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Caroline + Tucker Featured on Over The Moon Blog

February 16, 2017

It is always such a treat when a blog wants to share one of your weddings with their followers.  This week it was Over the Moon Blog that highlighted Caroline and Tucker’s cheerful Charlotte, North Carolina wedding.  All of the delicate colors and vibrant azaleas have my heart longing for spring!

Here is the post – and to see the complete feature, visit OTM Blog here!

Caroline Burton and Tucker Griffith were high school sweethearts. “We met met at Charlotte Country Day School as high schoolers,” says Caroline, a controller for a commercial real estate company. “Tucker and I sat next to each other in chemistry class—no joke. This was before cell phones were everywhere, so Tucker had to call my house to ask me out one Friday night. After that date, we both had the assumption that every Friday night from then on was our date night.”

The two saw each other for a few years in high school, and then the relationship became more serious when they were finishing up college. “It was Easter weekend, and we were headed to meet Tucker’s parents at his family’s beach house on Figure Eight Island, but when we arrived his parent’s weren’t there, so I began to have my suspicions that this might be ‘the’ weekend. He had set up an ‘Engagement Easter Basket’ with a few small gifts, a bottle of Champagne and my beloved childhood stuffed bunny—holding the engagement ring box in her lap. When I saw the basket, I lost it. I will never forget the moment he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. We celebrated that night drinking Champagne and calling all of our friends and family.”

Caroline and Tucker knew they wanted to have their wedding reception at Charlotte Country Club, where Tucker’s parents celebrated their marriage in 1982. “I wanted a soft spring color palette with lots of traditional elements,” says Caroline. “Tucker and I just wanted a good old-fashioned wedding!”

The bride entrusted the bulk of the planning to Reagan Barnes of Events by Reagan and her mother. “I couldn’t have done it without them,” she admits. “I can be a bit of a control freak, but since I trusted them both, I was able to hand over many of the decisions. As a result, I wasn’t the least bit stressed on my wedding day.”

Caroline did a stint selling wedding dresses right after college so when it came time for her to pick one for herself she knew exactly what she wanted. “I fell in love with Vera Wang’s ‘Pandora’ gown because it had traditional lace but with an airy feel,” she says. “There are about four layers of different layers of lace and tulle on that dress. I wanted a full skirt and train for dramatic effect since I knew I wouldn’t have the opportunity to wear a dress like that again.” She accented the dress with sparkly Jimmy Choo heels, the same style her sister wore for her wedding five years earlier.

For jewelry, she wore aquamarine and diamond drop earrings that Tucker gifted her on their wedding day. They served as her something new and something blue. “I chose a simple veil, which photographed beautifully in the wind,” says Caroline. “I wanted my hair up in a classic bun and natural makeup. I added orchids to my hair for the reception and then for my going away outfit I changed into a blue and white Marchesa Notte dress. Not only did I want to keep with the tradition of having a ‘going away look,’ but my wedding dress would not have fit in the going away car: a 1967 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.”

Caroline walked down the aisle to a string quartet playing “Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clarke. Reverend Lisa Saunders presided over the traditional Episcopalian ceremony, giving a beautiful homily, and then the string quartet played “Ave Maria.”

At the country club, the entrance was flanked by two large cherry blossom arrangements. Tablecloths were a mix of girard ivory and ice blue dupioni. “I was very specific about the flowers,” says Caroline. “Arrangements of pink tulips, orchids, blush garden roses, and peonies were scattered throughout the tables.”

For dinner, the couple chose to serve all of their favorites: shrimp and grits, fried oysters, seared ahi tuna, beef tenderloin, and potatoes au gratin. “My father gave a heartfelt speech welcoming everyone to the reception and also welcoming Tucker to the family,” says Caroline. The 12-piece band, Black and Blue Experience, kept everyone out on the dance floor. The couple’s first dance was to Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me.” “We wanted something classic and not too slow,” explains Caroline. “We are horrible dancers so we took lessons and learned a semi-choreographed dance. I’m pretty sure we were more nervous about the dance than actually getting married. Luckily, it came out mistake free!”  In between spins on the dance floor, guests grab caramels and macaroons on tiered trays for dessert. “Tucker didn’t want to go on stage, but the band ended up getting he and his groomsmen to sing ‘My Girl,’ which was sweet,” remembers Caroline. “He later told me it was one of his favorite moments from the party.” Guests could then grab caramels and macaroons on tiered trays while taking a break from dancing.

