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Kansas City Wedding by Hawes Photography

Happy Wedding Wednesday, SMPers!  We’re kicking off a brand new month of inspiration with eight stunning weddings today… and, really, what better way to celebrate the official start of February than with a bundle of L.O.V.E.?  Yep, we’ll be here morning, noon and night to fill your day with pretty, so stay tuned for a whole lot of fabulous and be sure to check out each and every gallery, where even more lovely awaits!

Up first in our pretty parade is a stunning Kansas City wedding that will, quite simply, take your breath away.  The sweet, sophisticated stylings and soft muted tones are straight from a romantic fairytale… and I could stare at these glorious images captured by Hawes Photography for days.  Plus, with the uber-fabulous bride behind all of the dreamy details, every.single.moment is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.  And that, my friends, is what I call a lovely start to our Wednesday. Click here for more.

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From Heather of Hawes PhotographyAs an event planner for the Sporting Kansas City, Kansas City’s Major League Soccer team, Ashley spent her days picking out just the right details for each event. She brought the same attention to detail to her wedding day, opting for a classic, understated color palette and details that spoke to her fiance’s love of all things flying (like their save-the-date paper airplanes!).

Wedding Photography: Hawes Photography / Wedding Ceremony: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Catholic Church / Wedding Reception + Catering: The National Golf Club / Flowers + Wedding Day-of Coordinator: Hitched Events / Wedding Dress: La Sposa

Kansas City Wedding Redo by Alea Lovely Photo + Video

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times. What I wouldn’t give for a wedding re-do. Don’t get me wrong. My wedding was handsdown the most spectacularly wonderful day of my life. It was total perfection. But it was also 6 years and two babies ago. And the thought of donning a pretty dress and styling a fancy fete is almost too much to resist. As it was for this next gorgeous couple. Who designed a wedding re-do that blew me away and that suited them to utter perfection. Photographed by Alea Lovely with design by Victorian Gardens, THIS is serious wedding eye candy. Click here to see even more.

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From the bride… Hunter and I are already married, but we wanted to do a wedding all our own this time. We just wanted things to be simple and our own. The wedding “redo” was held in a old building loft with lots of great character in downtown Kansas City. Small, intimate and modern. I’m an art teacher and very creative, but I let the professionals take reins on their ideas, and I love how it came together. The the invitations were great because their reply cards were open for drawings. I wore a dress designed and made by my friend that was inspired by Vera Wang. The floral designer was amazing because they painted a branch black and hung it above the ceremony space with white blooms hanging from the smaller branches. They styled the reception pieces perfectly to give us a classic look with a modern twist. Our stylist made the setting with old furniture and pieces from home to give it an intimate feeling. The cake was amazing because the black flower was the perfect accent to tie in my dress. There was a picture that I had drawn of Hunter and I that hung above the cake table that really brought in a personal touch of us. It was such a fun, intimate wedding.

Photography + Styling: Alea Lovely Photo + Video / Florals + Event Design: Amy Cason of Victorian Gardens / Cake: Classic Cakes / Makeup: Cara Porter / Hair: Katie Welch of Love Your Bobby Pins / Dress Designer: Alea Bebenek of The Bridal Tree (Dress available for purchase on Etsy) / Venue: The Bauer in Kansas City, Missouri (816-842-1820) / Invitations: Allie Statler of Announce This Design / Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab

Kansas City Wedding from Coordinately Yours + RPM Photgraphy

A wedding at home. That is exactly what this beautiful bride and groom wanted – and just what they got. Coordinately Yours helped the couple transform the groom’s parents house – which the groom designed and built for them – into a romantic and elegant wedding. How great is it that every time they visit his parents house, they’re also visiting the place where they said “I do?” Love it. RPM Photography was on hand to capture every loving look and they’ve filled our gallery full with beautiful images from the day!

From Coordinately Yours … Bryce Gahagan, contestant on The Apprentice Season 5, wed Katie in June at the picturesque home he designed and built for his parents.  Pre-ceremony refreshments, including the bride’s favorite, Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonade, were served as guests entered the ceremony.  The bride and groom exchanged “I do’s” at the lower level of the property lined with freshly planted impatiens and candlelit trees.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, the groom’s daughter, and flower girl, ran and jumped on the groom in excitement.

During the first dance, the groom surprised his bride (and all of the guests) by adorning the bride’s finger with yet another ring. As the marriage certificate was being signed, the quartet along with the band played “The Devil Went Down in Georgia.” Candlelit vases and glass bulbs hung in trees lined the paths and the reception space.  The pool was filled with hand blown glass bubbles, creating a beautiful reflection.  A large chandelier hung over the dance floor providing romantic lighting that is now displayed in the dining room of the bride and groom’s home.  A truly memorable piece!

A direction card to accompany the invitations was printed on bookcloth and adhered to card stock for texture and a hint of luxury.  The bride and groom offered their custom blend of local Roasterie Coffee along with personalized donut pouches as favors.

