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PROFESSIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Second Quarter 2016

GOWNS & TUXEDOS

story by JULIE DUNLAP
photos by STEVEN HERTZOG

Nothing quite makes the dream of a wedding seem more like reality for a bride than trying on wedding dresses. Fortunately for Lawrence-area brides, gowns of all shapes, sizes and budgets can be found right here in town, starting at J.Lynn Bridal, at 731 Massachusetts St.

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Second Quarter 2016

CAKES & COCKTAILS

story by ANNE BROCKHOFF
photos by STEVEN HERTZOG

Wedding celebrations through the ages have ranged from grand feasts and garden parties to balls and breakfasts, yet all have included cakes and drinks. Tradition usually dictated what was served: Romans crumbled wheat or barley cakes over a bride’s head to symbolize abundance, while Medieval couples drank mead for luck.

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Second Quarter 2016

WHAT ARE YOU SERVING?

story by LIZ WESLANDER
photos by STEVEN HERTZOG

Ask anyone involved, and they’ll tell you there is no “typical wedding.” No two couples want the same food or drink or décor. For Lawrence caterers, every event is an exercise in patience, managing expectations and going the extra mile to ensure a successful service.

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Second Quarter 2016

RINGS, CUSTOM DESIGNED

story by JULIE DUNLAP
photos by STEVEN HERTZOG

Before a couple can say, “I do,” one of the two must first ask, “Will you?” As the 14th-oldest jewelry store in the country, Marks Jewelers, at 817 Massachusetts St., has facilitated that question and the “I do” to follow ever since opening in 1880.

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Second Quarter 2016

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

story by TARA TRENARY

When it comes to planning the perfect wedding, there are many important decisions a bride and groom must make: What unique venue expresses the couple’s style? What is the ideal type of cuisine to keep guests happy? Has the bride chosen the perfect dress? Does the cake not only look but also taste decadent? Will the flowers go well with the décor? How much will all of this cost?

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Second Quarter 2016

WHERE TO REGISTER

by EMILY MULLIGAN
photos by STEVEN HERTZOG

When couples get married, not only do they officially join forces with the person they love, but they also have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ask for every gift they could ever want through a wedding gift registry.

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Second Quarter 2016

THE MUSIC EXPERIENCE

story by BOB LUDER
photos by STEVEN HERTZOG

Sean Mawhirter stands patiently behind his MacBook Pro, 1,000-watt amplifier, Bose sound bar, equalizer and two large speakers mounted on tripod stands, and itches to push the virtual button that’ll turn up the volume and get this party started. But, alas, it’ll have to wait a few more minutes as the reception hosts have a few more door prizes to raffle off.

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Second Quarter 2016

WEDDING VENUES

story by JULIE DUNLAP

Many singers have crooned about going to the chapel or getting to the church on time, but not every couple chooses to marry on a traditional altar, and even fewer are following the ceremony with a reception on church grounds. Fortunately, the Lawrence area is filled with a wide variety of beautiful venues for brides and grooms in search of an alternative to the once-traditional church wedding and reception.

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Second Quarter 2016

FLOWERS

by LIZ WESLANDER
photos by STEVEN HERTZOG

No matter the size or style of the wedding, flowers are the flourish that confirms you are truly in the midst of a special occasion.
Three local florists have given us an inside look at the world of wedding flowers, including a rundown of the trends they’ve noticed in Lawrence. They also make a convincing case for why choosing in-season flowers is the single best way to get the highest quality flowers for your money.

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Second Quarter 2016

THE WEDDING PLANNER

by EMILY MULLIGAN

Often unfairly portrayed as caricatures in movies and TV shows, professional wedding planners are in increasing demand among busy, working couples.

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Second Quarter 2016

CHARLES AND SARA ROBINSON

by PAT MICHAELIS, Ph.D.

The challenges of settling in Kansas territory often included long separations between husbands and wives, complicated by the fact that the only means of communication was mail. It would take days or weeks to exchange letters. Lawrence’s “first couple,” Charles and Sara Robinson, endured numerous separations in the 1850s.

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Second Quarter 2016

NANCY LONGHURST

The Olivia Collection

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NEWSMAKERS
Second Quarter 2016

Certified Insurance Counselors Honored Sarah Kueffer

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Second Quarter 2016

Gould Evans Announces Promotions

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Second Quarter 2016

WE tv Star and Wedding Planner Coming to The Oread

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NON-PROFIT
Second Quarter 2016

DCCF CONNECTS

story by LIZ WESLANDER
photos by EARL RICHARDSON

Lawrence is full of generous people who want to support their community through charitable donations. It is also full of nonprofit organizations that rely, at least partly, on donations to fulfill their missions. The Douglas County Community Foundation (DCCF) exists to help address the needs of these two groups.

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BUSINESS ON THE HILL

Second Quarter 2016

CAPITOL FEDERAL HALL

story by AUSTIN FALLEY
photos KU School of Business

In June, the University of Kansas School of Business will begin teaching classes in its new home, Capitol Federal Hall, at 1654 Naismith Drive.

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CITY OF LAWRENCE

Second Quarter 2016

CITY SPACES

story by Megan Gilliland Communications Manager, City of Lawrence
photos City of Lawrence

Within Lawrence’s extensive parks system, there are numerous opportunities to find a special place to celebrate. Whether you’re looking to say “I do” in the iconic South Park gazebo or celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary in Centennial Park, Lawrence Parks and Recreation has space to fill almost any need.

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LMH

Second Quarter 2016

NEW CEO

story by Janice Early, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Russell W. Johnson has been named president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH), succeeding Gene Meyer, who retired after 19 years. Johnson, 57, comes from the Centura Health system, in Englewood, Colorado, where he most recently served as senior vice president of network development and outreach. He grew up in Merriam, Kansas, graduating from Shawnee Mission Northwest high school, and still has strong family ties to the area.

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