Pink + gold make my heart happy. Period. It’s the one color palette that can’t be beat, and when paired up for a feminine fête like this Kansas City stunner – it’s magic. The utterly fabulous Emily Steffen captured the whole shebang behind the camera, and if you ask me, the resulting gallery is a little slice of girly heaven.
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From the Bride… We planned a southern inspired, formal, summer evening; focusing on family and friends, and set in a white and gold hued space in the Hawthorne House. We fell in love with the Hawthorne house because of it’s southern charm and gorgeous white palette inside; which married well with the rest of our wedding ideas! The ceremony was held at my childhood church, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in historic Weston, MO. The color palette included strawberry reds, blushes, corals, and peaches and gold with accents of creams and whites. I wanted the wedding to be formal with a touch of glamour! My favorite accent was the sparkly gold table linens at the reception!
We are midwesterners at heart! But we both have been influenced by our life on the east coast, which was subtly included in our decor, food and attire. I worked with a designer and had my wedding dress custom made as well at Matt’s suit custom made as well to fit our personalities!
Our food at the reception started off with a cheese bar for our guests and ended with a dessert bar full of our favorite sweet treats! My mom also made homemade buttermilk biscuits with local peach butter and strawberry preserves!
We had a live band, which was awesome, for our evening of dancing and fun! The best part was the my uncles decided to sing a few songs in honor of my late Grandfather during the reception!
Photography: Emily Steffen | Videographer: One Tree Studios | Coordinator: Weddings By Hannah | Florist: Blue Bouquet | Cake: Cyndies Cakes | Invitations: Smitten on Paper | Ceremony: Holy Trinity Catholic Church | Reception: The Hawthorne House | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Love Lane by Ivy & Asher | Hair and Makeup: Mink Artistry | Band: Lost Wax | Linen: La Tavola | Macaroons: Milk and Honey | Mini Pies: Sorelle Pie Bakery | Veil: Paula Varsalona | Wedding dress - custom made: Paula Varsalona | other paper goods: Elena, the bride
Alea Lovely is just that, lovely to the millionth power. Her images capture beauty in each and every detail from an ivy covered wall in Kansas City to a breathtaking bouquet by Blue Bouquet and a Bride and Groom fresh off the glow of “I Do”. These are the kind of images that we could stare at all live long day and sometimes we definitely do! See this beauty in its entirety right here in the full gallery.
From Alea Lovely… The bride and groom are two Kansas City locals who met at work, where they both are cancer researchers. The wedding consisted of their close family and friends in the historic Pilgrim Chapel in Kansas City, Missouri. Afterwards they had a very decorated, upbeat party at a popular restaurant, Californos, in the heart of Westport, a neighborhood in Kansas City. A very neat part of the day was that the groom proposed to the bride without an initial ring (with plans to pick one), out but the bride hadn’t found one she liked so she wore a band instead until they found the perfect ring.Once they found it later, she had decided that she would not wear the diamond ring until the wedding day and was adamant about not letting anyone see it until the unveiling at the ceremony. It was a wonderful twist on a tradition.
Wedding Photography: Alea Lovely (Soon-to-Be Based in California) / Ceremony: Pilgrim Chapel in Kansas City, Missouri / Reception: Californos in Westport, Kansas City, Missouri / Floral Design: Blue Bouquet / Wedding Cake: Sugar & Spice Catering / Groom’s Cake: Covenant Cakes / Wedding Stationery: Maggie of Salutations by Mairead Design (email@example.com) / DJ: John Grooves of Elite Sounds Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Marisa / Hair: Dana Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Makeup: CaraSue Hall
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