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Wedding: Serena and Steve September 30, 2008

“True love waits. And true love waits on,” the pastor said during the ceremony. He talked about how awesome it was that Serena and Steve believed in God’s plan for their lives — and how these two came to know each other, and then cross paths yet again six years later. Serena, an Air Force¬†pilot; Steve, an Air Force navigator.¬†True love waits, he said.

He also said that by serving each other, two people can find joy in being givers, always focused on each other. When a husband is focused on the needs of his wife, and a wife the needs of her husband, the cycle of giving and loving continues. True love waits on, he said.

It was such a privilege to photograph Serena and Steve’s special day. These two are so completely in love, and it was awesome to witness the love shared between people who have waited for their one true love.

These bridal portraits of Serena were taken outside the historic church near the Plaza in Kansas City. Central Methodist Church is a very traditional, beautiful church with some amazing photographic backgrounds. Serena’s natural beauty and model-esque features looked awesome everywhere…but especially against the backdrops of this historic church.

Steve and Serena had some of the most supportive wedding party members I’ve seen so far — those bridesmaids were seriously professionals. It’s because of them Serena’s dress is absolutely perfectly placed in all of these photos!

Steve and Serena waited to see each other until she was walking down the aisle. It helped make their ceremony photos extra special — I’m pretty sure they were beaming the entire time! Here are just a few from the ceremony:

The absolutely amazing vocalist, Nathan Granner with the American Tenors. Oh my. No words can express his voice. I had chills during his performance of The Lord’s Prayer.

For their exit from the church, guests threw lavender. One of my favorite scents, this was really pretty, unique and smelled amazing! It’s a great idea for something different.

I adore this shot of Serena waving at her mom — so joyous and excited!

In between the wedding and reception, we had some time for creative couples’ portraits with Serena and Steve. I love when couples are up for stopping somewhere in between for portraits, so we can spend time focusing on the two of them. The sessions don’t take very long, but result in images like these, taken at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I love this location!

After the photos, we headed to the reception at the Clubhouse on Baltimore. I wish I had some more reception photos to show you, but I’ve just started on those, and I couldn’t wait any longer to get these up! :)

Serena’s dad is probably the most proud father of the bride I’ve ever photographed. A great photographer himself, Christopher was just beaming all day long — here’s a few for you! First up, his “Father of the Bride” hat…and second, the awesome father-daughter dance. According to Christopher, they didn’t practice once together, but they sure fooled me! It was awesome!

Serena and Steve, thank you so much for letting me share your special day! May you be blessed in the years to come!

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