• Photography By:

    Alea Lovely Fine Art Photography


    September 1, 2013 in Paola, Kansas

    Meghan and Andrew first met as undergraduates at the University of Kansas. They were neighbors so their meeting was inevitable. They had many shared friends – and Meghan was even living with Andrew’s sister! They quickly became partners in crime after being paired up in a student produced musical. “I guess you could say it all began with a dance.”

    Andrew remembers hearing that he’d be paired up with Meghan, an “older woman” who he perceived to be smart, vivacious and one heck of a good dancer.  He was intrigued.  Meghan remembers just how quickly Andrew became one of her closest friends–his intellectual perspective paired with a shared, really weird, sense of humor had her convinced he was a friend for the long-term.


    After college, Andrew and Meghan both went their seperate ways to pursue their careers and interests. But they managed to see each other regularly as friends for four years, “whenever we were ‘home’ back in Kansas.’”

    After Andrew first visited Meghan in San Diego, there was no going back. Meghan swears that after spending the weekend together she could have married Andrew right then and there. Two and a half years later Andrew proposed while they were spending a summer living and working in San Francisco.

    When Meghan left her beach bungalow to live with Andrew in Bloomington, Indiana it was no surprise to family and friends that some day Andrew and Meghan would celebrate their commitment to one another but on the actual proposal day, yes indeed, Meghan was surprised.

    The young lovers that they were, Andrew and Meghan hiked atop a quintessential San Francisco lookout, Coit Tower, to watch the sun set over the Bay.  Meghan detected a certain sparkle and determination in Andrew to make sure they didn’t miss the sun go down.  He’d never seemed so happy–so before Andrew ever reached for a ring Meghan knew what was about to transpire. She felt happy too. 

    Lo and beyond as the sunset behind the Marin headlines, Andrew got down on one knee, professed his love and asked Meghan if she would marry him. What they didn’t realize in that moment, all the other habitual sunset watchers were swooning too–ready to give the newly engaged couple a rapturous round of applause.

    Andrew and Meghan’s wedding was an elegant affair unlike any other. To juxtapose the pastoral Kansas meadow, all guests donned formal, black/white and sparkle attire.

    The bride’s sister along with the County District Judge co-officiated a sacred ceremony. A Shakespearean sonnet was read. Rings were passed and blessed by each guest. And as the couple was pronounced husband and wife, Stevie Wonder’s Sign, Sealed and Delivered rang out!

    Set against a backdrop of trees illuminated by installed lighting, dinner was served. All 200 guests joined hands in song around two long tables, then proceeded to a family style meal with candlelit tables on the Kansas soil.

    The Motown band, The Atlantic Express, was the perfect accompaniment for guests, encouraging them to kick up their heels. Out under the stars, guests danced the traditional Western Kansas Wedding March. Then, on a custom carved wooden dance floor under a peaked tent, the couple danced to an unprecedented medley – You’re All I Need to Get By right into Beyonce’s Love on Top. The celebration continued until the late hours of the night, filled with song and dance.

    Meghan remembers, “As I young girl I never dreamt about weddings but I will forever dream of Andrew and I’s wedding.  Surrounded by all our family and friends, dancing under the stars, it was such a joyous affair!”

    Guests said they’d never seen a happier bride and groom on their wedding day!


    Location: Private Residence; Caterer and Cake: Molly’s Table, Paola, KS; Floral Design: Beco Flowers, Kansas City, MO; Linen: Town Square, Paola, KS; Rentals and Lighting: Celebration Party Rentals, Kansas City, MO; Stationery: Union Street Papery; Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier