Sweet DIY Kansas City Wedding at The Wedding Place

Annie and Jacob’s classic Kansas City wedding was full of heartfelt emotional moments, spiritual devotion, and tons of family involvement. Their raw venue, The Wedding Place, allowed this sweet couple to customize their ceremony from beginning to end, featuring their closest family and friends. The bride was walked down the aisle by both her parents, the groom’s sister sang the processional and both of their parents prayed over the young couple. Simple DIY’d décor, including lace embroidery hoops, a stunning chandelier hanging from the tree branches, and a ribbon reception canopy, enhanced the outdoor venue beautifully. Bright and sunny florals designed by Bethany’s Bouquets, featuring pops of yellow ranunculus, tiny daisies, white roses and cool-toned greenery, from bridal bouquet to adorable flower crowns for the bridal party. Surveyor Creative and captured the most tender and pure moments of the overjoyed couple during a relaxed portrait session after the touching ceremony.

The Couple:

Annie and Jacob

The Wedding:

The Wedding Place, Kansas City, Missouri

We wanted to bless our guests and family. That was one of our main priorities through the whole process.

I made the lace embroidery hoops we hung. I got lace fabric and placed it in the embroidery hoop andcut the extra off. Very easy, and very beautiful for both outdoor and indoor venue.

Jacob and I personalized our ceremony by having the people we loved be a part of it, including Jesus. Annie‘s dad performed the ceremony. One of our best friends lead worship. Jacob‘s sister sang the processional song. Our parents prayed over us. Annie‘s parents both walked her down because she wanted to honor both of them. We wrote our own vows to one another.

We felt so much love from our closest and dearest friends, and we both felt so blessed and loved from the Lord. We had worship during the ceremony, our parents prayed over us, and we took communion together. This was so powerful for us as we were making such a beautiful, lifelong commitment to each other.

Our photographer was a joy to work with andhonestly made the day run more smooth. We felt so confident and relaxed around our photographers, and never felt that they were running the show. They simply captured the beautiful moments going on. The family photos were stress free and quick which was awesome. Our photographer even prayed over us, which meant a whole lot to us.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Surveyor Creative
Venue – The Wedding Place
Floral Design – Bethany’s Bouquets
Videography – Paperboy Films
Wedding Dress – Tradesy


Congratulations to Annie and Jacob on their truly beautiful and heartfelt day and special thanks to Surveyor Creative for capturing the sweet couple! For more simple DIY inspiration, check out this enchanting backyard garden wedding in Toronto!

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What to Consider When Deciding Between a Local or Destination Wedding

November 16, 2017 | nicole

photo by Maggie Grace Photography

Before you book your venue, choose your dress, or even start putting together your guest list, you have a major wedding decision to make: should you have a local or destination wedding? For some, a local wedding seems like a no-brainer, but for others, a destination wedding may be that thought you just can’t quit. If you’ve been trying to decide where to say “I do,” this post is for you!

photo by Ivy and Pine

Destination Pro:

The people who really want to be there will be.

Having a destination wedding can be a blessing in disguise when it comes to keeping your wedding small. The inconvenience of travel can be a clever way to weed down your guest list without feeling guilty about not inviting every one of your groom’s fraternity brothers or your mom’s hairdresser. If you want an intimate wedding but worry about disappointing friends and family who aren’t on your must-have list, a destination wedding might be for you!

photo by Federica Cavicchi

Destination Con:

Travel can add extra expenses to your overall wedding cost.

If you’re on a tight budget already, traveling for your destination wedding and potentially flying out vendors and even family members can come with a hefty price tag. Like with any aspect of wedding planning, it’s important to consider what your priorities are when making your budget. Having the destination wedding of your dreams may mean finding a secondhand dress or skimping on food, décor, or entertainment.

photo by Scott Little Photography

Destination Pro:

If you have family coming in from all over the world, traveling for your wedding isn’t such a big deal.

For some couples, there isn’t a clear location that feels like home. Whether you’ve both moved around a lot or you came from different places and met somewhere else, the decision of where to have your wedding can feel up in the air. However, if you’ve both got family traveling in for your big day regardless, you’ve got a great excuse to pick somewhere exciting to tie the knot that isn’t a huge disadvantage for a large amount of your guest list.

photo by Jordan Voth

Destination Con:

Planning a wedding from afar can be stressful.

