimes no plan is the best plan, especially in the midst of wedding planning. Pick a movie to watch, order takeout, grab a bottle of your favorite wine, and unwind together. You deserve it. The main idea with a night in is to keep it simple and spontaneous. Here’s some effortless stay-at-home date night ideas: • Game night • Movie marathon • Pick up dessert to-go • Make dinner together

Hotel Hot Spots Staying in the heart of downtown Kansas City is a must when you call one of these hotels “home” for the weekend. The Fontaine 901 W 48th Place, KC, MO 64112 Phone: (816) 753-8800 Hilton President Kansas City Address: 1329 Baltimore Ave, KC, MO 64105 Phone: (816) 221-9490 Kansas City Marriott Downtown Address: 200 W 12th St., KC, MO 64105 Phone: (816) 421-6800 Take a short drive outside of the city and enjoy a stay at a one-of-a-kind historical hotel and spa. Situated in Excelsior Springs, MO, this popular, relaxation destination makes for a perfect getaway. The Elms Hotel & Spa Address: 401 Regent St., Excelsior Springs, MO 64024 Phone: (816) 630-5500

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TURN PLANNING APPOINTMENTS INTO POST-PLANNING FUN When you’re having an engagement photoshoot or touring wedding venues, you could find yourself in a section of town you don’t generally see. Prior to heading to your next wedding appointment, check out what’s in that area. Is there a cool museum within walking distance? Are there electric scooters you could take for an impromptu joyride to an ice cream shop? With a little spontaneity and creativity, you can easily transform what feels like another wedding task into time spent together.

Saturday, May 2nd 3pm – 7pm The Derby Party Kansas City Museum 3218 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City, MO

Just because you’re consumed with wedding planning doesn’t mean you have to stop dating your partner. Remember to be intentional about pausing planning. Reflect on why you are together and how happy your partner makes you feel. And have fun dating each other!

Saturday, May 31st 1pm – 4pm Kansas City BrunchFest Berkley Riverfront 1892 River Front Dr., Kansas City, MO

KANSAS CITY HAPPENINGS THAT MAY PIQUE YOUR INTEREST Now that you are dedicated to taking some time for yourselves, check out some of the upcoming community events that could bring an extra punch of fun to your date. March Saturday, March 7th 1pm – 9pm Uncorked: KC Wine Festival Union Station - 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO Saturday, March 14th 2pm – 5pm 90’s Music Bingo KC Wine Co. Vineyard & Winery - 13875 S. Gardner Rd., Olathe, KS Tuesday, March 17th 11am – 2pm Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Downtown Kansas City

April Saturday, April 4th 12:30pm – 8pm The Great Grilled Cheese & Beer Fest Berkley Riverfront - 1892 River Front Dr., Kansas City, MO Saturday, April 10th 10am – 2pm April Food Truck Brunch The Roasterie - 1204 W. 27th St., Kansas City, MO Saturday, April 25th 1pm Parkville Microbrew Festival English Landing Park - 8701 McAfee St., Parkville, MO



Saturday, May 2nd & 3rd 2020 Kansas City Taco Festival KC Live! 13 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO

June Saturday, June 5th 7:30pm – 12am Jazzoo Kansas City Zoo 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, MO Saturday, June 6th Big Slick 11 – Party & Show Sprint Center 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO Friday, June 19th & Saturday, June 20th Boulevardia West Bottoms 1503 Genessee St., Kansas City, MO Tuesday, June 30th 3:30pm – 10p Day at the “K” – Tigers vs. Royals Kauffman Stadium 1 Royal Way, Kansas City, MO

July Saturday, July 11th 6pm – 10:30pm Kansas City Water Lantern Festival The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO

August Thursday, August 27th 7:30pm Maroon 5 Concert Sprint Center 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO

Real L ife I N S I G H T S

TREND ALERT Stand Out Linen Options A chic way to add bold colors to your wedding design: stand out linens. Citrus and Sage Co. is the perfect go-to for non-traditional designs that add an instant punch to any wedding color palette. Offering a large variety, this local boutique linen rental company has one-of-a-kind patterns. Incorporate subtle pops of energetic prints into your table setting with cloth napkins or go extra creative with bright, modern designs for each table linen.



Underdog Wine Co.

Blooming Out of Control

There’s so much that goes into making your big day possible, so say “thank you” to family, friends, and your vendors with the gift of vino. Underdog Wine Co. is not only the perfect stop for gifts for your wedding party, but also a few bottles for yourself, which makes the perfect sidekick for wedding planning. Either way, we promise, wine from Underdog Wine Co. is never a pour decision. Prices starting at $10 per bottle. Their storefronts are located at 2984 Gillham Rd in Union Hill and 327 E. 55th St. in the Crestwood area. Check out this local love of ours at 16

Wedding flowers are expensive. And for good reason. But you don’t want your budget to bloom out of control. To help keep your finances in check and save some money along the way, supply your own vases and prioritize your floral order. Start with the wedding party bouquets and boutonnieres, and any other must-haves, then see where your quote lands. If costs are over budget, consider more budget-friendly styles or in-season blooms, which can help curb expenses. And don’t be afraid to ask your florist for some money-saving ideas; they are creatives at heart and can offer suggestions you may haven’t even thought of.


You “Guest ” It! TIPS



Room blocks help to remove the guess work for your wedding guests and makes things easier for logistical and transportation purposes. A block also saves your guests money, averaging anywhere from 15-40% less than standard room rates. Most hotels offer two types of room blocks: Open (Courtesy) Blocks and Closed (Guaranteed) Blocks. Open (Courtesy) Blocks: A number of rooms can be reserved at no cost to you. The only catch is that the rooms will only be held for a limited amount time. After anywhere between 30-90 days out, hotels will release any unreserved rooms back into their overall inventory, selling them at original price. Hotels may limit the number of rooms (generally 10-20) they will allow for you to hold for an Open Block.


2. BEWARE OF HOTEL HIKES Room rates are just like flights. They fluctuate in price based on periods of high demand and high travel seasons. Check Kansas City’s local events calendar to see if there are any large conventions or major concerts in the area that could contribute to limited or pricier accommodations. 3. OFFER GUESTS DIFFERENT PRICE OPTIONS

Closed (Guaranteed) Blocks: A guaranteed number of rooms can be reserved with a cost liability to you. In most cases, a deposit is required. When it is all said and done, you will be held financially responsible for any unsold rooms. Hotels don't typically limit the number of rooms you want for a Closed Block.

