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I (Cate) was there when Chris and Mandy met. We were volunteering with the Peace Corps in Moldova, and Mandy and I had gone to Balti, the second largest city in Moldova, for a little weekend get away. It was chilly, because I remember Mandy waving her bright, striped gloves in the air because she’d recognized another volunteer (who had been there a year longer than we had) across the Plaza. As soon as he walked over I could feel this weird chemistry between them… I watched them play on a jungle gym and then ride the Soviet era ferris wheel together and I just knew something was different and great about this guy but it wasn’t the right time. Two days later was apparently a much better time and they started dating.

Fast forward 3 1/2 years and Mandy and Chris had spent 3 years in South Korea teaching and doing amazing things with art such as creating an arts magazine and a screen printing company. Finally Chris asked Mandy to marry him and boom… just a couple of weeks later they signed the documents in South Korea and made it official. She messaged me and said they were going to be back in the States in August and she wanted us to be there- and bring The Photo Bus as well- to celebrate in a very non-traditional way. Non-traditional became a little bit more traditional (including a white dress from BHLDN!). Unfortunately it didn’t work out to bring the bus, but it did work out for John and I to be their photographers!

Here’s how the wedding was traditional: Mandy wore a white dress, Chris wore a suit, they had an intimate outdoor ceremony with their closest friends and family, and there was a reception with delicious food and drinks.

Here’s how the wedding was untraditional: Chris and Mandy got ready together (with their super close friends) in a house they were renting through AirBnB. Mandy had her hair done at a blow out beauty bar and came home and put on her own makeup. There was no real plan for the ceremony at the Seattle Arboretum except to be there… John scouted and picked a beautiful location and had everyone gather around, and then her mom and dad (and dog) walked her down the aisle. Their best friends, who they met in South Korea, married them. Both Mandy and Chris mentioned “poop” in their vows at least twice (Peace Corps makes you a LOT more comfortable talking about that kind of stuff). After the ceremony everyone had a picnic in the park and ate the most amazing sandwiches I think I’ve ever had. The driver picked us up, and “us girls” went back to the blow out beauty bar to get our hair and make up done, including Mandy, who got a completely new “do” (Yes, this was AFTER the ceremony, family photos, and some portraits of the two-three of them)! After the makeovers we (no bridal party… just friends!) went to their hotel room to relax, enjoy some bubbly, and get Mandy back in her wedding dress. [enter traditional part here of taking photos of just the 2 of them]… then the reception at The Piranha Shop began! There was no first dance, cake, or food served to everyone. Instead, food trucks provided the meals (I say “meals” because it was impossible not to try all of them!) and the dessert.

The tables were decorated with wild flowers and art supplies, Dicks Burgers were delivered for a late-night-snack, and the combination of the band/DJ kept the party going until after midnight. All of this wouldn’t have been possible without their INCREDIBLE wedding coordinator, Alex, from Tailor’d Events, who worked with Mandy and Chris to plan this while they were abroad!

The following day we all hopped on a boat and we got an inside tour of the outside of Seattle.

Mandy and Chris’s wedding was one for the books… I’m so happy we were able to celebrate with them. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed the weekend!

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I sure hope you enjoy photos, because this is a very photo-heavy post… so I’ll keep the words short and sweet.

If you take out the 100% humidity on July 5th, Emily and Andrew’s day was perfect. Emily and her bridesmaids started their day at Headmasters Salon in Lawrence (a photographer’s dream salon… check out those colors and that light!!) before heading to the beautiful Oread Hotel to finish getting ready. The rooms there are big, clean, and gorgeous. I may or may not have become a little teary-eyed when Emily told me the story behind her dress: the skirt portion of it was from her Grandmother’s wedding dress. The top half was custom designed for Emily and the fabrics matched perfectly.

After Emily and Andrew did their first look on the 5th floor terrace, we hopped on the party bus (and boy was it a party!) to go around the campus at the University of Kansas for some group photos. Their ceremony was back at the Oread Hotel in the Hancock Room. These two got engaged at a winery and it felt just like one in this room!

Their reception was held at the Arterra Gallery, which is also in Lawrence. It was so much fun to bring The Photo Bus (our VW photo booth) to their reception! I posted enough photos that I think I’ll let those tell the rest of the story of Emily and Andrew’s wedding day!

