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10 HAPPILY ENGAGED engagement announcements 12 JOYFULLY MARRIED wedding announcements 14 TEN NOT-SO-OBVIOUS PLANNING TIPS from a seasoned wedding planner 18 REAL LIFE INSIGHTS trend alert, budget buster, and more 20 BRIDAL BOUQUETS DECODED learn how to describe your dream bouquet 25 EMBODY ONE'S BEAUTY dress feature centered around individuality 32 CITY SCENE what's new in kansas city weddings 34 WORDS OF THE WEDDING WISE advice from local wedding experts 38 KANSAS CITY'S NEWEST VENUES explore the city's latest venue additions 47 4 SPINS ON WEDDING TRADITIONS easy ways you can break the mold 51 SERENE ELEGANCE an enchanting mansion inspiration shoot 57 MODERN CAKE DESIGN TECHNIQUES to make your cake wow-worthy 62 PROS + CONS OF A FIRST LOOK what will your final decision be? 65 DETERMINING YOUR DRESS TRIBE who you need by your side to try on dresses 67 UNLOCKING: THE GATSBY ON OAK an inside look at this historical venue 71 THE SOCIETY PAGES kansas city's premier real weddings

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A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Ashley Ferguson (Clever Cakes), Bailey Pianalto (Bailey Pianalto Photography), Christie Nordmeyer, Derek Hoffman (Levity Events), Haylie Meyer (Haylie Meyer Photography), Kelsey Alumbaugh (Kelsey Alumbaugh Photography), and Michelle Layman (Events by Elle).

DESIGN TEAM: PHOTOGRAPHER: Haylie Meyer Photography COORDINATOR: Authentically You VENUE: La Villa GOWN: All My Heart Bridal FLORAL: Blush & Blossoms Co. HAIR & MAKEUP: Hello Lovely JEWELRY: Anne-Marie Designs MODEL: Winny Duku

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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER: This will be the second issue that we’ve released since Covid shook our lives, and by this point every single person has been affected, one way or another. And if you are reading this as a soon-to-be bride or groom, that means that Covid has also impacted your wedding, one way or another. From shopping for your wedding dress, to hosting your shower or bachelor/ette parties, and the wedding itself, you’ve had to adjust your plans and think twice about limiting the loved ones around you during these momentous events in your life. Or to even host them at all. While it is easy to get doom and gloom about it all, and you certainly deserve the right to “cry if you want to”, I’m here to share the news of what the wedding industry can do to help. At first, the industry was as shocked and ill prepared as everyone else. But what is beautiful about being within a creative industry is being able to see how companies think outside of the box and adapt their services to serve their engaged couples. If you are going to be hosting a small wedding, look into a videographer that can live-stream for you. And if you want to treat your live-streaming guests to an experience, work with a caterer like Olive Events and a dessert provider like Clever Cakes or Kate Smith Soirée to create a “wedding meal” for guests to enjoy at home while joining your celebration from afar. While your virtual guests will be able to see you, it’s equally important for you to see them and the fun they are having – arrange a virtual photo booth that guests can send you messages and take photos with. While all this won’t make up for what you’ve lost, our industry is here to do all that we can to support you. If there is one thing to be certain of, it is that.

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Ten

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS THINGS

YOU MIGHT NOT THINK ABOUT

MICHELLE LAYMAN EVENTS BY ELLE

WHILE PLANNING YOUR WEDDING “I would have never thought of that!” says the client I am planning with. Not everyone hires a wedding planner though, so I’m here to share a few random and not so obvious things that couples might not be thinking about while planning their wedding. 1. ASK YOUR OFFICIANT TO STEP ASIDE If you’re using a friend or family member as your officiant, they may not know to step out of the view of the camera once they say, “You may now kiss the bride,” which could leave you with your officiant standing awkwardly behind you during your first kiss moment. Bonus Tip: Practice your “First Kiss.” It sounds ridiculous, I know, but you’ll be smooching in front of a crowd and a lot of cameras! 2. ORDER AN EXTRA INVITATION You have seen those beautiful wedding flatlays on Instagram, right? They typically include an invitation. Make sure it is a part of your checklist of items to bring with you to the hotel so that your photographer can include it in your wedding details portfolio. 3. TRUST YOUR VENDORS This seems like an obvious one, but I hear of so many people forgetting this while planning their wedding. Creating a music list for the entire evening doesn’t allow your DJ or band to creatively keep your dance floor full. Giving your photographer 100 examples of photos you want will hinder their in-the-moment, raw talent of knowing what looks amazing. Stop yourself from micromanaging the people you hire. 14

4. PROVIDE EXTRA SEATS AT THE CEREMONY If seats aren’t assigned, people naturally leave a chair between them and the person they don’t know. Unless you plan on giving a shout out on the mic for people to scootch in and cuddle up, it’s more comfortable for your guests to just order a few extra chairs. 5. SKINCARE Do not wait for the month of your wedding to realize you need to do something about the blackheads on your nose or the fine lines on your forehead! You want to explore regiments early on in the planning process so that your skin is looking it’s very best by the time your wedding month rolls around. Bonus Tip: Get your wedding glow on with a one of my faves, AesthetiCare MedSpa. They offer aestheticians that will personalize treatments specific to your skin from the time you say, “Yes,” to “I do.” They’ll even host a beauty happy hour for your entire bridal party to give you tips and tricks for skincare at no cost to you!