If your wedding requires travel for guests, keep in mind they might be on a budget. Whether they’re making this trip an extended vacation or are staying for only one night, reserve a block of rooms at two different hotels, at two different price points. They’ll appreciate having location and price options.

Now that you know the types, here are eight quick tips on how to reserve a block of hotel rooms for your special event.


1. DETERMINE THE NEED Room blocks are ideal for ensuring out-of-town guests have a place to land during your wedding festivities, but your first step should be to determine if there is an actual need for reserving rooms. A large destination wedding is a no brainer. But intimate backyard nuptials with little to zero out of town guests? There’s no need. 18


Once you’ve found a few solid options that vary in budget, stop the search. Providing an excessive number of hotel options can confuse guests. Plus, the more blocks you book, the more you might be held responsible to fill. So, keep it simple and curb stress by presenting two to three (max) options to guests. Then, let them be choosey!

5. CHECK-IN ON LOYALTY PROGRAMS Some people book the same hotel chain each time they travel to accrue points with that hotel, which leads to free stays and other perks. If you have family and friends that always stay at a Marriott or Hilton, it would be good to reach out to those who you know will be looking for a hotel to see if they plan to stay at their tried-and-true. That way you don’t reserve a block of rooms that goes unused and could leave you paying out of pocket. 6. STAY CLOSE TO THE WEDDING FESTIVITIES Your out-of-town guests have made the trip to witness you marrying the love of your life. Make it easy on your guests by keeping accommodations in close proximity to wedding festivities. That includes the ceremony location and reception venue. Veering too far from the venue could lead to lost or late guests (stressfully) attempting to navigate their way to your ceremony. 7. PAY ATTENTION TO THE CONTRACT DETAILS Otherwise, you could be held responsible for paying for rooms that weren’t booked. Once you talk details (i.e. – desired number of rooms, cost for guests, etc.), hotels will send over a contract you’ll want to review carefully. Pay specific attention to the attrition clause, which is the percentage of rooms that must be filled to avoid a cost penalty. Usually hotels require you to fill 80-90% of the rooms that you requested them to reserve at the lower rate. That means you’re on the hook for any unfilled rooms. Typically, hotels will allow 10-20% of the rooms to go unfilled, but that all depends on your contract. This is called the allowable shrinkage clause. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as needed to get a clear understanding of what you are bound to in the contract. 8. RESERVE THE BLOCK A good rule of thumb is to reserve room blocks three to eight months out from your event. During this timeframe, you’ll most likely have your save-the-dates in the mail and a decent idea of potential out-of-town guests that will need accommodations. Reserve the block with your discounted rate and make note of all of the extras your guests will have access to, including WIFI, on-site parking, complimentary breakfast, shuttle service, etc. Don’t forget to think about you and your fiancé and where you might want to stay the evening of your wedding, whether that be within the same hotel block or a different suite.

SOME OF KANSAS CITY'S MOST POPULAR HOTELS FOR ROOM BLOCKS InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza Close to premier shopping and restaurants and provides the Country Club Plaza experience for out-of-town guests. Rates starting from $149 per night based on availability. Address: 401 Ward Pkwy, KC, MO 64112 Phone: (816) 756-1500

Kansas City Marriott Downtown Newly restyled and within walking distance to the Power and Light District. Address: 200 W 12th St., KC, MO 64105 Phone: (816) 421-6800

Hilton President Kansas City Historical stay in downtown Kansas City’s popular Power and Light District. Address: 1329 Baltimore Ave., KC, MO 64105 Phone: (816) 221-9490

Kansas City Airport Marriott Great location for out-of-town guests flying into MCI with quick access to downtown Kansas City. Wedding room block rates are typically discounted around 40% off the best available rate. Shuttle service to over 11 local venues in the Northland with a minimum room night commitment required. Address: 775 Brasilia Ave., KC, MO 64153 Phone: (816) 464-2200 Contact the hotel of your choice for more details and information specific to your date. | 19

Let us light up the rest of your life together. From a storybook setting to stunning tablescapes and seasonal floral design to customizable menus and specialty cocktails, make a stylish statement on your wedding day at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza.

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The Industry’s Evening The Kansas City Wedding Vendor Choice Awards—hosted by yours truly, Wed KC—is an annual awards platform that was established to celebrate Kansas City’s wedding vendor community. It’s over the top. It’s unmatched. And it’s ultimately a night full of laughs, good times, and no shortage of wow-worthy moments. The inception of this awards platform was necessary. Wedding vendors spend countless hours creating seamless events for all sorts of celebrations, including yours; so creating an event that recognizes their passion and dedication was a must. But the swanky celebration wasn’t created overnight. In fact, it takes months, copious amounts of coffee, and countless creative planning sessions to come together each year. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s gala, the announcement of the winners, and what you can take away to implement into your wedding from the party of parties in KC. HOW IT WORKS Nominating and voting alone is a three-month, rigorous process where local wedding professionals have a window to recognize their peers based on their work, dedication, and service quality that is witnessed throughout the year to their clients. With industry peers recognizing and voting on their competition, it’s an understatement to say that a nomination or win in any category is the highest of compliments. After the nomination process is complete, three top-recognized companies for each category are narrowed down to a winner through a second round of voting and awarded at the gala. The Oscar-style awards ceremony features a number of categories ranging from each individual service category (wedding planner, florist, band, etc.) to Rising Star and Company of the Year. | 21

2020 WINNERS While there is one winner in each category that is awarded and recognized in front of their peers at the gala, this event truly exists to celebrate all professionals involved in Kansas City’s inclusive wedding vendor community. Band of the Year - Lost Wax


Beverage Company of the Year - Top Shelf Bartending Service Bridal Boutique of the Year - Something White Bridal Boutique Cake/Dessert Company of the Year - Blue Thistle Cakery Catering Company of the Year - Brancato’s Catering DJ of the Year - DJ Alex Reed Florist of the Year - Good Earth Floral Design Studio Hairstylist of the Year - White Carpet Bride


Makeup Artist of the Year - White Carpet Bride

1. Floral arch that can change color through lighting

Menswear Company of the Year - Houndstooth Photographer of the Year - Claire Ryser Photography Rental Company of the Year - Marquee Event Rentals Photo Booth Company of the Year - Icon Event Group Stationery Company of the Year - YellowBrick Graphics

