The Midwest Wedding Crashers’ Version of a White Christmas

The Midwest Wedding Crashers’ Version of a White Christmas

The Midwest Wedding Crashers have arrived, and we can’t wait to share with you our very first wedding crash for COMO Living! The act of attending a wedding celebration without an invitation is a little ironic for us, since we own our own invitation company. But wedding crashing and writing about it is our way of showing the world how the Midwest has some of the trendiest couples exchanging their vows. This happy couple definitely delivered the wedding of the season, and we wish you could have crashed it with us!

The Timberlakes

Our adventure begins with a Kansas City couple that originally met in Columbia years ago. Meet our happy couple, Cayla and Nick! The two grew up together and attended the same schools in Columbia. (What girl does not dream of marrying a childhood friend?). Cayla was attending Mizzou and Nick was attending the University of Arkansas when he reached out to his crush via social media, and now the rest is cyber-history.

We typically don’t attend the ceremony for fear of getting caught, but we couldn’t help it! I love every part of a Christmas wedding. Call me sappy. We tried to capture the beauty inside the sanctuary of Broadway Christian Church with our own cameras, but to be honest, the pictures we took were downright amateur, so we owe a huge “Thank you!” to Catherine Rhodes Photography for allowing us to display their AWESOME pictures.

first kiss

The greenery, poinsettias and trimming provided by Kent’s Floral were stunning. We always heard that Kent does an incredible job, and being in the wedding industry we had met him before. But this floral shop truly out-did itself. I am a Hallmark girl at heart and almost cried from the beauty of it all. And then came the first kiss. Okay, I did cry. But who cares? It really was beautiful.

Typically, I am a sucker for the first look – I love the look on a man’s face and the joy in his eyes – but this bride had an endearing new take on the tradition. She is truly a daddy’s little girl. Her father had never seen the dress, and she asked the photographer to capture his first look. I really hope this becomes a trend, or at the very least, I hope if I ever have daughters they do this one day. Catherine Rhodes’ pictures speak for themselves. Take a look:

bridefirst look fatherfather of the bride

Makes you want to cry, doesn’t it? We have to pause those tears and take a second look at that wedding dress. The look was absolutely classic with a sweetheart corset and a-line dress from Boulevard Bride. Her make-up looked flawless thanks to make-up artist, Julie Shramek, of Dermistique Face and Body. To top it off, her bridesmaids were dressed with the perfect Christmas gown in apple red from David’s Bridal. And let us not forget the groom, whose vest and tie combo gave him a sophisticated charm.


bridal party

the groom

A little birdie told us the reception was a full sit-down dinner with place cards and all. (Okay… the birdie may have been the bride’s mother, and we may have created the place cards.) It was clearly in our best interest to arrive a little late. I mean nothing is worse than being caught red-handed before those hands have a chance to grab a piece of cake, especially when it’s been made by Edith Hall! (Dieting can start after Christmas, right?!)

Wedding Cake Edith Hall

The wedding party took a trolley from the church to the reception, while we arrived two hours late fully expecting to jump straight onto the dance floor. Not a chance! The tables were still full of guests, and my introverted husband was a little nervous. I told him to play it cool as we walked around hoping to find a table. We were feeling a little self-conscious and realized we are awful about blending in when we arrive late. Let’s just say, we spent a lot of the first hour at the bar. While my husband caught the last minutes of the Iowa game, I fell head over heals with the reception that was held at the Columbia Country Club. The setting was perfect! The reception had been transformed to a winter wonderland thanks to Kent’s Florist, the country club’s incredible wedding planner, Kristi McCann, and gold paper good from The Ink Cafe. Gold is in, ladies! This wedding had gold in full effect. The photographer was able to capture some of the special décor that I know you will love.

Table Number

Table Settings

Day-of-Wedding Stationery

We also couldn’t help but notice the little girls who sprinkled the reception hall that evening with their poofy dresses and belly-filled laughter. We heard the bride’s story from others sitting at our table, and it was then that we completely fell in love with her. She was well-known in Columbia as the first Golden Girl to also be a baton twirler for Mizzou. Cayla spent years teaching girls dance at a local dance academy, and she made her former students feel like such a priority on her big day. She danced with them, took pictures with them, and put them first in so many ways. Who doesn’t love a bride who adores and loves others in a way that makes each individual feel like they are the most important person in the room? During the entire evening, this couple lavished their guests with hugs, kisses and well-wishes. Guests left feeling loved and honored to be a part of such a special night. The bride even greeted us, and whether she realized we crashed her wedding or not, we felt completely welcomed.

Timberlake Wedding

So, to one of the kindest couples whose wedding we have had the pleasure of crashing, the Midwest Wedding Crashers and COMO Living wishes you the very merriest of Christmases and what will certainly be a happy New Year.

A Special Thanks to This Edition’s Wedding Vendors:

Aric Bremer
Columbia DJ

Broadway Christian Church
2601 W. Broadway
Columbia, Mo
(573) 445-5312

Boulevard Bride
300 Lake St Louis Blvd.
Lake St Louis, MO 63367
(636) 561-4030

Catherine Rhodes Photographer
(Film, color, black/white)
Columbia, MO
Named The Top 50
Wedding Photographers in the US
(573) 645-2222

Columbia Country Club
Event Planner, Kristi McCann
2210 Country Club Dr.
Columbia, MO
(573) 449-4734

Edith Hall Cakes
4830 E. Flamingo Dr.
Hallsville, Mo
Featured on the Food Network
(573) 696-2505

Kent’s Floral Gallery
Full Day Service
919 E. Boradway
Columbia, MO
(573) 443- 0232

The Ink Cafe LLC
Place Cards, Programs, Signage
Columbia, MO
(214) 240.3880

The Make-up Artist: Julie Burgher Shramek
Dermistique Face and Body
The Stadium Shoppes
211 N Stadium Blvd., Suite 105
(573) 447-1000

Peace Frame Productions
1702 Monroe St.
Columbia, MO
(573) 821-5182

White Knight Coaches
1500 Jade Rd
Columbia, MO
(573) 814-5466

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