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I love how the images below really capture so much of the bride and groom. There are some beautiful detail shots, of the bride’s dress and bouquet, the adorable cupcakes, and the pops of color on the tables, but the photos of Carolyn and Bryan around Bryan’s family property are just stunning. And then there’s the groom serenading his bride during the reception, and I’m just done. So wonderful.

From the Photographer:

The couple currently lives in the Washington DC area and traveled home to Lawrence, Kansas for their wedding. The groom’s father is the late Dr. Bob Frederick who played and coached basketball at the University of Kansas and served as athletic director for 14 years. The morning of the wedding the groom ran in the 5K Dr. Bob run. The wedding ceremony was held at the Danforth chapel and the reception was at the Adams Alumni Center, both on the University of Kansas campus. The mothers of the bride and groom helped in the planning of the wedding since the couple lives in DC. The weather on the day was actually quite chilly, barely making the 50’s, but the bride and groom were excited for outdoor pictures and the groom’s family home. Much of the home and rock walls were constructed by the late Bob Frederick.

Photographer: Kieth Czechanski Photography / Flowers & Decor: Englewood Florist / Reception Venue: Adams Alumni Building / Cake Baker: Billy Vanilly

Well, this isn’t exactly a wedding photo. It’s one better, a video. There’s something so emotional about video from a wedding day – you’re able to see the movement and interactions. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for great wedding photography, but the video helps to augment the story even more).

Kristin and Ford’s video is just too sweet, and is even met through surprise as the KU marching band makes an appearance at their reception. #RockChalk

Kristin & Ford | Wedding Highlight from MTVIDYO on Vimeo.

Videographer: MTVIDYO

Did someone say color?

Weddings with bright bold color tend to land at the top of my list. I love when a couple just goes for it, using color in every opportunity – from clothing and accessories to flowers, lighting and linens. I mean, I love a classic white on white look, but color speaks to me. Camille and Jeremy used ABODE’s beautiful urban space as the canvas to pop blues and pinks against. So colorful and fun.

Oh, and how could I forget the ceremony in-the-round. Genius idea for ensuring your guests can all see, and to create a more intimate setting.

Photographer: Jaclyn Marie Photography / Flowers & Decor: Moore Flowers / Ceremony Venue: ABODE Venue / Reception Venue: ABODE Venue

Allison Marie Photography

From the Photographer:
Since Haley and Taylor live out of state, I met them for the very first time right before their engagement shoot. Within only a couple minutes, I felt like we had been friends for years! They are both so energetic and passionate about life, not to mention extremely photogenic! I loved the fun details they included in their shoot.

Quote from the bride-to-be: “My fiance and I had a great time taking our engagement photos with Allison. She was somehow professional yet laid back at the same time. She definitely knew how to put us at ease in front of the lens! When deciding what to wear, I consulted a brochure Allison sent her brides-to-be – it was very helpful. In addition, I scoured Pinterest to find inspiration for the photos. After all this research, Allison was open to all of the ideas I had which included wooden letters writing out OCT 12 and an old frame with 10.12.12. written on it. She had me send her any pictures I loved, and and she did a great job incorporating all of those poses. In addition, she allowed me to have input as to where the photo shoots would take place. Overall, it was an excellent experience. Our pictures turned out amazing, and I would recommend her to everyone!”

I’m thrilled to be sharing Alina from My Yellow Umbrella‘s wedding. This December wedding (yes, December…in the Midwest) was filled with personality, character, DIY details, and you guessed – a yellow umbrella (parasol to be exact). Budget was important to Alina and Jonathan, so they strived toward cutting costs where they knew they could, but focused on making it memorable and fun for all involved. At the heart of it all, is simply two people in love, and I love that.

Jackie Cooper Photo

From the Bride:
When my now-husband, Cowboy, as I fondly call him, and I were engaged, he was moving to a different city the following month to finish med school. Because of that, we quickly made decisions about the who, what, when and where behind the wedding. We were blessed as we met open doors in each area and quickly nailed down the specifics. From there, though, I got to spend a few months dreaming, conceptualizing and DIY-ing. Our story (you can read it here and here) was one that was so special and unique that I wanted to showcase i t. So, I started by designing our invitations. Before giving guests the details, I shared a snippet of our story; they read, “Jonathan & Alina have spent the last 20-some years living great lives. Parallel lives. They went to the same schools, played for the same sports teams, and hung out with the same friends…but never met. 2.5 years ago, both moved to Kansas City…2 weeks apart. 1.5 years later, they were as happy as clams…until a mutual friend found out that they had been narrowly escaping each other for the last 10 years. ‘Immediately you must meet,’ he said. So they did. And the rest, as they say, is history.” Those invitations set the tone for the everything else. After I finished designing the invitations (in the typographic-heavy style that I love), my mom printed my designs and hand-made each invitations, laying paper over paper, adding dimension and beauty to every piece. Most people know me for my DIY blog, My Yellow Umbrella, so I, of course, knew I would be DIY-ing anything and everything I could (I’m also a bit of a frugalista, so I wanted to save money on ALL of it!). I also wanted our guests to see “us” in everything, even the tiniest details. So, as Cowboy started his third year of med school across the state from me, we got to work. Out of that, the details of our wedding day were born. I can truly say that it was the most incredible day of my life. Not only did I get to see the details I’d invested countless hours into come together, but I also became a wife to the most incredible man I’ve ever met!

