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Tuscan-Inspired Summer Country Club Wedding

Designed around the idea of an al fresco Tuscan dinner party, these summer nuptials managed to bring that perfect sense of Italian charm to Kansas City. With vendors like Jessica SloaneSimple Elegance and Branches & Twigs behind-the-scenes, the result is casual elegance done right and the proof is in the pudding. More from Brumley & Wells in the gallery right here.

From Brumley and WellsWith the creative talent and vision of Jessica Sloane, Kyle and Joel’s wedding was perfectly executed with the class and style of a Tuscan-inspired wedding. The entire day was gorgeous, and the natural landscape that’s so abundant around Kansas City and the Country Club was a perfect accompaniment to the stylistic elements from the day. The day was most clearly defined, however, by the obvious and abundant love shared between Kyle and Joel and their wedding guests and friends. It was such an honor to be there and to witness their celebration.

Photography: Brumley & Wells | Videography: Henke Cinema | Event Design: Jessica Sloane Event Styling & Design | Event Planning: Simple Elegance, LLC | Floral Design: Branches & Twigs | Cake: Rebekah Foster | Ceremony Venue: Country Club United Methodist | Reception Venue: Kansas City Country Club | Hair & Makeup: Skyline Salon | Lighting: Lander's Visions | Band: Musivo Live | Men's Attire: N Valentino | Transportation: Horizon Limo | Painting: Heirloom Live Painting

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Modern DIY Kansas City Wedding

There’s something about a modern wedding that pulls me in EVERY time. The clean lines, the crisp design and the effortless infusion of style everywhere you look. It pretty much sums up all the reasons I adore this Kansas City affair with DIYed details handcrafted by the bride and groom. Meagan (and) Nate + Village Video Productions captured the day and you can click right here for so much more.


From the Bride… When Shane and I met four years ago, we both knew we had found our perfect match in the other person. We were both family-oriented, creative, passionate and out-of-the-box thinkers. So when it came time to plan our wedding, it’s no surprise that all of those attributes poured into design of each aspect of our wedding day.

For our style, we always referenced the words ‘modern romance.’ We wanted to maintain the beautiful, classic elements of a traditional Jewish wedding, but also to keep things clean and simple where we could. Our venue truly spoke to that dichotomy. The ceremony location was a 1920s style cocktail lounge, with black walls, gold trimming and leather tufted couches. When guests stepped out to the cocktail hour and reception area, they entered a fresh, clean white space that let the décor speak for itself. No extras, no fluff. To us, throwing a great party is an essential part of any wedding, so we made sure to find a great band to help everyone dance through the night. Our caterer also did a great job in selecting foods that matched our eclectic taste and picky presentation style. (And – as a bonus – it was all kosher, to meet the needs of some of our guests!).

To cut down on costs without sacrificing quality, Shane and I chose to do a lot right out of our Chicago apartment. We designed all our invitations and stationery together, and the money saved allowed us to splurge a bit more on other aspects of the wedding. The design flexibility also allowed us to be extra picky, and incorporate design elements like a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired pattern, as an homage to Shane’s architecture background and our life together in Chicago (after being long distance for 3 years!). Our escort cards were tied to a pack of four different postcards that I designed, some of which had cute notes about Kansas – where we are both from. We wrote our table names on gold mirrors from IKEA, and each table represented a special place from our lives. Shane also made the guestbook by hand, which was a hardwood book in which guests could insert notes for us to read later. His parents devoted hours to making a gorgeous chuppah that embodied our modern romantic style, and a large black & gold sign for our J|S logo. For the reception, we had the chuppah moved to be above our table – which looked beautiful and saved on extra flowers for the sweetheart table!

In the end, Shane and I had a perfect wedding day that we truly designed from the ground-up.

Photography: Meagan (and) Nate | Videography: Village Video Productions | Floral Design: Craig Sole Design | Wedding Dress: April Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Kill Devil Club | Reception Venue: The Gallery Event Space | Brides Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bridesmaids Dresses: April Bridal | Caterer: Church Of Evangelical Faith | Ceremony Pianist: Isabel Keleti | Day-of-coordination: Organized Chaos KC | Getting Ready Hotel: Hilton Pearl River | Groom/Groomsmen Shirts: ASOS | Groom/Groomsmen Suits: H&M | Groom/Groomsmen Ties: The Tie Bar | Invitation Calligraphy: For The Love Of Letters | Invitation Letterpress Printing: Steracle Press | Reception Band: Galaxy | Wedding Website: Wix

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Kansas City Wedding by Becca Spears

Up next is a farm fête captured by Becca Spears that just needs a category all of its own. It’s all the things we love about weddings down on the farm – the barns, the scenery, the casual elegance but the twist comes in when you see the ceremony in the stables. Think twinkling lights and styled ceremony backdrops. It’s a combination that SMP dreams are made of, and you can see it all right here.






