A Traditional Catholic Wedding at The Athenaeum in Kansas City, Missouri

Rachel Yancey (27 and a program manager at Georgetown University) and Tyler Myroniuk (28 and a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland) met through mutual friends during a sand volleyball tournament near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. “It was love at first sight,” Rachel says. The next week they had their first date, and four months later they moved in together. One, seemingly normal night, the couple went to a movie, came home and opened a bottle of wine to enjoy while they sat and talked. “Tyler suddenly stood up and frantically said, ‘Stand up!’ Confused, I did. He was so nervous, which was blocking his ability to creatively get me to my feet,” Rachel says. “He got down on one knee, told me how much he loved me and how this was the perfect night, he couldn't wait any longer, and he proposed. I barely noticed the ring, to be honest, because I was so overtaken by joy and felt so much love for the man in front of me.” Because Rachel is from Topeka, Kansas, and Tyler is from Edmonton, Canada, choosing a location that was convenient for everyone was a serious struggle for the Washington DC-based couple. They ended up choosing Kansas City so Rachel’s elderly grandparents could attend, and, luckily, many of Tyler’s friends and family made the trek for the wedding. They had a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church before heading to The Athenaeum for the reception. The Athenaeum was built in 1910 by the local Women’s Society, which added historical value that the couple loved. “We were instantly attracted to the history of the building and the positive cause the society of women continue to support,” Rachel says. “The Athenaeum had chandeliers, hardwood floors, a beautiful lighted stage with a mural backdrop and floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows. In the evening, during the dinner, as the sun set, a beautiful and soft light came through the stained glass windows and reflected on the hardwood floors.” They used blush pink, champagne gold and ivory for their classic color palette and added love birds throughout the reception.