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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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Manhattan Kansas Wedding: Amy and Brian October 12, 2009

I love fall. And I love weddings. So you better believe I love fall weddings. :) Amy and Brian got married this past weekend in Manhattan, Kansas, and it was a great fall day — right before the weather turned so cold! They got married in the evening at Seven Dolors Catholic Church with a reception at the Manhattan Country Club.

We started off with Amy getting ready at the church — the details in her dress were amazing.

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Amy and Brian chose to see each other before the wedding for the photos, and we had their first meeting outside on the church steps, which was surrounded by beautiful trees with changing leaves. These are from their first few moments together:

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I loved the golden tree, so we did a few of Amy’s bridal portraits in front of it, too. The backlit sun was just lovely… and so was the bride!

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The wedding party went outside for fun and relaxed portraits, too. This is on the side of the church:

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We walked to downtown Manhattan (just a few blocks) for more photos with Amy and Brian. I could’ve spent all day taking portraits… but they had to get married. ;)

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I love the next two that Jeff took:

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Brian’s family owns Danenberg Jewelers in downtown Manhattan, and that’s where he proposed to Amy. Of course, we had to get some photos in front of the store on their big day!

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These next three detail shots are by Jeff — ring shots (of course — the groom is a jeweler!) and the gorgeous church:

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Jeff also grabbed this one right before Amy walked down the aisle:

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The ceremony was in the evening, since the wedding was on a Friday, and it was really romantic — lit by candles, with the focus on the altar of the church. 

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Jeff’s ceremony shots:

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And their grand exit (the first is mine, the second is Jeff’s):

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I like this shot of the car window as they were pulling away — the people in the reflection are Brian’s sisters and grandparents. :)

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When we arrived at the Manhattan Country Club, which sits up on a tall hill, Amy and Brian gave me a few more minutes for portraits!

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The reception was very elegant, and had a really laid back and classy feel. Here are a few of the details:

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I love to watch the bride and groom during events like slideshows of their love story — the reactions are always great. Here’s one of Amy:

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Instead of a bouquet and garter toss, Amy and Brian chose to dedicate it to their grandparents, who have been an example of lasting love and marriage for both of them. It was really special. Afterwards, they had a special dance for them — here are Brian’s grandparents dancing:

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The flower girl was Amy’s niece and she was so adorable, especially gliding around the dance floor like a princess. :)

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Amy and her dad during the father-daughter dance:

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And I’ll leave you with a shot from Amy and Brian’s first dance:

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Congratulations, you two! I hope you’re enjoying your honeymoon in Hawaii! :) Best wishes for a joy-filled marriage.

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