It's hard to believe it's been a full year since we celebrated with this amazing couple! ICYMI, The Vow Exchange (along with a fantastic group of local KC wedding vendors) hosted a contest in early 2016 to find Kansas City's Most Deserving Couple. Their magical day, October 8, 2016, was captured and shared in the 2016 December issue of HerLife Magazine. Where as the magazine may no longer be on the shelves, we can all relive their special day here (along with a few extra shots that didn't make the article cut)! Congrats Marlena & Adam. You are truly two of the most deserving folks we've met!
After three years of seeing couples into wedded bliss at The Vow Exchange in the Crossroads, it is time for a refresh. Excitedly, The Vow Exchange Crossroads venue will be getting a small design update, mainly minor adjustments to some of our furniture and space configuration, effective December 1, 2017.
Couples might remember seeing a table with miscellaneous decor, as well as the legacy table, sometimes filled with photos and wedding mementos in honor of owner, Kathryn Hogan’s parents and grandparents and other times filled with personal memories for couples. Now, those pieces have been replaced and what is the result? More seating for wedding guests! “Through our four years, the one request unanimously made by our couples has been for additional seating. This update will allow our couples to invite up to 50 seated guests, 12 more seats than we can currently accommodate,” Hogan emphasizes.
This change was just one piece of feedback from couples who walked into forever at The Vow Exchange. Hogan also adds, “We will be creating a super cute photo backdrop wall for even more places in our venue to capture your day. We think couples are going to really love the update.”
These updates will be available at The Vow Exchange as of December 1, 2017.
Sunny days, clear skies and love. The summer season is a popular time to get married, for a few reasons. Couples who decide to get married during this season don’t have to worry about snowstorms and depending on the wedding destination, the event can double as a vacation for guests. There are more opportunities for outdoor photos and other fun that just can’t happen in frigid temperatures. This year, couples could even take advantage of getting married on what some may deem the lucky dates of 7-7-17 and 7-17-17. An easy pattern to remember when recalling your anniversary, right?
Our couples at The Vow Exchange have something in common with some celebrities who also decided to tie the knot in the glare of the summer sun:
Snoop Dogg and Shante Taylor (June 12, 1997)
Mostly known to the world as Snoop, this rapper and his wife have two decades of marriage experience to go along with his numerous hits. While the talk of divorce threatened their relationship over a decade ago, these two reconciled and Snoop continues to cement his place in hip-hop royalty.
Victoria and David Beckham (July 4, 1999)
Those of us who grew up in the 90’s may remember Victoria Beckham as Posh Spice. Victoria and her easy on the eyes husband soccer star David Beckham recently celebrated 18 years of marriage on Independence Day. Here’s to red, white, blue and love!
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher (July 4, 2015)
Former That 70’s Show co-stars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher recently celebrated two years of marriage after dating for three years. The couple, parents to a son and daughter, have managed to keep their relationship out of the spotlight in spite of their celebrity status.
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter (July 7, 1946)
The 39th President of the United States and his bride have been married for more than seven decades and representing what it means to endure through sickness and in health. With a little bit of luck and much hard work, the Carters look to have the whole “until death do us part” thing down pat.
Walt and Lillian Disney (July 13, 1925)
The name Disney is synonymous with childhood fairy tale movies, but Walt and Lillian Disney were able to create their own as they were married for over 40 years until Walt’s passing in 1966.
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo (July 19, 2014)
The lead singer of Maroon 5 and his model of a bride, Behati, are three years into the journey of forever. The couple wed in Los Cabos, Mexico and we are left to wonder if the groom serenaded his bride with some vocals of his own during their ceremony and reception...
