In 2013, when Sara Haiderzad was a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, mutual friends introduced her to a young man by the name of Aaron Crow.
“I knew immediately I liked him,” Haiderzad says.
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What Haiderzad didn’t know, however, was that Crow was a Major League Baseball player—a pitcher, in fact, for the Kansas City Royals. When she found out, she made a conscious effort to not let it affect their growing relationship.
“I liked sporting events, but I wasn’t a sports fan,” she says. “I tried not to think about it, because I didn’t want that to impact my impression of him.”
After about three years of dating, Crow popped the question in February of 2016 in Miami, where the couple had relocated after Crow was traded to the Miami Marlins.
“He did a private proposal in our apartment, so it was really personal to us,” Haiderzad says. “We both teared up a little bit and just felt those warm feelings, that excitement.”
Instead of delving right into the details of their big day, the pair agreed upon one thing: the location of the pending festivities.
“We decided to get married in K.C. because it was where we met and fell in love,” Haiderzad says. “It was more of a home to us than any city we’ve lived in.”
And although the bride initially tried to plan the nuptials herself, she quickly enlisted the help of wedding planner Madison Sanders, who guided her throughout the yearlong process.
“She just blew me away,” Haiderzad says. “I just felt really comfortable with her and trusted her to put the right team together.”
But before she could put a team together, Sanders helped Haiderzad pare down her ideas to come up with a distinct vision.
“I knew I wanted a more classic vibe,” Haiderzad says. “I didn’t want industrial or rustic—it’s just not me.”
When Haiderzad stepped into the ballroom of the Hilton President while looking for a venue, her vision for the ceremony and reception came full circle.
“I had always grown up going to family weddings in hotels, so I think I always envisioned that,” she says. “I knew I had to get married there.”
Once the venue was secured, Haiderzad and Sanders were able to focus on a glamorous color palette of neutrals and gold, including lush blooms from Good Earth Floral and classic paper details by Nellie Sparkman of Events by Nellie.
“I was just in awe when Aaron and I got a sneak peek of the ballroom,” Haiderzad says of the wedding day. “The design we did looked like it was meant to be—like the room was supposed to always look like that.”