Monday, July 11, 2016

REAL BRIDE: Katie

Sean & Katie Wendling
3.19.2016

How did you meet your (now) husband?
We actually met through Match.com. I signed up for a free trial when I received an email from Sean, but I couldn't actually open his email unless I paid for a subscription. I decided to go for it so I could read his email - I'm happy to say my $30 investment paid off very well!

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?
Pinterest - I don't know how people planned a wedding without it! My mom was also very helpful throughout the whole process. She had lots of great ideas that were also inspired by Pinterest and by her experience from my sister's weddings. She actually put together the ceremony flowers and reception centerpieces all by herself. I couldn't have done it without her!

What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?
Marrying Sean of course! Aside from that, it was being surrounded by my family and so many friends. Many of our guests are not from Kansas City and made long trips to come to celebrate with us. It meant so much to have all of those people surrounding us and to celebrate with people that I hadn't seen in quite a while.

What advice would you give to other brides?
I'll give the same advice I received from several other people - enjoy your wedding day and take lots of mental pictures. So many people said that their wedding day just flew by and that they didn't really remember a lot of what happened. I took that to heart and made sure to make a conscious effort to focus on what was happening at every moment.

Bridal Look:
Accessories | House of Diamonds

Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony/Reception Venue | Berry Acres
*Included catering and DJ
Photography | B. Sharp Photography
Floral | Hyvee & Sam's Club
Cake | Mandy Hernandez
Photo Booth | Capture the Moment KC
Bridesmaid Dress | David's Bridal
Menswear | Emsud's Clothiers

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015

I often find myself in December feeling defeated. I tend to set really high expectations for myself and when the year ends I question if I accomplished everything I wanted or set out to do. But today, as I reflect on all that has happened in a year I am letting gratitude and grace overcome any short comings and instead of feeling defeat, I am overwhelmingly grateful for the prosperous year, the opportunity to do what I love, the relationships that were developed and this life that is truly a gift. So without further ado - a look back on 2015. 

January 2015:
  • Received Wedding Wire 2015 Couples Choice Award
  • Participated in KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular - our first bridal show!
  • Showcased the Avery and Echo gowns by Robert Bullock Bride for "Citrus & Stone" - an inspiration shoot coordinated by the talented Madison Sanders Events. See the full shoot on Cassandra Castaneda's blog here.
  • EA Bride hosted their Spring 2015 Issue Launch Party, which showcased the Adelaide and Julia gown by Robert Bullock Bride in their "Glitz & Gypsy Glam" inspiration shoot. 

February 2015:
  • EA Bride coordinated a photo shoot at the boutique, which was featured in the Summer 2015 Issue - showcasing Ceres by Robert Bullock Bride. 
  • The Gallery invited us to participate in their Open House, which highlighted a variety of amazing Kansas City wedding professionals. 
  • Showcased the Finley and Gwyneth gowns by Lis Simon for an inspiration shoot coordinated by the talented Christine from Celebrations of Love. See the full shoot on our blog here.
  • Hello Bride hosted their first wedding workshop at the boutique where we were able to be a speaker helping brides navigate wedding dress shopping.
March 2015:
  • The talented Marissa Cribbs Photography took stock photographs of a large number of our gowns - highlighted in our March Madness competition.
  • Showcased the Erin gown by Lis Simon in an inspiration shoot coordinated by Paper Snaps. See the full shoot on our blog here.
  • Showcased the Gwyneth gown by Lis Simon in an inspiration shoot coordinated by Kenny Felt Photography
  • Attended Chicago Bridal Market 
April 2015:
  • Victoria Almeida joined the Something White team as a Bridal Stylist
  • Style 19055 designed by Ellis Bridals became the March Madness champion
  • Lis Simon Trunk Show
  • Guest writer for the Summer 2015 Issue of EA Bride - sharing a timeline for all things wedding attire.
  • Showcased the Emma gown by Theia and Gwyneth gown by Lis Simon in an inspiration shoot coordinated by the amazing Kyndall Durkee. The photographs captured were absolutely stunning and later featured in the Winter 2015 Issue of EA Bride.
June 2015:
  • Showcased the Emma gown by Theia in an inspiration shoot coordinated by Melissa & Beth Photography. See the full shoot on our blog here - later featured on Wedding Chicks.
  • Accessories Trunk Show
  • Showcased 15160 by Ellis Bridals in an "Art Deco" inspiration shoot coordinated by Kansas City Blooms. See the full shoot on Sara Marie Photography's blog here - later featured on XAAZA
July 2015:
  • Showcased the Delia gown by Robert Bullock Bride in a photo shoot to feature the Spring 2016 Collection from The Yellow Peony - a featured accessories designer from Kansas City
  • KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular
  • Showcased the Calista gown by Theia in an inspiration shoot coordinated by the talented Indium Photo - later featured on Junebug Weddings
August 2015:
  • Happy 1 Year Anniversary to Something White Bridal Boutique! Woohoo!
September 2015:
  • Mabrey Wathen, a senior at Oak Park High School started a semester internship at the boutique
  • Sally Eagle Trunk Show
October 2015:
  • Attended New York Bridal Market 
November 2015:
  • Received The Knot Best of Weddings 2016
  • Winter 2015 Issue of EA Bride released, featuring a photograph from an inspiration shoot back in April on the cover!
December 2015:
  • We were featured in the Crossroads District special edition of the Kansas City Business Journal. See the full article here
  • Showcased the Calista gown by Theia in a fashion shoot featured in the Winter/Spring 2016 edition of KC Weddings

