The Midwest Wedding Crashers: Bag Pipes and Candy Bars

The Midwest Wedding Crashers: Bag Pipes and Candy Bars

Bag Pipes and Candy Bars


Photos by the most talented: LOVE TREE STUDIOS



Marriage is a beautiful thing. It’s more than the dress or the flowers; it involves the one time in your life that you experience the love of others in such a tremendous way. It is the joy of everyone you love joining together to celebrate the miracle of becoming one. We were reminded afresh of the beauty of marriage at the wedding of Lauren Towns to Patrick Sweet.


The wedding and reception took place at the Country Club of Missouri. We were greeted by ushers and seated. The program was carefully crafted by the bride to appear like a newspaper. The program included information about their prized pup, Leo, beloved wedding party, how they met and divided loyalty to Mizzou and KU. It was a great way to share their stories on their special day. We adore when brides put so much thought and creativity into their wedding!


As the processional began, I enjoyed watching friends and family buzz with excitement. They all turned as the family made their way down the aisle followed by the wedding party. Lauren had carefully orchestrated a wedding mixing traditional elements with a clean, modern theme. The groomsmen wore tuxes with monogramed pocket-handkerchiefs and escorted the bridesmaids each wearing an elegantly tailored black dress. Two ring bearers followed behind along with two flower girls. The time arrived for the bride to make it down aisle with her father and she could not have looked more beautiful. We captured a few tears shed by people in the audience and the excitement that radiated from this bride.


Her blonde locks were in a beautiful up-do styled by The Strand. A local gem called Confident Beauti by Erica did the bride’s make-up and it was impeccable. The bride and her bridesmaids were adorned with the dreamiest of bouquets. And the dress…oh my! She wore a fit-and-flare satin gown with a sweetheart neckline, whimsical layers on the skirt and a court train. Simply gorgeous! This Stella York gown was purchased at Belle Vogue Bridal in Kansas City.


I love the look in a man’s eyes when he receives his bride and the father’s pride as he gives away his precious daughter. I cry every time! I imagine that they are as drawn to her beauty as we are. Patrick and Lauren were greeted by a dear family friend who officiated their wedding. Her words of love and encouragement made the wedding ceremony so special. The ceremony was short sweet and their first kiss filled with excitement.


After the ceremony, we were invited to a cocktail hour on the patio. While we began to drink the night away, the wedding party drove off in golf carts to have their photos taken on the course by Love Tree Studios. We absolutely adore Love Tree Studios! We are beyond grateful for all the photos they provided for this article. We met all three photographers from Love Tree and cherished the idea that they could be in different locations throughout the day to capture all of the special moments. They truly did not miss a moment of the beauty!


Lauren’s and Patrick’s cart was decked out with a just married banner and were reunited with their two year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Leo, for a few photos. He looked adorable with a black and white striped bow tie to coordinate.


While the bridal party snuck away for pictures, we took a sneak peak of the reception venue. We were in awe! Jana Gebhardt, owner of Studio J, along Katie Wilkins, owner of KBW Florals, did an incredible job orchestrating the big day.


Jana from Studio J was instrumental in so many ways in helping create the feel and look of the room. Studio J provided the tablecloths, German glittered wedding décor and the coordination of the candy bar with unique candy jars arranged on a striped covers roundtable.


Studio J and KBW Floral Design met at the event center and worked beautifully together to transform the room into the bride’s vision. The florist and bride share a love for pink peonies that were heavily featured in the floral design. We are excited to welcome this florist to our local wedding vendor list!


One of our favorite wedding vendors painted the night away. Cindy Scott with TooRoosterArtistry is an extremely talented artist and specializes in painting events as they occur. She captured every detail of the room on a canvas before the bride and groom made their getaway.


Wedding desserts are always the highlight and this wedding did not disappoint. Paula Burger beautifully designed the wedding and groom’s cake for this special day. We jumped for joy when we saw Peggy Jeans Pies. The sweetest treat of all was the candy provided by Candy Factory. Our sweet tooth was fully satisfied.

We also noticed many of the decorations were DIY projects created by the bride and her mother. The wedding signs, the table lanterns and the sparkler table were all DIY creations.


We were a little lost in the beauty of it all when we heard bagpipes playing just outside the reception area. We quickly rushed outdoors to see a bagpiper leading the bride, groom and bridal party to the reception area. We were touched that the bride included this family tradition.


Byler Media was there to videograph their wedding. They are known to follow a wedding’s timeline to the tee and were instrumental in helping everything go smoothly. They are a great team to work with!


We were quickly ushered indoors, seated and enjoyed meeting guests. Monogramed steak menus decorated our plates. The bridal party was introduced and the father of the bride gave his blessing speech. I could not contain my tears. The dinner was delicious and we had the best cake to follow.


As we ate, we were able to witness the endearing speeches followed by the first dance, father/daughter dance and mother/son dance.


The Patrick Lentz Band kicked off the evening with some incredibly fun music and opened the dance floor to all of the guests. The dance floor was jam-packed. We were drenched by the time the celebration sparklers went off.


On the drive home we reflected about what had made the evening so beautiful, we realized the most beautiful part was the love and support seen that night. We can crash so many weddings that we get lost in all of the wedding intricacies. The truth is that once the band leaves and cake is eaten, you are left with is a community of people who love you and are ready to support your journey as husband and wife. Towns and Sweet family, we want to wish you years of love, joy and laughter.



The Strand Salon and Spa

(573) 875-3008



Confident Beauti by Erica



Wedding Dress

Belle Vogue Bridal

(913) 317-8981




Love Tree Studios




Country Club of Missouri




Peggy Jeans Pies



Wedding Cakes

Paula Burger



Candy Bar

The Candy Factory




Judi Schnoonover




Patrick Lentz Band



Bag Piper

Gail Fitzgerald




Ryan Marquardt



Byler Media



Rental Company





KBW Floral Design




TooRooster Artistry



Jana Gebhardt

Studio J



Tux Attire

Generation Tux



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