After the reception, the newlyweds were showered with rose petals on the way out. “We got the driver of our getaway car to drive through uptown Charlotte so all the Saturday night partiers got to see the vintage car with our just married sign,” laughs Caroline. The next day, the two took and early flight to Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands for their honeymoon. “I didn’t find out where we were going until the day of our wedding,” says Caroline. “Tucker planned the honeymoon all by himself and gave me a hotel brochure and a photography book of the island on the morning of our wedding. Before he planned it, my only stipulation was that we go somewhere tropical. He knows me well because he made a great choice. It was the honeymoon of our dreams—despite the 8:00 A.M. flight out—and the perfect ending to a wonderful and fun wedding weekend!”

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Kiawah Island Beach Club Rehearsal Dinner

February 6, 2017

Salty air, ocean breeze, muted hum of the margarita blender running…what’s not to love?!  This past May I had the privilege of rounding out my event season with four days of events scattered throughout Kiawah Island for Melissa and Tom’s wedding.  It was the perfect cherry on top as I prepared to kick up my heels for the last two months of my pregnancy, which hadn’t slowed me down yet.  So with a restful break in sight, I’d say we went out with a bang.

Melissa and Tom chose to host the rehearsal dinner and welcome party at The Beach Club on Kiawah Island.  A members-only oceanfront pool and restaurant, the location felt like home as Melissa and her sister spent many happy summers here with their parents and grandparents.  With so much family coming in from out of town and meeting for the first time, it was important to the couple that the setting be as laid back and comfortable as possible.  Beyond the setting itself, we made an effort that the food was equally as casual so that everyone felt at ease.  It was a carefree and fun way to roll into the wedding weekend.

Melissa and Tom know a thing or two about food – Tom serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Levy Restaurants – so to say that they are foodies doesn’t do it justice.  Toss in Melissa’s Italian blood and it’s clear that the importance of food and a good meal shared among friends and family is of the highest importance.  Melissa and Tom had some fun with the menu.

Designing it with the chef from scratch, we sought to feature each city that represented Melissa and Tom: New York, Chicago, and of course Charleston.  Our “Taste of New York” menu included New York style hot dogs, potato knish, Waldorf salad, mini pastrami sandwiches, and mini New York strip sandwiches.  For a “Taste of Chicago” guests could choose from Chicago style hot dogs (which I had never had before, delicious!), garbage salad, and a selection of Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizzas (the real deal, shipped directly from Chi-Town).  Representing Charleston at its best was 167 Raw with an impressive raw bar manned by two men complete with oysters, cocktail shrimp, littleneck clams, and ceviche bites consisting of Maine Dayboat halibut and local grouper…YUM!  A Chicago based chalkboard artist, Chalk-Out-Loud, designed two sandwich board signs to serve as table top menus.

The intimate dinner took place on the deck with entertainment from the soulful McKenzie Eddy with Elliot Smith on the keys.  Because of the ocean breeze, no linens were used.  Rather we stuck with the Beach Club’s wooden tables and brought in pub height farm tables for guests to perch during cocktail hour and afterwards at the dessert reception.  Melissa requested florals with greenery and pops of yellow in planted containers.  Lanterns lined the entry steps to the club and large white orbs were sprinkled along the pool deck creating an edgy party vibe for once the sun went down.

Toasts capped off dinner and the party opened to all guests for a welcome dessert reception.  Melissa and Tom served some of the club’s specialties: homemade oreos, ice cream sandwiches, and lemon squares.  I may or may not have had at least one of the ice cream sandwiches (did I mention I was eight months pregnant?!).  In addition, we flew in from New York a custom Baked by Melissa cupcake display of miniature cupcakes in the design of the couple’s initials, M+T.

Guests enjoyed more drinks, sweets, and live music under the moonlight while snapping away with custom SnapChat filters that evolved throughout the weekend with each event.  It was an easy evening and a happy way to roll into the the wedding day to follow, so much so that no one wanted to leave – the father of the bride was the last to get the “boot!”  After all, he needed his beauty rest for his surprise jam session with the band the next day, but that’s a story for another day… 😉

Cheers to the Funks!

Photography: TimWill PhotographyFlowers: Charleston Stems | Lighting: TEC | Rentals: Snyder

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Ocean Course Wedding Featured on BRIDES.com!

February 3, 2017

Waking up this morning to see that Patricia + Kevin’s wedding is featured on BRIDES.com has me doing my happy dance! I am delighted to finally share images of their al fresco oceanfront wedding at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island and am eager to feature their wedding on my website soon.

