The Couple: Kate and Scott
The Wedding: 8.11.12 – The Hobbs Building, Kansas City, Missouri
The Photographer: Wirken Photography
Junebug: What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Kate and Scott: Jovial, homespun, charming
Junebug: What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day?
Kate and Scott: We knew that we wanted our wedding to feel like it represented us and was unique to our own personalities. We wanted it to feel laid-back and intimate and get a chance to talk to every guest, so we decided to keep the wedding on the small side at 150. We chose our venue location because it was rustic, inviting, and very conducive to dancing. Blue Bouquet was great to work with, we told them the colors we liked, and that we loved wild flowers and vintage touches like mason jars and salvaged wood, and they made the venue look exactly like we imagined. I also created a lot of the details, like the menus, place cards, table numbers, pie label cards and favors that made the reception feel more personal. Instead of doing a guest book, we had a wedding themed Madlib station at the reception that guests filled out and pinned up to the wall. We are both self-proclaimed foodies, so food quality was a top priority. Together with Feasts of Fancy, we came up with really scrumptious choices for cocktail hour and dinner, we even did a late night food station. The taste of the cake was important too, so we chose a wonderful local pastry chef, Nancy Stark, who made a delicious lemon cake and a selection of mini pies instead of a grooms cake since Scott ‘a huge cake fan.
Junebug: Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding?
Kate and Scott: One of my favorite moments of the day was riding on the Trolley we rented for our wedding party. We had a couple hours of down time between the ceremony and the reception, so we just rode the trolley around town. We stopped to take some pictures, but mostly we just hung out; it was so much fun! It was also a great opportunity for us to spend some quality time with our closest friends before the bombardment of family and friends at the reception.
We are really glad we kept the wedding smaller, even though we didn’t have time to talk to everyone for very long, we did get to at least say hi to every guest without being completely overwhelmed.
Another favorite moment from the day was the band, Pam and the Pearls. They played great music and were great at keeping up the momentum of the party. Pretty much every guest was up and dancing the whole time, and Scott and I were in the middle of the floor for most of it.
Despite all the excitement that was happening around us, Scott and I made a conscious decision to stay together and not get separated for most of the night. We were able to enjoy our first hours as a married couple side by side and we made sure to take some moments of solitude together to take in all that was going on and savor the moment.
Junebug: What specifically drew you to Wirken Photography and their imagery?
Kate and Scott: What drew us to Tyler Wirken was his style and approach to wedding photography. He has a documentary style, so he captures moments as they happen as opposed to staging and posing moments that might not happen naturally. He stood back and let Scott and I be ourselves and captured all the candid moments that made the day feel so special and unique to us. When we look back at the photographs, it brings us right back to how we were feeling at each moment a photo was taken. We took some more formal portraits too, but our favorite photos of the day are the ones where we were so caught up in the moment we forgot there were any cameras at all.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Wirken Photography
Ceremony Venue: Visitation Church
Reception Venue: The Hobbs Building
Videographer/Film Maker: Brandon Parigio of Wirken Films Catering: Feasts of Fancy
Florist: Blue Bouquet
Cake: Nancy Stark
Wedding Dress: Watters
Bridesmaids apparel and accessories: J.Crew
Groom and groomsmen apparel and accessories: J.Crew and Macys
Hair and make-up: Mandy McKenna
Live music: Pam and the Pearls