Bridget and Blake

Bridget and Blake

Photos by Shadow & Light Photography

Bridget and Blake

Dripping in Glitter and Love

My first conversation with mama bear Karen,  went a little something like this:
I’m interviewing several planners for my daughter’s wedding … We are moving and she and her fiancé are juniors in college and expecting their first baby … I picked you because you love animals and so do we …. Bridget loves sparkle and shoes and so do you (all these deets she picked off my website) … And well are you available for our date??

Yes my sweet mother of the bride, I am available and I would be honored to be your wedding planner.

Three days later I received an email from Bridget and from that moment on we talked nearly every day all things wedding (and not necessarily hers) so you will find it no surprise that she interned at SSD this spring and is currently working for a fabulous planner in Kansas City.

We did the majority of our planning over the phone and via email since they were all out of town.

Our on their first trip with Olivia (their most darling babe) to St. Louis, we decided to sneak in a quick planning meeting.
It was a cold rainy day and as new parents maneuvered the diaper bag, pumpkin seat and umbrella while trying to read the parking meter all the while keeping the rain from Olivia and each other… How could you not fall in love? I sat in the coffee shop window watching with tears welled up in my eyes. I knew this family was officially a part of my heart at that moment.

In the next 18 months we celebrated Olivia’s first birthday, college graduation, several job interviews, Liv’s first tooth and first words, first Halloween and first Christmas, buying a house …

And then moving to KC. My heart ached when they announced the move but I was stoked for their new beginning.

And the wedding, the reason you are all here, so let’s dive right in to the gorgeous details of the day.

The day was incredible. And I wish wish wish I could have seen every reaction and every moment in real life, but I didn’t. You see, a wedding planner’s worst nightmare came true on the Friday morning before their wedding. I developed the flu. For the next 36 hours, my time line and I lived in a bathroom while managing the day via texts, photos and phone calls.

Thank you to my awesome assistant, Megan and our amazing vendor team, and of course a bride who lives and breathes weddings that tried to convince me “Ash, I got this,” a bride who was more concerned that her wedding planner was ok than what time it was.

When I say my work has blessed me with the best clients who have become my friends and extended family, it’s an understatement.

Bridget is a classic bride- all sparkle all romance. This girl after my own heart had a love for Leonardo Dicaprio which flourished into a gold dipped feather Art Deco theme.

Bridget’s dear friend and college roommate, Taylor, who also has an affinity for wedding planning, created this handmade guestbook. It was perfect. So thoughtful and sentimental.

These gorgeous linens from An Affair to Remember were the most splendid addition to the equally amazing centerpieces she created. It pulled in the Art Deco theme with the sequined blush patterned underneath candlelit feather and floral decor.

Blake’s parents built this beautiful arbor that now has a home in the newlywed’s back yard. We originally planned to have the ceremony outside but a quickly approaching a storm had our bomb.com vendor crew racing to reset the ceremony inside just in time.

Custom designed cake designed by the sweet Sugarbelle Cakery.

The crew got ready at the Magnolia Hotel – famous for its breathtaking chandeliers from the original Aladdin hotel in Las Vegas and the Cary Grant suite (did you know Cary Grant started the trend of putting chocolates on pillows?).

And our former pageant queen bride had her favorite hair stylist fly in for this classic updo! Emily Miller Hair and MakeUp Artist did Bridget’s make up as well as the hair and makeup for the gals in the bridal party.

And a first dance with your daddy? Of course!

And what wedding night is complete without a confetti grand exit?

And if these stunning photos by talented Amy Meyerott of Shadow + Light Photography don’t satisfy your every need then definitely watch this video by her stud muffin husband Andrew who documented the day … And I’m still crying. Song choice = perfect. Can’t wait for the vow renewal.

Their wedding was featured on The Inspired Bride

Beauty – Emily Miller Hair + Make Up and Rouge Beauty Bar
Dress – Couture Bride Las Vegas
Tuxes – Jos. A. Bank
Location- The Caramel Room
Cake – Sugarbelle Cakery
Florals + Rentals – An Affair to Remember 
DJ- Sounds Fun
Transportation – Best Transportation
Hotel – Magnolia Hotel
Officiant – Pastor Shay, The Crossing 
Invitations – Unique Moments 

Bridget + Blake are still in KC building their own house for their two beautiful daughters + their pup Hogan! And we are still connected at the hip. On their 2nd wedding anniversary, Bridget planned a surprise dinner for 2 on the Caramel Room Terrace and I SURPRISED them by serving that dinner! 

How to Write Vows – A Lil Inspiration

How to Write Vows – A Lil Inspiration

Photos by Amanda Zika – Dreaming Tree Photography 

How to Write Vows

A Lil Inspiration

We love that so many of our couples choose to write their own vows for their ceremony! 

But why does it feel so hard to write them?
Probably because you want it to be perfect!
Because you will be standing in front of 100 + of your nearest + dearest.
Because this is your best friend + while you can be 100% yourself with that person, it’s the one person you want to do right by. 

My husband Jason and I wrote our vows for our wedding + it made our ceremony so memorable! But truth be told it took me weeks because nothing ever felt good enough! Eventually I scrapped my first 3 drafts + opted for speaking the silliness from my heart + the things that felt so authentically us! Jason on the other hand, wrote his right before the ceremony … typical. But what was so annoying is that they were perfect! Some folks just have those skills. For those of us who don’t, here’s a little inspiration to get the juices flowing.

First things first:
Clear your head.
Deep breath.

You can’t get this wrong!

Speak directly from your heart.

So you are marrying your best friend.
What does that feel like?

Remember the first time you met.
Your first kiss.
Your first “I love you.”

The moment you knew he or she was “the one'”

How did you feel during the proposal?

What is your favorite thing about him or her?

What is your least favorite thing about him or her?

What does he or she do that makes you laugh?

What is your nick name for each other and why?

What is the your favorite memory?

What do you think about when you wake up next to him or her? Go to bed next to him or her?

What do you feel when you come home to him or her?

You’ve been planning this day for so long how does it feel?

Why is he or she your best friend?

How does he or she cheer you up?