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Kansas City Loft Wedding

Every time we see a wedding from Steven Michael Photography, we’re constantly in awe of his incredible images. Susan and Brandt’s Kansas City loft wedding was full of classic touches of pink, green, and white, and effortlessly blended classic elegance in an industrial setting thanks to the talents of Eco-Posh Events and Shackelford Botanical Design.

Kansas City loft wedding - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

From the bride, Susan: From the beginning, we knew that we wanted our wedding day to be relaxed, stress-free and a simple celebration of our love. It was important to us that we enjoy each and every moment and just have fun! That meant not having any aspect of the day be too formal and putting our focus into playing music reminiscent of our early relationship, dancing, delicious food that everyone could enjoy (we offered vegan, vegetarian and meat options to make all guests feel comfortable) and wine from some of our favorite California wineries. At the beginning, we did not have a theme in mind, but as we started making decisions on the venue, flowers, food and decor, everything fell into place. I couldn’t believe how it all came together in the end. Everyone told me that would happen, but it was hard to believe until I saw it for myself. The moment that I walked into our reception venue and saw all of the small pieces put together, I almost cried… it was perfect!

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modern wedding invitations - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

pink wedding flowers - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

pink bridesmaid dresses - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

all white bouquets - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Ranunculus, dahlias, stock, garden roses, hydrangea, astilbe, dusty miller, blush pink blooms with a touch of peach and yellow.

sophisticated bridal parties - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

I loved the idea of using chalkboards for signage. We had a hard time finding chalkboards that were the size and look that we wanted so Brandt decided to make them. He used plywood, trim, stain and chalkboard paint all purchased at a home improvement store and built them within a matter of hours. It was exactly what we had in mind! We told Aimee Brodbeck (the signage designer) the theme for our day and she was able to come up with the seating chart, guest book sign, “bride” and “groom” chair signs and name/date sign designs. We loved the way everything turned out! She also made our place cards. The initial wreaths were handmade by the groom’s mother using wooden letters, ribbon and moss from a craft store. Very easy to make! We used clear, empty wine bottles with a slit in the cork (and backs of leftover invitations) for table numbers. We glued two invitations together and printed the numbers on the back. They actually came out better than expected.

wedding processionals - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

Kansas City loft wedding - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

modern groom looks - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

Kansas City loft wedding - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

chalkboard seating charts - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? When we first got engaged, we got a lot of questions about what the theme of of our wedding would be. I could never answer that question because I didn’t know. Our advice is for couples is to decide on the venue (pick something that feels true to the relationship) and then start making small decisions one at a time. Even by picking a style of cake that you like, you can start to guide yourself in a style direction that is right for you. Also, once you make a decision, don’t second guess yourself. You will always see something different that you could have done, but go with your first instinct and then lock it in. If you keep changing style decisions, you may always be questioning what you could have done differently!

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

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Kansas City loft wedding - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

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chalk wedding signs - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

wedding receptions - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

chalkboard seating charts - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

flower topped cakes - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

cake tables - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

first dances - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

Kansas City loft wedding - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Reception Entrance: “California Love,” Tupac
First Dance: “Is this Love,” Bob Marley
Processional: “You and Me,” Lifetime (Instrumental version)
Mother/Son Dance: “Close to You,” The Carpenters
Father/Daughter Dance: “Love and Happiness,” Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
Last Dance: “Time of My Life,” Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

Wedding Location: Kansas City, MO / Photographer: Steven Michael Photography / Day-Of Coordination: Erika Piquant of Eco-Posh Events / Florist: John Shackelford of Shackelford Botanical Design / Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church, Liberty, MO / Reception Venue: The Urban Event at The Historic Firestone Building / Wedding Dress: Watters “Chantelle” / Veil: Glamour Closet / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka “Lacie” / Earrings: Aqua for Bloomingdales / Bracelet: J. Crew / Hair: Angi Ouderkirk / Makeup: Jennifer Conroy / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Nordstrom / Caterer: Salt Catering Kansas City / Wedding Cake: Ace’s Cake Shop / DJ: DJ Johnnie Cross / Signage Design: Aimee Brodbeck / Wedding Invitations: Evie Davis / Videoographer: Nick Miller Films

Christmas House Inn Wedding

Photos By: Adrienne Gunde

The second we heard Adrienne Gunde and The Little Branch had paired up for this wedding at Rancho Cucamonga’s Christmas House Inn, we knew we were in for a treat – and our eyes certainly weren’t disappointed. Sue and David’s wedding was full of botanical inspiration, a bit of whimsy, and such romance that we can’t seem to stop swooning!

Christmas House Inn wedding - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

From the bride, Sue: David and I wanted the wedding to be fun, casual, yet pretty. We love vintage decorative elements, so we were looking for a venue that fit with our needs. David and I got married at the Christmas House Inn in California for several reasons. We were absolutely thrilled to find the Christmas House Inn. The Inn was built in 1904 and it was built on a ranch so there are fruit trees all over the property. We had access to the entire property. We were married under the large olive tree in the front yard and our cocktail hour was done on the veranda and throughout the first floor of the house. Christmas House has a grand piano in the main room so our friend, Diana Li, played the piano and sang during the cocktail hour. We thought it would make it more intimate to have a friend provide the music for that part of the event.