Stephen and Ayesha Curry (July 30, 2011)
The man who has perfected the half-court shot and helped lead his team to an NBA Finals championship in June, wed his bride, Ayesha, six years ago. Mrs. Curry, talented in her own right, has gained notoriety as a chef and entrepreneur. Together, the couple are parents to two of the most adorable daughters and clones of their father, Riley and Ryan.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi (August 16, 2008)
Ellen, one of the most vocal advocates for LGBT rights, and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi have nearly been married for 10 years. While same-sex marriage did not become legal across the United States until 2015, these ladies were married in California, one of the first states to legalize same-sex marriages.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz (July 31, 2010)
These musicians began their life together on one accord seven years ago. The singer and music producer were expecting their first child together at the time of their nuptials that took place in a private ceremony on the Mediterranean Sea.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux (August 5, 2015)
Many of us remember Jennifer Aniston’s high profile marriage to Brad Pitt. The couple split after five years of marriage, but luckily, she didn’t give up on love. Aniston wed actor Justin Theroux in a secret wedding ceremony just two years ago. Guests attended under the guise of a birthday party for the groom and helped the couple celebrate their love instead!
It's baseball post season and our beloved Royals are sitting this one out (it's okay, I mean we did go "all-the-way" 2 years in a row). For Andrea & Ryan, this is the year for their team The Cubs! All Kansas City-Chicago transplants are celebrating this fall by flying their red & blue. Andrea & Ryan however, got a jump on this banner season for The Cubs at their wedding this past spring. Complete with a Cubs garter and blue & red sand for their sand ceremony, Andrea & Ryan were feeling the love for The Cubs as well as each other. Congrats to this spirited couple and to their team for making it to the National League Championship!
Photography by Maggie Gulling for The Vow Exchange
Over the years The Vow Exchange has been noticed and looked to as a trend setting business transforming the wedding industry and couple's experiences in celebrating their wedding day. Browse through the various stories highlighting The Vow Exchange and Kansas City's excitement for this new way to wed!
KC WEDDINGS COVERED THE VOW EXCHANGE BOTH IN FALL/WINTER & SPRING/SUMMER 2014.
A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE 435 COVERED THE VOW EXCHANGE IN EARLY 2014. READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE.
THE KANSAS CITY STAR
WHO WANTS TO THEIR WEDDING TO OPEN UP TO A BUSY CITY STREET? AT THE VOW EXCHANGE, OUR COUPLES AND THEIR GUESTS CELEBRATE THEIR PRIVATE EVENT TUCKED AWAY IN "STAR ALLEY". THE KANSAS CITY STAR COVERS A GROWING TREND IN KANSAS CITY WHERE THERE ARE HIDDEN TREASURES IN KC'S ALLEY WAYS! READ ABOUT IT HERE!
AS SEEN ON TV
CHANNEL 41 THE LIST
LIKE BUZZFEED FOR TV, THE LIST ON CHANNEL 41 COVERED THE VOW EXCHANGE IN WINTER OF 2014. WATCH THE CLIP HERE!
KCTV 5 BEAUTIFUL BUDGET WEDDINGS
ANDREA AND MICHAEL TIE THE KNOT WHILE KANSAS CITY WATCHED AS KCTV 5 COVERED THE VOW EXCHANGE "...a first-of-its-kind venue in Kansas City that does it all for you at a fraction of the price." READ ABOUT IT HERE!
ON THE AIR WAVES
WE SPOKE WITH REPORTER CODY NEWILL IN THE SUMMER OF 2016 AS HE DUG INTO HOW MARRIAGE HAS CHANGED IN THE PAST 30 YEARS HERE IN KC. THE VOW EXCHANGE IS ON THE LEADING EDGE OF WHAT COUPLES ARE LOOKING FOR WHEN CELEBRATING THEIR WEDDING TODAY. LISTEN IN HERE.
IN THE SUMMER OF 2016 PRODUCER MATTHEW LONG-MIDDLETON OF KCUR CENTRAL STANDARD INVITED THE VOW EXCHANGE OWNER KATHRYN HOGAN TO JOIN HIS SHOW AND SHARE HER EXPERIENCES WITH MODERN DAY COUPLES CELEBRATING THEIR WEDDINGS. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE.
