Wedding Inspiration

A cheerful, sophisticated wedding at the Kansas City Country Club

They say that timing is everything, and that certainly was the case in the love story of Betsy Morris and John McGovern.

In 2014, the two met at a friend’s graduation party and hit it off immediately.

“We ended up talking for three hours. It was a very quick connection,” Morris says. “There was this little flag in my head that said, ‘This might be more than just a good conversation.’”

But fate had other plans. Over the course of six months, the two hit a breaking point as Morris became ill and McGovern tried to juggle two high-stress jobs. They went their separate ways.

For the next two years, the pair went about their lives, until McGovern showed up on Morris’ doorstep one autumn evening in 2016, asking for another chance.

The rest is history.

The two were quick to pick up where they left off, dating for a couple of months before McGovern popped the question.

“John loves surprises—that’s his love language,” Morris says. “So when one of his best friends called with the idea to throw him a surprise party, I was all in.”

Little did she know, the surprise would ultimately be for her.

The evening began with a celebration at Thou Mayest before guests broke into teams for a scavenger hunt, which eventually lead to the WWI memorial. Just as McGovern went to open his birthday gift, he took a knee and proposed in front of the group.

She said yes and for the next five months, the couple planned their spring nuptials at Second Presbyterian Church, where Morris’ parents tied the knot years ago, followed by a reception at the Kansas City Country Club.

Sarah-Allen Preston Designs helped choreograph the cheery celebration, making sure to impart preppy touches throughout.

Details included chic, letterpress invitations with monogrammed envelope liners and personalized welcome bags, napkins, programs and bouquet ribbon.

On the big day, Liz Banfield Photography captured all of the special moments from the pre-ceremony fun to the groom’s first glimpse of Morris, who walked down the aisle in a strapless, silk Lian Carlo gown.

After the wedding party filed out of the chapel—the bridesmaids in sky blue Lula Kate dresses and the groomsmen in tasteful heather gray suits—revelers reconvened for a cocktail hour on the country club’s veranda.

“Having it at the club was easy because they do it all the time,” Morris says. “I’m a low-maintenance girl, so I was like, ‘What’s the path of least resistance?’”

To build on Morris’ preppy vision, soft blue and green accents were sprinkled throughout the reception, mixed with hydrangea, English roses and ivy arrangements from The Little Flower Shop.

Following cocktail hour, guests found their seats inside, settling in to enjoy a lavish meal prepared by the club’s catering team. The sounds of KC Flo set the evening’s soundtrack.

After dinner, the newlyweds cut their five-tier Dolce Bakery cake just before the University of Kansas Jayhawk popped in to surprise the groom.

“We loved our wedding and wanted it to be a classy event, but we also wanted it to be fun,” she says. “All of our friends are KU fanatics.”

Near the end of the night, as everyone danced beneath the stars, Morris snuck away to change into a flirty Lily Pulitzer dress before the couple said goodbye to their guests and took off for a romantic night at The President Hotel.

Who Did What

Ceremony: Second Presbyterian Church

Reception: Kansas City Country Club

Photography: Liz Banfield

Videography: Anecdotally Yours

Wedding Planner: Sarah-Allen Preston Designs

Invitations: Jo Ellen Bax

Cake: Dolce Bakery

Wedding Gown: Lian Carlo from Laura’s Couture

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Lula Kate

Groomsmen: Tip Top Tux

Catering: Kansas City Country Club

Music: KC Flo

Flowers: The Little Flower Shop

Getaway car: Suburban Car Rental