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  • July 25, 2014 - 2:31 pm

    Jamie - Cate! These are amazing! You captured the day so perfectly!! XoxoxoReplyCancel

The story goes back to 2007 at Kansas State University. Traci Shannon and Sean met through mutual friends and they flirted with each other, but neither of them realized it, and they went their separate ways. Flash forward to Memorial Day weekend in 2010 and Traci Shannon had an internship in Dallas but she was home in Kansas City for the holidays visiting her family and friends. All day long her friend was asking her to come to a pool party and she kept putting it off… until 10pm. When she finally showed up, everyone was having a pretty good time and she started talking to Sean. They continued talking until 6am, when she finally convinced him to let her drive him home (his best friend has borrowed his car) and she returned back to Dallas for her internship without his number. A few days later he messaged her on Facebook, two weeks later he visited her in Dallas, and two years later he took her family out to dinner (without her) to ask their permission for Sean to move to Dallas with her. But Traci Shannon always knew she was going to marry Sean, so when he said, “I heard you want input on your engagement ring” as she had a bite of chicken sandwich in her mouth, she was so excited. He told her to go shopping for rings and she just didn’t find what she wanted, so she drew it on a post-it note… which her mom somehow managed to take when she wasn’t looking and gave it to Sean. He had the ring custom made through a jewelry designer in Houston (all via email, without ever seeing a picture of the final ring!) and sent it to his parent’s house because he had an idea: he was going to propose on Christmas eve. You see, there’s a tradition in the Yost household. Every Christmas Eve Traci Shannon sits under the Christmas tree and reads The Polar Express. The bell is stored in the same place it has been for years: a little pink Barbie box. When she opened it up she not only found the bell, but also the ring. His dad was the only person who knew (besides Sean of course).
This isn’t a story we typically tell for our wedding posts, but it’s important to the details of Traci Shannon and Sean’s wedding day.
Every detail in this wedding had a story. The ribbon sticks the guests shook during the grand entrance of the wedding party at the reception had a bell on top of them, representing the bell from their proposal story. The 3 triangles on the pocket of Sean’s jacket matched the 3 triangles on her dress (which is funny, because that’s the one thing he cared about and she kept telling him to trust her, as it would all make sense as she walked down the aisle), the pockets of the groomsmen matched the back of the bridesmaids dresses, the design of the cake and the focus on circles is based on her dress, and light pink has always been her favorite color as it makes her feel calm and happy. But there’s even more to pink: Sean’s mom is a breast cancer survivor. The candy bar had mints wrapped in the pink breast cancer ribbon, and in lieu of giving their guests favors to take home, they made a donation to the Susan G. Komen foundation with the amount of money they would have spent on favors.
The highlight of the bride’s day was seeing her dad and her Papa for the first time. Her 91 year-old grandfather is legally blind but he can still see in his peripheral vision. Because of this (and the fact that she kept her dress a secret from everyone except her mom and the vendors who needed to see it for inspiration!), she wanted him to see her before she walked down the aisle. He said, “all I see is a white cloud, but I know you’re beautiful”. Having that moment with him and with her dad was so special.
Their day was perfect. Traci Shannon worked on the planning while in Dallas with her mom in Kansas City and they have a 3 inch binder full of all of their hard work to pull it all together. She said their relationship and their constant communication about the entire day is what helped tremendously with that.  All of the little details had so much meaning, the dress was STUNNING, the Maid-of-Honors speech (er, song) was perfect (as was the best man’s speech, which was made so much better when he spoke from his heart!), and no one had to drive home after the reception, which is why they chose the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Enjoy the photos from this beautiful Kansas City wedding!
Vendors who helped make this wedding day perfect at the Crowne Plaza Hotel:
Month of Planner: Michelle Layman (Events by Elle)
Event Coordinator at the Crowne Plaza: Libby Huff
Video and DJ: Ted Kurzdorfer (Complete Music and Video)
Florist: Jillian Sharlow (The Vintage Petal)
Cake: Andrea Adams (Classic Cakes)
Invitations: Susie Azorsky (First Impression)
Officiate: Pastor Jeffrey Kirby with the Church of the Resurrection
Photographer: John DePrisco and Calvin McGuire (DePrisco Photo)
Photobooth: Open air photo booth (The Photo Bus)

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  • July 22, 2014 - 6:45 am

    Ben & Liza Mead - We enjoyed sharing your most special day with you, Sean & Traci Shannon, in thoughts & prayers. These beautiful pictures helped us feel like we were there to celebrate from across the country! We continue to wish you all the best for a lifetime of love.

    Your cousins,
    Ben & Liza Mead
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