We absolutely LOVE Mico & Daniel who married with us this past April. The one word we could think to describe them is simply "electric"! From their crazy fun bold wedding colors (I mean check out their bridesmaids in those darling neon colored jumpsuits!), and their bold, energetic fun loving personalities, Mico and Daniel lit up The Vow Exchange and all of Kansas City!
Eeeeeee! We can hardly stand the excitement! It's that time of year when our most beloved brands are unveiling their newest products in time for the big Holiday rush, and The Vow Exchange is no exception! We have been working hard to bring you some of the most exciting changes to our offerings since we first opened. Our customers spoke, and we listened. Behold the top 4 new changes at The Vow Exchange!
Starting this September we will be offering WALK-IN-WEDDINGS! We get it. You are the couple who has been planning on making it official all along, but have no real desire to do the whole wedding thing. Or perhaps you are the military couple who needs your marriage to be official before the next big assignment. We hear you LOUD & CLEAR. Introducing WALK-IN-WEDDINGS! Offered every Friday from noon to 3pm, couples can grab a 15 minute spot and show up with their Missouri State marriage license for a short & sweet ceremony. Reserve your spot online or simply just show up to put your name on the list. Like Apple's Genius Bar, the simplicity of this wedding event offered at only $200 is just that...PURE GENIUS.
#2 "THE BIG MOMENTS" SUITE HEART SHOP BOX
Sooooo this is probably the most exciting thing to happen to Kansas City weddings since Hallmark's Don Hall married his beloved Adele. 100% made in Kansas City, the items in this one-of-a-kind box can not be found anywhere but here. Each of the 4 items in the box are custom designed by or in collaboration with Kansas City artists and makers. In this box you will find:
1) "Yes! A thousand times yes!" birch ring box
2) "Lucky Us" wooden cake topper cake pick
3) "By Your Side" Bride's escort lapel pin
4) "Drunk in Love" champagne flutes
Check out WWW.SUITEHEARTSHOP.COM to learn more about this curated collection of "must haves" for your wedding!
#3 THE MINI CAKE
So you are the couple who wants a simple ceremony BUT you want to capture that iconic moment when you feed each other cake while the photographer is on the clock. Introducing THE MINI CAKE! This simple cake offers our couples a mini cake to cut while also offering mini cupcakes to share with your guests. Easy Peasy. But wait! That's not all! This package option also includes our signature "Big Moments" Suite Heart Shop Box (ahem listed above). I mean are you kidding me? It's almost too good to be true... but it's not!
#4 THE BOTTLES & BITES WEDDING RECEPTION
Again KC, you spoke and we listened. So you know that feeling like the ceremony is all taken care of (because why? oh yeah The Vow Exchange of course), but you still have that super stressed out feeling because you still need to plan some sort of after celebration? So um yeah, we do that now. YOU GOT IT! WE. DO. THAT. NOW!! Introducing your wedding-dream-come-true BOTTLES & BITES RECEPTION PACKAGE! So this sucker has EVERYTHING. In addition to that super beautiful and super easy wedding ceremony, your helpful VX staff flips the room to create a charming little cocktail party including some of the most delicious bites plus bottles of your favorite beer and wine. And as if it couldn't get any better, this package also includes our classic CAKE & CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION that includes the wedding cake and champagne to toast. Aaaand, don't forget our amazing "Big Moments" Suite Heart Shop Box because yeah, that's included too. For 4 hours your entire wedding is taken care of from top to bottom, because why? Oh yeah, The Vow Exchange of course!
So there you have it folks! Can you tell that we just LOVE LOVE LOVE weddings but mostly that we just LOVE LOVE LOVE you?! We are committed to leading the way for fantastic yet fuss-less weddings in Kansas City. A further testament that at The Vow Exchange, truly ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!