Most importantly, over the past year, we have been able to not only meet so many wonderful brides and their friends and families, but to help a large number of these amazing women find the gown of their dreams. The amount of sheer happiness this creates in my heart cannot be expressed - so thank you to each and every one of our brides who have trusted us to be such an important part of your wedding day!

I am beyond thrilled to see what 2016 has in store, including this exciting news!


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

XOXO,





Thursday, November 26, 2015

REAL BRIDE: Sarah

Brady & Sarah Madsen
10.10.2015

Just hearing Sarah share details about her wedding day confirm the feeling of family that they incorporated. 
From the shoes she wore for the ceremony that were her great-great aunt's wedding shoes to the cherry pie they cut that was made by her grandpa and included a topper that was passed down from her great-grandparents. The bride and groom were even dressed to look like them! The little personal touches throughout are sure to make you smile. Family and love truly was what their wedding day was all about.

Do you have a proposal story?
It just so happens to be one of my favorite stories! It was February of 2014, but I still want to cry when I think about it because it was so awesome. It was a Saturday, and the weather was absolutely beautiful - 70 degrees in February! We went to breakfast at Harry's Country Club in the River Market. I was pumped because they had Boulevard Chocolate Ale on tap, which I had no idea was going to rank at the bottom of the day's excitement. We went for a walk in Loose Park and on our second lap he pulled me aside and asked me to marry him. I said "of course!!!" followed by a "are you serious?!?!" several times too. After the proposal Brady informed me we were traveling to Odessa to celebrate with our families and once we arrived it was going to be a little scavenger hunt at all of our stops - including both of our parents and grandparents houses. We finally got to my parents house and I opened the door to a cheering crowd of people, including my dad who was supposed to still be on the East Cost for work at the time. Brady had, on top of everything else, planned a surprise engagement party with our family and friends. Our families had decorated beautifully, there was food and drinks, gifts, and even a cake! It was the best thing in the world to celebrate such an exciting moment with people who are so special to us. I wish I could go back and relive that whole day 100 times!

Tell me a little about your wedding day.
Blue is both mine and Brady's favorite color so we went with navy blue and gold with some blush pink and burgundy accents. Being in October we got to incorporate giant fall mums, pumpkins, hedge apples, gourds, etc. For the reception we had LOTS of candles, which made the big space feel really warm and intimate. Some of my favorite details were the food truck, a gorgeous "selfie booth" built by my aunt and uncle, wedding pictures of our families, glow bracelets/necklaces, Ice Pop popsicles for our guests, and instead of a traditional guestbook we used a big coffee table photography book about Kansas City that we can keep out and enjoy all of the time. My mom and Brady's mom surprised me by incorporating a really special touch into my gown. A photo of my grandma and a piece of soft blue fabric from Brady's grandma's favorite PJs were sewn into the lining. We were both super close with our grandmothers who passed away prior to the wedding day so it was really special to include them into the day.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date?
Full disclosure - it kind of came down to availability of our food truck, haha. Bottom line, we knew we wanted 2015, we knew we wanted early fall, and everything came together perfectly for October 10th. 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?
I scanned Pinterest a lot for ideas. I especially loved it because my mom, mother-in-law, sister, and friends could all follow my board and be a part of the process, which was huge for me. I also pulled inspiration from a few extremely fun weddings I have been to over the last few years.

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day?
I have thought about this a lot, and I'm really not sure how to narrow it down to just one. The entire wedding week is just one giant favorite memory. There were so many great moments - with my husband, with our families, and with our friends. It was just the best, and there's not one thing I would change.

What advice would you give to other brides?
Don't feel like you have to follow any set of rules. Decide what's important and unimportant, and let that guide your decisions (and your budget). And don't forget that on the other side of this big wedding day there are a million more happy days with your person!


