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Down the Aisle: Rap, ‘Star Wars’ made this KC wedding special

The newlyweds’ portrait shows off Kersee’s cushion cut and white gold engagement ring.
The newlyweds’ portrait shows off Kersee’s cushion cut and white gold engagement ring.

Kersee and Drew Meyer met in middle school, started dating in high school and got married right out of college.

Along the way, they developed a lot of shared interests, such as “The Lord of the Rings,” “Star Wars,” rapping and each other. So when Drew, youth director for the Stilwell United Methodist Church, proposed in March 2015, he incorporated a few of those interests by rapping a three-minute original song over the beat from Nicki Minaj’s “Beez in the Trap.”

Here’s an excerpt: “I’m talking ‘Lord of the Rings’/Cause that’s your type of thing/That reminds me, on that topic/I’ve got something in my pocket/I’m not a tricksy Hobbit/It’s something you’ll love, I promise/I’ve got to be careful not to drop it/It would suck if I lost it/Cause it’s pure white gold/and it sparkles, I’ve been told.”

In a video of the proposal, it’s at the “sparkles” line that Kersee really starts to freak out. She looks shaky and excited, and her hand switches back and forth from covering her mouth to grasping the fingers on her other hand. She’s clearly trying to enjoy her boyfriend’s rap — but she knows where this is going, and she can’t wait.

Once Drew finishes rapping, the beat cuts out, and he gets on one knee. Kersee says yes, obviously.

The Roeland Park couple, both 23, were married June 10 at the Resurrection Downtown, 1522 McGee St., where Kersee works as a video production assistant. The reception followed at Black on Burlington, an industrial event space at 1327 Burlington in Kansas City, North. And don’t worry, there was definitely more rapping.

Planning

Inspiration: “Instead of focusing on a certain theme or celebrity wedding, we decided to try to make everything based off of things we liked,” Kersee said. “We did look to Pinterest for help but came up with a lot of ideas on our own … (like) a custom-made wedding gown, a decorative head table swing, rapping and a lightsaber sendoff.”

Invitations: Designed by Megan Watson, owner of Jason and Megan Watson Design

Dress code: Formal

Officiant: Andy Frazier, lead pastor at Bonner Springs United Methodist Church, and Scott Chrostek, campus pastor at Resurrection Downtown

Wedding party: Kersee’s maid of honor was her sister, Sydney Currier. The other bridesmaids were best friends from elementary school and college: Jacie Vanderloo, Nikki Multer, Maria Schuler and Karley Bledsoe. Drew had two best men, his brothers Jake and Nate Meyer. His other groomsmen included his new brother-in-law, Chase Currier, and best friends Jared Fuller, Jon Holsapple and Daniel Bennett.

Vows: Drew and Kersee wrote their own vows. Some highlights from the groom’s vows: “I promise I’ll continue to increase my cooking abilities so we don’t have to always live off of QuikTrip and Chick-fil-A. And to laugh at your jokes just as much as I laugh at my own.” Some highlights from the bride: “I’ll always be a nerd with you, watching “Star Wars” for hours or attempting to keep up with zombie shows. I vow to play ‘Super Smash Bros.’ with you and beat you when you least expect it. I know this life with you will be beautiful, adventurous, challenging, coffee-filled and filled with abundant love.”

Soundtrack

Song that got the party started: The couple performed an original rap to kick off the reception. Drew’s lyrics included, “I cater to my bae in every way/Because she looks so good in that dress today,” and Kersee’s included “Call me Katniss Everdeen ’cause this girl’s on fire/Prepare yourselves, you’ve met your Meyer.”

DJ: Deondre Ross from Platinum KC. “He did an amazing job keeping the dance floor fun all night,” Kersee said. “The inner Beyoncé in all of us shined through.”

First Dance: “Look After You” by The Fray

Processional: “Forever Like That (Acoustic)” by Ben Rector

Father/daughter dance: “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison

Design

Theme: “We wanted something that was modern and vintage but felt like us,” Kersee said.

Colors: Navy and gold

The dress: Strapless, with a trumpet shape and a sweetheart neckline by EmilyHart Bridal

Reception

Party favors: Toy lightsabers

Number of guests: 275

Wedding cake: Sheridan’s Frozen Custard ice cream cake

Food: Above and Beyond Catering provided Jack Daniel’s beef loin, grilled asparagus, Gruyere gratin potatoes and salad. Wedding photographer Elizabeth Thomas said it “was literally the best food I have ever tasted in my entire life.”

Special traditions: “I was in a sorority throughout college, and any time someone gets married, we sing,” Kersee said. “The bride and groom sit in the middle of the circle as Alpha Sigma Alpha members sing a sweetheart song.”

Booze: Open bar with wine and beer

Before and After

Bachelorette party: A Sporting KC game and a night out in the Power & Light District

Bachelor party: SoPro Gaming Lounge, Char Bar and night out in Westport

Bridal Shower: A family shower was held by the mother of the groom and friends at a friend’s home. The maid of honor, Kersee’s sister Sydney, hosted another shower at The Art of Pizza, 1801 Baltimore Ave.

Rehearsal Dinner: Held at 2016 Main, an event space at (you guessed it) 2016 Main St.

Honeymoon: The newlyweds left for the Dominican Republic the Monday after the wedding and stayed in an adults-only area of the Level at Meliá Caribe Tropical Resort in Punta Cana. Kersee and Drew spent five days lounging on the beach and learning how to navigate a catamaran.

Locally Sourced

Hair: Morgan Zammit from Lumine Salon

Makeup: Katie Mahr

Photography: Elizabeth Thomas Photography

Florist: Samantha McKee

Videographer: Caleb Wood of Engraved Productions

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