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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Soiree Event Designs : Michelle & Jason

This blog posting is from guest bloggers and new Bliss List members, the girls from Soiree Event Designs!  

Photogrpahy: PhotoMomentos
Venue: The town of Barnes, KS
Caterers: A collaborative effort between Barnes locals Vathauer Catering and Chellie Powers
Flowers: Branches and Twigs
Rental: Celebrations Party Rental
Disc Jockey: Complete Music of Manhattan

When Michelle and Jason contacted us last February to do their wedding we instantly knew this was going to be a challenge, but we were also very excited. See, Michelle grew up in Barnes, KS (population 375!) which is an hour north of Manhattan, KS. However, for the past nine years she has called Los Angeles home, and Jason has lived there his whole life. Michelle still has a lot of family in the Barnes area and they felt that “coming back to her roots” for the wedding was very important. Since 50% of the wedding guests would be traveling from LA, Labor Day weekend was chosen and we got started planning the 3 day extravaganza! A sampling of our upcoming challenges included getting guest from KCI to Barnes without them getting lost, no cell phone service, no running water or restrooms at the reception site, generator power, wind…

Friday night there was a Welcome Dinner hosted at a local restaurant called Our Daily Bread and then everyone went out for a night on the town! Saturday all of the out of town guests “experienced Kansas” with fishing, gun shooting, tractor lessons and corn shucking on the bride’s brother’s farm. In the meantime, we began our set-up! Our venue was Main Street in the middle of Barnes. There were about 5 local businesses on each side of the road that provided real authentic scenery for our tented reception. Celebrations Party Rental in Lee’s Summit brought in all the tenting, lighting, tables, chairs, plates, glassware, etc. as there weren’t a lot of local resources. That evening the bride’s parents hosted the rehearsal dinner at their farm. Food was set-up on an old truck bed and picnic tables were draped with the traditional red and white checked table cloths. Carnival lights strung from poles provided a festive atmosphere.

Sunday was wedding day. Michelle was gorgeous in her Marchesa gown. Stylist Rachel Zoe is one of Michelle’s good friends and Michelle was featured on The Rachel Zoe Project shopping for her dress. Jason and his groomsmen embraced the surroundings and wore seersucker suits with salmon colored ties to match the bridesmaids. The ceremony was held on top of a hill overlooking the Kansas fields. Michelle and her father were taken to the ceremony site in an old buggy, guests sat on hay bales and the bride and groom were married under an old wind mill. After a very windy, but beautiful ceremony, guests made their way to the cocktail hour where the mood was set by the Little Brown Jug band, a bluegrass band from Nebraska and guests sipped on four different signature cocktails. Dinner was served under the main tent and two local caterers served smoked and barbequed meats and salads made with home grown ingredients. A buffet of homemade pies accented the wedding cake and dancing went into the wee hours of the morning! All in all it was by far our most challenging event to date but it was also one that we are extremely proud of!

PhotoMementos captured the 3 day event in the most magical way. 

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