Check out the fancy feet on these stylish couples! One of our very favorite things at The Vow Exchange is how each bride and groom brings their own unique sense of style for their big day. The only rule here is that "There are no rules!" Our brides wear dazzling heels, bold color, darling sneakers and laid back cowgirl boots. Our grooms break out their boots too along with fancy socks and fire engine red oxfords! (where did he find those?!) Enjoy this sampling of aisle style right here at The Vow Exchange.
One of the biggest perks from helping our couples celebrate on their stress free wedding day is sharing in all those little moments as well as the big ones. Enjoy these 17 "little" moments (all captured by The Vow Exchange photography team) that perfectly express the nerves, thrill and excitement before the big walk down the aisle! Don't miss #17 (taken by our photographer Meg Kumin) which should honestly be in a National Geographic magazine...seriously! Enjoy!
SO. MUCH. CUTENESS! This week the kids of The Vow Exchange are taking over our social media... well at least their cuteness is! Over the past years and dozens of wedding events our photographers have captured some pretty epic shots of those little darlings who truly were the star of the show (I'm sure our brides and grooms didn't mind too much). We can hardly stand the cuteness and we're pretty sure you won't be able to either!
Okay. Cutest. Wedding. Ever. How darling is this couple and their family?! For 3 hours this couple tied the knot, fed each other cake, toasted champagne AND shared their first dance. So fun. So carefree! This couple simply showed up and we took care of the rest. Take a gander at their gallery and don't miss the captions. Those 2 kids are too much! Enjoy!
VENUE/DECOR, PHOTOGRAPHY, FLOWERS, CAKE & CHAMPAGNE
BY THE VOW EXCHANGE.
Earlier in May The Vow Exchange celebrated its 3rd year of spreading the love!! We had an awesome turn out on a busy 1st Friday down in The Kansas City Crossroads. We shared cake, champagne, swag bags and played PB&J themed tailgate toss as well as took silly pics with our new photo booth props! It was a perfect night to greet the dozens of guests who came including past couples who wed with us and new couples planning their big day with us soon. It was a truly unforgettable night. Here's to many more years of sharing love and this wonderful business called The Vow Exchange!
A date has been set! Kansas City’s Most Deserving Couple, Marlena and Adam, have selected October 8th as their wedding date. It is always a beautiful time of year in Kansas City and the Adam had his heart set on an October wedding.
Our bride and groom visited The Vow Exchange this week and we had a wonderful time planning their wedding ceremony. They will exchange their vows at 5:00 p.m. in a candlelit ceremony. Marlena was all smiles as we started talking about the details (Adam mentioned over and over how sweet it was watching Marlena getting so excited about the wedding details).
They have selected their wedding party and even have a close friend who they would like to officiate the ceremony. Marlena and Adam want a very intimate wedding with a whole lot of fun! Our couple loves each other so much and it shows when they talk about their special day.
Thanks Marlena and Adam for letting us come along with you on your wedding adventure!
That term "it takes a village" applies in many ways when someone is in need. From raising children and helping those less fortunate, the kindness and generosity of our community never fails to deliver. Which is why we at The Vow Exchange were not at all surprised when a great group of our peers joined in to help out our winning couple. From a wedding dress to the celebration after the wedding, area businesses jumped right in to contribute to making this couple's day extra special. So what exactly will they get? We thought you'd never ask. See the below prize package for our lucky couple Adam & Marlena:
An "Affare" to remember!
Restaurant owners Katrin & Martin of Affare were thrilled to help out Adam & Marlena who they already happened to know! (Kansas City is such a small town sometimes) Affare, a locally owned bistro right on Main Street in the crossroads, is giving our couple a cocktail reception in their private dining room and private terrace. The couple and their closest 40 friends and family will toast the night away while noshing on Affare's delectable delights.
TAKING IT TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL.
Kris Nardini knows how to throw a party, seriously. His company Platinum Productions provides the pop and pizzaz for weddings but more importantly for some of Kansas City's biggest live events (anyone heard of a little local group known as Quixotic?). Platinum will be there to bring our couple's celebration to life. We're pretty sure all will be talking about it for years to come.
Horray for Hitched Planning & Floral!
