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!).
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!).
Awesome wedding today. I’ll be showing you much more from this wedding — but for now, I promised Beth a little sneak peek before they head off for their honeymoon! Here are a few from our portrait session at City Market in downtown Kansas City!
Enjoy the honeymoon, Beth and Geoff!! I’ll have the full feature blog post up SOON! :)
Tara and Tom were married this past weekend on one of the most gorgeous days I’ve ever experienced in January. The beautiful weather fit perfectly with their beautiful wedding ceremony and reception. Tara did a fantastic job with the details of their day — she thought of everything! There were so many great and personalized details that I’ll be dedicating a post in the next few days specifically to the details of their wedding day. :)
For now, I’m so excited to share with you the portraits, ceremony and reception photos!
Tara has great style. I have a minor obsession with birdcage veils and lacy wedding dresses. Tara looked absolutely amazing — all day, I kept thinking that she looked like a movie star from a decade gone by. I love these bridal portraits… love, love, love them.
Whoa… seriously… Tara, you are beautiful!
Add in the lucky groom… and we have a cute couple on our hands. :)
The weather was unseasonally nice — in the 60s! — so we took advantage of it and opted for a portrait session in the park! These photos were all taken at Loose Park near the Plaza. They’re all proof that outdoor photos in the winter can still be lovely!
The bride and the bridesmaids all wore “fur” stolls, handmade by Tara’s grandmother! I love the classic, vintage feel that their outfits have. Everything really just fit together so well.
The church was perfect for photography — their ceremony was beautiful and traditional, and I just loved how interactive Tara and Tom were throughout the service. There are so many photos of them whispering and smiling with each other, and I love that! :) They waited to see each other until the ceremony, so I’m sure it was hard to contain their excitement. Here are some of my favorites from the ceremony:
Husband and wife! :) The flower girl and ring bearer were so cute and entertained even on the way back down the aisle!
Tara and Tom’s reception was at the Uptown Theater in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. It was a gorgeous venue and really added to the elegant feel of their entire day. It also fit well with the Tara-as-an-old-time-movie-star look. It was just so classy and the details were beautiful (photos of those to come later)!
Congratulations, Tara and Tom! Thank you so much for choosing ericamay photography to capture your special day. It was a joy to be there.
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One of my favorite details I’ve seen at weddings is the table filled with wedding photos from parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents of the bride and groom. It’s so awesome to honor your family heritage and the people who paved the way before you on such a special occasion. I love looking at the old style portraits, and it’s easy to see common themes from weddings in the ’30s, ’50s, ’70s, etc.
Wedding portraits have long been an important part of preserving family history, and capturing the happy couple on their special day. This hasn’t changed over time. It has, however, evolved into a much more creative process (which makes people like me really, really excited).
I always tell my couples that some of the most important images on their wedding day will be the photos of the two of them together — after all, that’s what every wedding guest will be excited to see and what your family members for generations will look at… and set out on their wedding day picture table! :)
When it comes time to think about your bride and groom portraits, it’s important to really think about where and when we can capture the essence of who you are as a couple! I will always take some more traditional photos of the bride and groom in the church (moms love these), but putting a creative twist on your photos or (even better!) choosing an off-site location for the creative portraits is one way to personalize your big day!
The photos below, which I’ve chosen to include in our “best of 2008″ voting were taken at all different locations, some with extended portrait sessions and some with 10-minute outdoor sessions at a reception site. The point is, we get to customize your photos to your wedding day, your personality and your love for each other! I chose all of these because they’re not posed-fake-smiling-staring-right-at-me types of photos. They’re interactive, and show off the relationship. They were also all done at outdoor locations in between the ceremony and reception — some required more of a trip and pre-planning, and others were very quick sessions that made all the difference in the style and options for bride and groom portraits!
#1 – Serena and Steve. This was taken in front of the old doors at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. The museum was in between their ceremony church and reception venue, so we stopped there for a quick session in between.
#2 – Terah and Chris. This was taken in a gazebo right outside their reception venue, Heritage Hall in Topeka.
#3 – Meryl and Greg. Their creative session was taken on the rooftop of their ceremony and reception site, Club 1000, in downtown Kansas City. This was a very quick session in between the ceremony and reception while the staff flipped the room from one layout to another for the reception!