Bridal Look:
Alterations | Janay A Eco Bridal
Accessories | Recrudescence Studio
Hair | Jessica Cline Wallace & Darla Brockmeyer-Rogge

Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony Venue | St. Luke's Church (Wellington, MO)
Reception Venue | Community Christian Center (Wellington, MO)

Catering | Nadler's Catering



Bridesmaid Dress | White House | Black Market
Menswear | Men's Wearhouse


Saturday, October 17, 2015

REAL BRIDE: Meg

Greg & Meg Bland
7.25.2015

Meg is one of those woman who can instantly bring a smile to your face. When I had the pleasure of meeting her for the first time I knew her wedding was going to be intimate, personal, and well - perfect. And their wedding day was truly that.


Theme: Fairytale Forest


Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?
My ring is an antique 1930's sapphire and mismatched tiny antique diamond band. He picked it out himself, told no one, and proposed nearly a year and a half later. Everything about it is fantastic, which is why it inspired our wedding day - along with hand lettering, old books, green everywhere (everything was outside), and lace. We were in nature, so we wanted to feel like it.


Do you have a proposal story?
Greg is from Montana and having lived in Colorado for some time myself, the mountains are a special piece of our relationship. Greg proposed in the middle of a field in the mountains near Red Lodge, Montana, with not another soul in sight. He also had a broken ankle at the time, so the getting down on a walking boot was pretty memorable. Also memorable was my repeated, "this is so weird, this is so weird!" before I could muster a yes. We had been together six years.


What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?

Truly just the feeling of utter contentment in the present moment, every moment. It's amazing how infrequently we experience that in everyday life. I'm working on trying to capture more of that emotion.


What advice would you give to other brides?

I never gave a realistic thought to what exactly my wedding would look like before getting engaged, and the idea of planning a wedding in general was overwhelming, almost a chore. As soon as we got engaged, I just wanted to stay in that magical secret place that only the two of us existed in for as long as possible because it's really the only time in your life you'll get to. I wish I would have stayed there a little longer before diving into logistics. I also recommend communicating more than you think you need to with your to-be-spouse, your siblings, your mom, your vendors, whoever. They can only know and understand and help with the words you speak out loud.


Bridal Look:
Bridesmaid Dress | Watters - Bella Bridesmaids
Menswear | Pinstripes

Wedding Professionals:
Venue | Grafton Dells River Park - Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Catering | Saz's - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Cake | Anu Murthy (Bride's friend and baking extraordinaire)
Frozen Custard | Kopp's Custard - Glendale, Wisconsin
Floral | Sendik's - Grafton, Wisconsin
Ceremony Music | Tony Memmel - Nashville, TN
DJ | A Personal Touch DJs - Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Thursday, September 10, 2015

REAL BRIDE: Audrey

Troy & Audrey Matthews
6.30.2015

There is a special place in my heart for Audrey, who was Something White's very first bride. Hearing about all of the details around this destination wedding leading up to the big day left me anxious to see how beautiful the wedding of Troy and Audrey would be. They did not fail to deliver, so brace yourselves to get a glimpse of their perfect day in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Theme: Garden on the Beach
 How did you meet your (now) husband?
Troy and I crossed paths while both attending Northwest Missouri State University in 2005 where he was a Bearcat football player and I was a Bearcat cheerleader. Talk about the stereotypical college relationship! Well, if we would have actually dated in college that is. I first met Troy at a party with a group of my girlfriends and one of them introduced us after I commented on how good looking he was. Troy says the first time he remembers seeing me was in the weight room, which is no surprise since I am a fitness competitor in my free time. From there we began a friendship and nothing more. I like to say he was the "great white buffalo" of college - the guy no girl could tame. 

After graduating in 2009, I ventured back home for two years to work before moving to Omaha to begin graduate school. Troy stayed at NWMSU to finish his MBA. About the time I moved to Omaha, Troy had decided to move to Denver, but before each of us set off to our new homes, we both ended up back in Maryville, MO for the big homecoming game. Everything after that is history. From there, we endured a year and a half of a long distance relationship, one move from Denver to Omaha, a three month stint in Virginia for graduate research, and a year of finally being together before the proposal. I had finally, somewhat, tamed the "great white buffalo."
What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?
I would have to say my favorite memory was getting to watch our wedding come to life throughout the day. The girls and I arrived at the venue at 8:30 AM to begin hair and make-up and were able to watch the construction/decorating process as it was happening, which was amazing! 

