High school sweethearts Emily Higgins and Trevor Brown’s romance dates all the way back to the halls of Riverside’s Park Hill South.
“I was in a journalism class and went to cover a story about his band, which sounds corny now,” she says with a laugh. “We were 17 and I had a big crush on him.”
For the next six and a half years, the couple’s young love endured as the two earned degrees from the University of Missouri- Kansas City, added a Malchi dog named Tobi and launched a videography business, Emily Brown Film Production. Then, in December 2015, Trevor popped the question aboard a Caribbean cruise. The rest is history.
The couple tapped McKenzie Phillips Events to help coordinate the late-summer 2017 event, Nagel Portraits to capture the day and Hampton Road Studios to oversee videography.
“I didn’t want the day to be too uptight, just a quick celebration of love,” she says of her vision. “Nothing super girly, just bits of rustic mixed with fancy touches and a whole lot of flowers.”
When it came to selecting their venue, the couple put their videography business experience to use, searching for a site that could accommodate both the ceremony and reception.
“We see people getting married all day, so we know the do’s and the don’ts,” she says. “A lot of people do their ceremony with their reception location 20 minutes away. Having everything in one place is easier and less stressful.”
After seeing Eighteen Ninety—a more than one century-old venue located in Platte City—they knew it was the one.
“It’s really timeless and allowed us to have an outdoor ceremony, but there was also a good backup plan if it rained,” she says. “There was a place on site for both of us to get ready and we loved the fact that everything was together.”
With the help of KP Floral & Event Design, Emily’s flower-filled vision came to life.
“We used a mix of organic elements like silver dollar, hanging amaranths, dried yarrow and Queen Anne’s lace with more romantic elements like garden roses, dahlias and hydrangeas,” explains floral designer Kaylie Park.
Park incorporated the elements in everything from the lush altar on the pergola to the head table, which created a grand backdrop for the evening.
On the wedding day, the bride walked the aisle in a head-turning Nicole Miller gown featuring a hand-beaded rhinestone and moonstone mesh bodice. She paired it with a classic veil, simple suede sandals, a sparkling Swarovski crystal bracelet and a pink ring, gifted from her grandmother.
The groom and his groomsmen opted for classic tuxes from Tip Top Tux, while the bridesmaids donned flowing Lulu’s maxi dresses in a rich marsala color.
After exchanging vows outdoors overlooking the property’s rolling hills, guests showered the newlyweds with a petal toss exit before reconvening for a cocktail hour inside Eighteen Ninety’s modern reception space.
The venue’s crystal chandeliers and grand fireplace complemented the couple’s elegant black linen-topped tables, gold-accented serving ware and dramatic floral arrangements.
Following dinner, which included a menu of grilled beef, pesto-rubbed chicken and rosemary dauphine potatoes, guests hit the dance floor, stopping only to launch handheld confetti cannons, savor the four-tiered vanilla buttercream cake and take a spin through The Photo Bus before the newlyweds made their departure beneath a classic sparkler sendoff.
WHO DID WHAT
Ceremony/reception: Eighteen Ninety
Wedding planner: McKenzie Phillips Events
Photographer: Nagel Portraits
Videographer: Hampton Road Studios
Flowers/décor: KP Event Design
Music: Music for Special Occasions (ceremony), DJ Justin Collet (reception)
Catering: Blue Pot Catering
Bride’s dress: Nicole Miller, The Bridal Garden NYC
Groom/groomsmen: Tip Top Tux
Rings: Shane Co.
Linens: CV Linens
Favors: The Photo Bus