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Elisha & Tanner: A Country-style Wedding in Sedalia, MO

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Elisha and Tanner decided to marry in Elisha's parents' yard, and enlisted the help of a wedding planner to handle the daunting logistics of arranging an at-home wedding for 200 guests. "She was a godsend!" the bride says. From the bride's shoes (grass-friendly ballet flats) to the bridesmaid dresses (in a shade of coral to complement the blue wate ...
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Elisha's mother, whom she describes as "very crafty and extremely creative," designed the handmade wedding invitations using coral papers from Paper-Source in Kansas City.  The same paper was used to create embellished fans -- which served double-duty as wedding favors and "climate control" for the outdoor ceremony.
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Elisha's silk San Patrick gown featured a tiered skirt and an off-the-shoulder neckline. She wore fresh flowers both on her hip and in her hair, and beaded ballet slippers "so that my heels wouldn't sink in the grass," she explains. A trio of meaningful accessories completed the ensemble: "I wore my Grandma Gerry's bracelet, my Grandma Maggie's rin ...
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Elisha and Tanner's wedding guests gathered for the ceremony around a beautiful, centuries-old oak tree near a lake on the Thompson family's property. The oak tree became the focal point for the ceremony décor, which included dozens of roses hung from the branches in shades of cream, coral, orange, and yellow. Elisha and her four bridesmaids walked ...
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By design, the cake was the first thing guests saw when they arrived at Elisha and Tanner's reception: "I wanted everyone to see it!" Elisha says. "Our cake reminded me of the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland. I personally loved it!" The whimsical four-tier cake featured three different flavors: buttercream, lemon buttercream, and the bride's favo ...
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Elisha and Tanner's guests enjoyed a champagne-and-strawberry cocktail devised just for the occasion: a "Freison" (named for a combination of the groom and bride's surnames, Freiburg and Thompson). The reception featured several unique food stations, including a clever potato station offering mashed potatoes in elegant martini glasses with a variet ...
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Bright, multi-colored arrangements topped off the tables.
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Elisha's bouquet featured blooms in all shades of cream, white, pink, and coral.
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Elisha's attendants all wore J.Crew dresses in a bright coral brocade fabric. Her matron of honor wore a slightly different style from the other maids to stand out.

Elisha & Tanner in Sedalia, MO

Elisha Thompson and Tanner Freiburg followed up an elegant, colorful outdoor wedding with a reception full of delicious surprises and clever details. The Bride Elisha Thompson, 26, art teacher The Groom Tanner Freiburg, 24, insurance salesman The Date June 18 While on a hike through the woods with their English bulldog Louie, Elisha and Tanner found themselves at the base of a lovely waterfall ("who would have thought...in Quincy, IL?" the bride laughs). Tanner seized the moment and dropped to one knee to propose -- and then Louie seized the moment for a little swim in the stream. Unfortunately, English bulldogs aren't very strong swimmers, and Tanner ended up jumping into the water to rescue their dog. "I knew then that it was a moment I would always remember," Elisha jokes.
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