A Country Wedding at Memorial Station in Kansas City, Missouri

Chloe Raveill (21)  and Micah Botemuller (22) were married under a tree at her grandparents’ home, the proposal site, surrounded by their closest frie

Chloe Raveill (21)  and Micah Botemuller (22) were married under a tree at her grandparents’ home, the proposal site, surrounded by their closest friends and family. White chairs lined the aisle, decorated with large wooden stumps that were topped with lanterns. Vintage doors served as the entry into the ceremony and were opened and closed for Chloe's processional. It made the grand entrance that much more special. Chloe wore a sweetheart neckline gown that coordinated with her bridesmaids. Her bridesmaids wore black dresses with coordinating cowboy boots, while Micah and the groomsmen wore black Wrangler jeans, black boots, white shirts and vests. “Our attire on the wedding day was another important part of us being comfortable and feeling ourselves," Chloe says. "We are definitely jeans-and-boots people.” The invitations even told guests to dress casually. 

The wedding took on a rustic, country theme, especially since it was held outside. Much of Chloe's inspiration came from her passion for home decor, and many of the elements carried over. Many neutral tones were used with yellow as an accent for the summer ceremony. Boutonnieres and bouquets used the same yellow flowers and for the mothers and grandmothers, vintage broaches were added and later became gifts. The reception included the same design elements at Memorial Station, which has large retractable doors to the surrounding park. Table settings featured white linens, white chairs, wooden chargers and gray napkins. Centerpieces featured hydrangeas, roses and curly willows. Lanterns and candles added to the romantic atmosphere, along with globe lights strung across the space. Guests were given homemade jellies and jams with labels saying “spread the love.” The wedding cake featured carrot cake, sugar cookie, hummingbird and limoncello flavors. —Caroline Eubanks

Chloe paired her classic white dress with embellished cowboy boots to coordinate with her bridesmaids and groomsmen and crystal hairpieces and jewelry.
"Having a summer wedding, I thought yellow would be a beautiful accent," Chloe says. "And it turned out gorgeous in the flowers." Boutonnieres paired the same florals.
White chairs rented for the ceremony lined the aisle, as did large stumps topped with lanterns. Wooden doors were added to a fence for the entryway.
"I have always had a passion for design and home decor, which naturally made it fun and easy designing and decorating for our wedding," Chloe says. "With the help of my mother and a lot of family, we made all the wedding design happen."
"The most special thing about our ceremony was the location," Chloe says. "All the kids in my family grew up hanging out and playing on the land outside my grandparents' home. This was also where Micah proposed. It was a very special place, which made it even more special on our wedding day."
"We also had a pair of vintage doors at the end of the aisle that we opened and closed during the ceremony to avoid everyone seeing me," Chloe says. It made the outdoor ceremony feel more intimate.
"We are always wearing jeans and Micah is always in jeans and boots," Chloe says. "All the guys were in black Wranglers, black boots, a white button-down and a vest to dress it up a bit."
Outdoor Kansas City, Missouri, Ceremony
"Probably my most favorite part of the reception decor was the globe lights that my dad hung across the entire space," Chloe says. "The lights were magical. It felt like a summer tent wedding. Memorial Station was a wonderful event space to work with."
The centerpiece bouquets consisted of curly willow, hydrangeas and roses, and the rest of the centerpieces were eclectic groupings of lanterns, candlesticks and candles.
"Mr." and "Mrs." Signs at Sweetheart Table
For party favors, Chloe and her family made three types of homemade jellies and jams and printed labels saying "spread the love" and "M+C." "I hoped the favors would be a very personal touch and a gift for all who joined us on such a special day," Chloe says.
"We had all white linens and white chairs, with wooden chargers and gray napkins," Chloe says. "All the place settings were set before guests arrived. I have always thought set place settings are very elegant. The wooden chargers were a fun touch of rustic, and we also had menus printed on yellow floral paper which I loved."
Chloe and Michah had trouble deciding which flavor of cake they wanted, so they chose four. "We chose carrot cake, sugar cookie, hummingbird and my favorite, limoncello," Chloe says.
First Dance at Kansas City Reception
"The best advice I can give couples planning a wedding is to enjoy the excitement, but we all know it is also a whirlwind," Chloe says. "There is so much going on and so much to do. Do not forget what it is all about."
Among the favors handed out at the wedding were sparklers that said "let love sparkle." Guests held them as Micah and Chloe said their farewells from Memorial Station in Kansas City, Missouri.
"Our attire on the wedding day was another important part of us being comfortable and feeling ourselves," Chloe says. "We are definitely jeans-and-boots people. Our wedding invitations even said 'casual attire — blue jeans and boots welcome.' "