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Kicking Off 2009: Stephanie and Daniel’s Leawood Wedding January 6, 2009

We didn’t wait long to kick off our 2009 wedding season — on January 2nd, while the confetti and noisemakers were still being swept off Times Square, Stephanie and Daniel were getting ready for their special day! :) It was an awesome way to ring in the new year, celebrating the love and commitment of two people.

If you missed the sneak peek of their portraits, check it out first.

The day started with Stephanie getting ready. I love this shot!


Stephanie’s dad was finally allowed into the room to see his daughter in her wedding dress! Priceless!


Stephanie and Daniel decided to not see each other before their ceremony, so we coordinated two separate portrait sessions before the ceremony. Here’s a shot from Daniel’s:


And two from Stephanie’s:



Their ceremony was held at The Church of the Nativity in Leawood, Kansas. It was still decorated for Christmas and was just beautiful!

Stephanie’s dad giving her away to her new husband!


See what I mean about the gorgeous Christmas decor?




One of my favorite moments to capture is the time right after a wedding ceremony, when friends and family shower the bride and groom with hugs and congratulations! I love this shot of Stephanie right after she became a wife, with her bridesmaids all around!


Since the couple didn’t want to see each other before for photos, and it was dark when their evening wedding was finished, we didn’t get to do an outdoor portrait session. Since the church was so lovely, we did all of their portraits inside, and I love the wintertime feel they have!


I love this one!



The reception was at the Lodge at Ironwoods, a really neat modern barn in a park in Leawood. It was a fantastic venue!


Toasts are some of the best times for capturing great reactions! Stephanie’s sister and maid of honor gave a funny toast with advice for Daniel and things he should know about Stephanie — there was a lot of laughter during this one! :)


Double camera coverage capturing the best man (and groom’s brother) speech!


This shot of their first dance has such a dreamy quality, which I love. It reminds me of an old black-and-white movie.


And this expression on her dad’s face is so proud. I love this one of their father-daughter dance:


The tradition of throwing the garter and bouquet is always approached differently from couple to couple. I’m sure this garter approach took Stephanie by surprise (it’s okay…they’re married!). :)


And the bouquet toss reactions were just too great!


I can’t get enough of dancing grandparents — here are Daniel’s grandparents joining the fun on the dance floor!


Stephanie and Daniel, congratulations on your marriage! Wishing you the best 2009 as husband and wife!

Family and friends, click here to sign the guestbook for the online gallery — you’ll be notified when all of the wedding photos are available for viewing!

So, what do you think? What’s your favorite image from the first wedding of 2009?


5 Responses to “Kicking Off 2009: Stephanie and Daniel’s Leawood Wedding”

  1. Betsy Says:

    Hey, Erica! Gorgeous, as always. My favorite is definitely the one of the bride bathed in that light in the church, full length view of the dress. You have a great eye. I’ll be emailing you for a couple tips for indoor portraits, as this weekend is supposed to be in the 20s for my wedding session! (Ugh- CT weather!)

  2. Beth Says:

    I LOVE the church photos! How lucky to have the Christmas decor!!! I love the twinkling lights in the background! All of the photos are great:)

  3. Sierra Says:

    Her dress was GORGEOUS! I loved all the photos and the decor at the church was so awesome!

  4. Amy Says:

    Erica. These wedding photos are beautiful. I love the black and whites of the bride, and the intimate moments captured between dad and daughter. Perfect!

  5. my favorite is the first one. love it. also love, love her dress!

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