All along, we were trying to be careful to be as frugal as possible. We decided to forgo a meal, as the wedding was at 3:00 in the afternoon, which saved a lot of money. All in all, I estimate we spent between $5,500 and $6,000, with the help of our parents. If you’re like me, you’re thinking that’s a good chunk of change. But, friends, I know with all of my heart that we saved SO much money.

Ceremony / Reception Venue: Fulton Valley Farms  |  Videographer: The Brickhouse Studios  |  Photography: Jackie Cooper Photo  |  Hair Stylist: Kayla Bodley at House of Hair Salon  |  Wedding Gown: The Savvy Bride  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal  |  Groom / Groomsmen Attire: MakeYourOwnJeans.com  |  Ringbearer Attire: The Baxter Boy  |  Striped Candy Bags: Two Crazy Ladies  |  Gray Striped Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu  |  Candy: Candy.com and CandyFavorites.com  |  Flowers: Dillon’s  |  Flower Girl Attire: RuffleFabric.com  |  Groom / Groomsmen Accessories:   |  Sparklers: SuperiorFireworks.com  |  Bride’s Shoes: Off Broadway Shoes  |  Bridesmaid Shoes: Ebay.com  |  Cupcakes / Drinks / Cups / Utensils: Sam’s Club  |  Yellow Plates / Napkins: The Dollar Tree  |  Mason Jar Drink Dispensers / Yellow Parasol and Paper Lanterns: World Market  |  Pepsi Crate: Bondie’s Old Town Antique Mall

Not only does Megan and Brandon’s wedding have a fabulous story, but the prairie backdrop that Kansas has to offer is just beautiful. When a couple makes every effort to make a wedding personal and memorable, you know the outcome will be nothing but awesome. I love how no matter what could have happened on their big day, Megan didn’t care so long as she got to marry her best friend.

Red Barn Wedding Photography

From the Bride:
Our wedding in one word: joy. Those surrounding me kept commenting on how calm I was during the preparations. In fact, neither my husband nor I had any nerves at all. We both knew that at the end of the day, not matter what went wrong, I would walk down than aisle and we would be married. That is something I would encourage engaged couples to remember. The wedding day is a very special day. Of course who doesn’t want the perfect wedding? But during all the business of the day, only two things truly matters; the love the two of you share and the life you are starting together. In fact, five months before my wedding I had blogged my wedding “nightmares.”

On my wedding day, that is all I felt. My dream had come true, minus all the mishaps.

We had been dating for three years and engaged for one. I have two older sisters and we all three got engaged within three months of each other and married within a year of each other. I was the last.

The week before the wedding, someone asked my dad if he felt any different or if it were more difficult since I am the baby, and I would be the last daughter he would walk down the aisle. He told them that he didn’t think it would be any more difficult. But as he walked into the room to see his baby girl, all dressed in white, he whispered, “it is different” as tears streamed down his face. I will never forget that moment when I saw myself through my daddy’s eyes. His baby girl, truly grown into a woman. I saw that transformation in his eyes.

Brandon and I chose not to do a reveal before the wedding. This was the specific request of my husband. My sister’s mentioned that their reveals were a very special time, but Brandon was insistent that he wanted to wait. It was worth the wait for us. The moment the doors opened, the music tapered off. The single melody line of a violin rang through the church as I stepped out towards my life as a married woman, towards the man beaming at the end of the aisle. I have always been self-conscious in front of large crows. I thought I would be nervous, but as soon as our eyes locked, I was completely focused on our love. That was one of my favorite moments of the day. During the ceremony, our eyes seldom left each other’s.

Our gifts that we exchanged before the ceremony were also memorable. I surprised him by sending my sister over to where he was getting ready. She pulled him aside and handed him a photo album entitled, “For His Eyes Only.” Our wedding photographers had done a boudoir shoot with me before the wedding. That was probably the best gift I could have given him. The look on Brandon’s face was priceless.

His gift to me made me cry. Our first Christmas together I had given him a Celtic cross necklace with the Claddagh symbol in the middle. His family is predominately Irish and the Irish Claddagh is a symbol for love, loyalty and friendship. This became the basis for our relationship and it is centered in the cross, our shared faith. He looked around until he found a beautiful white gold necklace to match his. He wanted to start out marriage off with those same symbols. It was a beautiful analogy.

