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As a former Windy City resident, I’ve been following (and swooning over) stunning events and weddings crafted by Bliss Weddings & Events since forever. With over 20 years of experience in luxury event planning, floral design + interior design, the creative geniuses behind Bliss will make sure your big day is totally unique and perfectly planned from start to finish!

Made up of a group of uber-talented planners and designers, the Bliss Weddings & Events team is as stylish as they are creative and fun! And that, my dears, comes shining through in each and every one of the high-end events they design and orchestrate. With a focus on personalizing every event with impeccable style, clever touches and creativity, not a detail is left behind. Guiding couples through the sometimes overwhelming process, Bliss will design every last detail of your event, from florals to lighting to paper goods. Chock full of inventive ideas and contemporary charm, a cookie-cutter event is simply not an option when working with Bliss.

Offering both full planning as well as month-of planning by their fabulous Month-Of Mavens, the Bliss team helps couples create streamlined and specialized events that will have your guests in awe. SMPers, the Bliss Belles and Beau are simply the answer to your event design + planning worries! Ready to get started on your big day? Now’s the time, because Bliss is offering $150 off  contracted month-of planning packages! Simply mention SMP in your email inquiry to redeem discount. 


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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: 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

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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