The Colorful Crossroads: Our Top 21 Street Art Wedding Portraits

Just about 5 years ago we blew out our candles, packed up our altar, and moved our small wedding venue to the very heart of the Kansas City Crossroads Arts District! It only made sense that our chapel, owned and operated by Kansas City Art Institute grads, would find its home in the center of the KC art world! Immediately, our team of wedding photographers took to the streets to find the most vibrant portrait spots in the neighborhood and let me tell you, it did not take long.

With graffiti, murals, and street art galore, we are lucky to find ourselves in a city full of color! To celebrate, we’re highlighting some of our favorite colorful spots in the crossroads with our roundup of top 21 street art wedding portraits!


If you thought Constance & Carissa looked adorable, just wait until you see them dancing down our aisle as newlyweds!


TV "I Do"s: Our 12 Favorite Sitcom Weddings!

It should come as no surprise that some of our favorite episodes of television revolve around weddings! And no one does a TV wedding like network television. There’s nothing better than watching your favorite couple after years of “will they or won’t they” moments, finally come together and declare their love for each other. Only after overcoming complete chaos thrown their way by friends and family. So grab some popcorn and a box of tissues because we’re sharing some of our favorite sitcom weddings and highlighting the moments that had us laughing through the tears. So without further ado, here’s our 12 favorite sitcom weddings!

#12 Mitch & Cameron - Modern Family

“The Wedding Part 1 & 2”

The historic wedding of Mitch & Cameron was a fiery affair. Literally, the event had to be evacuated due to a wildfire. Even after a change of venue, the bad omens continued until the pair announce they are calling off the wedding. Jay agrees they should, but only because he believes they deserve the wedding they’ve been waiting so long for - and he wants to help make it happen. Cut to an incredibly heartfelt ceremony at Jay’s country club involving the entire teary eyed family! We nearly lost it when Jay (hinting that he wants to escort Mitch down the aisle) says, “Actually, I thought you and I should take a little walk”.

Modern Family (2009-) © 2014 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Modern Family (2009-) © 2014 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

#11 Bernadette & Howard - The Big Bang Theory

“The Countdown Reflection”

Sitcoms are known for having impromptu weddings and Bernadette & Howard’s wedding definitely falls in that category. The couple decides they want to be married just two days before Howard leaves for his scheduled launch into space where he will work on the ISS. After a failed attempt at a courthouse marriage, the gang throws together a ceremony on the roof, to be captured by the passing Google Maps satellite.

The Big Bang Theory (2007-) © CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

The Big Bang Theory (2007-) © CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

#10 Topanga & Cory - Boy Meets World

“It’s About Time”

Cory and Topanga may be the youngest couple on our list, but fans knew from the first episode that these two were destined to be Mr. & Mrs. Matthews. A fact that Cory alludes to in his vows: "Ever since I was young, I never really understood anything about the world and I never understood anything that happened in my life. The only thing that ever made sense to me was you ... and how I felt about you. That’s all I’ve ever known, and that’s enough. That’s enough for me for the rest of my life, Topanga." Are you crying yet? Cause we sure are.

Boy Meets World (1993-2000) © American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Boy Meets World (1993-2000) © American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

#9 Becky & Jesse - Full House

“The Wedding Part 1 & 2”

A lot of television weddings go off the rails, but that is almost an understatement for Jesse and Becky’s wedding. Let’s just say Becky is a very forgiving bride. Adrenaline junkie Jesse goes from getting stuck in a tree after sky diving to getting stuck behind bars in jail. After explaining himself, Becky bails Jesse out and the couple finally makes it to the church by hitching a ride with a choir bus. In a touching ceremony, Jesse steals the moment and Becky’s heart by singing his song for her. And if you didn’t already have a crush on John Stamos you will now.

Full House (1987-1995) © American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Full House (1987-1995) © American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

#8 Liz & Criss - 30 Rock

“Mazel Tov, Dummies!”

Anxious to adopt and start a family of their own, Criss Chros takes Liz Lemon’s hand in marriage. This episode once again proves that Liz Lemon is our spirit animal as she chooses to say “I do” in her Leia dress, exclaiming “I’m a princess!”.

30 Rock (2006-2013) © National Broadcasting Company

30 Rock (2006-2013) © National Broadcasting Company

#7 Cece & Schmidt - New Girl

“Landing Gear”

As with so many TV weddings, the groom is missing for much of the episode. In this case it’s for good reason, as Schmidt spends his day tracking down Cece’s mom in an atempt to get her to come to the less than traditional ceremony. As luck would have it, Schmidt gets stuck on the airport tarmac thus missing the entire wedding ceremony and reception. So the roommates/best friends throw together an intimate perfect-for-cece-and-schmidt ceremony in the couples’ former home and the group’s number one hangout, the loft.