6. FEED YOUR VENDORS While your vendors may seem like superheroes, they really aren’t. They need nutrients to give their best work. It’s definitely a long day for your photographer and videographer, so make sure to include them with your final guest count to the caterer. 7. YOU NEED A "DO NOT PLAY" LIST Picture this cringe worthy moment; you’re on the dance floor having the time of your life and suddenly that song plays… the one that was special to you and your ex. Let your DJ know what songs are completely off limits. 8. HAVE A PLAN TO KEEP THE PARTY GOING You might be exhausted by the end of your wedding night, but your guests could just be getting started! Check with your hotel to see if they can accommodate guests at the lobby bar or do your research on hotspots close to your venue to further entertain your guests. 9. ASSIGN END-OF-THE-NIGHT DUTIES If you don’t have a wedding planner, you'll want to designate a couple people to pack up your personal belongings. Someone will need to grab your cake cutting set, guest book, gifts, etc. Don’t assign your parents with these tasks! Let them enjoy the party. 10. FACTOR GRATUITY AND TIPS INTO YOUR BUDGET Some of your vendors will add gratuity to your invoice, but not all of them. You’ll want to tip your venue coordinator that went the extra mile for you, the DJ that packed your dance floor, and anyone else that made your day extra special. Bonus Tip: Hand off envelopes to a trusted person to distribute to your vendor team so you don’t have the extra responsibility on your wedding day.

Written by Michelle Layman. Michelle is the co-owner of reputable wedding planning company, Events by Elle, and is a frequent contributor to Wed KC. Connect with her and find more of her wedding resources at www.eventsbyellekc.com.

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THE ONE BRIDAL

A FULL SERVICE, BESPOKE BRIDAL EXPERIENCE


THE ONE BRIDAL

KANSAS CITY’S NEWEST AND MOST BELOVED BRIDAL DESTINATION. Conviently located in Lenexa City Center near 87th and 435. The One Bridal is a perfectly curated collection of dresses from around the world. Book your private bridal suite at 913.717.0023 or at www.theone-bridal.com

8801 Penrose Ln, Lenexa, KS 66219


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LOCAL LOVE

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Say it Big!

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Your wedding isn’t just another day. Your honeymoon isn’t just another trip. And your engagement session isn’t just another photo op. Which is why you should seize the opportunity to spice it up with a daring outfit. Consider this your perfect chance to get creative and splurge on attire that will make you feel like a million bucks. Whether you plan to be photographed at the Nelson or amongst a more natural setting, your outfit can be a statement of the importance behind the pictures – your engagement! You’ll find other times later on to be photographed in your jeans and cozy flannel top, so dare to wear something off the cuff. After all, these photos are likely to resurface for many years to come. Make sure they’re memorable!

What’s the visual version of shouting your love from the rooftops? Marquee letters, of course. Thanks to Alpha-Lit, a local signage company, you can have your very own giant, brightly-lit statement piece. Illuminate your reception with letters spelling out Mr. & Mrs., your new last name, or your clever hashtag. They even have a giant heart or ring you can add to your display. Photo op, anyone?

Stretch your floral allowance by repurposing ceremony flowers for the reception. This can save you hundreds on your bottom line, and if your florist does it during cocktail hour, your guests will be none the wiser. Take it a step further by selecting seasonal and local blooms to minimize premiums.



Bridal Bouquets

DECODED Cassandra Marie Photography

When you take that time-honored walk down the aisle, there are three things on display: you, your dress, and the bouquet. While you’re free to scour through 47 dress selections until you find the perfect fit, your bouquet arrangement comes down to communication. And, unless you’re in the business, it’s often difficult to decipher all the industry lingo, in order to properly translate your wishes to your florist. Unfortunately, the phrase “I want a beautiful, rounded bouquet with colorful blooms” leaves a lot to the imagination. But you’re in luck. We’ve broken down the basic terminology so you can describe your dream arrangement and feel confident that it’s exactly what you’ll get when your big day rolls around.

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CASCADING BOUQUET For the bride that likes to go big, this statement piece is lush with long-stem blooms and greenery that flow in a waterfall-inspired way. The outdated version of this style, which was commonly seen with puff sleeves and shoulder pads, has been reinvented using greenery as the focal point of the cascading element instead of blooms. 20

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This bouquet is easily the most popular selection of brides due to its casual, yet stunning appearance and its capability to include a wide variety of different blooms and greenery. This look has the essence of hand-picked flowers tied loosely together. Nearly every hand-tied bouquet includes a lot of greenery, appearing to be more organic in nature. They are usually tied off with ribbon, or long flowing chiffon to add an elegant touch that ties it all together. Hand-tied bouquets are the most versatile of the bouquet types, making it the most popular selection for any style of wedding.

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For the bride that has her heart set on one specific flower and is a lover of perfect symmetry, the rounded bouquet will be top choice. It is monochromatic and perfectly rounded. No greenery accents or cascading ribbon, just beautiful clean lines with flowers displayed in person unison.

This traditional arrangement is smaller in size and includes a nice blend of greenery. While a few accenting blooms may be added, the bouquet remains smaller in size, making it perfect for bridesmaids and flower girls.

CLUTCH BOUQUET If a bride has her heart set on a rounded bouquet but wants to add in some greenery and difference in color, then the clutch bouquet will be just right. It is still clean and round in its arrangement but allows for bolder colors and variety in boom selection. UNSTRUCTURED BOUQUET Lately, there has been a surge in popularity for the unstructured bouquet. It is big, features a variety of blooms and greenery, and immediately becomes a statement piece. While it is similar in style to a hand-tied bouquet in that it appears to be a collection of hand-picked flowers loosely organized together, the difference is that the unstructured bouquet is elongated and has no symmetry.

