Last weekend I visited Kansas City, Missouri for the first time for the wedding of a dear childhood friend, Taly. Taly left Seattle after high school for the University of Kansas, met her future husband Bradley, and put her roots down in the Midwest. It was so wonderful to visit both Taly and Bradley in the city they now call home and to get a taste (literally — the BBQ is insane) of life in KC. If you have never experienced Burnt Ends, you need to get there immediately. We couldn’t get enough.
Taly and Bradley are both Jewish and while the wedding was very traditional in many ways, at times it felt like a wild rock concert. There was chanting, clapping, the breaking of glass, and of course, hours of dancing. One of my favorite parts was when the men and women were split up into separate rooms upon arriving to the ceremony site. The women all socialized and greeted the bride, her mother and mother-in-law, and grandmothers in a receiving line. Bradley was then paraded in by all of the men so that he could unveil Taly and make sure he was marrying the right girl. Fortunately, it was in fact Taly under her veil and she looked beyond stunning (and so happy!)
Sadly my camera battery bit the dust before the ceremony and the reception commenced, but it was okay since I needed my hands free for the human chain in “Hava Nagila.” (See my one blurry iPhone picture of the newlyweds up in the chairs.) Mazel tov, Taly and Bradley!