Hannah & Andrew’s Classic, Yet Relaxed Spring Wedding
Throughout the planning process, this couple was seriously organized. Not to mention, the groom attended every meeting, which, as you can imagine, is a rarity in my book! If that doesn’t show just how excited he truly was to marry his bride, I don’t know what does.
And, when their special spring day finally arrived, it was undoubtedly filled with love and excitement! From the wedding mass—a beautiful and sacred experience for them and their families, to the party bus (which made a stop at Sheridan’s for frozen custard after the ceremony!), and the reception where the guests all sang their K-State alma mater on the dance floor, this adorable pair put on a celebration that was not to be forgotten.
Read on for their wedding day recap and more sweet moments just like this captured by the ever-so-talented Brianne Elizabeth Photography!
How did you meet and how did he pop the question? Tell us your story.
We both attended Kansas State University. But, our paths didn't cross until our senior year when we met through mutual friends we met a few times. It wasn’t until we were both back in the Kansas City area after graduation when we became friends.
I actually became good friends with Andrew's twin sister, Jenna, and started spending more time with Andrew. We got to know each other better at game nights, movie nights, friend dinners, and swing dancing. Our friendship grew, and soon after, we realized that we wanted to be more than friends! We started officially dating in November of 2014.
The engagement happened on April 22, 2017. I didn’t suspect a thing and was ready to spend Saturday evening going to dinner and drinks with Andrew. I arrived at Andrew's house and, upon opening the door, realized that dinner and drinks weren't going to be happening! Andrew (and his crew) had set up dozens of candles, twinkle lights, and rose petals along with a sign telling me to go over to the TV.
A video was all set up, showing Andrew asking my parents' permission and Andrew telling his family about his plans to propose. At the end of the video, I was instructed to "follow the lights." I stood up and saw twinkle lights going up the stairs to Andrew's living room. When I arrived, I saw him in his best suit, with roses and a beautiful statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (to whom we have a particular devotion). He said the most wonderfully sweet things and got down on one knee. I had no choice but to say "YES!"
After the proposal, Andrew took me to his parents' house, where all four of our parents were waiting to congratulate us. After lots of hugs and excitement, all four of our sisters came running out to surprise me as well! We were able to enjoy a wonderful family dinner together. At the end of dinner, many of our closest friends came bursting through the door to celebrate with us! It was such a special night, and one that we will treasure forever!
Describe your wedding vibe in one sentence:
Classic, yet relaxed!
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding?
Where did you allocate the most funds?
What was totally worth it?
The party bus and hiring McKenzie. :)
Share a few things that helped you along the way with planning a wedding.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them.
Our first dance was a cover of "Do You Believe in Love" by Ben Rector. We both love his music and I’m a huge cheesy 80s music fan! For the father-daughter dance, my dad and I danced to "You've Got a Friend" by James Taylor, who is an artist he and I have listened to together since I was little. Andrew and his mom danced to a song called "I Promise to Love You," which is an original song written and performed by a family friend.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell!
I borrowed my mom’s pearl earrings. I wore a blue embroidered handkerchief. My something old was Andrew’s baptism bonnet. And, my something new was a Rosary given to me by my mom.
Do you have any practical advice for a soon-to-be bride? If so, please share your tips!
Try to remember that the reception goes by so quickly that you will barely notice the decorations, food, music, etc. Try not to overthink things and just make it simple!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together?
We are excited to just live in the same house finally and enjoy being married! Long-term, we hope to have a family and enjoy lots of happy times together!
Let us know one thing that WOWed you while working with McKenzie Phillips.
McKenzie seemed like more than a day-of coordinator to us. She went above and beyond what we were expecting!
Photographer: Brianne Elizabeth Photography | Ceremony & Reception: Divine Mercy Parish | Catering: Hy-Vee | Food Truck: Papa Scott’s Street Eats | Florist: Hy-Vee Floral | Cake & Desserts: Hy-Vee Bakery | DJ: KC DJ Unlimited | Party Bus: Party Express Bus KC | Bride’s Gown: Bridal Extraordinaire | Hair & Makeup: Raechel Stevens of SunRayz Salon and Spa | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Menswear: The Black Tux & Tie Bar