Brittany+Kyle | Outdoor Prairiewood Wedding | Manhattan KS

There’s something so intimate and peaceful about the Flint Hills of the Tallgrass Prairie in Kansas.  Especially in fall.  I think it’s how the golden hills meet the outstretched expanse of blue skies. Even when heavy with dark clouds, I can’t help but be in awe standing on top of those hills.…  So when Brittany + Kyle told us of their love for nature and their vision for an Outdoor Prairiewood Wedding in our town of Manhattan KS, we were over the moon with excitement.  When B+K’s day came, it tuned out to be even more glorious and rewarding than we could have imagined.  They faced challenges with grace + love and were rewarded with absolute beauty.  Just see for yourself the glorious sunset that ended their day that began with a tornado and storm warnings… a true life’s lesson indeed!
Brittany + Kyle, We love how down to earth and real you both are.  Thank you for allowing us to see how beautiful your relationship is and to be there with you for many special firsts.  When you met up in the prairie for your first look, we got to see what truly makes you an amazing couple.  Despite the threats of storms and perhaps moving your ceremony, from that moment on we watched you enjoy what truly mattered most.  Each other.  Nothing was going to change that this was the day you celebrate marrying the one who matters most.

We’ll let Brittany share…

Kyle and I are very outdoorsy people. We love to hunt fish and just enjoy nature together. That is why we had the dream of an outdoor wedding.  (Thank goodness the rain held out so we could pull it off!) We are very simple people and not into all the glitz and glam. We wanted a warm inviting atmosphere. Lots of greenery and wood as decor to remind us of outdoors, as well as burgundy and navy colors with hints of creams, khaki and brown helped us pull together a sophisticated, slightly rustic, evening wedding.

The ceremony:

The ceremony was held in the meadow at Prairiewood.  We did not want our guests to feel like they were at “just another wedding” and feel as though they’ve heard the same ceremony once before. So, we tried to create a very personal ceremony that was unique.  We decided to plant a tree together.  We plan to plant this tree when we buy our first home together. It will be something our family can enjoy long after we are gone. Also, both sets of our parents offered us their blessing when my dad handed me over to Kyle. The pastor asked both sides to vow to accept each of us as their own.  Our dogs were also part of our ceremony.  The ring bearer and flower girl were our beloved maverick and gwenny.

The reception:

Our reception was decorated perfectly! (I might be biased, of course…) We are the less-is-more type of people. Kyle gave a short speech thanking me, my parents, and his parents after our entrance in to the reception. We also have a very close 96 year old friend, Dr. C Clyde Jones, who was married for 58 years before his wife passed. He lovingly gave us some words of wisdom on how to make a long lasting marriage work. It was absolutely perfect. Also, since neither of our parents had the opportunity to have a first dance, we had a special dance to give both sets of parents their official first dance.

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Bride + Grooms’s favorite moment…

Kyle’s favorite part of the wedding was their first look. “It was just us. We had a chance to really just enjoy each other.  To enjoy what we have together, without any questions of decisions that needed to be made.  Just us and the beauty of the flint hills without any of life’s stresses.”
 …glad they barely noticed us!!

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Advice to couples planning their wedding:

Kyle’s advice: “Start early and be a yes man. By the time your wife is asking you questions about the day (decor etc…) she already has her mind made up.  She is really just asking you to make you feel included.”
 

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Brittany’s advice: Hire the right people in the right places.  Spend the extra money on your planner, dj, photographer etc. You get what you pay for. Spend the extra money because this could be a once in a life time day. If you want your day to go smoothly you will want top notch people helping you make it go the way you always imagined.

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Brittany’s favorite moment:  

Reading her letter from Kyle. Kyle is what you would call an emotional guy. He wrote me the most perfect letter for our day. His letter was all about symmetry, and how we make one another symmetrical. He talked about how we live in an an asymmetrical world where nothing and no one is perfect, but through our strengths and weaknesses we make each other whole. He included that much like in dentistry I strive for perfection in an imperfect world. Neither he nor I are perfect, but together we make each other better. Together we are perfect in our own way. We are symmetrical.

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Kyle is not a big fan of cake, though he does love cheese cake. That is why instead of traditional wedding cake B+K chose to enjoy cheese cake!

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Our first dance was to Better Place by Kane Brown. We chose this song because we heard it and thought oh wow that describes us! Some of the lyrics are “baby if your dream is 40 acres and a house with a porch all the way around I am going to buy it.” That is exactly our dream!

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Thank you so much to a wonderfully creative team of vendors.  You helped make this wedding absolutely beautiful!

Venue: Prairiewood Retreat and Preserve

Wedding Planner/Florist: Farmer + Florist Amy Shum

Caterer: Pacha’s by the Pound

Cake: 4 Cakes

Ceremony Music: Kyle’s Aunt, Nancy Goracke

DJ/Lights/Photo Booth: Making Memories Entertainment

Makeup/Hair: Merel Norman and Brenda Horton

Photography: Rick Messina Photography

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