Our bride this week has a very special place in our hearts and we are overjoyed to finally be sharing her special day with all of you. Kelsey came into Altar with her closest, sweetest friends and family and filled our store with positive energy as she began her day shopping for her perfect gown: something romantic, unique, comfortable and definitely great to dance in! When she tried on her Sarah Seven gown, she lit up and immediately knew that it was the one. Thank you sweet Kelsey for allowing us to get to know you and play a special part in your day.
From the bride: Whitt and I grew up a mile apart, went to the same high school and even both graduated from KU. However, we did not meet until we both lived in Dallas. He is 5 years older than me so even though we lived parallel lives, we never overlapped due to the age difference! We started our relationship in Dallas and moved home to Kansas City at end of 2015.
Whitt popped the question while we were on a walk with our Bulldog (KC – yes, named after the city we love). I quickly hit the ground running with wedding planning and visited several venues the day after our engagement. I immediately fell in love with The Guild (mainly the chandelier!) and had it booked within 24 hours. It was a perfect venue that was truly a one-stop-shop where we could get married in the courtyard and take the party immediately inside.
I love to party plan, I’ve always found joy in bringing my creativity and organization to life through party planning. So wedding planning was second nature to me, I never found it stressful or annoying – I truly LOVED it. It was very important to me that our wedding day was a true reflection of our character. Whitt wanted a small casual wedding and I wanted the big wedding with all of our friends and family. I believe we really rocked the whole “compromise” thing and met in the middle. We had the large wedding (300 guests) but took out traditional and put in a twist of casual and comfort. From the attire of “cocktail casual” to the polaroid picture guestbook, we filled the night with tons of comfort and love. We both value friendship so we kept our guests in mind through the entire wedding planning process. We wanted a night that celebrated us, but also encouraged our guests to have a ton of fun.
The ceremony was in The Guild courtyard and was very personalized to our relationship and personalities. My dress was amazing and an amazing fit for our theme! It was perfect for an outdoor wedding. The illusion neckline was one-of-a-kind and the detail was simple but classic. It was not only easy to dance in but extremely comfortable. The Minster, Pam Bauer, took the time to get to know us over the last year and put together an unforgettable ceremony that had us (and our guests) laughing and crying. The ceremony ended with Lost Wax trumpet players popping out of the bushes and playing “You are the Best Thing” as we exited. This was the best detail that kicked off the night!
Our guests then enjoyed a cocktail hour and appetizers both in the courtyard and inside. Each table had beautiful colorful flower arrangements – alternating tall vases and crate boxes. We used big bold pops of color (Coral Peonies, Hot Pinks, Greens, Purple, Orange). There were no white flowers – a request I made, as we wanted to push the limit on traditional. The bigger and brighter – the better!
Our guests enjoyed a southern comfort inspired meal served family style by Moxie Catering. The food was amazing and perfect reflection of our style. (Brisket, mac and cheese, jalapeno corn bread, green beans) We skipped out on traditional wedding cake and had a Pie Bar open all night that featured assorted mini pies by Chef Nancy Stark.
Following dinner, we did our first dance and our dances with our dad/mom. It was important to me that our guests felt the love and gratitude we had for them. So I gave a speech incorporating humor, love and appreciation for our friends and family. At the end of my speech I opened the dance floor and we danced the night away. Truly, for the next 3 hours we did nothing but dance and celebrate with our favorite people.
I’m suffering from PWD (post-wedding depression) and wish I could make everyday that fun! I keep hearing from people our wedding as a blast and was “so us”. And that, is the best compliment of all.
Kelsey and Whittaker
June 24, 2016
Venue for Ceremony and Reception: The Guild
Gown: The Violet Hour by Sarah Seven
Hair & Make-up: Hair by Paige Peeke and Makeup by SarahAbby Makeup
Photography: Mary Beth Russell with Epaga Foto
Floral: Kelsey’s mom- Maple Lane Designs
Music: Lost Wax
Food: Moxie Catering
Pies: baked by Nancy Stark
Rentals (chairs, wine barrel and arch): UltraPom