Sophisticated, classy and genuine. Beautiful words described about this gorgeous couple who tied the knot at a landmark space built in 1931. But also, the perfect description to their refined wedding elegance in Kansas City. A luxurious celebration filled with deep hues with accents of plum that add depth to the overall opulent ballroom setting. Sharaya Mauck Photography captures the splendor of Taylor and Ethan's wedding elegance that played out with designer touches planned by Events by Elle and floral by Studio Dan Meiners. But, what we love most is Taylor's intimate story about having her brother walk her down the aisle. A tremendously exciting day that she describes as also having slight anticipation as while the man of her dreams waiting at the aisle, her heart also yearned for her father to walk her down it.
There are plenty of brides whose fathers have passed away, aren't huge figures in their lives, or just go under the "it's complicated" category - but that doesn't mean they're out of options for an aisle escort. Taylor's personal story proves that what's most important is having an exceptionally special person by your side on this momentous day. "I truly never could have envisioned a more perfect man waiting for me at the end of the aisle. But, my heart also yearned for the man that loved me first and could not be there in person, my father," says Taylor. Throughout the planning process, she confesses to wrestling with how to appropriately honor her father without letting feelings of sadness overwhelm the process. However, once her wedding day arrived all of her concerns disappeared. She no longer worried about the little details and felt an overwhelming peace throughout the day. When her brother walked her down the aisle, she says she was truly overcome with feelings of gratitude. "Gratitude for the man waiting for me at the end of the aisle, who loves me better than I could have ever imagined, builds me up and supports me, and regularly puts my concerns ahead of his own. He truly makes my dreams realities and he makes me want to be a better person. Gratitude for our families - for my mother, who is stronger than any woman should ever have to be and who loves us and supports us endlessly; for my brother who is one of my best friends, a voice of reason, and always there for comedic relief; and for my in-laws who have loved me and embraced me from day one as if I was one of their own." Together the entire guest list celebrated each other and the start of something exceptional at this refined wedding elegance in Kansas City. See what we mean - sophisticated, classy and genuine!