Thank You Vegas! - The Vow Renewal That Inspired 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

Throwback Thursday: Like a Dream

The Vow Exchange remembers our old location at 2005 Campbell fondly. Our space was a bit smaller, less frills, but still provided an amazing setting for the beautiful couples who celebrated their wedding there. I remember Casey & Andrew who I don't think are capable of taking a "bad" picture! Their day was sunny, warm and just magical. Much like the old space, this magical day was very much like a dream.

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

Throwback Thursday: Honoring "The King" (AKA my husband)

A note from the owner of The Vow Exchange:
Today I honor my #1 supporter. He's my IT department, my maintenance man, my support group, my 2nd witness and my very own personal Elvis impersonator. My husband Mel, will do just about anything to help out at The Vow Exchange. From fixing my computer, to signing a marriage license when we need a 2nd witness and to boldly roam The Crossroads dressed as Elvis, Mel is the glue that holds The Vow Exchange (and me) together. Join me in a virtual high five as I honor my right hand man, my loving husband AKA "The King"!

Throwback Thursday: The love story that began it all.

We at The Vow Exchange are grateful for the many couples who entrust us with their special day. We are also grateful that so many couples find our venue and services so helpful. So today, we wanted to share the real inspiration behind The Vow Exchange in our newest blog category, Throwback Thursday! Where as the business idea originated from Las Vegas, the reason business owner Kathryn Hogan cares so much is in this very special photo. Taken on October 19, 1968, this wedding photo pictures Kathryn's parents who have been happily married for the past 46 years!

"They taught me the value of a wedding day. This is the day a couple's life begins. All their adventures, children, holidays, homes, dreams all begin with the wedding day. It is important this day be about the couple as they are the nexus of their life together, their love story. I am proud of the life my parents built. I am proud to be their daughter. I am proud to help other lovely couples too begin their great love story."

So there you have it folks. The love story that began it all. We want to know about the great love stories in your life! Use #lovestory and share with us the love stories that inspire you! 

TVX ARCHIVES: Ashley & Her Perfect Gentlemen

Ashley and Corey were certainly the stars of their big day at The Vow Exchange. However we would be remiss to not acknowledge the other leading men in this celebration, Ashley's son and father. This bride is certainly the center of their worlds! We are overwhelmed with "eeeeee!" on how darling this family is and were so happy to be a part of their special day! 

PACKAGE:  The Barn/Farmhouse
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Vow Exchange
FLOWERS: The Vow Exchange
OFFICIATING: The Vow Exchange
(Note: This location at 2005 Campbell has closed.)

Photography by Anj Olson - a photographer for The Vow Exchange

TVX ARCHIVES: Jenny & Waylon's Invincible Love

Owning a wedding business I get the pleasure of joining in the many wedding celebrations we host at The Vow Exchange. I see it all, the big moments, the small moments and through it all I am always inspired by the love shared by the couple and their family and friends. As is the case in the wedding celebration for Jenny & Waylon, a couple who met at work and whose family very much included their fellow co-workers and friends. Immediately I could see the strong bond this couple had not only to each other, but to their guests. So much so that the Groom and his best guys joined forces to pay homage to America's most beloved Super Heroes! But the real Hollywood moment came when an estranged family member arrived to join the celebration and walk the Bride down the aisle. I will never forget Jenny and Waylon's celebration which was nothing short of epic!

PACKAGE:  The Farmhouse
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Vow Exchange
FLOWERS: couple provided
OFFICIATING: The Vow Exchange
(Note: location at 2005 Campbell Street is closed)

Photography by Meg Kumin, a photographer for The Vow Exchange

Aubry & Chris get married at The Vow Exchange!

Pulling up in a blue and white school bus a-la-Cartwheel, Aubry, Chris and gang came ready to celebrate! This no-fuss couple enjoyed a picture perfect day with out all the painstaking plans. Proof that you can let go and let love shine!

PACKAGE:  The Farmhouse
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Vow Exchange
FLOWERS: The Vow Exchange
OFFICIATING: The Vow Exchange
(Note: location at 2005 Campbell Street is closed)

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Photos by Danielle Mousley

Photos by Danielle Mousley

Shelley & Charles get married at The Vow Exchange!

Shelley and Charles held the biggest wedding at The Vow Exchange to date with all 28 seats filled and 10 wedding attendants! The Salon as well as our hearts were full of love, family and friends, not to mention a whole lot of fun! Even The Vow Exchange team felt like part of the party as this couple clearly has a way to make those around them feel right at home. We couldn't be happier for Shelley and Charles and their fun and fabulous entourage!

PACKAGE:  The Farmhouse
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Vow Exchange
FLOWERS: The Vow Exchange
OFFICIATING: The Vow Exchange
(Note: location at 2005 Campbell Street is closed)

Photos by Danielle Mousley

Photos by Danielle Mousley