A Rustic Fall Wedding at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, Missouri

Lindsey Vansandt (30 and a reproductive physiologist) and Skyler Cavin (29 and a trainer at CDK) met in college. One summer, Lindsey went on vacation with Skyler’s family to Florida. “I didn’t think anything of it when his dad and stepmom announced we would be doing a scavenger hunt one morning,” Lindsey says. “They’re notorious for setting up these kinds of things. The scavenger hunt was aptly named the Treasure Hunt as there was a pirate theme involved. Before the hunt began, we were all given pirate flair to wear.” Focused on winning, Lindsey flew through the hunt, not realizing she was the only one searching. When she got to the end, Skyler was there with a box. “He opened it, reached inside and went down on one knee,” she says. “I am still clueless so I told him he looked ridiculous, ‘Why are you kneeling down?’ Even though he had already started his speech to me and was down on one knee and holding a ring box, I didn’t understand what was happening. Some people randomly walked by on the beach and started clapping for us. They apparently had a better intuition than I did. I finally understood. We hugged. We kissed. I cried. I forgot to say yes, so he had to ask me again! And just in case you were wondering, yes, I was indeed wearing en eyepatch when Skyler proposed.”From the very beginning of the planning process, there were two details Lindsey and Skyler agreed on: They both wanted a fall wedding, and they wanted to have it outdoors. Everything––pinecone place cards, burlap flatware holders, mason jar favors, s’more dessert bar, pumpkin-flavored cupcakes––complemented the rustic fall theme. Even their venue, Belvoir Winery, was featured in an episode of “Ghost Hunters” as one of the most haunted locations in the Midwest. Perfect for the Halloween-loving couple and fall-inspired wedding. Their florist, Found in Nature, created a gorgeous burnt orange and red hanging bouquet out of roses, calla lilies, ranunculuses, pin cushion protea and blue thistle.The best part, though? The menu!From the bride: “I grew up in Kansas City, and we couldn’t very well let our out-of-towners come to visit without giving them a sample of Kansas City’s world famous barbecue,” Lindsey says. “For dinner, we served Oklahoma Joe’s, which is one of our favorite BBQ joints and just happens to also be the number one Zagat-Rated, best barbecue joint in KC. Of course, I was bit terrified to eat BBQ in a white dress, but luckily Skyler’s dad and stepmom surprised us on the night of the wedding with his and hers apron bibs!”