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Leawood Wedding Reception: Amber and Josh May 29, 2009

Amber and Josh chose to say their vows at a beachside resort in the Turks and Caicos islands. At the end of April, they took a trip with each of their parents and got married on the beach! Since some resorts don’t allow outside photographers for destination weddings, Amber and Josh opted to have me cover their reception this past weekend, where they celebrated with their family and friends who didn’t make the trip to the islands!

I loved how Amber and Josh tied in their island theme, displayed photos and showed a video from their destination wedding, and really helped share that experience with their guests. The reception was held at Terrace on the Green in Leawood, and it was a beautiful venue with tons of natural light.

This post will have a lot of fun details from their reception — full of great ideas for other couples who want to throw a reception at home after a destination wedding!

First, the happy newlyweds:



And some of the beautiful details:




I loved the big paper lantern globes on the ceiling!


These wedding mints are shaped like seashells!



Wedding favors — with one of their beach wedding photos printed on the box!


The dinner buffet by Above and Beyond Catering — they’re always SO good… yummy food, great service!


The dress (gorgeous!) — and perfect for a beach wedding AND an elegant reception!


Okay, now on to the events! First, they watched a video of the wedding ceremony and a slideshow of the couple through the years. The crowd loved it, and it was fun to watch Amber and Josh’s reaction to their wedding video.


Amber and Josh’s first dance was so cute.



During the father-daughter and mother-son dances, they invited other dads/daugthers and moms/sons to join them on the dance floor. It was a nice touch! Here’s Amber dancing with her dad, and another father-daughter pair:



The couple toasting:


The bouquet and garter tosses:



I love grandparents, and especially grandparents dancing at receptions. :) First up, the cha-cha slide! Secondly, the “anniversary” dance. Amber’s grandparents won the dance — they’ve been married for 59 years! How awesome is that? :)



More fun shots:




Amber and Josh, thank you so much for letting me capture your special wedding reception! Congratulations!


4 Responses to “Leawood Wedding Reception: Amber and Josh”

  1. Emily Beaty Says:

    What a fun reception! Great job at capturing all the details. :)

  2. Sarah Says:

    Fun pictures Erica! Amber’s lucky, she got to wear her wedding dress twice!

  3. cindy brown Says:

    Love the dancing shots with everyone crossing their arms and touching their knees.
    Great job!

  4. Very nice photographs.

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