Archive for The Knot Best of Weddings Awards

2016 was an amazing year for Catch Light Photography’s weddings!  Without a doubt, what makes my photography career so fulfilling comes down to the relationships built with incredible people.  Nothing builds this bond like holding such a special place on your wedding day.  It doesn’t matter if I’ve helped you plan your day for a year or if I meet you in person right before your intimate chapel ceremony:  I’ve been blessed with your trust. My creativity stems from your moments big and small.    Thank you!

Best of Weddings!

Best of Weddings!

Congratulations a million times over to Briana and Chris!  Your wedding day was filled with so much happiness and love, it was a joy to photography.

Wedding Ceremony & Reception:  Californos Westport

Officiant:  John Swift, bride’s brother

Hair & Makeup Artist:  Michele Taylor

Hotel:  AC Marriott

Pianist:  Andrew Ouellette

Florist:  Kasey Benedict: The Budding Entrepreneur

Portraits: Morning Glory Antiques, UMKC, & Californos

westportCakes:  HyVee

Catering:  Californos Westport

DJ:  Christopher Butler, Hi Society Entertainment

Second Photographer:  Jessie Silva

The preparations started in the hotel room for the bride, groom, and their bridal parties.  Briana’s dress was stunning, and added further meaning when her grandmother’s bridal gown fabric was sewn into her dress.  Her mom helped her into her dress and veil, and her girls helped to tie the perfect bow and make sure that veil was not going to fall out.

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The guys and Chris’ mom tied ties, put on special socks, and pinned boutineers to be ready for the couple’s first look.

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While we waited for the first look and the guys (how often does that happen?), we took some portraits in the bar area.  Again, thankful for air conditioning.  The guys got a turn as well.

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First looks are always so special, but I  especially love it when a groom is as excited to see his bride as Chris was.  Look at that expression!
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It was so very hot out, and I am most grateful to Morning Glory Antique’s in Westport for so generously allowing us to spend some time in their amazing and air conditioned space (they rent out for events!!) for photography of the happy couple.  The rooms were amazing, filled with gorgeous antiques, couches, and light.
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Just outside of the Antique’s store also made for a great Westport / KC backdrop.
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Then off to UMKC, which is special to Briana and Chris.  We walked the same paths that they did in the start of the relationship.  Anytime a personal story can be added into photography, the results are so much more meaningful.

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Then back to the venue for bridal party portraits.09_Californo's Wedding & Reception 10_Californo's Wedding & Reception

This last image with the bouquet was photographed because Briana’s mom and dad have a similar image in their wedding album.  How cool is that?  The ceremony was beautiful with piano music, special readings, and their own written vows.
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Everyone had a role with the unity candle as Briana and Chris passed the flame to their bridal party and parents, and then the flames extended throughout all the friends and family there.   13_Californo's Wedding & Reception 14_Californo's Wedding & Reception

Beautiful decor, cake, and food.  The food at Californos  is always amazing. Toasts followed by first dances and into some classic Irish jig.15_Californo's Wedding & Reception 16_Californo's Wedding & Reception 17_Californo's Wedding & Reception 18_Californo's Wedding & Reception

Thank you so very much for trusting me to capture your wedding day!



Rebecca, Catch Light Photography

So many congratulations to Hannah and Jack!  Your wedding was simply amazing with all the love surrounding you.  The emotion you showed each other throughout your wedding day was inspirational as well.  I couldn’t have been any happier to have been a part of it all.

Wedding Day Vendors:

Wedding Ceremony:  Pilgrim Chapel

Wedding Reception:  2000 Grand

Custom Bridal Dress:  Emmaline; Emily Hart Bridal

Hair & Makeup:  Corie Hair & Makeup

Florist:  Beco Flowers

DJ:  Platinum KC:  Deondre Ross

Cake:  Chef Shop

Second Photographer:  Jessie Silva

Hannah and her girls getting ready in the Rivermarket for the big day

01_Kansas City Wedding Photography02_Kansas City Wedding Photography03_Kansas City Wedding Photography Jack and his groomsmen helping with the final touches 06_Kansas City Wedding Photography04_Kansas City Wedding Photography Hannah’s first look with her father and Jack’s mother pins his bout05_Kansas City Wedding Photography 07_Kansas City Wedding PhotographyJack and Hannah did not see each other before the ceremony, so I especially love this first photograph 08_Kansas City Wedding Photography

