I'm off to start a pretty busy day (I have training for a new freelance editing position that I'll be doing on the side), but don't you worry, because I'm leaving you with a wedding you'll be coming back to all day long! I say this because it seems like every time I go back to look at these wedding photos by Heather Brulez Photography, I find something new to love, or something that I just didn't notice initially. Most of all, I think that Cary and her new husband, Aaron did an amazing job of inserting their personality and real character into their wedding, while still keeping the overall look very polished.
While Cary and Aaron actually live in New York City, the couple were married in Cary's hometown of Kansas City in Missouri at the Club 1000 this past September. The two-level ceremony and reception venue provided a bright and spacious backdrop for these two theater artists to stage the wedding of their dreams. Cary actually worked with a seamstress to dye the tulle underskirt of her wedding gown to match her fabulous lavender shoes, and even made all of the jewelry worn by her bridesmaids! The bride also knit her own garter, which was tiger striped in honor of her alma mater, the University of Missouri Tigers.
The couple made every effort to make sure that their marriage ceremony was special and meaningful. "We flew in my minister of 12 years from NYC, and one of Aaron's best friends, who is a priest, was our co-officiate. I had my twin brother and sister-in-law standing next to me as my 'Couple of Honor' and Aaron's sister stood next to him as his 'Best Gal.' All of our [ceremony] music consisted of classic musical theatre songs. Since Aaron and I met while doing a production of Peter Pan (I was Peter and Aaron was the music director), we decided that I would walk down the aisle to the musicians playing "Never Neverland"... Our friend, Dee sang 'Make Someone Happy,' and our recessional was 'If I Could Write a Book' ('the Secret of the plot; is just to tell them that I love you a lot!') said the bride. Because Cary had a whopping nine bridesmaids, she decided to do something special for their walk down the aisle, as well. "I split them up and had half walk up one outside aisle, and the other half walk up the other outside aisle. Then, they walked down the center aisle and stood as I walked down the aisle. As I passed each bridesmaid, she handed me a flower to add to my bouquet."
Cary and Aaron had also planned a few events before the wedding for their many out-of-town guests, and I thought it was definitely worth sharing for any brides out there looking for ideas! On Thursday, the couple invited friends and family to a Royals baseball game, and then on Friday, the girls went out for mani/pedis, and attended a tea hosted by Cary's mom. Later on that night, the entire wedding party gathered again for a traditional rehearsal dinner.
Polished, Eclectic Wedding with Character - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: Heather Brulez Photography
Caterer: Delish Catering
Floral Designer: Bella Design Studio - A Division of Needham Floral
Reception Venue: Club 1000
Cake Designer: Michael McAllister, father of the groom
Music & Entertainment: Brad Allen Trio and Vocalist Dee Hoty
Dress Designer: Nolte's Bridal
Seamstress: Janay Andrews
Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Wedding Programs: Designed by Andrew Hodge, friend of the couple
Wedding Favors: Donations in guests' names to Holden Uganda
Guestbook: Handpainted by Claire Zurek, one of the bridesmaids
Bridal Accessories: Shoes by Steve Madden
Hair Styling: Stem Hair and Body Salon
Groomsmen Attire: Tommy Hilfiger at Macy's & The Tie Bar
Bridesmaid Attire: Ann Taylor
Personalized wedding hanger: einspanner
Custom ring bearer bowl: Paloma's Nest
Wedding Cake Topper: Country Squirrels-R-Us
Vintage wedding thank you postcards: Nostalgic Imprints
Embroidered handkerchiefs: Elegant Monograms