(Wild Hill Flowers & Events, Icon Event Group)

2. Lighting under tables (Icon Event Group) 3. Ombre effect from the front to the back of the room (Icon Event Group, Wild Hill Flowers & Events, Little Yellow Leaf)

4. Projection mapping on draping (Icon Event Group) 5. Elite photo booth experience (The Photo Bus)

Transportation Company of the Year - Showtime Transportation Travel Company of the Year - Travel Unrivaled Venue of the Year - The Guild KC Videographer of the Year - Rushing Productions Wedding Planner of the Year - Pretty + Planned Events Rising Star Award - Kate Smith with Kate Smith Soirée


Trailblazer of the Year - Jenni Koch with Wild Hill Flowers and Events Vendor of the Year - Jenni Koch with Wild Hill Flowers and Events Company of the Year - Wild Hill Flowers and Events

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2020 DESIGN & PRODUCTION TEAM The 2020 Kansas City Wedding Vendor Choice Awards was held at The Truman on February 1st and almost 400 wedding professionals were in attendance. Every year, design and production teams help this magical evening come to life by donating their time, expertise, and services. This year’s gala was made possible by: Venue: The Truman Production, Lighting & DJ: Icon Event Group Floral & Planning: Wild Hill Flowers and Events Rental Provider: Ultrapom Event Rental Catering: Olive Events Photography: Rivas Photography Design & Paper Pieces: Little Yellow Leaf Photo Booth: The Photo Bus Videographer: Isbell Creative Live Entertainment: Lost Wax Band Hair & Makeup: Hello Lovely KC Tux Provider: Tip Top Tux

Speciality table linens for wedding & event rental. |Â @citrusandsageco 816.304.0977

P layfully Timeless

Photographer: Cassandra Marie Photography / Floral: Twisted Sister's Custom Floral Design Planning & Coordination: Authentically You Planning & Coordination / Gown: Altar Bridal Venue: The Delaware / Rentals: Ultrapom Event Rental / Menswear: Tip Top Tux Cotton Candy: Cottontale / Hair: Modern Brides by Ashley Fancher / Vespa: Scooter World Makeup: Dani Jo Bell Makeup Artistry / Paper Pieces: YellowBrick Graphics Jewelry: Kendra Scott / Model, Bride: Makena Cornelius, Voices & Models, LLC. Model, Groom: Kyle Loethen, Hoffman Intl.


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Dallas based hair and makeup company, AW Wedding & Co. opens offerings to Kansas City brides. For over 16 years, owner Angie Campbell has hand-picked and personally trained all of her stylists, which has created an impeccable standard of service for clients. Her award-winning team is now in the Kansas City area, ready to beautify you and your girls on the big day. For more information on services and photos of their work, visit their website at

T HE K A LE I DOS COP E BOOTH DE BU TS I N KC The Photo Bus, the company behind Kansas City’s popular photo booth experience within a vintage VW bus, launches a new photo booth that is equally dynamic in appearance as it is fun. They have titled it the “Kaleidoscope Booth.” Hexagon in shape, the booth features bamboo outside walls with mirrors on the inside to reflect its featured subject… YOU! Behind the booth stands a background that is also reflected within the glass, giving the illusion that you are surrounded entirely by its design. It’s guaranteed that you have never seen (or experienced) anything like it… meaning your guests haven’t either. Who’s looking to add a memorable experience to their reception? Here it is. For more information visit

A NNE- M A R I E DE S I G N S OP E N S BR I DA L J E W E LRY LI NE There is a new custom bridal jewelry designer in town and we just can’t get enough of these one-of-a-kind creations! Katherine Blauwiekel, owner of Ann-Marie Designs has come out with a bridal line featuring hand-sculpted clay earrings with delicately hand painted details. She’s created both a clean and sophisticated look for the simple-statement bride or a detailed lace overlay option that features pearl and/or rhinestone beading. Either way, they are knock out design and statement pieces that you can add to your wedding day look. View and shop Anne-Marie Designs at 30



One of the first steps in wedding planning is finding the right venue to accommodate your guest count and budget. With a variety of venues around the Greater Kansas City Area, picking a place to tie the knot can feel difficult and overwhelming. But it certainly doesn’t have to be. So, take your first few steps in planning your trip down the aisle by getting a behind the scenes look at Hawthorne House, North Kansas City’s top-rated venue for over 23 years. Come to think of it, selecting a venue is very similar to selecting a partner in life. Does it compliment your personality, meet your needs, and make you happy? This popular Parkville venue is the perfect venue match. From indoor and outdoor options situated on 11 sprawling acres to the charming original farmhouse that was transformed into dressing suites, say “I Do” to Hawthorne House’s timeless appeal and bountiful ceremony or reception backdrops. THE CHAPEL Built in 2003, this charming chapel has been home to countless ceremonies. Seating up to 250 guests, temperature controlled, and with ramp access, The Chapel also provides two floral stands and an altar table, or you can feel free to bring your own decorations. THE GAZEBO Have you always dreamed of an outdoor wedding? The Gazebo serves as a popular pick for nuptials. Seat up to 300 guests, and event staff will set up and tear down this outdoor space so that your “I Dos” are as stress-free as can be. If weather is a concern, there’s no raining on this parade. Hawthorne House has a Plan B where the ceremony is seamlessly shifted to The Chapel if inclement weather is in the forecast. THE EMERSON ROOM This wow-worthy space, thanks to the vaulted ceiling and stunning chandeliers, sets a bright, inviting, and romantic tone. The Emerson Room seats up to 300 guests and includes tables, chairs, and linens in the reception packages. 32

THE LAWN Reserve your wedding at Hawthorne House and unlock access to all 11 acres of the property, which includes the large front lawn. This sprawling space can accommodate an outdoor ceremony, plus an outdoor cocktail hour without having to remove or recreate parts of the space. Photo opportunities are endless when you take full advantage of The Lawn. Snap pictures on the sprawling front porch, large lawn, in the wooded area, or on a bridge dawned in twinkle lights. HIGHLIGHTS OF HAWTHORNE HOUSE - Recent renovations of two dressing suites. Each features a private bathroom, porch, additional square footage to efficiently get hair and makeup completed, and tons of added light. You also have access to a gaming system! - A variety of on-site ceremony and reception locations - Simple, straight-forward ceremony/ reception packages - White, floor-length linens are included in reception rates - Real glassware is included in all beverage packages - Outdoor ceremony location with a built-in Plan B, which avoids having to do a room flip if weather isn't ideal - 300 seated guest capacity - 175+ parking spots 816.384.3630 6008 NW Bell Road, Parkville, MO 64152 Tours offered Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

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Writing vows can feel like an intimidating and nerve-wracking process. Somewhere between selecting the color palette to finalizing the guest count, vows get lost in the shuffle of wedding planning priorities (hellooo, cake-testing!). Our advice? If you decide to write your vows, don’t make it an afterthought on the to-do list. This isn’t some book report that you can procrastinate and breeze your way through; these are your most intimate feelings that you are trying your best to convey to your life companion. While the task feels overwhelming, we promise that writing your vows can be just as sweet as sampling wedding desserts. Just in a different way. Whether you decide to take the traditional/religious route or leap to write your own custom vows, make a commitment to yourself that you’re going to knock this once-in-a-lifetime moment out of the park by making it thoughtful and true to you and your love story.

