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Kansas City Wedding: Kim and Kyle October 25, 2009

October is such a great time to get married in Kansas City — the trees are gorgeous, the weather is typically pretty mild, and… well, I got married in October so I’m a little partial to the month. :) Kim and Kyle chose a late October wedding because they wanted the trees to be at the peak of the fall season. It was perfect timing.

Kim and Kyle got married at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, with a reception downtown at the Aladdin Hotel. Their day was very relaxed and laid-back, which was perfect for these two and their guests. Here are some of my favorites. First, their rings on a gorgeous fall tree!

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Their ceremony was beautiful, and I really loved photographing in this church, which is a circular design and has some great natural light! Kim’s dad walked her down the aisle:

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Kim and Kyle got to sit down for part of the ceremony. It was fun capturing their glances during the ceremony. :)

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Some more ceremony favorites:

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Husband and wife! Yay!

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After the ceremony, Kim and Kyle scheduled in time for creative portraits downtown before the reception, which was amazing! Here they are with the wedding party:

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I love their reaction here to something their friends said. :) So happy!

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Now get ready for a big set of portraits. :)

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These two are so sweet together. I love this one:

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24 is the date they got married. :)

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The wonderful Kasie helped me shoot this wedding — here is one of the shots she took! I love this wide-angle view!

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More of my faves:

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The next two are Kasie’s shots — I love both of these. 

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We found this great wall with pretty fall vines. These next shots are mine:

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Their reception was on the 16th floor of the Aladdin Hotel in downtown Kansas City. It was set up to be a reception where people could visit with each other and relax to the tune of some great live music. :)

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It’s a tradition in Kim’s family for family members to design squares of fabric that are all sewed together in a quilt for the couple. Here’s one of the quilt squares, designed by a grandmother:

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More reception shots:

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Kim and Kyle, congratulations on your marriage. I hope you’re having an awesome time in London or France, wherever you might be when you see this. :) Thanks so much for asking me to be a part of your wedding day.

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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.

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Kansas City Wedding: Beth and Geoff May 26, 2009

I can’t believe Beth and Geoff’s wedding has already come and gone. It was a gorgeous day, with gorgeous people. I’m going to try to be short on words here and let the photos tell their wedding day story.

We started off the day with the gorgeous bride getting ready:


Beth and Geoff didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony, so their first sight of each other was during Beth’s walk down the aisle. I absolutely love this shot Jeff (my Jeff) captured of the bride as she waited to walk down the aisle with her dad.


The next few are my shots of Beth’s dad giving her away:



Their ceremony, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Kansas City, Kansas, was a beautiful and moving traditional ceremony, filled with amazing vocalists and instrumentalists (Beth was a vocal performance major at K-State).


Jeff’s shot of the entire sanctuary (isn’t it beautiful?):



Husband and wife! :)


Jeff’s shot of the church… amazing!


After the ceremony, we had some time for family portraits at the church and then headed out to the City Market area (where Beth and Geoff will live in a really cool loft!) for a portrait session of the happy couple and their wedding party. It couldn’t have been better.


I love Beth’s cathedral veil:


The girls (my shot):


Some details — the rings and gorgeous bridal bouquet:




We all had a chance to visit Beth and Geoff’s new loft downtown as well. We, of course, took a few photos in their loft, in the building, and around their building. First, on their prized pink vintage couches:



In the hallway:


And outside:



I love these two. They even let us steal them away for a little stroll and photo session in the surrounding areas — it was… awesome! :)




Their reception was held at Painted Hills Golf Course in Kansas City, Kansas. It was a really fun time, full of people mingling, talking, laughing, eating and dancing. Just what a reception should be. :)

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It was also Geoff’s grandpa’s birthday… so they celebrated with two cakes. The first, a birthday cake. :) The second, a wedding cake (featuring a super cute cake topper so unique to their wedding theme — kissing birds!).



The tosses always make for entertaining photos. I love both of these reaction shots.



Beth and Geoff, I hope you’re having an awesome time in San Francisco! Beth, you’re the first bride to ever text me during the honeymoon! That’s why I love you. :) Jeff and I are excited to catch up when you get back and take a visit to the awesome AMC Main Street Theater. 

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Sneak Peek: Beth and Geoff’s Kansas City Wedding May 23, 2009

Awesome wedding today. I’ll be showing you much more from this wedding — but for now, I promised Beth a little sneak peek before they head off for their honeymoon! Here are a few from our portrait session at City Market in downtown Kansas City!





Enjoy the honeymoon, Beth and Geoff!! I’ll have the full feature blog post up SOON! :)


2009 Weddings March 5, 2009

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I am so blessed to have such an amazing line-up of 2009 clients. I love that in a few short years, I’ve been able to be a part of so many special wedding days, experience so many emotions right along with my couples, and make some really great friends along the way. I am seriously grateful to the people who took a chance on me when I was first starting out a few years ago. And I am completely joyful that I continue to meet the best people all the time through this business.

So, I want to give a huge thank-you to my clients so far, and those brides and grooms in the ericamay line-up for 2009! You are so awesome!

That being said, we’re pretty much all booked for 2009 wedding dates. I will only be accepting one or two more weddings this fall. If you’re planning a fall (August – October) wedding and you haven’t yet contacted me — don’t wait! Those last few spots are filling up very quickly.

Don’t get me wrong, I love weddings. I wish I could take on every request that comes my way. I have a very hard time turning down wedding photography opportunities, but I also want to maintain a nice balance of work so all of my clients have personalized, creative attention.

