Real Bride: Diane R.
From the Bride:
How They Met:
Scott and I lived in the same loft building in downtown Kansas City and often were in the elevator at the same time going to work in the mornings. Scott started leaving early to catch me on the brief ride to the main floor and eventually asked me out for coffee in 2013. After that now famous elevator pitch, we had a first date at Nara sushi followed by First Friday gallery adventures, and our story began.
We built our relationship quickly on honesty, mutual weirdness and shared loves of art, travel and nature. Together we’ve traveled to Seattle, Colorado, Florida, New Orleans, Italy, France, England, Mexico, Honduras, Belize and soon NYC for a birthday trip and Italy, Greece & Croatia for our belated honeymoon. We also enjoy kayaking and hiking and have started a yearly tradition of this in Arkansas on the Buffalo River.
In September of 2016 we took a 2-week trip to Italy and France. While on a day trip from Florence to Chianti at the oldest winery in Italy, Scott proposed with a beautiful heirloom ring on a castle wall overlooking sweeping views of Chianti wine country below. It was magical turning around from where I was taking about a hundred pictures of the view to him down on one knee with ring in hand. We later laughed at how he’d had the ring in a plastic baggie in his pocket the entire trip. He’d discreetly transferred it to his backpack every time we had gone through airport security without me having any clue as to what was going on.
As a full time graphic designer, I knew I wanted to design all of our wedding stationary and related items immediately. I wanted our invitations to reflect the clean, natural (but not rustic) aesthetic we planned for our day. Our escort cards (glass cork-topped bottles filled with wildflower seeds) also served as our favors so guests could plant them come spring and share in our love of the outdoors.
I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted when I started looking at dresses and since I’m picky, separates seemed like an easy way to get exactly what I was looking for. I fell in love with this skirt online while browsing and it was one of the first things I tried on. It haunted my dreams until I bought it. It was exactly what I wanted; a classic lace top and skirt with a modern twist. I felt like a woodland princess all day and twirled every chance I had. Sara and Altar made the entire process of dress shopping so easy, stress-free and fun. They made my dress dreams come true.
The Wedding Day:
Having our friends and family gathered in one place from around the country was truly so special and made us feel so loved. Scott and I chose to do a first look followed by photos before our ceremony that helped ease any nerves. We wrote our own vows and since Scott is a huge music lover, our ceremony music was tailored to us and non-traditional. I walked down the aisle to “Morning” by Beck and our recessional song was Van Morrison’s “Everyone”. 80’s songs like Simple Minds’ “Don’t you (forget about me)” were must plays at our reception.
The most amusing thing about the day for me personally was finding a 2-foot branch in the layers of my skirt after it was bustled from taking photos in a field with tall grass during our cocktail hour.
Diane & Scott
November 4th , 2017
Venue: Buffalo Lodge
Gown: Skirt from Wtoo, Jacket from Lea-Ann Belter
Hair: Hilary Farrell
Makeup: Susan Saskin Makeup Artistry
Planner: Quintessential Events
Floral: Craig Sole
Desserts: Chef Shop Stark
Stationary, Paper Goods & Escort Cards: Bride