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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Terrace on Grand Photographer: Cassaw Images Gown: Mia’s Bridal & Tailoring Invitations: Retrospective Design Hair & Makeup: Jamie Latta Caterer: Taste Catering DJ: BFame KC Cake: Emily Kate’s Bakery Florist: Kelly Acock Photobooth: RGB Photo Booths
Richie & Brynn’s Love Story:
Richie and I met on November 6, 2009, at Truman State University. My soccer team was hosting a Halloween party and Richie decided to make an appearance. He asked me for my name roughly six times before I finally spelled it out for him. We ended up chatting all night and bonded over our mutual love of whiskey. After a fun evening, I got Richie’s number and we parted ways. We spent every day of the next week going for walks and meeting up between classes. Exactly one week after we met, we had our first official date. We were together every day for months after that night; and after almost seven years, will make it official.
Richie and I spent New Year’s Eve 2015 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan skiing. We had a ski-in-ski-out condo. I woke up one morning and there were candles lit from the bedroom out to the living room. There I saw Richie sitting by a fire. Richie usually woke up before me and had a history of surprising me, so I didn’t expect what was about to happen. When he stood up to hug me, I could feel his heart beating out of his chest and that’s when it hit me. He said a lot of sweet things (I’m pretty sure…the world kind of flew by at that moment) and got down on one knee. I was so excited and overwhelmed! It was the happiest, most amazing moment.
For the past five years of our relationship, Richie has spent his summers with the other love in his life: the river. He works as a white-water rafting guide in Canon City, Colorado. Luckily for him, I get to complete my third and fourth years of school in Denver. After more than our fair share of long distance time in our relationship, we are finally in the same place. For good! When Richie is not rafting, he works ski patrol at Loveland Ski Area and is happier than ever. Especially now as we’ve fulfilled our dream of getting a puppy. Zoe loves our life in Colorado and is the perfect little addition to our family!
Planning long distance was a bit of a challenge. We were fortunate that our venue and vendors made the whole process as easy and straightforward as possible. We started the day getting ready with our favorite people. Richie and I did a “first look” on the rooftop where we would later be married. I can’t remember the last time I had butterflies like that.
After capturing all the necessary photos with our bridal party, we head to UpDown to play some skee-ball and have a toast with our maids and men. It was a fun way to relax before the ceremony and to remember that the day is all about love, celebrating, and being surrounded by the most important people in our lives.
It was hot and sunny on that downtown rooftop, and our ceremony was everything we dreamed of. We had a string quartet on the rooftop playing Beatles love songs. My brother-in-law married us and made the ceremony so special. The reception following was filled with delicious food, refreshing drinks, and lots of dancing. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.
A Few Special Pieces:
Richie’s best man, Max, was deployed at the time of our wedding. We were so sad that he wouldn’t be able to be there. Max’s wife stood in for him and was “one of the guys” that day. And when it came time for his best man’s speech, he woke up in the middle of the night (his time) to Skype in and give a toast. It was such a special moment and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
The Groom’s Favorite Part of the Day
My favorite moment of this wonderful day was seeing the face of my best friend, Max, through Skype from halfway around the world. Having him give a speech at our wedding was nothing short of amazing. We were so happy that he could be a part of such an awesome day!
The Bride’s Favorite Part of the Day
It’s hard to pick just one favorite moment, but I think it would be our last dance. After the reception, our guests headed downstairs to prepare for our exit. Richie and I got one last dance. It was unbelievable to have a moment alone. We danced and laughed and finally had a second to take in the whole day.