An Elegant, Classic Wedding at Cellar 222 in Kansas City, Missouri


                    Kaleigh Thomas (26 and a special education teacher) and Jeff Thomas (31 and a contract analyst) pulled off a classic summer affa

Kaleigh Thomas (26 and a special education teacher) and Jeff Thomas (31 and a contract analyst) pulled off a classic summer affair with a textured, organic blooms and a color palette of soft white, cream and ivory hues. “Jeff and I are both very simple people and wanted to make sure that we were true to who are,” says Kaleigh. The day began with an intimate ceremony at Pilgrim Chapel in Kansas City, Mo., where the couple exchanged vows surrounded by their closest family members and friends. “We chose not to decorate the space at all,” says Kaleigh. “The chapel was so beautiful on it’s own and we did not want to takeaway from its beauty with added decor.” 

The newlyweds and their guests then headed to Cellar 222, an intimate venue in downtown Kansas City, for the reception. Arrangements of Queen Anne’s lace, roses, scabiosas, seeded eucalyptus, maidenhair ferns, smilax and jasmine vine gathered into untamed, romantic bundles topped the tables, while clusters of hanging glass orbs holding brightly lit candles emitted a warm, ambient glow of the room's exposed brick walls. Playful touches like favor bags filled with monogrammed M&Ms, a baseball diamond groom’s cake — a nod to Jeff’s love of the Kansas City Royals — a table brimming with fun activities for the couple’s younger guests added a dash of personality and playfulness to the day. 

Kaleigh and Jeff opted for a small, intimate ceremony at the Pilgrim Chapel in Kansas City, Mo. The couple were instantly drawn to the chapel’s exposed stone walls, wooden beams and stained glass windows. “We chose not to decorate the space at all,” says Kaleigh. “The chapel was so beautiful on its own and we did not want to take away from its beauty with added decor.”rn
“I wanted something organic that looked like it had just been picked from a garden,” says Kaleigh of her textured, untamed bouquet. The stunning arrangement was overflowing with football mums, scabiosas, stock, clematis, astransias, Queen Anne’s lace, astilbes, spray roses and an assortment of greenery like eucalyptus, maidenhair ferns, smilax and jasmine vine.rn
To balance the warmth and Tuscan flair of the exposed stone and iron detailing of Cellar 222, the couple kept the decor simple and natural, dressing the tables with crisp white linens and textured arrangements of white blooms like spray roses, football mums and Queen Anne’s lace, and a mix of greenery, featuring maidenhair ferns, eucalyptus, jasmine vine and smilax. Each arrangement was displayed in a unique glass vase the couple acquired while thrift shopping in Kansas City.rn
At the end of the evening, Kaleigh and Jeff sent their guests home with a few sweet treats, white M&Ms boasting their wedding date in whimsical white tulle sachets.rn
Placed on the guest book table were playful heart-shaped sparklers for guests to use as the newlyweds made their grand exit at the end of the night.rn
Wanting to ensure that all of their guests had fun, Kaleigh and Jeff provided their younger guests with a table stocked with crayons, coloring books and glow stick glasses.rn rn
In addition to the couple’s four-tiered classic wedding cake, Jeff’s grandmother surprised the pair with a homemade confection designed in the likeness of the Kansas City Royals’ — Jeff’s favorite team — home field.rn
When Kaleigh created a profile on Match.com, the last thing she accepted was to meet her future husband within one week of opening her account. But that’s exactly what happened. “Jeff was the only person I ever talked to on the website and within a week of signing up, I had met Jeff and closed my account. The rest is history!” says Kaleigh. On their first year anniversary, Jeff took Kaleigh on a trip to San Francisco and it was there that he popped the question.rn