I was so overjoyed to be included in this amazing styled shoot at the Overland Park Ballroom and Social Club. My dear friend and wedding planner extraordinaire, Christine, pulled together an amazing team.
From the planner/designer’s perspective:
The big day had arrived—for the inspiration shoot, that is. We had a florist, hair and make-up artist, a whole group of people, all busy highlighting their incredibly talented arts. The air was thick with the construction that was still underway in The Overland Park Ballroom on that very cold day in February.
The idea for this shoot really started back in December when a group of the vendors were at our Kansas City monthly networking event. In talking, we saw the opportunity to craft something that was a twist on the typical wedding day elegance, something our fun, creative clients would find inspiring. We wanted to show that you can take an elegant event and mix in a big dose of originality by introducing bursts of color, texture, and pattern while keeping your larger canvas neutral.
From the light-filled venue to the heart-accented flatware settings, every detail had thought and purpose behind it. The owners of The Overland Park Ballroom are the most incredible people with an amazing vision for their space. Even though the venue was still under construction, as the designer on this project, I decided to move forward with doing the shoot on the day that we selected and at the point where the construction was. I figured we could use the work-in-progress scene to highlight how weddings spread joy and love, even when things don’t go perfectly according to plan.
As for the color inspiration, I wanted to show that you can mix gold and silver, black and white, and all shades of your accent color. My clients struggle with getting set in their ways of thinking “ivory, ivory, ivory, we need to keep it ivory because everything else is ivory.” They get scared to stretch outside the box to taupe, blush, black, and even white. The combination of colors and neutrals used in the shoot really brings interest and originality to the overall design. It’s the kind of thing guests will notice and be wowed by.
The subtle theme of hearts is dear to me, as the heart is such a simple yet powerful symbol of love. In the midst of all the planning and details and logistics of a wedding, the hearts serve as a nice little reminder of the real reason for the celebration. And beyond that, every vendor who worked on the inspiration shoot poured love into their work that day, as always.
The three dresses featured in the shoot all embody that elegant, traditional vibe with some type of beautiful, surprising accent or detail. Handmade accessories by emmy-ray, such as necklaces, hairpieces, and a beaded belt, completed each look with a fun twist. The peonies, tulips, and mums brought in pinks and greens, as well as a soft texture. A raspberry white-chocolate Bundt cake crowned the cake table with a unique look, as the half-iced topping showcased the cake itself, adding more color. A trio of tiny cupcakes graced each plate in raspberry white-chocolate, red velvet, and chocolate chocolate-chip flavors.
The DIY projects added a unique and special touch. Meg with Fine Line Designs is a mad spray painter and detailed freehand painter. From the washi tape as an accent on the cake stand to the gold leaf accents on the hobnail milk glass, her creative touches really brought the elegance-with-a-twist style to life.
One of the main reasons for this shoot is that I truly wanted to highlight incredible people and their incredible work. All of these vendors are such talented people from all different areas of the industry who really pour their heart and excitement into every wedding/event for their clients. And by pouring their hearts into what they do, they have all built such distinct portfolios of work that are sought after in the Kansas City wedding world and beyond.
A few behind the scenes shots from our fantastic day!
The Venue: The Overland Park Ballroom and Social Club
Planning: Celebrations of Love
Flowers: Fine Line Design
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cake
Model: McCartney Payton
Hair: Traci Morby
Make-up: Stephanie Borger
Flatware and Linens: Ultra Pom Event Rental
Accessories: Emmy-Ray Floral and Jewelry Design
Photography: A Day to Adore Photography