BEFORE WRITING YOUR VOWS Have a conversation with your officiant. Often times, vows are reflective of religious practices. Depending on your officiant and house of worship, you may be required to stick to all or a portion of the traditional marriage vows associated with that religion. Your officiant will have those answers. Talk with them before delving into the process, as their answers could help set the foundation of your vows. Reflect on your relationship. Some people begin their vows with a small summary of their relationship’s inception and early days. Others jump into a light-hearted story that perfectly reflects their relationship. Either way, put some thought behind it and start thinking about the reasons you love your partner. What makes your relationship special? Now, think about the good times, the not-so-good times, and everything in between. What memorable moments stick out to you? Make note of those, along with the promise(s) you’d like to make to your partner. You can even sit down together and reflect on the special memories you share to further help draw inspiration. 36


Determine the style of your vows. Do you have specific religious vows you need to stick to or are you creating your own from scratch? Below are examples of some different styles. Traditional/Religious: Talk to your officiant to see what the standard wedding vows are for your religious practice. These are generally more structured in format, like this popular religious pledge for example, “I, (your name), take thee, (partner's name), to be my wedded husband/wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward…”. Depending on religious standards, you might be able to use traditional/religious vows as starting point and then modify them to suit your personality. Romantic: Want to pour your heart out? Take the soft-hearted and touching approach to writing your vows, where each word carries weight and emotion. Your wedding day will be one of the most cherished and romantic days of your life, so incorporate those warm, full-of-love feelings that you have into your vows. Lighthearted and Playful: Vows can be just as meaningful with a few playful anecdotes incorporated throughout. While you shouldn’t be premiering your comedic routine, it’s okay to share a silly story or funny memory. Stories like this help add personality and keep your wedding guests on their toes during your story time.

Short and Sweet: Your wedding vows don’t have to be a novel. You don’t have to spill your heart out either. Maybe you wish to keep the deep feelings between the two of you and not announced to an audience? That’s no problem—make some meaningful promises, briefly share with your partner how much you love them, mention the future, and you’re good to go!

Don’t lose sight of who will be receiving these words—you are speaking to your partner. Not the entire ceremony audience. And above all else: speak from the heart.

DELIVERING YOUR VOWS Come up with a plan.

WRITING YOUR VOWS Don’t wait until the last minute. Carefully marrying the right words together is key. You want your vows to have a nice ring to them; after all, you will be sharing them with the love of your life (no pressure). So, whatever your writing process, don’t wait until the night before or morning of your wedding day to complete them. Writing your vows the last minute might leave you at a loss to find the right words, create writer’s block, and feel less thoughtful and organized. These words represent your commitment to each other, so take the time you need to pull your thoughts in order. Write a few drafts. The first time you put pen to paper, you probably won’t get your vows exactly how you want them to read. That’s because you will have a number of thoughts and emotions bouncing around in your head, which can be overwhelming. To begin, take a few deep breaths and just start writing. Move things around. Add some personality. Make promises. Tie in a personal story. And don’t forget to say, “I love you.” Between all of the words you thoughtfully want to include, these three can easily become overlooked. After it’s drafted, take a break. Sleep on it. Give it a day or even a week. Then come back to the draft when you have a clear head. This refreshed perspective will allow you to finesse areas you might have initially brushed over. Make it authentic to you. As you write, keep in mind how these vows will be spoken aloud. If you aren’t an eloquent speaker that melodically bridges one sweeping poem-like sentence to the next, stay away from a romantic and heartfelt tone. Incorporate personality and verbiage that is authentic to how you speak.

Will your vows be kept a secret until the ceremony or do you plan to write them together? Sometimes writing your vows together can help with consistency. If your partner is taking a light-hearted approach and you’re going for a serious, romantic tone, the exchange the day-of could feel a little off when read back to back. If you wish to keep your vows a secret until the wedding day, but don’t want for them to have conflicting styles, discuss the writing style of your vows with your partner before each of you starts writing. That way you will know the tone of their message (romantic, playful, short, etc.) but not the exact words they play to share with you. If your religion does not allow for custom vows to be shared during the ceremony, then you will want to decide on a different way to deliver your heartfelt words. The most common method is to write your vows within a card and exchange these cards before the ceremony or first look. Practice, practice, and then practice more. Cue the happy tears! You could be surprised at how emotional you might get when reading these vows out loud. If it’s difficult to get through your full vows each time they are read aloud, consider toning down the areas that really tug on your heartstrings. Or, just keep practicing reading it aloud until you come to a point where it’s easier to speak the words (no wedding day guarantees though!). | 37

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Just when you think you have all the details of your wedding day planned, someone asks, “Where are you going for pictures?” There’s a brief “deer in headlights” moment of panic until thoughts of Kansas City’s many iconic landmarks creep in your mind: Union Station, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, The Nelson Art Gallery, and Liberty Memorial, just to name a few. These are all phenomenal locations, BUT there are still so many more! There are some hidden (and not so hidden) gems that people don’t always think of and those are the ones I want to share with the help of a few wedding photographer friends!


1. THE WESTIN CROWN CENTER - ROOFTOP DECK This might be my personal favorite. The outdoor, rooftop deck gives a clear view of Kansas City’s skyline. The photos I’ve seen taken here are definitely mantle worthy!

Photos: Claire Ryser Photography


2. KC LIFE BUILDING This beauty was built in 1924 and stands just as proudly now as the day it was built. Bailey Pianalto Photography says, “It’s gray marble walls, entrance steps, and expertly crafted grand doors give images taken here a classic old-world backdrop that can be a nice break from the often-seen limestone facades of popular KC locations.”