I have some good news for you, though! I have several photographer friends who still have a few limited — but great! — wedding dates open on their calendars, throughout the summer AND fall seasons. So, if you’re stumped and need an awesome recommendation, shoot me an e-mail (me @ ericamay . com) and I will send you some fantastic people to contact! :) If a date is booked on the calendar on my website, shoot me an e-mail anyway so I can connect you with another talented photographer. Sound good?

Also, we’ve already begun booking dates for 2010! I know it seems like quite a long time in the future right now, but you don’t want to wait to book your vendors (including churches, reception venues, photographers, dresses!). We’ll be rolling out 2010 wedding packages soon, so if you already have most of of the details figured out, contact me now and take advantage of the 2009 rates!

Because a post isn’t as fun without a photo, here’s a shot from Tara and Tom‘s wedding that I almost didn’t keep, but now I love it. It’s just has a certain mood about it that I love!



Wedding: Janae and Travis October 21, 2008

Janae and Travis’ wedding in Blue Springs, Missouri, wrapped up the 2008 wedding season here at ericamay photography! And we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful fall day. You all know by now that I’m a softie for golden light, glowing through trees — well, there was plenty of that to go around last weekend. :)

Janae and Travis opted to do their photos prior to the ceremony, so they would have time in between for an outdoor location and some fun times with their wedding party on their “party bus.” When couples meet beforehand, we always coordinate a private meeting between the bride and groom (and me!) so they have a minute to see each other, and to capture those emotional images of the first sight! Here’s one shot of Janae, getting a little emotional:

I love Janae’s bouquet and all of the florals for the wedding. The colors really “popped” against their color scheme of black, silver and purple (K-State fans!).

The ceremony was beautiful, and the church had a huge skylight right above the altar area, which provided some glowing ambient light. Beautiful!

This little cutie was “flirting” with me throughout the whole ceremony… :)

And the flower girl? Adorable. :) She even had her own veil and her dress had a train. So precious! Here she is, climbing onto the party bus to hang  out with the wedding party:

Okay, so I love outdoor photos at weddings. There’s just something so romantic and dreamy and natural about shooting outdoors — and wedding dresses look seriously amazing in sunlight. If you’re considering doing photos outside, just do it. You won’t regret it — and that doesn’t mean you have to travel to a destination to grab some outdoor shots…we can make use of any outdoor space!

However, if you’re up for a beautiful location, it is certainly worth it. These shots were all taken at Lake Jacomo near Blue Springs. Does this look like Missouri to you? :)

Oh, beautiful golden autumn light! Thank you for appearing on Janae and Travis’ big day! :)

Check out those gorgeous eyes!

I just really can’t get enough of this photo. Thanks for being willing to sit in the grass, guys!

See what I mean about the sunlight? :)

The reception really tied together their K-State purple theme with super classy centerpieces and TONS of candles. It was beautiful! Here’s one of the centerpiece styles:

And the really fun cake (with more gorgeous glowing light peeking through the window!)…

Janae and Travis, thanks for choosing ericamay photography! I hope you’re having an awesome time in Puerto Vallarta!

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The next ericamay wedding posts are coming in January — but be ready for the in-between posts, where we’ll revisit some of the best wedding ideas, themes and personal touches from this past year! For the brides-to-be, I’ll give you some great tips and suggestions for how to incorporate your personality into your wedding details! :) If you have specific questions or want to cover a certain topic, send an e-mail to this address: me[at]ericamay[dot]com or use the “contact” form on!


Wedding: Jayme and Tim, Take 2 October 16, 2008

They met at K-State. Landscape architects. Two country-loving people. Now, they’re husband and wife.

Jayme and Tim’s wedding day was such a happy day. Everyone was so relaxed and in good spirits, it was just a joy to be there all day. Their ceremony was at Jayme’s grandmother’s church in Olathe, the First Christian Church. It was the perfect setting for their quaint wedding, accented by real Kansas touches — sunflowers, gingham print, cornflower blue flowers, metal buckets filled with white daisies, turquoise mason jars filled with Kansas-grown petals… it was such an elegant twist on a country Kansas theme. 

And Jayme was one beautiful bride. Ahh, I love All-American girls like Jayme. :)

Jayme and the ladies — her sister and cousin!

Jeff captured some really great shots of Tim — this one is in a parking garage right across the street from the church. And I love the second one, Tim in the sanctuary, looking just a little bit nervous with excitement. :) The next three shots are Jeff’s:

I loved these buckets of daisies that lined the pews on the center aisle of the ceremony, and then served as centerpieces on the candy bar and cake table during the reception.

These two were so cute during the ceremony:

During their ceremony, Jayme and Tim invited their guests to participate in communion. They stood at the front and served it to their guests, along with their maid of honor and best man. I thought that was a really neat personal touch!

I just love this shot of Jayme, serving communion to her grandfather:

Jayme and her mom loved the front steps and front door of the old church in downtown Olathe. I think this shot is so classic:

Then we were off to the reception site, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farmstead, for a few quick photos of the bride and groom on the historic site’s property.

I can’t get enough of these corn field shots! This is a fun way to incorporate Tim and Jayme’s personalities — Tim grew up on a farm, so touches like this help define their photos as personal and unique to them.

Their reception was in a really neat natural wood barn building on the site, built specifically for hosting events like this. It was a great space for an intimate wedding reception, and absolutely perfect for Jayme and Tim’s barbeque-themed reception dinner.

I love these centerpieces! I want some for my kitchen table. :)

And you just can’t go wrong with a candy bar of your favorites. Jayme and Tim chose their favorites and their wedding party members’ favorites to share.

Jayme and Tim, thank you so much for choosing me to capture your big day. It has been so much fun getting to know you both… I can’t wait to meet up soon after you’re all settled in your new home!

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Congratulations, you two. Never lose that cute, we’re-madly-in-love look that you gave each other all day. :)