February 6th, 2013
We try not to do too many give-away posts here on Middle of the Map, we don’t want our blog to turn into a game show, but when I was contacted by Jackie of Munster Rose about Midwest Wedding Project, I knew it was one we absolutely had to tell our brides about. We’re talking about $10,000 in wedding services, and all from an amazing team of midwest vendors. Along with Jackie there’s Lizie Anne Weddings & Proposals, Geneoh Photography, and Harrison Collective.
So why are they doing it? We don’t give away too many details, so pop on over to the Midwest Wedding Project website and find out more. Register to win, and get to know more about this amazing group of vendors. Thanks for allowing us to share guys!
February 2nd, 2013
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!
November 29th, 2012
Is there anything more intimate than a backyard wedding? Surrounded by the people you love and the memories of your youth, we can’t think of a more charming way to begin the next chapter of your life. For Chelsea, her grandparents’ backyard proved to be the perfect spot to say “I do” to her soulmate, Kevin. There, under the twinkle lights her mom and dad strung up, surrounded by the flowers their friends spent much of the day arranging, these two loves birds were right at home.
Who, What, Where ~~ Ceremony & Reception: Chelsea’s Grandparents’ Home.
Photography: Jason Domingues Photography. Dress: Bridal Extraordinaire.
Catering: Gregory’s Creative Cuisine. Cake: Dolce Baking Co. Stationery: Tie That Binds Weddings. Kevin’s Wood Ring: Stout Woodworks.
From The Bride, Chelsea…
After the first few months of dating, Kevin and I each knew we had found what we had always been looking for. Our souls had met their match, and so naturally, I became infatuated with wedding planning. We sat down and made a list of what truly mattered to us regarding our wedding day. The list included intimate family, my grandfather as the minister, and holding the wedding on our anniversary, July 2nd.
Following those goals, we decided to have the wedding in my grandparent’s small but lovely backyard where I had played so often as a child. The French language has importance to us because I speak French fluently and Kevin proposed to me in French (so that even in a crowd of family and friends only I knew the special words he was asking me.) So, we decided to infuse the details with a vintage french flea market feel. The dessert table featured macarons, palmiers and a banner reading “patisserie”. We also included songs from Carla Bruni and Edith Piaf on our post-ceremony playlist.
To keep the wedding budget-friendly, I hand-crafted most of the decor. We hunted through our favorite antique stores for pretty plates and candlesticks. I purchased and cut the burlap table runners, glued together the table numbers, hand painted the wedding signs and hot-glued moss to our initials.
Being from a very closely-knit family also meant that their incorporation was very important to us. While we did not have a traditional processession, my two little sisters walked before me as my flower girls (the youngest held a sign reading “Here Comes the Bride”,) and my father walked me down the aisle, which was one of the most meaningful walks of my life. My grandmother’s cameo brooch decorated my bouquet as my “something old”, and I wore my other grandmother’s pearl necklace as my “something borrowed.” My “something blue” was our initials and wedding date hand-stitched by my grandmother into my dress, and my something new was my wedding gown, which my mother and I found and purchased together, a moment I will always cherish.
What happened on the day of the wedding was simply a blur of love. As soon as the day began friends and family were helping left and right. My parents were stringing twinkle lights through the trees, my grandfather was practicing his sermon, and all of the women were busy making our famous pies for dessert. The day was filled with surprises that I did not know about: beginning with Kevin passing out lyrics to our first dance song so that when we began dancing we were surrounded with a chorus of family singing to us, and ending with my grandfather passing out sparklers to everyone to light as we cut our cake. Where I thought there wouldn’t be room for dancing, my family kicked off their shoes, turned up the music and made that little garden feel like the greatest celebration I had ever attended.
That summer night, under stars and sparklers, the wedding process came to an end. But what Kevin and I knew as the guests began to trickle out and the caterers cleaned up the tables was that while our wedding was only the beginning of our life together, that day showed us what love for family is all about– and we are thrilled to be continuing that tradition of love through our marriage.
November 15th, 2012
Jacqueline and Gavin share a love of the great outdoors. After spending their very first date on a fishing expedition, they knew right away they had found the perfect catch in one another. When it came time to plan their wedding, they knew they wanted to capture the very best of the fall in Iowa. They planned every detail – taking extra care to ensure that friends and family all had a role in the festivities. Their day was exquisitely captured by Kyle Dreher, of Landing Feet First Photography and it’s easy to see these two share a love as pure as the sky is blue. Thanks to Landing Feet First Photography for sharing these beautiful images and to Jacqueline and Gavin for sharing their day with us!