New GIrl (2011-2018) © Fox Broadcasting Company

New GIrl (2011-2018) © Fox Broadcasting Company

#6 Monica & Chandler - Friends

“The One with Monica and Chandler’s Wedding Part 1 & 2”

In true Chandler fashion, Chandler gets cold feet and runs away just hours before the ceremony. The friends scramble to find him while keeping Monica from finding out he went missing. But as always, Chandler comes to his senses and realizes Monica has always been the one for him. And as destiny would have it, the episode concludes with the two happily at the altar with Joey pronouncing them husband and wife.

Friends (1994-2004) © NBC Universal, Inc.

Friends (1994-2004) © NBC Universal, Inc.

#5 Lily & Marshall - How I Met Your Mother

“Something Borrowed”

Lily and Marshall’s wedding episode has all the components that make a great TV wedding. The day starts out with one thing going wrong (an ex boyfriend showing up) and suddenly a domino effect unfolds as the music, flowers, and photography all get ruined by one thing or another. But the day is saved when Ted suggests Lily and Marshall focus on having the wedding they really want - a small ceremony in the park. So our favorite gang heads outside where Lily and Marshall are married by Barney in front of their two witnesses, Ted and Robin.

How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014) © CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014) © CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

#4 Barney & Robin - How I Met Your Mother

“The End of the Aisle”

How I Met Your Mother spends most of season 9 leading up to the wedding of Barney and Robin and it finally pays off with a episode that gives us not one wedding but two! Barney and Robin spend their wedding day contemplating their feelings and impending marriage. Barney, feeling anxious, accuses Lily and Marshall of breaking several of the vows they made on their wedding day. Clearly shaken, they take a moment to reflect and decide to renew their vows (and there we get wedding #1 of the episode). Barney, within earshot, hears Lily and Marshall promise to keep updating their vows as they grow and change. He is calmed as he realizes that is what matters in a marriage and he goes to find Robin. Promising to always stay honest with each other, the couple has a flawless ceremony and are pronounced husband and wife!

How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014) © CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014) © CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014) © CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014) © CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

#3 April & Andy - Parks and Recreation

“Andy and April's Fancy Party”

Andy and April had the wedding of their dreams - in their living room. We are a huge fan of their low key impromptu wedding and really, what could be more fitting for these two? April sums up her feelings for Andy perfectly in her vows saying, “I guess I kind of hate most things. But I never really seem to hate you. So I want to spend the rest of my life with you, is that cool?”

Parks and Recreation (2009-2015) © NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

Parks and Recreation (2009-2015) © NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

#2 Leslie & Ben - Parks and Recreation

“Leslie and Ben”

Two seasons later, Leslie and Ben decide to have an impromptu wedding of their own. Eager to become husband and wife, Leslie and Ben take on planning an entire wedding in just two hours. When things inevitably go off the rails, Leslie decides to call it off and go back to their plan A wedding, still a few months away. But the employees of the Parks and Recreation department won’t let Leslie down. They come together to surprise her with a beautiful elopement right in the middle of the office.

Parks and Recreation (2009-2015) © NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

Parks and Recreation (2009-2015) © NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

#1 Pam & Jim - The Office

“Niagara: Part 1 & 2 “

The long awaited wedding of Jim and Pam had everything a fan could ask for: annoying Dwight shenanigans, embarrassing public speeches from Michael, and a smile straight to the camera from Jim. The best part of this two part episode? Jim and Pam sneaking away to a private ceremony on a boat directly under Niagara Falls while the commotion at the church continues with everyone wondering where they ran off to. And who could forget the epic coordinated dance down the aisle from all the members of the office? That is what seals this TV wedding as #1 on our list!

The Office (2005-2013) © NBC Universal, Inc.

The Office (2005-2013) © NBC Universal, Inc.

The Office (2005-2013) © NBC Universal, Inc.

The Office (2005-2013) © NBC Universal, Inc.

The Office (2005-2013) © NBC Universal, Inc.

The Office (2005-2013) © NBC Universal, Inc.

All images are subject to the listed copyright. All rights reserved. Special thanks to Fandom for helping us remember some of the sweetest moments from these wedding episodes!

The only thing better than a TV wedding is a comic book wedding!

How-To Thank You: 9 Etsy Wedding Favor Finds!