For now, please enjoy the wonderful feature on BRIDES.com!

When Patricia Koch was vacationing in San Francisco in June of 2012, her friend took advantage of the opportunity and arranged for her to meet Kevin Cahill. “Kevin was my friend’s boss at the time,” Patricia explains. Three years after they first hit it off, Kevin surprised Patricia with a proposal. “He’d asked me if I wanted to go out to dinner, and was surprised to come home and find me in pajamas on the couch,” says Patricia. “I got up to change, and that’s when Kevin handed me a card.” She didn’t think anything of it, until she looked up and saw Kevin on one knee. Says the bride of that special moment, “I keep the card on my vanity so I’m reminded of it every day.”

With the goal of treating their guests to a weekend that felt like a vacation (without the long-distance travel), the couple chose the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island as the setting for their April 30, 2016, wedding. “It’s close to Charleston, has incredible ocean views, and let us keep as much of our wedding outside as possible,” says Patricia. They opted to simply enhance the venue’s natural beauty, using white flowers and soft gray accents, as well as natural elements like succulents and sea grasses. The design, by Events by Reagan, was a perfect match for the stunning location, and the photos by Julie Livingston Photography are proof!

The combination of stark white paper and soft gray and sea glass blue ink gave the couple’s invitation suite an airy and ethereal feel. Equally ethereal was Patricia’s Vera Wang wedding dress, a lace silhouette with a full mermaid skirt. The edges of her nude Casadei sandals were a sweet and subtle “something blue,” and Patricia’s emerald-cut solitaire engagement ring is one that will never go out of style.

“I’d been to two other stores, and didn’t love anything I tried,” says Patricia. “I actually went to Vera Wang on my own, with a few specific dresses I wanted to try. They were much more simple, but when I put this dress on, I just felt like a bride.” She paired the fitted gown with an all-white bouquet of orchids, ranunculus, garden roses, lilac, and sweet peas. Dusty miller leaves added a hint of greenish gray contrast.

Kevin wore a navy blue suit with warm brown shoes. We love the idea of having a first look beneath the ceremony arch!

The ceremony aisle was lined with hurricane vases full of sea grass. The arch itself, made of birch boughs, was draped with ranunculus, hydrangeas, roses, and sweet peas.

Just before they walked down the aisle, Patricia and her father took a moment to practice their father-daughter dance.

The couple added a personal touch to their ceremony by inviting Kevin’s brother-in-law, who is ordained, to officiate. “He knows us both, and was able to add sweet and special anecdotes to the proceedings,” says Patricia.

Dinner was served on the lawn, where the newlyweds created an intimate setting for their 135 guests by seating them at two 72-foot tables. Hardwood tables and a mix of soft white flowers kept the reception feeling airy and natural.

Centerpieces combined white hydrangeas, roses, and tulips with pillar and votive candles. Soft gray linen napkins were topped with either succulents or sprigs of lavender. The menu included a duo of filet mignon and shrimp and grits, and specialty cocktails were cava and Arnold Palmers—perfect for the golf course setting!

Instead of escort cards, guests found their seats with a custom watercolor diagram perched on a wall of greenery. The al fresco dinner took place alongside the clubhouse, overlooking the lawn where the dancing tent had been pitched.

The open sailcloth tent provided the perfect setting for an evening of dancing and revelry. Three oyster shell chandeliers hung over the dance floor, and clusters of lounge seating and lanterns filled the space.

Kevin and Patricia’s first dance was to “Lay Down” by Son Little. In addition to a small vanilla cake, the couple served key lime tartlets, mini chocolate bourbon pecan pies, blueberry almond crisps, and cookies from their favorite bakery in their hometown of New York City, Momofuku Milk Bar.

At the end of the night, the newlyweds made their exit beneath streamers and banners reading “Hooray!” and “Congrats!”

“Hiring a wedding planner was the best decision we made,” says Patricia. “Reagan made the process so much more enjoyable. I didn’t have to worry about a thing, knowing that I had her to help me every step of the way.”

Many thanks to all of the incredible vendors involved!

