How to get the Perfect Look

Wedding season is just around the corner!

How many of you get nervous before getting your hair and make up done? I’ll raise my hand to that. I grew up in a family where the women don’t wear anything other than mascara, so articulating what I want is difficult. My ‘natural’ has a different definition than someone else’s ‘natural.’

So, to de-stress all you brides, bridesmaids and mothers we chatted with the wonderful Ashley Backs, owner of Hello Lovely! She gave us some crazy cool insight on tips and tricks.

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Meet, Ashley!

She originally went to school to become an elementary school teacher, thought about exploring becoming a paralegal, then- boom! - she felt the calling to go to cosmetology school. Ashley attended both day and evening classes to finish cosmetology school in a record breaking six months. She started out working in salons but drifted towards the wedding industry and started her own company. Ashley is a self-taught make up artist and travels all over the United States to continue educating herself on tricks and trends. Less than a year ago, she opened her first brick and mortar, Hello Lovely Salon! Needless to say, we love Ashley and her incredible Hello Lovely team!


How to get the perfect look

with Ashley Backs

These three quick tips will set you up for a positive experience when getting your hair and make up done, whether it be for a trial or the big day!

Don’t come with your hair dirty

Say whaaaaaa?! We’ve been told this since our first Sadie Hawkins, right? Dirty hair will hold better! The longer you don’t wash, the longer the curl will stay!

Okay- we all want shiny beautiful tresses, especially on a wedding day. What we don’t want it shiny hair because it’s greasy hair. The ladies with Hello Lovely come equipped with products galore to make sure your cleaned that morning, then dried hair or your washed right before bed the night before hair will hold it’s curl all day with texture spray!


Bring photos….of yourself!

We all have that photo that was our Facebook profile picture for months. The one where our face is radiating confidence because we feel great about ourselves inside and out! Bring that photo to your trial and let your stylist know what you love about it! This will help your stylist understand what you love about yourself and what you want to accentuate. Pintrest photos are fantastic, so be sure to bring some of those too! Try and stick to photos of models with the same hair color and face shape as you.


Honesty is always the best policy

I don’t know about you, but after someone spends two hours beautifying me, I have a tough time asking them to tweak anything (helloooo people pleasing attitude).  Ashley has assured me that her feelings will be more hurt if I walk out not loving everything about my look than if I would just ask her to tweak whatever is bothering me! Your hair or make up artist hasn’t quite mastered the skill of mind reading yet, so maybe they didn’t get the look 100% correct right away but give them the chance to get there!


“We want you to feel comfortable and stress free on your wedding day. Getting your hair and make-up done should be the best [most relaxing] part of your day!”


Big thanks to Ashley for helping us crack the code on de-stressing before wedding season begins! Check out Ashley and her amazing team to see how they can beautify you and your gals!


Wild Hill Open House: March 3rd, 2018

We are SO excited to announce that we will be hosting our Wild Hill Open House this Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 from 1:00-4:00pm at the floral shop located at 27449 W 215th Street, Spring Hill, Kansas! 

Did you know that as a #WildHillBride, any glassware you use that has a flower in it is complimentary?! That's right! From our glass pedestals to our marble compotes, as long as there is a flower in it, the glassware is free!

This open house is the perfect opportunity to stop by and check out all that Wild Hill Flowers & Events has to offer! We will have floral arrangements displayed and are more than happy to walk you through different options that fit your vision.

Are you a hands-on, visual planner? We'll have tables set so you can pull glassware you might like and set up a mock centerpiece!

Our Lead Floral Designer, Jenni Koch, will be at the event to talk through any floral related questions and, Elizabeth Lang, our Lead Coordinator can chat with you about any and all coordination inquiries.  RSVP through the Facebook event found here!


Vendor Team

Photographer: Lacey Rene Studios

Floral: Wild Hill Flowers and Events

Model: Morgan Schmidl

Gown: Bride KC

Hair: Hair Gypsy

Bakery: Blue Thistle Cakes

Rentals: Ultra Pom


Bridal Spectacular: February 3rd, 2018

Hello there! 

Are you recently engaged and not sure where to start? Finishing up your vendors, but are stumped on a few? Want to celebrate being engaged because you're only engaged once?!

Wild Hill Flowers & Events is SO excited to announce we will be at KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular this Saturday, February 3rd, 2018! The event is from 10am-5pm and has tons of amazing prizes and giveaways. 

