Making a dream a reality
Kindra Browne, founder of SimpIe Elegance, began her career in the wedding industry in 1996 when the need to find something she could do on her own while balancing the demands of raising a family was her reality.
“I have loved weddings since I was a little girl and used to play wedding with my dad as he would pretend to walk me down the aisle in our long hallway at our home. That is probably when my inspiration began,” Browne says. “It is truly woven into my being, and I love crafting and creating memories with each couple and their families. It fills my soul!”
Browne first began to stand out in the industry because of her warm approach, creativity, attention to detail and genuine interest in helping people’s wedding stories come to life. She began to build a team to expand her business in 2001. Because her services were so sought after in the KC area, she needed a team to help keep up with the growth. She now has eight wedding planners and a social media marketing manager on her team, and that in and of itself says a lot about why Simple Elegance is different. They plan many styles of weddings where the couple is always the focus.
When asked about how she manages it all with a successful career and a young family, she said setting priorities and boundaries are the keys to making it all work.
“I had to let go of the fact that there is no such thing as balance,” she says. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my family, my husband and the incredible group of women who work for me.”
Her advice for local female entrepreneurs is to surround yourself with those who understand what you are trying to accomplish. Having a support group especially when you have a family is the key to success. Pace yourself and give yourself permission to learn as you are going along.
Browne shared a glimpse of her creativity with us in a beautifully styled wedding shoot that was set at Bourgmont Vineyard, an event space coming to Johnson County very soon. The vineyard will offer a large home for guests to stay in over the weekend they are planning the wedding, a large, newly designed equestrian facility that will hold 350 guests, lots of outdoor areas, a lake and, eventually, an even larger event space that can house up to 600 guests. Brent Bergman and Kim Johnson of Bergman Landscape Architecture designed the event space, and they thought of every detail.
“I was inspired to create an ethereal setting using deep, forest greens and bringing in lilac to infuse lightness throughout. I love creating depth with color and then bringing in lighter shades and classic patterns to showcase the color scheme,” she says “The bouquets, boutonniere, trees, candles, greenery, gold touches and floral centerpieces that included green grapes, deep greens, succulents, lilac and tulips were truly breathtaking and captured the essence of the vineyard and the ethereal overall feel I wanted to create!”
She mixed and matched the chargers and linens to bring different sheens to the guest tables. Lilac was brought in with the high boys linens to pop the color in the reception area even more. Finally, the gold-rimmed glasses and gold cutlery added the finishing touch and another level of elegance light and shimmer.
For the wedding party, Browne wanted light, fluid movement for the wedding dress and the bridesmaid’s dress. The bride wore a gown by Emily Hart Bridal and is part of the Emmaline’s Bridal 2017 Storyline separate collection. The deep V back was beautiful and brought dramatic, yet simple lines to the bride’s style. The lilac bridesmaid dress by Bella Bridesmaid was soft and ethereal in its movement. Surrounded by the red bud trees with hints of lilac, gold, greenery and candlelight, the bridal party looked to be floating in elegance at the altar that was placed under the large chandelier in the center of the barn.
“I love paper so I had to have beautiful invitations and menu cards that would bring together the design at each place setting,” Browne says.
B/P Creative mixed a soft, classic lilac pattern, placed it on top of ivory heavy paper stock and added emerald hand-painted edging to finish the look. The gold foil monogram was placed on top of the pattern to add the final touch.
Creative Vendor Team
Designer/planner-Kindra Browne, owner of Simple Elegance Wedding and Event Planners
Paper products-B/P Creative Group
Hair and makeup-Reflections Salon
Floral design-Sidelines Floral Design
Rentals-All Seasons Event Rental
Bridal gown and jewelry-Emily Hart Bridal
Bridesmaid dress-Bella Bridesmaid
Bride-Lauren Burke Olsen
Bridesmaid-Neelie Browne and Groom-Patrick Quinn of Voices & Models