POSY BOUQUET Similar to the nosegay in size, this is for the bride who wants to see less green, but more floral. They are traditionally rounded in shape and stems are ribbon-wrapped, making them easy to carry. Now that you’re armed with the right verbiage, you can meet with your florist more confident in communicating your vision. Feel free to take it a step further by supplying pictures of the flowers, colors, and inspirations that make you swoon. wedkc.com | 5


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Photographer: Haylie Meyer Photography / Planning & Coordination: Authentically You Floral: Blush & Blossoms Co. / Venue: La Villa / Hair & Makeup: Hello Lovely Rentals: Rustic Elegance Event Rentals / Jewelry: Anne-Marie Designs Gowns: All My Heart Bridal, Altar Bridal, & Mia's Bridal Models: Ananya Louviere, Bethlehem Kelecha, Elsa Nilsson, Josie Rawlings, & Winny Duku

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C ity Scene

WHAT'S NEW IN KANSAS CITY WEDDINGS

S TAY U P TO DAT E: Wedd ing R egul ati o n s

V I RTUA L BR I DA L S H OW : Th e N e w Way to S ho p

Kelsey Diane Photography Rebekah Andersson

The Covid related restrictions surrounding weddings and other private events is consistently changing. While currently there can be no more than 10 attendees at a wedding without an approved waiver, that regulation may change for your upcoming wedding date. To stay informed on the current regulations, you can visit www.kcmo.gov/city-hall/ departments/health/coronavirus for updates. You will also be able to find the waiver application on this site if your wedding is quickly approaching.

In-person bridal shows used to be the best way for a bride to preview the new season of gowns available to her for her wedding. But when regulations forced shops to close, brides were left to search through endless online photos. That’s when All My Heart Bridal Boutique jumped into action and innovated their client’s shopping experience by hosting virtual fashion shows. During each show, which is hosted live on social media, models wear the latest designer gowns and show off a full view of the gown, demonstrate how it “flows”, and then illustrate the detailing of each piece so that viewers can see it up close like they would in the store. There isn’t anything quite like the experience of going and trying on wedding dresses to find “the one”, but this is certainly an accessible and helpful alternative until the time is right to book a one-on-one appointment. To view past virtual shows and to stay tuned to future ones, follow @allmyheartbridal on social media or go to their website at allmyheartbridal.com.

KAT E SMITH S OI R É E E X PA N DS : I n tro d uci n g Bu t t e r fi e l d s Beloved pastry maker, Katelin Smith has expanded her horizons and recently opened “Butterfields”, a restaurant focused on bringing America’s comfort food to life with fresh ingredients and a dash of family-owned dedication. As the proud owner of Kansas City’s most sought after macaroon company, Kate Smith Soirée, she is now serving up savory entrees with her decadent desserts to couples throughout the metro. Visit butterfieldskc.com or katesmithsoiree.com to see the full menu of offerings for your upcoming event. 32



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My biggest advice for brides is to stay organized and create a tasks calendar. This helps every one of your vendors and takes the guessing game out of schedules and timeframes. With hair and makeup typically being booked a year in advance, we recommend scheduling your trial run on a date you may be getting pictures, such as engagements, or on a special wedding shower date. This way you can utilize your beautiful hair and makeup for another event. Knowing and planning these dates will ensure your artist’s availability and take the guessing game out of when to meet your bridal artist. - Angie Campbell, AW Wedding & Co.

If you want some alone time with your new spouse post-ceremony and pre-reception, let your coordinator know! We can tuck you in the bridal suite with a couple of drinks and a plate of hors d’oeuvres while you bask in newlywed bliss. - Jennifer Hougland, Events with Soul

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Set time aside each week for you and your partner to just be together. Make dinner together, go for a walk, schedule a game night, or start a bingeworthy show! Whatever you do, do NOT discuss wedding planning. Trust me, you’ll need the break. Believe it or not, wedding planning CAN be stressful! - Emily Garcia, i.e. Design House

Intimate weddings are so special; every guest has been handpicked by the couple and is near and dear to their hearts. But small weddings do not have to equal a small venue. Don’t pass by a venue that holds three, four, or even five times your estimated guest count. Consider a conversation I recently had with a sweet bride-to-be. She asked, “Is the room going to look empty and sad if we have a smaller, intimate wedding and reception?” To her, and other couples wondering the same thing, I say, “It’s only more room for dreaming!” Let’s do some wedding math. It’s common to see large tables set with 10 or 12 chairs at each to accommodate a larger guest count. For intimate weddings, those same 12 chairs surround two tables (of 6) instead of one table, or the same 12 chairs surround three smaller tables (of 4), or a mix of table sizes. Don’t discount the power of spacing too. It’s amazing how much room a table takes up when it isn’t crammed in a corner somewhere. We like to widen the aisles between the tables a bit. A venue specialist will have a bag of little tricks that are unique to their own venue. Chances are they have set their spaces in every way imaginable for every range of guest count. Don’t be afraid to dream big and plan small! - Kary Arthur, The Gatsby on Oak


Are you looking to have a DIY wedding or reception? Great! That’s one way you can make your wedding uniquely “you”. However, give yourself plenty of time to try out those do-it-yourself projects early to ensure you’ll be able to execute your vision perfectly. Waiting until a week or two before the wedding to make all those centerpieces or bouquets only to find out that you don’t love how they look (or you don’t have the correct supplies or skills) can add major stress to an already stressful time. Make time for a few DIY trial runs 5-6 months prior to your wedding. Doing them extra early allows you to perfect and tweak your vision and will also give you a better idea of how long each project will take so you can plan more efficiently. For example, that bouquet you think will only take you an hour to make might actually take a few hours more than that. This also gives you plenty of time to hire a professional if you decide your DIYs are no longer something you feel confident taking on yourself. - Julie Schlueter, Fiore Events

These days, there are no limits to cake decorating, and that should extend to your special day. Don’t be afraid to be bold with color or style with your cake! Work together with your cake artist and draw inspiration from the colors and textures of your décor, dress, or venue for a truly unique design. Then harness that same boldness with your flavor combinations. You and your guests will be delighted to see your piece of edible art and have sophisticated and delicious flavors to choose from. - Ashley Ferguson, Clever Cakes

There is so much stress and anxiety with planning. I recommend to have a phone call or sit down meeting with each vendor. It’s important to love their work and it’s just as important to know that you mesh well – personality wise. Your vendors should be there to do a job and create a fun, stress-free day! Brides should be having the time of their lives all day long! - Ashley Fancher, Modern Brides by Ashley Fancher