From the Bride… We decided very early on that our priority in planning was to be able to include and involve as many of our favorite people as possible — and to give everyone a taste of the our favorite parts of Kansas City. We had uncharacteristically warm weather for March, and even though it had rained all week long, it was sunny and 80 degrees on our wedding day! So perfect! Our wedding took place at 6 p.m. and I had really hoped the sun would have set so the room where the ceremony took place would be mostly lit by candles. We even bought shades for the windows to make sure this would be the case. Somehow the shades were forgotten and never pulled … and that was the best thing that could have ever gone wrong. The way the stable looked for the ceremony was just dreamy. It was kind of hazy, with the light pouring in through the windows. I couldn’t have imagined it more perfectly. We both had eight people standing up with us, and each person was equally as instrumental in our lives. We wanted to make them feel special. I love shopping at antique stores and vintage markets, so I decided I wanted to find a locket for each of the girls that would remind me perfectly of them. Then I had a local jewelry designer, who was also a friend, put all of the lockets on chains that looked similar and were the same length. My fiance, Will, decided to do the same thing for his guys. Each groomsmen got a personalized set of cufflinks (the ringbearer got some amazing Spiderman ones).

I also love details. I bought wire from Michael’s and hangers from Target and made personalized hangers for each one of them. Our centerpieces were wine bottles that we painted white, gold and silver and filled with flowers. My favorite touch on the tables, though, were the table names. Will and I named the tables after our favorite places/things to do in Kansas City, and each one also had a description of why we love that place so much. “Jardine’s,” for instance, is a jazz club in Kansas City where he took me on our first date. Another detail I loved was the gold doily place setting that everyone had at their seat. We kept the Kansas City theme with our food.  Since KC is known for it’s BBQ, we catered in our favorite meats from our three favorite local BBQ places (Oklahoma Joe’s, Jack Stack, and Arthur Bryant’s) so that people could try them all side by side. We also hired a caterer, The Gourmet Grocer, to make some amazing things to go along with that! Will loves cake more than anything in the world, so when I realized our budget was running low and we still hadn’t picked a groom’s cake, we decided we’d have the caterer decorate one of our sheet cakes. He LOVES traveling, so a map was appropriate. We did an outline of the world and then marked the places that were important to us: Kansas City (where we live), Nashville (where I lived when we met and started dating), Fort Worth (where Will went to college), Paris (where we got engaged), and Costa Rica (where we were going to honeymoon). 

I am a singer/songwriter and lived in Nashville for nine years.  I just moved back last year to be with Will!  Seven of my eight bridesmaids are singers and so they all got up and sang surprise songs at some point during the reception. That meant so much to me and might have been my favorite part of the evening! And now, about my shoes. Two of my bridesmaids were friends from growing up in Kansas City and the other five were all Nashville friends. One of my KC friends was helping me to find shoes — I wanted something fun, but comfortable. She ended up sending me a link to a pair of shoes that I couldn’t decide whether I loved or hated. They were either amazing or completely ugly. I decided to poll my Nashville friends to see what they thought, and not one of them responded. My feelings were pretty hurt because I had also mentioned how much I wished they were in the same place so that I could be planning with them. Anyway, I just assumed they were too busy and forgot about it. The very next week I flew to Nashville for a shower, and those shoes were on top of my cake. Apparently, one of my bridesmaids had already bought them to put on top of my cake when I had sent the email out the week before, and all of the other Nashville girls knew she had gotten them, so no one could figure out who had told me or why I had emailed them a photo of those exact shoes out of the blue. It was meant to be. I guess they weren’t ugly after all. Or maybe they were. :) Who knows. I loved them.

Wedding Photography: Becca Spears / Wedding Venue: Mildale Farm in Edgerton, Kansas / Floral Design: Marianna Hendrickson of Bergamot and Ivy / Catering + Wedding Cake: The Gourmet Grocer / Band: Barclay Martin Ensemble / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely / Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood by Melissa / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy / Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: Antique & Vintage Stores (Lockets) + Kathy Logan Jewelry (Chains)

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