Why go to a bridal show?

Bridal Spectacular is a great way for vendors to showcase their talents. In other words, you get to see the personality of each vendor come to life through each booth! Wild Hill will have ALL THREE of our Lead Coordinators to chat with any interested couple about what it means to be a #WildHillBride. Not to mention the amazing show-attendees-only giveaway we will be presenting! 

Get your tickets here for only $10 through February 2nd and $14 the day of the show! See you there!


2017 Highlights

Wowzers, 2017 was one for the books! 

Wild Hill Flowers and Events feels so blessed to work with the absolute best. The best couples, the best vendors and- wait for it- the best furry friends!! Reminiscing is bringing out all the feels. I hope you enjoy reminiscing with us!

California Styled Shoot

A dreamy photo shoot off a cliff in sunny California? Yeah, we're thinking this should be an annual thing.

Photos courtesy of Lilly White Photography

Julie & Matt's Wedding

Because oh.em.gee. check out that dress. Julie had a vision in mind and created it. Must be the fashionista in her...follow her fashion blog at @scorseofstyle you won't regret it ;)

Photos courtesy of McBride Photo Design

8th & Main Styled Shoot

Teaming up with the friendliest of vendors and making our green & white dreams come true. Oh, and also getting soaked trying to get one last shot 'before' the rainstorm hit!

Photos courtesy of Lininger Rood Photography

Rylee & Brandon

Smoke bombs, dress change, need I say more?!

Photos courtesy of Kindling Co.

Unleashed Pet Rescue Benefit Calendar

Cuteness GALORE! Thank you to everyone who purchased the 2018 Wild Hill Calendar benefiting our furry friends in Mission, Kansas!

Photos courtesy of Jill Stuefer

Jaclyn & Ben's Wedding
Even a hurricane didn't stop us from providing Jaclyn with the flowers she always envisioned!

Photo courtesy of Kdog Photo

The Wild Hill Open House

There was no better way to celebrate owner, Jenni Koch, opening up her floral shop with an Open House featuring floral giveaways, champagne gummy bears & mimosas! We had so much fun....we might just do it again!

Photos courtesy of Lacey Rene Studios


Lindsay & David: The Mission Theater

I don't think I've ever laughed so hard at a wedding. Lindsay and David's life is sure to be filled with smiles, belly laughs & late night giggles! 

Meet Lindsay & David.

They chose to have their ceremony and reception at the stunning Mission Theater. This venue has been completely renovated, but kept the original 1930's art deco feel with breathtaking chandeliers. Their bridal suite is jaw dropping gorgeous and this is where Lindsay started her day. The groom's suite is equipped with a billiard table, mini fridge and tv to help any groom relax before his big day.

Nestled in downtown Mission, Kansas, The Mission Theater has the neatest corridor where David saw his soon-to-be wife for the first time! (Cue the most smitten couple!!)

Lindsay & David couldn't imagine their happily ever after without their third family member! How precious is their sweet pup donned with a floral "crown"!?

Before saying "I do" the future Arnold's popped around to their favorite Kansas City spots. 

Meanwhile, friends and family gather to admire the details of Lindsay & David's big day. With a navy theme throughout, their vision truly brought the space to life. Their ceremony set up consisted of a mixture of traditional seating options and oscar style seating. 

Lindsay made her entrance down the theater stairs, following the punniest ring bearers!

Where Lindsay once walked as a single woman, The Arnold's entered the reception together as one.

Mr. & Mrs. Arnold go the party started with their first dance, followed by a not-maid-of-honor-maid-of-honor RAP! Lindsay's father surprised her with a GROUP father/daughter dance where everyone laughed and sang along. Guests laughed, cried, then laughed some more. Okay, let's be real, The Wild Hill Coordination team laughed cried, then laughed some more!  

Happiest of ever afters, to infinity & beyond you two!


Vendor Team

Photographer: Nick Allen Photography

Floral: Wild Hill Flowers and Events

Coordination: Wild Hill Flowers and Events

Venue: The Mission Theater

Photo Booth: PicWood

Bridal Gown: Something White Bridal Boutique

Hair and Makeup: Debbie Brown

Catering: Brancato's

Bakery: Blue Thistle Cakery

DJ: Platinum KC

Rental Items: Ultra Pom

Shannon & Tyler: 1890 Event Space

At Wild Hill Flowers & Events we fell very blessed to work with the best clients. The sweetest clients. The happiest clients. I know, I know- I say this about every couple I work with. But Shannon & Tyler literally smiled all day. I dare you to find a photo where their face doesn't scream "I just made the best decision of my life." Even when I run into Shannon at workout class she is still smiling...she is a true inspiration.