The people who gather around to join in on your ultimate celebration, aka your wedding day, are the people that will always mean the most to you. Sometimes it’s hard to say just how grateful you feel for the presence of those friends and family. So don’t just say it, show it!

We’ve found some of the cutest wedding party favors that perfectly say “thank you, thank you, thank you!”. Nine to be exact! And the best part is all of them come straight from Etsy so there’s little to no DIY steps. They come ready (or almost ready) for gifting with slim to none chances of stress!

1. Customized Candles

Send your guests home with a sweet scented candle that will bring back memories of that special day whenever they light it!


2. Wildflower Seeds

Spread the love with these wildflower seeds in personalized pouches. Send your guests home with blooms that will make them smile every spring!

3. Key Bottle Opener

Your guests are the key to your big day. Show them how much you appreciate them being there with a key that will always be there for them - to open their drinks!

4. Recovery Kit

Fill these adorable canvas bags with goodies like advil, tums, bottled water, candy, and anything else you crave when hungover. Thank your guests with this gift tonight and they’ll be thanking YOU tomorrow.

5. Sunglasses

These sunglasses come with customizable stickers so you can make them your own! Perfect for star studded couples wanting to say thanks to their guests.

6. Liquor Labels

Buying someone a shot is a time honored way of saying “thank you”. Embrace the tradition with these wedding branded shot bottle labels!

7. Playing Cards

Give your Ace a full deck, straight from the King & Queen of Hearts with these personalized playing cards.

8. Koozies

Make every guests' drink festive with these wedding koozies and send them home with a souvenir they’ll use year after year!

9. Scratch Cards

You were lucky in love, so try passing on some of that luck to your guests with these personalized scratch card holders!

Lovin’ these Etsy finds? Here’s 8 more, this time all about unity ceremonies!


Fall In Love With Autumn Weddings!

It’s fall ya’ll! It’s that time of year to indulge in the simple seasonal pleasures! Pleasures like picking out pumpkins for the porch, pulling out the sweaters and scarfs, and sipping on the occasional pumpkin spiced latte (or two). As the weather becomes charmingly chilly, you can’t help but want to cuddle up close with the the one you love! That’s what makes Autumn the perfect season for romantics looking to commit to cuddles for life!

Check out our compilation of our favorite fall wedding features and get inspired by Vow Exchange couples who embraced the look and feel of the magical season!

See more moments from Marlena & Adam’s oh-so-cool October wedding by clicking below!


The Cake Cutting Ceremony: To Smash or Not To Smash?

Newlyweds have been cutting the cake for over a century and this delicious tradition is likely to be around for generations to come…because who doesn’t love cake?! For the couple, choosing what flavors you want is the easy part. The true dilemma comes down to one question. To smash or not to smash?

We’re taking a look back at our own Vow Exchange couples and their cake cutting ceremonies! We’re celebrating the sweethearts who kindly fed a bite of cake to their new spouse and those on the wilder side who got a little crazy with the sweets. Because at the end of the (wedding) day, any way you eat cake is the right way to eat cake!

Madeline & Curt

“Got Your Nose!”


Candace & Thomas

Kid Friendly!


Christina & Monica

Cupcake Chaos!


Lori & Kevin

“Do you trust me?”


Lexi & Andrew

Military Precision!


Maranda & Neal

Sneak Attack!


Cheryl & James

Sweet Ride!


Lauren & Dalton

True Cake-ivores!


Tiffany & Gunner

Close Confections!


Melanie & David

Crazy for Cake!


Megan & Jeff

Frosted Kisses!

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Melanie & David were crazy for cake and crazy in love! Click below to see more of their crazy cute wedding day!

8 Unique Unity Ceremonies: Inspiration & Etsy Finds!

A Unity Ceremony serves as a special moment in your wedding dedicated to symbolizing the special bond that only you two share. It can also signify the beginning of your new family, whatever size it may be.

We've ranked some of our favorite unity ceremony ideas that are super fun, low hassle, and perfect for celebrating a glorious new union! Because we're all about making things easy, we've found the perfect coordinating unity ceremony supplies you can get straight from Etsy! 

Let us know which unity ceremony and creative Etsy piece would be a part of your dream wedding!


1. Tasting Ceremony

The flavors sour, bitter, hot, and sweet represent the different aspects and stages of marriage and in this ceremony, you commit to stay with one another through it all.

