A Modern Vintage Wedding at 28 Event Space in Kansas City, Missouri

Pops of teal brought Sayo Sudo (27 and a pharmacist at Truman Medical Centers) and Blake Weihs’ (28 and a solution architect at Cerner Corp.) modern-vintage wedding to life. The couple chose 28 Event Space in Kansas City, Missouri, for their venue because they loved the rustic, modern space and could have the ceremony and reception in the same place. Ashley Hotka from Good Earth Floral Design Studio created all the gorgeous floral arrangements for the day and wasn’t afraid to reuse the flowers between the ceremony and reception. “Ashley is very conscious about recycling, and we wanted those beautiful flowers to be used as long as possible,” Sayo says. “The ceremony arbor was decorated with vine twigs and ivory and yellow flowers in the center, which the flowers were then recycled to the centerpiece of the head table.” Steven Michael Photography beautifully captured all the details of the day. Some of the best parts were the subtle Japanese tributes sprinkled throughout the wedding, in honor of Sayo’s heritage, such as wedding teddy bears handcrafted by Sayo’s mother wearing traditional Japanese wedding outfits and the kimono silk used for the ring pillow and bouquet wrap. Sayo and Blake also participated in an alternative unity ceremony in honor of the merging of their different backgrounds. “Our wedding included a wine and sake ceremony, which represented the mixing of Blake's and my cultures,” Sayo says. “Wine representing Blake, and sake representing me. This ceremony was inspired by san-san-kudo, which is a part of wedding ceremony in Japan.” A tip from the bride: “I wish I had asked for advice from many of the vendors we worked with from earlier on. I think our planning started rolling very smoothly when we started asking for advice from the vendors, and they were all wonderful to work with.”