Real Belle Vogue Bride: Laura + AJ
Real Belle Vogue bride Laura married her military man, AJ, in August 2017 during a picturesque ceremony in Lawrence, KS. Laura paired a strapless lace gown by Stella York with a cathedral-length veil for her walk down the aisle, which she says was one of the most special moments of the day. Friends and family celebrated in a relaxed barn setting, complete with cowboy boots and BBQ cuisine. Congrats, Laura and AJ! Here’s to a lifetime of happiness…and plenty of Kansas City BBQ!
From the bride: I had an idea of how I wanted my wedding dress to look (a strapless A-line with scalloped lace) and I just went shopping with my mom so I could be sure the dress I picked was definitely one I loved. I was running late for my appointment at Belle Vogue, so I called and had them pull some gowns that looked like my vision, as well as a mermaid and a ballgown, just in case. When I arrived, the dresses they had pulled were perfect. I never felt rushed, even though I was 30 minutes late, and my consultant was wonderful to work with. The A-line underwhelmed me but the ballgown took my breath away. It was still too heavy, so my consultant explained how to customize the gown to fit my vision. Overall, I felt spoiled and like I was able to make the dress of my dreams! I loved the lace on my gown and how the sequins shimmered when it moved. I felt beautiful.
The theme of our wedding day was somewhere between traditional/romantic and rustic. I was in a beautiful ball gown and my husband was in his military uniform, along with some of his groomsmen. The ceremony was in a traditional chapel with stained glass windows and a beautiful organ. But then my bridesmaids were in cowboy boots and my reception was in a converted barn—very relaxed with a BBQ buffet. Overall, I mixed my two styles together to make a perfect day.
One of the most special moments of the day was when I walked down the aisle to see AJ. Pictures would definitely have been easier if we had done a first look, but there was something really special about the first time him seeing me being when I walked toward the altar to become his wife. It was absolutely perfect.
For our procession, we had a receiving line, then exited the church through a Saber Arch. We really liked having the military tradition as a part of it; it meant more to us than throwing rice and helped make the day unique to us.
Photography by: Clarissa Peppers at Bellagala Kansas City