Linda & Michael - Long-awaited Elopement

Linda knew there was something special about Michael when they first met and it didn’t take long before she knew that she wanted to spend the rest her life with him. So that was that. Linda & Michael got engaged and began planning a big wedding. But, as cliche as it is to say, life had other plans. Linda was struggling to find a date and location that worked for the entire family, when suddenly she found out she was pregnant with Michael’s baby girl. Time spent finding the perfect dress and shoes quickly changed to time spent researching a safe crib and car seat. Their family went from a party of two to a party of three and Linda & Michael embraced their new roles as mom & dad.

Before they knew it, their baby girl was becoming a toddler and they were still in the “fiance zone”. Linda knew she wanted to be married to Michael, but she also knew she wanted her wedding to be something where she could, “have my dress and have the pictures and the memory of actually getting married without going to a courthouse in my jeans.” This time life listened and Linda & Michael eloped exactly the way they had dreamed of: just the two of them in a mini ceremony at our small wedding chapel in the heart of Kansas City (all captured by our seasoned wedding photographer). Life must have been listening closely as they were able to elope with us on the exact date of their four year anniversary. So today we toast the newlyweds, Linda & Michael - cheers to your love, faith, and most of all, patience!

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Peak in on Linda & Michael’s private elopement on Season 1 Episode 4 of “15 Minute Wedding”!


Shelby & Steven - Sweet Soulmates

Oh Shelby & Steven. I swear, these two are the sweetest souls that have graced our small town wedding chapel. They have the kind of raw, fresh energy that only comes from two youngin’s in love. We have a unique affection for December weddings, so we were extra excited when Shelby & Steven decided to have a small and quaint wedding with us on a gorgeous Sunday in December. The Chapel felt especially warm and bright on the Kansas City winter day and our photographer was able to flawlessly capture the golden hour radiance of Shelby & Steven’s wedding. See for yourself as we’re sharing (almost) the entire album of Shelby & Steven’s special day with you guys right now!

P.S. Shout out to our florist who knocked this customized bouquet & boutonniere out of the park!

VENUE & DECOR PROVIDED BY THE CHAPEL AT HERITAGE HALL

ALL-INCLUSIVE WEDDING PACKAGE PROVIDED BY THE VOW EXCHANGE EVENTS INCLUDING: PRE-EVENT & ONSITE COORDINATING, OFFICIATING, PHOTOGRAPHY, BOUQUET & BOUTONNIERE


See more young lovers spend a day at The Chapel at Heritage Hall!

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Local Flavor Friday: Donna's Dress Shop

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Donna’s Dress Shop has been a friend of The Vow Exchange since, literally, day one.

When we were planning our grand opening back in 2013, we reached out to Donna and together we organized a fashion show that took place in our brand new chapel featuring their vintage bridal collection. Donna, along with her girl squad, brought some of the best old school gowns and together we threw a party for the ages.

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Truly, we’ve been fans of Donna’s Dress Shop since they opened, over a decade ago, in 2007. Their shop is fun and vibrant and they have the best mash up of authentic vintage finds and new vintage-inspired pieces. Just walking into their little shop on 39th street will instantly bring a smile to your face.

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“We love all things cute and quirky”

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“Something Old, Something New: The Wedding Collection” was just recently released at Donna’s Dress Shop and we couldn’t wait to go see it in person. Donna describes the collection as being “for the gal that wants something a little different, something non-traditional, and something with an affordable price range…” and we can tell you, it is EXACTLY that!

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We also found that they have dresses for the entire bridal experience. Whether you need a chic dress for the rehearsal dinner or something more daring for the bachelorette party, Donna’s has the dress of your dreams. Of course, the collection is filled with bridal gowns from real 70’s era weddings, but also includes more modern dresses with touches of antique flair. We had so much fun playing dress up with these gorgeous gowns (see for yourself on our insta @thevowexchange) and we were seriously blown away by the variety in this high quality collection. Don’t just take our word for it, peruse some of our favorites below and then go try them on yourself!

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See more of the “Something Old Something New” collection

All Donna’s Dress Shop images are from Donna’s Dress Shop & Facebook.com/donnasdressshop


Found your vintage dress? Now get the accessories! Check out these vintage wedding accessories we found on Etsy, inspired by our Vow Exchange brides!

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Bottles & Bites Breakdown - The Buffet, The Booze, and The Bakes

Let’s talk about everyone’s wedding day favorites, or as we like to call them, the 3 B’s. The buffet, the booze, and the bakes. We happen to know our way around a good buffet and we have had our fair share of experiences with a tasty beer or two. Cake holds a special place in our hearts from years of licking buttercream off the spatula and birthdays spent putting candles on top of the Betty Crocker box cake. We wanted to take those years of experience with our favorite treats and build the best party possible, fit for Kansas City’s modern engaged couple and our small and cozy wedding chapels. A few years later and our Bottles & Bites packages have been the perfect fit for so many couples wanting a truly joyous & stress free celebration for them and their “biggest fans”.