Meet Shannon and Tyler.

They chose to start their forever at 1890 Event Space. This venue has the most phenomenal grounds. Shannon & Tyler wanted their first look to be when she walked down the aisle, so Shannon was able to have "Sunday Funday" with her gal pals in the bridal HOUSE!

While Tyler and his groomsmen hung out in the Groom's HOUSE! 

They incorporated so many sweet details into their day. Shannon's gift to Tyler was his wedding band, which he saw for the first time that morning!

Shannon's Mikaella gown from Altar Bridal was simply stunning.

They were blessed with the most beautiful October day. The moment Tyler saw Shannon will forever be ingrained into my mind. It was the most pure moment and there was no doubt in my mind these two were made for each other.

Post ceremony, the newlyweds utilized cocktail hour to enjoy each other and explore the beautiful grounds at 1890 Event Space. (I told you...absolutely smitten!!)

Shannon & Tyler had the most joyous reception and the BEST shoe game I've ever witnessed. IT was evident they are surrounded by the most loving and supportive family and friends.

Mr. & Mrs. Bollinger, you are absolutely perfect for each other and I am SO excited to see what your future brings.


Nicolette & Oliver: The Bride and the Bauer

Meet #WildHillBride Nicolette and her hubby, Oliver.

OKAY. Are these two the cutest, or are these two the cutest? Seriously. These two were beaming all day and I can't get enough of it!

Nicolette started her day at the Westin at Crown Center where the talented Kristy Shelton did her hair & Gina Ciaccio-Holmberg makeup. 

The ladies made their way to The Bride & The Bauer to get dressed because helloooooooo gorgeous bridal suite!

Right across the hall the guys hung out in the groom's suite getting all dolled up in their crazy cool suit/tie/sock combo.

My favorite party of a wedding day took place in what would later be used for cocktail hour at The Bride & The Bauer- can't go wrong with floor to ceiling windows, exposed brick walls & an audience for your first look :) 

Nicolette and Oliver took full advantage of the beautiful weather and OH MY Cork Creative took a new spin on the Kansas City hot spots and I am swooning.

Talk about a love story that has conquered all. Oliver is from Wales and was back and forth between the United State and United Kingdom playing rugby. Love overcame all trials & tribulations. Oliver and Nicolette were able to celebrate with all their friends and family and showcase their journey.

I have to say- there ain't no party like  a Jones party! I said it once and I'll say it again...Nicolette and Oliver are one smitten couple and they had the greatest celebration all because #TheBrideStoleTheBrit.

Best wishes to the lovely couple!!



Vendor Team

Hair: Kristy Shelton

Make up: Gina Ciaccio-Holmberg

Venue: The Bride & Bauer

Florist: Wild Hill Flowers & Events

Photographer: Cork Creative

Cake: Nothing Bundt Cake

DJ: Dance Factory

Videographer: Cory Thompson

Catering/Bartenders: Taylor Made Catering

Coordination: Wild Hill Flowers & Events

Gown: Bride KC

What's it like to be a #WildHillBride?

Planning a wedding is, like, a pretty big deal. You search on The Knot, attend Bridal Fairs or ask your bffs for recommended vendors. You get on Pintrest and WHOA wedding choices galore. Maybe you've been in a wedding before, but planning one yourself? Yep, it can be daunting with all of the "unexpected".

 So....what can you expect after you inquire with Wild Hill? 


Step one: You meet with Jenni!

Jenni loves horses, dogs, cats- basically anything furred and four legged. She is the Wild Hill flower pro! Find a photo on Pintrest but have no idea what type of flower it is? Bring the photo to the free initial consultation! 

Photo Credit: Cassandra Castaneda

Photo Credit: Cassandra Castaneda


Step two: You meet with Elizabeth!

Elizabeth is a Kansas City transplant who loves crafting & traveling. She is currently on Season 7 of Friends and would sincerely like to know if Ross and Rachel end up together (I MEAN COME ON!). 

Photo Credit:  Lacey Rene Studios

Photo Credit: Lacey Rene Studios


Step three: It's time to book!

Helpful info to have when booking will be:

  • Your wedding date
  • Your venue
  • Which coordination package are you interested in? (Check out our three options!)
  • Are you interested in rehearsal attendance?