Wedding planning has a pretty bad rap for being stressful in general, but tackling the process from afar can definitely elevate anxiety levels. For one, you can only take with you what you can pack, so sourcing décor items at home isn’t really in the cards. Second, your vendor communication will all take place over phone calls and Skype sessions, which could be a bit of a hassle depending on your schedule and the time difference between where you live and where you’re getting married. If you don’t feel like you’ll be able to relinquish some of your control over every little detail that goes into planning your big day, then a destination wedding may not be a great fit for you.

photo by From the Daisies

Destination Pro:

You deserve the wedding of your dreams!

If you’ve dreamed of getting hitched away from home, don’t let these cons hold too much weight! A destination wedding doesn’t have to be more costly than a local affair and hiring the right vendors can make the experience just as stress-free as marrying at home. Put your budget towards what’s most important to you and don’t let anyone try to tell you what your priorities should be. Remember that this day is about you, your partner, and your love, so what anyone else wants or thinks you “should” do is irrelevant.

photo by Eden Strader Photography

One Last Thing to Consider

While it may seem like there are only two options – local or destination – you can actually have the best of both worlds! If a local wedding truly makes the most sense for you logistically but you still feel called to say “I do” in an incredible location, consider eloping privately before or after your local wedding. This allows you to travel to tie the knot without having to make arrangements for family and friends to attend. (P.S. Here are some tips on keeping your family involved if you decide to elope and 4 reasons why you should consider eloping!)

Leaning towards a destination wedding but haven’t picked a spot? Take this quiz to find out which wedding destination is your perfect fit!

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Breathtaking Lake Como Wedding at Eremo Gaudio Hotel

November 16, 2017 | colleen

With breathtaking views from the terrace at Eremo Gaudio Hotel, exploring the sweet town of Varenna, and a boat ride on Lake Como, there’s nothing more picture-perfect than Amanda and Anthony’s Lake Como wedding. Amanda’s romantic Lillian West wedding dress goes hand-in-hand with the romance and charm of Italy’s streets and waterfront views. Wanting to celebrate with 31 of their closest family and friends, they opted for a week long celebration at Lake Como leading up to the wedding, and ended the wedding night dancing, drinking, and celebrating this new adventure. Photographer From the Daisies joined them in their celebration and was there in capturing all the sweet and joyous moments of the day.

The Couple:

Amanda and Anthony

The Wedding:

Eremo Gaudio Hotel, Lake Como, Italy


When we first started planning our Italian wedding, we weren’t sure if we could pull it off. But we changed our thinking to be in a world of “yes” because that’s how we live our daily lives and that mindset shift made it all possible. Try not to let the distance of a destination wedding and the worry about people saying no be a hindrance. More will come than you can imagine and actually, they will thank you for giving them the opportunity to vacation in a beautiful place and share in your intimate wedding experience and the celebration of your love.

We visited the terrace on our wedding planning trip to Como and knew immediately it would be the place we’d say, “I do.” Villa Cipressi with its sprawling lakeside gardens offered a delicious six-course meal that still makes our mouth water just thinking about it. Finally, we stuck to our roots and reserved a dive bar, Bar Orso, for late night dancing and open bar.

We were really intentional about each person we invited to the wedding. During the ceremony, we asked each guest to stand, one at a time, while we asked for a blessing of something we admire most about that person. 31 blessings later, we know our marriage will be enriched with everything we need to love one another richly and deeply for the rest of our lives.

We chose to plan a wedding week instead of a wedding day, and asked our guests to spend a ton of time with us and each other leading up to the big day. We loved bumping into our guests around town and being in walking distance from everything we needed. It felt remote and exclusive, not to mention unbelievably beautiful. 

Lake Como was our dream ever since we visited a year before we got engaged. In that magical place, we had our first serious conversation about getting married. The tiny town of Varenna on Lake Como, Italy, presented us with the intimate location we envisioned.

We recommend that you go on your honeymoon immediately after the wedding and go for way too long! It’s a once in a lifetime trip that you will never forget and you will need after all the wedding planning. It will also help you let it all sink in and have deep bonding time with your new spouse.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – From the Daisies
Event Planning – Sally Sephora of WeddingBox Lake Como
Ceremony Venue – Eremo Gaudio Hotel
Reception Venue – Villa Cipressi
Floral Design – Barbara Botta
Invitations – Amanda DeLaRosa
Wedding Dress – Lillian West
Groom’s Apparel – Ted’s Clothiers
Groomsmen’s Apparel –
Rings – Miro Jewelers
Transportation – Como Classic Boats


Congratulations to Amanda and Anthony and a big thanks to From the Daisies for sharing their beautiful destination wedding with Junebug! If you loved the dights of this Italian wedding, then feast your eyes on how this Italian countryside elopement in Florence is the epitome of intimate.

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