Oh, I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun this high school senior photography session was! And it has an incredible story to go with it if you hang in there with us. Let me introduce you to Becca: she has a heart of gold, some wonderful spunk, and a drive to succeed (and kick some butt while doing it. All on top of being absolutely stunning! We choose locations that have meaning to the here and now in Becca’s world.
We started our day out at her high school track to show off her strength and javelin passion. Then we headed to Wamego High School to take advantage of the brick and stairwell. Heading back to the beautiful scenery right around her own home, we drove past this gorgeous field with perfect light. AND a whole story to go along with it….keep reading for this! Then out to the creek behind her home and finishing with just enough time left to photograph Becca on her driveway with a gorgeous Kansas sunset.
Ready for a giggle?
So, here is the story. We stop on the ditch on the side of the road, park, turn the car off and head to the gorgeous area of tall grass, fall trees, & soft light. We photograph a few frames, and Becca asks “why is your car smoking?!?”. I run over, determine that the fire is not from the engine but under the car, and drive it out to safety. The wind is helping the ditch fire to travel fast, so we are thankful for the help from Uncle Mike who puts the fire out. Right before the firemen arrive. I learned that the car exhaust (even if the vehicle is off) is hot enough to make tall grass burn.
Once Becca and I know that the fire is safely out, figured we might as well keep on with our photography session, so got these last few images. The photos of Becca, the firemen, Uncle Mike, and the burnt ditch are at the very end for you. You are welcome. And, if you want to laugh some more, I am sure if you ask one of the men around the farm. They will tell it with hilarious detail. Not every senior gets a story like that with their session.
Here are the fire snapshots, as promised.
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.
“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!”
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. 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!
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
The first look: check out the smiles on everyone! I love the last photograph of Hilary wiping one of Kyle’s happy tears. The 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. I 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…
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.
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
Hair: Kerri Melton
Makeup: Lindsay Bainter-Kauffman
DJ: Rich Lindon