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Engaged! Workshop for Kansas City Brides March 24, 2009

Getting engaged was one of the most exciting days of my life. Our engagement (which was only about 6 months!) was a time that I would never trade for anything… I loved that whirlwind time of engagement . Planning a wedding was one of the most exciting… AND stressful… experiences of my life. :)

For those of you who are currently engaged, you know what I’m talking about!

This past weekend, Sharon Ivy with KiSS Events, a Kansas City wedding coordination service, helped brides, grooms and families ease the stress of wedding planning. Sharon hosted the Engaged! Workshop and brought in a collection of wedding vendors from across the city to give advice and offer their expertise to those in the middle of the planning process.

I had such a great time speaking with the group, taking photos of the event and meeting some fantastic vendors.

The event was held at Third Eye Event Space in the Crossroads District of Kansas City. If you’re looking for a fun, open event venue in the downtown area, Third Eye is an awesome location!



The amazing centerpieces were different on each of the tables, to give brides ideas and show the price range of various options. They were all incredible… provided by Bella Design Studio:





The event was catered by Above and Beyond Catering, and it was delicious. They did such a fantastic job not only with the food, but with the presentation. They created the catering bar to fit the theme perfectly, and it really tied everything together so well. Also, did I mention the food was delicious? :)






Each of the vendors had a table set up with samples, business cards and information. It was a great time for brides and their guests to mingle with a variety of wedding vendors and have their questions answered one-on-one.


DIY invitation ideas were provided by Archiver’s.


Carson Swisher, a great cinematographer and photographer, was there as well. If you are thinking about wedding videography, contact Carson!


Sharon and her team were absolutely wonderful. Here are the KiSS Events ladies, looking super cute in their workshop t-shirts. :)


Sharon is a totally talented woman… if you’re even remotely thinking about hiring a coordinator, contact her! She’s fantastic, totally organized, creative and tons of fun.




It was a well-done event, and I’m hoping Sharon plans another sometime soon. I highly encourage my brides to attend events like this to get ideas, learn about things you might not have considered before, and to network with vendors! Plus, we gave away lots of fun prizes — including free wedding coordination services!

If you’re still looking for some of your wedding vendors, check out these talented people:

Bella Design Studio (florals)

Celebration Party Rentals (reception rentals, linens, etc.)

Icing on the Cake (bakery)

Debbie Jackson Productions (DJ)

Third Eye Event Space (wedding/reception venue)

Archiver’s (invitation supplies)

Above and Beyond Catering (catering)

Carson Swisher (cinematography)

KiSS Events (wedding coordination)

Ericamay Photography (photography, of course!) :)


Relay for Life June 26, 2008

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Last Friday evening, I had the pleasure to photograph the Relay for Life event in Overland Park/Leawood. It was great to see so many teams representing so many businesses, community groups, churches and friendships across the two suburbs. The total amount raised was somewhere over $25,000!

Look at this little cutie:

This mother-daughter pair was walking during the survivor’s lap that kicks off the 12 hour event — the mom’s sign says, “This lap is in honor of my daughter Emilee!”

These next two photos were taken during the moving luminaria ceremony — everyone gets a candle lit if they know someone battling cancer, have taken care of someone battling cancer, know a cancer survivor, have lost a loved one to cancer — it was amazing how quickly the candles were lit up.

To see the entire Relay for Life album, click here.


Father of the Year June 1, 2008

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After a two-wedding weekend (which were both AMAZING…more on those to come!), I had the incredible opportunity to photograph the Father of the Year special event, sponsored by the Kansas City Royals and the National Center for Fathering.

The contest was made up of essay entries from children of all ages from across the Kansas City metro area. The essays were then read and judged (I spent an afternoon doing this also…SO incredible!), and narrowed down to 5 finalists. The finalists and their families got an inside sneak peek tour of the Royals stadium, and the winner was announced during the pre-game festivities at today’s game.

Here are a few highlights from the day, celebrating great father figures. As Father’s Day approaches, may we all recognize and pay tribute to the fathers in our lives.

Slugger(rrrrr) came by to congratulate the fathers and the essay writers:

…And the winner is:

And one more shot of Jeff’s sunglasses from our seats during the game: