Congrats to Caitlin & Jimmy who were married at Noah’s Event Venue on September 9th, 2017.  They had colors of navy and yellow, which tied in their love of Kansas and KU.  Caitlin always loved the way girls would wear sunflowers in their hair at football and basketball games.  And the navy blue felt perfect for the fall season.   They had gorgeous custom designed invitations by Magpie Designed as one of their wedding day details, as well as navy coozies, a beautiful bean bag box with their names and wedding date (played during the cocktail hour), and stunning sunflowers everywhere.

When I asked Caitlin what her favorite moment during her wedding day was, this is what she had to say:
“So many wonderful moments on our wedding day.  If I had to pick a favorite though, I’d have to say it was the first look. Jimmy is and always has been Mr. Tough Guy who doesn’t like to show his feelings. So the moment when he turned around and first saw me, I knew the emotion was real (because it wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t) and the fact that he couldn’t suppress it like he normally tries to do made me so happy as a bride! His reaction was all I could ask for.  I was so excited to see my dress, hair, & makeup together so I’m glad he loved it too! And he looked so handsome in his suit!”

 

Oh, how I love capturing the special moments that happen between a bride and her sister and mother.
Bella Chic Floral Odid a great job with all the bouquets and flowers that decorated the space.

Kansas City wedding ceremony photography

Kansas City cocktail hour and reception photography It was an emotional and special mother-son dance for Jimmy, his sister, and mother.  Look at that cake!  Followed by a KU tradition.
Getting the party started…and let me tell you there were some great dancers!

Amazing Wedding Professionals:

Dress:  Bella Vogue Bridal

Tux: Men’s Warehouse

Bridal Party Dresses:  David’s Bridal

Rings:  Shane Co

Floral: Bella Chic Floral

Cake:  Adorn Cakes

Catering:  Joe’s KC

Transportation:  Showtime Transportation

Bar: Top Shelf Bartending

Hair & Makeup:  White Carpet Bride

Invitations: Magpie Designed

 

CPT Samuel Taylor, and his gorgeous wife, Christina had a short, sweet and intimate wedding prior to moving to Hawaii for the military.  They wanted to throw a big ceremony for everyone to attend.  Having friends and family be a part of the celebration of their marriage was very important to them.  So, here are some photographic highlights from their Kansas City Carriage Club wedding and reception!  I love all the military traditions present on their wedding day.

 

 

Christina’s group were so relaxed and all about enjoying the little moments.  Christina choose a purple wedding gown, which made her feel like a Disney princess.   The guys were goofy and full of personality.   The first look is always so special. Christina had visions of incorporating a doorway for this special moment.  I think it worked perfectly for them.  
As a couple, they are very sweet and a lot silly together.  We incorporated their humor into their portraits as well as the bridal party group portraits. 
The ceremony was gorgeous!

The reception was decorated with teal blue, purple and white with a military theme.  Check out those soldiers decorating the cake!  During the grand entrance, they had a nerf gun war between the guys and gals.   Military Toast
Sam’s parents cut their wedding cake with a sword, and Sam is continuing the tradition.  For the father-daughter dance, Christina’s mother joined in.  Then, for the mother-son dance, Sam his mom took it to a whole new level with a choreographed dance incorporating all the greatest dance moves (except the sprinkler…I was really hoping for that one!).  This was a great party with no shortage of dancing.  Carriage Club reception dance party And at the end of the night, we took the couple out for some night shots in the front of the Carriage Club with the fountain.  To us, it felt like a classic movie scene.

 

Many, many congrats to you both!  It was an honor photographing your wedding day!

 

Rebecca

 

Preparations, portraits, ceremony & reception venue:  Carriage Club

Florist: Fiddly Fig

Bakery: Classic Cakes & More

DJ for wedding and Reception:  Raise the Barr DJ

Hairstylist/Makeup Artist:  Shelby at Eye Do Makeup & Hair East

 

 

Congratulations to Kyle and Hilary!  This fabulous couple had a gorgeous Loose Mansion Wedding & Reception.  Personally, there are a handful of truly memorable moments to their wedding day.  The first being the weather.  It was so very hot. We spent a few minutes outdoors to capture some outdoor portraits, but our happy couple was not super comfortable.  They are lovely, so I am glad they endured the heat.  Then, during the reception, the storm kicked in.  Kansas City has had some weather this summer, but oh man this evening takes the cake for a doozie.  We stole the couple away for a few moments on the upstairs rooftop for a few night shots and captured some lighting in the background as the storm rolled in.  That night it rained like mad and many folks lost their power.

Also notable were the beautiful Jewish traditions they chose to hold a place of honor on their special day.  Their ketubah is so beautiful and the signing special to all who were lucky enough to witness.  Like five generations before them, Kyle and Hilary said their vows under the family chuppah.

Lastly, I knew just how sweet Hilary and Kyle are together, but had yet to discover the amazing sister relationship of Hilary and Emily.

 

Loose Mansion Wedding & Reception


Kansas City Photography at Loose Mansion Groom getting ready for wedding at Loose MansionThe first look: check out the smiles on everyone!  I love the last photograph of Hilary wiping one of Kyle’s happy tears. First look captured from a Kansas City PhotographerThe stair cases at Loose Mansion are gorgeous, so we made sure to take advantage of them. The last image is of the couple tying their love knots (credit for this brilliant tradition goes to Craig Sole) where both the bride and groom tie a hard knot in the bouquet ribbons symbolizing their love that cannot be undone.   Kansas City Loose Mansion PhotographyI love how the rich blues in the bridal party work so well with the elegance of the dark wood and warm lighting.   Loose Mansion’s catering is always amazing.  Just look at those appetizers for the cocktail hour.

