The balmy summer night of August 31, 2013 was chosen for the exchange of vows between Monica Leigh Porter and Captain David Thomas Collins at the altar of Our Lady of Sorrows, Kansas City, Missouri. The bride is the only daughter of Doctors Susan and Charles Porter, Kansas City. The groom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Collins, Vero Beach, Florida. Guests were greeted with the strains of classic music as they entered the aisle enhanced with cascades of cymbidium orchids on the pews and urns of fresh flowers on the high altar. The bride, escorted by her father, wore a Reem Acra designer strapless gown of French tulle. The sweetheart bodice was created of chaulk bugle beads and the tiered overskirt was banded in horsehair. The bride's ensemble was completed with a cathedral length veil and she carried a bouquet of garden roses, succulents and copper magnolia foliage. Her accessories were a necklace and bracelet of all diamonds. The bride's attendants included: Annalise Ghiz as Maid of Honour and bridesmaids Pavi Francis, Kelly Carden, Natalie Collins, Stephanie Hense, Katherine Collins and Stephanie Harrison. They wore gowns of dusty pink charmeuse and carried bouquets of mauve and champagne garden flowers. The groom chose Drew Bottalico as his Best Man. Groomsmen included: Ryan Smith, Josh Jones, Eric Taylor, Troy Porter, Chris Day, Patrick Swanson and Matthew Mosshart. The Ceremony Participants included Rev. Don Cullen, officiant, Steve Courtney, soloist, Dorothy Brandwein, organist and chamber music by Brookside Strings. The wedding coordinator was Michael J. Nolte. Following their recessional through the Arch of Sabers, the newlyweds joined their guests for cocktails, dinner and dancing at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Cocktails were enjoyed in Rozelle Court before transferring to Kirkwood Hall. Following a heartfelt toast from the father of the bride, the guests enjoyed a sit down dinner. The guests were seated on gold Chivaria chairs at European banquet tables draped in shades of soft pink and gold. Runners of pink protea, burgundy dahlias, lavender roses, green hydrangeas, purple thistles and succulents were accented by dozens of mercury glass votive candles. Dinner was served on gold rimmed chargers. Following dinner, the guests assembled on the steps to the South Lawn for the presentation of the edible gold wedding cake which was sliced with the groom's saber. (The groom then presented an engraved cadet saber as a token of gratitude to the bride's father.) Additionally, the birthday of the bride's step- grandmother, Mary Ungashick-Smith was acknowledged with singing and a miniature of the wedding cake presented to her. Dancing continued with music by "Identity Theft" until the late hours and Winstead's made periodic deliveries to keep the party going. The bride's parents hosted both a Welcome Party and a Farewell Brunch at their home and the groom's parents honored the couple with a Rehearsal Dinner at Lydia's. Following the celebration, the newlyweds are making their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Published in the Kansas City Star on November 10, 2013