An Elegant Wedding with a Modern Twist at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri

Anna (26 and a nurse) and Adam (35 and a counselor) met at church, so they knew right away they had the same strong Christian beliefs and values. Turns out they also had chemistry. They got married at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. “We love art, and particularly this museum,” Anna says. “It’s a place I like to visit in my free time.” The location—in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri—also made it convenient for out-of-town guests (close to the Rose Garden in Loose Park, as well as nearby hotels). The theme was elegant and classy with a fun, modern twist. "It was important to me not to have the same things that are commonplace for weddings and to incorporate touches that made our wedding our own," Anna says. "I wanted our wedding to be different without being completely out there.” They didn’t limit their planning to a set color scheme, instead going with stylish elements that worked well together. “It made my life a lot easier when planning, and it was enjoyable to embrace modern art and do as I pleased,” Anna says. "Less is more" became the decorating mantra, so as not to take away from the artwork inside the expansive museum. The bride carried a nontraditional bouquet of South African desert flowers—proteas, bright snapdragons, textured ferns and sweet peas—and walked down the aisle to a slightly modified theme song from "Little Women," one of Anna’s favorite childhood movies. She and Adam exchanged vows in front of a large altar. The reception, in the museum's covered courtyard, gave the celebration an outside vibe without actually being outside, eliminating any weather stress. The focus during the reception was on the museum, food and fun. “We love eating and wanted our food to be a meal to remember for our guests,” Anna says. Dinner was catered by accomplished chef Jennifer Maloney—definitely not your typical wedding meal. The entrees were flank steak with a mustard-bourbon glaze and fresh Skuna Bay salmon with mole and pineapple salsa; grilled asparagus, sweet potato risotto and olive oil-rosemary rolls were served on the side. “It was the most incredible meal of our lives,” Anna says. A friend was their wedding DJ, playing songs off a customized playlist “dance-tested” by the couple before the wedding. If people wanted to dance in the atrium, they could; if they wanted to catch up and talk in a quiet space; they could do that too. Don't get caught up in wedding-planning details and forget about your marriage, Anna says. A wedding lasts one day; your marriage lasts forever. Focus on that aspect, Anna says, and the small, stressful details will fall into place. —Chrissy Sorenson