Photography: RPM Photography / Flowers: Fresh Fleur / Event Design: Coordinately Yours / Event Planning: Coordinately Yours / Invitations: Lilah Paper, Coordinately Yours / Dress: Jim Hjelm / Flower Girl’s Dress: J.Crew / Ties: Burberry

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Kansas City Wedding by Jana Marie Photography + Hawleywood Films

Good morning, SMPers and a very happy Wedding Wednesday to you!  We can barely contain our excitement this lovely December morning, because not only do we have EIGHT gorgeous weddings in our lineup today, but each one is literally bursting at the seams with pretty, pretty details that are guaranteed to inspire.  And how very awesome is that?!?  So, prepare yourselves for an entire day of lovely and be sure to check out those galleries where even more swoon-worthy moments await!

Up first in our day of pretty is one very fabulous Kansas City soiree by Jana Marie Photography.  This charming affair is all about the romance with its sweet as can be coral and green hues, beautiful lace gown and uber-stunning blooms created by Maple Lane Designs.  And when you add to all of that lovely a chic urban loft setting and some gorgeous DIY details, there’s just no better way to start your Wednesday.  So, join me in the gallery for even more pretty and then stay tuned for a wonderful film from Hawleywood Films below!

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As promised, a sweet as can be film by Hawleywood Films that will have you falling head over heels for this adorable duo.  They are just too cute for words.  Enjoy!

From Jana Marie Photography My favorite part was coordinating with the groom, for us to hand him one of our cameras right before his bride walked down the aisle, so that he could snap a photo of the first moment he saw her, so that he could remember that moment for the rest of his life! SO romantic! It was a surprise to her.

From the Bride… Our vision for the wedding was to create a setting that was very relaxing for our guests to ensure everyone (including us) would have a great time. We fell in love with The Berg Event Space as soon as we laid our eyes on it because it was the idealistic space for what we wanted and what we knew we did NOT want. The space and our vision aligned perfectly. Vintage yet contemporary. Simple. Casual. Urban. Loft. Romantic. Creative. Historic. Rustic. Memories.

We wanted to incorporate as much of the natural feel of the space into our wedding as possible. At an urban loft location like The Berg, this was extremely easy. Exposed brick, hardwood floors and stainless steel accents tied in beautifully to the feel we desired. The space helped us select our colors of apple green, coral, ivory, and khaki. This theme was infused through everything including the flowers, the dress, the suit, the centerpieces, the attendants gifts, etc. We also tried to delicately place things that were very personal to ourselves throughout the wedding. The attendants gifts, for example, were filled with one of our favorite candies, Mike and Ike. Leah carried orchids, which Nick’s grandparents raised for almost 40 years in their multiple greenhouses at their house.

One project that we created actually came from the Martha Stewart website. I found it while looking for DIY details for our wedding. It was a dahlia tissue paper flower. This website gave the idea of giving them out as wedding favors and putting a dahlia flower bulb in the middle of the tissue paper flower. I knew that I wanted to make these flowers and put them on the tables to accent our centerpieces, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to put inside. We chose to put the candy Mike & Ike in the attendants’ gifts instead. Nick and I both have a sweet tooth and that is his favorite candy. We also thought it would hold up the best with a summer wedding and all.

I knew I wanted some kind of detail in our space to make it more unique, I just didn’t know exactly what it was that I was looking for. Our neighbor, Becky, is very crafty and creates beautiful handmade cards all the time. I had seen banners on all of the DIY sites and knew that simple little detail would add so much to the space. I enlisted Becky to create these banners for us so that we could work on other things. I told her what I was looking for and what I wanted the banners to say and she put them together for us. I liked how each banner added a piece of uniqueness to the wedding and broke up the space.

Wedding Photography: Jana Marie Photography / Wedding Cinematography: Matt Hawley of Hawleywood Films / Wedding Venue: Berg Event Space / Food + Cupcakes: Hy-Vee / Groom + Groomsmen Attire: JCPenny / Flower Girl Attire: JCPenny / Wedding Dress: Amore Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Floral Design: Maple Lane Designs / Music: Kahuna Sound Productions / Photobooth: Captured Memories

Kansas City Wedding by Lark Photography

The details in this gorgeous Kansas occasion by Lark Photos are divine – subtle, understated and oh so personal. For me, that’s detail heaven. With a love story worthy of a novel, this couple brought their spark to their gorgeous day in each and every turn through their well thought out personal touches. The bride, as a photographer herself, stepped out from behind the camera for a change and, with the help of some talented vendors, created a beyond memorable day. It’s the perfect culmination of gorgeous backyard ceremony meets ballroom reception, and there is so much more to see in the full gallery!

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From the bride…What a great day. This is my own wedding. I am a wedding Photographer/Videographer and it was so nice to be on the other side. We’ve had such a long road to this day, its just amazing that we finally made it. Piotr and I met online through an education language exchange website. I helped him learn English and after months of talking via Skype we had to meet each other. 3 years later after many visas, plane tickets, moving over three different countries in a struggle to be together we finally got through the long visa process and were finally able to get married.

