Thursday, November 15, 2012

{An Uptown Wedding}

If you haven't been by yet this week, I'm doing a little miniseries in honor of our upcoming *1 year wedding anniversary*. You can see my original post and our wedding details here. I'm hoping that y'all find inspiration in these posts and find it a little less intimidating to plan a wedding after reading about all of these extravagant (each in their own way!) weddings!

Tell us your wedding date & location(s)...
We were married on May 30th, 2008 at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City. 
Why did you pick your wedding date?
We were still in college when we got married, so we wanted to do it soon after school was finished for the semester so we could enjoy most of the summer married. All of the June dates were booked, so May it was. We got married on a Friday night and by doing so, we saved over $1000!  
What was your vision for your wedding? Where did you draw inspiration from?
You know, we got married before the days of wedding blogs and Pinterest so I used bridal magazines and The Knot to pick out my favorite looks. The most important thing was that we wanted it to be a huge celebration, with all of our friends and family there. My mom and I really made it all happen. It was incredible - a day that I still get compliments on.  

Were there specific places you shopped to save money? Did you have any DIYs? Are there items you would advise future brides not to spend as much money on?
Oh gosh, we saved money in all kinds of ways. I bought my dress off the rack and I rented my veil. A family friend did all of the flowers. My brother was our musician and our iPod DJ. We did the wedding and reception at the Uptown Theater - so we didn't have to book two venues or worry about transportation costs from one place to another. Like I mentioned before, getting married on Friday instead of Saturday saved us a lot as well. Nearly all of our guests were either underage or didn't drink, so we only have champagne. The savings from not having an open bar was HUGE! We went with a start-up cake business and one of my bridesmaids make the groom's cake. In addition, I did my own makeup and wore jewelry I'd wear again. We did all of the decor ourselves. From the trees at the altar and the centerpieces on the tables, to the programs and the wedding favors, everything was done by us. I even made my own guest book! All of the money we saved helped out. We had over 350 people at our wedding and wouldn't have been able to had we not found ways to cut here and there. 

I managed to keep my stress level completely nonexistent during my planning process. If like me, how did you keep stress to a minimum? If not, what were the most stressful parts and what advice do you have to make them less stressful?
I was a little stressed, but mostly with things outside our wedding. That semester before we got married I was in 19 hours and working 20 hours a week out of town. The best advice I have is to delegate! Your wedding party can and should be involved. Your family and your spouse's family can help as well. I remember the day of the rehearsal thinking there was no way it would all come together. No way would all of the thousands of to-dos get done in time. But while I was away getting my nails done and enjoying a luncheon with my girls, there were family and friends putting it all together. I walked in the theatre, ready to practice the ceremony and just cried. It was beautiful. It was perfect. 

The dress. How did you pick your dress? Did you have an idea of what you wanted going in?
 You know, I wasn't really one of those girls who fantasized about my wedding day. I had no idea what I wanted. I assumed I would get something sparkly or with lace, but I fell in love with a plain silk dress. It was probably the 15th or 20th dress I tried on. It was beautiful hanging on the rack and even more beautiful on. I knew it was perfect. I wore it with pearls and a fancy updo. To this day, it's the most beautiful thing I've ever worn. 

What is your favorite memory from your special day?
Oh goodness, so much of that day was amazing. My favorite part was walking in to see Phil for the first time. The entire theater was empty and my brother was playing some gorgeous song on his violin. I snuck up behind my fiance and he turned around to see me. I will never forget the look on his face and how excited I was to marry him.  

Lastly, do you have any extra advice for future brides out there?
Don't sweat the small stuff. Make it about you and your love. Don't think of it as the greatest day of your life, but the very beginning of something truly great.

Lacy, you were breathtaking. I just love a beaming a bride. I know from reading your blog, just how perfect you and Phil really are for one another. It's truly inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing your day with us over here at Love Like Johnny and June! Be sure to check out the other weddings from this week and stay tuned for something a little different tomorrow!
Melissa Loren


  1. Thanks so much for featuring our wedding! Happy memories :)



  2. Their wedding looks amazing! I especially adore the venue - so glamorous!

    1. Don't you love the congratulations on the front?! Such a beautiful couple!


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