Stephen + Holly O’Neill


Hello, it’s me! Back with another killer SW bride real wedding on the blog this evening. Stephen + Holly + their best day ever are showin’ off a little bit this evening + we are totally okay with it. Stunning florals by Wild Hill Flowers + a drop dead gorgeous cake by Blue Thistle Cakes compliment the urban backdrop that is The Bride + The Bauer perfectly.

Holly found her gown with us a year before her September wedding + just a few gowns in she knew it was the one. We love that she complimented her classic yet modern look with gold jewelry + a classic veil.

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Did you have a specific theme in mind while planning?

“I wanted a dusty blue, white + green color palette. I let my bridesmaids choose their dresses + they knocked it out of the park! We had so much fun customizing the Annabelle dress. Both Jenni Koch from Wild Hill Flowers + Heather Pickens from Blue Thistle Cakes took my vision + far exceeded my expectations. I mean come on - look at that floral + cake! I cried tears of joy when I saw it all come together.”

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What advice would you give to other brides in regards to dress shopping?

“GO TO SOMETHING WHITE!!! Their selection, staff + customer service were excellent.”

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What made you decide to get married in September?

“When we moved to Kansas City together 4 years ago, we fell in love with The Bauer Event Space after stopping by for one of their First Friday events. When I walked upstairs into that beautiful space for the first time I turned to Stephen + said, "I want to get married here someday". We chose September 15th, 2018 because fall is my favorite season but also because 915 is Stephens hometown zip code! I figured he would be less likely to forget our anniversary if that was the date we picked.”

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How did the two of you meet?

“Stephen + I met at a Husker football watch party. GO BIG RED!”

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How did you know your gown was the one?

“My friends will tell you - I am without a doubt, the most picky + indecisive person they know when it comes to clothes. But somehow when I found my wedding gown, it was only the 4th dress I tired on. When I tried it on I immediately knew it was the one. “

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Tell us about the proposal!

“Stephen popped the question when we were snowshoeing at Crater Lake in Oregon! It was the most beautiful backdrop. We celebrated that evening at our remote lodge with a romantic dinner + after we went star gazing. Definitely a memory we will never forget!”

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What was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day?

“Jon Bartlett from Remix DJs played a slow song for just Stephen + I once we dismissed our guests to line up for our sparkler send-off. Being alone in our space + soaking up the day was such a special moment for us. We also surprised both of our dads [ who both have very big sweet tooth's ] with their own individual cakes for dessert! Their reactions were priceless!”

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Congratulations Stephen + Holly!

We love your love + are so happy to have you as part of our SWBB gang!

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Wedding Professionals:

Gown | Casablanca Bridal

Accessories | Ti Adoro + Kendra Scott + Edward Berger

Alterations | Couture Alterations by Sharon

Ceremony Venue | The Bride and The Bauer

Photography | Rachel Rigler

Hair + Makeup | Paradise

Bridesmaid Designer | Jenny Yoo

Menswear | Generation Tux

Florist | Wild Hill Flowers

Rentals | Supply Event Rentals

Catering | Jack Stack BBQ

DJ | Remix DJs

Coffee Bar | Way Point Coffee Co.

Cake | Blue Thistle