Real Bride: Becca A.

Wedding Day Details, Real Bride Becca A Photo by Look Portrait

Wedding Day Details

 

Ceremony and Reception Space at The Bauer, Real Bride Becca A Photo by Look Portrait

Ceremony and Reception Space at The Bauer

 

Getting Ready Real Bride Becca A Photo by Look Portrait

Getting Ready

 

Dress from Mikaella Bridal Real Bride Becca A Photo by Look Portrait

Dress from Mikaella Bridal

 

The Bride, Real Bride Becca A, Photo by Look Portrait

The Bride

 

Before the Ceremony, Real Bride Becca A Photo by Look Portrait

Before the Ceremony

 

Waiting for the First Look, Real Bride Becca A, Photo by Look Portrait

Waiting for the First Look

 

A First Look with Dad, Real Bride Becca A Photo by Look Portraits

A First Look with Dad

 

A First Look with Dad, Real Bride Becca A Photo by Look Portraits

Flowers from Good Earth Floral

 

First Look, Real Bride Becca A, Photo by Look Portrait

First Look

 

The Bride and Groom, Real Bride Becca A, Photo by Look Portrait

The Bride and Groom

 

The Wedding Party, Real bride Becca A, Photo by Look Portrait

The Wedding Party

 

Down the Aisle, Real bride Becca A Photo by Look Portrait

Down the Aisle

 

First Kiss, Real bride Becca A, Photo by Look Portrait

First Kiss

 

Downtown Kansas City, Real Bride Becca A, Photo by Look Portrait

Downtown Kansas City

 

Rainy Day Wedding, Real Bride Becca A, Photo by Look Portrait

Rainy Day Wedding

 

First Dance as Husband and Wife, Real Bride Becca A, Photo by Look Portrait

First Dance as Husband and Wife

 

Dance with Dad, Real Bride Becca A, Photo by Look Portrait

Dance with Dad

 

From the Bride:

How they Met:

Dan and I first met in college, but didn’t start dating until years later when I was living in Colorado and he was in Iowa. We joke that the stars aligned when he was offered a job in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I was pursuing my MSW. We moved to Kansas City right after I graduated, and Dan proposed with a beautiful moissanite ring in September of 2016.

The Wedding:
Honoring Grandparents:

October 14th was the perfect date, as it is my maternal grandparents’ anniversary and happened to fall on a Saturday in 2017. I also wore an emerald ring that my paternal grandmother, Ruth, received for her 16th birthday in 1939. Dan honored his late grandfather, Jack, by wearing his awesome colorful paisley tie that perfectly complemented our jewel toned palette.

The Ceremony:

One of my best friends from grade school was our officiant and we had the best wedding party ever (even though everyone says that, ours really was). The morning was cloudy and it started raining right when I walked down the aisle, which felt so poetic and magical. The ceremony was short and sweet, with tear-jerker readings from my aunt and Dan’s aunt, and we danced our way out as husband and wife to the tune of “Love on Top” by Beyoncé.

The Dress:

I went to Altar Bridal because I had seen a Mikaella dress on Instagram and was instantly obsessed. I felt quite confident it was THE DRESS. When I tried it on, and it was pretty, but I didn’t feel like a bride in it. I had a vision for my dress (I wanted to mostly avoid lace), but Olivia brought in a different gown and told me she thought I would like it. With the mermaid-esque silhouette and the low back, she had identified my must-haves! As soon as I tried it on, I couldn’t stop beaming and staring at my reflection! I felt simultaneously bridal and high-fashion without feeling like I was playing dress-up. It was perfect! We popped a bottle of champagne and I almost didn’t want to leave because getting out of the dress was such a depressing prospect.

I had only my mom and sister with me when that day, but I opted to show my bridesmaids (and officiant – one of my best friends from middle school) photos of me in the dress before the wedding, so I got to see each of their individual reactions then and the day of. Maybe it’s vain, but I loved spreading the wedding dress joy! 🙂
When I had initially tried on the dress, Olivia had me try a cathedral length veil and after that I couldn’t imagine anything else. It was Sara Gabriel and had a ribbon trim that looked perfect with the details of my dress. It was a stunning gown and I only wish there were other occasions that call for a formal white gown!
Specialty Drinks:

For the reception, we created two specialty cocktails named after my grandparents with the help of Top Shelf Bartending – an elderflower gin and tonic with sage and grapefruit (the “Ceil” – my grandma loved a good grapefruit) and a maple rosemary bourbon sour (the “Hank” – because it’s a fun and charming cocktail that makes me smile just like my grandpa always did).

Letter Exchange:

One of the day’s many highlights was exchanging letters we had written for each other – we probably would have anyway, but our videographer (Jake Farmer of Olive Media) gave us the extra nudge when he mentioned how perfect those letters are for videography audio. We each read our own letters to each other aloud and then received the letter from each other. It was a sweet, intimate bit of sentimentality that we shared before the ceremony and it made me that much more excited to marry Dan.

 

October has been my favorite month for a long time. I love the autumn colors and time of transition. And, I look forward to many Octobers and transitions with Dan by my side.

 

Becca and Dan
October 14th, 2014
Venue: The Bauer
Gown: Mikaella Bridal
Veil: Sara Gabriel
Hair: Speak Salon
Make-up: Jolie Artistry
Photography: Look Portrait
Planner: Weddings by Hannah
Flowers: Good Earth Floral
Event Rentals: UltraPom
Suits: Tip Top Tux
Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaid
Videographer: Olive Media

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