Photos from Jon and Lindsay’s wedding in Lawrence Kansas followed by a reception at the Lenexa Kansas Thompson Barn. Formals taken at Shawnee Mission Park.
Tell us how you first met? Who what when where why? Give us the dirty details.
L – Jon and I met through our mutual friend, Caitlin, who is also a bridesmaid. It was a setup, although neither of us really knew it. We met first at Caitlin’s house and then the three of us went to the barrel house for some drinks. I thought Jon was adorable because he kept leaning in really close to talk to me. I didn’t realize until much later that he is very hard of hearing in his right ear, so he wasn’t trying to be sweet.
When did you know he / she was the one? Was there something he / she did?
L – Not the most ideal situation, but within the first 2 months of dating, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Jon was by my side every minute that he could during my surgeries and treatments. I knew Jon was the one when he willingly took care of someone that had their natural hormone system taken away! During my radiation treatment, I could not be within 10 feet of others for several days. Sitting across the room from Jon and not being able to hold, hug, or kiss him was harder than I imagined. A couple times a day, we would hug each other for about 30 seconds and then have to return to our separate quarters. It was an overwhelming feeling to miss someone when they’re right there in front of you.
Tell us about the proposal (did you see it coming, how long was it in the planning? How did you feel? Nervous, excited, freaking out?)
L – We were visiting my parents in Ft. Myers Florida last Januray. I knew that Jon was going to ask my dad for permission on this trip, but I had no idea that he was going to propose the very next day. He and I broke away for a nice beach-side dinner in Naples. At dinner, I started to think something was weird because it seemed that everyone kept staring at us. Come to find out, they weren’t staring at us. They were staring at the lead guitarist from Leonard Skynard, who was sitting at the table right next to us. Jon and I took a walk on the beach after dinner, and it was a bit cloudy, so it got darker faster than normal. Jon seemed so disappointed that the sunset wasn’t perfect, so I thought he was acting a little strange. He stopped me along the walk, and read me a letter he had written. After reading the letter, despite being in jeans and cowboy boots, he still got down on his knee and officially proposed. It was so dark outside at that point, we were the only people on the beach. We walked about ¼ mile down the beach searching for someone to take our picture, but couldn’t find a soul! The moment isn’t captured on camera, but I’ll remember it vividly forever.
Tell us the one thing you love most about each other.
L – I love that Jon has always thought of us as a team. He always says things to let me know I’m appreciated, but also is so supportive. When he says things like “whatever you decide, I support you 100%,” I know he really means it.
He also makes me laugh every single day, and makes an effort to keep up with little daily romantic traditions like kissing hello/goodnight.
Besides getting married – what’s the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?
L – I have friends that have lost their fathers, so I feel very fortunate that my dad is alive and healthy enough to walk me down the aisle and dance with me. I’m looking forward to those two things the most. It also helps that he really likes Jon. My dad has called all my other boyfriends “that boy.” I knew he was liked when my dad called Jon by his name!
What’s your favorite trend for weddings right now?
L – Stock the bar engagement parties! In lieu of bridal showers, we had an engagement party and received most of the liquor we will be serving at the reception. It was a relaxed back-yard bbq celebration, and the loot will be shared with all our friends and family!
What inspired your décor or theme?
L – I’ve always loved the color orange, autumn colors, apples, and the season of fall. With Jon being a carpenter, he wanted some personal touches that reflected his love for the trade incorporated into the décor. So, the reception site, and the little wood projects scattered throughout the reception really highlight his talent and love of carpentry. Many of the wood pieces at the reception came from a tree planted when I was a kid from my childhood home in St. Louis.
What’s one thing you wish you would have known earlier in regards to planning?
L – How expensive weddings are, and how many decisions you have to make! Jon and I talked a lot about marriage, but not a whole lot about weddings. And, I’m not one of those girls that has had my wedding planned since I was a kid. We started from scratch and tried to figure out what was most important to us both.
Photography | Jerry Wang Photography
Florist | Karen Pendelton, Pendelton Farms
Ceremony Location | St. John Evangelist Catholic Church
Reception Location | Thompson Barn @ Lenexa Conference Center
Dress Designer | Mori Lee
Dress Salon | Mia’s Bridal