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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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Christmas Themed Engagement

I’m one of those people who’s borderline obsessed with all things Christmas. It’s the time of year with magic in the air and romance all around. So a engagement shoot that embraces all the beauty of the season? Well, that’s just my cup of tea. Jordan Brittley captured these two lovies in full festive spirit, and there’s detail after detail waiting to be shared and swooned in the gallery right here. 

From the Bride… We originally wanted a winter wedding, but after realizing that our dream wedding simply could not come together in time, we decided a Christmas themed engagement session was the next best option. We both LOVE everything about this time of year and truly wanted to express that!

We shot our engagement session on Ethan’s grandparent’s land, a place very special to him, and knew we wanted to keep our details festive, yet simple. The Wassail, or, “Christmas Tea,” is my sweet grandmother’s recipe, and one of my very favorite Christmas traditions. We selected the mugs specifically to showcase our different personalities and topped the Christmas Tea off with homemade whipped cream dollops!

We are SO very excited to finally be “Mr” and “Mrs”, thus, the pillows came to life! The tree was decorated with hand-painted pinecones, berries, and ribbon. The bench was handmade by my very talented dad, Mark, and our sweet photographer, Jordan Brittley, surprised me with the gorgeous bouquet; I am absolutely positive it tied each detail together perfectly!

We have had a long-distance relationship for all but the first six weeks, so we are looking forward to the most simple of things: eating dinner together on week nights, enjoying our hobbies together, making new traditions together. We just cannot wait to be together, learning how to love Christ, one another, and others better.

Advice for Brides: Decide on your vision for your engagement session and wedding, and then choose the best photographer to capture this vision for you. Look high and low, and find a photographer who’s work excites you and whom you can trust with this precious time! I have had the most wonderful opportunity to know Jordan for the past five years, and knew without a shadow of a doubt that she would capture these memories for us perfectly. I was able to relax (a very uncommon thing for me) and just have fun with my love during the shoot!

If things go awry during the shoot, just laugh about it! Our Christmas tree kept blowing over, it was 16 degrees with a wind chill around 0, and our candles wouldn’t stay lit for more than a second or two – and I’m fairly certain some of our sweetest pictures and memories from the shoot were captured in these moments.

Whatever you do, wherever you are, focus on representing your love together, the rest will fall into place wonderfully.

Photography: Jordan Brittley | Bouquet: Blue Bouquet | Pillows: Acorn Street Boutique

Kansas City Wedding from Emily Steffen

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.


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