Thursday, April 13, 2017


Brandon & Carly Rangel


Carly and Brandon wanted their winter wedding to feel intimate and to have a romantic, outdoor, woodsy feel. Are you in love yet? We were as soon as we saw the beautiful result from their team of vendors, who captured and created a truly majestic celebration. Who says you can’t bring the forest indoors?

How did you meet your husband?
"Brandon & I met in October of 2014 when we were in the same small group through our church. We had never really met before, but when the Royals started winning, there were more & more watch parties with our mutual friends. We got to know each other & slowly but surely went on our first date in December. The rest is history!"

Tell us about the proposal!
"My husband & I love to ride our bikes around Kansas City. It was a beautiful fall day & Brandon picked me up & we took our bikes around the city, stopping at different places that were special to us. The last place we rode to was a gorgeous waterfall near downtown KC. We got off our bikes & he proposed to me in front of the waterfall! He had arranged for his sister to be close by & she captured the whole thing!"

What made you decide to tie-the-knot on January 17th?
"We got engaged in October & I thought a winter wedding would be really romantic. I thought it would be fun to start out the new year getting married. We decided on January 17 because it was just after the business of the holidays, but still before spring. Bonus- it was also wedding "off season," so venues weren't booked & it was easy to find one we really loved."

What was your favorite memory from your big day?
"My favorite memory was walking down the aisle to Brandon. We decided not to do a "first look" so this was the first time we were seeing each other & it was just a really happy, emotional moment."

Where did you draw wedding inspiration & ideas from?
"I really just had my own vision of what I wanted the wedding to be like. I always wanted a small, intimate wedding; however, we had about 250 guests. I got a few ideas from Pinterest, but I made a lot of our decorations myself. Our woodsy theme came out in our tree trunk centerpieces & personal s'mores party favors."

What advice would you give to other brides related to bridal attire?
"Try on dresses that you may not have even seen yourself wearing. Dresses look different once you try them on & you might completely fall in love with one that you didn't even picture yourself in." 

Another BIG congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Rangel!
We really are spoiled with the best brides.

Bridal Look:
Gown | Ellis Bridals
Hair & Makeup | Faith Manning - Salon Bara
Rings & Bands Toner Jewelers

Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony/Reception Venue | The Bride & The Bauer
Photography | Kindling
Florist Hyvee Floral
Rentals (Wallflower) Megan Quant - Simple Elegance

Menswear | Men's Warehouse
Cake Marie Rangel
Catering Hyvee Catering

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tips & Tricks: Hair Vine

How To Wear A Hair Vine

So you've officially said "yes" to your something white when another big decision arises- how to style your hair for your big day. As a busy bride you may feel a tiny bit overwhelmed with how many possibilities there are to style your hair day-of and sometimes it's hard to commit to another wedding detail.

Whether you're thinking of wearing your hair in a low bun, a pretty waterfall braid, half up, or down and beachy, a hair vine is the perfect hair accessory. Hair vines are the most versatile of all the different hair accessories and offer brides the ability to commit to an accessory, without totally committing to a hair style. Thanks to the flexibility of the vine, hair vines can be used so many different ways just by bending the shape of the vine to match your style. More options on shape means a wider range of hairstyle possibilities to decide on later down the road.

Below are three of our favorite ways to style a hair vine, but remember, the options are endless!

Hanging Along The Hair

We love the modern and effortless feel of having your hair vine just dangle in your bridal hairstyle. If you decide this is the style for you keep two key points in mind when shopping for your vine: first, consider the weight of the headpiece. Ideally your vine should be light so that you're able to move and dance all night long. Another thing to consider when opting for a hanging vine, your hair should be styled on the tousled end of things to ensure that your headpiece is secure and won't just slide off throughout the night.

As A Bun Wrap

Decided to wear your hair up? A sweet and darling way to style your hair vine is simply by shaping the vine to fit around whatever up-do you and your stylist agree on. Whether you opt for a messy bun or a sleek chiffon bun, using your hair vine as a bun wrap is sure to add the detail your hair accessory should. 

As A Headband

For our bride who wants to wear her hair down but still have a little sparkle and detail in her hair toward the front. A hair vine will make a perfect headband due to the flexibility of the vine and the ability to mold it into whatever shape is comfortable for you.


Hair vine Edward Berger Bridal
Photography The Grays Photography