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.
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!
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.
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.
From Heather of Hawes Photography… As 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!).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.