Tuesday, November 7, 2017

REAL BRIDE: Katie

Phil & Katie Knopp

05.22.17

Mr. & Mrs. Knopp went for a vintage feel on their big day, playing to the theme with pearls, vintage linens, & pretty florals for their decor. The couple kept it classic for their style too, with Phil sporting a traditional black & white suit & Katie opting for a dreamy champagne colored gown with a soft & flowy skirt. From their college beginnings to their family church for vows, and their style choices & cakes (yes, plural!) there are so many unique ideas from this day to swoon over!







How did the two of you meet?
"Phil & I met at the University of Kansas through mutual friends. He seemed to take an interest in me very quickly & we hung out as friends for a few months, going out & watching KU basketball games together. We went on a lot of dinner dates & usually spent most nights talking or texting on the phone after we left hanging out!" 










Did you have a specific theme in mind while you were planning?
"We decided to have our ceremony & reception at St. Michael's where my family attends church. The sanctuary is simply breathtaking, so there was not much decoration needed in there! The church hall was a great place to have the reception & we were able to accommodate our large guest list of 250+. My mom & Phil's mom helped me find the decorations for the reception. We found over 30 vintage lace table cloths for each table & also 250 vintage napkins! It was so much fun thrifting all the linens & they turned out SO perfect!" 






What was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day?
"There are so many to choose from! Our ceremony was so perfect, I really wanted to be present & remember everything about it. I will never forget the feeling of walking down the isle with my dad & locking eyes with Phil! One of my favorite things we did was instead of having flower girls, we asked our grandmas to be our 'flower grans'. They were the star of the show! We have the best pictures of them walking into the church & it just instantly puts a smile on my face! I think the BEST thing about getting married is celebrating with all of your guests. During dinner, I couldn't help but look around & think 'Wow, literally everyone that I love is here with us tonight'. It is such a great feeling!" 










What advice would you give to other brides in regards to dress shopping? 
"This was actually the only part of wedding planning that I was dreading. Seriously, the moment I walked into Something White, I thought, 'this is where I want to buy my dress'. I had a strict budget that I knew I didn't want to go over, so I never once looked at a dress above my price point- even tho I really wanted to a few times. I also ended up picking a dress that I never thought I would want to wear. The selling point for the dress I bought was comfort. I knew I wanted to be in something that I would be okay wearing for 12+ hours. It was so comfortable & also romantic & simple... exactly what I wanted. When you are looking for your dress, just call Paige & she will take the best care of you!"








Where did you draw your inspiration & ideas from?
"I have been to a lot of my friends' weddings over the past few years. I love bits & pieces from all of their days so I combined them into my own! One of my favorite things that we did were the centerpieces. I decided to have a small six inch cake made for each table so guests could serve themselves. We had about 7 different flavors & all of our guests LOVED getting to cut their own cake & sneaking to other tables to try other flavors! I have to give my mom a shout out because she made every single cake for the wedding! 30 tables & the bride & groom cake! Best part was that we had almost zero leftovers! They were a total hit!"







Congratulations to Katie & Phil!
Here's to your newest adventure together- full of Kansas basketball & laughter!





Bridal Look:
Hair & Makeup | Parlor Blowdry Beauty Bar
Hair Comb | Hair Comes the Bride 

Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony & Reception Venue | St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish
Photography | Sara Marie Photography
Coordinator | A Wedding Come True  
Florist D&R Events
Bridesmaid Designer | Show Me Your Mumu  


Menswear | Jos. A. Bank
Rentals | D&R Events  
Catering Grandma's Catering
DJ | Mike With A Mic




Saturday, October 14, 2017

REAL BRIDE: Valerie

Ron & Valerie Willey

07.05.16

This real SW wedding is giving us some serious helpings of pretty! Ron & Valerie tied the knot during a countryside wedding in Spring Hill, Kansas, complete with organic florals & an intimate atmosphere. The couple & their guests celebrated the beginning of forever & the grooms birthday while enjoying an outdoor ceremony & a reception complete with florals & foliage & a sweet treat spread. Scroll down to be entirely inspired by this romantic rustic wedding.






How did the two of you meet?
"Ron is from Kentucky & I am from Kansas City. We were set up on a blind date through mutual friends. I knew very soon into things that we were meant to be together. We dated briefly & then quickly decided to make it forever!"




















How did you ask your girls to be bridesmaids?
"I created a box full of goodies for them. I made one for each special lady that included confetti, champagne, ring pops, & other fun things! I also included a shirt for each of them along with a special card. The boxes really challenged my inner creativity!"









Where did you draw your inspiration & ideas from?
"Mostly Pinterest & looking at previous weddings on The Knot. The Knot had a lot of great resources that we utilized. The wedding planner app & the wedding checklist kept me on track." 












What was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day?
"Every moment of our day was so special but the moment I saw Ron at the altar waiting for me was pure bliss. We did not do a first look so this was our moment & it was totally worth the wait. Nothing else matters in that moment & I realized this is what I have waited for & all of these people here love us so much. It was a very special moment."



















What advice would you give to other brides in regards to dress shopping?
"When dress shopping, be prepared.  You may fall in love with a dress that is the total opposite of all the hundreds of Pinterest pins you thought you wanted. When it makes you feel beautiful & you don’t want to take it off, it’s the one! I loved my dress & so did my husband, that’s what matters. Also, just general wedding advice, take moments during your day to appreciate how amazing it is to have all these people you love in one place & really look at each person. It goes so fast! Enjoy every minute!"













Did you have a specific theme in mind while you were planning?
"We knew we wanted a small wedding & we knew we wanted our colors to be creams & golds. Our friends & family made a lot of our decorations which really helped. My parents even made custom tables for cocktail hour! Our ideas were truly brought to life by our florist Kayli who was so kind. She made us AMAZING hanging floral arrangements. We loved everything she brought to the table!"










What made you decide to get married on July 7th?
"This wonderful date is also my husband’s birthday! It also happened to be our nieces’ birthday too. It was great to be able to sing happy birthday to them & make the day seem even more special." 









Congratulations Ron & Valerie!
Wishing you the sweetest forever & ever.



Bridal Look:
Gown | Amy Kuschel
Hair & Makeup | Becca Taber & Blush Face Artistry
Shoes David's Bridal
Belt Theia Couture

Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony & Reception Venue | Hickory Creek Ranch
Photography | Staci Dabney Photography
Florist KP Event Design
Bridesmaid Designer | Bella Bridesmaids - Kenneth Winston