4. 14TH STREET IN THE POWER & LIGHT DISTRICT You read that right. A street! Yes, you’ll have to stop traffic to get that perfect shot and yes, photographer’s might be grumpy that I’ve shared this location because they’re usually the ones battling the cars, but it’s worth it. This spot was at the top of Claire Ryser Photography’s list and looking at the photo, we can see why!

Photos: Bailey Pianalto Photography

3. THE LIBRARY DISTRICT Rivas Photography says that if you’re looking for somewhere private that’s right in the middle of the city, this is the place for you. This block holds the library’s rooftop (I’m such a sucker for a rooftop) and tree lined streets with city scrapers that makethe perfect backdrop!

Photo: Claire Ryser Photography

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5 . L O O S E PA R K If nature is your happy place, you’re going to want to make a stop here. Elizabeth of eGolden Moments said this is her go-to because there’s no shortage of beautiful scenery. I must warn you, this is a busy place, but like eGolden Moments said, “If you have the patience to deal with the people, it’s worth it since you’ll experience a Rose Garden unlike anything else in the city.”

Photo: eGolden Moments


Photo: eGolden Moments

This area is jam packed with photo opportunity! “You won’t find flowers or pretty greenery, but you will find unique buildings, bridges and graffiti covered alleys,” says eGolden Moments. You’ll be tempted to take a picture by the railroad tracks, but don’t. It’s illegal!

7. TWINKLING LIGHTS OF CROWN CENTER This one is seasonal but so good that I had to include it. If your wedding day falls anywhere near the winter holidays, you won’t be disappointed with this backdrop of over 7,000 white lights! You’ll feel like you stepped right into a Hallmark Christmas movie. Netanya’s Pix Photography adds that with the sun setting so early in the winter, this is a great location for light.


Photo: Netanya's Pix

8. THE GROUNDS OF THE KANSAS CITY CONVENTION CENTER Another one of my personal faves! At the corner of 16th and Central Street, you’ll find the back of The Kansas City Convention Center. The clean lines of the building and the floor to ceiling windows give way to a crisp, modern look for your photos. Bonus: the windows have just the perfect amount of tint to catch The Kauffman Center of Performing Arts in the reflection.

Photo: Rivas Photography

9. THE COLONN ADE This is the hidden gem. So hidden, that I was asked by a few photographers not to share it, but what’s a story without a little feather ruffling?! The Colonnade oozes with romance and makes you feel like a little piece of Rome exists right here in Kansas City.


Photos: Bailey Mojica Photography

Okay, so this isn’t exactly a location, but it is a sound piece of advice from an experienced wedding planner (ahem, that’s me!)... ask your photographer! They’ll have ideas on where to go based on your style, location, and weather. If it’s a spot they love, their creativity will shine through, which means you’ll get some really amazing photos. | 43


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When you’re working on your shot list with your photographer, I know it’s really easy to get carried away. You want pictures with everyone, but keep in mind, it usually takes about 5 minutes per grouping. Formals take away from precious party time, so focus on your immediate family and save the rest for a casual picture on the dance floor!




Wedding Wise




When determining your ceremony start time, it is important to remember the number of contracted hours with your vendors and the time of day that the sun will set. If you choose not to do a first look, talk with your photographer about what ceremony time will enable you to still have adequate sunlight for photos during cocktail hour! Vendor contracted hours can include: venue rental time, length of photography contract, and length of entertainment (DJ or Band) contract. Start with the venue rental time, then communicate this with both your entertainment vendor and photographer to be sure everyone is on the same page. Good luck and happy planning! - ELIZABETH LANG, HAWTHORNE HOUSE

When it comes to weddings there are no rules in my opinion! Your day should reflect you and your partner. Working with vendors should be a collaboration; tell them what you’re thinking and be open to their interpretations and ideas as that is when the magic happens! The right vendors will be able to build upon your ideas and create something unique to you and your partner. - ANNIE HOFERER, OF GOOD STOCK


It’s important to stay true to yourself as a couple. It’s easy to feel like you need to be trendy and keep up with what others are doing on their wedding day, but if it doesn’t feel right to you, then don’t include it. Your day should be infused with your personalities and the elements that represent you as a couple. - AQUINA HOLT, AUTHENTICALLY YOU WEDDING PLANNING & COORDINATION

Are you thinking about your budget as a per person cost or as a flat sum? Wedding budgets should be managed in per person terms. This is why carefully managing your guest list is so important. You need to take your full list and divide it by your overall budget range and that’s the way you should be evaluating pricing throughout the planning process (ex. $250-300 per person, 200 guests). If you have questions about budgeting, lean on your wedding planner! - BETH CHAPPELOW, CHAPPELOW EVENTS

When you go dress shopping bring an open mind, undergarments (strapless bra/shape wear), and photos or inspiration for the big day. - SARAH BRONSON, ALL MY HEART BRIDAL

Prepare the little things. Have a list of family formal photo groupings for your photographer prior to the wedding day so they know how to plan for that part of the day. The more prepared, the faster those photos can be taken. Gather all of your details (rings, invites, etc) and have them in one place so you don’t waste time looking for them. It’s little things like this that can make a difference in your timeline. - KELSEY ALUMBAUGH, KELSEY ALUMBAUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

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Whether you’re newly engaged or in the middle of planning, everyone knows the key to a lively reception is music. But, the question is: Do you opt for a DJ or go with a live band? While both guarantee good times, a live band cranks up a wow-worthy factor that creates unforgettable moments and ensures the dancefloor is never empty. When considering live music for your wedding reception, take note of Jukeboxx Media’s five ever-popular bands—each offer a unique sound and perform in a variety of genres. From Top 40 to funk and everything in between, discover a live band that will fine tune your big day.

