A Romantic Country Wedding at Town Square in Paola, Kansas

Ashley Morefield (22 and a florist) and Jonathan (Jonny) Foote's (22 and in landscaping) story began at a wedding, but it wasn’t their own. Instead, t

Ashley Morefield (22 and a florist) and Jonathan (Jonny) Foote's (22 and in landscaping) story began at a wedding, but it wasn’t their own. Instead, they first met at Ashley’s brother’s wedding reception in Colorado. “The first time we talked, Jonny asked me to dance at the reception,” Ashley says. After getting engaged, the couple found their perfect venue at Town Square in Paola, Kansas—a restored two-story building with exposed-brick walls, hardwood floors, plenty of natural lighting and a tin-stamped ceiling. “I loved the small-town charm surrounding the space,” Ashley says. “It was completely uncharacteristic of Kansas.” Their romantic design came to life using hand-designed invitations, gold lanterns, string lights and a muted palette of blush, navy and ivory. Popular Kansas City food truck Beauty of the Bistro catered the party, complete with burgers, “boom boom” smoked pork tacos and a mac and cheese bar. McLain’s Bakery in Kansas City created a tiered, almond-flavored confection for the reception, along with a sprinkle-covered cake for the bride’s grandfather. “His 90th birthday was the following day,” Ashley says. “The bakery did such a great job—they even made my parents’ wedding cake over 30 years ago!” —Chrissy Sorenson

Ashley, who studied graphic design in college, designed the  invitations as a stacked look, where each piece of stationery fit together as a set when opened. She then had her design printed by letterpress at Hammerpress in Kansas City, Missouri. “The printing technique is so timeless and classic,” she says. “It brought dimension to the simplicity of the design.”
The groomsmen wore gold shotgun-shell boutonnieres with white ranunculus and eucalyptus.
Ashley wore a fitted A-line gown with delicate straps and a tea rose blush underlay and ivory lace overlay. Makeup was “natural with a touch of glam,” amped up for the special occasion.
“My favorite part of the dress was the open back,” Ashley says. She wore her hair up in loose curls for a soft, romantic look.
Ashley's rose gold teardrop earrings matched her rose gold engagement ring.
The bridesmaids wore dresses varying in color from champagne to blush, in four styles. Jonny and his groomsmen wore navy tuxes with matching vests, blush ties, suspenders and gold shotgun shells at the base of their boutonnieres.
An arbor dressed in fabric and blooms served as the ceremony backdrop at Town Square. During the ceremony, Jonny’s friends, the Hitch Family, performed acoustic versions of “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat, “Everything” by Michael Buble and “XO” by John Mayer. The most important element of the ceremony, Ashley says, was the promise the couple made before God: “Our faith is central to our marriage; we wanted to make sure our ceremony reflected that.”
Favors were chocolate-covered espresso beans, “because what's better than chocolate and coffee all in one?” Ashley says.
Ashley's aunt did the lettering for the chalkboard verses, placed throughout Town Square in Paola, Kansas.
Burgers and pulled-pork tacos were on the menu at the reception at Town Square in Paola, Kansas.
A lantern doubled as a centerpiece filled with pink and ivory roses.
Ashley and Jonny's first dance was to Kip Moore’s “Lead Me,” one of the groom’s favorite artists.
With the ceremony and reception in one location, guests went straight from the ceremony to the food truck. “We wanted the meal to be casual,” Ashley says.
The couple served a four-tier almond-flavored naked cake, two-tier chocolate cake, and two-tier almond cake from McLain’s (the same bakery that made Ashley’s parents’ wedding cake 30 years ago).