the story of
alisha + buddy
and wedding photography + videography in Kansas City
They met in a thoroughly modern way: With the help of a dating app. But when it came to their wedding, they took a much more vintage approach.
About her wedding vision, Alisha shares:
Most things in my wedding were chosen because I simply fell in love with them. I’ve always had a special love for old books, skeleton keys and all things vintage. If my grandmothers had had weddings, I would have asked for their dresses (They both eloped). When our guests walked in, I wanted it to feel like they might have stepped back in time.
About their venue:
I originally toured the Polo Club two years before we actually started planning our wedding. When we began planning officially, I went back and knew once again that it was where I wanted my wedding to be. I fell in love with the furniture, the wraparound porch, even the vintage china and gold silverware. The other thing I loved about the space was how flexible Trisha was. I didn’t want to be rushed, so having a venue that allowed us to set up on Friday was a must.
About their colors:
Our colors were lavender, sage gold. I chose sage and gold because they seemed elegant and calm, and I chose lavender because my father’s mom had always told me shades of purple would have been her wedding colors if she and my grandfather had had a wedding. Also, because degenerative eye disease has slowly taken her eyesight, I chose to add yellow, white and pink to my bouquet, because they are colors she can see. I couldn’t imagine her not being able to see my flowers.
About their rings:
Our rings came from my mother’s mom; they were the set she and my grandfather wore during their marriage and were one of the most precious gifts she could have given us. Wearing these on our wedding day was an easy choice: They symbolized a commit like my grandparents had to each other. My grandfather passed a few years ago, and having his ring meant that a part of him would be there too.
About their invitations:
I searched for hours and eventually ended up contacting Alyssa with Bride2Bride design. She created a custom invite for me and was amazing to work with.
About their decor:
I incorporated skeleton keys because a key was the first gift I gave to Buddy, with a letter telling him he held the key to my heart. I also incorporated books, because I love books. Each tells a story and is a reminder that we also have a story. I’ve also always had a special love for pearls, gold accents and doilies, and thus pulled them into the decor as well.
About their daughters:
I wanted this to be a special day for our daughters. I spent months looking for the perfect piece of jewelry for each of them. I ultimately made the decision to have the younger get ready at the venue with me, because I knew it would mean the world to her.
About their wedding script:
This and my vows were the the part I spent the most time thinking about. Each sentence and word were carefully chosen. They needed to reflect my love for him, our daughters and our life — where we were and where we will go.
About their guest list:
When we first began planning, I commented that I wanted to make sure we left room for people we hadn’t yet met. I have continually been thankful that we made this decision, as we invited our last eight guests two weeks before our wedding.
About their games:
We incorporated games because I wanted people to have fun and relax, and I wanted a reminder for me and Buddy to have fun and just let the day flow.
About their vendor choice:
I wanted to use as many small businesses and local vendors as I could. In almost all cases, I knew instantly if we were going to move forward with a vendor or not.
Alisha and Buddy: We are so glad to be among those vendors that you clicked with and were honored to capture this day that you put so much time and heart into creating! Everything came together stunningly, and even more beautiful was your obvious love for each other and for those who shared in this milestone. We hope our work does it justice and helps you hold onto it always!
Date: 07.20.19 | Venue: Executive Hills Polo Club (Kansas City, Missouri)
coordinator: Jennifer Jursich | hair & makeup: Ashley Cook (bridesmaids and daughter of the bride) & Veniace Elizabeth Cunningham (bride) | dresses: Kenneth Winstonfrom Bridal Extraordinaire (bride) & David’s Bridal (bridesmaids) | suits: Todd’s Clothiers & Tailor Shop | rings:Shane Co. (engagement ring) & Mission Watch and Jewelry Repair (restored wedding-day set from bride’s grandparents) | flowers: Perfect Petals Weddings and Events Florist | invitations: Bride2BrideDesign | catering: Brancato’s Catering | cake: Cosentino’s Markets | bartending: Executive Hills Polo Club | DJ: Jukeboxx Media | photography & videography: Wisdom-Watson Weddings
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