Venue & Catering: The Ocean Course || Wedding Planner: Events by Reagan || Bride’s Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Shoes: Casadei || Hair: Mac McAbee || Makeup: Diedre Outlaw of Studio M Charleston || Wedding Bands: Cartier || Flowers: Stems || Invitations & Menus: Oscar + Emma || Calligraphy, Seating Chart & Custom Watercolor: Brown Fox Calligraphy || Welcome Gifts: A Signature Welcome || Music: Calvin Taylor; Quiana Parler & The Shiny Disco Ball Band || Cake: Sugar Bake Shop || Rentals: EventHaus; Snyder Events; La Tavola || Favors: Olde Colony Bakery || Tent: Sperry Tents Southeast || Lighting: Distinctive Events || Photographer: Julie Livingston Photography || Dresser: Cacky’s Bride + Aid || Transportation: Charleston Style Limo

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New Kansas City Wedding Featured

January 24, 2017

I just uploaded a new Kansas City wedding onto my site and love, love, love seeing a city skyline worked into my portfolio!  While rolling hills and marsh grass will always be at the root of my soul, there’s nothing like breaking into a new scene…especially when your couple makes it look so good!

This wedding took place in October at the new Grand Hall at Power & Light.  In fact, we were the first wedding to take place in the stately new venue!  I love being a ground breaker in any situation, that’s a big reason why I love destination planning so much.  It’s challenging yet refreshing to work in unchartered territory, always leading to new ideas and exciting results.  I’d say we christened this new event space with a bang!

Here are a few of my favorite images from Kerri and Mark‘s wedding, photographed by the talented Jamie B. Photography.  They so artfully capture such emotion and movement!  For more, visit the full feature here.

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Opening Soon! A Fine Fête, A Kansas City Collective

January 23, 2017
Drumroll please…. I am joining forces with Loveletter Studio and Leigh Miller to open a collective studio called A Fine Fête in the KC crossroads at 15th and Walnut!

A Fine Fête is a collection of artists who have come together to offer the best in event design. The concept was born from the dynamic chemistry of three creatives with a shared passion for celebrating love and creating memorable experiences for their clients. The collective space is intended to create a sense of community, to generate creativity, to inspire one another, and for collaboration. It is also an opportunity to provide special offerings to couples and to give back to the community through charitable events.

Stay tuned for more updates as we move into our new home!

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How to Blossom in Your Floral Design Meeting

January 23, 2017

Scabiosa, dendrobium, stephanotis, lisianthus… do you find yourself smiling and nodding blankly as though you actually know what these are?  If so, you are not alone!  While flowers are usually one of the most exciting parts of any event, many people can feel intimidated or left in the dark when trying to articulate what flower types they like.  But you, my dear, are not expected to be an flower expert.  Remove any pressure you may feel and stick to these three guidelines when going into your initial floral design meeting.  Leave the rest up to your planner and florist!

1. Texture

What texture describes the floral style you like?  Do you love full, fluffy, romantic, feminine, soft arrangements or do you identify more with sleek, smooth, structural, modern, architectural arrangements?  Use adjectives such as these to describe the feeling you want your flowers to have.  These descriptors speak volumes to your planner and florist without ever having to name a specific flower.  Not only does it set the mood of the florals but it helps set the tone for the overall event design.

2. Color

This sounds obvious, right?  But it’s not a simple as “my colors are blush and white.”  Are you drawn to monochromatic arrangements, do you envision a design containing a spectrum of one color, or do you have a more expansive palette?  If you want all white florals, are you okay if your white flowers have a blush or yellow undertone or is it important to stick to flowers with a clean, pure white finish?  Articulate your priorities but also heed your florist’s advice.  Sometimes restricting color variance too much can inhibit what your designer is able to do.  You also don’t want to set yourself up for disappointment when the peonies flown in from Holland arrive with a warmer ivory tone rather than the clean, cool white you specified.  Your florist is at the mercy of Mother Nature so it’s best to provide guidelines but also allow for flexibility!

3. Composition

You’ve identified the texture and feeling, you’ve specified the colors, now touch on the composition of the arrangements.  Do you like the look of each arrangement only containing one flower type, creating a more striking modern look, do you like arrangements with a variety of flower types to create more depth and interest, or do you like a bit of both: arrangements of single flower types grouped in a collection with other flower types singularly arranged?  While this may seem minor, each choice can lead to very different and dynamic outcomes.

Knowing that you need only to prepare with good descriptors at hand rather than studying up on your floral vocabulary will set you up for a successful initial floral meeting.  Stick to these three guidelines and come out feeling like a pro!

