Real Bride: Megan S.

All of the brides we share hold a special place in our hearts, but Megan is someone who we feel we can truly call a friend. We met Megan as she was planning the very first 5K Wedding Run in Kansas City. We signed on as a vendor and not only was this event a fun spin on a classic bridal show, it also went to support the local organization Bra Couture KC. Here at Altar we are always up for trying something different and this cause was a no-brainer because once we met Megan, we knew it would be a success and she would work hard to reach Kansas City brides. She is so dedicated and passionate about her work, her family, and life in general. We were immediately taken with her happy personality and positive attitude. When she and Cody got engaged, we were honored to get to help her find her perfect wedding gown! Now that we have completely gushed over how dear Megan is to us, we hope you enjoy a little snippet from their wedding day. Congratulations to Megan and Cody!

Check out the following link to see the impact that 5K Wedding Run had:

From the bride:

How we Met- Cody and Megan met when Cody interviewed to be an Admissions Representative at the University of Central Missouri. Megan was on the committee in charge of hiring for the position and was immediately impressed by Cody’s ability to make everyone in the room laugh. Days later, they ended up seeing each other while out with a mutual friend, Matt. Megan won Cody over with her impressive dance moves to “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz and her ability to make everyone around her feel special.

After Cody was hired, and some time spent getting to know each other, they started writing each other post-it notes daily, sometimes hourly, while both realizing more and more that they had a lot of chemistry. After an awesome trip to St. Louis with their friends, Sasha and Ashley, to visit Matt, they ended up talking (mostly Megan) the whole way home. It was after that weekend that Cody smoothly used one of those post-it notes to ask Megan on their first official date, an extremely romantic get-away to a pumpkin patch in Pleasant Hill. It was there that they got lost in a corn maze, Cody embarrassed Megan in a one-on-one game of laser tag, and they bought pumpkins to carve back at his apartment while they split a pepperoni pizza from Little Caesars. This first date turned out to be a pretty important one, because after carving pumpkins, they went to Megan’s Uncle Keith and Aunt Sharon’s farm to hang out with Megan’s family – yep, on the first date.

In September 2013, they took a huge leap of faith moving to Charleston, South Carolina, after only a year of dating. Some people probably thought they were crazy, but it was an exciting, fun, and once in a life time adventure filled with over-sized sushi at their favorite Charleston restaurant, Local’s, awesome weekends at the beach, their first apartment together, unlimited crab nights at Red’s Ice House, adopting their puppy, Clyde, meeting new friends from the South (who all said y’all), and having a blast with friends and family from home who came to visit. After living in paradise for about a year, they decided to move back home so they could be close to their friends and family again, and haven’t looked back. Since their beginning as coworkers, Cody and Megan have grown together as a couple and as individuals, and they continue to love working together every day of their lives, while still occasionally writing each other post-it notes.

The Proposal- Six days after Megan’s second 5K Wedding Run (where Megan made Cody promise that he would not, under any circumstances, propose in front of everyone), Cody took her to a small secluded lake in Lee’s Summit, where their photographer, Shawn, was waiting for them. After a small hiccup (of course they have a funny story, ask them about it sometime), Cody said a bunch of words that neither one of them really remember, except “Will you marry, me?” and the rest is history.

Wedding Day Details- Cody and I both love musicals and we incorporated this into our ceremony with the music. We had a live violinist, pianist and guitar player play “Can you feel the love tonight” for my entrance song, “Circle of Life” for our candle lighting, and then exited to “Hakuna matata.” We also had our reading from Muppets the Musical.

My Aunt, along with my mom, friends and other aunts did all of the decorations and flowers. This meant a lot to me and I loved how they turned out. My favorite was a DIY chandelier (actually made from a hula hoop-Pinterest inspired, of course) that hung at the entrance- it was beautiful! One of my bridesmaids (friend since 8th grade and then college and grad school roommate) made all of the bridesmaid jewelry. I was also so in love with how they turned out! I wish I had a good picture of it, but I gave all of the bridesmaids a different pair of Toms to match their personality/style that they wore at the reception. Oh, and my “something borrowed” was that fur shawl/jacket from one of my bridesmaids, Sophie, who got married last March.

We placed a spring of rosemary at each place setting. Rosemary is an herb that signifies love, loyalty, devotion, and remembrance. We wanted to provide everyone with rosemary as a symbol of our love and as a token of remembrance.

Our wedding fell on the Chinese New Year. This wasn’t planned, but we embraced the holiday! We had a big bowl of Chinese fortune cookies and a small group of us went to my parents house afterwards and lit off Chinese lanterns.

Cody and I both agree that the best part of our wedding was celebrating with all of our friends and family! That “best day of your life” cliche exists for a reason.

Cody and Megan

January 28, 2017

Venue for Ceremony and Reception: The Pavilion at John Knox in Lees Summit

Gown: Christine by Augusta Jones

Accessories by Sara Gabriel:

Stella Veil

Michelle Earrings and Necklace

Hair & Make-up: Salon and Spa De Crist

Photography: Swander Photography

Day of coordination: Pretty + Planned Events

Videography & slow motion video booth: Taylor Dawson Snyder (who we also met at 5K wedding run and would become an Altar bride- definitely check her out!)

Wedding rings/bands: Blue Heron Design

Cake: Hy-Vee

Mini cupcakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes

DJ & Entertainment: MIC King Music and Events

Tux: Tip Top Tux – Lee’s Summit, Summit Fair

Lantern rentals: Ultrapom Event Rental

First look location: Browning Bed and Breakfast

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