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-v

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.”

Sayo wore a strapless, ivory ball gown with a cascade of lace embellishments on the bottom of the full tulle skirt. “I really wanted something timeless with lace,” Sayo says. “I actually fell in love with my veil first and I thought it and my dress made a perfect pair.”
Sayo and her sister picked out the teal dresses for the bridesmaids, keeping Blake’s sister, who was 13 at the time, in mind. “Because of this, we picked something with higher neckline, with a little '60s flair,” Sayo says. “I asked them to wear black shoes [any black heels], with any silver jewelry if they wanted to wear any.”
The groom and groomsmen wore white ranunculus, yellow billy balls and lamb’s ear for their rustic boutonniere. The stems were tied with teal ribbon to match the yellow and teal color palette. Sayo and Blake loved how the rustic boutonnieres match the modern vintage vibe of the wedding.
“We picked the venue because both Blake and I fell in love with 28 Event Space the minute we stepped in the room,” Sayo says. “Since we were not planning on having the ceremony in a church, it was important to have a space where we could do both the wedding and reception.”
“Our wedding included a wine and sake ceremony, which represented mixing of Blake 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.”
Yellow and White Flower and Wood Arbor
Sayo carried peonies, hydrangeas, garden roses and sweet peas in her lush, white bouquet. “I don’t consider myself to be the creative type, so I asked our florist to pick out the flowers for the bouquet after I told her about our wedding theme,” She says. “The only thing I asked was to use the kimono silk material to tie the stems of the bouquet, since kimono is a traditional attire to be worn at Japanese wedding.”
Classic White Fabric Flower Hair Accessory
Sayo and Blake gave guests navy coasters with silver etching of their wedding date and lanterns that hung from the ceiling in the ceremony and reception. They loved how simple and chic the favors were and how well fit in with the look and theme of the wedding.
Sayo and Blake decorated the reception tables with milk glass, swiss dotted vases filled with white hydrangeas, yellow roses and lamb’s ear. The couple wanted white and yellow flowers in honor of their spring wedding. They added teal and ivory chevron runners to each table to match the color palette.
“One of the big reasons we chose Cupini’s was the wedding cake, which is the most delicious wedding cake I’ve ever had,” Sayo says. “I still frequent Cupini’s to purchase their cakes from their deli to this date.” The couple enjoyed a four-tier ivory buttercream forted cake. Two of the layers had buttercream polka dots to match the vintage look.
“Our first-dance song was ‘Rooftop’ by the Envy Corps,” Sayo says. “The Envy Corps is a band based in Iowa, and we went to many of their shows while we were dating in Des Moines, Iowa. It was the band that Blake introduced to me when we first met, and we instantly connected because of our love for music.”
Three-Piece Gray and White Groom's Suit