Megan and Danny

Kansas City, Missouri



Photography | Heather Brulez Photography | @heatherbrulez

Venue | The Pennway Place

Event Planner | Millie’s Event Designs | @millieseventdesigns

Floral Designer | Studio Dan Meiners | @studiodanmeiners

Gown Salon | Bridal Extraordinaire@bridalextraordinaire

Hair Stylist | Perfect Hair, Perfect Day

Cake Designer | McLain’s Bakery

Caterer | Jack Stack

Rentals | Accent Rental

Band | Wonderfuzz

From the Photographer

Megan and Danny hired Hitched Weddings + Events to plan an elegant, modern and romantic wedding in the Crossroads district of Kansas City with lush florals and lots of lace. The reception room in the Dan Meiners Studio, featured hanging florals and ivy, glass vases and candle sticks and hints of Christmas with Gingerbread cookie favors.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

Danny had proposed the week of Thanksgiving in 2017 and we knew we didn’t want a long engagement (well over a year). That meant we were having a winter wedding! I love the holidays – ambiance, holiday spirit, etc. A winter theme leveraging lighting was definitely a huge part of our day. With our wedding being December 1st, I didn’t want to do a holiday overkill, so we went with a classic winter vibe – timeless, classic and elegant. This meant pops of navy, burgundy/wine, silver, and greenery. We wanted texture in our flowers and linens. We were both raised Catholic and knew it was important to bring that aspect of our faith into our wedding and get married in a Catholic church.


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

Studio Dan Meiners did a beautiful job bringing our vision to life – and honestly crafting that vision. They designed all the table settings and the entire venue. We just had to tell them what we liked, disliked and wanted to see. We leveraged a lot of candles, neutral florals and varying heights of vases/hurricanes. I loved the silver/mercury accents with gold being so popular, it made it something different for us. We had limited DIY aspects, but chose to do gingerbread cookies at every place setting. Christmas cookies are a huge tradition on my side of the family (Owara). This was a nice welcoming touch for the holidays. My sister is an interior architect and designed all of our paper. – invitations, programs, table numbers, seating chart, etc.


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

The florals were mainly seasonal and white/neutral. We had pops of color and texture with silver brunia and dusty miller. Flowers were used in our bouquets and centerpieces. I knew candles were going to give us the ambiance we wanted more than the flowers, but in the end the flowers played a huge role. I have to give all the credit to the Studio Dan Meiners team.


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

Our personalized touches were in some of the DIY elements in Q2. We also did a pit stop at Kelly’s Westport Inn before going to our cocktail hour. This was a surprise for my husband. It’s his favorite bar in the city. Our photos after the ceremony went so efficiently and there was some light rain that we felt we had time to make a fun memory with our wedding party at Kelly’s. Other highlights were all our speeches and our band. Wonderfuzz lived up to all our expectations! Every song was hand selected by Danny and myself. They even let some of our guests get up on the mic and Danny got to perform his go to karaoke song.

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

I know I wanted a dress with sleeves for a winter wedding. I wanted to fully embrace the season knowing the weather would be unpredictable. I went to Bridal Extraordinaire and described everything I liked (lace, sleeves, crepe, illusion neckline, fitted/mermaid) – the LITERALLY found me the dress with all those elements. I certainly was not expecting that. The dress I “said yes” to was the first dress I tried on. Once the dress was done the rest was easy. I didn’t want an overdone makeup look. I had friends who used Chanel and they always looked amazing and natural. They were so easy to work with and my friends have booked them afterwards. I knew I wanted an old Hollywood vibe with my hair – big waves, side swept and down.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

Danny and I met my first week at Mizzou when I was a freshman and he was a junior. His fraternity and my sorority were paired together for Homecoming. Ironically, there is a “marriage party” to kick off the pairing between the houses. We met at that party, but didn’t start dating for another year and a half. We’d run into each other over that year and a half, but timing was never right. Spring 2011 we decided to start dating and have been together ever since! Danny proposed the Tuesday before Thanksgiving 2017 in front of Union Station. The logistics to get me to Union Station are quite elaborate and better told by Danny. It involves Fusion Fitness calling me to fake cancel a class, friends taking me to get our nails done over lunch, and play by plays of where I was so he could fake a dead battery so I’d come jump his car at Union Station. After the proposal, we went to Danny’s parents house were our friends and family were waiting to celebrate with us.


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

Seeing Danny walking down the aisle was my most anticipated moment of the day. We have been together a long time and I was so excited to finally marry him! Other than that, we were really looking forward to the reception and party with all our friends and family.


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

The best advice I could give a bride is to make a decision and move on. You can’t spend time second guessing yourself or you’ll never be able to move on to the next task. I’d also say that something will go wrong and it’s okay! No one will know if something doesn’t go according to plan. Lastly, make sure to take time and soak in your wedding day. You spend so much time planning and it’s gone in a flash.