Do you want to provide a top-notch guest experience but aren’t sure where to start? Guest experience starts with communication and the easiest way to accomplish this is through your wedding website! Details you should include are: ceremony and reception location, a note if your ceremony is outdoors, ceremony and reception start time, how to take advantage of your hotel block and what transportation looks like. Not doing a hotel block? No problem! Simply give recommendations of close options. Not providing transportation? Again, no problem! Providing a top-notch guest experience doesn’t mean you need to go over budget, it means you need to communicate. If organized transportation isn’t provided, share parking options or suggest Uber. The more guests know ahead of time the better they can prepare (and the less questions they will ask you leading up to your big day)! - Elizabeth Lang, Hawthorne House

For a budget to work correctly, you must factor in every wedding detail (signage, alterations, accessories). Before making any investments, set a realistic budget then review it frequently to verify you are covering every wedding day detail. - Aquina Holt, Authentically You

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Hotel Kansas City inhabits one of the city’s most iconic buildings, proudly displaying the rich history of culture and architecture. Newly renovated, it speaks to modern luxury while still giving quiet nods to the 80-year-old story of the building.

SPACE

CAPACITY: 1300 LOCATION: Kansas City, KS WEB: a-ventspace.com

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Throughout the hotel, there are five venues to choose from, each vastly different in design and concept, making your wedding weekend an experience like no other! Your guests can enjoy rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and brunch all in one beautiful location with a unique feel at each event.

Indoor/Outdoor Options In-House Catering | Custom Bar Packages Private Parking | On-Site Lodging

A-Vent Space is the newest addition to the award winning Chateau Avalon Hotel. This indoor-outdoor space is floor to ceiling glass walls, mimicking a European-style conservatory. If your wedding falls on a perfect weathered day, the glass panes can be removed, making it open air. The hotel shares the same grounds and can be fully contracted to accommodate your entire guest list. 38

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CAPACITY: 350 LOCATION: Kansas City, MO WEB: hyatt.com - search hotel name Indoor Options In-House Catering | Custom Bar Packages Valet & Self Parking | On-Site Lodging


>>> Boasting the largest ballroom in Kansas City, Loews Hotel is sure to meet the needs of any size wedding. Aside from The Grand Ballroom, Loews has many options to choose from including The Junior Ballroom and a 6,000 sq. ft. terrace.

LOEWS

Your guests are sure to feel extra special at this high end, luxury hotel in the heart of Kansas City!

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CAPACITY: 1300 LOCATION: Kansas City, MO WEB: loewshotels.com - search KC Indoor Options In-House Catering | Custom Bar Packages Valet & Private Parking | On-Site Lodging

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Simply Unique Event Space focuses on all-inclusive packages from the venue to décor, DJ services, coordination, and much more. You can choose to host your wedding indoors or out, all while taking full advantage of everything this venue has to offer!

RIVER’S

LODGE

CAPACITY: 220 LOCATION: Lacygne, KS WEB: theriverslodge.com Indoor/Outdoor Options In-House Catering | Custom Bar Packages Private Parking | On-Site Lodging

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CAPACITY: 200 LOCATION: Shawnee, KS WEB: simplyunique-kc.com Indoor/Outdoor Options In-House Catering | Custom Bar Packages Private Parking

The River’s Barn is the main wow factor of this 300-acre property, but it holds a lot of extras too! Comprised of The Clubhouse, The Lodge, The Farmhouse, The Annex and The Honeymoon Suite, you can make an entire weekend retreat out of your wedding. The barn features floor to ceiling windows, an open floor plan, a balcony overlooking gorgeous, countryside views and large patios complete with string lighting.

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BARDOT THE

CAPACITY: 230 LOCATION: Kansas City, MO WEB: abbotteventskc.com/the-bardot

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CAPACITY: 350 LOCATION: Kansas City, MO WEB: thebrimkc.com

Indoor Options Outside Catering | Custom Bar Packages Self Parking

This luxury venue is located in the newest hot spot of KC, The Crossroads District. The Bardot’s main floor is breathtaking with it’s sleek, modern vibe and urban glam – perfect for your ceremony or reception. The lower level will take you back in time to the speakeasy days, making cocktail hour feel like a trendy, upscale event of its own. Stay tuned for a rooftop addition is coming soon!

Outdoor/Tented Options Outside Catering | Outside Alcohol Private Parking

The Brim’s views are filled with rolling country hills and vast, scenic views which lead them to center on the beauty that was already there. Events are currently held on the grounds with a tent rental, but stay tuned as their chapel will be opening in the summer of 2021. The Brim has a unique focus on affordability and intimate weddings. You can even get married on the grounds for free!

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CAPACITY: 300 LOCATION: Camden Point, MO WEB: thebellofcamdenpoint.com Indoor/Outdoor Options Outside Catering | Outside Alcohol Private Parking | On-Site Lodging

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Nestled within 40 acres of country, this venue is a serene escape for both grand and intimate events. Everyway you turn, you’ll be faced with a scenic backdrop of panoramic views! You can begin your day in one of the property’s suites or choose to book The Lodge for the weekend to cozy in with up to 20 of your guests. The venue itself will take your breath away with its modern luxe feel, featuring soaring ceilings and massive chandeliers.


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The Emerald Event Space was has been newly renovated and transformed to give couples everything they are looking for on their wedding day! With a wide open floorplan, the options are limitless for seating and display.

SPACE

You can choose to have your ceremony on site by their famous, frosted garage doors (think of all the lighting!) or an intimate vow exchange in front of the cozy fireplace or outside on the veranda.

CAPACITY: 175 LOCATION: Blue Springs, MO WEB: themeraldeventspace.com Indoor/Outdoor Options In-House & Outside Catering | Custom Bar Packages Private Parking

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The Gatsby on Oak inhabits a historical landmark dating back to 1912. Newly renovated and designed for the modern event, this space has so much to offer. It’s a rarity to have an outdoor option downtown, but here it is! Your ceremony can be held outside at, “The Park,” or indoors in, “The Grand Hall.” You’ll also enjoy complete access to The Bridal Parlor and Groom’s Lounge for all your wedding prep needs.