Jessica Corbett, recently a bride herself, knows how to create memorable flowers for her brides. One of our own resident florists at The Vow Exchange, Hitched Planning + Floral will be dressing our couple's celebration with fresh looks and fragrant florals.
There's something about Something White Bridal.
Brittany Scott who opened Something White Bridal just doors away from the Sprint Center, has an eye for beauty. From the way her gowns are set up in her shop to the casual yet elegant seating surrounding floor to ceiling mirrors, it's hard not to feel gorgeous from the moment you walk in her door. Brittany is giving our "Most Deserving" bride Marlena a dress of her choice (I personally can not WAIT to join in the dress shopping!). We are all beyond excited to see this lovely bride down the aisle in the utmost style!
He'll be handsome in "Houndstooth".
The day I met Jeff Covitz of Houndstooth, he was attending to a gentleman who was shopping for his wedding day suit. I was immediately impressed by his deep knowledge of Men's wear, what tailoring techniques looked best on his customer and how SUPER helpful he was to this Groom-to-be. Which is why we were thrilled when he offered to "suit up" our "Most Deserving" groom. There's not doubt Adam will be the best dressed Groom on his wedding day!
Feeling like royalty in a Kingdom Limo.
Tyris Horton, owner of Kingdom Transportation, was once a groom at The Vow Exchange himself! He and his lovely bride Christi shared their vows with us last August. Tyris was so thrilled with his celebration he wanted to work with us further, and we couldn't be more excited. As a new business in the KC metro, Kingdom Transportation aims to provide couples with the royal treatment on their special day. None more deserving that our "Most Deserving" couple who will arrive to their celebration in style in one of Tyris's gorgeous limousines.
As for wedding planning, our couple is just getting started making their selections with these fabulous contributors. Stay tuned here on our blog to follow their road to the altar, and join in the joy as our amazing couple Adam & Marlena plan their celebration!
At The Vow Exchange, we wanted to give away a free intimate wedding ceremony. We asked people to nominate a couple who they feel are ‘Kansas City’s Most Deserving Couple’ – a couple who wants more than anything to get married, yet has had to endure such hardship that they cannot afford to make their wedding day a reality.
We partnered with seven local companies and sponsored a contest where anyone could nominate a couple who they thought deserved to win a wedding. And the response was overwhelming – not only the scores of nominated couples and their stories of love and strength through hardship after hardship, but the outpouring of support from those who nominated them.
With so many nominations, and so many deserving couples, it was hard for us to pick one to win. But we did. We found a couple who has been engaged for years, and endured multiple setbacks that might have ended a love that was not as strong as theirs.
Marlena Hayes and Adam Lichtenauer are an interracial couple who are celebrating 10 years together this February. While they have all the support in the world from her family and their friends, there have been some people in their lives who are uncomfortable with the thought of their relationship. Having to pay for the wedding themselves, they’ve been working extra shifts for years to save enough money to realize the dream of their big day.
But life has kept getting in the way. They’ve endured car accidents, depression, and four deaths in the bride's family within eighteen months of each other. And they’ve kept having to dig into their savings. Most recently they received a 30-day notice to vacate their home of 5 years because the landlord sold the house. Despite it all, they're happy because they’re together.
Adam has a big smile and an even bigger heart. He's the drummer for local band, taught drum lessons to troubled youth and for School of Rock, and he’s a live music sound engineer. Marlena is clever and happy, and will do anything to help a friend. When she isn't tending bar, she’s volunteering with a group she created called Zen & Sin that helps women rebuild their confidence and self-esteem.
They don’t ask for much, just to work hard and live a good life together. And this Valentine’s Day, we surprised them with the wonderful news that we are giving them a free wedding package. They will receive a ceremony from us at The Vow Exchange in downtown Kansas City for them and up to 40 guests, a bride’s gown from Something White Bridal Boutique, groom’s attire from Houndstooth custom tailored fine men’s clothing, lighting and music from Platinum Productions, flowers from Hitched Planning & Floral, limousine service from Kingdom Transportation, and a cocktail reception at Affare restaurant.
