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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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