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Sidney + Sam Nigro, August 12, 2022

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Sidney and Sam Nigro, who attended different high schools, met on a blind double date, when friends of both brought them along for a gathering in 2014. It was a simple meeting in a high school parking lot that turned into forever.

Sidney (Sibenaller) Nigro, 25, graduated from the University of Kansas and works as a regional safety manager at MHC Kenworth. A lover of sports, Sidney plans to see a football game at every NFL stadium and baseball game at every MLB park in her lifetime. To relax, she enjoys playing with the couple’s black lab, Chief, of course, a
sports reference.

Sam Nigro, 26, a lifelong Kansas City resident, graduated from the University of Kansas and now sells health insurance at Broker Source. Sam enjoys travel and adventure, experiencing the best of every culture; he hopes to visit every continent in his life. At home, he likes to explore the city through food.

Sidney and Sam were just 16 when they started dating, and they had a standing Sunday date for church, brunch at Harvey’s and a visit to the City Market. As adults, they were living downtown, and Sam asked Sidney to reminisce with brunch at Harvey’s. “I thought nothing of it,” Sidney smiles. “But July 31, 2021, was the date that topped the rest. His plan perfectly captured almost a decade of history, starting the beginning of a new life together at the same spot where our story began.”

The blissful couple tied the knot August 12, 2022. Sidney’s maid of honor was Bailey Sibenaller; bridesmaids were Erin Schaper, Grace Curl, Maura Kessler, Morgan Steffes and Haley Hamke. Sam’s best man was Tyler Soetaert; groomsmen were Josh Krestine, Austin Bernard, Tanner Kimball, Andrew Bellerive and Cameron St. Clair. Serving as ushers were Duncan Strang, Cole Mitchelson and Brad Ferrel. Torre Prendergast, Lilly Connealy and Charlotte Connealy were flower girls; ring bearers were Tommy Prendergast, Christian Kelly and Cy Kelly.

The ceremony at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church was unique, as the priest who officiated the wedding is a friend of the Nigro family who baptized Sam and officiated two of Sam’s siblings’ weddings. Upon arrival at the reception at Hotel Kansas City, guests received a hand-curated welcome basket that contained local spirits, beer, coffee, barbecue sauce, and a personalized note describing how each product connected to Kansas City and to the couple.

“Our reception in the modern Starlight Ballroom with some of the best views of the city was the perfect juxtaposition of modern and traditional,” Sidney describes. “To showcase the venue, we selected a black and white color palette to complement the hotel’s classic feel. The venue was filled with lush white florals, roses and baby’s breath, and guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and cocktails under candlelight.” A unique touch at the reception was the Weddings Through the Years table with photographs of family weddings on both sides beginning in the early 1900s. It commemorated the history of love that made it possible for Sidney and Sam to meet!

Sidney and Sam spent a week unwinding in paradise at the Zoetry Agua Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic, where Sam surprised Sidney with a private helicopter trip to Santo Domingo.


Sara Reed Studios

Bridal Gown
Bridal Extraordinaire

Bridesmaids’ Gowns
Show Me Your Mumu

Grooms Suit/Tuxedo
Bridal Extraordinaire

Groomsmen suits/tuxes
Bridal Extraordinaire

Hair Styling
Payton Thomas,
Posh KC Blow Dry Bar

Miles Makeup

Kat Barlow Films

Good Earth Floral Design Studio

Elite Sounds Entertainment Group

Hotel Kansas City

McLain’s Bakery

Reception Venue
Hotel Kansas City

Wedding Venue
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church

Wedding Coordinator
Lauren Lindmark