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Kansas City Wedding: Emily and Josh August 4, 2009

One of the things I love most about having a photography business is the opportunities I have to meet really amazing people from all over the place! I have the best time getting to know people — and sometimes it requires doing that from a distance! Emily and Josh both live in the Washington, D.C. area, but were planning a Kansas City wedding (it’s her hometown), so I got to know them from a distance… and really got to know them on their big day! :)

The day’s events took place at St. Patrick’s in Kansas City, Kansas. We started off with Emily doing the finishing touches…

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Jeff’s detail shot:

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Since they had several hours between their ceremony and reception, Emily and Josh opted to not see each other until the wedding ceremony. Their timeline was great, and still allowed for a great amount of time for portraits in between. So, Josh’s first look at his bride was during her walk down the aisle.

But first, Jeff caught a few shots of the moments right before the processional — I love these of the bride waiting for her turn down the aisle!

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Josh walked his mom down the aisle:

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And then Emily’s dad walked with her to meet her groom:

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I loved this ceremony. The church provided a great backdrop for their traditional Catholic ceremony, and I love the shots we captured of their emotion, the whole scene, and the general excitement of the ceremony.

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The next three images are Jeff’s view of the ceremony:

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More of my favorites:

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One more of Jeff’s ceremony shots:

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Emily hugging her dad towards the end of the service:

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Husband and wife! :)

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The wedding party jumped in a limo and we all headed to Wyandotte County Park and Lake for outdoor portraits. The day could not have been more beautiful.

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The ladies:

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The guys:

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I loved this white fence that wrapped around the golf course area. We waited for a nice fluffy cloud to move over the harsh, bright shining sun in the early afternoon, and it obliged. :)

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Some more of my favorite bride/groom portraits… Emily has a great smile that just lights up her whole face!

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The wedding party:

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The guys wanted to play on some of the playground equipment for their photos… of course, I said yes.

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Emily was not to be outdone, however. She climbed onto the jungle gym in tall heels. :)

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So joyful!

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Emily and Josh wanted a few more fun/casual photos on the playground…

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…and so did the groomsmen… :)

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The rings!

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Emily’s bridal bouquet:

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The reception was held at the church in its community center. They had great personal touches, bright colors and a fun atmosphere for their reception. The centerpieces were all painted by Emily’s 5th – 7th grade students:

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I love the toasting time at receptions. It’s always great for fun reactions — I love how joyful they are, in response to the maid of honor’s toast:

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The bouquet toss…

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And the garter toss (seriously, can you feel the fun in these??)… :)

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Their first dance as husband and wife! The first one is sort of fitting, because Emily and Josh met during their college years at Notre Dame — it just so happens that the church’s school’s mascot is also the Irish (maybe not the Fighting Irish, but it’s still fun!). :)

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Jeff captured this one. It’s so romantic.

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And one more of mine:

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There are a lot of great shots from throughout their day — I loved how much emotion and excitement everyone had all day! It was definitely a joy to be a part of this special wedding. Family and friends of Emily and Josh, stay tuned for the entire gallery which should be posted online sometime next week!

Congratulations, Emily and Josh! Enjoy life as newlyweds!

 

Preview: Emily and Josh’s August Wedding August 2, 2009

More to come… very soon. For now, I just wanted to apologize for the lack of blog posts last week and give you a little preview of what’s in store from Emily and Josh’s wedding — a fantastic way to kick off August! :)

Here’s a shot from their wedding portrait session at Wyandotte County Park:

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Stay tuned for more!

 

Kansas City Wedding: Lisa and Ben, The Carriage Club and Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church July 28, 2009

I love my job. Have I said that here lately? Well, I do. I absolutely love that I get to be a part of the love story for amazing couples. Lisa and Ben — and their fantastic family and friends — reminded me of just why I love my job. The people. This wedding was such a joy to be a part of, because Lisa and Ben are obviously so in love, and they have an awesome support system of family members and friends who are cheering them on through every chapter of their love story.

Their wedding day this past weekend began at the Carriage Club in Kansas City, where the ladies were getting ready.  I always love getting to see the bride, bridesmaids and moms hanging out before the big day — it’s one of my favorite parts. Lisa was all smiles from the time I arrived — and she has a gorgeous smile. :) Yes, she made my job easy!

In this photo, Lisa was chatting with her mom and Ben’s mom… and I think taking a sneak peek out the window to see if her groom had arrived yet. :)

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Check out the detail on Lisa’s dress. Beautiful.

