A romantic backyard wedding in KC

Sarah and her sister always loved the movie Father of the Bride, so a simplified version of the 1991 movie scene was the inspiration for her garden party wedding with a blooming arch created for the ceremony and little girls running around with crowns of flowers in their hair. “The venue was already really beautiful, so I didn’t want tents, and we didn’t have a backup plan, which was scary,” Sarah says, “But we ended up getting really lucky, and the weather was perfect.”

Her favorite part of the is fitting, given her favorite movie. “It was definitely walking down the aisle with my dad,” Sarah says. “It’s just something you dream about since you’re a little girl. I was super emotional but kept telling myself ‘no matter what else happens, this is the best moment,’ and seeing Connor up there waiting.”

And at the end of the aisle, she and Connor read vows they wrote on carefully selected stationery. Sarah was a bit nervous about the personal vows “because Connor can be kind of long-winded so I didn’t want his to be twice as long.” She wrote hers first and gave her groom an outline to follow so the words were a surprise, but they were the same length and flowed well.

Sarah plans to frame their hand- written vows along with the dozens of cards they mailed to and hid for each other while dating.

Looking back, “it was almost better than I thought it would be,” Sarah says. “I wish I could have taken more of it in. It all just happened so fast, but I wouldn’t change anything. And I don’t know if you can keep your wedding day from being a blur.”

WHO DID WHAT

Ceremony and reception: Joe and Jeanne Brandmeyer’s home
Catering: Evan Williams
Coordinator: Vikkie Wiese
Cake: Rebekah Foster—Cake Artist 
Flowers: Studio Dan Meiners 
Photography: LinneaLiz 
Videography: Patrick Koetting
Dress: Ivy and Aster from Altar Bridal 
Groomsmen’s suits: Selected their own plus leather suspenders from Etsy and bow ties from Bow Tie Bar 
Hair: Faith Manning
Makeup: Suzanne Casa from Nordstrom
Entertainment: The Patrick Lentz Band
Valet parking: Universal Valet

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