Dream Day Memories
Eight couples share their wedding story and give tips to help you plan for your own picture-perfect day.
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The Couple: Kassie & Josh Chapman
The Date: June 18
The Scene: A black-hat event on the family farm in Saint Genevieve, MO
"We held the wedding on my Aunt Georgia's farm, which is in the southeastern portion of Missouri. It is a beautiful area with rolling hills, large farms and wineries. During the ceremony you could see a lake with beautiful Ozark hills behind, and the old farm, which is over 100 years old. There was a large cornfield that had native, orange, lilies growing in it. On the other side, there were newly mowed hay fields with large bales still in the field. The setting was perfect, and I’ll never forget a minute of my great day."
Make it meaningful.
"We wanted a personal, meaningful day and we weren’t afraid of sentiment. My dad and I rode in a buggy to make our entrance to the ceremony while my cousin Jeff sang, ‘A Gift for My Daughter.’ And thanks to my very emotional dad, there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere."
From the buggy ride to the table settings, Kassie embraced a farm theme: "We used white linens, and floral centerpieces made from grape vine baskets, white and yellow daisies, yellow roses and greenery. At each place setting, guests received a favor made from a small, galvanized bucket filled with lemon drops and tied with a rafia bow with a ‘thank you’ tag. We also provided cool cups that were printed with our wedding date as another favor so the guests could help themselves to the canned drinks."
"It was important to us that the guests be comfortable, relaxed and really enjoy themselves. And be able to see the important stuff: The cakes were placed to one side of the guest seating area so that everyone had a good view of the cake cutting."
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