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An emotional moment with Lisa and her mom:

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The flowers were absolutely stunning. Heather with Botanica did an amazing job on the floral design. I loved the classic beauty of the floral arrangements. Here’s the bridal bouquet:

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Jeff shot this wedding with me, which was fantastic as always. :) He grabbed this shot of Lisa making a few finishing touches, and then the one following of Lisa and Ben during their first meeting, outside of the Carriage Club.

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Lisa and Ben opted to do their portraits before their ceremony, and even scheduled extra time for portraits downtown (which I obviously love!). First, they met at the Carriage Club and we had some time for a few portraits inside the beautiful venue.

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Lisa. Is. Stunning. :)

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And her groom… well, he looked awesome in his tux and bow-tie!

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We headed downtown for portraits with the wedding party to Liberty Memorial and the Washington Park area next to Union Station. It was great for a variety of shots with greenery and architecture.

Lisa’s cathedral length veil made the bridal portraits extra fun. Add a little bit of wind and we have some dramatic shots of a gorgeous bride.

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The sweet couple:

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Lisa’s sister did an awesome job with her maid of honor duties! The bridesmaids’ dresses were all custom made — aren’t they great?

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Lisa’s satin dress was beautiful, and had  a long row of rhinestones all the way down the back. The details were gorgeous. Here it is in a full-length shot:

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The whole wedding party:

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More portraits of Lisa and Ben:

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This one in black and white is Jeff’s:

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These are my shots:

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The ceremony was at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri (close to Crown Center). As we all know, I love shooting in churches with cool architecture and old details. This church was built in the early 1920s. Jeff took this shot of the outside as the guests were arriving:

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Here are more floral details — I am a huge fan of flower balls lining the pews in the aisle of a church. These were perfect:

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Lisa’s dad walked her down the aisle:

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Jeff’s view:

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A few of my favorite ceremony shots:

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Jeff took this one of the organist:

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And he also took this shot of Lisa and Ben walking back down the aisle — married! :)

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Afterwards, we did a few more portraits outside of the beautiful church building.

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Then it was time to head to the reception! :)

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The reception was at the Carriage Club, and I can’t even begin to say enough good things about this venue and the people who work there. It was a wonderful location for a wedding reception, and the staff was incredibly helpful and attentive to details. Also, did I mention how gorgeous it was? :) The space was lovely, and the details were so well done.

Jeff’s shots:

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The table setting (with more gorgeous floral arrangements):

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Each place setting had a menu, with their monogram that they carried throughout in several different elements.

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Lisa and Ben also had individually wrapped gifts for each of their guests — boxes of Russell Stover chocolates (which is fitting, since they are headquartered here in Kansas City!).

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The wedding cake was yet another beautiful detail. Sandy with Creative Cakes designed it, and she did a wonderful job. I couldn’t stop taking photos of all the details on the cake. The second shot is Jeff’s — again, notice the monogram.

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Fun reception shots:

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These are Jeff’s. First, the saxophone player from the live band — The Karen Davis Project.

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I love this great silhouette shot of Jeff’s:

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Another one of Jeff’s:

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The first dance (this is my shot):

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A few ring shots we took during the reception. First, my shot of the rings on the ledge of the fireplace. The second shot is Jeff’s, also on the fireplace.

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And, I leave you with two shots that Jeff took (seriously, he is so great!) of the reception venue at the Carriage Club. Bonus points if you can find me in the first photo below. :)

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It was a gorgeous wedding filled with beautiful, fun people. This is why I love my job. :)

Lisa and Ben, congratulations on your marriage. Thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your special day.

Family and friends of the couple can click here to view all of their images in an online gallery (or sign the online guestbook and be notified once the images are all available).

 

Sneak Peek: Beautiful Bride! July 26, 2009

More photos will come very, very soon. For now, this one caught my eye and I had to share it. Lisa was absolutely stunning on her wedding day. Can’t wait to share a full blog post with you about Lisa and Ben’s amazing wedding. Stay tuned!

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Atchison Kansas Wedding: Melissa and Adam July 20, 2009

The day was gorgeous. Record-setting low temperatures in the middle of July. That morning, it was 55 degrees… by wedding time, it was closer to 80. Thank you, Kansas. :)

You might remember Melissa and Adam from their recent engagement session on their farm. I was excited to drive back to that gorgeous area of Kansas for their wedding this past Friday. The church was exactly what I love — old, grand, charming, and in the middle of a field. :) The people are exactly what a photographer dreams about — in love, ready to get married, and with every last detail thought out.