Our wedding was very old world/ meets European classic since that is where my husband is from. We wanted the travel theme to kind of subtly come out without being overkill. I have a tattoo of the world map on my arm so I wanted to incorporate that in some of the details.  There were a ton of personal details that had to do with travel, culture, and our story. We had a very small intimate ceremony of 28 and a reception of about 50 people. To finally be on the other side after doing so many weddings was a surreal feeling. Working in the industry allowed us to have such a special wedding without breaking the bank and be very creative with our details. There are so many details!!!!  With being at so many wedding I knew exactly what I wanted.There was a tiny hot air balloon on the top of the cake because that is how Piotr proposed to me on a hot air balloon in Turkey. We made favors for the wedding guests of pumpkin bread wrapped in parchment paper, roped with a tiny compass.

The ceremony space I loved! A friend of mine’s family owns a bunch of land and we were able to set up our small fantasy oasis in the middle of a trail fork. I had the white mantle and a few antique chairs to give it the feel of a intimate fancy living room outside. The florist did an amazing job in capturing my vision for the flowers. Soft palettes with touches and small pops of pinks and lavenders. We collected a ton of silver platter ware and crystal pieces for the flowers to ornate.  We had an old mirror frame that we used to hang our initials at the entry way of the trail to the ceremony site with small  antique suitcases and a birdcage we found. We read out vows from a little old world map journal I found at a bookstore and matched the charm of our invites. We found some acrylic chandeliers to hang in the trees with a few paper lanterns. We spent a few hours pre-burning the candles to give them that look. I collected wine bottles and put old stamps on them for a few of the flower accents. My favorite DIY detail was the giant gold frame we found and put gold satin material behind and roped gold sting up and down to hang our favors. They were mailing tags with friendship lapel pins of the Polish and American flags. The tags read ” Together at last ” which was a very personal touch to our story with how many times we’ve have to leave each other because of immigration legalities. I loved my cake/cake table. I actually found the frame idea from SMP. It was fitting because of the profession I’m in and it was just very different than from what I’m used to shooting. We had a picture table that showed old photos of us and our parents, it was very important to have photos of his parents because they were unable to make the wedding from overseas. We wanted the wedding to really carry that old world feeling. The reception venue really carried off our decor beautifully. The Hotel Phillips was a great choice because we hardly had to decorate to make it fit out style. I was in love with the ballroom from the moment I saw it.

Photography: Laura Kackley of Lark Photos / Videography: Mike Varel / Flowers: Amy Cason of Victorian Gardens / DJ: Craig Loftis of Elite Sounds Entertainment Group / Cake: Megan Taylor Unverferth of Cake Girl / Hair: Katie Welch of Love Your Bobby Pins / Makeup: Amanda Williams of Dollface Aesthetics / Photobooth: KC Photobooth / Ceremony Venue: Friend’s home / Reception Venue: Hotel Phillips / Event Planner: Laura Smith of Concept Consulting ( / Day of Wedding Coordination: Jen Fyffe of Savvy /  Invitations: Allie Statler of Announce this Design / Favor Tag Design: Dillon Kinnison / Dress and Alterations: Altar Bridal / Officiant: Craig Kackley of Harvest Chapel

Kansas City Wedding by Alec Vanderboom Photography

We are wrapping up another wonderful wedding Wednesday with a wedding that mixes both vintage and industrial elements like a champ. I’m talking warm, rich tones juxtaposed with girly lace and two of the cutest little attendants you ever did see. Alec Vanderboom certainly worked his camera magic on this one. Check out the rest of the goods here.

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Meggie and Doug met her freshman year of college, Doug was a senior. The second Meggie laid eyes on Doug, who was sporting shaggy hair and a vintage Led Zeppelin t shirt, she knew that she was going to marry him one day. Doug was blown away by Meggie’s big personality and much like himself, her love for life and music.

8 years and many vinyl albums later, they got engaged. As always, music played a huge part of their engagement and would later play an even bigger part in their wedding. Meggie and Doug knew they wanted a unique wedding centered around what bonded them from the beginning of their journey: music (Zeppelin specifically) art, and fun. With Meggie’s mom quickly taking on the role of wedding planner, the journey to the big day began to quickly come together. They chose a warm vintage building, with gorgeous hard wood floors and rich red brick walls. The groom painted the back drop, incorporating the wedding colors. They were married by a long time friend, who joined the best man in a surprise acoustic version of Bob Marley’s Is This Love, which the crowd quickly joined. A wishing tree was decorated with well wishes for the bride and groom. Guests enjoyed a photobooth with mustaches, signature drinks, dancing and great food, including a late night buffet with sliders and homemade chips. With amazing music and even more amazing friends and family, this night could not have been better.

Photography: Alec Vanderboom / Cinematography: I Do Films / Flowers: Blue Bouquet / Ceremony  and Reception Location: The Hobbs / Invitations: Maggie Goldsbury, Salutations / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Dress: Allure / Beaded brown belt: custom made / Bridesmaid Dresses: LulaKate

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