A Rustic, Elegant Wedding at 28 Event Space in Kansas City, Missouri

Rachel Kormanik (28 and a pharmacist) and Alexey Sergiyenko (28 and a clinical research assistant) took the large, open space at 28 Event Space in Kan

Rachel Kormanik (28 and a pharmacist) and Alexey Sergiyenko (28 and a clinical research assistant) took the large, open space at 28 Event Space in Kansas City, Missouri, and turned it into the rustic, elegant wedding of their dreams. The wedding was decorated with warm, romantic lighting and countless rustic, black lanterns. Anecdotally Yours was there to capture the special day from the ceremony with a gold drapery backdrop to the reception with string lights and paper lanterns hanging above. Teaming up with their event planner, Events By Elle, Rachel and Alexey came about the perfect description of their wedding day theme. "After I hired my wedding planner, we decided to call our theme simple, rustic elegance," Rachel says. "I don’t like unnecessary frills. I didn’t want it to be too country and I wanted it to feel classy." With a lot of the inspiration for the decor coming from lanterns, Rachel and Alexey had them placed throughout the day, including along the ceremony aisle and on the reception table centerpiece. Along with the lanterns, centerpieces included arrangements of white hydrangeas, craspedia and yellow roses with surrounding tea-light candles and burlap table runners. Rachel admits to not knowing much about flowers. But their florist, Andrea K. Grist Floral Designs, did a wonderful job of following her vision and including the color palette of yellow, gray and ivory. Adding a personal touch to their untraditional wedding ceremony, Rachel wrote an entire script for the ceremony, choosing every poem and reading, except for Alexey's vows. For the unity candle ceremony, the guests lit their own candles by passing the light among them, starting from the back of the ceremony all the way through until it reached Rachel and Alexey's candles. "It was very, very personal," Rachel says. "I wanted to make sure everyone in the room could feel the love so it was special for them as well."

Rachel admits to not knowing much about flowers but with the help from the wedding day florist, Andrea K. Grist Floral Designs, the flower arrangements came out perfectly. "My florist was amazing at helping me pick flowers that fit into our color theme and making beautiful things with the ones I chose," she says. Bouquets and centerpieces included white hydrangeas, craspedia and yellow roses.
"My wedding dress was the exact opposite of what I thought I would like," Rachel says. "I thought I’d end up liking an A-line dress, but I ended up in more of a fit-and-flare style that my seamstress created." Initially, Rachel was not sure of her dress, but as soon as her seamstress tightened the dress around her knees, she knew it was the one she would wear walking down the aisle.
Rachel admits that it was difficult to find the perfect dresses that all her bridesmaids would be comfortable wearing. In the end, Rachel and her five bridesmaids chose full-length gray dresses with illusion necklines. The gray dresses paired perfectly with the yellow and white bouquets, while also following the yellow, gray and ivory color palette.
Craspedia Boutonniere With Gray Tuxedo
Gray and Yellow Wedding Party
Rachel and Alexey fell in love with 28 Event Space's natural decor, which matched their rustic, elegant theme. "It was massive compared with all  the other places we’d seen, and the lights and lanterns on the ceiling made it look so dreamy," Rachel says. "It also helped that the drapes were gold, which fit into our theme."
White Hydrangea and Lantern Aisle Decor
First Kiss With Surrounding Candles
Keeping with the rustic elements of the day, Rachel and Alexey dressed their reception tables with mismatched centerpieces including various arrangements of yellow roses, craspedia and dusty miller in glass vases and bottles with surrounding tea-light candles and burlap table runners.
Rustic Framed Table Assignments Display
As part of their personalized decor, Rachel and Alexey displayed two signs that read "He" and "She" in yellow. Throughout each sign, Rachel and Alexey had written small sentences describing what they love about each other.
Lantern Centerpiece With Burlap Table Runner
Wooden Slab With White Paint Table Number
Rachel and Alexey drew a lot of inspiration for the wedding day decor from decorative lanterns and used them throughout, from the ceremony aisle to the reception centerpieces. "The theme itself was inspired by lanterns," Rachel says. "I saw a lantern used as a centerpiece on Pinterest, and I ended up basing everything off my lantern idea."
Rachel and Alexey knew they were going to have  200 to 300 guests, so they had to find a venue that could accommodate them. The large, open space at 28 Event Space proved perfect for their 220 guests. "It was massive compared with all the other places we’d seen, and the lights and lanterns on the ceiling made it look so dreamy," Rachel says.
Rachel and Alexey advise future brides and grooms to make time to visit with every guest in the beginning of the reception, before the dancing begins. "Once the dancing starts," Rachel says, "you won't want to leave the dance floor."
As she was finishing her toast to Alexey, Rachel explained that the only thing she knew Alexey loved as much as her was the car he once owned. Little did Alexey know, Rachel had purchased the exact type of car months before the wedding, and had it driven to Missouri. At the end of the toast, the garage doors attached to the reception at 28 Event Space opened, and in came the special car with "Just Married" written across the back window.