Inside a local wedding filled with personal, handmade details
According to Derek Morgan, the first night he met Amanda Myer, he knew she was “the one.” But it took longer for Amanda to feel the same. Morgan was a cowboy boot-wearing, Corvette-driving, classic music-listening conundrum that she couldn’t figure out.
“He definitely did not fit in any type of box, which I appreciated,” Amanda says.
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After attending a few group outings a mutual friend had set up, the two found themselves alone after their friend conveniently bailed on the night’s plans.
“We went on another happy hour, and ended up going on a bike ride through the Katy Trail,” Amanda says. “It was actually a lot of fun, and after that we hung out and talked about everything.”
The couple dated for more than four years before they took a trip last September to Capitol Reef National Park. After one particular long day of hiking, Derek popped the question.
“We were exhausted, and he was like, ‘Let’s go to Sunset Point,’” Amanda says. “He kept lollygagging, and I’m like, ‘What is he doing?’ I started complaining, and I was so grouchy.”
Once Amanda turned around to take a picture, Derek was down on one knee.
“I was in complete shock,” Amanda says. “I wasn’t thinking after three hikes, when I was sweaty and gross, that that would be the time.”
Although Amanda and Derek had moved to Denver since meeting in K.C., they knew they wanted to get married where their love story began.
“Kansas City means a lot to us,” Amanda says. “Plus, it was a middle point between our families.”
Amanda’s wedding dress, a floral-printed violet gown with pockets, rang true to her quirky sense of style and helped set the tone for the rest of the day’s details.
“If Derek had seen me in a white dress, it wouldn’t have fit my personal style at all,” Amanda says.
For the ceremony and reception décor, Amanda turned to her family and friends to help her craft the yard games, the ceremony backdrop and the guest book quilt squares.
“Over my spring break, I went home and my whole family came over and we pretty much spent an entire week making everything for the entire wedding,” Amanda says.
The duo got married on the sweeping landscape of Fresh Air Farm, where they incorporated personal and spiritual elements into their ceremony, including the washing of each other’s feet.
“That was really important to us, and symbolizes a lot,” Amanda says. “It was really special for the both of us.”
Along with cake, the couple brought in ice cream from their favorite spot in Denver, and served it on fresh cones from Betty Rae’s. The Magnetics kept the dance floor occupied, and a round of fireworks ended the night with a bang.
“Everything was perfect,” Amanda says.