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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).

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3 Responses to “Kansas City Wedding: Lisa and Ben, The Carriage Club and Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church”

  1. jenifriend Says:

    excellent job erica! i was a second shooter for a wedding at our lady of sorrows on 7.18. if you get a chance swing by her blog http://jackiecooperphoto.blogspot.com/ and check out the shots we took there as well. you give a different perspective, which (as always) is something i love about your work!!

  2. kravitzphotography Says:

    You are such a great photographer!!!!! Love the two veil bride portraits. Great work!

  3. Kathy St. Clair Says:

    We are planning a wedding at the Carriage Club for next year. It sounds like you were really happy with all the details. How was the food? Any hints you can give us to help with our planning?


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