Today I’m bringing quite a different post to you…instead of sharing MY work, I’m sharing MY OWN wedding day!
When I first started writing out this post I included the why and how we planned our events in the fashion we did…but that soon turned into the LONGEST post ever. So, our why and how will wait for another day. Today we’re excited to share our intimate wedding day with you…part 1!
We spent the morning drinking coffee and relaxing in my parent’s home watching the rain. I finished writing my vows and cried ugly tears alone wondering how I could get through our ceremony without crying, spoiler alert – I didn’t! Joel spent the morning resting, picking up our flowers, and writing his own vows with dry eyes.
And due to all things COVID – I leisurely did my own nails, hair, and makeup with my mom and sister. Overall, we had a slow morning full of joy and happy tears – it was perfect.
I had grand ideas to say “I Do” at one of my favorite places that has filled my life with much sentimental value, the Nelson Atkins Museum. However, Kansas City weather had different plans for us. Our wedding day was full of rain, rain, and more rain! It rained so much the yard was flooding, parts of Kansas City were flooding, and it was impractical to get married outside.
A few hours before our ceremony we made the call to get married at my parent’s house because this rain wasn’t stopping. But of course, by the time our ceremony time came – the sun was shining and the weather was perfect for the rest of our day.
My immediate family was present and our closest family members joined us virtually via Zoom. And while this was a non-traditional ceremony setting, we were so grateful for the technology and capability to bring people from California, Missouri, and Georgia together in one place.
Our family, both in person and virtually, shared thoughts on marriage and our relationship. We felt so loved. Having our loved ones present was first and foremost our highest priority….besides the getting married part. 🙂 These kind words allowed us to feel connected to our families both near and far.
After chatting with our “Zoom family” and sharing our personal vows, we signed our marriage certificate and changed to get ready for our celebration!
After our ceremony we took newlywed portraits, with Peabody present of course, and soaked in the beauty surrounding my parent’s house. The evening continued on with tacos, cake, games, and lots of laughter…which are all the best things in life if you ask me!
Nelson Atkins Museum
The Nelson Atkins Museum is a very special place to me and I had visions of us getting married there. The Nelson has been a place of growth, love, laughter, and rest and solitude for me in my high school and college days. And every time I visit my parents, I make a special visit to this Kansas City gem. So naturally, having portraits there was important to me.
Thankfully our sweet photographer met us at the Nelson Atkins Museum the day after our ceremony in perfect Spring weather so we could have those beautiful museum moments I was dreaming of.
While our wedding day was very non-traditional, but who’s wedding isn’t in a time of COVID-19, it was perfect for us. Now to get our favorite images ordered and hanging in our home.
Scroll below to see a bit of our first intimate wedding in Kansas City! Stay tuned for Part 2 of our wedding celebrations in Athens, Georgia coming soon!
P.S. – The Nelson Atkins Museum holds a very special place in my heart. It’s a totally FREE fine and visual art museum in Kansas City that I recommend visiting if you’re ever in the area. Every day they are committed to nurturing excellence, inspiring creativity and building community through the power of art. Like many things during COVID-19, they have been greatly affected and are still closed. If you feel compelled, I encourage you to support this amazing Kansas City staple by donating to their museum recovery fund so they can open again soon.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our journey coming soon!