Kansas City native Katie Black didn’t know she would meet her future husband on the first day of her first job out of college, but about six months after she met Trip Mullen, a colleague at Public Opinion Strategies in Washington, D.C., the two began dating.
And in the summer of 2015, almost five years after the couple’s D.C. romance began, Trip popped the question in front of Katie’s family in northern Michigan over Fourth of July weekend.
“I was excited first, then the tears came,” Katie says.
With the help of wedding coordinator Kelley Ruf, Katie and her mom spent the next 13 months planning a traditional black-tie ceremony at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, followed by a reception at the Kansas City Country Club.
“My primary focus in the planning was the flowers,” Katie says. “I wanted to do something that was impactful.”
Katie’s vision was transformed into a reality thanks to Kenneth Sherman of Trapp and Company, who turned the newlyweds’ reception into a wonderland of white blooms. A wall of roses, orchids and ranunculus served as the backdrop behind the couple’s five-tier cake, and white centerpieces with accents of greenery decorated the dinner tables.
The couple’s custom wedding monogram by Sarah-Allen Preston Designs could be seen behind the boxwood whiskey bar, an element Katie incorporated specifically with her dad in mind.
“We wanted to do something fun that he would think was cool,” Katie says.
After dinner was served and toasts were given, the couple and their guests danced to a three-hour set under the outdoor tent, with a surprise fireworks show and an after-party by the pool.
“It was a great party,” Katie says. “We like to host parties in D.C., and I think people thought it was really fitting. It had a really good impact on our out-of-town friends who hadn’t been to Kansas City, and now they’re obsessed.”
Look for another wedding feature Oct. 2 in Sunday Spaces, a new section from the editors of Spaces, available the first Sunday of each month in The Kansas City Star.