After months and months of planning, feeling like the big day was still so far away, Brian and I have now been married for two months as of tomorrow. To celebrate, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from the day, along with what Kansas City vendors we chose to help make our day the special memory it was.
When it came to preserving the memories from the day, we knew we wanted a photographer who would speak the story of the day and of our love through the photographs. Stephen of The Waldron Photograph Co. did the best job possible, and the photos turned out better than I could have imagined. His use of black-and-white photography was really what sold me on his services, and I can't wait to have physical prints framed and hung up around our house.
Our actual ceremony took place at the St. Mark and St. Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church. Brian's family is from Egypt, and their culture is rich and dynamic. Coptic Christians come from one of the oldest branches of Christianity in the world, which is very evident in their traditions. We were married in a traditional Coptic ceremony, and Brian and I later exchanged vows you'd find at an American ceremony during the reception.
I wanted the overall feel of the day to be very classic and sophisticated, and that included the flowers. Rosemary of Final Touch Studios created our arrangements for the day, and man, does she know what she is doing! Her office was incredible and a testament to her skill and craft. She also designed and set up the centerpieces at the reception.
Our cake was the genius of Ashley of Sugar Beats Bake Shop. She took the inspiration I showed her from Pinterest and made it come to life. We tasted many a piece of cake from a variety of bakers, and hers was by far the most flavorful and the most unique. I can't wait until October of next year when we get our anniversary cake from her!
Our reception venue took a few weeks to nail down, but everyone finally agreed on The Grand Hall located in The Power & Light district in downtown Kansas City. The recently renovated space was perfect for that classic, sophisticated feel I wanted: marble, art deco, metallics, and beautiful lighting and ambience. The space was truly perfect and romantic, and its location was ideal for out-of-town guests who wanted to be close to hotels.
Our dinner for the evening (which Brian and I made sure we took some time to enjoy) was from Plaza Catering. If you get the chance to work with Rolfe from the company, he will deliver some seriously delicious eats. On our menu: steak filets with a whiskey demi-glaze, trout with brown butter sage sauce, and chicken stuffed with asparagus and gruyere. The food was a big hit with our guests.
Rather than a photobooth, Brian had the brilliant idea of having caricature artists draw guests. We hired Fine Tooners. They were incredibly fast and managed to get through everyone who sat down in record time! Having live music was also important to me, so rather than a full-blown band, we went with Dueling Pianos. The duo were interactive and kept the dance floor packed all night long.
If there's one piece of advice I'd share with any bride-to-be, it's that hiring a planner or a month-of coordinator will be the best thing for your peace of mind. We chose Stephanie of Pretty & Planned, and she is truly the best in the business. She handled our wedding day, which was the meeting of two very different cultures, with grace and calm. Her team is spot-on, and she was a life-saver when it came to coordinating all the details. I would hire her again in a heartbeat. (In fact, she was so behind-the-scenes that we couldn't find her in a photo to share!)
My dress was purchased from J.Crew's wedding line (which has since, unfortunately, been discontinued). I've known for a long time I've wanted something clean, simple, and one-shouldered (hello, Greek goddess), so J.Crew's aesthetic was perfect. To add some sparkle, my talented, creative mom hand-beaded the belt and tacked it to my dress. She added one blue bead—can you spot it in the above picture? I also wanted to add some drama with a cathedral-length veil (from David's Bridal), and then I switched into a headpiece for the reception (also from David's Bridal). My shoes were from Forever 21, which have since been sold out, but I love the pop of red they add. My hair was done by my bestie Anna (who was also a bridesmaid), and I did my own makeup.
With that, I leave you with a few of my favorite photos from the day. I want to share them all with you, so I'll be sure to post a few more throughout the next couple of months over on my Instagram. I hope you enjoy this peek into the best day of my life!