Real Bride: Kati M.
From the Bride:
How they Met:
Joe and I went to high school together, but never really knew each other. Skip ahead four years- Joe had just graduated from Mizzou and I had just finished finals for my junior year at Missouri State. We reconnected via Twitter when I romantically tweeted about how dumb boys were and he assured me, “not all of us are”. I figured I should at least give him a chance. I came home for a weekend and we went on our first date.
Our first date was at my favorite local restaurant, Canoe Club… with my parents. Lucky for me, he didn’t run for the hills; instead, he won my parents over, and proved his statement “not all of us [are dumb]”.
Joe and I got engaged on a trip to Vegas with his family in one of my favorite places, the Bellagio Conservatory. We were there a couple of weeks before Christmas, so it was beautifully decorated for the holidays. Joe mentioned that we should walk around the conservatory before we headed to brunch at Giada’s (a place I had been dying to go). I thought nothing of it, but for some reason I had a weird feeling in my stomach that morning; like something was going to happen, but I didn’t know what. I can assure you that I had NO clue he was going to propose that day.
Joe’s dad pulled out his GoPro, and told us that he wanted to get some shots of all of us walking through the conservatory. How this didn’t make the light bulb go off, I have no idea. We started walking, I was taking pictures, and then Joe stopped dead in his tracks and said, “Take my hands”. Of course, me being who I am, asked, “Why?” After that, I can’t remember a thing he said besides, “I love you” and, “Will you marry me?” Of course I said yes! After that, we went to Giada’s for brunch and I was one blissful, well-fed girl!
I knew I wanted to get my dress at Altar from day one. I interned at Altar in college, and even though I was surrounded by wedding dresses, I really didn’t know what I wanted. When the time came for me to pick out a dress, I made an appointment for a Saturday afternoon. Of course, the weatherman said an “icepocalypse” was coming a couple of days before my scheduled appointment. I stopped in to say hi to Dede and Sara the day before, and found out they were having a trunk show for Anna Campbell.
I went back to my office and, out of curiosity, googled Anna Campbell. While browsing the website I fell IN LOVE with a dress. I immediately called Dede, who informed me that the dress was only there for the trunk show. But, she said they could get me in that afternoon! I called my mom and she quickly met me at Altar to try on the dress. It was the one and only dress I tried on and it was absolutely perfect!
Special Wedding Details:
First, my bouquet was wrapped with lace from my mama’s veil. She and my dad have been married 41 years, so it was really special to me!
Next, flowers were extremely important to me. I knew I wanted beautiful, light and airy flowers that were simple but pretty. Jenni Koch, owner of Wild Hill Flowers and Events, made all my floral dreams come true! She went above and beyond to design flowers that looked beautiful on their own, but tied in together so well.
Joe and I LOVE to eat. We also like to try new restaurants. It was important to us that we had great food but also wanted it to be laid back. A local BBQ joint in Olathe called Crazy Good Eats catered our wedding. My mom and I came across them at a bridal show; it was love at first taste! We had each of our favorite meats, burnt ends and pulled pork. The loaded potato casserole was out of this world! We received so many compliments on our food.
Also, Joe is OBSESSED with candy – especially gummy bears. His only request for the wedding was to have a candy bar that included gummy bears. Then, Joe’s family made Italian cookies for the wedding, a family tradition! Tri-Colored Biscotti’s are our favorite!
It was important for us to honor our family, too. Joe’s Gram and Gramp won the anniversary dance by a long shot – they’ve been together 68 years! They’re cute as can be. My grandma passed away in 2004, and to honor her and my grandpa’s marriage of 50 years we incorporated their wedding cake topper. It sat on our entry table in a little cake dome.
To end it all, our dance floor didn’t stop!! Joe and I pretty much customized our entire wedding playlist. We love country music and knew we wanted to incorporate it into our big day. Our DJ did an amazing job of mixing our favorite music with our guests favorite music.
Joe & Kati
Ceremony: Timothy Lutheran Church – Blue Springs, MO
Reception: The Emaline Ballroom
Dress: Windsor by Anna Campbell
Hair: June Buford
Make-up: Selena Marischler
Photography: Pond Photography: Nancy Sikes
Florist: Wild Hill Flowers & Events
Caterer: Crazy Good Eats
Coordinators: Brenda & Dave Chitty
Bar: Embrace the Grape
Bridesmaid Dresses &Flower Girl: Bella Bridesmaid
Videographer: Bel Amour Productions
DJ: Mike Guilinger