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Kelsey and Danny’s Wedding (Topeka and Lawrence) August 31, 2009

Every once in a while, we meet someone who is everything a person should be — happy, energetic, driven, kind, smart, and thoughtful. Every once in a while, that kind of person blesses our life with and brings us just a little more joy and reminds us what it is to love the details in life.

And every once in a while, two people who share those qualities meet. And fall in love. And invite me to photograph their wedding. :)

Kelsey and Danny. What can I say about these two except that they are absolutely wonderful? Jeff and I have been looking forward to their wedding day all year, especially after their awesome engagement session. Their wedding day was exactly what we expected it to be — a celebration of their love. These two were so excited to get married! They put on an amazing wedding, and I’m going to stop gushing about it now and show you the photos. :)

We started off wit Kelsey putting on her finishing touches:

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Her dress had a jayhawk sown in (they are both die-hard KU fans… more on that later!):

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The flowers were beautiful, done by Corlis at McLouth Flower Loft. I’ve worked with her a few times in the past, and I’m telling you, she’s brilliant with florals. Here’s Kelsey’s elegant bouquet:

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Kelsey and Danny opted to see each other before the wedding for their formal portraits. I absolutely love the “first look” between the bride and groom on their wedding day. Kelsey and Danny were just so excited, and I love the sheer joy in these photos!

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Jeff caught this awesome photo of Danny’s expression when he saw his bride for the first time!

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I love how Kelsey dropped her train as she hurried towards Danny!

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Jeff’s view of their first meeting — this one is sooo romantic!

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Seriously, I could not have scripted this cuteness! :) I love it!

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Their expressions here just make my heart melt. 

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We started with their portraits together, and did most of them outside since the weather was absolutely perfect. Who knew we’d get a 70 degree weather day in August? :) The church provided a beautiful backdrop for photos.

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One of Jeff’s shots:

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The gorgeous bride:

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And the handsome groom (these are both Jeff’s):

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I could’ve taken photos of Kelsey all day long. She’s beautiful. So I have to share a few more with you… :) I wonder if Danny knew he was marrying a model? :)

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A few more of their cuteness together… 

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Jeff did some creative shots of their rings. This is one of my favorites:

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Kelsey’s nephew Oliver looked so cute in his baby-sized tux. :) You might remember him from this post.

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The ceremony at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Topeka, Kansas, was beautiful. The architecture was lovely. Kelsey’s dad walked her down the aisle.

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A few of my favorite ceremony shots:

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Seriously, how sweet is Danny? I think I almost said “aww!” out loud when he kissed Kelsey’s hand during the ceremony. :)

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Here’s one of Jeff’s. I’m not sure if Danny was wiping away tears or just rubbing his eyes, but either way… :)

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Their exit was one of the cutest ever. :) Yes, I just said “ever.” They opted to use confetti poppers for their guests and it looked amazing in the photos! To give you an idea, I’m going to give you the extended version of their grand exit from the church! :) The first three are Jeff’s view:

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And one of mine:

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I hopped in the stretch-Hummer limo for a few photos of Kelsey and Danny during their first few minutes as husband and wife!

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Their reception was in a beautiful ballroom at the Holidome in Lawrence, Kansas. The details were very elegant, and the party was amazing! I usually don’t share so many reception shots, but these are too good to pass up. :) Kelsey and Danny’s first dance:

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… which turned into THIS:

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… an amazingly choreographed first dance to a mix of songs. It was awesome, and a surprise for the whole crowd!

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Jeff’s shot:

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I love how Kelsey and Danny can have so much fun and get a little crazy, but they’re also super classy. :) They wrapped up their first dance with a few more minutes of a slow dance.

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One surprise wasn’t enough for the crowd. Oh no, not when Danny’s involved. :) He surprised EVERYONE — Kelsey included — with a smaller version of the KU marching band. Yes, you read that right. I even laid aside my K-State loyalties and got into their lively renditions of KU fight songs. :) And I sacrificed my hearing for some of these close-up shots. :)

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Kelsey and Danny, big congratulations to you both. I’m so excited for you and the fun chapter of your lives that started this past weekend. Wishing you a very happy — and fun-filled! — marriage together. :)

For friends and family who want to see more of the c-r-a-z-y reception photos, the beautiful portraits, and the other memorable moments throughout the day, you can view all of the photos online. Just click here to sign in to the online guest book, and I’ll let you know when all of the photos are ready to be viewed!


2 Responses to “Kelsey and Danny’s Wedding (Topeka and Lawrence)”

  1. Tiffany Says:

    I worked with and went to KU with Kelsey for a few years and could not attend the wedding. The pictures are fantastic and truly depict the beautiful couple’s personalities! Great job on capturing the moment (s)!!!!

  2. Mallory Says:

    I love the pictures where Kelsey and Danny see each other for the first time :) The looks on their faces are wonderful! Kelsey is so beautiful!

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