From The Bride:
How they Met:
Harrison and I met on a blind date that lasted for four hours! We had both
lived in Orlando for six years, only two miles apart actually, but never met. It was the best
first date both of us had ever had. We both went to Florida State University, but only
overlapped one semester, so we didn’t know each other from school. We played the
name game and found out we had several mutual friends.
Harrison proposed on our two-year anniversary at sunrise on the beach. I
said yes, and immediately asked if he had asked my dad. He told me we may need to
sit down for this story. He explained that he flew up to Kansas City for a day trip the
weekend I was in North Carolina with my sister. How he pulled this off without me
knowing is still a mystery! It meant so much to me that he asked my dad in person.
We decided to get married in Kansas City, since I come from a very large
family and all my family lives there. We looked at several venues and decided the
President was the perfect fit. We loved how it had a 1920s glam feel to the entire
setting. Another huge reason we chose the President was for their planner, Samie.
We immediately connected and I knew if I was going to plan a wedding long
distance, I needed a planner I could trust. Samie was so fantastic to work with and
made every detail so special.
I flew up one weekend to find my dress. Altar Bridal was the last shop we
went to before I flew back to Florida. The owner, DeDe, was so fantastic and helped
me find my dream dress. She went above and beyond to work with me since I was
an out of town bride.
It was very important to us to have our nephew and nieces be a part of our
big day. Sara, from Altar Bridal, created the matching flower girl dresses out of extra
lace from my dress. Since the girls were less than a year old, we had them pulled
down the aisle in a wagon by our nephew. It was just about the cutest thing ever.
We had little elements throughout the weekend that showcased little details
about us. For example, for our hotel bags, we filled them with different snacks made locally in KC
since most of our guests were from Florida. Then, for our cocktail hour, one of the appetizers we served was tomato soup shooters with grilled cheese, one of our favorite meals. Also, we had all of our escort cards in wine corks, since we both love wine. For late night food, we had Gates BBQ sliders and chicken and waffle sliders, to include the areas we grew up, the Midwest and the South.
In the end, one of our favorite parts of the wedding was our cake. Harrison and I decided not to do a traditional wedding cake, and instead to have it in the theme of our alma mater. We had the Warchant playing as we cut our cake.
We had such a great time at our wedding, and truly, it was the best day of our lives.
Olivia and Harrison
Ceremony: St. John’s Methodist Church
Reception: Hilton President Hotel
Dress: Bree Corset and Effie Skirt from Wtoo by Watters
Veil: Stella from Sara Gabriel
Hair: Julie Strohm
Make up: Miles Make up
Photography: Nagel Photography
Video: Rainy Day Productions
Floral: Branches & Twigs
Cake: Sweet Reverie
DJ: George from Jukeboxx Media