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Photographer: Allison Wonderland Photographie Ceremony & Reception Venue: Historic Rumely Event Space Gown: Fifi by Enzoani Florist: Dream Scapes Hair: Michelle Russo Makeup: Celeste Antoine Cake: Marita Swift Catering: Cosentino’s Price Chopper DJ: Platinum KC Rentals: Ultrapom Event Rentals Videography: Adam Hanly Bar Service: Top Shelf Bartending Photo Booth: Airstream Lounge KC Food Truck: Taco Republic
Chase & Ashley’s Love Story
As cheesy as it sounds; Chase and I are actually high school sweethearts. We met when I was a freshman and he was a junior. We quickly fell for each other and were together throughout the rest of his high school years. After Chase graduated, he moved to Florida for college and we tried hard to make it work but with the long distance and time spent away from each other, we decided to call it quits. Chase and I grew up on the same lake and have the same group of close friends so over the years we would run into each other often when he or I were back in Kansas City.
It wasn’t until 2009 when he and I both graduated college and moved back to Kansas City that we officially reconnected. After having some beers with friends one night we instantly hit it off… again. We picked right back up where we had left off so many years ago. As they say, the rest is history!
Chase and I were together for another five years before he asked me to marry him. We love snowboarding in Colorado and take a trip every year to Vail for Christmas and New Year’s. He thought I would be expecting it so he waited until after Christmas Day to pop the question. Everyone argues that since we had been together for so long, I had to have known it was coming. In all actuality, I had no idea. I obviously knew it was going to happen eventually, but definitely not in that moment.
I had so much fun planning our wedding. I work for a large corporate hotel chain in downtown Kansas City and have been doing special events for many years. I sell the hotel space for a ton of different corporate, non-profit fundraising events and weddings and I was excited to use all of my knowledge and colleagues in the industry to create my wedding vision. I am super OCD so I planned and designed everything myself. My vision fell into place when I visited the Rumely Tractor Building in the West Bottoms. We discovered that not only could we utilize their incredibly beautiful event space, but that we could also shut down 12th street and under the 12th street Bridge. The idea’s and inspiration took off from there and led me to planning our wedding ceremony on the original cobblestone underneath the bridge, a cocktail hour in the street, the wedding reception inside the Rumely followed by a block party outside with a food truck, airstream trailer photo booth, lawn games, flaming hula hoop performance and a full on DJ dance party under the bridge.
Everything about our wedding day and night was absolutely perfect. There were so many vendors that I pieced together to make it all happen and I owe a lot to them for being so incredible to work with and accommodating my needs along the way. We had multiple people come up to tell us that it was the best and most unique wedding they had ever been to which is exactly what I was going for.
A Few Special Pieces
The morning of my wedding I went for a run with my mom around downtown and we ended up at Liberty Memorial. My grandpa was a veteran and we both had a moment because we knew he was there with us in spirit. I will never forget that moment. I had wrapped charms on my bouquet with pictures of my grandfather to carry with me down the aisle.
The Groom’s Favorite Part of the Day
My favorite moment from the full day was the moment we shared at our first look. Seeing Ashley in her dress for the first time was a very magical moment.
The Bride’s Favorite Part of the Day
I can’t pick just one moment that stood out to me as my favorite. The whole day was so amazing. The overall energy and love that was felt throughout the entire day and evening really warmed my heart. Everyone was so happy that night and you could truly feel it.