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CAPACITY: 250 LOCATION: Independence, MO WEB: farmhousekc.com Indoor/Outdoor Options Outside Catering | Custom Bar Packages Private Parking | On-Site Lodging

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CAPACITY: 190 LOCATION: Kansas City,MO WEB: thegatsbyonoak.com Indoor/Outdoor Options Outside Catering | Custom Bar Packages Reserved Lot & Self Parking

Set just outside the city, this venue offers the intimacy of a truly private event. You’ll have the choice to rent The Farmhouse KC for one day or the entire weekend. You and your bridal party can spend the entire weekend in The Cottage Suite, prepping and relaxing before and after the big day. Even if you decide to rent the space for only one day, you’ll enjoy the benefit of their bridal suite for all of your wedding preparations. With outdoor and indoor options for ceremony and reception, there’s no need to worry about alternative weather plans. wedkc.com | 41


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CAPACITY: 250 LOCATION: Louisburg, KS WEB: thehaveneventspace.com

Enjoy saying "I Do" in the center of 40 acres overlooking a large pond and a rolling landscape. The sliding barn doors at The Haven Event Space welcome you to a large open room with massive black steel beams and large chandeliers above overhead. But don't linger too long inside because the halfcovered patio outside features comfortable furniture, yard games, and a sweeping view of the countryside.

Indoor/Outdoor Options Outside Catering | Custom Bar Packages Private Parking

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Warren Place Venue is a collection of three unique spaces across a city block in downtown Gardner, Kansas. There is something for everyone with the modern main reception hall, a trendy mid-century cottage, and an over 100-year-old chapel.

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The Heartland Lodge is unique in its design with tall ceilings that feature elk antler chandeliers and a floor to ceiling fireplace. You can be surrounded by nature as you walk down the aisle at their outdoor ceremony space and then move the party to the lodge where there is a fun indoor/outdoor patio experience.


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If you were to ask the average married couple why they followed any traditions at their wedding, the answers would vary from, “Because someone told me I should” to “So Grandma doesn’t write me out of her will” or a general “I don’t know” shoulder shrug. When planning a wedding, it’s easy to become glossy-eyed on the details and forget about the, “Why?” or even ask, “Is there a better way?” Most of the evolutions in wedding traditions happened because someone finally realized there was a better way to do things. So here are a few of my ideas on how you can positively shake up some of those dusty traditions.

1. CREATIVELY DISMISS TABLES FOR THE BUFFET Traditionally, when dismissing tables for dinner, the MC will announce table numbers or approach and release individual tables until the guests realize they are too hungry to wait any longer and dismiss themselves. But your wedding dinner doesn’t have to feel like an uncontrolled elementary school cafeteria.

the spin If your goal for the evening is an upbeat/entertaining vibe, then consider a friendly competition between tables to engage your guests to interact with each other, build comradery, and set a fun tone for the rest of the evening. My personal favorite dinner competition is a scavenger hunt game, wherein the winner and their table are among the first tables dismissed to the buffet. The DJ announces an item that each table must locate and present; it could be ruby red lipstick, a penny from the year the Groom was born, or a cell phone photo with the newlyweds during college. The possibilities are endless. As a group, the table tries to come up with the item, the fastest table wins. Some DJs prefer to do this game later in the evening, but I find it’s more successful while everyone is seated at their tables and while there is a phenomenal incentive to win: Food.

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If guests are required to social distance, “Newlywed Trivia” is a fun alternative, wherein the tables guess answers to pre-answered questions by the Bride and Groom. The first table with the correct answer is dismissed to the buffet next. Your guests learn a bit more about you as a couple and it indirectly keeps you in the spotlight of your wedding without distracting you from eating your dinner or mingling with guests. Don’t just make yourselves the “star of the show” though, consider being “headliners” by... 2. HAVING YOUR "FIRST DANCE" AFTER YOUR PARENT DANCES Believe it or not, the “First Dance” isn’t referring to the first dance of the evening, but instead the first dance as a married couple. People who aren’t experienced in getting guests out on the dance floor make the awful recommendation to wedkc.com | 47


have the first dance right after the grand entrance, which is a complete mood killer. I’ll go ahead and bet that your grand entrance song is going to be high-energy and that your first dance song is something somber, likely by Ed Sheeran. You’ll have everyone jumping and cheering one moment, and then being instructed to sit down, be quiet, and listen the very next. To guests, it can be more confusing than why fanny packs are making a comeback.

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When it comes to main dances, I recommend having them all after dinner and proceeding with them in the following order: Groom and Mother Dance: I rarely meet the groom’s mother until the day of the wedding. But I do know mothers of grooms in general. They often feel neglected throughout the whole process. So surprising her by putting her in the spotlight first can mean the world to her. It’s a beautiful gesture to let her know she is important to her son. Once the dance is over, the groom waits patiently to the side of the dance floor while he watches the next dance. Bride and Father Dance: Because we’ve had a chance to show Mom how special she is, let’s show your Dad how special he is; by pre-recording a short and simple message to him, telling him how much he means to you. But don’t send him that message, send it to your DJ and have it played during the intro of your song so that all of your guests can hear it too. Towards the end of the dance with your father, your Groom then enters the dance floor and smoothly cuts in, illustrating the beautiful symbolism of the bride going from the first most important man in her life, to the new most important man in her life. The First Dance as a Married Couple: Just like every concert you’ve ever been to, the main act (headliner) performs last. You’ve built up anticipation and excitement for the biggest dance of the evening, plus shown your parents how special they are. One benefit I didn’t expect to hear was how much photographers loved this dance order. It gives them two full dances to get the settings on their cameras and flashes perfect, so by the time of your first dance, every shot is magazine worthy. 48

Now, with the newlyweds on the dance floor, this sets it up perfectly for the anniversary dance, which when done traditionally, kills your dance floor. Which is why I recommend this alternative way... 3. REVERSE THE ANNIVERSARY DANCE We’ve all seen it: The DJ invites all the married couples to the dance floor, then kicks off those who’ve been married for 10 years or less, then 20 or less, 30, etc. until the longest married couple is left standing. It’s a cute way to honor and recognize those who have been able to put up with each other’s antics the longest. But at the end, you’re left with just 2 people on the dance floor.

