Boho-Glam Loft Wedding at the Bauer in Kansas City, Missouri

rn Erica Canaday (23 and a structural designer) and Nick Dunklin (23 and a Marine) met through a church youth group when they were freshmen in high school. They quickly became good friends, but after high school Nick joined the Marines and was stationed in Hawaii, and they lost touch. Four years passed before they reconnected when Nick wished her a happy birthday on Facebook. They started talking and didn't stop—conversation flowed all night and into the next morning. Things moved quickly from there, and a few weeks later Erica went to Hawaii for nine days. "The second I stepped off the plane I felt a spark instantly," she says. "We knew this was something real, and we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with each other." Just a handful of months later, Nick asked her to marry him at the top of Liberty Memorial, surrounded by views of Kansas City, Missouri. And they were planning their wedding in no time! For Erica and Nick, picking a venue was easy—they immediately fell in love with the Bauer. "Nick and I love the urban life of downtown, and the Bauer is definitely a space that portrays that," Erica says. The charming industrial space hosted the ceremony and reception, with help from Good Earth Floral Design Studio. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the Parlour while the space was transformed for dinner and dancing. Without a particular theme in mind, Nick and Erica blended a few together. The result was a  bohemian theme with a touch of urban glam with some classic details thrown in. Gold details were woven throughout the day's details, from the invitations to the bridesmaid dresses. For a little extra punch of personality, Erica and her bridesmaids wore low-top Converse sneakers with their dresses. Nick and his groomsmen carried out the classic part of the day's theme, with traditional charcoal suits and black skinny ties. "I feel that our unity-knot ceremony is what best reflects us as a couple. Instead of the traditional candlelighting ceremony, we literally tied the knot," Erica says. "We both had a rope and tied them together using a fisherman's knot. The idea behind the unity-knot ceremony is that the rope resembles our marriage, and as we pull on the ropes together, it will support and strengthen under pressure while still allowing us to see the individual cords." —Meghan Overdeep