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5 Reasons To Hire a Wedding Planner

January 19, 2017

The question has been popped, you have a sparkly new addition on your left hand, and your mind is a flurry of excitement and decisions yet to be made.  Being the go-getter that you are, you create a planning notebook, get vendor recommendations from recently married friends, and start making your first few inquiries.  You’ve got this, right?!  And then the swarm of questions start hitting you from every angle, you have another full time job that is not wedding planning to stay on top of, and things start piling up.  Slowly but surely, stress starts to slip into the flirty fun process of planning your wedding and suddenly this endeavor doesn’t seem so easy anymore.  That’s where I can help!  If you find yourself in this position or are contemplating whether or not you need a wedding planner, here are my top reasons to hire one (now).

1. Streamline your ideas

While ideas are not something you’re short on (have you seen your Pinterest page?!), making sense of them and turning them into reality can be a challenge.  One of the greatest things a wedding planner can do is help you sift through your thoughts, identify priorities, and establish order that will lead to the cohesive look you’re after.  It is the job of a wedding planner to listen, decipher, and assist you design.  Not only do we hear your wishes and desires, your thoughts are often incredible springboards for greater ideas better than you ever imagined…and who doesn’t want that?

2. Keep you on track

Now that you have a direction, who is helping you stay on track?  You have decisions to make, deadlines to meet, and a budget to stick to.  So you decided to splurge and add some brass to your band (always a great choice!), that means some shifting needs to take place within the budget so you don’t go over.  I always tell my clients that I am their greatest advocate for sticking to their budget and will be the first to point out any time we are faced with a decision to stretch the limits.  I weigh pros and cons and advise on what decisions are worth it and which will go unnoticed if you don’t go the extra mile.  Your decisions need to be impactful (and timely) so that you achieve the greatest bang for your buck and don’t waste unnecessary funds on rush fees or late penalties.

3. Eliminate the pressure

Weddings and the pressure that inevitable comes along with them tend to bring out the best, and sadly sometimes the worst, in those involved.  Maybe you never knew that your fiancé has this thing about sweating and refuses to have any aspect of the wedding outside, or your future in-laws insist on inviting every third cousin and their children, or better yet, your mother tells you this is her day and you can plan your wedding when you have a daughter?  Ahh!  So much emotion swirling about the biggest day of your life and suddenly you feel like everything is teetering on thin ice.  In steps your wedding planner…  Let your wedding planner serve as a mediator to ensure that everyone’s wishes are heard and a solution is found that makes everyone happy.  Remove yourself from the equation and any potential stress.  Enjoying your engagement and not losing site of why you are planning your wedding is my number one goal – that and allowing you and your family to feel like guests at your own occasion.  No one has time for stress.  Save yourself the headache, protect your relationships, and hire a wedding planner!  (Read my post “Enjoying your Engagement” for more encouragement!)

4. Vendor connections

You have tons of friends who will hook you up with all the vendors you need, right?  Wrong!  This is quite possibly one of the most undervalued reasons to hire a wedding planner!  Maybe your friends had very different budgets than you, had other priorities, and opposite tastes?  While vendors can be versatile to meet everyone’s needs, wedding planners can place you with vendors who are a perfect fit and not someone who is adjusting their usual practices to make it work for you.  You wouldn’t see a plastic surgeon who specializes in facelifts to get a nose job, would you?  So why go with a wedding vendor who does not specialize in the style of photography or floral design that you are after?  A wedding planner will help identify which vendors make the most sense for your vision and your budget.  Utilize our well-established, veteran vendor relationships to your advantage!

5. They make it happen!

There’s paperwork, confirmations, invitation assembly, welcome gift delivery, set up, breakdown, orchestration of vendors, troubleshooting, execution, and much much more behind the scenes activity.  At the end of the day, do you want to be the one juggling the 50+ hats that a wedding planner wears throughout your engagement but, most importantly, on your wedding day?  When you are reading a heartfelt note from your groom, do you really want to be the point of contact for the band that’s calling to let you know they’ve broken down on the side of the road or for the hair stylist who is trying to call in sick?  Leave the interruptions and problem solving up to your wedding planner.  If there’s a glitch, it can be handled without ever having to worry you.  A wedding planner makes your life easier as well as those of all vendors involved.  If you had to identify one reason to hire a wedding planner, this is it!

While I could go on and on with more reasons to enlist the professional help of a wedding planner, I leave you with this: this is a once-in-a-lifetime event and you deserve the best.  A wedding planner will ensure that you have the wedding experience you’ve always dreamt of and leave you with memories to cherish for the rest of your life.

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Quiet Anticipation

January 13, 2017

One of my favorite moments of being a wedding planner is the one filled with quiet anticipation before the bride walks down the aisle.  Emotions and nerves are high, happiness is in its purest form, and it is intimately shared by those closest to the bride…and me. 🙂  It is sacred and a moment that, after years of experiencing time after time, never fails to bring a joyful tear to my eye.