We had many special moments during the time I was getting ready with my bridesmaids. Laughter and joy filled the room as we tossed makeup and hairspray around to each other. After my mom slipped the dress on my body and placed the veil on my head, I turned to face my special friends. My sisters, my mom, my mother-in-law and my friends were completely silent as tears and smiles touched everyone’s faces. Pure joy filled the room. They all gathered around me and I knew this marriage was blessed by my friends and family.

We may not have had the most expensive or lavish wedding, but every detail was put together through love. Don’t lose yourself in the wedding details. Don’t lose sight of the end goal. Don’t lose sight of your relationship. It can be easy to fret over what color dresses should be worn, what food should be served or what flowers should grace the tables. But in the end, focus on the man at the end of the aisle. Everything else fades quickly away, I promise.

My husband and I were both raised in Kansas. We love our Midwest roots and we couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. We got married in Eudora, Kan. and our reception was in Baldwin City, Kan.

My mother-in-law decorated the dressing rooms doors with bride and groom Barbies. It was a special and fun touch. The truck we drove away in is my husband’s classic 1966 Chevy pickup. He got it as a teenager and restored it himself.

My colors were crimson, yellow, black and white. We got married on June 18, 2011. We made the photo wall where guests could take pictures as a “photo booth.” Antique pictures frames were hung around vintage lace patterns.

Our first dance song was “Like Red on a Rose” by Alan Jackson. I gave each of my bridesmaids a locket that I individually picked from Etsy. Inside each locket were quotes and messages about how much each person means to me.

Ceremony Venue: Eudora Baptist Church | Reception Venue: Stony Point Hall | Photographer: Red Barn Wedding Photography | Florist: Cranberry Market Floral (Bridal bouquet / Boutonniere) | Catering: Leroy’s BBQ | DJ: Complete Music | Wedding Gown: Casablanca Bridal from Mia’s Bridal | Groomsmen Attire: Mia’s Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Individually chosen by bridesmaids | Cake: Cakes by Brandi

Amber’s choice of bold blues and purples give her classic wedding a modern touch. Plus the simple flowers and feathers create the perfect balance of decor. It’s great to see when a bride’s vision of elegance and simplicity come to life, because sometimes it’s what’s not on the table that makes the difference (sort of like that rule take a look in the mirror and remove one accessory, and you’re good to go!).

Jaclyn Marie Photography

From the Bride:
Starting early morning, I and my bridal party arrived at the church eager to start the exciting day. While getting our hair and makeup done, we turned on some music and hung out in our monogrammed robes; a gift to them from me. We ate lunch, catered in sandwiches, in between turns sitting in the hair and makeup chairs. Once we were all done “primping”, we gathered for a champagne toast to wish us all luck and what the day had ahead.

We headed outside to take group pictures, just the me and my bridesmaids to start, followed by the my family. Meanwhile, Thomas and his guys gathered in the basement of the church. As they were all dressing, the photographer snuck around to get as many candid pictures as possible. Once dressed, the guys headed out for pictures. Once they wrapped up their groom shots, the downtime mean lots of goofing around and even a couple rounds of Trivial Pursuit.

After all the separate wedding photos are taken, Thomas stood alone, facing the chapel and awaited my arrival for our first look. All he could hear was the clicking of my heels inching closer to him as I approached him from behind. We both had huge smiles, knowing that this moment is easing both of our nerves and all we can think about is how happy we are. We shared this special moment together as our photographer captured a few moments to freeze in time.

At the ceremony, the feeling of love and romance came alive with live music playing thanks to the musician who was a friend of mine and Thomas’. The music continued as the wedding party procession starts and the ceremony begins. The live band performed “Marry Me” after our vows were exchanged. As the ceremony wrapped up, the planted a big kiss and the hard part was over – it was time for our reception!

I had worked on our wedding book long enough, so I was very eager to see all of my hard work and planning come to life. Moving toasts from the Maid of Honor, Best Man and Father of the Bride reminded our guests that love is priceless and it was the reason we were all there. Guests of all ages were dancing, laughing and crying together. It was the perfect way to finish up our beautiful day!

Ceremony Venue: University Congregational Church | Reception Venue: The Wichita Boathouse | Photography: Jaclyn Marie Photography | Florist: Stems Floral | Baker: Cheri’s Bakery | Catering: Blue Moon Caterers | DJ: Northern Lights and Sounds | Wedding Gown: San Patrick from Ida’s Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ida’s Bridal

Clean lines, crisp colors, and rustic elements make this styled shoot the perfect balance of details to create a classic look. From the ice blue linens to the birds nests on the place settings, it’s sweet and pretty. Sharon Ivy does a fabulous job of presenting several table decor options to help demonstrate that different looks for a few tables is completely feasible. Sometimes it’s as simple as a switch from a high centerpiece to a low, or a more complicated one to a simple one. Don’t be afraid to mix it up – it helps add depth and variety to a room.

