June 20, 2015

Ceremony & Reception

Our wedding ceremony begins at 6 p.m. with a dinner reception following. The Bauer is located at 115 W 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108.

About The Bauer

In 1894, The Bauer Machine Works Building began manufacturing engines, buggies, wagons and surreys. Now, the building features galleries, artists’ studios, arts-inspired retail and services, and event space.


For Taxis, call 816-471-5000 or download the Taxi/Ztrip application to call a cab to you. Need an airport shuttle? Book Super Shuttle or Five Guys Shuttle if you need a lift. Or if you’re renting a car to see more of Kansas City, there is parking around The Bauer:

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The Wedding Party

Meed our fabulous friends and family who will be standing with us at our ceremony! They are a great group, and we can’t wait until you get to meet them.



Grace Meiners

Laura has known Grace since her sophomore year at Mizzou. They first got to know each other on long runs around Columbia and college parties on East Campus. Laura and Grace are now neighbors in Sunnyside, NY, where they continue to work out together and have fun city adventures including an appearance on the TV show Bar Rescue.


Kristin Holmquist

Starting out as randomly paired roommates at Mizzou, Kristin and Laura stayed roommates and friends throughout their experience at Mizzou. They even studied abroad together in London and traveled on the weekends to places like Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Scotland. Kristin currently lives in Columbia, Missouri.


Amanda Howie

Amanda and Laura met and quickly became friends when they found out they were randomly working in the same building on the same floor in the city. Since then, they have enjoyed getting together for coffee, drinks, dinners, shows and other fun times in the city. Amanda lives in Long Island City, which makes them basically neighbors.


Nikki Clement

Nikki and Laura met through Amanda and they started enjoying fun, free and cheap thrills in the city including joining a free hula dancing class. Nikki took Laura to Cape May for her first girl’s trip and exposed her to some great 80s music dancing fun times. Nikki lives in Manhattan and often makes the jaunt anywhere for a fun city experience.



Nick King

Nick and Parker have been close friends since they worked together as staff photographers for over three years at The Columbia Daily Tribune in Columbia, Mo. During that time Nick and Parker shared common ground professionally and socially, from collaborating on the sidelines of football games to Nick’s presence when Parker and Laura started dating. Nick currently lives in central Michigan with his family.


Jeffrey Furticella

Parker first met Jeff through mutual friends shortly after moving to New York. Both photo editors working the late shift, there was a natural attraction beyond the facial hair. They have enjoyed many after hour adventures and, despite currently working for for competing publications, they remain close friends. Jeff currently lives in Brooklyn.


Hunter Eshelman

Hunter is Parker’s older brother, he lives in Brookyln and works in NYC as a group creative director for VML, an advertising agency headquartered in Kansas City. His daughter Murphy is our flower girl.


Duncan Eshelman

Duncan is Parker’s oldest brother and he lives with his wife Amber in Kansas City. He is a senior software analysist at Cerner Corporation.

Meet Our Families

Laura’s Family


Mother of the Bride

Mary Parkinson lives in Lawrence and teaches at a middle school. Laura’s dad Wayne passed away last July and they’ve missed him a great deal. Wayne would have been the first to the dance floor and will be there in spirit for the celebration. Mary enjoys visiting Laura and Parker in NYC, seeing broadway shows and exploring. She stays busy taking care of her new puppy Foxy.


Brother of the bride

David Parkinson is Laura’s older brother. An entrepreneur and traveler, he’s been on a motorcycle trip in South America for the past three years. He just returned from his trip fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and filled with tales of his many adventures. David will be an usher in the wedding.


Sister of the bride

Kim O’Reilly is Laura’s half sister and lives with her husband Sean and children Quinn (12) and Ian (7) in Wichita, Kansas. Kim is an assistant principal and stays busy taking the boys to traveling hockey games and sports practices. Quinn will be an usher and Ian will be a ring bearer in the wedding.

Parker’s Family


Parents of the Groom

Grant and Darlene Eshelman live in Kansas City and enjoy the perks of retirement.



Parker’s two older brothers Hunter and Duncan are groomsmen in the wedding. Hunter works in NYC as a group creative director for VML, an advertising agency headquartered in Kansas City. His daughter Murphy is our flower girl. Duncan is married to Amber Eshelman and is a senior software analysist at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City.


Grandmother of the Groom

Charlene Duncan, Parker’s grandmother, is 94 years young and enjoys life in Omaha, Neb., especially living near eight of her nine great grandchildren.



Murphy, Parker’s niece lives in Kansas City and loves dancing and singing along to Disney’s Frozen.

Explore Kansas City

When we got engaged, Kansas City was the natural choice – with Laura’s mom living in Lawrence and Parker’s parents living in Shawnee. And KC is great – known for jazz, barbecue, Royals, Chiefs, many fountains and much more. We can’t wait for you to experience Kansas City where the midwest comes alive!

Since you’re coming here anyway, why not take advantage of some of our favorite things to do here:

Enjoying art @ Nelson Atkins Museum

Shopping @ the Plaza

Drinking and dining @ Power and Light District

Enjoying KC-Style BBQ

Listening to authentic Jazz

Visiting KC’s historic jazz district at 18th and Vine and the American Jazz Museum

Visiting art shops @ the Crossroads Arts District

Going down the world’s tallest waterslide

Seeing a show @ the Kauffman Center

Going on a brewery tour @ Boulevard Brewery

Visiting the science museum Science City or other exhibits including model trains at Union Station

Eating, drinking or shopping in historic Westport