#4 – Jayme and Tim. This “corn field” was actually a very small patch at their reception location, Mahaffie Farms, in Olathe, Kansas. It totally fit with their personalities, style and theme of their whole day. Thankfully, they were up for climbing into the field for me. :)
#5 – Janae and Travis. We rode a “party bus” with their whole wedding party to Lake Jacomo, near Blue Springs, Missouri, for a portrait session in between the ceremony and reception. It wasn’t on the way to the reception site, but they had time and had planned to hang out in between, so we took advantage of the great photo opportunity!
Do you have a favorite? Want to know more about what we can do during these sessions? Leave a comment (just click on the “Comments” link at the lower right). But first… on to the voting! :)
We just got back home after Nick and Sarah’s awesome wedding in Manhattan, Kansas. They aren’t leaving for their honeymoon until tomorrow morning, so I wanted to get up a few fun images for them since I now know that Sarah has my blog as one of her permanent tabs in Firefox. :)
So, you two newlyweds, enjoy this very small black-and-white preview of your wedding images!
I love these images… so dreamy and soft and real!
Sarah made such a beautiful bride!
And Nick made one very excited (and equally handsome) groom! :)
They had a great ceremony — here they are just after they said their vows! Can’t you just feel the happiness? :)
Their wedding party was amazing — they even braved the freezing temperatures for some outdoor shots at K-State’s Old Stadium!
Their first dance as husband and wife!
Congratulations, you two! I can’t wait to share more images with you very soon. Have an awesome time in Cabo!! :)
Okay, so I know I’m crazy for blogging photos the very NIGHT of a wedding… but I was downloading these photos as soon as I got home to back them up right away, and I couldn’t help myself… I had to take a peek at the images from Stephanie’s bridal session before her and Daniel’s wedding today!
So, loyal blog readers (who are probably feeling SO on the back burner right now…sorry for the break this week!), I present you with my sincerest apologies, in the form of this awesome night-of-the-wedding sneak preview of Stephanie’s bridal images.
Is she not absolutely stunning?
A full-length shot… showing off her gorgeous dress! I love images of laughing brides. Just so joyful.
The detail in the church was really neat — I really like how the yellowy glow of the evening sun on the ceiling picks up the subtle yellow/creamy tones in her bouquet. Plus, Stephanie looks very much like a professional. Professional model, that is. :)
Okay, and one of the handsome groom!
More — many more — to come in a few days! I’m really excited to share the fun moments and details of this day. Stay tuned!
I’m crossing another item off of my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days (click here to see the list)! It’s been a while since I posted a blog entry just to talk about an item being crossed off, and I’ve been waiting to do this one for a few weeks.
Before our one year anniversary, it was my goal to have a wedding album with our photos finished — and some great professional prints to decorate our new house (what? did I just say new house?? oh, stay tuned!). So, in perfect timing — the finished album arrived one day before we celebrated one year. :)
The album I designed is very similar to the albums I design for my wedding clients. It’s a flush-mount, leather-bound album (see the details below) with a collage-style design. The page designs are very simple with clean lines, but it helps tell the story of your day as it happened with large panoramic photographs and smaller inset photos to highlight the details. I love how it turned out.
I chose to have our album done in all black and white, partially because I loved how our images (taken by La Brisa Photography) looked in black and white and because it’s so classic. I’m a fan of classic. :)
Here’s to crossing another item off the list!
Janae and Travis’ wedding in Blue Springs, Missouri, wrapped up the 2008 wedding season here at ericamay photography! And we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful fall day. You all know by now that I’m a softie for golden light, glowing through trees — well, there was plenty of that to go around last weekend. :)
Janae and Travis opted to do their photos prior to the ceremony, so they would have time in between for an outdoor location and some fun times with their wedding party on their “party bus.” When couples meet beforehand, we always coordinate a private meeting between the bride and groom (and me!) so they have a minute to see each other, and to capture those emotional images of the first sight! Here’s one shot of Janae, getting a little emotional:
I love Janae’s bouquet and all of the florals for the wedding. The colors really “popped” against their color scheme of black, silver and purple (K-State fans!).
The ceremony was beautiful, and the church had a huge skylight right above the altar area, which provided some glowing ambient light. Beautiful!
This little cutie was “flirting” with me throughout the whole ceremony… :)
And the flower girl? Adorable. :) She even had her own veil and her dress had a train. So precious! Here she is, climbing onto the party bus to hang out with the wedding party:
Okay, so I love outdoor photos at weddings. There’s just something so romantic and dreamy and natural about shooting outdoors — and wedding dresses look seriously amazing in sunlight. If you’re considering doing photos outside, just do it. You won’t regret it — and that doesn’t mean you have to travel to a destination to grab some outdoor shots…we can make use of any outdoor space!
