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How a Horse Farm Was Transformed Into A Dreamy Elegant Wedding

This is not your average farm wedding. No, this farm wedding from Simple Elegance goes above and beyond with tent construction on the Bride’s family horse farm, a magician, a cigar roller, bourbon tasting, a photo booth, fireworks, and a collection of Ford trucks from the Groom’s family business. Accented with beautiful florals from Sidelines, it was the perfect spring day. See it all from Adrienne Maples and Anecdotally Yours in The Vault!

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From The Bride…How do you meet the love of your life? Fate calls your name and you change a standing happy hour date with a friend at The Gaf from Tuesday to Wednesday night. That’s how Lindsey Patterson, owner of Coffee Girls Café in Waldo, met Matt Smith. He was there for his weekly Wednesday after-work drink with a former work colleague, Bob. As Smith and Bob were leaving, Bob spotted the two pretty girls sitting outside and coaxed Smith into buying them a drink. An official first date between Patterson and Smith came a month later after a few more “get to know you” happy hours at The Gaf.

Exactly one year later, after a first anniversary dinner at Pierpont’s at Union Station, a wedding proposal came on bended knee. The groom arranged for all the beautiful moments of the proposal to be captured covertly by a photographer friend of Smith, disguised with a moustache, so the unsuspecting bride would be surprised. That important picture became the “Save the Date” card, and the planning for the May 2014 wedding began.

Patterson, having traded a corporate life of black pants and a cubicle three-and-a-half years ago for a coffee shop, knew they both wanted a fun, comfortable and stress-free wedding, reception and after party. Their first phone call was to Michael Beers to secure his band for the reception. Kindra Browne of Simple Elegance and Karyn Brooke AIFD from Sidelines Custom Floral Designs were enlisted to coordinate the wedding details, which included tent construction at the Patterson family horse farm, a magician, a cigar roller, bourbon tasting, a photo booth, fireworks and a collection of Ford trucks from the groom’s family business, Dick Smith Ford, for the men in his party to use on the farm the day of the wedding. After a relaxing day at the farm, complete with hair and makeup for the girls and skeet shooting at Saddle & Sirloin Club for the guys, the wedding party arrived by trolley from the farm to St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The well-orchestrated wedding also included a reception, cocktail hour, dinner and after party.

Patterson had one request for her May wedding: trees. Sidelines Custom Floral Designs worked with Rosehill Gardens to fill the inside and outside of the reception tent with blooming dogwood trees in pink and white. In addition, the bride’s grandfather crafted two 10-foot-long wedding party tables out of walnut, and one of them found a final home after the wedding at Coffee Girls Café. The two tables were filled with hedges blooming with blue hyacinths, one of Patterson’s favorite flowers. In another nod to her family, the bride gifted all her guests with her grandmother’s famous “Cowboy Cookies.”

Patterson’s father kept a watchful eye on the skyline and right at sunset, the newlywed couple were captured in its rosy glow, a picture-perfect end to their pastoral wedding. However, that was not the end of the celebrations. The elegant evening concluded with after-party dancing to the music of Michael Beers Band, late-night snacks and festive fireworks illuminating the country night sky.

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Photography: Adrienne Maples | Cinematography: Anecdotally Yours | Event Planning: Simple Elegance, LLC | Floral Design: Sidelines Custom Floral Designs, Inc. | Cake: Nancy Stark | Ceremony Venue: St. Thomas More | Reception Venue: Family Farm | Catering: Lon's Lanes Inspired Occasions | Hair + Makeup: Be Chic Bride | Band: Michael Beers Band | Ceremony Music: Diane Shilling+ Susie Adams+ Megan Molle+ Phil Holmes | Transportation: Kansas City Transportation Service | Transportation: Crossroad Tours | Beverage Services: Loch Lloyd | Chandeliers + Lighting: Lander's Visions | Fireworks: Wald & Co | Invitations + Stationery: Lilah Paper | Magician: Todd Lamanske | Photo Booth: KC Photobooth | Rentals: All Season's Event Rental | Valet: Park it Valet

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Elegant Kansas City Wedding Film

Jamie and Taylor, you don’t know me, but I really, really adore your wedding. With this intimate glimpse into the elegant affair courtesy of Creative Films, I was swept away with emotion and all the laughter and love that surrounded this lucky couple on their special day. With Simple Elegance leading the charge and Paul Versluis snapping pics, it all worked out perfectly – see sneak peeks in our VAULT and get ready to love every second of this film below!

