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 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."