Who, What, Where ~ Photographer – Kyle Dreher, Landing Feet First Photography, Wedding Decorator – Sarah Dreher, On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals, Caterer – Evie Peterson, Farmhouse Catering, Wedding gown – Justin Alexander, Chair rentals – Classic Events and Parties, Supplemental flowers – Howell’s Dried Florals and Greenhouse, Bedwell Gardens, Groth Gardens and Greenhouses
From the Bride, Jacqueline…
“Gavin and I have always shared the love of the outdoors – our first date was an all night fishing trip under the stars! I made him fall in love with me by outfishing him! We wanted our wedding to be as unique as us, so we started by deciding to get married outside and take advantage of the beautiful Iowa fall weather. Our wedding was filled with things we love; family, friends, fishing, hunting, gardening, and antiques! I loved the tables decorated with antiques, antlers, pheasant feathers and homegrown flowers. To make our guests feel at home, we enjoyed home cooked meal served family style and ate on antique china plates. Our family and friends made their best specialties for dessert! Our head table was a big family table where our families ate together like a Sunday dinner. My bouquet was made by my mom with brooches from family and friends. Gavin’s mom made all the hand-painted signs and my favorite “H” crested banner. My sister made our wedding cake and we used my grandpa’s caketopper from his wedding. We had a lot of fun canning veggies from our garden for guests to take home. I love that every detail of our wedding uniquely represented us – but the help and support from our family and friends made our wedding day as amazing as it was!”
November 9th, 2012
William Shakespeare has long been credited as the greatest writer of all time. His work includes some of the most well known love stories ever told. So it was no surprise that Mariko and Dan’s wedding day was inspired by the late, great storyteller. Their love story, after all, began with the type of poetic justice most fairytales and dreams are made of. Every detail of their Shakespearean inspired day was beautifully captured by Cadence Cornelious Photographs and the result is nothing short of breathtaking. To look or no to look – there is no question! Sit back, relax and be part of this beautiful narrative.
Who, What, Where ~ Chapel- Our Lady of Victory, Photographer- Cadence Cornelios, Day of Coordinator-Urbane Montage Events, Bride’s Gown- Monique L’huillier, Bridesmaids Dress- Amsale, Tuxedos- Diamond Bridal and Formal.
From the Bride, Mariko…
There is no way Dan and I would have ever met if it wasn’t for fate. We grew up in different states, went to school across the country from each other and I am an actor and he is a doctor. But in one of those wonderful moments in life we magically collided. I was working at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and Dan was in his second year of Medical Residency at a Hospital in Minneapolis. As fate would have it we both joined Catholic Match, but neither of us paid for an account. So, when Dan sent me a smile I couldn’t reply to him. His profile picture was of his whole family and his Mother was holding a plaque. She had won an award for her volunteer work back home in Fargo. For some reason I got the idea that I should download and zoom in on the plaque to see Dan’s last name. I did, and armed with his last name and Med School, I was able to find Dan on facebook.We were pen pals while I was on the coast and when I finally returned home to Minneapolis we spoke on the phone for the first time. Both of us called our mom’s the next day and told them we had found ‘the one’.Dan asked me to marry him on Christmas morning in front of my family and we spent the next year and a half planning from afar. I started my masters at Yale in New Haven and Dan went to Fargo, North Dakota for work. We spent our spring break together at Yale using the C & P letter press. We designed and letter pressed all of our own wedding paper. Including 2,000 coasters, 250 programs, menus, thank you cards and over 1750 pieces for our invitations. Dan was a real trooper, he didn’t complain once. Our theme was Shakespeare, so we used a Shakespeare quote on our invites, menus and our ring bearer brought our rings up the aisle on top of three of our favorite plays, tied together with a ribbon. The plays included the first one Dan saw me in and the first play we saw together.We wanted to honor our parents so we were married in the same chapel my folks tied the knot in 37 years ago, on his parent’s 39 wedding anniversary. We also wanted to honor all the friends and family members who had been role models for what a strong marriage looks like, so for our first dance we invited all the married couples to join us on the dance floor.My favorite memory of the wedding was designing all the flowers with my maid-of-honor (my little sister) and my God Mother (also my aunt). We invited my 8 bridesmaids and 8 of my closest girlfriends to help us make everything. We sat on the floor of our living room and made all the bouquets and flower arrangements together. My aunt made my bouquet and I carried it with my grandmother’s rosary. I also had three close girlfriends play the violin, piano and sing for the wedding. But my favorite personal touch was walking down the aisle to Ave Maria, which my Great Grandmother, Grandmother, Mother and Dan’s Grandma all used. Dan would say his favorite memory was going to buy a driver at the golf store with his best friend the morning of the wedding.