Libby & Kevin | Preppy Wedding with Black and Green Details

Black and white gingham, vibrant green flowers, and a unique venue make for a charmingly preppy wedding!

I love the shot of the bride giving her dad a high five. And I love the groom’s black and white gingham bow tie!

Lanterns lined the stairs to the church, and boxwood wreaths adorned the doors. A monogram “S” made of white rose petals marked the entrance.

30 trees strung with lights lined the aisles of the church. Says the bride, “All the trees found a happy home at my parents’ country house after the ceremony.”

Black and white gingham with green accents continued into the reception decor. Echoing the potted trees at the ceremony, favors were 16-inch spruce trees wrapped in burlap that guests were encouraged to take home and plant.

Libby says, “My favorite part of the day was the toasts. I loved listening as the people we love shared their support with us, it was especially sweet when Kevin’s usually silly friends spoke from their hearts.” Kevin’s favorite part of the day? “Hopping into the cab with Libby at the end of the day and knowing that we were leaving as husband and wife.”

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Lots of venues we looked at were arranged in a way that reminded us of a theater – we wanted a cozy atmosphere that was set up for chit-chat. Plus, neither of us felt very at home in a ball room. I loved the oversized furniture and decor, Kevin loved the old-fashioned feel, and we both loved the fact that the Dark Horse Distillery has two separate bars.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Ultimately, our inspiration was the event space. I tried to complement the space and incorporate our personalities into the decor.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Kevin’s father passed away in 2010, so I used a piece of blue fabric from one of his old ties to sew a heart shape in the hem of my dress, so he could be a part of the ceremony (and had an instant, meaningful ‘something blue’). My something old (and borrowed) was my grandmother’s jewelry.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received came from my sister-in-law, who recommended I set aside some time for just me and Kevin sometime during the reception, since the day goes by at warp speed. She was right – I’m con?dent the entire day lasted exactly one hour, even though this is incongruent with the invoices from my vendors.

What advice do you have for other brides?  My cliche advice: Don’t sweat the small stuff. At the end of the day you’ll be married, and nothing (not even enormous catastrophes) can negate that kind of happiness. My venue advice: Pick a venue with a feel that you’d like to complement rather than compete with. It’s much easier to create a polished look that way. My organizing advice: Keep a document with a picture and caption of everything you’re planning for your wedding. By the time you’re planning the thousandth detail, you’re likely to have forgotten the earlier parts of your plan. My budgeting advice: Splurge for signature con?rmation service on anything important you have shipped. One of my bridesmaids dresses was stolen off of my bridesmaid’s doormat, and the replacement didn’t arrive until the evening before the wedding (at a hefty price).


See more details from Libby and Kevin’s preppy Kansas City wedding in the gallery.

Vendor Credits

Photographer: Brett Heidebrecht / Ceremony Venue: Wornall Road Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri / Reception Venue: Dark Horse Distillery / Event Planner: Designs by Theresa, 816-222-4646 / Bride's Dress: Emily Hart Bridal / Groom's Suit: JoS. A. Bank / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung / Stationery: Fun Party / Flowers: D'Agee & Co. / Ceremony Music: Carray Music / Reception DJ: Travis Gentry, 816-699-1378 / Catering: Garozzo's / Cake: 3 Women and an Oven


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