Leigh Webber Photography masterfully captured this moment for Morgan and Jon in North Carolina.

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Dillard & Johnson Featured on The Wedding Row

January 5, 2017

Events by Reagan thrillingly rounded out 2016 with a feature of Dillard and Johnson’s wedding on The Wedding Row!  This Charleston yacht club event ranked up there as one of the most festive winter affairs I’ve done and I’m delighted that The Wedding Row chose to cap off its year with it.  A sweet excerpt is below but catch the full feature here!

Just like that, another year has passed, and we think it’s safe to say that it’s been one for the books here on TWR! To celebrate a year packed with gorgeous Charleston weddings, we’re capping 2016 off with the Big Day of local gal Dillard and her hubs Johnson, which was captured by oh-so-talented Gayle Brooker Photography. First, I must address the majesty of Dillard’s breathtaking cap-sleeved beaded Oscar de la Renta gown, a work of art that set the tone for the entire day. From there, Events by Reagan made sure every cranberry-hued bouquet, swag of fabric, and glowing detail was in its proper place. After Dillard and Johnson had sealed their vows with a kiss at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, the celebration moved a few blocks away to a private yacht club where boughs of garlands, fine linens, and a massive antique mirrored bar wowed every guest that entered. Big Swing & The Ballroom Blasters filled the night with irresistible tunes until it was time for the newlyweds to run through a gauntlet of guests tossing petals to their vintage getaway ride. Talk about a perfect end to a perfect evening and to another beautiful year on The Wedding Row! Cheers to all of you darlings and a happy New Year, too!

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Boho Barn Inspiration Shoot

December 16, 2016

This fall I had the opportunity to let loose and dream up a punchy, free-spirited shoot with some of Kansas City’s most talented wedding professionals.  Spearheading the collaboration with me, Leigh Miller Photography had the perfect spot in mind: The Historic Taylor Barn in rural Kansas, just outside of Kansas City.

This boho barn shoot is full of inspiration for the bride who is not afraid of deep, rich colors and one that had the cattle rancher doing a double take.

Our setting was the most unassuming of locations: a historic 1879 barn on an operating cattle ranch in. The barn’s interior was filled with unbelievable textures of exposed stones and weathered wide plank floors, expansive barn doors, cathedral heigh ceilings, and towering windows that let sunbeams shine through. Once inside, you felt as though you had discovered a hidden treasure, a portal back in time. It was the perfect setting for our shoot.

We focused on color and textures to create a moody and romantic setting, mixing custom elements with easily accessible store bought items. The wine colored velvet linen, plum feathered pillows (Target purchase!), mixed metals, and lush florals really popped against the natural textures of the old, worn barn. Toss in lots and lots of candles and (voila!), a dramatic ceremony setting.

The dinner table was set under a low lying branch of an old oak tree. Wooden benches with pillows tied in the formal table to the more rustic barn setting. Marble tiles (from Home Depot!) with gold calligraphy atop a patterned napkin served as place cards for each guest and colorful jewel toned and pink pastel votives littered the center of the table. Florals of deep burgundy and peach with trailing greenery loosely draped over their brass containers created a bohemian yet sophisticated setting.

Loveletter Studio’s dramatic modern calligraphy was striking in wine colored ink against our sultry florals and velvet table linen.

The bride was dressed in a form fitting gown with a free flowing skirt from Altar Bridal. She was accessorized with a fur shrug and striking burgundy velvet heals. Her real life groom wore a gray plaid suit with plum accents and their chemistry was off the charts!

Good Earth Floral knocked the florals out of the park and must have jumped inside my mind when I said we wanted a moody, dripping candle ceremony setting.  Ashley truly brought my vision to life…and if you only knew the fear that coursed through our veins as we lit all of those little candles on wobbly 137 year old barn planks.  It takes passion and (sometimes) guts to get the job done!

After sharing a toast of sparkling rose in gold etched champagne coups and a piece naked wedding cake, the couple was sent off under a shower of gold confetti!

This shoot was the marriage of many unexpected design elements, resulting in a bunch of sexy inspiration!

Many thanks to all of the participating vendors:

Leigh Miller Photography | The Historic Taylor Barn | Good Earth Floral Design Studio | Loveletter Studio | UltraPom | McLain’s Bakery | Altar Bridal | Magdalena Styles | La Tavola Fine Linen

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