Christmas House Inn wedding - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding
botanical wedding invitations - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

bridal accessories - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

ranunculus boutonnieres - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

coral bridesmaid dresses - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

pink wedding bouquet - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding
Flower recipe: Ranunculus, Anemones, Peonies, Roses, Garden Roses, Sage Greens and any other flower matching our color palette and style.

bridal processionals - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

ceremony decor - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

wedding recessionals - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

The whole property including the guest rooms have vintage furniture and decor, so it was fun for guests to roam around the space. The bridal party finished getting ready in the master suite that was upstairs, while the groomsmen got ready in the carriage house, which used to hold carriages but has been renovated into guest rooms. We had framed photographs placed throughout the house so guests could wander around and see personal photos of us. Our reception was held in the back gardens of the inn. We were surrounded by fruit trees, lush greenery, and twinkle lights that were placed all throughout the space. Lanterns and twinkle lights decorated the dance floor and guests were served drinks from a vintage bar. We loved that the venue felt intimate, like it was our home, but prettier!

coral charm bouquet - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

seating chart displays - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

kraft escort cards - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

David and I wanted to personalize different parts of the wedding by including our friends and family in the ceremony and reception. Our good friend, Thai Chu, officiated our wedding. He prepared such a sweet and insightful ceremony. We also asked our guests to partake in our vows. We asked our friends and family recommit to their vows to their partners after we said ours to each other. We DIYed the ceremony chair garlands. We spent a lot of time gluing and tying ribbons for the garlands and Janice (our coordinator) hung ribbons on the chandelier for the ceremony. I also made the wands for our child attendants to carry into the ceremony. Since we had four kids in the wedding (our nieces and nephews), we wanted to make sure they all had something to carry. They had a lot of fun waving them around! There were also some DIY elements for the reception. Since we had a lot of kids at our wedding, we wanted to make sure that they had activities. Our friend Nana Wyngarden and her kids Kai and Larsen created some really fun coloring books. They drew pictures of me, David, and our hobbies. The kids at the wedding colored them and we will add them to our wedding scrapbook. David also created the cake toppers. He made them out of Sculpey and hand painted them afterwards. My sister (the maid of honor) handmade my reception dress. David and I did East Coast Swing for our first dance so my sister made something that was fun to twirl in! We went to Santee Alley in downtown LA and picked out the lace and silk and she magically put everything together. It was definitely a labor of love.

Christmas House Inn wedding - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

polka dot favor boxes - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

Christmas House Inn wedding - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

pink flowers - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? We know that everyone gives this advice, but we feel that it’s very important to follow. Make sure to enjoy the wedding day because it goes by very fast! Also, having a photographer that you get along with and trust is also important. This person is with you on one of your most important days as a couple. In terms of advice for wedding planning, embrace the process, even the things that go wrong. It’s a good opportunity to learn about each other as you complete projects together and overcome the various challenges associated with preparing for such an important event. We found that we learned a lot about each other during the wedding planning process and we’ll be able to tackle more future challenges as a couple because of everything we learned while we were dating and planning such a big event.

Christmas House Inn wedding - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

Christmas House Inn wedding - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Family Seating: “River Flows in You,” Yiruma
Bridal Party Processional: “True,” Spandau Ballet
Bridal Processional: “On Top of the World,” Imagine Dragons
Recessional: “Love on Top,” Beyonce
Wedding Party Entrance: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
Newlywed Entrance: “Here Comes the Hot Stepper,” Ini Kamoze
First Dance: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Michael Buble

Wedding Location: Rancho Cucamonga, CA / Photographer: Adrienne Gunde / Day-Of Coordination: Janice of Christmas House Inn / Florist: The Little Branch / Venue: Christmas House Inn / Wedding Dress: Enzoani / Wedding Shoes: Klub Nico / Veil: Brenda’s Bridal Veils / Gloves: Dark Pony Designs / Hair Twine and Dress Sash: Twigs and Honey / Makeup: Grace Lin Makeup / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s and Groomsmen Suits: SuitSupply / Caterer: Spaggi’s / Wedding Cake: Cucamonga Cakery / Cocktail Hour Musician: Diana Li Music / DJ: Paid 2 Party / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Swing Dance Lessons: Rick Archer






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All White Wedding Inspiration

What color goes hand in hand with weddings more than white? A dream team of vendors including Paola Colleoni Photography, Princess Wedding, and Il Profumo dei Fiori put together a styled wedding shoot based solely around the shade, with the only variations coming through in the form of floral design. How beautiful is the result?

all white wedding inspiration - photo by Paola Colleoni Photography http://ruffledblog.com/all-white-wedding-inspiration

From the stylist, Sara of Princess Wedding: The main theme behind this shoot is the idea of a dreamy and timeless bride, placed in a setting where all the elements could create a juxtaposition between warm and cold. The white elements, the glasses, the bottles, the rain and the ceramics create a dreamy and static atmosphere, warmed up by the textiles, the fabrics and the flowers. The things the whole team loved the most about this photoshoot have been the femininity and the elegance which Laura, the model, totally embodied with her young, melancholic feel and her sensual and feminine shapes.

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all white wedding inspiration - photo by Paola Colleoni Photography http://ruffledblog.com/all-white-wedding-inspiration


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Shoot Location: Cantello, Varese, Italy / Photographer: Paola Colleoni Photography / Event Design and Planning: Princess Wedding / Floral Design: Il Profumo dei Fiori / Venue: La Madonnina / Wedding Dress and Accessories: L’Officina delle Fate / Hair and Makeup: Organic Brides / Sweets and Cakes: Nana&Nana Cakes / Stationery: Princess Wedding / Model: Laura P.

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