Their invitation read: “Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.” And on that Valentine’s Day, 2009, Craig & Kelli Morford began their journey to a lifetime of happily ever after when they exchanged vows at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel.
Craig & Kelli’s wedding celebration was an incredibly happy event, three years in the making from the day they met on April 15, 2006. It was attended by over 100 of their closest friends and family, a vast majority from out of town. And, although their evening was a memorable affair with a number of very personal touches and emotional surprises, there are 3, personal favorites of mine that stand out as unforgettably fun moments. These are also great ideas that any Bride and Groom can adapt to their own Kansas City wedding reception.
Kelli is a local actress with a love for Broadway style musicals. Each dining table was “themed” after her favorites and those in which she had performed a role, including “Oklahoma!,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “West Side Story,” to name a few. When the guests heard a familiar song played from their table’s musical, they knew it was their invitation to make their way to the buffet.
It was so much fun to see a great many friends and family entertain Craig & Kelli by breaking into song, impromptu dance routines and a little over-acting as they headed off to fill their plates. It was a far more enjoyable way of getting everyone through the buffet, without long lines. And, it created a tremendous amount of laughter.
After dinner and at the conclusion of their unique “Love Story,” Craig & Kelli amazed their guests with an extraordinarily entertaining first dance, creatively choreographed to Michael Bublé’s “That’s All.” It was beautifully done and every eye in the room was focused on them. Who would have thought that Craig, a computer programmer, could be so light and nimble on his feet?
Finally, as a tasty and amusing tribute to their vows, Craig & Kelli provided a late evening treat of fresh baked pretzels. Next to the delightful delicacies was a clever sign that read “We Tied The Knot!”
The pretzels were such a fun idea; I now suggest them as an affordable and witty alternative to the traditional wedding cake.
Thank you once again, Craig & Kelli, for inviting me to act as your Wedding Entertainment Director. On behalf of Ron Ruth Wedding Entertainment and Cornerstone Photography, congratulations on your 1 year anniversary!
May the happy memories of your very special day remain vivid for many years to come.
Happy Anniversary Craig & Kelli!