We started out the day with the ladies getting ready in what used to be an old school house next to the main church building. Melissa was glowing from the start.

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I took some ring shots and other detail shots while we waited for the guys to arrive. I loved the number 17 on the end of a church pew (17, as in the day they got married!).

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The church (can you just feel the beautiful weather?)…

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Melissa and Adam chose to do all of their portraits before the ceremony, which was especially helpful since their wedding was later in the evening. With a 7 p.m. ceremony, they wanted to be able to head straight to the reception afterwards, and it worked out great!

One of their first portraits after seeing each other in the church:

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The bride:

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The groom:

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And the thing Adam was most excited about (besides marrying the lovely Melissa, of course!) — the TRACTORS! :) Adam arranged for 6 tractors at their wedding for wedding party photos and to make a big exit after the ceremony. It was very personal and unique — just what I love to see! I used the wide-angle lens to get them all in here, and it worked! That’s the church you see at the top of the hill in the background.

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We then spent a little bit of time with just the bride and groom, capturing some portraits of their love! :) When I saw Adam for the first time on his wedding day, he said to me, “I bet Melissa looks beautiful, doesn’t she?” I love this next shot, because it really captures the way Adam feels about his new bride…

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Bean fields surround the church, and farming is a huge part of who they are, so of course we had to do some in front of the field!

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I love the warm summer backlighting in these next few images. The light adds to the romantic feel of the portraits, for sure.

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Then, it was time for the ceremony to begin. It’s always awesome to see huge crowds turn out for a wedding. I could tell that Melissa and Adam are so loved by their family and friends — so much, in fact, that the church was FILLED with people in every pew, aisle, corner — seat or no seat, they came to show their support and love for this couple, and it was so neat to see just how many great people Melissa and Adam have in their lives.

The flower girl and ring bearer were super cute:

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I love this moment when the doors swing open and light floods the sanctuary, leaving the bride and her dad a silhouette! Here’s Melissa and her dad getting ready to walk down the aisle (notice all of the people!).

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I love their expressions here!

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The beautiful, ornate church:

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Right before the vows started, their priest came down to stand in the aisle, leaving me with the quick decision to move! :) With all of the people in the extra aisles on the outside, I was faced with a dilemma for where to best find a great angle to capture both Melissa and Adam’s faces during the vows! Never fear, I found it! :)

For all of the photographers reading this, one of the best things you can do is scope out possible places to move if something comes up during the ceremony that requires a different vantage point. It’s great to be very aware of your surroundings and know first what the church’s rules are for photography and how you can best serve your clients with photos of all of the important events of their ceremony! :) I love being able to adapt during every wedding to  unique situations — during Melissa and Adam’s ceremony, I was able to slip in a side door and wedge myself into a corner to capture their vows!

Before I did, though, I caught this photo of Melissa peeking out from behind the priest! I love it! :)

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I just can’t get over the awesome sense of community and togetherness that their wedding had — all of the people, supporting them! :) It was really neat. So, this is where I stood during the vows:

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And this is what I captured. I love, love, love the expressions on their faces in all of their vow photos.

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The blessing of the rings:

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And the lighting of the unity candle:

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I love this! They were so joyful throughout the whole ceremony! :)

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My favorite time: husband and wife! :)

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And their grand exit in a huge tractor — I love the sign! They had five other tractors leaving right after they did, all driven by a groomsman with a bridesmaid by his side!

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Their cake reception was at the Atchison Heritage Conference Center. Since the wedding ceremony was at 7:00, they followed it up with a reception of appetizers, cake and beverages! I thought that was a great idea for a Friday night wedding, since most people would have eaten dinner before they even arrived at the ceremony. They did a great job of decorating to set the mood as soon as you pulled into the parking lot. I loved these lanterns:

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The toasts by the best man (Adam’s cousin) and maid of honor (Melissa’s sister).

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Melissa and her dad surprised the crowd with a dance within a dance — starting off with a traditional slow song, then jumping into a fast dance that they had obviously practiced! Of course, they donned their cowboy boots before the second song. :)

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The wedding party did a similar routine, but their dance was to Thriller! :) It was great.

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And, because I like to end with sweet romantic images, I’m going to leave you with a shot from Melissa and Adam’s first dance that also shows off their elegant reception decor!

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Congratulations, Melissa and Adam! I hope you’re having a great time in Jamaica… and that life on the farm is filled with many blessings.