Darbi G. Photography

From the Photographer, Darbi:
This stylized shoot in Kansas City plays out a vision of a soft, earthy and rustic affair that doesn’t succumb to the expected Midwest autumn color palette of red, orange and yellow accented with pumpkins, gourds and leaves. Sharon Ivy’s inspiration began with branches and twigs played up with white, green, shades of blue kissed with some sparkle. The goal was to end up with details and a mood that brides of all budgets could implement in a way that is simple and approachable, yet elegant. We transformed a basic loft space in downtown KC with guest tables featuring chivari chairs, white flowers including roses, ranunculus and hydrangea, and accents of woven chargers, branch balls, delicate bird nests, succulents in mercury glass vases, candles and place cards perched in tiny branches. The sweetheart table stood out with a smoky-blue silk linen, a “love prop” ampersand, and bundles of jewels amidst succulents and bird nests. The bride’s bouquet was a cluster of flowers, succulents and berries wrapped in burlap and finished with a stunning rhinestone brooch that complimented her gown’s brooch. The ivory square-tiered cake was a stage for gilded leaves of bronze, gold, silver and copper; the cake was accompanied by a burlap table-topper and mercury glass votives. Overall, the twist on a fall wedding succeeded in exuding an earthy, rustic, yet very elegant charm.

Photography: Darbi G. Photography | Event Planner: Sharon Ivy Events | Floral Designer: Beco Flowers | Venue: The Berg Event Space | Stationery: Salutations by Mairead | Dress Store: Altar Bridal | Cake Designer: Rebekah – Cake Artist | Makeup Artist: Jolie Artistry | Hair Stylist: Last Tangle Salon

A wedding with character, and throwing tradition to the wind to focus on what’s most personal. Tina and Ryan’s wedding is full of so much fun – bold colors, their love of Star Wars, art and family. I loved seeing how the two of them sprinkled so much of themselves into the wedding – all the way down to their infectious smiles. Plus, a wedding with a little ink and a Stormtrooper? Sign me up!

I had so much fun piecing together this post. So much so – in fact – that I couldn’t narrow down the photos. So, be prepared for a photo-heavy post!

One Tree Photo + Cinema

From the Bride:
Most of our wedding planning was pulled off with the help of friends and family, making it all the more special. We enjoyed featuring our friends talents throughout the day. Our DJ and cupcakes were both provided by long-time friends. I also tried to stay away from corporate purchases, and stick with helping support local business and DIY artists on Etsy. We wanted the whole day to be completely us, which was why we incorporated our love of Star Wars throughout the day. The first touch was in the ceremony with dainty little hints like our Officiant “reading” from a Star Wars book and exiting the chapel under light-sabers. Then the storm trooper and Darth Vader appearance following the ceremony was a surprise wedding gift to my husband. Months later, our friends still say it was the highlight of the day. Everyone loved them, especially my 2-year old daughter who has since proclaimed that she is married to the Dark Lord of the Sith. Being an artist myself, I wanted our reception location to be vibrant and full of character. We found the perfect the location in a modern youth art center. We loved that the entire cost of our reception was an investment back into the program to help the high-needs and under-served youth, who they support (read more about their services on the VanGo website). I couldn’t have imagined a better wedding, and I am so glad we have such incredible photos that truly captured our day!

Ceremony Venue: Danforth Chapel | Reception Venue: VanGo Mobile Arts | Catering: Hy-Vee | Photography and Cinema Film: One Tree Photo + Cinema | Floral: Jill Boyle, The Flower Lady | DJ: Chad McElwain aka DJ Oz | Cake: Atomic Cupcakes | Cake Topper:   | Banner: Liddabits | Wedding Day Program: Tina Elder | Storm Trooper: Aaron Knutson, The Kansas City Stormtrooper | Wedding Gown:  Ida’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Ida’s Bridal | Alterations and Tuxes: Alterations & Custom Sewing

From Meghan at Oodlelolly Events:
Lauren and I met in college in Kansas. We shared late nights in the studio, big pots of mac ‘n cheese, and stories of boys and what we wanted to be someday. So when we were trying to decide the theme for this shoot we knew the prairie of Kansas had a special place in our hearts. It’s where we each fell in love, and out of love, and back in love. We took that wide open, windswept prairie setting, and added in a dash of glitz and rustic glamour. Couple those design elements with my best friend Lauren and her love, Sid, and we got our La Vie {Prairie} Boheme.

Event Design: Oodlelolly Events | Photography: Golly, What a Day! | Dress: Muse Clothing