Music for the first dance and reception by the amazing Hot Club KC.

Newlyweds dancing on the rooftop as the storm rolls in.  And the sky darkened and was lit up by the lightning…

 


bride and groom with lightning storm behind them

Wedding preparations, ceremony, reception, & catering:  Loose Mansion

Floral:  Craig Sole Design

Cake: Nancy Stark

Dress shop: Urban Bridal

Rabbi: Daniel Kirzane, “The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah”

Hair & Makeup: White Carpet Bride

Invitations by Brent Smith

Jessica and Manny married on July 8th, 2017!  They celebrated their wedding day surrounded by their family and friends and many well-planned details which had special meaning to their relationships.  They said their vows at The Redemptorist Church, took portraits at the Royals Stadium and had their reception at The Berg Event Space.

The ladies got ready at the Sheraton Crown Center, so we had to make sure to capture that amazing view with the dress.  The flower girls were excited about their gorgeous wreaths and dresses…and shoes!! And Jessica was ready to put that dress on so she could get to the church and walk down the aisle towards her future husband.  The guys got ready in Manny’s family home and walked to the church.
At the church, the ladies waited for the ceremony to begin.  The flower girls could not resist Jessica’s dress.Then it was time for the first look with her dad and reading Manny’s card.  I also loved the locket that her mom gave her with her grandmother’s photograph for her bouquet.  It was Manny’s turn to read his card and receive his gift from Jessica.  The flower girls peeking through the door in anticipation, but not nearly as much anticipation as what Jessica and Manny must have been feeling!  Check out Manny’s expression watching Jessica walk down the aisle and seeing her for the first time. And then to Kauffman Stadium to commemorate what a fun and important part the Royals played in the relationship.   The newlyweds practiced their first dance in the hallway that the Royals hallway that they run through to go to the field.  

The Berg was decorated beautifully and the cake was just as delicious as it looked.  Check out those gorgeous windows and wood beams!

The Berg Event Space Wedding Reception Photography:

They did a family dance rather than the traditional father-daughter and mother-son dance, and it worked great!Cake cutting with cupcakes and gelato for dessert.

Time to party!

Other amazing wedding day professionals:

Ceremony:  Redemptorist Church

Reception: The Berg Event Space

Florist: Wild Hill Flowers and Events

Day of Coordination:  Wild Hill Flowers and Events

Bride’s Preparations:  Sheraton Hotel at Crown Center

Cake:  Dolce

Hair: Kerri Melton

Makeup: Lindsay Bainter-Kauffman

Catering:  Brancato’s

DJ:  Rich Lindon

Trolley:  Showtime

Linens:  Ultrapom

 

Congratulations to Lauren & Ben on your amazing wedding and a million best wishes for a very happy future.  After getting to know them, I have no doubt that will be the case.  Their love for each other is so apparent and shone through in every part of your day.  The atmosphere for the wedding was described as a little rustic and then for the reception, they incorporated that rustic feeling with a little bit of shabby chic. When they first started planning, they wanted a small, intimate space.  The Vow Exchange was perfect for that (they also loved that it was already completely decorated and would make the day simple).  Then 1617 Event Space worked perfectly for the reception so that more friends and family could share the day with them.  They lucked out with an absolutely perfect summer day, celebrated with close family and friends at every turn.

The ladies started their day at Posh KC where they had hair and makeup done.  Then we went to Hotel Phillips to put on the dress and veil, and to do the first look with Lauren’s dad.  The guys started out at Top Gold and got ready at Ben’s apartment.  Both Lauren and Ben gave each other a card and gift (Lauren cried and Ben had a huge smile on his face).

Portraits with the girls:

And the guys:

The Vow Exchange Photography

Pre-ceremony at The Vow Exchange, Ben nervously pinned on his father’s boutonniere (and paced around) and Lauren hid in the back room, excited to walk down the aisle. How cute are those ring bearers?  What a lovely ceremony! A newlywed bride blowing a kiss to her new groom:Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts

After the ceremony and family formals, the newly weds and the bridal party headed to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to take some portraits of the good looking crew.  

1617 Event Space

I asked Lauren what her favorite part of the planning process was and this is what she said:

My favorite part was working with my mother on the decorations and my grandma coming for a week to make the flower arrangements.  It has been a very special time because I don’t see my family very often because of the distance! And also, planning to spend the rest of your life with your best friend is always fun and tearful 🙂

As you can see, they did an outstanding job!
Their grand entrance and first dance:
Mother-son dance and Father-daughter dance:Toasts: Lauren and Ben love the city and streetcars!  So, it is only fitting that they get some fun portraits with the city lights and streetcars.  A perfect way to end the coverage of their night.

Amazing Wedding Day Vendors:

Hair & Makeup:  Posh KC

Ceremony:  The Vow Exchange

Reception:  1617 Event Space

Catering:  Nara

Bride’s Preparations:  Hotel Phillips

Cake & Cupcakes:  Babycakes

Bridal Gown: Simply Yours Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses:  Azazie

Wedding Rings:  Vinca Jewelry

Jewelry:  Something White Bridal Boutique

DJ:  Robert DeGeorge

Decor, Invitations & Flowers:  DYI by Bride, mother, grandmother, & family