 

Augusta Kansas Wedding: Erica and Ryan July 13, 2009

Erica and Ryan are hometown sweethearts. They grew up in the small town of Augusta, Kansas, near my hometown area — and they’re the kind of people who love with the kind of love that melts my heart. Erica’s smile said it all day. She was marrying the guy she loves. :)

When I walked into the room where the ladies were getting ready, Erica started tearing up. She kept exclaiming that she didn’t know why she got all emotional when I walked in… maybe it’s because we’ve been talking about her wedding day for a looong time now. Maybe it’s because when the photographer shows up, it’s really official. :) Or maybe it’s because Erica knew that I was there to capture the one day in her life that she’ll never, ever forget. Whatever the reason, I felt so blessed to be a part of the emotional, fun, exciting day that was about to unfold.

We started off with the gorgeous ladies getting ready… I could photograph Erica all day. She’s stunning. I loved her “Bride to Be” button and cute outfit she wore to get ready in that morning:

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Her mom helped her into her gorgeous gown, and her bridesmaids helped with finishing touches.

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The flower girls were so enamored with Erica (their aunt) as a bride. I bet they thought she was a princess.

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I think the ring bearer and Spiderman were equally impressed with Erica’s beauty. :)

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And we were off to see Ryan for the first time. I love this moment. When the bride comes in, the groom sees her for the first time… it’s really special. Here’s Ryan saying “Wow.” when he first set eyes on his bride… 

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I wasn’t surprised Ryan couldn’t hold his “Wow.” in… this is who he was looking at, after all! :)

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And… they meet! :) I love this!

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The next two photos are all from their first moments of seeing each other, none of it posed. This is why I love weddings.

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We worked quickly through their posed portrait session, and stayed mostly inside because of the ridiculous July heat — it was well over 100 degrees. 

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Check out Erica’s stunning Maggie Sottero gown… she’s one of my favorite designers.

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Erica’s veil was her “something borrowed” — it was perfect. I love how it looks in this photo.

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We snuck outside for what I promised them would be less than 5 minutes of portraits. We succeeded. :)

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Hello, lovely. Check out her eyes!

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And the handsome groom!

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Erica had the most gorgeous group of bridesmaids. Two of them you might recognize — Andrea and Laura. Seriously, how is it possible that all of her friends are this lovely? :)

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The rings. Her ring is so classically beautiful.

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The ceremony was gorgeous. I love shooting weddings in this church — St. James Catholic Church in Augusta. It’s beautiful. 

Erica’s dad walked her down the aisle. There was a burst of light as the huge doors were swung open… it was wonderful.

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I love the next shot. Erica was whispering to herself, “don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry…” :)

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The pep talk apparently worked, because she was so radiant walking down the aisle.

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The church:

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Some of my favorite ceremony shots:

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Erica has this awesome energy and enthusiasm about her. It was so apparent all day, and especially during the ceremony — she was totally into it, and I loved it. :) Note Erica’s fist pump in the next photo… it was for the announcement that it was time for the vows… :)

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The vows:

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Erica’s brother has an amazing voice.

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Fist pump number 2… the announcement about the reception! :) 

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The kiss…

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And fist pump number 3… husband and wife!! :) Isn’t she great?!

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I love this next shot… always a favorite moment!

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Their reception was also at the church, and it was really gorgeous with candlelight and floral centerpieces in a variety of colors. My favorite part was that they served Mexican food for dinner — I love those fun personal touches that help personalize a wedding and set it apart from others. :)

One of Ryan’s grandmothers couldn’t attend the ceremony, so they set up a laptop throughout the day with Skype, so she could watch the ceremony and see the reception. Here’s Erica and Ryan saying hello during the reception. I loved this idea.

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I’m going to show you the reception photos in black and white, because I think they’re especially elegant that way. :) So, here’s the garter toss:

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And their first dance:

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Family and friends, to see more photos (like from that awesome father-daughter dance!), check out the entire gallery online! You can pre-register now to receive an e-mail when all of the photos are ready by clicking here.

Erica and Ryan, thank you so much for choosing me to capture your special day. I am so thankful that I was able to be a part of your wedding — may your marriage be richly blessed! :)

 

Kansas Wedding: Alayna and Chris, Circle S Ranch July 1, 2009

Act I

It’s a classic story of boy meets girl. Boy sees girl, girl sees boy… they fall in love. On the set of The Sound of Music. They’re young — in high school — but they know that their love can stand the test of time, high school graduations, distance, and college life. And they’re right.

