Thursday, June 15, 2017


Zachary & Lauren Boyd


Details, details, details! Every moment of Zach & Lauren's stunning December wedding has blown us away. From brewing their own beer, an amazing flower wall, a record as a guest book, and everything in between, this couple hit it out of the park. And can we talk about those smiles & those laughs (& their dog)?! Happiness is the best thing a bride can wear on her wedding day & we love seeing our brides radiate with it!

How did the two of you meet?
"I was waiting for a table at Eggtc. on Main with two friends, & Zach was eating breakfast at the bar with a friend. Turns out, our friends knew each other! After saying 'hi' & chatting briefly, we made plans to go to Tower Tavern to watch playoff football- I later found out that Zach orchestrated the football watching to meet me. Our first date was that next Wednesday."

"I loved how comfortable my Lis Simon gown was! The movement in the skirt was so fun!"

What advice would you give to future brides in regards to dress shopping?
"Never schedule more than two appointments in one day & remember that finding a dress is like finding your fiance... once you find "the one," just stop looking, even if it is the first dress you try on."

Did you have a specific theme in mind while planning?
"Our wedding was in the middle of December, so we wanted the whole evening to feel like a cozy, warm, & elegant retreat from the cold. We wanted to embrace the season, but I didn't want a Christmas wedding. Don't get me wrong though, I love Christmas! So we used a lot of cream & ivory, gold, navy, & added in pops of cranberry & lots of greenery. Reds & greens without being red & green!"

What was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day?
"Does everyone say it's hard to pick just one? Because it is! We love music, so I would say when the band played a cover of "Brand New Colony" for our first dance. We hadn't heard the band actually play the song, so we had no idea what it would sound like. It was beautiful, so meaningful, & even though we were surrounded by a couple hundred people, it felt like it was just us."

Where did you draw your inspiration & ideas from?
"A little bit of Pinterest & a whole lot of our personal likes. We never felt like we made a decision based on what we were 'supposed' to do. We had an inside joke from the first time our group of friends hung out to watch football about Judd Nelson fist pumping, so we exited the church after our ceremony to our string trio playing "Don't You (Forget About Me)". It wasn't traditional but it felt like us. I loved every decision we made- except for thinking that brewing our own beer for the reception & making dog treats as favors out of the spent grain was a good idea. The beer was delicious, but it was probably a lot of unnecessary stress & work. I also think one of our friends accidentally ate a dog treat, even though they were clearly labeled..."

Congratulations Lauren & Zach!
Wishing you all the best in this newest adventure of marriage!

Bridal Look:
Gown | Lis Simon
Veil Edward Berger Bridal
Alterations | Sew Sweet
Hair & Makeup | Carlee Caponetto & Jolie Artistry
Accessories | Kendra Scott

Wedding Professionals:
Reception Venue | The Bride & The Bauer
Wedding Coordinator & Florals Hitched Planning & Floral - Jessica Corbett
Photography | Lark Photography
Videography | Sunshine Productions
Photo Booth Picwood
Stationary | Hammerpress
Rentals Ultrapom & Moxie Catering
Menswear | J. Crew
Cake Moxie Catering & Nothing Bundt Cakes
Catering Moxie Catering
String Trio Forte
Band 2 Proud 2 Beg

Thursday, May 25, 2017


John & Katlyn Danaher


Katlyn & John tied the knot with a wedding they describe as elegant & romantic. Beaming from start to finish, this sweet couple started their day with an adorable first look, before saying their 'I dos' during a Catholic ceremony, followed by a glamorous reception celebration at Eighteen Ninety Event Space. Wearing custom Amy Kuschel, Katlyn looked sophisticated & modern - we're in love with her completed bridal look! Whether it's the style, the setting, or the smiles, there are a lot of ideas to borrow from this sweet couple & their beautiful day.

What made you decide to tie the knot on May 27, 2016?
"We decided on May 27 because John had been accepted into medical school & we were to be living in Chicago at the time. We knew our first year in Chicago was going to be pretty hectic & since Kansas City is home to us both, we didn't think twice about coming back to celebrate. A spring wedding allowed a break from our crazy schedules & the ample time needed to focus on our wedding festivities. Our wedding date fell on Memorial Day weekend, which was perfect for our family & friends traveling from out of town. My parents also got married during the month of May, which was another reason we chose a spring wedding. This is so near & dear to my heart because they have been married for 32 years - a true inspiration!"

What advice would you give to future brides in regards to dress shopping?
"Trust your vision! Before I decided on my custom Amy Kuschel gown, I wasn't sure if I was going to find my dream dress. I loved elements from different dresses, so being able to customize my dress & bring all the elements I loved together was perfect. Also, I only brought my mom, dad, sister, godmother, & maid of honor to my appointment. I wanted opinions from those closest to me & having your dress be an element of surprise on your big day is pretty special!"

What was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day?
"My favorite moment from our day, hands down, would be John & I's first look. The moment he turned around & saw me in my Something White gown, we both broke down in tears. I felt beautiful & at complete ease. The day we had been planning for almost a year was finally upon us!"

How did the two of you meet?
"We met at St. Pius X High School, where we started dating our Junior year. We then attended college in two different states & after fast-forwarding nine years later, we decided to officially tie the knot!"

Where did you draw your inspiration & ideas from?
"I knew I wanted an elegant & romantic feel on my wedding day, so I drew inspiration from Old Hollywood weddings & of course, Pinterest! We love the city of New Orleans, so we were set on having a live band, which incorporated modern  music & jazz!"

Did you have a specific theme in mind while planning?
"I wanted a venue that had both indoor & outdoor elements, which is why we fell in love with Eighteen Ninety. The sparkling chandeliers & countryside views made for the perfect combination. I have always been drawn to more natural tones, so without any hesitation, I decided on the pallet of white, ivory, blush, & earthy greenery. I was also very drawn to metallic & rose gold tones, & thought they brought an element of elegance to the overall feel. Our head table had garland down the center with large peonies, baby's breath, & garden roses that added pops of color & softened the greenery. The candelabras & vintage lanterns as centerpieces added a touch of romance & drama." 

Happy one year anniversary of marriage to Mr. & Mrs. Danaher!
Wishing you many more years of smiles like the one on John's face below!
Click here for even more of this sweet May wedding.

Bridal Look:
Gown | Amy Kuschel
Veil Edward Berger 
Alterations | Janay A Eco Bridal
Makeup | Paradise
Earrings & Hand Bracelet Kendra Scott
Rings & Bands Brookside Jewelry

Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony Venue | St. Therese Catholic Church
Reception Venue | Eighteen Ninety
Photography | Nagel Portraits
Florist | Carla Atwood
Rentals Shining Stars Catering
Bridesmaid Designer | Morilee By Madeline Gardner 
Bar Service Top Shelf Bartending
Live Band Kokomo

Want more of Katlyn & John's big day? Check out Nagel Portraits blog post here.