During the actual wedding my favorite was just getting to sit at our sweetheart table with Troy and watch all of our guests have a fantastic time during dinner. The lighting was absolutely amazing and it looked like each table was glowing with happiness. Troy and I just kept looking at each other and saying how amazing everything was and how lucky we were!
What advice would you give to other brides?
Do not let anyone rain on your parade or force you into a decision you do not want to make. There were a few things that really made me upset during the planning process and they didn't get any better until I had to put my foot down. The biggest example was the backlash we received after choosing to do a destination wedding. It seemed like everyone had something to say about our decision and the majority of the comments were nothing but rude. I'm a total people pleaser so it was hard for me to stick by my decision, but when I finally did, everything was ten times easier. If you choose a destination wedding know ahead of time that you are asking a lot of your guests and have to be totally understanding if someone can't make it - but don't let them guilt you into changing your decision.
Troy and Audrey took full advantage of their destination and did a "trash the dress" session the next day. These two are officially the cutest.
Wedding Day Looks:
Detachable Train & Belt| Janay A Eco Bridal
Hair/Makeup | Anna Nuet
Bridesmaids| Wtoo Maids & Dessy
Men's Pants & Vest | Men's Warehouse
Shirts | Joseph A. Banks
Tie | Tiebar

Wedding Professionals:
Venue & Caterer | Huracan Cafe
Photography | Asia Pimentel Photography
Wedding Planners | Weddings by Mayte Marie & Natalia Roldan - Amore Weddings
Officiant | Shannon Drysdale - Fairy Tale Endings

Friday, July 31, 2015

REAL BRIDE: Samantha

Jordan & Samantha Swanwick
6.6.2015

An hour before Samantha came into the store I changed the front mannequin to showcase a new gown. As soon as she arrived for her appointment and saw that gown through the window she was in love. She tried it on and everyone knew it was more than perfect. Before we show you how perfect it truly was, we want to share a bit of the Swanwick's love story. 

How did you meet your (now husband)?
Jordan and I became good friends through a mutual friend my freshman year and his senior year of high school. The truth is, I always loved him, but the fact that I was a freshman freaked him out. It probably didn't help that I was barely 5 feet tall when he's 6'3"! As time went on we became best friends. We talked all the time about everything. After a year or so, he finally realized to stop being such a chicken because 16 or not I was his modern day Cinderella! The past 8 years of growing into adulthood as a couple have by far been the best times of our lives! As we got out first apartment together, Jordan began the start of his career and with his support, I was able to discover my own dream career! We knew early on that God had made us specifically as one. 

Tell us your proposal story.
After 6 years of discovering all of his disgusting and annoying habits, and him realizing that my need for a good cry sometimes happens way too often...he proposed! I knew it was coming, or at least our parents had said it better! After trying to plan my outfits and fix my hair at all times, he caught me totally off guard the morning of September 11th, 2013. Waking up on Wednesday morning to find him nowhere in sight and 25 missed calls and text messages saying "are you there?" I walked into the living room looking quite rough with Jordan's old Royals t-shirt and messy hair to discover rose petals leading to the front door with a note and my car key telling me to get in my car and drive. As I got in the car I found another note that told me to drive to the first place we kissed. With shock and excitement I drove to his Grandma's driveway to find another message telling me to go to the river where we got caught by the cops making out. A story we never told anyone to save from embarrassment, but now it's a part of our story. The next message told me to go to our favorite sweet spot - this was of course Lori's Cookies. I walk in and he had already paid for me to pick up cookies, which included another message telling me to meet him where we started our lives together - our first apartment. I pull up to find rose petals leading me to our back courtyard with him down on one knee with my dream ring in one hand and a dozen roses in the other! The words of him asking me to become his forever was a tone in his voice I'll remember until I die. I don't even remember saying yes. I just wanted to cry and not stop hugging him. Jordan is without a doubt my person, my soul mate, my best friend, and my rock. When God says "let his will be done," I didn't realize the magic he would bestow on our lives!

What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?
My favorite part by far was Jordan's vows and seeing him wearing a ring, which is still a constant reminder of how lucky I am to be his wife. He will tell you I'm the hopeless romantic, but the day I became his wife was literally more than the best day of my life because of what he promised me - to be my forever. The love and passion his eyes spoke is something that words will never be able to accurately describe.

What advice would you give to other brides?
Love every step of the way, because you never get today back. Planning your wedding is like finally getting to be Cinderella in real life, only you get to plan every moment. Just know it may not be perfect. Coming from a perfectionist, just know it will all be okay. Actually, it's more than okay because you're with your person, which is what this whole thing is about. The flowers are beautiful and the sequin runners are gorgeous, but the overwhelming romance and happiness from becoming a wife is unlike any detail that you can include!



Bridal Look:
Shoes | Badgley Mishka
Earrings & Bracelet | Dillards
Headpiece | Blue Sky Horizons
Hair/Makeup | The Beauty Bar

Wedding Professionals:
Venue & Caterer | Crestwood Country Club
Floral | Weston's
Cake | Small Cakes
Rentals | Legacy Events
Photography | The Mitchell's Photography
Videography | Tristen Williamson