A Classic Art Deco Wedding at Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Missouri

Katie Ware (25 and works in media sales) and Sean Lenz (31 and works in financial planning) met through mutual friends about five years before they started dating. Sean proposed on a romantic, impromptu cruise vacation. “At our first destination, Progreso, Yucatan, we went to tour the Mayan Ruins,” Katie says. “It was 12-12-12 so we were so excited to tour the pyramids on the supposed date of the end of the world. Upon arrival we decided to break away from our tour group. I saw a pyramid no one was near and quickly rushed Sean to run up and take a photo with me at the top. Little did I know, I was setting him up for the ultimate proposal. As we got to the top, Sean dropped to one knee. I didn’t know what he was doing. He had planned the perfect speech, but says due to nerves he completely forgot. However, I thought it was absolutely perfect. I’m not sure I actually said, ‘Yes,’ but it was fairly obvious to all I accepted when I leaped into his arms.” The couple decided to get married at Hotel Phillips in Kansas City because they loved the gold, vintage-looking building, which matched their art deco theme perfectly. Katie and Sean spent their engagement picking up unique decor for their wedding from estate sales and antique shops. One of their favorite finds was a vintage ballroom dancing trophy, which they used for the cake topper. Using shades of white, black and gold, the couple had a neutral, chic color scheme to match their Old Hollywood theme. Katie is a celiac, and wanted a venue that could cater an entirely gluten-free menu, and Hotel Phillips definitely came through. During cocktail hour guests enjoyed herb and shallot rubbed Tuscan bread, mini quiche and mini crab cakes while the gentlemen took advantage of the custom cigar and humidor table. The white and gold wedding cake was even gluten free by Kansas City Cake Company. At the end of the night, the couple danced to an eclectic mix of classic Sinatra-swooners to modern hits, which was carefully prepared by close friend of the couple, DJ Mark Styles of Audio Jack Entertainment.