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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

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Industrial Glam Gold + Glitter Wedding

If my crazy heart palpitations are any indication of the special-ness of this wedding, you’re about to see something off the charts special. From Untamed Heart Photography, it’s all gold glitter this, industrial glam that, and at the center is maybe the best smile I’ve ever seen!


My theme was sort of… industrial glam with a few other themes in the undercurrent.
I love all things industrial. My original hope was for Philip and I to be married in a vintage shoe factory since we fancy ourselves shoe collectors.

The repeated themes throughout the wedding were:
1 – The colors: grey, burgundy/oxblood, gold and black
2 – Shoe logo (on invitation, paper materials at wedding, on custom pillow in lounge area and we played the shoe game)
3 – Games – we love games so we had a custom tic-tac-toe, Yahtzee dice, ping-pong and we gave away playing cards as our guest gift.
4 – Light bulbs: We had a light bulb paper clip in the invitation, we had hanging pendent lights at the ceremony. At the reception, light bulbs were in marquee signs, in vases, acted as bud vases and there was a light bulb curtain.

We were married in a beautiful garden by a small pond, but then had the contrast of industrial pipe with hanging pendent lights. Then at the reception, the room was all cement and pipe and brick, so I wanted very natural, neutral flowers with a pop of burgundy. We popped the burgundy with my jewelry, my shoes, Phil’s accent color in the shoes he designed and then my bouquet had lots of burgundy/oxblood in it. There were bud vases with the burgundy color, the napkins were burdundy etc. Also, we had a gorgeous vintage burgundy couch in a seating area at the reception. It was one of my favorite pieces in the room.

Then, we walked down the aisle to “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake!!! Everyone who knows us knows that we love hip hop and pop, so playing anything too formal just didn’t feel right for US.The song “Mirrors” actually made another appearance later in the wedding. My sister, Lindsay surprised us at the wedding with a video she made. She reached out to all of our guests – even those that could attend who were oversees with the military, a friend in Australia, Greece etc… and they all submitted videos of themselves lip sinking and dancing to “Mirrors”. My sister then made a music video out of all the clips and surprised us with it at the wedding. It was incredible and the most amazing gift and memory that we will have forever. Here is the link:

Secret Tricks…well, since we were living out of state, our wedding planners was crucial. I would recommend a wedding planner to anyone getting married! If you have a full time job, keeping up with the timeline and communication alone can be overwhelming. Wedding Planners are god’s gifts to couples planning a wedding. They also eliminate the fear of booking a bad vendor. Also remember, this is your first time planning your wedding, but they plan weddings in the area all the time and know all the vendors and their strengths and weaknesses. Wedding planners are like match makers with your vendors and so worth their cost!

***From the Groom*** Our photographer really was amazing. Michelle at Untamed Heart Photography was literally a part of the wedding; I could not have imagined us getting married without her there! The atmosphere that she created, her ability and willingness to get to know us was unparalleled. She rocks and was invaluable to us.

Photography: Untamed Heart Photography | Event Planning: Events Luxe | Event Planning: Events Luxe | Floral Design: Tina Barerra | Floral Design: The Special Event Florist | Gown: Theia | Gown: Theia | Invitations:: DIY | Ceremony Venue: Lafayette Park | Reception Venue: Neo On Locust | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Catering: Butler's Pantry | Bride's Hairpiece: Whitney Alyssa | Custom Lighting: Aries Company | Dessert: Cold Stone Creamery | Groom/groomsmen Shoes: Custom Nike | Hair/Make Up: Lalo Salon

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Fall Wedding at Kuhs Estate And Farm

Anytime a Jordan Brittley wedding comes across my radar, a happy dance is never far behind. She’s the queen of gorgeous, light-drenched imagery and today we’re adding to the love list. Set on a stunning Missouri farm with vivid pops of purple everywhere you look this is outdoor elegance done oh-so-right. Have a peek for yourself right over here.


From Jordan Brittley… Megan slipped into her wedding gown and left the room breathless. Her sister and friend fastened each button down the back of the dress while Megan’s mother delighted over Megan, “I just love the buttons! They are delicate just like Megan.”

She stepped out of the house and stood on the hill that overlooked her loved ones while he waited in the meadow, beside the hills and beneath the oak tree, catching glimpses of white through the trees.