This set of four ceramic bowls is perfect for a tasting ceremony! Fill the bowls with your favorite foods, sauces, spices, or desserts. Just make sure one of each flavor is represented. We recommend a candy theme! Sour - Lemon Heads, Bitter - War Heads, Hot - Hot Tamales, and Sweet - Milk Ways!

2. Wine Box Ceremony

Also known as the "First Fight Box", the happy couple locks away a bottle of wine along with love letters to each other expressing their love and excitement about marriage. Upon the newlyweds' first fight the two must open the box, read the letters aloud, share the bottle of wine, and reminiscence on their wedding day!

3. Braiding Ceremony

This one is a creative way to both figuratively and literally "tie the knot"!

This "Cord of Three Strands" sign is personalized to make for the perfect unity ceremony and home decor! 

4. Anniversary Time Capsule

Seal love notes and trinkets from both him & her and open it together on the first (or fifth) anniversary!

Get these adorable printables and have your guests join in on writing notes to your future selves!


5. Lock Ceremony

Close this keyless lock together to symbolize "your eternal love". Hang it on the wall of your home or in a special place to be reminded of your happiest day!


6. Sand Ceremony

Create a keepsake art piece that forever memorializes your individual lives becoming intertwined as one in an irreversable bond.

Include the entire family with a different color of sand for each member and a personalized box making an instant family heirloom.

7. Unity Candle

A classic for a reason, the unity candle ceremony represents the joining of two separate lives by bringing together the flames of two single candles to light one unity candle.

Add a unique flair with this geometric unity candle latern personalized with your own monogram!


8. Vow of Parenthood

Also known as a Family Unity Ceremony, this is a special way to bring together your entire family and vow to love and support one another until the end of time.

Give a special memento of your love, to go along with your vows, to your new little girl!

Enjoy any these cool unity ceremony finds? Then you're bound to like some of our 7 Favorite Etsy Vintage Accessories!

Walk Your Way: 5 Unique Wedding Processionals

It's the big moment everyone has been waiting for. A hushed silence falls over the crowd as the music begins to play. There is excitement in the air as the bride is about to make her debut!

But wait, let's rewind.

All the planning and coordinating that goes into that big moment is beyond stressful. Just assembling your "I Do" crew can be difficult. 

Truth is, there is no right or wrong way to do a wedding processional. Pay tribute to tradition or throw it to the wind, all that really matters is that you do what makes YOU happy. The Vow Exchange events team makes it easy to plan your "I Do" crew and coordinates your entire wedding processional the way YOU want it.

For ideas and inspiration, here are five Vow Exchange newlyweds who did their processional their own way!

Lisa & John

Rebels at Heart

These proud parents asked their children to be their bridesmaids and groomsmen! When it came time, Lisa embraced her big moment and took center stage all by herself. And when John saw her for the first time he couldn't resist, he broke the only rule there is and went in for a kiss! 

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Mico & Daniel

Simply Electric

This bride and groom matched in brilliant white and had their two best friends rock the color down the aisle. Mico's handsome father escorted her and blessed her marriage before giving her away to her new soon-to-be husband.  


Kiersten & Brice

Better Together

It was a family affair with their children in the roles of bridesmaids, groomsmen, and flower girl! Kiersten & Brice not only chose a song that was special to them, they had a dear friend play it live. And in an act of chivalry, this groom walked back to his bride and lead her arm in arm down the aisle to be wed!


Emily & Uli

Dynamic Duo

It was all about their love that day as the two walked down the aisle, hand in hand, together. Emily & Uli's closest family and friends were gathered and all played an equal part in their celebration! 


Andrea & Jon

Tradition With A Twist

These darling little flower girls passed out single stem roses and a little bit of love to each wedding guest! A lucky groomsman escorted Andrea down the aisle and gave her away to Jon where they tied the knot alongside their seven best guys and six best gals!


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Build-A-Bouquet: Summertime Edition

Sweet sweet summertime! When the sun is out, the skies are blue, and the flowers are in full bloom! It's no wonder why our Vow Exchange partner florists particularly love this season. With so many fun flowers to choose from, our florist friends get to flex their creative muscles, building some of the most beautiful floral arrangements the Midwest has to offer! 

As a Vow Exchange bride or groom, you get to join in on the fun! Our "Everything" packages come with a farm fresh, hand tied bride's bouquet and groom's boutonniere. We will walk you through the customization process where you get to choose a premium flower from our seasonal list and up to 2 color preferences. Have fun playing around with all the possibilities and when you settle on your favorite, you can trust that our floral experts will create the wedding flowers of your dreams!  

Here are just a few of our favorite summertime "dream come true" bouquets & boutonnieres!