Katie and Phil’s May Missouri wedding captured by Under Grace Photo. Commentary written both by Under Grace Photo and the beautiful bride, Katie.
The meeting part is short and sweet, Katie & Phil lucked out meeting on Match.com. Katie gave the website a go and after the initial 3 months were up her account auto renewed (naturally). Not even a week later her inbox had a message from Phil that she couldn’t let get by. Weeks of inboxing each other, then Facebook messaging, then hour long phone calls followed by an unnecessary amount of daily texts back and fourth and there they were – inseparable.
The planning process was a day by day thing. We knew some things we liked, some things we wanted and some things we had to have. We also stayed on the same page of what gets done gets done and the wedding will go on however. My Mom and I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and I was raised on DIY projects. I knew that if I saw something I liked that we’d be making it ourselves, which made everything all that much more amazing and every last detail had extreme meaning to us. Throughout the engagement and planning Phil and I wanted to do our best to remain calm and have fun. We knew everything would get done and that we’d have the most perfect Derby Day once we got there. We had some crazy days, but it all came together. All of the decor was pulled from my Mom’s house, my house, garage sales and my husbands and fathers work benches.
Our wedding day was by far the very best day of my life, no doubt. I’ve been a part of a dozen weddings and received loads of advice from my married friends. I was told over and over again to enjoy every minute and not to let the day slip by. Thanks to this advice I took time outs throughout the day to reconfirm with Phil how perfectly amazing every detail was, how beautiful everything and everyone was and how this was our special day. That it was finally here and we loved it.I’ve asked myself if there is anything I would change looking back on the day, the weekend, the everything and I simply can’t think of one thing that needed changing. We lucked out with the most gorgeous weather on the most beautiful lawn where I spent my childhood playing.I consider myself one heck of a lucky bride. Everything was beyond my imagination and the word ‘perfect’ hardly does the day justice.
The ambiance of all things wedding was ‘Katie & Phil’. We’ve both been told by so many of our guests since the big day that every last detail screamed us. This is such a huge compliment to us and exactly what we wanted. Everything was comfortable. Flowers and prints were in abundance and our guests killed it with their outfits making the overall decor with them in it all that more prefect. I aimed for an overall romantic and classic feel to most all angles of our wedding. There were so many special touches that I am sure 99% of our guests never even noticed, but it was Phil and I who they all mattered the most to. I had my grandma’s pictures on my bouquet, my Mom’s veil from her wedding, my grandma’s lace wrapped around all of the bouquets and the boutonnieres, our memorial candle lighting and pictures of our passed loved ones, dried flowers from previous weddings I was part of in the bouquets, match books on the cocktail tables to represent us meeting on Match.com and just enough Kentucky Derby touches to keep it classy and not scream we love horses. Not having my grandparents around for such an important day was hard but I think we made them all proud and felt their presence with all of the ways we included them. Describe the overall feeling at the end of the wedding day.
At the end of the day Phil and I were on cloud 9, we still are. We capped the reception on the dance floor with all of our loved ones and then followed some of them back to iTap for a night cap. Most of the looking back on our special day didn’t happen until the day after, but I can guarantee that Phil and I felt happy, excited, thankful, blessed, honored and lucky. Everyone around us made sure that we felt special all day and we spent the entire day hearing compliments on how everyone loved every last detail surrounding the ceremony and reception. Include any additional information you may want to share, such as humorous stories that might have happened, obstacles you may have had to overcome such as weather, transportation, or anything else you feel may be of interest. I can honestly say that I don’t think we experienced a single obstacle that we had to overcome. If such a thing did occur it was oblivious to Phil and I.
One of the biggest highlights of the day (other then Phil and I saying I Do for the rest of our lives) was our trip to the horse races Fairmount Park. The staff and guests were beyond our expectations and I consider Phil and I to be super lucky to have got to experience what we did. Standing in the winner’s circle just a few feet from the track kissing my new husband was truly something else. The winning jockey and his wife gifted us their trophy and absolutely made our day.
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Photographer: Under Grace Photo
DJ: TKO DJs
Dress Store: Clarice’s Bridal
Bakery: McArthur’s Bakery
Reception Venue: The Franklin Room