From the Bride… The moment when I began getting ready with my bridesmaids and my mom, I really began to feel like a bride. As my mom and bridesmaids helped me put on my dress and veil, I was filled with excitement and joy and wanted to soak in every moment from that day. We got ready in a beautiful room in the farmhouse with a canopy bed and delicate little details that added sweet touches to the beauty of the day. I will never forget the moments when my dad and my nana came in to the room to see me, both with tears in their eyes. I know that they both had dreamt of this day for a long time and I was so thankful to be able to share in the joy of this day with them. Right before the ceremony, my mom, bridesmaids, and a good friend prayed for me. Tears fell down my face as I listened to each person pray and was reminded of God’s faithfulness and goodness in bringing Ken into my life.

One of my favorite memories from getting ready was when Ken and the groomsmen arrived at the farm and they began walking around the property. Unbeknownst to them, we were right inside the house getting ready and every time they would walk by our windows we would duck down so that they couldn’t see us. I playfully asked one of my flower girls, Sophie, to keep watch for me and she let me know each time Ken was “trying to peek”.

As I waited at the top of the hill before I walked down the aisle, so many thoughts were going through my head. This was a day that I had waited and prayed for for many years and now here I was, about to walk down the aisle to marry the man God had been preparing for me. I didn’t feel nervous in that moment, just sheer joy and excitement. I loved sharing that moment with my dad, laughing and joking – making sure he remember his line for the ceremony – and being filled with gratitude for my father who has loved me so well and helped shaped me into the woman I’ve become.

Walking down the long “aisle” from the top of the hill towards Ken is a moment that will always be etched in my mind. I loved hearing the music play as I walked down the aisle and seeing so many family and friends gathered together from near and far to celebrate this day with us. Ken and I did not see each other before the ceremony, so that first moment when we saw each other as bride and groom was so special. The ceremony was very meaningful for both of us and we could tangibly feel the love and joy of the Lord in our presence. My favorite moment was after communion when Ken’s brother was singing as Ken and I prayed and held each other close. I remember feeling the warmth of the sun on my face and such delight in that moment, knowing that I was married to my best friend.

The entire day was amazing, it’s so hard to pick a favorite memory. One that stands out in my mind is watching the harvest moon rise together with Ken. We snuck away from the tent for a few moments to pause and savor the day. As we stood outside in the dark and Ken held me close, we beheld God’s amazing glory unfolding before our eyes. We knew there was going to be a full moon on our wedding night, but we could have never imagined that a radiant orange moon would be painted across the sky that night and reflected beautifully off the river below us. It was another amazing gift from God on our wedding day.

My biggest advice to future brides is to trust that no matter what happens during the planning, that in the end, things will turn out wonderfully. We had multiple unexpected “glitches” during our planning process that were frustrating and disappointing at the time, but in the end our wedding day turned out more perfectly than I could have planned or imagined. I know that God was in control of it all and His ways are perfect.

Photography: Jordan Brittley | Wedding Coordinator: Weddings By Renee | Florist: Arrangement Florist | Dress: Simply Elegant Bridal | Shoes: Macy's | Bridesmaid Dresses: Macy's | Catering: Gregory's Creative Cuisine | Suits: Jos. A. Banks | Ceremony Music: Rosewood Ensemble | Bride's Scarf: The Dessy Group | Bridesmaids Scarves: Zappos | Earrings: Macy's | Flower Girl Bracelets: Here Comes The Bride | Flower Girls Dress: Maria Gil | Garter: JL Weddings | Hair Designer: Bonnie Boze | Invitation Design: Joy Ever After | Invitation Printed By: Midtown Printing | Makeup: Bonnie Boze | Pies: Pie Oh My | Place Cards: DIY Wedding Templates | Reception DJ: R.C. EMCees | Ring Bearer Hat & Bowtie: Four Tiny Cousins | Ring Bearer Pillow: Papery Nook | Ring Bearer Sweater: Gap Kids | Seating Chart: DIY Wedding Teamplates | Seed Packet Favors: Wedding Packets | Table Numbers & Guest Book Sign: The Willow Cabin | Transportation For Guests: Best Transportation | Veil: BHLDN | Wedding Program: DIY Wedding Templates | Wedding Venue: Kuhs Estate And Farm | “Love Is Sweet” Banner & “Mr.” & “Mrs.” Signs For Ch: Paramore Art Works

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