Who said everyone in the wedding party has to match? It certainly wasn’t us! We love that every couple is unique and therefore every wedding is different. It is a distinctively personal occasion, one that allows a couple to show their personality and incorporate the many meaningful things that make them who they are. So we don’t see any reason why the friends in our lives, who are also truly unique and individual, shouldn’t be able to express that too! We love the idea of letting bridesmaids express their personal style and with the ever-growing list of retailers who offer wider varieties of wedding attire, we welcome this trend with open arms! Eric and Melanie did such a great job of incorporating personal and unique ideas into their day and setting their bridesmaids apart from one another was just one way they were able to do that. We are very excited to share their day and to celebrate this modern approach with beautiful images by Third Avenue Photography and a stunning Kansas City, MO backdrop.
For me there’s nothing like a video to really capture the essence of a wedding day. It’s one thing to have a beautiful photo, but a film captures everything, the smiles, the tears, and all the emotions in between. I absolutely love the idea of the couple creating video messages for each other to view on the morning of their wedding. I also love that Kristin and Ford got married in her parents backyard, such a sweet and personal ceremony. Here’s a little bit from Matt of MTVIDYO who shot their event:
It was an amazing day! It was in Stilwell Kansas in the parents beautiful backyard. Crazy things happened throughout the day. There’s a family joke that when you have a wedding outside they always get interrupted by ice cream trucks driving through the neighborhood. So they hired a fleet of ice cream trucks to interrupt the ceremony and deliver ice cream trucks to all the guests. At Starlight Theater while the father of the bride was giving his speech, the KU marching band bursts into the venue to surprise the bride and groom who both went to KU.
Thanks so much for sharing Matt!
You’ve no doubt heard the old adage it’s the little things in life that matter most. While reading through the details of Angie and Ian’s big day, I was struck by just how much those little things truly can make the biggest impact.
Their story began with two seemingly little pieces of furniture, a place where they came together to sit and get to know each other better. On their wedding day, they gathered with 30 of their closest friends and family members to begin the next chapter of their lives.
Taking special care to keep things meaningful and intimate, they returned to the place where it all began – to allow the rest of their story unfold.
Such a unique celebration and such a great way to recognize that at the end of the day, all you really need is love and a little someone special to share it with.
Thanks to Angie and Ian for sharing their story with us, and to Jana Marie Photography for the lovely images!
From the Bride, Angie…
There is not much to say on the colors, other than I am a big fan of turquoise/peacocks, but that’s been done a lot lately. When I was thinking of what flowers I wanted, I thought poppies, so we used a little bit of each, the light aqua and sherbert orange. We had thought about going for a traditional style wedding (even though I wanted to just go to the courthouse), inviting all the usual people, then having a sit-down dinner at round tables at a reception hall, but we wanted the venue to be someplace significant to us personally, and the one we chose only held a hundred, and by the time you invite a hundred, there are a hundred more people you need to invite. The whole thing was tons of stress and didn’t feel great, so we decided to just invite our 30 closest friends and family and call it a day. The location was an art gallery above a bookstore and coffee shop. On our first date we went to dinner in Lawrence, KS, at a bar and grill called Set em up Jacks. It was going OK, so afterwards we went to Mass Street in Lawrence, walked around, looking at shops, and ended up in the bookstore. We wandered upstairs to the art gallery and ended up sitting in two comfy chairs, and that’s where we really started opening up and sharing the real stuff about our lives. So we decided to go there for our wedding, and we sat in the same two chairs as we did that night! Afterwards, we all (and I mean ALL) piled into two limos, went to one of our favorite restaurants (Buca di Beppo), and then rounded off the evening by crashing a weekly ballroom dance class that’s open to the public. It was a BLAST!
Today’s real wedding is a perfect example that to have a beautiful event you don’t need a gigantic budget. Megan and Ike’s courtship was a classic whirlwind romance, a year and a half from the time they met, to marriage. Megan said that when people comment on this short period she just answers “When you know, you know.” She did lots of hand made projects for their day, including gathering flowers from Ike’s parents backyard, roadside ditches, and local flower shops for the bouquets, bouts, and decor. They borrowed lots of vintage items from family and friends, and picked the most adorable church for their ceremony (complete with mismatched painted chairs). A big thank you to Megan for sharing all the details of the day, and to Sarah of Beautiful Isolations Photography for the lovely images.
Who, What, Where ~ Ceremony/Reception: Carnahan Creek Church. Flowers: Arranged by the bride. Cake – Christie Cady. Dress: Etsy purchase, Ashley Grace Vintage.
Even more loveliness…
From the bride, Megan…
My inspiration and theme of the wedding was simplicity. We didn’t have a lot of money so we had to use a lot of what we already had and did almost everything ourselves. I’m so glad we did it this way because everything we used has a special meaning to us.
Everything we used were things we already had around the house, borrowed from friends or made ourselves. I made the hand fans using a tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens and scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby, the baskets used to display them where handmade and passed down to my husband. The green bottles used as vases on the cake and punch tables are Lindeman’s Lambic Beer bottles (I gladly drank, de-labeled and cleaned), and as table clothes we used old sheets of my mom’s and table clothes that were Ike’s mom’s. We had my brother, Kellen, get ordained and perform the ceremony and also had our dog, Belle, act as our ring dog. I designed and printed all of our signs, programs and invitations, and Ike mad the arrow that directed our guests to the wedding.
I carried one item from each branch of Ike and my family: a gold ‘H’ pin that belonged to Ike’s paternal grandmother, Ike’s mother’s garter, my grammie’s (my mom’s mother) rosary that had been blessed by the Pope and my great-grandmother’s (on my dad’s side) white handkerchief. We wrote our own vows and we each asked a friend to speak who was an integral part of the two of use getting together. My sister and Ike’s brother were the only people we had stand up with us.
My favorite memory of the day was the first time I saw Ike while I was walking down the aisle. I had been nervous all morning, but as soon as I saw him I just felt at ease and had a blast the rest of the day.
There can be no doubt that purple’s and plums were a huge trend in weddings in 2011, and this color palette doesn’t seem to be stopping for 2012 either. Libby and Matt’s wedding was no exception, but their flowers had a lovely rustic, picked from the garden feel to them. Made up of tons of textural blooms like astible, liatrus, allium, dusty miller, and even a few lovely black centered anemones in a shade of purple to die for. Enjoy the gorgeousness!