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Melissa & Kolton’s Vibrant KC Winter Wedding

We’ve said it time and time again that we get “attached” to the couples that we get to work with. And while we always excitedly look forward to each and every wedding, Melissa and Kolton’s wedding day is one that we’ve been waiting for anxiously. Many of you know Melissa as one of our amazing assistants. We’ve had the pleasure of working with her for well over 5 years now, and she’s essentially family. And now she’s married!! Here’s just a look at some of our favorites from her magical wedding day!

Getting Ready | The Hampton Inn – Downtown Kansas City

Kolton decided (and Melissa agreed) to stay out of the spotlight on the morning of their wedding. He and his groomsmen got ready and dressed in the comfort of his own home! Meanwhile, Melissa, her bridesmaids, and family got ready in downtown Kansas City, just a few blocks from where she would see her groom for the first time.

KC Winter Wedding | A close-up picture of a bride's engagement ring and wedding day earrings and necklace.

KC Winter Wedding | Three candid pictures of a bride getting ready on her wedding day.

KC Winter Wedding | Three candid pictures of a bride getting ready on her wedding day.

KC Winter Wedding | Two candid pictures of a bride getting ready on her wedding day.

KC Winter Wedding | Three candid photos of a bride putting on her wedding gown with help from her maid of honor.

KC Winter Wedding | Three candid pictures of a bride seeing her dad for the first time on her wedding day.

KC Winter Wedding | A close-up picture of a bride and her paper-flower bouquet on her wedding day.

First Look | Lyric Opera

Like many of our couples, Melissa and Kolton weren’t sure if they wanted to do a first look. Ultimately they decided they on doing one because they knew they wanted a few moments to just themselves before the fun craziness of their day took over. For years Melissa has been in love with the architecture of the “old” Lyric Opera building, and she was so excited to do their first look there! We LOVED watching these two relish in their first few moments together. Exchanging small gifts and laughing with each other is something they’ll never forget from their wedding day.

KC Winter Wedding | Two candid photos of a bride and groom doing a first look on their wedding day.

KC Winter Wedding | Three candid images of a bride and groom exchanging gifts on their wedding day.

KC Winter Wedding | A dramatic image of a bride and groom sharing a kiss on their wedding day.

KC Winter Wedding | Two candid pictures of a bride and groom embracing on their wedding day.

KC Winter Wedding | A candid photo of a bride and groom holding hands and laughing on their wedding day.

KC Winter Wedding | A picture of a bride showing off her red shoes and wedding gown against the Kansas City skyline.

KC Winter Wedding | A picture of a bride and groom standing on a wall in front of the Kansas City skyline.

KC Winter Wedding | Two candid pictures of a bride and groom embracing on their wedding day.

KC Winter Wedding | A close-up photo of a groom kissing his bride on their wedding day.

Kansas City Wedding Party Pictures | Barney Allis Plaza

Melissa and Kolton’s wedding party met us at the Lyric and from there we made our way a few blocks down to Barney Allis Plaza. With the gorgeous blue skies and sun their wedding party had so much fun with each other. Something Melissa and Kolton credit to their wedding party chemistry? Getting everyone together a few times before the wedding so they all knew each other already.

KC Winter Wedding | Two pictures of a bride and groom embracing and walking in downtown Kansas City on their wedding day.

KC Winter Wedding | A picture of a bride and groom with their wedding party at Barney Allis Plaza.

KC Winter Wedding | A close-up picture of a bride and groom at Barney Allis Plaza.

KC Winter Wedding | A picture of a groom and his groomsmen at Barney Allis Plaza.

KC Winter Wedding | A picture of a bride and her bridesmaids at Barney Allis Plaza.

KC Winter Wedding Ceremony | Liberty Christian Church

Melissa and Kolton’s evening ceremony was so sweet and intimate. Surrounded by all of their family and friends, these two said their vows and did their unity ceremony. They knew that for their ceremony they wanted to do something that signified two becoming one, but didn’t want to go the route of a traditional candle or sand. Since Kolton is a scientist, they came up with the idea of an “experiment” during their ceremony. Pouring two different liquids together that when combined, glowed!

KC Winter Wedding | Three candid pictures of a bride and groom moments before their wedding ceremony.

KC Winter Wedding | Three pictures of a bride walking down the aisle to her groom.

KC Winter Wedding | Three candid photos of a bride and groom and their family during their wedding ceremony.

KC Winter Wedding | Three images of a bride and groom exchanging wedding rings and vows during their ceremony.

KC Winter Wedding | Three candid pictures of a bride and groom doing making a chemical reaction for their unity ceremony.

KC Winter Wedding | A picture of a bride wiping tears from her eyes during her wedding ceremony.

KC Winter Wedding | An image of a bride and groom sharing their first kiss at the end of their wedding ceremony.

KC Winter Wedding | A picture of a bride and groom walking back down the aisle after their wedding ceremony.

Wedding Reception | The Montgomery Event Space

After their ceremony while their guests enjoyed cocktail hour, Melissa and Kolton let us steal them away for a few last moments. These two met at William Jewell College in Liberty, and the historic campus was the perfect spot to stop for a few more images.

Once they joined their guests at The Montgomery, more fun followed. Melissa’s maid of honor and sister, toasted her sister with a song that she had written for her and Kolton. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. And, to add more magic to their evening, Melissa and Kolton danced to a song that Kolton wrote for Melissa. Talk about intimate!

KC Winter Wedding | A nighttime picture of a bride and groom at William Jewell College.

KC Winter Wedding | A nighttime picture of a bride and groom kissing at William Jewell College.

KC Winter Wedding | A silhouette image of a bride and groom at night at William Jewell College.

KC Winter Wedding | A nighttime image of a bride and groom embracing at William Jewell College.

KC Winter Wedding | An image of a bride and groom cutting their cake and cupcakes at their wedding reception.

KC Winter Wedding | Four candid pictures of a bride and groom receiving toasts from their bridal party at their reception.

KC Winter Wedding | Three candid photos of a bride and groom sharing their first dance at their reception.

Melissa and Kolton – from the very bottom of our hearts thank you so much for letting us create your wedding day images! We are so, so happy for you and cannot wait to see where life takes you!!

Melissa & Kolton’s Wedding Vendors:

Getting Ready Location: The Hampton Inn, Downtown Kansas City

Kansas City Wedding Ceremony Venue: Liberty Christian Church

Kansas City Wedding Reception Venue: The Montgomery Event Venue

Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero from The Gown Gallery

Groom’s Tux: Men’s Wearhouse

Invitations + Paper: Akela Clarke Designs

Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Champagne Jewelers

Ceremony Music: Tracey Johnson, Selene Hernandes, Nicole Murray, Jim Murray

Reception DJ: Complete Music

Hair & Make-up: Mati from Hello, Lovely

Wedding DIY Details: Paper flowers and bouquets, ceremony programs, reception decor

To see more from Melissa and Kolton’s wedding day, visit their full gallery here.

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