Weddings & Bridal

Traditional Gets Creative

Randall Schneck and Justin Adrian married their penchant for the traditional with creative woodsy touches for a wedding that perfectly reflected their tastes.

Story by Katy Schamberger  |  Photos by J Robert Schraeder Photography 

Randall Schneck and Justin Adrian

Ceremony: Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ

Reception: Hotel Phillips 

Wedding inspiration can strike when it’s least expected—or when you’re not even thinking about marriage. For Randall Schneck, a celebrity wedding helped set the tone for his own nuptials.

“When Melissa Joan Rivers got married in 1998, she had these white trees with crystal lining the aisle at the Plaza Hotel,” Randall says. “I thought, ‘My God—that’s so cool.’ I wanted to do that, but in a more masculine way.”

Fast forward to 2014. Randall and his partner, Justin Adrian, were on vacation in Budapest. They were riding the Budapest Eye, a giant Ferris wheel on Erzsebet Square, when Justin proposed.

“I had no idea the proposal was happening,” Randall says. “A ride on the Eye is usually three rotations, and when it started, Justin was acting really weird. In the middle of our third trip around, Justin put the ring on my finger and said, ‘Should we do this?’”

The rest, as they say, is history—and the wedding planning began. In keeping with what Randall described as a “woodsy, glam theme,” Justin and Randall began planning the venues and décor. To create their own version of a tree-lined aisle, they went to a friend’s house in Winchester, Kansas, and cut branches that were 10- to 12-feet tall. Once the branches were placed in the church, the florist (Design Wedding and Event Studio) adorned the trees with Spanish moss, a nod to Randall’s love of “anything Southern.”

Other distinctive touches include the use of bucks. Golden buck heads ringed with greenery and navy bows decorated the doors of the church, and two golden bucks were used as cake toppers. Randall and Justin opted for “a lot of greenery” mixed with some all-white flowers, including hydrangeas, freesia and white roses.

The result? A stylish, personal wedding that reflected Randall and Justin’s tastes and aesthetic, including their penchant for the traditional.

“My mom joked that we had the most traditional same-sex marriage ever,” Randall says with a laugh. “We were married in a church, before God, followed by a sit-down dinner and dancing. It was perfect—just what we wanted.”

 

Amid the more traditional wedding elements, Randall found plenty of opportunities to be creative (and to showcase his Pinterest prowess). Instead of lighting a unity candle, Randall and Justin opted to write letters to each other, which were stored in a decorative wooden box with their boutonnieres and a bottle of wine from their Budapest trip. They’ll open the box on their first anniversary.

One thing that Randall treasures most about his wedding is an invaluable piece of advice that both he and Justin received leading up to the big day.

“Several friends told us to be sure and take time to look around at everyone there and see their reactions,” Randall says. “The day goes so quick, and before you know it, the wedding’s over. We did that during the ceremony and reception, and it was amazing to see all of these people from different points in our lives, all talking and sharing this moment of our lives coming together. We wouldn’t have changed anything.”