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Invite the longest married couples to join the newlyweds on the dance floor. It’s a symbolic and photographic moment to have the newlyweds share the dance floor with the longest married couples. Then, after a moment of honoring and recognizing that achievement, we invite all the couples to join the newlyweds. Married, unmarried, friends, single parents, tinder dates, etc. We’ve built the dance floor up instead of sabotaging it. With a dance floor full of guests, and guests full of alcohol, that’s when we kick off the party. If you’ve planned for 2-3 hours of dance time during your reception, I highly encourage incorporating different ways to keep your guests engaged. It would be beneficial to...


4. TWIST IT UP WITH THE TOSSES, DON'T DITCH THEM Even with the Wild Berry seltzer beers flowing, few guests are able to dance more than 2 consecutive hours, so providing a non-dancing, but engaging activity will be welcomed. The bouquet and garter tosses are dying because guests being called out as a “single lady” or “single fella” in front of 100+ semi-strangers can be a little humiliating. Or for the garter toss, many brides are mortified by having her husband shove his hands up her dress in front of her dad, her grandparents, and Jesus.

the spin Skip the garter removal entirely. Start with the garter in the groom’s pockets. Then invite all the ladies, or all the fellas, or anyone who identifies as either to their respective tosses. Give everyone a chance to catch the bouquet or garter. It’s adorable to see Grandma out on the dance floor, feeling like she’s in her twenties again. Make it even more competitive by stuffing the bouquet with some Starbucks gift cards so whoever catches it is the proud owner of a beautiful arrangement of flowers and a few free Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Looking for a few more clever spins on traditions? Ask your DJ for some suggestions or contact me, Derek, at derek@levityevents.com and I’ll be happy to share a few more ideas!

Written by Derek Hoffman. Derek has been DJing since 2006 and talented enough to be a paid DJ since 2010. He works for Levity Events, one of Kansas City’s most award-winning and highly-reviewed Wedding DJ companies, having celebrated with thousands of couples.


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MODERN DESIGN TECHNIQUES TO GET A

Wow-Worthy C ake There are many elements of wedding planning that can lead you to spending hours scrolling through inspiration images on Pinterest, but none more than wedding cakes. From the different shapes, to unlikely color combinations, to the individual intricacies of their design, cakes leave us awe-struck, enamored, and wanting more. And that's before we've even tasted them. Looking to get a sugar-fix for our cake obsession, we linked up with Ashley of Clever Cakes to discuss the hottest design elements of the year. She explained to us some of her innovative decorative techniques so that we can share with you ways to make your cake wow-worthy.

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Deckled edges don’t have to be reserved just for your wedding invitations. Let those delicately torn edges work on your cake as well. Punch it up even more by adding a little gold detailing to the edge or incorporate some light marbling or a bit of hand painting.

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Using fondant as a blank canvas, hand painted details can turn your cake into an edible piece of art and impress your guests. There are many ways to interpret this trend, making it a technique that can be applied to virtually any wedding style, from minimalist to opulent and exotic.

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Let your personalities come through in your cake design by choosing unique colors or patterns that represent your style. By using dried flowers in bright colors, this cake takes on a playful, bohemian charm that blends perfectly with the rest of the couple’s relaxed aesthetic.

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Add interest to your cake by brushing a tier in edible gold dust or covering it in gold leaf. A little gold splattered across the tiers or brushed along the deckled edges of buttercream are just a couple of easy ways to enhance your cake with timeless metallics.

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Adding a little interest with a ribbon and a small bunch of fresh florals can instantly take a cake from simple to elegant. Don’t be afraid to get creative with accessories and let each design element shine.


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WAFER PAPER FLOWERS Realistic or abstract wafer paper flowers are a beautiful and edible alternative to fresh or sugar flowers. These delicate, handmade petals have a style all their own and can be used in a myriad of ways, creating a perfectly modern embellishment.

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As an alternative to fresh florals, using fresh, dried, or exotic fruits can make a big impact with your wedding cake. Use it to amp up a simple buttercream cake, or pair it with unique hand painted details and give it an added level of decadence.

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First Look vs. One of the biggest decisions you’ll make when planning your wedding won’t be selecting your venue. Or finding your dream wedding gown. Or even picking your floral design. Surprisingly, the big decision I’m talking about is whether or not you’d like to see your soon-to-be spouse before your wedding ceremony! To see or not to see, that is the question. This is a big decision because it can affect other parts of your wedding day. But rest assured, no matter what decision you make regarding a first look, it’s the right decision for you. It’s your wedding day after all! It’s one of the biggest days of your lives, and you two should get to decide how you want to spend it. I’ve created the ultimate decision maker, a Pro-Con List, to help you consider each option and feel confident in the direction you ultimately choose. It’s important to note that some of these pros and cons only effect a wedding with an evening ceremony and reception. 62

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the pros YOU CAN COMPLETE MOST OF YOUR WEDDING PORTRAITS BEFORE THE CEREMONY. The sooner you and your future spouse see each other on your wedding day, the sooner portraits (family formals, portraits of you two, wedding party photos, etc.) can begin. If your reception happens directly after your ceremony, then this means you can to go straight to your reception after your ceremony leaving more time for celebrating with your guests. YOU'LL BE LESS RUSHED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. By seeing your future spouse before the ceremony, you’re able to spread out your photos across the entire day, rather than trying to cram them into an hour or so between the ceremony and reception. This means less stress – and more time for fun – for you two and your wedding party. YOU CAN SPEND MORE TIME (ALONE) WITH YOUR SOON-TO-BE SPOUCE ON YOUR DAY. Your "couple portraits" are one of the few times during your wedding day when you’ll get to spend time together alone (with your photographer). Some couples value having this private time together on a day that is, despite being all about them and their relationship, often filled to the brim with other priorities.