Step four: Final Consultation

You are officially 30 days out from your wedding and we are meeting for the last time.** (Disclaimer: Not all coordination packages include one in-person meeting. Inquire with questions here!) Although we are one company, you will have two separate final consultations- one with Jenni for floral and one with Elizabeth for coordination. This will help you to get all your questions answered. 


Step five: Have the BEST DAY EVER!

And just like that, your wedding day has arrived! You have worked so hard to hand pick the perfect vendor team, linen color, specialty drink, etc. It's time to kick back and be pampered. Enjoy the day with your gal pals, family and new hold the bouquet, we'll hold the clipboard!

Sounds easy, right? Well it should! Our job is to lift any weight off your shoulders so all you have to do is focus on being engaged & enjoy this milestone.


**Each wedding planning process looks different. Please inquire to find one that fits your needs best!



Rylee & Brandon: The Guild

Meet Rylee & Brandon.

Brandon was delivering a UPS package to Rylee's office and it was love at first sight! took a bit of time for Brandon to work up the courage to ask for Rylee's number, but THEN the rest is history! They have the neatest love story and had the most incredible vision for their big day.

Rylee started her day relaxing with her gal pals at an Airbnb downtown. (PS- What a genius idea to rent an Airbnb for your bridesmaids the night before the wedding!)

Her gown was stunning with it's sweetheart neckline and cascade of buttons.

The fellas hung out at the Ambassador Hotel and decked out in the most epic suits.

My favorite part of a wedding day is the first look. I love the blissful look when a groom sees his bride for the first time and Brandon's reaction sure didn't disappoint.

Another reason I love first looks? It allows time for bonus photos such as this dreamy woodland session!

Rylee added a veil before walking down the aisle and it was the perfect way to complete her ceremony look. Rather than a traditional floral arch, they opted for a wreath they were able to re-purpose at the head table backdrop.

Their fun-filled reception had a pop of copper and a vision that enhanced the art deco feel to The Guild. 

Rylee & Brandon decided on an epic commencement to an epic night....and did someone say dress change?!

Well wishes to the happy couple- Rylee & Brandon, you are absolutely perfect for each other!


Vendor Team

Hair: Hello Lovely

Makeup: Maria Morris

Cake: Sugar Beats Bake Shop

Venue: The Guild

DJ: All Ears DJ

Photographer: Kindling Co

Coordination: Wild Hill Flowers & Events

Floral: Mary Zickler

Donuts: Lamars

Catering: Brancato's

Rental Items: Ultra Pom

Green & White Styled Shoot

As wedding professionals, we often get asked if it's hard working a weekend job. Many things come to mind when trying to answer that question:

We adore our clients.

We get to work in the most beautiful spaces.

We get to eat CAKE.

But mostly, it doesn't feel like a job because each weekend we get to work with the most bomb wedding professionals! Working with your friends doesn't make it feel much like work. It is especially fun when we are able to collaborate outside of scheduled weddings to get our creative juices flowing for a styled shoot.

For this green & white inspired shoot, we had the pleasure of checking out 8th & Main in Grandview, MO. We had so much fun getting to see the venue and learn about their history. FUN FACT: this gorg wedding venue used to be a bank; you can get ready with your gals in the old vault!

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My favorite addition to this space is the courtyard. Equipped with Edison Bulb string lights, a cozy fire pit & an incredible arbor-it truly is a turn key space!

Adding greenery to the modern horizontal fence created a pop of color and personal touch. Not to mention the bouquet bursting with texture! 

Whenever planning an outdoor event it's always stressful having to think about a "plan b", right? Not here! 8th & Main provides three incredible spaces for events- their vault room (pictured above), the courtyard and an indoor reception space...fabric backdrop and all!

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We stuck to a green & white theme for the most part, but when brainstorming what sweet we wanted there was no competition against this fluffy pink treat! working a weekend job hard? Sometimes. But, is it worth it? Abso-freaking-lutely. 




Vendor Team:

Gown: Fabulous Frocks of Kansas City

Hair & Makeup: Glam by Grace

Floral: Wild Hill Flowers & Events

Venue: 8th & Main

Photography: Lininger Rood Photography

Rentals: Ultra Pom

Stationary: A Little Papery

Sweet Treat: Cottontale KC

Coordination: Wild Hill Flowers & Events

Model: Rachel Sanchez