the story of
Madisyn + John
It seems the universe insisted on them being together, serving up several chance encounters before they took enough notice to venture on a first date. But from then on, the signs were crystal clear that they’d found something special, and they’ve savored every moment since — including the long engagement they spent planning this day that was a perfect celebration of their relationship.
John proposed in the most unbelievable, Pinterest-worthy way after three and a half years of dating. We knew instantly that we would have a long engagement, because we wanted to enjoy every aspect of planning a wedding.
After looking at several venues, we fell in love with The Elms Hotel and Spa. We knew the space had to be substantial, as we’re both from large families. Since all of John’s family would be traveling to the wedding, we wanted a luxurious hotel with endless amenities and a convenient location. And most importantly, we wanted a space that was rich with history and ambience. The Elms crossed all of these and more off our list.
John and I made our invitations ourselves. Each started as a 12-by-12 sheet of card stock, and we spent roughly 100 hours producing them all. They each featured a gold glitter border with black and gold wording. We used the same template we made for the menus placed at each reception place setting. The invitations felt very classy and timeless to us. I feel like when I show them to my babies one day, I won’t think, “Oh my. What was I thinking?” or “Why did I think that was a good idea?!” We’re very proud that we touched each invitation that we sent to our loved ones.
All of the decorations, flowers and centerpieces were also DIY projects for us. These included the signage, silk flower bouquets, boutonnieres, menus, welcome bags and everything in between.
Finding my dress was one of my favorite days ever. My mom, soon-to-be sister-in-law and mother-in-law, along with a few friends, spent that day at Kansas City bridal boutiques. I surprised the girls with a limo, champagne and treat bags before we kicked off the day. Then, when I tried on my Allure Couture wedding gown, I just knew and they all knew. This was THE dress. It was classy yet modern. Sexy but tasteful and full of personality. I cried. My friends and family cried. And then we drank to celebrate! Truly a day I will remember forever.
Having lost my last grandmother a few months before the wedding, I wanted to honor her memory throughout the wedding by incorporating pieces of her jewelry, her favorite flowers and a sweet picture of her.
Our main goal for our wedding was for our family and friends to truly feel the love that John and I share, as well as to feel how important they all are to us. They were as much a part of our day as we were. Without the love, guidance and support they’ve provided us, John and I wouldn’t have been standing in front of them.
We also wanted our guests to think on their way home, “Wow! That’s the best wedding I’ve been to in a long time!” We hope they really enjoyed themselves, and we enjoyed seeing all our hard work pay off. Every sweet detail and personalized item we created was worth it as we became husband and wife!
Madisyn and John: Having had some idea of all the attention to detail you put into this day, I may have been almost as excited to see it come together as you were — and it definitely didn’t disappoint! I hope you find that what we captured does it justice and that your photos + film footage help you always relive this beautiful beginning to your married life.
Date: 08.31.19 | Venue: The Elms Hotel & Spa (Excelsior Springs, Missouri)
hair: Kelly Eckley | makeup: Miles Makeup | dresses: AllureCouture from Savvy Bridal Boutique (bride) & AZAZIE (bridesmaids) | suits: Jos. A. Bank | rings: Shane Co. | officiant: Michelle Blomberg | catering & bartending: The Elms Hotel & Spa | cake: Sam’s Club | DJ: Todd Lagessie | photography & videography: Wisdom-Watson Weddings
– feature film –
See the occasion come alive in these video highlights!
I'm a print-journalist-turned-wedding-photographer who fully believes in the value of telling true stories beautifully. By means of a camera, I am a curator so my clients can be keepers of their most important moments.