Ivy and Nate wanted their wedding day to be a party focused on good music, good food and even better drinks; a brief they absolutely SMASHED. Their wedding was held at the beautiful and ornate The American in Kansas City and it just keeps getting cooler from there.
They had decided not to have a ceremony on that day, opting instead of a private one at their house on a later date. This meant that Ivy and Nate got ready together with family and friends, “It was really nice because we experienced every part of the day together,” Ivy explains. “I know everyone says this but the day goes by so fast, so spend as much time together as you can.”
Ivy and Nate look like total bad asses in their wedding outfits, with Ivy wearing a Giambattista Valli dress she bought from Net-A-Porter. “I was out of town a lot in the build up to the wedding and just never made the time to go and try on dresses with family and friends. In the end, I did a lot of looking on wedding blogs to find my dress – I bought four, and ended up keeping this one.”
Nate wore a custom made suit from Manuel Couture, from Nashville. “Manuel has made suits for countless celebrities, and I think Nate was most excited about owning a Manuel suit!”
Jessica and Steven married like film stars just a couple of days after Christmas at the impressive Las Vegas Production Studios. They said their “I dos” on a sound stage with cotton candy lighting in the background (crafted by the bride’s dad, who has worked at the venue for years)… plus a teddy bear. Yes, you heard me right! The bride explained, “We have a bear joke within the family, so we had a ring bear come down from the rafters instead of a ring bearer. Only six people or so got it, but it was worth it. I’m so glad the entire thing is in the video on our website!”
These two have known each other for 20 years, first meeting at church, and had been dating for more than seven years before planning their wedding. Jessica knew she needed something totally true to their style and so chose a black and white theme with pops of rainbow. She said, “Our personal styles became the inspiration for the wedding. We just started to put together things we liked and before we knew it, we made all of this!”
Emily and Ricky’s polka-dotted monochrome meets Friday 13th wedding was a long-awaited event. They’d been engaged for six of the nine years they’ve been together! Traditions, particularly the money-suck ones, were shown the door as these two felt the pressure of the financial side of things and so did it their own way by only including details that truly meant something to them. The budget was just under $10,000 and there were some clever ways they had up their sleeves to stick to it!
The bride said of the theme, “Honestly, it’s a mixture of having a ton of different inspirations plus not really knowing how to plan a wedding at all! I originally wanted to have a more goth-inspired wedding and a black dress. I saw pinup model Cherry Dollface’s vintage black and white fishtail wedding dress and asked her where she got it. It was Whirling Turban and as soon as I saw the ‘Pristine’ dress in polka dots, I knew I had to have it. Thus the polka dot theme was born.”
They originally wanted to have the wedding actually on Halloween because it’s their favourite holiday, but they thought it would be took cold then to have an outdoor wedding. “As soon the venue said the only early October date that fit our criteria was Friday 13th, Ricky looked at me excited and said, ‘That’s when we’re getting married!’ and so the pumpkin and subtle autumn themes came to be. The black and white theme has always kind of been a thing for us for some slightly obvious reasons (*cough cough* we’re an interracial couple *cough cough*). We’ve always been aware of how different we are compared to the vast majority of the couples in Texas, and we wanted to celebrate that as well.”