Real Bride Blog: Emily R

A stylish and urban affair. This celebration is one lovely tribute.  When planning their Big Day this pair wanted to honor beautiful  Kansas City. The city they  met in, fell in love in and will now start their life as a married couple in! From the pre-wedding festivities to the Kansas State color scheme and grooms cake our real bride Emily and her new husband TJ celebrated not only their love for Kansas City but their love for each other!

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From the beautiful bride: I like to tell people that things happen when you least expect it because that’s the truth when it comes to the story of TJ and I meeting. I was an Omaha resident and ended up meeting him when I came down to Kansas City for a random weekend getaway with a friend of mine. It’s a fun story to tell, and we hit it off right away. We did a distance relationship for seven months, then I decided to make a move to KC for a change of scenery, new career and see where my relationship would go with TJ since we were pretty serious. I love Kansas City and am happy to call it home for over two years now.

A friend of mine from Omaha, who is a Louisiana native, was getting married outside of New Orleans. Neither one of us had been and were very excited to explore a new city together since we love to travel. Little did I know that was the weekend he was going to pop the question. He carried the ring in his carry-on bag throughout the airport and was super nervous, sweating bullets (his words) hoping he wouldn’t get searched or that I would not find it. We stayed at a Hyatt on the French Quarter and had dinner plans at GW Fins, a nice seafood restaurant right off of Bourbon. After dinner, I received a dozen roses and watched a beautiful video he created that included a slideshow of our relationship in pictures (I was crying after 5 seconds of the video). In the video, he gave an amazing speech asking me to marry him, of course said, “YES!” It was the perfect way to celebrate and that video always gets the water works going whenever I watch it.

We decided to do our wedding in Kansas City because we live here and wanted to show our family and friends from out of town how much we enjoy this city. We kicked it off on Thursday by taking some of our out of town family members and wedding party attendants to the Royals game (because who doesn’t love a great day at The K?!).  We chose to have our room block at the Westin in Crown Center because of its great location, and a lot of activities to do in the area for kids and adults. We also had a group do the Boulevard Brewery tour and WWI Museum. Everyone seemed to enjoy the area and were all impressed with Kansas City. The wedding was perfect. It rained in the morning which is supposed to be good luck, and was perfectly clear by the time our events began. Our friends and family tell us it was one of the best weddings that they’ve been to, which was our goal. We wanted to host a great party, and I think we accomplished that. The dance floor was packed all night, guests enjoyed the photo booth and commented on how they liked the unique venue. It was such a whirlwind and the day was a blur, but looking at pictures and hearing comments as to how fun it was for people is what makes us both happy. Our day was nothing short of perfect!


Bride and Groom Names: Emily and TJ Deiter

Wedding Date: June 6, 2015

Venue for Ceremony and Reception: Ceremony – Grand Avenue Temple, Reception- The Urban Event at the Historic Firestone Building

Dress: Mikaella 

Bridal Belt and Broach clip: The Yellow Peony 

Shoes: DSW

Jewelry: Glamorous Bijoux (Etsy Shop)

Hair: Shala Johnson, Aunt

Make-up: Jennifer Knisley, friend of the bride.

Photography: Freeland Photography

DJ: Martin Bush, All Ears DJ

Food, Cake, Floral: Hy-Vee in Mission, KS