Act II

It’s a classic story of boy marries girl. In a beautiful church in a small town in Kansas. They’re still young — but older, wiser — and they know that their love will continue to stand the test of time. And they’re right.

Chris and Alayna were married this past weekend, and it was a joy to capture their wedding day memories. Their wedding day began at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in the small town of Perry, Kansas. The gorgeous church on an extremely beautiful day:

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Photos from their “first look” moment at the church:

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Their ceremony was really sweet. Chris’ dad even gave a message to the bride and groom, and Alayna surprised everyone by singing (wonderfully) during the communion. I had no idea that she had a voice like that… it was lovely. I love this photo of Alayna’s dad looking at her as they walk down the aisle:

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Sneaking a glance at each other during the service:

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The vows:

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Husband and wife! Yay!

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The rings (again, with my new 105mm 2.8 macro lens) — isn’t Alayna’s ring gorgeous?

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Their reception was at the absolutely gorgeous Circle S Ranch near Lawrence, Kansas. It’s the third time I’ve been to the ranch, and every time I’m reminded of how awesome it is for wedding photography (and weddings in general). Their staff is great (oh, did I mention Alayna is part of their staff??), the facilites are gorgeous, and the food is all prepared there — and it is beyond delicious. All I’m saying is… if you want a country or outdoor location for your wedding in Kansas, Circle S is a must-see. :)

Okay, anyway… so we started at the ranch with portraits while the guests were enjoying appetizers, before the party started!

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So romantic!

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Okay, one more swing shot… I love these!

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The wedding party (taken in front of the wedding area for outdoor weddings… it’s breathtaking)!

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In the future, you’ll be seeing/hearing more about more awesome photographers that are joining the ericamay team. I’m super excited to share with you the first images to appear on the blog by Kasie, who will be making more appearances at summer and fall weddings this year! :) Get excited, because she’s awesome!

Kasie’s portrait:

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This was my view:

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And this one is mine…

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…while Kasie captured this gorgeous shot:

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The reception was beautiful — full of great people and great details. They had set up lounge areas both outside and inside, and it was really nice for guests to spread out. They also had games, bubbles, and special snacks just for the kids — and there were a lot of super cute kids at this wedding!

One of the outdoor areas (this is Kasie’s shot):

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Chris showing off his wedding ring! Yeah! :)

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I love this! She was tearing up the dance floor!

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One of the cutest babies. Ever.

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Chris and Alayna did a “sparkler dance” right after sunset — all of their guests stood in a circle under a covered patio with sparklers while the couple danced! It made for great photos.

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And then, the smoke filled the air… which still made for great photos. :)

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And then, the smoke filled part of the indoor reception hall, which made for even better photos! I love what the smoke did to highlight the streams of the light from the DJ’s booth!

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When the reception was in full swing, a small rain shower moved through — it didn’t ruin any of the plans, thankfully, and it left behind a beautiful gift for the bride and groom just before sunset:

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Alayna and Chris, thank you for asking me to photograph your special day. Many blessings to you both as you start Act III — marriage!! :)

 

Coming to a blog near you: Chris and Alayna’s Wedding! June 29, 2009

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The full blog post is coming soon… I promise!

For now, here’s a shot we took at Circle S Ranch (one of the coolest venues in northeast Kansas… more on that later!).

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Kansas City Wedding: Ashley and Garrett June 23, 2009

Ashley and Garrett have a long love story. They started dating as freshmen in high school — yes, high school! — and tell a story about love at first sight. I love photographing couples who have been through years of memories together, who understand each other like nobody else ever will, and who love each other in a way that demonstrates their devotion to everyone around them. Ashley and Garrett are that kind of couple.

Their wedding day forecast never called for rain. Not once in the week leading up to it did the forecast call for rain. So we planned an outdoor session at the park for their “first sight” and couples portraits, and had elaborate plans for an hour at the park before heading to the church. And then, it rained. But you know what they say — rain is good luck on a wedding day. :) If Ashley and Garrett needed luck on their side (which they don’t!), I think they got a few extra doses of it on their wedding day. Being the great bride that she is, Ashley said, “No problem! We’ll move it inside!” so I called the Marriott hotel on the Country Club Plaza, who were so kind to give us permission to shoot in their lobby for Ashley and Garrett’s portraits. It was perfect.

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The lobby was so cool and trendy — I love these shots in the booth!