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From Creative Films… Every once in awhile I save a little bit of something special to send back for a special anniversary gift. This couple was super fun because pretty much all their family and friends came to Kansas City from New York and the East Coast to celebrate the most beautiful wedding weekend. Didn’t you know that Kansas City is the HOTTEST destination wedding location? Perhaps it should be! Beautiful museums, fabulous BBQ, friendly people, The Royals, and cows. Well, not too many cows really, but hopefully Jamie and Taylor didn’t mind that. The team at Simple Elegance did an amazing job keeping things calm and collected and of course the Nelson-Atkins was stunning with Trapp Floral Design making magic as usual. I shot a little bit of super8 film from my vintage super8 camera on this day and have been SAVING it all year to share with these two on their first wedding anniversary. Authentic super8 is tricky stuff and adds such a unique point of view on a wedding day. It is perfect for these two. Happy Anniversary!

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Photography: Versluis Photography | Cinematography: Creative Films | Coordination: Simple Elegance, LLC | Floral Design: Trapp And Company | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Cake Whimzy | Ceremony Venue: Country Club United Methodist | Reception Venue: The Nelson-Atkins Museum Of Art | Makeup: Be Chic Bride | Band: In10City

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Traditional Jewish Wedding With Touches of Modern Glamour

This wedding is crazy beautiful, and it’s not just the gorgeous floral combination of peonies, orchids and hydrangeas. Or, the modern all-white ceremony’s chuppah built from tree branches from the Bride’s childhood home. It’s all that and the gorgeous couple, whose love for each other radiates off the screen and brings a smile to your face. Watch the video  from Creative Films below to experience it all.

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From Creative FilmsThere are families that come into our lives that somehow seem to leave a mark. I loved getting to know Katja and Ari and their story. We were able to attend their rehearsal dinner and capture some beautiful toasts as well and so much of their story will have to wait for their feature film, but you can get a glimpse of their amazing day and the love they have for each other and their family and friends here in this highlight. I LOVE the traditions in a Jewish wedding day and they had the most wonderful Tish and Bedeken while surrounded by so many special people. Kelley Flora Ruf did an amazing job designing this wedding with the team from Trapp and Company and I don’t think the Kauffman Center or The Westin have ever looked better! Take special note of the huppah in this wedding ceremony, the support branches were harvested from the tree that was planted at the families home when Katja was born. So many sweet details in this amazing day.

From the Bride… We wanted to make sure our traditions didn’t get lost in all the wedding craze. We tried to build everything around the traditional parts of a Jewish ceremony. In order not to overshadow those important aspects of our wedding we tried to do everything in a classic, elegant yet simple fashion. We didn’t want to lose sight of what was truly important. 

I chose navy for my bridesmaid dresses because I felt it was a beautiful color for summer while still being elegant and dressy. Navy sort of became ‘our color’ from there. Still, I really never had a color. We had an amazing florist who I trusted completely. I told him that I liked ivories and whites for the wedding but was open to any colors that he felt complimented the navy and the spaces we were using for the ceremony and reception. 

This sort of falls into the ‘crafted’ category… My parents planted a tree in our backyard when I was born (another Jewish tradition). They took branches from that tree to build our huppah (wedding canopy) which is really the center of a Jewish ceremony. Our florist did an incredible job incorporating those branches into a building a beautiful huppah!

It’s probably unfair to give this advice because I know many girls think about their wedding long before they start planing (or even get engaged)! I do not really fall into this category and so I came in with a very open mind. I had an incredible planner who had a lot of experience and tons of ideas and I felt I could take those ideas and still create a unique wedding day for us. We also had complete trust in all our amazing vendors. Our florist, photographer, planner, videographer etc. This allowed us to focus on what was really important. We tried to be completely present the day of our wedding and enjoy every moment.

Photography: Blixt Photography | Cinematography: Creative Films | Event Coordination: Kelley Flora Ruf | Floral Design: Trapp And Company | Wedding Dress: Victoria Nicole | Cake: Sherrie's Cake Magic | Ceremony Venue: Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup: Gina Ciaccio Holmberg | Lighting: Harvest Productions | Band: Emerald City | Ceremony Musicians: Brookside Strings | Reception Venue: Westin Kansas City At Crown Center | Rentals: All Season's Event Rental

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Abby Capalbo

Design, Styling, Parties