Specialties: Top 40, Hip-Hop, Funk, Motown, Rock, Country, R&B Lost Wax was Jukeboxx’s very first band and has been rocking since 2009. If you want a small group for your wedding, Lost Wax can be as little as five members or can grow to the size of a 14-piece band, which caters to an array of wedding budgets and venue sizes. The key to their success? Nonstop mashups and medleys. That means a party that continues without skipping a beat. 2 Proud 2 Beg

GET TO KNOW JUKEBOXX MEDIA: Determining the type of music to fit the mood of your reception is a decision, in the midst of many, that you’ll be making while planning your wedding. There’s no reason to search high and low for the right match when Jukeboxx Media bands have booked 4,000+ weddings right here in Kansas City. They’re not only seasoned professionals, but they also rock at providing various sizes of entertainment that can meet any couple’s budget. Select from ceremony musicians/vocalists, cover bands, DJ’s, jazz and lounge ensembles, or a hybrid of these to make your wedding day oh-so-special. 54

Specialties: Top 40, Funk, Motown, R&B Perfect for a wide range of musical tastes, 2 Proud 2 Beg has heavy influences in jazz and gospel and offers a unique blend of funk, R&B, soul from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and Top 40/pop music. (Re)mix that with playing songs everyone knows and love—from artists like Aretha Franklin to Justin Timberlake.

Twice on Sunday

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Specialties: Top 40, Hip-Hop, Funk, Motown, Rock, Country, R&B

Specialties: Top 40, Classic Rock, Alt Rock, Funk, Motown, and some Country

This high-energy Top 40 and variety group is known for taking songs from the top of the charts and mashing them with funk, Motown, 90’s/2000’s hip hop and R&B. The second band established by Jukeboxx Media, Twice on Sunday’s unique mashups, medleys, and stacks of funky tracks have made them a premier party band in Kansas City. Start small with their five-member group or take it all the way up to a 14-piece band with live horns, keys, and more. Wonderfuzz

Meet the newest addition to the Jukeboxx Media family of bands: Fountain City 45’s (FC45). This up-and-coming band is made up of the talented musicians that have been working as supplemental members to Lost Wax. FC45 is well-versed with the traditional party hits of the last six decades, but where they really shine is in the rock/alternative genres. From Janis Joplin and Queen to Fleetwood Mac and Prince, this band’s playlist will be music to your ears. THE JUKEBOXX EXPERIENCE: Not only do these Jukeboxx bands deliver a wedding night full of dance floor memories, they also provide each of their clients with the following amenities:

Specialties: Top 40, Classic Rock, Funk, Motown, Alt Rock, and some Country There’s no wonder this party band has become a fast favorite. Book them for your wedding reception and you can expect this high-energy group to play a mix of Top 40, funk, Motown, classic rock, oldies, country, alternative rock and more. Led by Josh Johnson on lead guitar, Jordan Smith on bass/vocals and Sam Hoskins on drums and vocals, this core group can expand to a nine-person band with the ability to add in backup singers, live horns, and more.

- DJ and Emcee - Timeline Creation - Playlist Customization - Mashups and Medleys - Non-Stop Play Format - Professional Sound - Stage Lighting - On-Site Ceremony Support Go online to to hear music from these bands or reach out to Jukeboxx Media at 913.800.2008 for pricing and availability for your wedding. | 55

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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HONEYMOONS TO BRAG ABOUT Way back in the 5th century, the idea of honeymoons came about when couples were gifted mead. They would drink this honey-based alcohol, considered an aphrodisiac, on the first moon after the wedding, to set the tone for the years to follow.

your limitations, andunderstand how you can better complement each other. It ignites passion, forces stronger communication, and allows them to just live in that moment.

By the 19th century, in Britain, the honeymoon became the opportunity for the couple to travel around and visit with the out-of-town guests that couldn’t attend. It was certainly not the getaway we know it as today.

And then there are the bragging rights. You have the chance to come back from your honeymoon with much more than a stronger bond. You can have stories to regale about the howler monkeys you saw on your trek through the Amazon. You could end up with an Instagram page with photos that rival the most enviable influencers. And you have the chance to discover places most people will never set foot in. This is your chance to earn your bragging rights, and set the precedence for a life together full of adventure and epic memories, much greater than the time you laid on the beach for a week straight.

Eventually, they evolved to most couples seeking out a spot in the sun and spending the week being beached on the sand, basking in the ability to do virtually nothing. These days, those honeymoon wishes are being washed out to sea, as more couples opt for adventure and authentic experience over lazy days. They want to seek and explore, to uncover hidden gems, and take the roads less traveled by. They say few things bond a couple more than a shared experience. In fact, studies show that 63% of couples credit traveling as a main pillar of staying power for their relationship. It bonds you in a way that you rarely achieve in your ordinary life. Getting out of your comfort zone gives you a greater understanding as you navigate foreign territory, uncover

So, if you’re looking for a few epic ideas, here are a few options to consider: | 59

1. BIKING THROUGH BURMA In the Mandalay Region of Myanmar lies the ancient city of Bagan. This unspoiled landscape is brimming with vibrant green fields, a slew of temples, and a host of 11th century pagodas. There is no shortage of things to do however, as you’re invited to explore the city by bike, or take a hot balloon ride over the top of the city to take it all in at once. In fact, you’re likely to be the only ones you know who’ve ever set foot in this land. 2. AN ARGENTINIAN ESCAPE Argentina is perhaps the most underrated epic experience. Those who have experienced its many facets never grow tired of talking about their time in this majestic land. Not to mention, it happens to have the worlds 3rd largest concentration of ice, after the north and south poles. And in the Patagonia region, in Los Glaciares National Park, is where you’ll find The Perito Moreno Glacier. Spanning 97 miles wide, and rising 240 ft. above the water, it’s an unforgettable sight to see. And one you can actually trek across before having your photo taken with a glass of whiskey chilled by a small piece of glacier.





NOTE: Be prepared for your friends to wonder if your pics are photoshopped, they’ll look so unreal! 3. SCOTLAND PRIVATE ISLAND EXPERIENCE


Ever fantasized about being cast away? With about 800 islands that make up Scotland, now is your chance to experience your own private oasis without taking out a loan to do so. Once you’ve kayaked from the mainland, experience camping at its finest, with only the possibility of a few sheep to keep you company. 7 60


