Even if you’re getting married in Wichita, Kansas, you can still bring a little bit of southern California into your wedding design! We used a tropical color palette, lush florals, and retro details combined with a historic home-turned-venue in College Hill to create a Palm Springs vibe in Wichita for this styled shoot.
Before we jump in, take a look at all the amazing vendors who collaborated on this project!
Planning: Radiantly Curated Weddings
Photographer: Courtney Mitchell
Venue: The White Building
Rentals: Endless Treasures Vintage Rentals
Videographer: Aaron Datu Films
Florist: Lavender Lane Wedding Floral
Gown: Brooklyn & Co Bridal
Makeup: Game of Shadows
Linens: Event Elements
Hair: Bespoke Salon Co
Stationery: Flamingo Ink
Cupcakes: September Moon Cupcakery
Models: Gladys & Zach
For this shoot, we used a color palette of bright green, teal, coral, and pink to bring a tropical feel to the atmosphere. The best way to introduce your own wedding concept to your guests is through your invitations and welcome signage. Flamingo Ink created stationery featuring bright coral, tropical leaf motifs, and a retro-inspired font!
For our ceremony setup, we wanted to highlight the venue’s existing feature window! We accented it with arrangements of lush florals on low white pedestals and wicker lanterns on each side to frame our bride and groom.
We were going for a laid-back summertime feel for our bridal look, so Gladys wore a slightly undone bridal braid with a soft natural makeup look. Her gown had a chiffon skirt and featured a lace bodice lace-edged train. Paired with her bouquet of palm leaves, she looked effortlessly gorgeous!
As wedding planners, we often hear couples who say that they don’t want to do a first look because they don’t want it to take away from the bride’s walk down the aisle… If you have that same worry, consider doing a first look at your ceremony altar to tie it in! Besides, we promise it’s absolutely not true that a first look ruins the magic of the moment he’ll see you walk down the aisle during your ceremony. It’s special both times!
One of our favorite details was Zach’s blue linen suit! It brought that summertime feeling to the whole shoot, and it looked fantastic. We’re big fans of playing with texture and color in menswear. Doing something outside of the norm can create a fun experience for the groom while planning!
For our reception styling, we used a mixture of white farm tables and round tables with teal velvet linen. The two textures might seem like they would clash, but they actually complemented each other very well!
Our round tables featured floral compotes and additional bud vases. We used a mix of smaller arrangements and bud vases on the farm tables and also added terrazzo taper candle holders.
Each place setting had a satin green napkin, rectangular bamboo charger, glass salad plate, mixed-color goblet, and a tent place card. We used vintage arched chairs, and everything tied together in a fun and unexpected way!
A good lounge seating moment makes our wedding planner hearts giddy, so we had to add one to the shoot! We placed an orange couch and two chairs on top of mixed rugs with a wicker coffee table in the center. It doubled as a photo op moment, so we used a copper pipe arbor behind the sofa to hang wicker lanterns and tie in more of our tropical leaves!
It wouldn’t be a party without dessert, right? September Moon Cupcakery created these cute mod mini cupcakes for a small dessert display. This would be perfect for a daytime intimate wedding!
This venue was built in the early 1900s and has many beautiful features, so of course we had to grab lots of portraits around the space!
If you’ve driven down Douglas near College Hill you’ve probably seen The White Building! Two of its most iconic features are the arched entrance and the arched window in front.
There’s nothing like warm sunshine on a summer Kansas day! We love how Courtney Mitchell used the dappled light coming through nearby trees to create these shots.
Another favorite element of this shoot was the unique bouquet that Lavender Lane Wedding Floral crafted! The cluster of roses surrounded by monstera and palm leaves flawlessly blends elegance and tradition with modern playfulness.
We grabbed more portraits near two other College Hill landmarks, the Crown Uptown Theatre, and the Dockum Building before wrapping up the shoot. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: use the scenery around your venue for photos! If you’re getting married in the city, you don’t have to travel out to a field to get great photos.
The ivy growing on this wall made the blue in Zach’s suit pop beautifully!
As wedding planners, we really do love putting together styled shoots (even if we can’t do them as often as we used to). They’re a great way to allow vendors to try new things and show off their skills, test new design concepts to see if they work, and give couples fun ideas as they plan their real weddings!
We can’t wait to show you some more creative magic we’ve been working on. Stay tuned!
The Radiantly Curated team