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Part 2a: Our Ceremony

a heartfelt sunset ceremony above grand blvd.

Officially Wed
Our Officiant: Reverend Dee

With our first look complete, I should be a little less tense, right?

Haha. Nope. Wrong.

He said I vibrated during the entire ceremony, and it’s true. I was so nervous. The culmination of a year of meticulous planning had come to its peak moment, something that became very clear to me as I walked down the aisle with my father. As I approached my future husband, my knees were weak. Thankfully, we held hands during most of the ceremony. Otherwise, I might have become (more) unsteady.

The songs of traffic along Grand Boulevard buzzes down below. Yips and yaps of dogs playing in a nearby dog park catch my attention a few times. A car alarm goes off. Still, Reverend Dee delivers a very authentic, touching ceremony and I feel more in love than I ever have before.

Following our ceremony, we remained on the rooftop for our family formals and couples photos while our guests enjoyed a second cocktail hour inside the dining room.

As we wrap up our family portraits, I can hear the beautiful music being played by the Hammerstring Trio. I recall a slight chill filling the air as the sun began to set. For the rest of the evening, we stayed mostly indoors.

I was so thankful that we were gifted with such a picturesque, Midwestern Fall day. It really was incredible seeing everything come together so nicely.

Part 2b: Our Reception

a chance to finally unwind and enjoy the festivities

Among the many thank yous I owe to our vendors, our catering team truly delivered an exceptional experience for us and our guests. Kelly and her team at the Social Affair exceeded our expectations tenfold.

Our experience with the Social Affair, from start to finish, was nothing short of bliss. After reviewing the available menus, we scheduled an in-person meeting with Kelly to discuss our wedding reception details. She even prepared a selection of menu items for us to try during our consultation and we were very impressed – both with the food and with Kelly. She took the time to get to know us, our preferences, what things were important to us (in terms of food and presentation) and from that meeting, helped us to craft the perfect food station menus for our reception.

Just take a look at the photos below and you’ll notice how beautifully her team arranged our food with her decor. Yes, HER decor – not ours. After sending some reception room inspiration images to her, Kelly was able to coordinate her own food station decor, greenery and signage. I was absolutely floored by how beautiful each station was set up and it matched our vision perfectly.

Our first dance as a married couple. One month prior to the wedding, we finally signed up for a formal dancing lesson and had a lot of fun laughing at ourselves as we stumbled around the dance floor. But with a few weeks to practice, we were able to incorporate a few movements from the Viennese waltz into our song, which was an instrumental version of Can’t Help Falling in Love (the Elvis Presley version, of course).

Following our final performance for the evening were two very kind and moving (and sometimes hilarious) speeches given by Matt’s brother and sister. Clay and Lindsay’s thoughtful and genuine words moved us both to tears, and at times, big, hearty laughs. I have felt so fortunate that Matt’s family has always welcomed me, from the very beginning, as one of their own. They’ve all been an extension of my family for so many years now, but it is nice to make it finally (legally) official.

At the end of the reception, several guests continued the celebration with us down the street at our host hotel, the Angad Arts. The rest of the evening was a fun-filled blur and we awoke to a beautiful sunrise the following morning.

As I watched the sun rise over the city, I am filled with gratitude. Gratitude to our family and friends for their love and support, and for our vendor teams that worked tirelessly together to create such a beautiful and memorable celebration for us all.

With Love,
The Kuehnes

Our Wedding Party
Matron of Honor, Sheliah Martin
Maid of Honor, Lindsay Kuehne
Bridesmaid, Hannah Blum
Best Man, Clayton Kuehne
Groomsman, Jon Kuehne
Groomsman, Dr. David Sosnoff
Flower Girl, Ryder Cary
Ringbearer, Jace Blum


Our Vendor Team
Ceremony Venue & Reception: ANEW Rooftop
Hotel: Angad Arts Hotel
Catering: The Social Affair
Photography: Scarlett Crews Photography
Artist/Painter: Karen Raidy, Wedding Art Live
Musicians: The Hammerstring Duo & Trio featuring Dave Becherer
Officiant: Rev. Dee DePreist with Officially Wed
Hair & Make Up: Emily Miller Hair & Makeup
Bridal Gown: The Santiago Dress by JS Collections
Bridal Accessories: Michellia Fine Jewelry, Theia Jewelry, Sole Society
Bridesmaid Gowns: Adrianna Papell
Bridal Party Robes: TimelessAccessoryInc via Etsy
Groom’s Attire: Single-Breasted Wool Windowpane Suit by Canali
Groom’s Accessories: The Diamond Family, Allen Edmonds
Groomsmen Suits: The Black Tux Collection, Nordstrom
Invitations & Stationery: Minted

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