Today we’re breaking down the Bottles & Bites package and showcasing the best and most drool worthy from the three B’s. Because these reception confections deserve a celebration of their own!

The Buffet

We've perfected the menu now you choose the main course from our can't-go-wrong list.

We have years of experience in food. Especially in eating food. But also in cooking, catering, and menu design. That’s why we designed the Bottles & Bites catering package for munching and mingling whether seated at one of our tables or standing with friends & family. Think “fine dining served food truck style”. From the creamy artichoke dip to the Mediterranean style roasted veggie platter, there’s guaranteed favorites for everyone. With food this good and serving sizes fit to satisfy the heartiest of eaters, your guests are guaranteed to have full hearts and full bellies.

The Booze

Pick between household names and hometown favorites!

We know the key to throwing a good party resides at the bar. Our friendly in-house bartender will stock up the bar with vintage bottled sodas, white wine, red wine and your favorite beers from our list including all the greatest hits. The generously stocked bar means no extra fees even for those who consume a “little extra”. We know no wedding celebration would be complete with out a little bubbly. Which is why this package option also includes enough champagne to share across a toast or two. Cheers to that!

 

The Bakes

Have your cake and eat it too!

We’re crazy for cake so we were picky when it came to finding the right baker, but we found the best one in the city. The bottles and bites package includes a 3 tiered cake to satisfy the sweet tooth of all 50 of your guests. Choose to stand out with a bright gold buttercream frosting or stick with a classy white on white look. The top and bottom tiers are classic vanilla to please any crowd and the middle tier is reserved for your favorite flavor from our list featuring a melt in your mouth red velvet and a sweet but slightly sour lemon among others. After the newlyweds cut the cake, the hosts will finish up serving the rest. But don’t fret, you’ll go home with any leftovers in addition to your top-tier saved specially for your first anniversary.

Don't need a full reception but still want to cut the cake? Add on a mini cake custom to your liking!

Hungry yet? Taste these must have eats and treats for yourself! Learn more about our all-inclusive Bottles & Bites packages by clicking below.


Peek in on a Melanie & David’s Bottles & Bites celebration!

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Lauren & Dalton - Drunk in Love

Let us introduce you to another one of Kansas City’s coolest couples, Lauren & Dalton. So cool in fact, on their wedding day the bridal party rocked leather jackets, the cake was topped with T-Rex cake toppers, and champagne flowed from the “Drunk in Love” champagne flutes (made by our own Suite Heart Shop). Yet, the coolest part about Lauren & Dalton has nothing to do with the “things” at their wedding, but everything to do with the “feels” at their wedding. Lauren & Dalton share that kind of love that is so strong you can see it in the way they look at each other. It is clear on both their faces that they are completely intoxicated with everything about the other person. And on their wedding day, everyone in the room experienced their intoxicating love first hand.

Now we’re giving you a chance to experience it yourself with a glimpse into their mesmerizing wedding album!

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VENUE & DECOR PROVIDED BY THE VOW EXCHANGE CHAPEL

WEDDING CEREMONY, COORDINATION, OFFICIATING, RECEPTION PLANNING, PHOTOGRAPHY, CAKE, CATERING, BOUQUET & BOUTONNIERE ALL PROVIDED BY THE VOW EXCHANGE EVENTS.


Lexi & Andrew also spent their wedding day totally totally “drunk in love”.

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Just The Two Of Us: Top 30 Vow Exchange Newlywed Portraits!

Warning: the photos you are about to see may cause serious drooling.

But in all seriousness, we have to take a moment to brag on our incredible team of Vow Exchange photographers. They are some of the most talented, hard working, and brilliant photographers in Kansas City, nay, the world. These women are not only skilled in the art of photography, they also have the warmest personalities and know just how to bring out the best in our couples. They take every couple on an adventure, whether sticking to the walls of our venue or scouring the neighborhood. They don’t just give instructions on how to pose, they build a world meant just for two and let the newlyweds soak it all in as they capture the love radiating out. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that our team has the privilege of capturing the most beautiful (inside AND out) couples in all of Kansas City!

With that said, you’re in for a treat because we’ve opened the vault of Vow Exchange wedding galleries and have chosen our top 30 favorite newlywed shots to share with you! And for real, get your drool buckets ready cause you’re gonna need ‘em!