the cons YOU'VE ALREADY SEEN EACH OTHER BEFORE THE AISLE. There’s something romantically magical about seeing your beau for the first time as you walk down the aisle just before you marry them. It’s a major moment in your lives, and that added anticipation makes it all the more special! YOU MAY HAVE TO START YOUR DAY EARLIER. Seeing each other before the ceremony means you have to be ready and dressed earlier before your ceremony. Depending on the rest of the day’s schedule, you’ll have to schedule your hair and makeup up to 5 hours before your ceremony to make sure you’re perfectly primped before the big reveal. YOU MAY FEEL STAGED. Depending on how and where your first look takes place, the moment may feel staged or awkward. If this is something you're worried about, let your photographer and videographer know. They can help you keep the moment intimate and candid, and free from distractions.

One more thing to think about – the sun! If you’re having a winter wedding, you’ll definitely want to consider having a first look so you can maximize the day’s limited daylight. Say your ceremony is at 5 PM and sunset is at 6 PM. Typical ceremonies last about a half hour, after which you’ll want to take your formal family portraits. With sunset quickly approaching, the odds are great that you’ll end up taking your newlywed portraits after dark. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but if you’re envisioning bright, natural sunlit portraits with your brand new spouse then this is definitely a logistic to keep in mind. It’s also important to make sure your photographer is comfortable taking non-natural light portraits! As you can see, there are ample pros and cons to a first look. The choice truly is up to you. And now, fully equipped with this information, you’ll be able to make the right decision for you two on your wedding day!

Written by Bailey Pianalto. Bailey is the owner of Bailey Pianalto Photography and a frequent contributor to Wed KC. Connect with her and find more of her wedding resources at baileypianalto.com.

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Wedding dress shopping is an incredibly fun experience, but for some it can bring with it a lot of tension or stress when it comes to selecting who should attend. Building a supportive squad to help you at your appointments is vital to having a positive experience. These guests will set the tone for the whole day, and it’s important to choose wisely. We all know the people we want at our appointments and the people we think need to be at our appointments, but that doesn’t mean they sometimes align. Here are our top four tips to keep in mind when selecting who should attend your appointments in person, and who you could potentially call once you’ve selected your dress!

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Key decision makers include the people you absolutely need to have with you in order to say yes to your dress. This includes immediate family members, such as mom and sis, best friends, or other important people in your life. Key Decision Makers are also those who are financially helping with your gown and accessories purchase. Ideally, you want to surround yourself with those guests at your appointment first so if you fall in love you can say yes, and not have to worry about coming back!

These are guests who are okay with plans changing and are simply along for the ride no matter where it leads! They don’t encourage you to keep shopping after you’ve found your dream dress simply because they don’t want the experience to end. Go with the flow-ers are the ones who will celebrate with you and don’t want to see you emotionally exhaust yourself by over shopping.

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This is an incredibly important attribute for any guest you bring with you. Supporters are the people in your life who will give you honest advice, but will ultimately support YOUR decisions, and encourage you to listen to YOUR voice, not theirs. People in your life who have difficulty sharing the spotlight or have non-constructive feedback are probably not the guests you want to bring. Instead, offer to video call those guests after you’ve found your dress so they can share in the joy, but avoid detracting from your moment.

A lot of voices mean a lot of different opinions, and sometimes your voice can get lost in the fray. Having a smaller, more intimate group at your appointment can help you critically think about what you love or don’t love and can help you positively work through dresses to select the one. With COVID regulations still in place, it is sometimes store policy to have a limited number of guests as well.

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T H E G A T S B Y ON OAK

In 1912, a timeless building was constructed in the heart of Kansas City, complete with coffered ceilings, penny tiles, and intricate detailing. In 2019, the cherished building underwent a top to bottom renovation, marrying modern design with historical character to bring you, The Gatsby on Oak. Imagine an old steel vault repurposed into the perfect photo booth. Picture more than 4300 crystals twinkling in all the chandeliers. Or a bar of grandiose proportions and glass shelves galore. Imagine bathrooms big enough that no one waits in line. A groom’s room with a mini bar and gaming station. Or a bridal suite adorned in pillows so plush and chairs of blush. It’s all in the essence of Gatsby.

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Kary Arthur is a former caterer turned GM and venue visionary after helping her son on his search for the perfect place to wed. After scouring the city, they found a lot of things they liked, and a lot of things they didn’t. “It seems like every place we saw had at least one element that fell through the cracks. Whether it be having only one bathroom for the entire event, or no room for the groups to get ready, I wanted to design a space with everything in mind,” says Arthur. And that’s precisely what she did. They thought through every detail, while preserving all the unique characteristics of the original space to create the perfect hybrid of modern mixed with traditional. The Gatsby is the perfect place to celebrate your love with up to 213 of your nearest and dearest (or 108 at 50% Covid capacity.) The location is prime, with easy access to the River Market or the Crossroads, and ample hotels surround the space. Parking is abundant and nearby, and best yet, there is a park directly across the street. This means that you have options for your ceremony, and the park provides a veil of privacy, making your event feel that much more private and intimate. wedkc.com | 67


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The Gatsby on Oak believes your day should be all yours. That’s why they’ll never host another event on the same day as your wedding, and you have exclusive use of the space for the duration of your day, including 5 hours of event time. They pride themselves on the amenities that come included. With your rental you also have access to: -

Bridal parlor with private bath and locked storage Grooms lounge with gaming center and stocked mini-bar Satellite bar to accommodate larger groups Separate cocktail space to host guests during room change Tables, including guest, head, cake, and service options Black chivari chairs Black or White linens Free parking Private security via off-duty police officer Clean-up crew to handle after-event tear down Bartender(s) to handle drink service Personal event specialist available to you throughout the day

If that wasn’t enough, one of their main missions is to minimize the stress each couple encounters. They do this through offering rentals. This means they’ll manage the ordering of the items for you, receive them for the wedding, and then return them when the day is done. That makes for 147 less forks and 32 less vases to count out after you’ve danced the night away.