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A big thank you goes out to Chris Hsieh of La Brisa Photography for coming in to second shoot for me!! I’m going to share some of Chris’ shots here, too. Here’s his take on the booth scene:

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After the hotel lobby, we headed out to the church… with one quick stop (in the rain) at the park. We found a nice natural umbrella underneath some gorgeous trees. I’m so glad we stopped! First, I couldn’t help but grab photos in the Escalade limousine. I love this shot:

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The park was so green from all the rain:

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Chris working some photo magic!

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This one is Chris’ shot. I love how Ashley is looking at Garrett!

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A few of my bridal portraits at the park… isn’t Ashley just gorgeous?? I love her deep brown eyes.

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After the park, we headed to the church where we did family and wedding party formals, and then the sun came out! :) So we stole Ashley and Garrett away for a few quick photos in the church’s garden courtyard.

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The rings (shot with my new 105mm 2.8, for you photographer types):

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The ceremony was gorgeous. Church of the Resurrection in Leawood has a lovely wedding chapel (with great light for photographers!). Their traditional wedding ceremony was beautiful. While I was photographing the processional, Chris was grabbing the behind-the-scenes shots. I love this one of Ashley and one flower girl and ring bearer pair (they had two sets!):

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And this moment of Ashley and her dad right before he walked her down the aisle:

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Ceremonies are my favorite part of the whole day, and Ashley and Garrett were just too cute during their vows!

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The gorgeous chapel:

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Chris’ view during the ceremony (I love Ashley’s expression):

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So happy to be husband and wife! (This one is mine):

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Waiting for the bride and groom’s send-off:

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I love this shot of Ashley’s parents! Isn’t her mom just beautiful? See where Ashley gets it?? :)

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Too cute:

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And Chris’ shot of Ashley blowing a kiss to family members (super sweet):

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Their reception at the Marriott in Overland Park (the one at I-435 and Metcalf) was so elegant. They put a lot of thought and detail into their reception decor and events, and it was lovely. A few detail shots for you. The first one is Chris’ photo, the others are mine:

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Ashley’s dad gave a great toast, and then took his wife out for a spin on the dance floor (I love watching the parents at receptions! So cute!).

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First dance as husband and wife!

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There are so many other fun photos from throughout the day… all of those will be available in Ashley and Garrett’s online gallery. Friends and family, click here to sign their online guestbook and you’ll be automatically notified when the rest of the photos are available! You won’t want to miss these! :)

To the lovely bride and handsome groom — thanks so much for asking me to capture the moments of your special day. It was a beautiful day, celebrating beautiful people! :) Best wishes for a happy life together!

 

Wedding in Augusta Kansas: Katie and Aaron June 17, 2009

Katie and Aaron got married the weekend before I left for HOBY, so they’re just now getting to see the full blog post of their wedding photos! Thanks for being so patient! :) Their wedding was very personalized, with lots of cute details. I’m going to keep the words to a minimum and just show you the photos!

The lovely bride getting ready:

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Aaron waiting to see his bride:

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A few cool black and whites in the church at the altar:

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Katie’s dad walked her down the aisle:

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A family prayer:

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Katie read Aaron a letter, as a surprise, that she had written when she was only 16 to her future husband. It was really sweet, very heartfelt, and made for quite a few teary-eyed wedding guests. :)

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The grand exit!

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In between the ceremony and reception, we stopped at a little park for more bride and groom portraits:

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Katie and Aaron are both avid runners, so they laced up their running shoes for a few photos, too. :)

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Their reception was at Corbin Farms, in a really neat huge barn — the natural light from one side of the barn was great… and the LIVE BAND was amazing! Seriously, if you are considering a live band in the Wichita area, contact me for a referral. I can’t remember their name right now, but they were seriously awesome and played a lot of great songs — both contemporary and classics. I loved it.

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The details were really cute. My best friend Kasie created their cake topper — to look just like the bride and groom, made of clay! How cool is this?! If you want a really personalized, super fun cake topper that you could actually keep and display… let me know and I’ll connect you with Kasie (who also helped me shoot this wedding — thanks, Kasie!!). I love the detail in the cake topper — from the Chuck Taylors to the beading on the bride’s dress. So cool.

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Katie and Aaron also had a make-your-own-trail-mix bar for their guests as favors. They tied it all in with a running theme — two trails combining into one. It was really neat!

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And a few fun dancing/party shots!

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I love the way they’re looking at each other in this toasting photo:

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Katie and Aaron, thanks for asking me to photograph your special day. It was such a joy! The entire online gallery is coming soon! :)

 

 
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