I wasn’t really sure if I was going to put together this blog or not. To me, I feel like I have talked A LOT about my own wedding this year, and I felt weird posting about it again on my blog. But after sharing some of our wedding pictures on Facebook, I had a number of people asking me when I would write a blog post about it, so here it is, folks! A little insight into my very own wedding day….
It is a little weird when you look at all of our wedding photos. It really is a classic wedding: black suits, a white dress, classic lines and color scheme….The funny part is I really don’t consider my style to be classic. In fact, the lack of color at our wedding was a surprise to a number of guests. I’m the girl that used to wear neon colors before neon colors came back in style and who normally thinks black is boring.
There were a few things I wanted to make sure our wedding day reflected: a beautiful marriage and a timeless look. I feel like we did a pretty good job achieving that.
Yes, I know. We had a huge bridal party. End of story.
They do say it takes a village…..
The Reception Venue
I am actually kind of surprised that we ended up having our reception at the Millbottom. When we first started planning, my original idea was to have a church ceremony just as we did with a reception following at a vintage barn. As much as I love vintage barns, I am glad we ended up at the Millbottom. Part of me was afraid it was a fad that would come and go before our wedding took place (keep in mind we were engaged for 15 months) and the other part of me was stressed about the logistics of a barn wedding when I couldn’t be in charge. There, I admit it. Overall, we were super pleased with how everything turned out.
When a Catholic boy meets a Catholic girl and you get married in Jefferson City, you have a traditional Catholic church ceremony!
Even though I would love to consider myself a foodie, I am not adventurous when it comes to this department. I am more of chicken fingers and cheese and crackers kind of girl than a sushi and sharing plates-type person. When we started planning our wedding, there were few things Ryan really had his mind set on. And food was one of them. He wanted to eat fried chicken at his wedding. You can’t argue with that! We enlisted the help of Argyle Catering, who cooks delicious homestyle food and instead of a fancy plated meal that matched the elegance of our wedding, I ate fried chicken and mashed potatoes in my wedding dress. No regrets there.
One thing Ryan and I both agreed on is that we aren’t huge fans of cake. I’m not keen on frosting, and he’s not too keen on sweets. So, we opted for a small wedding cake to keep the tradition of the cake cutting as well as a spread of bite-sized desserts, which our guests devoured. Hats of Becky, the talent behind Sugartree Cupcakery and one of the reasons why guests left the reception uncomfortably full.
We had guests who traveled far and wide to help us celebrate our big day. In my eyes, when your guests are making that big of an effort to be at your special day, spending money on your event and traveling, you want to make sure they have a good time. And an open bar definitely helps.
As much as I would have LOVED a live band, it really wasn’t in our budget. And I was sure I wanted to add as many details as possible when it came to the little things on our wedding day, and I wasn’t willing to give a lot of those things up for the price tag of a live band. So, we went with the DJ route and hired Complete Wedding + Events. I did have to put in a special request for Blaz’ Barton, one of my favorite Complete DJs. Although he is now focusing more on managing the operation-side of the business, I was able to strong arm him into DJing our wedding, and we could not have been more pleased with our decision. The dance floor was hopping the entire night!
I met D. Squared while working on a wedding in September of 2014. Not only were they a joy to work with, but I instantly fell in love with their photography style and how they incorporate fun lighting techniques. We loved their idea for our holiday engagement session where we were able to incorporate engagement photos, Save the Dates and Christmas cards into one. And we adored having them be part of our wedding day. All I can say after we got our photos back is WOW.
I have to admit I had a pretty great connection when it came to the floral department. A family friend of the Ruprecht’s used to work for Busch’s Florist in Jefferson City, and he not only created all of the flower arrangements, but he also played the piano at our ceremony and helped coordinate the day. I know…talent. Mike Bruns was the brains behind our gorgeous florals, and I was absolutely in love. To be honest, I had little knowledge about flowers before starting this whole wedding planning process. I had seen hundreds of them at work, but with a brown thumb, I never paid much attention to the specifics. However, I had the coolest opportunity that I wish more brides were privied to. I was able to personally go to Baisch & Skinner, a flower wholesaler in St. Louis, and handpick all my flowers. It was amazing! And even though I didn’t see any of my flowers until I was getting out of the limo at the church, I was obsessed with them all.
The Little Touches
As an event planner, there were a few little things that I knew I had to have at our wedding even from the very beginning. Calligraphy place cards was one of them. I am so mezmorized by the art of calligraphy (definitely wanting to check it off my bucket list and learn how to do calligraphy), and I think it’s such a beautiful element to add to an event. Thanks to Syd Stansberry from Inkling, I had some seriously gorgeous escort cards and menus.
The Wow Factor
I wish I could take credit for this, but I really do have to hand it to Ryan. He was the brains behind the wow factor. As I mentioned earlier, I am not a huge fan of frosting, so cake just isn’t my thing. But I am, on the other had, obsessed with ice cream. So while at a festival where he ran into the Eagle Scoop ice cream truck, Ryan had the genius idea of hiring Jason Holbrook to come and serve our guests Central Dairy Ice Cream, a Jefferson City classic.
There’s a million things I could say about our big day, my experience as a bride and how lucky we felt all day long. But I think everyone who was there celebrating with us could agree that the energy you felt in the room that evening is the energy that powers our relationship. It’s love, commitment, a support system, a little bit of fun and a whole lot of faith. I can’t wait to see what our future holds together.
Vendor Shout Outs:
Hair & Makeup: Blanc Studio in Columbia, MO
Dress: Bliss Bridal in Brookfield, WI
Shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson
Bride’s Jewelry: Express
Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: J. Crew Outlet
Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Buchroeder’s Jewelers
Bridesmaid Dresses: Individually selected from a variety of stores
Groom & Groomsmen Suits: J. Crew Outlet
Church: St. Peter Catholic Church
Ceremony Music: Michael Bruns, Julia Cowley, Ashley Edelbrock & 3 String Players from the University of Missouri School of Music
Reception Venue: The Millbottom
Invitations: The Ink Cafe
DJ: Complete Wedding + Events
Caterer: Argyle Catering
Cake/Desserts: Sugartree Cupcakery
Photography: D-Squared Designs
Florist: Michael Bruns
Rentals: A-1 Part & Events
Lighting: Reinhardt Circle
Ice Cream Truck: Eagle Scoop