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

 

Travis and Ruthie’s summer engagement session at Liberty Memorial

Travis and Ruthie are getting married this coming October.  The extreme heat of the day made them grateful that they chose a fall date rather than during the hot and humid summer months!  They were troopers though, and we took a few car AC breaks to make it more enjoyable.  They choose a Liberty Memorial engagement session because it is a spot that they love to walk with their new puppy, so the grass field and city view has special meaning to them.  They also love wine, so we thought a picnic could be fun, and a chance for them to drink a chilled glass of wine!

Are they not darling together?Liberty Memorial Engagement Photography Liberty Memorial Engagement Photography

And here is the skyline view that they love so much.  We were lucky enough to have a beautiful sky. Liberty Memorial Engagement Photos Liberty Memorial Engagement Photography

I can’t wait for your wedding!

Yours,

Rebecca

Congrats to Anna & Jay!  Your Kansas City wedding and reception went off without a hitch, even if it was very hot summer day in July.  The bridal party got ready at the church, Sacred Heart of Jesus in Shawnee,  where the guys joked around with each other and the girls shared heartfelt moments (and some happy tears).  Family and friends gathered to witness the saying of “I do”.  Anna helped her son, Noah, get ready for the day.  He liked seeing himself in the mirror and also likes Spider Man, so we got a great combination of getting ready and spidey webs.

Jay surprised the special ladies in his life with personalized handkerchiefs (joyful tears are a thing with this group, and he knew it) and I think they came into some good use throughout the wedding day.  The ceremony was celebrated by a priest who had very touching words for the couple.  After the family formals, we headed to Leavenworth Riverfront Community Center for as much photography as the group could handle on the incredibly hot day while their family and friends played games and ate popcorn in the air conditioning.

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Reception:

The reception was decorated beautifully with white drapery, twinkling lights, and gorgeous flowers.   Dancing is what brought this couple together on that pivotal evening of country line dancing.  They are really great dancers, and their well choreographed first dance did not dissapoint.

A lot was said during the toasts, so we had the opportunity to document the love and laughter.   KC wedding photos of father daughter dance and mother son dance KC Wedding Reception Dancing Wedding reception bouquet toss & garter toss

Congrats again!  It was an honor to capture your wedding day.

 

Rebecca

 

 

Ceremony:  Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church

Reception:  Riverfront Community Center

Hair & Makeup:  White Carpet Bride

Flowers:  Pendleton’s Country Market

Cake:  HyVee

Bartending:  3 Blondes and a Martini

Catering:  Michael Thomas

DJ:  DJ Connection

 

 

 

Allison & Thomas celebrated their Kansas City wedding in style with family and friends.  Their day began at The Intercontinental Hotel on the Plaza with preparations and some portraits, followed by a trip to Loose Park, said their vows in a Village Presbyterian ceremony, and finished the party with a gorgeous Studio Dan Meiners wedding reception.

Bridal Party preparations & portraits at Hotel Intercontinental on the Plaza

Are not these ladies lovely in their matching robes?  

And how handsome is Tommy?  I love his shoes and cuff links…and the guys matching socks. 

Before Ali & Thomas’s first look, they were both a little bit nervous.  But I think the wait and preparations were well worth the minor jitters.  Hotel Intercontinental wedding photography

I love the colors together.  Classic soft whites with the vibrant orchid purple and bright pops of red and pink.  And those navy blue suits tie it all together! Intercontinental Hotel Wedding Photography

Portraits at The Fontaine
 The Fontaine wedding photography  The Fontaine wedding photography
Photography at Loose Park
Loose Park Wedding Photography

At the church, Ali and her parents prepare for their first look.

And Tommy prepares for the ceremony.  Looks like this one from his grandmother is precious.  And the flower girl and ring bearer?  Too cute. Village Presbyterian Church Wedding Ceremony

Studio Dan Meiners wedding reception:  the venue all decked out in the finest of decor and floral. Exquisite. Studio Dan Meiners wedding reception photography

Studio Dan Meiners wedding reception photography

The newlyweds’ grand entrance that went straight into their first dance.

Toasts!  With much laughter and a few good stories. Look at the way Ali looks at her groom!Studio Dan Meiners wedding reception photography

Studio Dan Meiners wedding reception photography

Followed by the father daughter dance and mother son dance. I love the hugs, tears, and loving smiles captured during these moments.

Cookies, tiny desserts, and milk shots.  Also, a cartoonist to make this wedding reception more memorable.

I love how very close friends the couple had.  The very last event of the night that we covered was a special sorority dance and fraternity serenade.  You can see how monumentous these events are to this group.  

Ali and Tommy:  It was an honor capturing your wedding day!  Thank you.

Rebecca

 

Talented Wedding Vendors:

Wedding Reception: Pennway Place at Studio Dan Meiners

Floral & Decor: Studio Dan Meiners

Catering & Desserts: Scrape the Plate

Hair: Kelly Dulick

Makeup: Andrea Falco

Suits:  Mens Warehouse

Dress: Belle Vogue Bridal

Bridesmaids dresses: Azazie

DJ: Alex Reed with Fernando Productions
Videography: Jukeboxx Media
Portrait Location: The Fontaine