With help from Michael Nolte of Nolte’s Bridal, a couple enjoys an elegant, seamless wedding.
Story by Katy Schamberger | Photos by Wirken Photography
Amanda Zimmerschied & Kyle Byers
Ceremony: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Catholic Church
Reception: The Brass on Baltimore
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. Yet sometimes, all it takes is one word to set the tone for a wedding. For Amanda Zimmerschied and Kyle Byers? Timeless.
“I always ask couples to give me two words that they would like to have top of mind as guests leave their wedding,” says Michael Nolte, the owner of Nolte’s Bridal and Amanda and Kyle’s wedding coordinator. “One of Amanda’s words was ‘timeless,’ and indeed it was.”
With the overall theme decided, Nolte rolled up his impeccable shirtsleeves and began to piece together the wedding. Amanda and Kyle knew they wanted to get married at Kansas City’s iconic Redemptorist Catholic Church, so Nolte worked with the couple to find a reception venue. The winner was The Brass on Baltimore, formerly known as The Baltimore Club.
Once the wedding venues are secured, all attention typically turns to The Big Decision: the dress. Yet for Amanda, dress shopping wasn’t high on her list of exciting things to do.
“I was avoiding the whole thing altogether because I knew it would overwhelm me,” she says.
That’s when Amanda’s mom stepped in and made an appointment at Nolte’s Bridal. When Amanda arrived with her mom, grandma and godmother, Michael had exciting news.
“He said, ‘I have the perfect dress for you. We haven’t even taken it out of the box yet,’” Amanda says. “He opened a gigantic box and pulled the dress out. I loved it—it was so much more different than the dress I thought I’d choose.”
Amanda tried on the dress and the decision was made—well, almost.
“I tried on a few more dresses because I thought, ‘I can’t just try on one dress!’” she says, laughing. “I tried on a few more, but soon realized that I found the one.”
Nolte used bugle beads and crystals to create the intricate design on the dress, adding enough sparkle to draw the eye yet not overwhelm. Platinum thread embroidery added another glistening touch, “perfect for an evening wedding,” Nolte says.
The dress, the venues, the food, the music—all, of course, are key elements of a wedding. Yet it’s the little details that make that momentous day truly unforgettable for all involved. In keeping with Amanda’s wish for a timeless wedding, the sumptuous invitations featured embellished arches down the sides, which Nolte described as “reminiscent of the arches of the ceiling at Redemptorist, as well as the gothic points atop the stained glass windows.” Similar arched ceilings are among the many architectural attributes of The Baltimore Club’s Tudor Room. The sophisticated scrollwork used on the invitations shared similarities with the delicate detailing on Amanda’s dress, not to mention the custom-made table linens that featured a gold thread embroidery in a pattern inspired by the wedding gown. The depth of details may not be truly captured at first glance, but for Amanda, they were what made the event.
“There are so many details that went into the ceremony and reception, it’s overwhelming if you think about all of them,” she says. “It came together as one beautiful piece.”
Despite the elegance of the evening, that didn’t mean there wasn’t an abundance of fun to be had. Amanda loved her veil so much that she kept it on throughout the reception, and later on in the evening, an enterprising bridesmaid turned the flowing fabric into an impromptu limbo pole.
For Nolte, the true measure of the wedding’s success came as he saw the bride and groom’s reactions.
“They were just giddy and smiling,” he says. “Amanda relied on me to keep them on time and running smoothly and just never seemed stressed, and Kyle was the same way. We made a really good team.”
Amanda agrees, and credits Michael for keeping the wedding on schedule and seamless.
“The day of, I didn’t want to have to worry about anything,” she says. “Michael’s vision was that there would be no lapses or pauses. Everything just flowed, and he made that happen.”
Instead, Amanda and Kyle had more time to enjoy the best day of their lives.
“I did freak out a little when I walked down the aisle,” Amanda says. “I remember talking to my dad the whole time. But when I reached Kyle, I started to relax and really enjoy the ceremony. The whole day feels like a dream, and it was amazing.”