Kansas City

Planes, trains, automobiles and wedding planning…

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That part was in the movie too, right? Last weekend Jeff and I set out to make the trek to Kansas City for a quick wedding planning weekend (a whole 48 hours), and unfortunately we got off to a rocky start thanks to some unforeseen travel delays.

When we missed our connecting flight from St. Louis to Kansas City we did what any sane people at 11pm would do, we rented a car and drove the last three and a half hours to Lee’s Summit. Oh, but it wasn’t as simple as it sounds.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset^^ “Wait Jeff, just let me take this one picture to document this trip. I’m done after this, I swear. After all, this travel delay experience is going to be a great test in patience for us.” 😉 ^^

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset^^Finally, we found a place that would rent us a car and though we were a little annoyed we were optimistic.^^

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset^^And after a long wait in line, it was off to KC we went!^^

Oh wait, not so fast…

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset^^Turns out they won’t let you leave the lot even though they’ve assigned you the wrong car, so it was back in the line we went. Of course we hadn’t lost our patience with each other by this point or anything.^^

Finally, just after midnight we hopped in the correct car, grabbed some coffee and began the drive. I would have helped drive, but Jeff’s name was the only one on the rental. Besides, it was probably best I just sleep a little and not bother him. 😉

Thankfully we made it safe and sound, and while we went with a little less sleep than normal we spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with our mamas, tasting food, picking out napkin colors, etc…

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset^^Mom, don’t hate me for this picture, it was the only one I got of the four of us!^^

We also had to taste some famous Kansas City BBQ, because well, it’s important.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetOh, and we got to spend time with this cute gal,

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetand spy on her a little bit while she was working. I think we only slightly embarrassed her.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetNot that she hates when I take lots of pictures or anything.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetAnd last but certinatly not least, toast to my oldest sister Shannon (the one with the blonde curly hair), who’s having TWINS this summer (you should check out her blog, here). Though I should clarify that’s she’s drinking non-alcoholic champagne. Don’t want to worry anyone.

Whew! Reliving the busyness of last weekend is making me tired, but for the Rebori family I think that’s how the rest of the year is going to go!

Renovate our home, get married, become an aunt…the list keeps getting bigger and better.

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The engagement photos are here…

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and though you may not admit it, I’m sure you were probably on pins and needles waiting for these photos. 🙂

Engagement Photo 1

No but seriously, my amazingly-talented cousin over at Nicole Clifford Photography just did the best job. And when she’s working with a couple like Jeff and me, you know she’s got her work cut out for her. Sidenote: anyone looking for a great lifestyle photographer in Kansas City should look Nicole up. She’s just all-around a lovely person.

I must admit that although I love bugging others with my obsessive picture taking, it’s much harder to be the one in front of the camera. Especially, when it comes to any kissing photos. We quickly figured out that it’s not really our thing.

engagement photos set 3^^See what I mean? I swear I really love Jeff, but every time he went to kiss me on the cheek I would naturally move away. That’s not a red flag or anything, right? Right?^^

We originally planned to take our photos outside, but the day we’d sat aside for the photo shoot on our short trip to KC over Thanksgiving turned out to be very cold and windy. Looking back, I’m so glad it was, because for our first location we ended up at an adorable urban winery downtown. And if you’ve followed this blog at all, you probably know by now that I LOVE wine (in a socially responsible way, of course).

Engagement PhotosNicole found the location for us and the folks at Amigoni were gracious enough to let us shoot a few photos in their gorgeous space. We kept it to one glass of white wine (although I tend to prefer red) to make it more photo friendly, but I can’t wait to go back and try more of their wines. The Viognier we had was delightful.

Still not willing to brave the subarctic temperatures (I’m only slightly exaggerating) we moved the shoot to Kansas City’s Union Station and their sky walks.

Engagement Photos Set 2Having shot there before, Nicole was quick to suggest it, and again, I’m glad she did. While I love the historic nature of Union Station, the sky walks offer such a clean, bright look. Perfect for a laid back feel that really showcases Jeff and me as a couple.

Now here’s where I get really cheesy…these photos make me so thankful for Jeff, family so graciously helping us out, and the big day still to come. Thanks again for following along, we can’t wait to share more of our journey!

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My short trip home in a long list…

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but, let me see how fast I can run through all that happened in the three days I was in Missouri last weekend. It started with a double date sans Jeff (uhh?), then onto a wedding, bridal shower + cooking class, and ended with a dinner with old neighbors and friends.

1. Double Date

But how did you go on a date without Jeff? I didn’t really. I kind of just tagged along on my little sister’s double date with her boyfriend, and their two friends. I wouldn’t say she was thrilled to have me there and she only allowed me one photo.

Home 1

I think her exact quote after I took this photo was, “okay you can go now, you’re embarrassing me.” Nothing like that to make you feel less cool.

2. Mike and Sarah’s Wedding

The main reason for my visit (not that the other events weren’t just as important!) was a wedding of a friend and sorority sister from college. It was so fun to see friends I haven’t seen in years! Years! If I have one complaint about living so far from home it’s that I don’t get to see the people I love nearly enough.

Sarah and Mike's Wedding 3

Mike and Sarah’s beautiful wedding was held at Californos in Westport. It exuded everything adorable about the couple and I loved it, including the gnome cake topper. The bride loves gnomes!

I also got to reunite with my two former roommates, Emma and Jill, who I spent two years with living in our small room in our sorority house. It’s amazing we still love each other. 😉 Emma also showed off her lovely dancing skills (B/W photo above) at the reception.

3. Future Cousin’s Bridal Shower

Sweet Ali is joining our family next month and I loved I was in town to join in on the cooking class at Bella Napoli in Brookside. If anyone needs a cooking class it’s me. Aside from celebrating the bride, I learned butter makes everything better (of course) and I ate some fabulous chicken marsala.

Ali's Bridal Shower

4. Dinner with the Ole’ Neighborhood

Last, but certainly not least, we had a little mom and daughter dinner on The Plaza with gals I grew up with.

Kansas City 1 Dinner with Neighbors

While we were missing a few, it was wonderful to get together with these ladies. Many of my childhood memories involve these women.

Okay, if you’ve made it through this whole post and you’re still reading, I’m working on some sort of prize to give you.

Such a lovely fall weekend in Missouri. As always, thanks for letting me share!

P.S. I also snuck away for a few hours to snap some engagement photos of a dear friend, but you may remember that post from a few days ago, here.

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