Planning for the wedding will begin very soon, and all fittings, sponsor visits, and the buildup to the big day will be documented by Her Life Magazine. You can ‘like’ our Vow Exchange Facebook page to receive updates of each step in the planning process, and see photos of the couple as they happily plan and eagerly await their big day.
Please join us in congratulating Marlena and Adam. And we hope you will also celebrate them and show your support by following the joy of their wedding planning process on Facebook. Theirs is truly a love story worth telling, and we cannot wait to see it unfold!
Springtime finds Mother Nature coming out of her long slumber and she awakens bright and beautiful. Clearly Meghan and Carter took a page from Mother Nature's playbook as they too arrived at the The Vow Exchange bright and beautiful. Exuding confidence and joy, this couple just glows bright with excitement on their wedding day. We were so happy to have been there to capture their brilliance!
PACKAGE: The Farmhouse
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Vow Exchange
FLOWERS: The Vow Exchange
OFFICIATING: The Vow Exchange
Photography by Anj Olson - a photographer for The Vow Exchange
As the weather begins to cool, the days get shorter and the nights get longer. We enter the wedding season where evening sunlight is replaced with a soft candle glow. As it was on this cold January evening for Kaelyn and Alex whose hearts were warm enough to cancel out the cold. The Vow Exchange provided the perfect cozy backdrop for their winter celebration in front of 20 of their closest family and friends. We couldn't be happier for this enchanting couple who will share many many warm winters together!
PACKAGE: The Barn/Farmhouse
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Vow Exchange
FLOWERS: The Vow Exchange
OFFICIATING: The Vow Exchange
Photography by Danielle Mousley - a photographer for The Vow Exchange
"Let's go back to Vegas for our 10th anniversary!" I said. Where we honeymooned 10 years earlier seemed to be the perfect setting to usher in our next 10 years. In addition we also decided to renew our wedding vows in America's capitol of Love. "It'll be fun!" I said as I researched the countless chapels settling on a ceremony under the iconic "Welcome To Las Vegas" sign. Complete with minister, photographer and flowers we had everything we needed for under $1000 to say "I Do" all over again. Little did I know how incredibly special this little fuss-free celebration would feel. A night for just us two, we had a celebration that was about each other and not about all sorts of fussy details. "Oh if only I lived in Vegas I would SO open my own chapel" I told Mel. And there folks is where the metaphoric light bulb above my head came alight. An idea long reserved for the city of luck and lights got a farm fresh face lift and found a new home here in our home town Kansas City. What started off as an evening to honor our 10 years of love and commitment to each other ended up a new tradition for celebrating love right here at home. Happy anniversary Kansas City! - With Love, The Vow Exchange
INTRODUCING The Vow Exchange's newest and most exciting feature, our signature wedding cake! This 3 tiered buttercream beauty features white wedding cake for the top and bottom tier. Our couples may select between chocolate, red velvet, lemon or white for the middle tier. Created by our premiere "Cakestress" Chef Nancy Stark, this cake is everything you look for in your big day confection. Layers of soft cake with the right amount of sweetness are decorated with smooth buttercream frosting in your choice of white (pictured) or gold and buttercream ruffles a the base. And of course let us not overlook our version of the modern day "cake topper", a glittered heart tipped arrow straight from Cupid's bow (this feature stays with The VX and is optional).
The Vow Exchange team celebrated with a cake cutting of our own! Chef Stark was on hand to show us how to slice up and serve. Guests of The Vow Exchange will be served cake "food truck style" in kraft colored trays with wooden forks. Currently our wedding cakes are available through our Homestead Package as well as in our Premium Packages.
Okay. Spring is here and we can not love these cheerful ring pillows enough! Kolorize, a local Etsy artisan makes these right here in our hometown KC! Check out her gallery and her other adorable creations all full of Jamie's favorite thing…KOLOR!