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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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Kansas Wedding by Alea Lovely

If you are anything like me, you are going to want to sit down for this next one. It’s pink and peony filled and perfect in every way. With pretty maids all in a row in the prettiest of pink palettes. Wow that was a lot of P’s. But in all serious, this wedding is a total gem. It’s sweet while still managing to be wildly sophisticated. It’s relaxed and laid back while classically elegant at the same time. It’s one for the books for sure…which isn’t surprising in the slightest since it was photographed to utter perfection (there I go again with the p’s) by Alea LovelyThere is soooo much more right here!

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From the lovely bride…Three years ago I took a job working in the ER at a local hospital, my first day working there I met Jordan. We did the friend thing for a while and then began dating but after a few months (even after Jordan’s protest) I decided to end things. Three months later, I’m standing in a lift line half way up a mountain in Colorado and guess who skis up right next to me…Jordan! I’d spent the last three months thinking only of him and I knew this was God telling me he was the one for me. Almost two years later we were up in a plane getting engaged!

When we first started wedding planning we knew we wanted our wedding to be laid back and fun. As it turns out we are quite indecisive, it took us about two months to decide just on the number of guest we wanted to invite, so planning it all in about five months was a tad difficult. We had looked at lots of wedding venues but none of them felt right to us until we found The Hobbs Building, it was rustic with just the right amount of character and we loved it.

Once the day actually arrived I felt like I was beaming from the inside out with excitement. Everything was so wonderful, it all seemed to be so seamless. I remember seeing myself in the mirror right after I put my dress on and I immediately became overwhelmed with emotion, it was such a surreal moment, I couldn’t really believe that it was actually our wedding day. Seeing Jordan for the first time was one of my absolute favorite moments. Just to finally see him and hold him and kiss him made it all that much more wonderful and real.

I absolutely loved everything about our wedding day: The flowers, the food, the music, the pie, the dancing…. I can’t say thank you enough to all of our vendors for creating such a magical day for us. It is truly incredible to see all the tiny details you’ve dwelled on for months finally come together. They each went above and beyond even our biggest dreams to create the most beautiful backdrop for our wedding day.

Photography: Alea Lovely Fine Art Photography / Band: The Wedding Crashers / Hair: Rhonda Everts / Venue: (chairs, tablecloths, dinnerware) The Hobbs Building / Food: Feasts of Fancy / Florist: Amy Cason of Victorian Gardens / Lighting: S.E.C.T. Lighting / Flower Girl dress and sash: David’s Bridal / Pie: Nancy Stark /Bridesmaids: all chose their own dresses…MOH-Soft pink sleeveles, Dillards / BM 1-Halter, had her dress made by a friend / Bm 2-One shoulder with flowing sleeve, Nordstrom / Bm 3-Light pink strapless, Asos / BM 4- One shoulder sleeveless, Target / Wedding dress: Nolte’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Bella Bridesmaids / Suit: Men’s Warehouse / Groom’s shirt and tie: Brooks Brothers / Drink Coozies: Kustom Coozies / Invitations and all other paper: DIY by the Bride

Kansas City Wedding Film from Creative Video/Creative Films

It’s a Style Me Pretty Saturday, and you know what that means for us LBBers – a viewing of a phenomenal wedding film. This one comes to us from Creative Video/Creative Films straight from Kansas City and we are loving the highlights from both the Chinese Tea Ceremony and the super gorgeous Western wedding as well. We know you will love it!

Photography courtesy of David Tsai, Wirken Photography.

Growing up I never would have envisioned my wedding to be this beautiful and this meaningful… I pictured just a small Chinese Tea Ceremony with a gathering of my close friends and families. However, that wasn’t so. So many of our friends and families traveled from so far just to share this special moment with us.

Family and tradition was the inspiration for our wedding day. My father-in-law gave me family gold heirloom, we served tea during our tea ceremony out of respect for all our elders in our family, and they shared words of wisdom and encouragement in return. We gave red envelopes with money to the children for luck and the red blanket on our bed symbolized the start of our new family. The colors red and yellow, during our tea ceremony represent happiness and luck.

A lot of our decor for our tea ceremony was brought from Mylasia by my father-in-law. Jeremy and I spent many weeks and months creating our own table numbers, programs, and invitations. My florist made my bouquet very special for me. It had a picture of my dad and I when I was little. Although my father is no longer with us, I knew his spirit was with us at all times. When I saw my flowers I was in tears. They were so beautiful, and had so much meaning to me. A special poem that I found for my father was read at our western ceremony.

I am excited and emotional every time I watch my video. I can’t thank Creative Video/Creative Films enough for giving me this opportunity to share this piece with my future daughter when she grows up. A picture can speak a thousand words but a video…it’s PRICELESS.

Cinematography: Maura Coleman-Murray, Creative Video/Creative Films / PhotographyL David Tsai, Wirken Photography / Venue: Loch Lloyd / Florist: Sheryl Heathcock /DJ: Danny, Elite Entertainment / Officiant: Gabe Combs, Simple To Elegant Weddings / Transportation: Pech Limousines