Real Bride: Britt F.

As a wedding vendor, we have it so good! We get to help the bride with one of the most exciting (and we think most important) wedding based decisions after she says “Yes!” What a bride is wearing is something that all wedding guests are thinking and talking about. That being said, when another vendor who knows the industry decides to shop with us and becomes an Altar Bride, it means the world to us and is such a special thing to be a part of. We enjoyed every minute of working with Britt and are so honored to share photos from her and Nikolaus’s wedding day.

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From the bride: Nikolaus first caught my eye on the intramural flag football field at UMKC, rocking an ironic ‘Jesus Saves’ t-shirt. Unbeknownst to me, he had attempted to flirt as I held the door open for him several years prior to that… but God’s timing is everything! After a few short weeks of stalking/flirting/seducing, we were inseparable.

Our (semi) Pinterest-perfect proposal took place in front of the plaza lights in December 2014. The evening included a driver, Christmas light tour, champagne and a hidden photographer.  Although I had left many subtle (SUBTLE) hints I was ready for a ring, I was completely caught off-guard by the adventure. Prior to leaving that evening, I changed from my super cute #ootd and instead slipped on sweatpants, a baggy t-shirt, and boots. Before saying “yes!” through tears and laughter, I replied with “why did you let me wear this outfit tonight?!” It was perfect.

Our ceremony took place in a chapel founded by my great-great-great grandfather in 1859, and the reception took place on the lake Nik grew up on three short miles away. Our dearest friends and family traveled all across the country to be with us in this tiny town, with special meaning.

We spent our first ten minutes of marriage breaking and entering into an old abandoned mansion, we will surely one day own. It was an amazing photo opportunity, as well as a defining moment in our short-lived matrimony. We will always take the scenic route together; we will continually dream out loud. (…And also thank goodness he’s in law school because apparently we may occasionally commit crimes, too.)

The evening was filled with warm embraces, endless snapchats, a cheese-centered menu, lots of laughter, wild dancing and too much booze. It was everything Nik and I love, with those who mean the most. For years to come I will remember swaying in my (sweaty) groom’s arms, as a full dance floor sang every word of bohemian rhapsody.

My heart is full.

Britt and Nikolaus

June 25, 2016

Venue for Ceremony and Reception: Pike Creek Church and Lighthouse Lodge B&B (Located in Monticello, IN)

Gown: McCants by Kate McDonald

Hair& Make-up: Kodi Baker with Belli Belli Salon

Photography: Nonpareil Photography by Michael Meeks

Rentals: Ultrapom

Band: Bluewater Kings Band

Floral: Wholesale Floral and (Prepared by the bride)

“Cake”/Appetizers: Loose Mansion

Catering: Lighthouse Lodge B&B

As a wedding professional in the Kansas City area, I knew there were a few key folks who absolutely had to be a part of our day. Dede, with Altar Bridal, was a patient God-send as I tried on dress after dress, ultimately selecting one she brilliantly recommended. Ultrapom supplied the key ingredients for the perfect table-scape, bringing my vision to life. Loose Mansion, my home away from home, supplied the crowd pleasing bacon-wrapped burnt ends and non-traditional “wedding cheese cake” composed of jalapeno cheesy bites and fried macaroni and cheese. And last but not least, my photographer Michael Meeks with Nonpareil, is one of the most talented individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with. My all-star team of vendors did what they do best to help make our day amazing!