From the Bride:
How they Met:
Before we made the leap to boyfriend and girlfriend, Alex and I were friends for three years. We were students at Rockhurst University, and it was Alex’s side hobby that eventually led to a romance. See, my senior year, Alex started a swing-dancing class on campus. I joined the class out of curiosity, and that’s when we started to get interested in each other and spend more one-on-one time together.
We officially started dating in January of 2014, taking frequent vacations together and learning more about each other along the way. I’m a control freak when it comes to traveling, and Alex is definitely more relaxed, so we complemented each other that way. We explored destinations in Colorado, Texas and Washington, D.C. before taking a life-changing trip to a national park in Arkansas over Labor Day weekend in 2015.
We went with Alex’s sister and brother-in-law, so it was kind of a couple’s trip. A day trek to a local winery proved the perfect spot for Alex to get down on one knee and propose. I knew at some point he would propose, but I was emotional. I was completely overjoyed—I just would not shut up.
And so began the yearlong wedding-planning process, which took off once we decided on an indoor-outdoor venue for our nuptials. We wanted an industrial space, but one that was really upscale. The Guild had some of those modern elements with more midcentury, Art Deco twists, which we loved.
We said “I do” in front of The Guild’s wooden palette wall. We used lush greenery and draping for a more formal effect. Once our vows were spoken, and we were officially husband and wife, guests were able to serve themselves during the cocktail hour.
We really wanted our guests to be comfortable, so it was important for us to have things for them to do. So while we took photos after the ceremony, guests were treated to hand-spun cotton candy, a his-and-her cocktail bar and food from the Plantain District. We wanted to do something a little bit nontraditional with the food. We didn’t want to just have a plated service.
Copper lanterns and chargers accented the touches of teal and purple used at each table at the reception. We also included centerpieces and greenery from Victorian Gardens. I peeked in, and my jaw dropped. We had some time to walk through the reception before everything got started, and that was one of the moments I appreciated the most.
Another huge moment was our first dance, which kind of brought our love story full circle. Our dance was huge for us, it was to Sway by Rosemary Clooney. So, we learned the rumba and choreographed the whole thing. That is one of my favorite memories, looking back.
And although my side of the family hadn’t all been together for several years, they blended seamlessly with Alex’s family. It was like one big family—there were no sides. If I could relive that day, I would in a second. It went better than I could have ever imagined.
Rachel and Alex
Planner: Chappelow Events
Ceremony and reception: The Guild
Caterer: Plantain District
Photographer: Spencer Studios
Gown: Wtoo By Watters from Altar Bridal
Bride’s headpiece: Lovoda
Bride’s shoes: Halogen
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Azazie
Hair stylist: Posh KC
Makeup artist: Allison Jeffries
Cake: Cakes by Cindy
Music: DJ Kreations
Flowers: Victorian Gardens
Rentals: All Seasons and Ultrapom
Invitations: Two Turtles Paperie
Cotton candy: Fun Services Midwest