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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 | Wedding Dress: April Bridal | Floral Design: Craig Sole Design | Ceremony Venue: Kill Devil Club | Reception Venue: The Gallery Event Space | Brides Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bridesmaids Dresses: April Bridal | Caterer: Steve Ellenberg | Ceremony Pianist: Isabel Keleti | Day-of-coordination: Organized Chaos KC | Getting Ready Hotel: Hilton President | Groom/Groomsmen Shirts: ASOS | Groom/Groomsmen Suits: H&M | Groom/Groomsmen Ties: The Tie Bar | Invitation Calligraphy: For The Love of Letters (Erin Barrett) | Invitation Letterpress Printing: Steracle Press | Reception Band: Lenny Klinger & The Galaxy | Wedding Website: Wix

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Kansas Wedding from Julie Mikos – Photograper

I’m going bold with this one, but it’s only because it’s true. This wedding, with its lane of beautiful, blooming trees is superb. One of the most amazing, heaven-on-earth kinds of soirees. Julie Mikos – Photographer captured the stunning day in a way which feels like happiness embodied. Warm, beautiful, and with a gallery of which we just can’t get enough.

From the photographer … Erin and Justin’s Lawrence, Kansas wedding was held at Stony Point Hall, a rustic outdoor venue ripe with fields in bloom and a distressed barn that made the perfect backdrop for Erin and Justin’s intimate vows. Said the bride, Erin, “Justin and I really wanted the entire day to be relaxed. We also wanted to ensure the day was reflective of us as a couple — nature and family-oriented, and a little bit quirky. We agreed on colors immediately — fresh and bright greens, oranges and purples. The bolder, the better.”

Erin and Justin’s entire wedding was a labor of love, each detail handcrafted and representative of the couple’s relationship. Erin said, “We used old wine bottles we’d saved from wine we’d drank throughout our relationship as table numbers. On the backs of each bottle was a label with a random fact about us and our relationship, so guests could go around the room and learn 24 new things about us. With the help of some family and friends we stitched over a hundred fabric flowers that were wired into the flower arrangements. We served signature cocktails with an Irish flair — Justin’s Irish Buck, a whiskey drink, and Erin-Go Braghda Tonic, a vodka cocktail. We made packets of color sheets and word games, and set out crayons for all the children at the wedding. In lieu of a guestbook, we made advice books for each table. They included prompts such as ‘advice for resolving arguments,’ ‘suggestions for date night,’ ‘names for future children or pets,’ and ‘activities we should add to our bucket list.’”

Photography: Julie Mikos – Photographer | Flowers: Red Door Event and Design | Event Planning & Design: Red Door Event and Design | Venue: Stony Point Hall | Invitations: DIY | Dress: Paloma Blanca | Catering: Culinaria Food and Wine | Favors: DIY | Cake: DIY

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Kansas Engagement Session from Alea Lovely

When beautiful images by Alea Lovely Fine Art Photography skip into my inbox, I’m a happy girl. We’re talking fields as far as the eye can see and the sweetest engagement session that also has a whole lot of soul. That soul is a layer of family heirlooms folded into the images by Alea Lovely and a couple that are crazy about each other. And it shows. One look at the full gallery and a reading of the Groom-to-Be’s description and you’ll be crazy for this couple too.

From Alea Lovely Fine Art PhotographyThe great part about this engagement session is that Lizzie brought her grandparent’s working Victrola and they actually played it while they were dancing in the field. The music sounded amazing being played the way they played it many years ago.

From the Groom… Lizzie & I met at a wedding. It was her best friend’s wedding, and I was the photographer. We had heard of each other, and had aptly checked each other out on various social media, but had never officially met. So we smiled at each other, watched either closely… I took pictures of her, and she showed me her dance moves. Awfully fitting, in retrospect. It wasn’t until a few weeks later that we were able to go on a proper date, and here we are over two years later. I still take pictures of her pretty face nearly every day amidst her scoffs and head-shakes.

Our family are the dearest folks to us, so from early in the planning process we wanted to incorporate them in various ways into our wedding day, and even our engagement photos. Lizzie’s great grandmother Frances passed down the shoes she wore on her wedding day, along with the coolest old Victor Victrola — which still works great — so those were no-brainers. We hauled the Victrola into the middle of a field near my folks’ house under a tall cedar tree, wound it up, danced, and things came together from there.

Photography: Alea Lovely Fine Art Photography