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Further, they are perhaps one of the most accommodating in the industry when it comes to lining up your bar selection. Does your mom strictly drink White Claw, or do you prefer a certain brand of rum that reminds you of the Caribbean vacation you got engaged on? All you have to do is ask. The Gatsby team is more than happy to make sure each element is customized with your crowd in mind. And if you’re looking to offer a signature drink, but don’t know where to start, their on-site mixologists can create something attuned specifically to you. If you’re not yet convinced that this is the venue for you, one tour should do the trick. Once you see the sky-high ceilings, the oversized doors, and all of the insta-worthy photo ops, there is no doubt that you'll want this dream to become a reality.

For more information contact: The Gatsby on Oak Kary Arthur | GM 924 Oak Street, KCMO 64106 www.TheGatsbyOnOak.com Kary@TheGatsbyOnOak.com | 816.634.2030




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James gave me an album of pictures from every stage in our relationship. The last picture was one of my engagement ring, and when I looked up, he was down on one knee.

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We used a cake-cutting knife that is engraved with the initials of all of his married family members who have also used it. Photographer: Kay x Bee Wedding Planning: Soiree Event Designs Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Sorrows Reception Venue: The Abbott Gown: Bride Confidential Menswear: Nordstrom - Ted Baker Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: White Carpet Bride Caterer: Brancato's Catering Florist: Branches and Twigs Cakes: Blue Thistle Cakes DJ, Dance Floor, Lighting, & Photo Booth: Fernando Productions Videography: Ribbons and Reels Ice Cream Truck: Ciao Bella Ice Creamery Jewelry: Anne-Marie Designs Rentals: Ultrapom Event Rentals Stationary: East and West Design Transportation: Showtime Transportation

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We met in college 12 years ago while living in the same dorm.

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Gregory got a new collar for our dog, Sophie, and had a tag engraved with his proposal. He sent her to me and when I noticed what was on the tag, he proposed.

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I incorporated a ring and bracelet into the wedding day that my parents had given to me as a young girl.

FAVORITE WEDDING DAY MEMORY Our favorite part was being able to get married after spending 10 years together. We were able to do it safely and incorporate our family and friends virtually so they could celebrate with us. Photographer: Deana Coufal Photography Wedding Planning: Whatever Is Lovely Events Ceremony Venue: No Vacancy Gown: bride. confidential Caterer: The Russell Florist: Fiore Floral Studio Cake: McLain's Bakery Videography: Coufal Films Hair & Makeup: Posh KC

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While cleaning and greeting customers at work, Manny got the impression that I was checking him out and handed me his number. Since I was really just doing my job, I tossed it. The very next day he came in again and asked to hang out. Little did I know what that would lead to!

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Manny didn't do a traditional proposal; he asked me to be his wife three beautifully romantic times.

Photographer: A Day to Adore Photography Planning & Coordination: Events by Elle Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Grand Hall Ceremony Gown: Nolte's Bridal Menswear: Moda Domani & Tip Top Tux Hair: Domo the Hair Divo Makeup: Makeup by Don Flowers: Good Earth Floral Design Caterer: Chef Big Bill Draping & Dance Floor Wrap: Icon Event Group Cake: Take the Cake by Kay Music & Production: Fernando Productions Band: Los Vendavales Stationery & Signage: YellowBrick Graphics Videography: Enlow Productions Live Streaming: Rushing Productions Reception Dress: Angel Brinks Cake Stand/Accessories: Angela's Fantasy Creations Preparation Suite: Hotel President Dance Costumes/Bridesmaid's: Sheraz Pompey Designs Dancers: Elaina Paige & Edith Cruz

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We "dated" for a month in the 8th grade, became Facebook friends and connected again later on.

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My birthday is the day after Christmas, so I really like the holiday season. Trevor knows this and proposed in front of friends and family at the Plaza Lighting ceremony.

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We were actually married in the same spot on June 10th, 2019 when we found out my Dad's cancer was terminal. My father passed away shortly after then and white roses were laid on his coffin at the funeral, so on this day I wore a white rose in my hair to remember him by.

Photographer: Black Coffee Photo Gown: All My Heart Bridal Cake: Blue Thistle Cakery Hair & Makeup: Paradise Hair, Makeup, and Airbrush Tanning Mens Hair: Marysa Entrop Caterer: Brancato's Catering Florist: Elizabeth Mckenzie Florals Rentals: Ultrapom Event Rental, Marquee Event Rentals, and VIP Trailers Bride's Rings: Meierottos Groom's Ring: Staghead Designs

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We first met in elementary school and grew up in just a couple streets apart. However, it wasn’t until junior high that I received the first AIM message from the screen name, rhrockchalk22. I guess the rest is history!

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I tied a necklace that has been passed down to each bride in my family for generations around my bouquet and carried it with me.

FAVORITE WEDDING DAY MEMORY My favorite part was the ceremony. I had pictured in my head what it might feel like, but the real thing was so much better. -Rob My favorite was the short time between the ceremony and reception, the nerves were gone and we got to take a breath and celebrate. - Haley Photographer: Ashley Ice Photography Wedding Planning: All Set Events Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hawthorne House Dress: Something White Bridal Boutique Menswear: Dan's Clothier & Tailor Shop Cake: Clever Cakes Caterer: Jose Pepper's DJ: All Set Events Hair & Makeup: Posh KC Flowers: Wild Hill Flowers & Events Calligraphy/Signage: Script Your Event Transportation: Overland Chauffeured Services

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