4. STAR SIGHTINGS IN NAMIBIA It’s common knowledge that Alaska and Iceland are where you can see the Northern Lights. But, perhaps some of the most incredible celestial sights can be seen from Namibrand in Namibia, where the remote, pitch-black atmosphere creates the perfect storm for an unforgettable star shower. Scour the lands during the day, and by night, luxury chalets are where you’ll stay. Trust us, you’ll have Instagram content for days and days. 5. TREK INTO THE LOST CITY While many a tourist has trekked through the tourist trap that is Machu Picchu, consider going to Colombia instead. Home of the Lost City, it’s another ancient civilization, albeit lesser known. Instead of competing with a line of busses letting off guests armed with camera-phones, you can explore this lost city and actually experience it for yourself without preconceived ideas of what you’re going to find. It’s truly a cultural immersion. 6. STAR CLIPPERS CRUISE Imagine modern cruising amenities, and the chance to see some of the world’s most unforgettable destinations accessible only by sea. But, imagine doing all of that on a tall sailing ship, giving you the luxury boutique experience. Avoid the crowds that come with a city-on-the-sea environment of a cruise liner, and instead feeling like you’re achieving a truly nautical experience. 7. TURKEY IS A TRIP Only take your honeymoon to Turkey if you have plenty of time to stay, as there is far too much to do to pack into a few days. Istanbul is the only city that straddles two continents and is home to the world’s largest mall. But, aside from the shopping, this place is famous for its hot air balloon rides over Cappadocia. You can sleep in a cave-turned-cabin, and explore ancient rock formations. It’s an experience you’ll never find in any other part of the world!

8 8. HIKE THE MILFORD TRACK For the hiking enthusiasts, this New Zealand path will take approximately four days to complete the 53km, and is definitely not short on scenery. Picture lakes, waterfalls, and ice fields, as you trek through Fiordland National Park. You’ll take in so much Pioneer history as you cross the panoramic Mackinnon Pass. Now, the hardest part is picking which adventure to choose. And those are just the tip of the iceberg. But, I think we can all agree that any way you go will be far more exciting and provide far more stories to tell upon your return, than a simple beach getaway. So, live a little, and dare to go somewhere different. You deserve bragging rights, and your honeymoon is the perfect place to earn them! TRAVEL UNRIVALED is Kansas City’s most trusted UN-agency for all your travel needs! We despise cookie cutter trips, and only recommend places we would go ourselves! We’re self-proclaimed wanderlusts who live adventure, and always seek new experiences. We don’t just book trips. We take them. And we don’t just steer you towards the latest promotion. We custom design an experience for each of our clients based on what means the most to them. For more information or to start designing your next adventure, visit | 61

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GET TEXTURED: Vellum hit its stride in 2019 in everything from invitation overlays, envelopes, and escort cards. But, couples are starting to mix it up, and think beyond the sheer paper for other textures. Popular options include velvet, gold leafing, leather, and suede. Eons ago, weddings were cut and dry. You picked a Saturday or Sunday, blocked off a few hours in the church basement, and got everyone busy baking treats. If you were lucky, someone had a faux flower bouquet on hand and still in-tact that you used to walk down the aisle. Fast forward to 2020. Those getting married over the next few years are blessed with endless options. And cursed with endless options. Let’s face it: it’s down-right overwhelming. There’s an unspoken rule that your wedding must be amazing. And of course, there’s the struggle to create a completely different (and better) experience than all the other weddings you’ve been to. No pressure. Due to the desire to be new and different, trends tend come and go. And if you don’t want your wedding to look like the baguette-encrusted, pear-shaped-diamond-in-a-gold-band ring that was all the rage in 2005, you need to know what the new trends are. We’ve compiled some of the hottest looks and feels this year has to offer. CEREMONY SETUP: Instead of his side and her side, couples are mixing it up. Whether that is surrounding the altar in a circular pattern, to having an interactive ceremony with special-guest input, there’s no longer one way to set the stage. Perhaps one of our favorite examples is of a couple who planned to get married in a meadow. They threw wildflower seeds everywhere and let the grass grow throughout the summer. When the big day approached, they mowed a single aisle winding through the wildflower meadow for the bride to walk down. Magical? Yes. Difficult to do? No. 64

A WEEKEND AFFAIR: Hindsight is 20/20, and take it from past brides, the hardest part of the wedding is only getting a few short minutes with all of your favorite people. So, where budgets allow, people are extending the celebration over the course of three days. While it might limit the number of people that can be involved, it definitely allows for quality over quantity. You get so much more time to celebrate with those that you love, and it creates added value for those traveling in from out of town. Or, now that most couples are already living together prior to marriage, some opt to take their guests out of town for a few days to create an entire week of wedding bliss! PLACE SETTING PERSONALIZATION: If your big day is for a small number of your nearest and dearest, forget the favors altogether. Instead, write a personal note to each guest for their place setting. The thoughtfulness that goes into this will certainly be appreciated AND leave a lasting impression. After all, who wouldn’t want to know how much they mean to you?!



Instead, couples are opting for an edgier look, starting with more modern colors. Forget blush and opt instead for rich charcoals and blacks, with copper accessories and tableware. These colors contrast nicely with the light or vibrant florals, and create a look that is hard to take your eyes off of.

For the food lovers, forgo choosing between the buffet or the standard chicken or fish option, and put a creative flair into it instead. Consider an array of gourmet stations set around, with flavors from around the world, or a few of your favorites from each type of cuisine. Not only does it help every guest find something they can devour, but it sets a bar that will be hard to raise.

LET THERE BE LIGHT: With people craving more ambient settings, lighting is (almost) everything. While Edison bulbs have been a raving hit, brides and grooms are looking to mix it up, and add colorful lanterns, chandeliers, or lamps like you would use at home to cozy up the space and create the ultimate atmosphere. FORGET FLOWERS ALTOGETHER: Want to take the path less traveled? Consider eliminating the flowers, and opting for a more bohemian option instead, such a Wheat or Pampas grass. These can easily make a grand statement, as they are chic, and yet easy to manage. They can be grown large to create added depth.

REFUSED TO BE ENSLAVED BY TRENDS: This is ignoring trends altogether and creating a mood or ambiance instead. While most of your guests will forget the menu, and the cut-out hearts you used for favors, they’re more likely to remember how they felt. The tone you set determines their takeaway for years to come.