However, if you’re up for a beautiful location, it is certainly worth it. These shots were all taken at Lake Jacomo near Blue Springs. Does this look like Missouri to you? :)
Oh, beautiful golden autumn light! Thank you for appearing on Janae and Travis’ big day! :)
Check out those gorgeous eyes!
I just really can’t get enough of this photo. Thanks for being willing to sit in the grass, guys!
See what I mean about the sunlight? :)
The reception really tied together their K-State purple theme with super classy centerpieces and TONS of candles. It was beautiful! Here’s one of the centerpiece styles:
And the really fun cake (with more gorgeous glowing light peeking through the window!)…
Janae and Travis, thanks for choosing ericamay photography! I hope you’re having an awesome time in Puerto Vallarta!
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The next ericamay wedding posts are coming in January — but be ready for the in-between posts, where we’ll revisit some of the best wedding ideas, themes and personal touches from this past year! For the brides-to-be, I’ll give you some great tips and suggestions for how to incorporate your personality into your wedding details! :) If you have specific questions or want to cover a certain topic, send an e-mail to this address: me[at]ericamay[dot]com or use the “contact” form on www.ericamay.com!
They met at K-State. Landscape architects. Two country-loving people. Now, they’re husband and wife.
Jayme and Tim’s wedding day was such a happy day. Everyone was so relaxed and in good spirits, it was just a joy to be there all day. Their ceremony was at Jayme’s grandmother’s church in Olathe, the First Christian Church. It was the perfect setting for their quaint wedding, accented by real Kansas touches — sunflowers, gingham print, cornflower blue flowers, metal buckets filled with white daisies, turquoise mason jars filled with Kansas-grown petals… it was such an elegant twist on a country Kansas theme.
And Jayme was one beautiful bride. Ahh, I love All-American girls like Jayme. :)
Jayme and the ladies — her sister and cousin!
Jeff captured some really great shots of Tim — this one is in a parking garage right across the street from the church. And I love the second one, Tim in the sanctuary, looking just a little bit nervous with excitement. :) The next three shots are Jeff’s:
I loved these buckets of daisies that lined the pews on the center aisle of the ceremony, and then served as centerpieces on the candy bar and cake table during the reception.
These two were so cute during the ceremony:
During their ceremony, Jayme and Tim invited their guests to participate in communion. They stood at the front and served it to their guests, along with their maid of honor and best man. I thought that was a really neat personal touch!
I just love this shot of Jayme, serving communion to her grandfather:
Jayme and her mom loved the front steps and front door of the old church in downtown Olathe. I think this shot is so classic:
Then we were off to the reception site, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farmstead, for a few quick photos of the bride and groom on the historic site’s property.
I can’t get enough of these corn field shots! This is a fun way to incorporate Tim and Jayme’s personalities — Tim grew up on a farm, so touches like this help define their photos as personal and unique to them.
Their reception was in a really neat natural wood barn building on the site, built specifically for hosting events like this. It was a great space for an intimate wedding reception, and absolutely perfect for Jayme and Tim’s barbeque-themed reception dinner.
I love these centerpieces! I want some for my kitchen table. :)
And you just can’t go wrong with a candy bar of your favorites. Jayme and Tim chose their favorites and their wedding party members’ favorites to share.
Jayme and Tim, thank you so much for choosing me to capture your big day. It has been so much fun getting to know you both… I can’t wait to meet up soon after you’re all settled in your new home!
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Congratulations, you two. Never lose that cute, we’re-madly-in-love look that you gave each other all day. :)
Can I just start out by saying how much I loved Jayme and Tim’s wedding? :)
The day was gorgeous, the people were beautiful, the details were personal and fantastic.
I’m going to share a lot more about their big day very soon…but for now, I just wanted to share a little preview of some of my favorite images from the day.
There are a few similar photos where Jayme is actually in her wedding dress — but I just loved this version in her jeans and cute blue-checked shirt (that matched her wedding theme!). So, here’s this version:
They have some really cool ceremony shots, too. I love when the bride and groom don’t have their back to the audience the whole time…especially if the photographer has to stay in the back!
And…the highlight of my 2008 wedding season: wedding portraits in ROWS OF CORN! :D You guys totally made my year by agreeing to do this…and the photos? Well, I think it was worth it!
More fun photos and all of the official details about their day are coming soon! Stay tuned!
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