Kara + Josh’s Lawrence Winter Wedding

“We could be in a room full of thousands of people, and you make me feel like it’s only the two of us.”

These words in Josh’s handwritten vows to Kara could not ring more true about this couple. From the first time we met with them last May, to the “snowy” send-off after their winter wedding, Kara and Josh have that rare kind of deep affection that two people would be so lucky to share.

Both avid runners, these #solemates met at Garry Gribble’s in Lawrence, KS. Josh, a marathoner, was in need of some new shoes, and Kara, a trail runner, happened to be working and fitted him for some. The rest is history!

For their Lawrence winter wedding at Abe & Jake’s Landing they chose a Christmas theme, as it’s their all-time favorite holiday ever, and it could not have been more cozy: the bridesmaids and groomsmen in red and green, the Christmas dinner of ham, small Christmas trees tucked away in nooks, and a sprig of mistletoe strung up in the iconic red phone booth. A giant wreath adorned the front of the stage where the ceremony was held, post-ceremony photos happened downtown wherever we could find Christmas lights, and as the deejay called for the last dance of the night, the all-too-familiar opening for Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” floated out over the dance floor, as Kara and Josh sang along.

They had hoped for snow ever since they started planning their wedding, but of course the unseasonably warm Kansas weather didn’t cooperate. Fortunately, Kara and Josh know how to create their own magic, and they had the snowy send-off they dreamed of.

Kara, Josh: may your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.


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