So much emotion during the vows that they wrote each other09_Kansas City Wedding Photography family portraits10_Kansas City Wedding Photography a break from the heat…and boy was it hot!11_Kansas City Wedding Photography
12_Kansas City Wedding Photography I just loved their cake, flowers, and special touches 13_Kansas City Wedding Photography 14_Kansas City Wedding Photography Toasts and first dances15_Kansas City Wedding Photography 16_Kansas City Wedding Photography

The DJ did a great job getting everyone dancing all night
17_Kansas City Wedding Photography sparkler exit from 2000 Grand followed by night shots in the street outside their hotel for the night.18_Kansas City Wedding Photography




Congrats again!!!!




Kent and Alicia had a most amazing wedding day with so much joy and emotion!  Their ceremony was at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church in Lee’s Summit.  Alicia’s mom and sister helped her into her gorgeous wedding dress and veil that her sister had worn during her own wedding while the guys joked around with each other and made sure everyone’s tie was in order.  Kent’s mother did the honor of pinning on his boutineer.

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This first look took place in front of Kent and Alicia’s favorite window in the church.

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The ceremony was perfect and the bubble exit is always fun.04_Wedding Photos Kansas City 05_Kansas City Photography tipton 6

The day was incredibly hot, so we had to be lighting fast with our outdoors portraits.  The wind was a blessing, and Alicia had fun with her veil blowing around.  The bridal party was great, and never once complained about the heat.  07_KC Wedding Photographer 08_KC Wedding Photography

The cocktail hour and wedding reception took place at Loose Mansion, in Kansas City.  The mansion is incredible with classic beauty, elegantly decorated, and the food was to die for.

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Portraits at Loose Mansion’s famous stairwell were perfect and quickly followed by the grand entrance and cake cutting.  10_Losse Mansion Photography 11_Wedding Photography Kansas City

While the guests were eating, we snuck out for a few quick portraits of the happy newlyweds.12_Loose Mansion Wedding Photographer Toasts and first dances….followed by a lot of dancing and a lot of fun. 13_Best wedding photographer 15_Kansas Wedding Photography 14_KC Best wedding photography 16_Kansas City Wedding PhotographyWe completed the evening with a night shot and celebratory kiss!
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I want to give a big thank you to Alicia and Kent for trusting me to capture their incredible wedding day.  It was an honor to work with you and your families and friends.




I couldn’t help but to fall in love with Tyler and Michelle when I first met them, and have enjoyed working with them throughout their engagement and wedding.  It is easy to see why they make such a great couple.  Both are sweet, kind, and caring.  Michelle has a laugh that is pure joy and Tyler’s compassion for his new bride are so clear.  Their families and bridal party was pretty awesome too.  They started the day at the Marriott Country Club Plaza with hair & makeup, gifts for the girls, putting on that gorgeous bridal gown, veil, shoes and jewelry.

01_Kansas City Wedding Photography02_Kansas City Wedding Photographer03_KC wedding photosThe guys also did their preparations while Tyler prepared to see his girl for the first time in her wedding dress. 04_KC photos

And the first look….so so sweet.5_Kansas City Wedding Photographer
Tyler’s mom puts on his boutonniere, which is always a special moment.  Dad walks Michelle down the isle and Tyler looks at her with love. 

06_Kansas City BoutonnieresThe ceremony at Cure of Ars was beautiful. 07_Cure de Ars wedding CeremonyThe bridal party joined us on this incredibly hot day for portraits. They were troopers and so helpful as well as fun. 08_And the newly weds.  They are amazing!
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13_Kansas City wedding photographyThe reception was held at the Monarch Room  in downtown Kansas City.  The couple had the venue decorated beautifully with flowers, candles, personalized koozies, and and amazing cake table featuring cupcakes.14_Kansas City Best wedding photographerThe toasts were so very special with both laughter and tears.15_Wedding Photography Kansas CityFirst dances never disappoint.  See that laughter?  See the love?  16_Monarch Room First Dance17_Kansas City Wedding PhotographerAnd they know how to throw a party, as evidenced as soon as the dance floor opened up for the night!18_Monarch Room ReceptionDJ:  Sergei Shapoval with Platinum KC

Hair & Makeup:   Something Blue Salon

Cake:  Polka Dotte


Michelle & Tyler, it was such an honor to work with you and your families.  I wish you the best life has to offer for now and always.