Online Tools to Help You Plan In this technological age it’s become easier than ever to find tools that can take the headache out of the wedding planning process. And we’re here to highlight a few of our favorites, in hopes that it will help you avoid any obstacles you might encounter on your walk down the aisle. WEDDING BUDGET CALCULATOR: The average cost of a wedding in the United States is around $24,000. Many times, couples come up with an arbitrary number long before they have any idea what goes into that figure. Fortunately, the ‘Cost of Wedding’ calculator identifies how closely aligned your perception is with reality. It even takes into account the fluctuation of event costs based on your location. Fill in the data points, and it will give you a realistic range of what you can expect to pay. And if you end up with a severe case of sticker shock, you can simply adjust the variables to arrive at your ideal number long before you sign any contracts. NAME CHANGE SERVICE: More brides than not are still electing to take their husbands surname. But with the hassle of making the name change official, we have to think that’s a huge factor why some keep theirs the same. When it comes to social security cards, credit cards, personal property, and even crafting a new signature, it’s exhausting to think about. Fortunately, Hitch Switch has taken the hassle out of it. With a low $39 fee, they’ve simplified it into 3 easy steps. Sounds like money well spent! 68

SEATING CHART: Maybe you want assigned seating. Maybe you don’t. Either way, you’ll want All Seated in your list of online bookmarks. What has evolved from a seating chart tool has become a revolutionary platform where you can use virtual reality and 360 diagramming to set up your reception layout, play around with tables and flow, set up the virtual dance floor, and see for yourself how it will all come together. Ask your venue if they have an All Seated diagram that they can share with you. PLANNING WITHOUT A PLANNER: This new tech-savvy tool is an app that helps guide you throught the wedding planning process. It has a little (or long) to-do list that you can check off as you make progress. Add vendors as you hire them for your wedding and track payment and email details. Encourage your fiance (or mother) to also download the app so that you can both see the progress that is being made on planning. It's something that acts as a handy reminder to guide you along the way, and make sure no stone, or detail, is left unturned.

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Parker & Kelsey | 73

the details WEDDING


September 21, 2019




In highschool at Wamego, Kansas where they dated for 12 years before getting engaged.



Parker proposed to Kelsey while on a private sunset walk on the beach in Port Aransas, Texas.



Kelsey wore her Grandma's diamond bracelet on the wedding day and also carried a photo of her on her bouquet.

FAVORITE WEDDING DAY MEMORY Kelsey - exiting the ceremony together Parker - our first dance

Photographer: Haylie Meyer Photography Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Mission Theatre Gown: The Gown Gallery Menswear: Slabosky's Menswear & Tailor Bridesmaid Dresses: The Gown Gallery Hair & Makeup: Brooke Robbins Caterer: Taylor Made Catering Florist: KP Floral & Event Design Cake: Whitney Dawn Cake Design DJ: Platinum KC Videography: Dark Horse Digital Media


TEAM | 75


Sarah & Summer 78

the details WEDDING


June 15, 2019




Through mutual friends at a show in Lawrence, Kansas.



After 4 years of dating the question was popped at an annual Friendsgiving using a rap/poem combo with the rhyming phrase "Summer Lee" and "Marry Me".



Summer carried her Grandfather's pocket watch and Sarah had on her Mom's earrings and ring.

FAVORITE WEDDING DAY MEMORY Sarah - Seeing all our loved ones around us and hearing their loving speeches. Summer - Dancing in the rain at the end of the night (after we had worried about a rainy wedding day for 3 months prior. Photographer: Kelsey Diane Photography Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Bowery Suits: Indochino Stationery: Sam Pierson Caterer: Festivo Catering Florist: Fiore Floral Studio Desserts: Sweet Kiss Bigadeiro DJ: Complete Weddings + Events Videography: The Lumen Studios Film + Photo


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R J & Emma | 83

the details WEDDING


July 6, 2019




Through mutual friends in high school



RJ proposed to Emma on the lawn at Liberty Memorial overlooking the Kansas City skyline on March 18, 2018.



Emma's grandmother gave her a Rosary that she had carried on her wedding day; Emma cherished it throughout the engagement and held it around her bouquet.

FAVORITE WEDDING DAY MEMORY Emma's walk down the aisle to RJ Photographer: Brittyn Elizabeth Photography Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Sorrows Reception Venue: The Abbott Wedding Planner: Wild Hill Flowers & Events Gown: All My Heart Bridal Menswear: Men's Warehouse Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Hair: Alexis Hagan Pro Artistry Makeup: Carolyn Workman Caterer: Garozzo's Florist: Wild Hill Flowers & Events Cake: Blue Thistle Cakery DJ/Photo Booth: Fernando Productions - Jared Videography: Shawn Gormley Guest Accommodations: Sheraton at Crown Center


TEAM | 85



Ashton & C ourtney 88

the details WEDDING


October 19, 2019




Through mutual friends in New York City where they live.



Ashton proposed on a sunny June afternoon during lunch on their terrace in New York City. Family appeared shortly after to celebrate the engagement.



The wedding was hosted at the bride's home, a family farm that has been established since 1855.

FAVORITE WEDDING DAY MEMORY Courtney - Watching the fireworks at the end of the night. Ashton - Marrying Courtney! Photographer: Hallie Fry Ceremony & Reception Venue: Condron Farm Wedding Planner: Floyd & Co. Events Gown: Reformation Menswear: Bonobos Hair: Melinda Depuy Makeup: Cynn's Beauty Bar Caterer: Sara Fougere Catering Florist: Shy Myrtle DJ: Platinum DJ KC - Lewis Cake: Francine's Pastry Parlor Fireworks: Boomers Fireworks


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your look of love in this unforgettable setting.


he love in your eyes is reflected in the beauty of this breathtaking ballroom, and our elegant hotel is the perfect setting for you and your guests. Our experienced team is dedicated to working with you to personalize every detail. Contact or call 816-303-1628. 1329 Baltimore Kansas City, MO 64105 Katherine and Eric’s Hilton President wedding reception June 9, 2018. Photo credit Catherine Rhodes Photography.

A J & Sydney | 93

the details WEDDING


October 11, 2019




At a fraternity event in college at K-State in 2011



AJ proposed to Sydney while visiting the beautiful Japanese Gardens in Richmond, Virginia on April 7, 2018.



Sydney cherished two pieces of heirloom lace from her grandmothers on the wedding day.

FAVORITE WEDDING DAY MEMORY Sydney - turning to see all of our guests supporting us at the ceremony AJ - our first kiss as husband and wife (I dipped her, it was epic) Photographer: Sarah Dean Photography Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Station Wedding Planner: Krista Erickson Gown: Emily Hart Bridal Menswear: Men's Wearhouse Bridesmaid Dresses: Kennedy Blue Hair: A Shear Thing Salon - Becky Weir Makeup: Naturally You Makeup Artistry Caterer: Brancato's Catering Florist: Adorn Floral DJ/Photo Booth: Icon Event Group - Kurt Cooper Cake: Midwest Cookie Co. Videography: RGKC


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