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Photographer: epagaFOTO Ceremony Venue: The Little Theatre Reception Venue: The Midland Theatre Wedding Planner: Simple Elegance Dresses & Menswear: Bridal Extraordinaire Florist: Sidelines Floral Invitations: Salutations by Mairead Design Hair & Makeup: Glam KC Catering: Feasts of Fancy Ceremony Musicians: Patrick Lentz Band Reception Band: Michael Beers Band Rentals: All Seasons Cake: Nancy Stark Cigar Roller: Western Tobacco
Ryan & Breanne’s Love Story
We met when we were 10 years old. We had been cast in the Christmas Production of, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. We were each other’s first real crushes; yet neither of us knew that there were feelings further than friendship. Finally, during college, the truth came out that we had been crushing on each other all these years and wanted to go out on a date when we returned home for Christmas Break. Christmas Break came. The date came. The date ended. Ryan never called Breanne again. As he tells it, “Breanne scared me to death.” As she tells it, “It was the best date ever and I knew that was the person I was going to marry.” Flash forward to a few years later, timing worked out and we both ended up in Los Angeles at the same time. Together, for the past nine years, we have built our version of “A Wonderful Life!”
After eight years together, we decided to get serious about getting married. On the last weekend of the summer, Ryan suggested we go to the Lake of the Ozarks and take the boat out. On the last morning before we headed home, Ryan suggested to take the boat out for a little morning fishing. I reluctantly agreed and sat on the front of the boat with my arms crossed the whole ride. Ryan knew exactly what I was pouting about and had planned to get me to my weakest point in an effort to completely throw me off. Finally, he stopped the boat, cast a line into the water and asked me to go to the tackle box and get him a weight. I went to the tackle box, rolling my eyes the whole way. I opened the box…and there among the fish guts and hooks, was my pink, dream engagement ring. After reflecting on the moment, we laughed together, cried together, and finally, Ryan got down on one knee and asked me if we could spend their lives together.
We own BlackFox Productions, Inc. and put on around 200 events a year around the country. We knew we wanted our wedding to be the biggest and baddest event.
We met in a theatre, so we wanted to get married in a theatre. We met on a stage, so we stood on a stage to say our vows. My engagement ring is in a 1920’s vintage setting and the first placed we lived together was Hollywood, so we went with an Old Hollywood Glam theme. We kept the same consistency throughout…everything was symbolic, yet tied together beautifully.
Guests arrived and were greeted with a red carpet, passed champagne, canapés, and a live band. They were escorted into the ceremony, where they set around us and watched us say our handwritten vows on a rotating stage. Afterwards, guests hit up The Midland for another cocktail hour, which included live music, a magician, a caricaturist, and a cigar roller. Eventually the main doors opened and as guests took their seats, the screen on the stage played a personalized video, where we not only thanked everyone for coming, but listed off the do’s and don’ts of the evening, calling out a number of their guests poking fun of their antics. Afterward, the bridal party was introduced, toasts took place, and a first dance went down on the dance floor. After the formalities, the dance floor and food stations were opened and the party was started! Around 11pm, cigar girls hit the floor passing around milk cartons and cookies shaped like cigars. Basically, we had everything except a Cirque show…