We love all the details in this wedding! There is just something so fabulous about a couple that is so obviously meant to be, and self-proclaimed “Midwesterners” Beth and Buck are just that. After being in the same social circle for a few years, it was a happy hour at the Plaza that brought Beth and Buck together. We spent the entire night talking, explains Beth, and we realized who had been right in front of us all these years. They had their first date at La Bodega the next week. We found that we had a lot in common, from our close relationships with our friends and family, to our love of life and living every day to the fullest. We truly became not only a couple but best friends.
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Buck planned the proposal for several months, finding the perfect ring, finding the perfect time and place, and most importantly, asking for my parents blessing. I just thought we were going out to dinner, but Buck had other plans. On the way to dinner, Buck made a detour to Loose Park, and as we walked around the gorgeous park, Buck got down on one knee and asked for my hand in marriage. To celebrate, we went back to the restaurant where we had our first date, La Bodega.
What Was Your Favorite Moment of the Day?
It is really hard to choose just one favorite moment from a day filled with amazing memories. But if we have to choose, our favorite moment was seeing each other for the first time. We decided early on that we wanted to see each other before the actual ceremony, so we planned a “first look” with just ourselves and our photographer. It was such a special moment for the two of us to share, and gave us a few moments together before all the craziness of the day began. We were able to just take in the day together, and laugh, cry, and imagine what our lives had in store for us from that day forward. And it was so special to have that all captured on film, to remind us of the emotions and feelings that we had at that time.
Why Did You Choose to Have Your Wedding Where You Did?
I grew up in Lawrence and had always pictured having my wedding in Lawrence. Plus Lawrence is such a fun town, so we knew that all our friends and family would have a great time during the weekend. The church that we got married at, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, was where my family has attended church for years, so we knew this was where we wanted to have our wedding ceremony. For our reception venue, we visited several places around Lawrence, and we knew we wanted a place where our guests would have a great and memorable time. Because most importantly, we wanted our guests to have a great time at the reception. From the minute we walked into Abe and Jake’s, we knew this was the place for our reception. It has such a fun vibe, amazing architecture, and a large venue with unique elements that just added to our day.
Are There Any Particularly Special Details You’d Like to Point Out?
I made all the jewelry for the bridesmaids and myself that we wore the day of the wedding, as well as totes for the bridesmaids, hairpieces for the flower girl and myself, and many other little tokens of thanks for the bridesmaids.
Buck and The Men
Buck is a huge baseball fan, so we knew we wanted to incorporate that into our wedding. The entire bridal party went a to nearby baseball field and we took photos there. We had a groom’s cake, made by Bucks sister, in the shape of a baseball.
I also made custom cufflinks for each of the groomsmen with their favorite sports team on them. Buck loves argyle, so all of the groomsmen wore argyle ties, and the ring bearers wore argyle socks. Buck’s wedding band even has an argyle pattern on it. Instead of having our two ring bearers carry pillows with the rings on them, we had them carry a sign that said, “Here Comes the Bride,” and when they walked back up the aisle after the wedding, the sign said, “Just Married.”
We wanted our reception to be a big party, with lots of fun aspects for our guests to enjoy. We had a photo booth, where our guests could go in and take pictures with props, and they each got to take a copy of the photo with them as a favor from the wedding. Our photo booth also made a scrapbook for us of all the photos from the booth, and our guests got to sign it.
Instead of a traditional wedding cake, we had an interactive cupcake bar. Cupcakes have been a big trend in weddings, but we wanted to do something a little more unique than just cupcakes. We hired Cupcake Construction Co. They brought in a cupcake bar, so guests were able to choose their cupcake flavor, their icing flavor, and the toppings for their cupcake. This was a huge hit, from kids to adults, as everyone was able to make their own custom cupcake.
Do you have any advice for brides-to-be currently planning their wedding?
The wedding process can be very overwhelming, because there are so many details to consider and think about. Take things one step at a time. The first step we’d recommend is start booking the vendors that can only book one wedding a weekend, because these book up quickly. Then look at the things that are most important to you as a couple. We knew that really wanted a photo booth, so we booked that right after we booked the church and reception because it was important to us.
We also hired a wedding coordinator for the day of the wedding, and my father will tell you it was the best money they spent, because the coordinator took care of everything the day of the wedding. Our family and friends were able to enjoy the day, and didn’t have to worry about setting up, making sure vendors were there, and didn’t have to clean up at the end of the night. The day of the wedding some of our flowers didn’t arrive, but we didn’t know it until the next day because our coordinator had our spreadsheet with what the florist was supposed to bring, and she was able to have them bring the missing flowers without anyone knowing. That little detail could have really stressed us out the day of the wedding, but the coordinator was able to solve it and we never knew.
And lastly, talk to your friends that have been married before you. They are a great resource for things to do, things not to do, and what things they would have done differently. It can save you a lot of time if they’ve already done some of the legwork and research for you.
Great advice! Thanks so much, Beth & Buck, for sharing your wedding day with us. And a big thank you to Melissa & Beth for sharing these pictures with us! Great work, ladies!