It’s sexy, it’s moody, it’s fashion-forward, and edgy. It’s wedding design that Kansas City has yet to see…
…and it was just featured on Ruffled!
As an event designer, I am always thinking of ways to reinvent the wheel, especially when that means pushing the envelope. I feel like it’s my duty as a creative to keep things fresh and introduce new ideas to my clients. It’s my job to inspire clients and fan the flame of passion within fellow wedding creatives. When passions are ignited, great things happen and we’re reminded why we chose to go into the event industry in the first place.
This modern romance inspiration shoot was no exception.
The concept had been brewing in my head for quite some time… I wanted to create something beautiful in a chic, urban setting featuring a same sex couple. This shoot needed to be current and what’s more current than celebrating and supporting marriage equality? Our same sex couples are under marketed, especially in Kansas City, so I wanted to make sure they knew they had just as much of a home in our wedding industry as any other heterosexual couple – and that my door is always open.
Beyond the setting and couple, I envisioned a cutting edge design. I wanted the same feeling and emotion you feel when watching a high-end fashion show. It need to evoke power and confidence. I wanted it to command your attention. It needed to be masculine and incredibly well tailored. I wanted layers, textures, juxtapositions. I wanted DRAMA.
About the time I was ready to start bringing this vision to life, I met Amy Loux of Flora Design Co. in Kansas City. I knew from our first coffee date when it was all we could do to pull ourselves away from each other because we could have discussed wedding design all day long that she was the creative energy this shoot needed. And boy, did she deliver!
From the very beginning, the only home in my mind for this shoot could be The Rooftop at The Brass on Baltimore. The clean white walls, the showcase bar, its modern finishes, and a view of the downtown skyline – it was the only option for me. Luckily, they were all about it.
The rest of the team came together too easily – they were inspired by the concept and their passions felt tangible. Add energy to great talent and amazing things are bound to happen.
As things began to come to fruition, we decided why have one cake when you can have three? Aleta of Adorn Cakes brought a trio of wedding cakes featuring the hottest trends in design. Gold foil, marbled, and drip cakes… The display, accented with stalks of pampas grass was a head turner.
I dressed the table with a sultry navy velvet linen from La Tavola and topped it with custom antiqued mirrors (edge to edge) specially made by local designer Cody Brown of R24 Studios (who also served as a model…love that man). Keeping things clean and modern, I accented the table with lucite chairs.
As though the antiqued mirrors didn’t step up the table enough, I styled the table with mixed metals: burnished copper flatware, a pewter charger, black and navy china next to a mix of black and Waterford crystal glassware.
The napkins were made from men’s suit fabric, each tied with suede cord and a tassel, and every place setting was marked with a metallic laser cut name “card” calligraphed by loveletter studio. Little Yellow Leaf brought her A game with chic glass menus printed in copper foil vinyl. Ah! The various textures and materials of this design made my heart sing.
We flooded the table with candlelight and Flora Design Co. adorned it with lush, dried arrangements of pampas grass and money leaf. The cherry on top? A dramatic overhead installation of pampas grass.
The romantic glow from the candles and reflective metals against the nighttime cityscape was everything and more.
Thank you to the amazing team of vendors!
Venue | The Brass on Baltimore
Planning & Design | Events by Reagan
Photo | Leigh Miller Photography
Florals | Flora Design Co.
Calligraphy | loveletter studio
Cake | Adorn Cakes
Graphic Design | Little Yellow Leaf
Rentals | Ultrapom
Videographer | Creative Films