Practically perfect: Longtime friends find love
Creative couple Kate Harris and Aaron Dale’s love story is straight out of a movie. Not a traditional love story, more like a When Harry Met Sally version.
The two first crossed paths “somewhere around 2001” Kate recalls. Each pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in industrial design at the University of Kansas, Kate and Aaron were casual friends for many years. It wasn’t until several years post-college that their friendship turned into something more. “It is amazing that you can know someone for a long time without really knowing them at all,” Kate says. “When we started dating it was like meeting again for the first time.”
As nostalgic as the couple is regarding their history, they appear to be more practical when it comes to love. They decided to get hitched in the kitchen of their home and their decision was followed by a high-five. The practicality didn’t stop there — Kate and Aaron utilized their resources, family and friends to pull off a dream wedding filled with their creative touches.
Wedding date: October 15, 2011
The ring: Many years ago, Kate kept an advertisement from a magazine with a ring she loved. The couple searched for this particular ring, or even something similar, with no luck. “Eventually I called my friend Emily, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., for advice about jewelry stores that carried handmade rings. She suggested I look online at a store near her apartment called the Clay Pot, stating that the bulk of what they sold was handmade and custom,” Kate says. To their amazement, the exact ring Kate had kept the photo of for all these years was found. With help from Emily and cooperation from the jeweler, Aaron was able to give Kate the matte-finish, white-gold band with a bezel-set, rose-cut diamond, designed and handcrafted by Anne Sportun.
The location: The ceremony and reception took place at the historic Carnegie Library in downtown Lawrence, Kan.
The flowers: Kate and Aaron utilized a friend’s talents in floral arranging for their wedding. The bouquets and boutonnieres included a combination of white flowers like alstroemeria, limonium, statice and snapdragons. Succulents were added to the bridal bouquet. Another special touch was the addition of a silver-cast thumbprint from Kate’s deceased grandmother tied to her bouquet. “It was nice to think of it as her holding my hand throughout the day,” Kate adds. Flowers for the reception included a variety of glass vases showcasing eucalyptus or succulent terrariums that the bride and groom grew themselves prior to the wedding.
The dress: The bridal gown was from the White by Vera Wang collection through David’s Bridal. Based on a vintage Vera Wang style, the strapless bodice featured a delicately gathered skirt. Kate added a two-layer, fingertip-length veil that was made by her mother.
The look: Kate’s makeup was done by her sister-in-law, a makeup consultant with Sephora. Her hair was a loose, curly up-do created by Scott Sueper at Images Salon and Spa in Lawrence. The bride’s pearl necklace also held special meaning. The original long strand, given to Kate’s mother from her grandmother on her 30th birthday and then in turn given to Kate from her mother on her 20th birthday, was shortened. Three matching pairs of drop pearl earrings were made from the extra pearls for Kate, her mother and sister-in-law. The necklace and earrings were done by Jewelry by Julie in downtown Lawrence.
The photographer: Kansas City photographer Jason Domingues captured the couple’s big day. “We loved his documentary style of photography, and he told a great story with his photos. He was extremely professional yet laid-back, which was the vibe we were hoping for,” Kate adds.
Big Day tip: “Our engagement was nine months long, so I assumed we had plenty of time to take care of everything. As it turns out, people are engaged for a year or more. I was surprised to find that many things book up a year or more in advance. My advice to all brides is to book the big things as soon as you can,” Kate says.