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Taberie and Eli's Wedding

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Taberie and Eli's Wedding

I’ve known Taberie for a lot of years now (through HOBY) and have always admired her inner spark, her quick smile, her intelligence, and heart for others. She’s one of those people that you want on your team. I knew whoever she married would have to be great. :) Taberie and Eli’s wedding was such a happy, fun day in her hometown of Caldwell, Kansas, which is basically on the Oklahoma border. I loved getting to document this day for such a sweet couple! Enjoy this sneak peek of their day!!

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Ellen and Jim's Wedding At Home

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Ellen and Jim's Wedding At Home

When Ellen first told me about their plans for the backyard wedding she and Jim were going to have, I was all in. There are few types of celebrations I love more than a gathering of a bunch of family and friends in a location that is meaningful to a couple — and what is more meaningful than their own home and backyard? Ellen and Jim had worked hard to make the yard so perfect (it is such a gorgeous setting to begin with!), open the pool, and create a space where those closest to them could come and celebrate their marriage in a fun and relaxed party. As the day got closer, the weather forecast got worse, and they decided to move the ceremony into the living room, which ended up being so lovely. Later on, the rain lifted and guests were able to move outside and still enjoy the beautiful setting on a mild spring evening.

Since we didn’t know if the rain would ruin all outdoor plans on the wedding day, I also went by their home the evening before the wedding to capture some of their family members having a little get-together, and I’m so glad I did! Enjoy this sneak peek at their wedding weekend — the evening before, and the day of the celebration! Congratulations, Ellen and Jim!

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Whitney and Taylor's Wedding Teaser Film

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Whitney and Taylor's Wedding Teaser Film

We just can’t say enough wonderful things about Whitney, Taylor, and their families and friends. Celebrating their wedding and getting to help tell their story was such a joy because everything about it was done with intentionality and thoughtfulness. Even in the 3 minutes of this teaser film (a preview to their longer story film), we love how you get a real sense for who they are, what they value, and the spirit of their wedding day. We can’t wait to tell a richer and more complete story in their long film as well. Whitney and Taylor, thank you for trusting us with your story. :)

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Alisha and Tyler's Wedding Highlight Film

The thing we love most about our jobs is being invited into personal, meaningful spaces with people. A wedding day is incredibly personal and meaningful. Being invited into that day — with cameras, no less — is not something we take lightly. Alisha and Tyler embraced us as their wedding filmmakers wholeheartedly. We loved this day with them at Alisha’s family’s home in New Hampshire, an area that is quickly becoming one of our favorites. These two love deeply and celebrate well. They personalized everything about their day, and their longer film shows so many impactful personal moments. This shorter highlight film gives you a glimpse into this day, their story, and the beauty of people and place that surrounded them.

Big thank you to the other vendors we were grateful to work with on this day!

Photography: Meredith Jane Photography - www.meredithjanephoto.com

Planning/Coordination & Floral Design: Amy McLaughlin Lifestyles - https://www.amymclaughlin.com

DJ: HIFI Entertainment - http://www.hi-fientertainment.com

Caterer: Timothy Hopkins Catering - https://www.tshcatering.com

Rentals: Sperry Tent Seacoast (https://www.sperrytentsseacoast.com) and PEAK Event Services (http://www.peakeventservices.com)

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Allie and Hank's Wedding

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Allie and Hank's Wedding

The day was blustery and cold, but as cheesy as it may sound, the hearts truly were warm on this wedding day for Allie and Hank. The overcast day added a sort of romance and reverence to the preparations and ceremony, held at Allie’s hometown church. I loved the personal touches that made what Allie and Hank value front and center. They had so many children involved in their wedding (Allie loves kids and is a teacher), Allie’s sister and brother-in-law sang during the ceremony, their parents and grandparents proudly watched them all throughout the day, and their wedding party was a great mix of funny and sentimental.

Their reception was at Terradyne Country Club in Andover and kicked off just as a cold mist started falling (check out the nighttime portraits of Allie and Hank!) and was a fun party full of laughs and funny moments (I’ll save some of those moments for their full gallery!).

Congratulations, Allie and Hank! :) Enjoy this preview of your day!

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Maile and Patrick's Mildale Farm Wedding

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Maile and Patrick's Mildale Farm Wedding

The sun was shining. The smiles were big. The love was palpable. No detail was left undone. Maile and Patrick’s love is one that is so obvious when you’re with them. They just make sense together. They both are SO HAPPY to be with one another, and this joy was even more magnified on their wedding day, which was a gorgeous fall day at Mildale Farm (one of my favorite places!). You’ll be able to see it in the photos — from their sweet first look where they read each other letters, to their ceremony where they couldn’t stop smiling, to their party bus ride and fun portrait time (check out the series of photos of their champagne popping… ha ha!), to their reception that was a perfect mix of heartfelt, personal, and a great party.

I also loved how involved their parents and family members were all day (and in general in their lives!) and I got teary-eyed several times watching them with their parents throughout the day. It was also fun to see other couples whose weddings we’ve done in the past!

Okay, I’ll stop talking and let the photos tell the story (and the video later when it’s ready!). A big thank you to my second shooter, Kassie Wolfinger.

Maile and Pat — congratulations! Enjoy this preview of your day!

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Laura and Mike's Nelson-Atkins Museum Wedding

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Laura and Mike's Nelson-Atkins Museum Wedding

In all my years of photographing weddings and visiting the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (it’s one of my favorite KC landmarks — both for photography and just to visit!), I have never actually had a wedding inside the museum. So when I met with Laura and Mike and heard about everything they had planned for their day, I was excited to be able to capture it! It was such an elegant day (Laura’s dress could not have been more perfect for this setting and style!!) and everyone had a great time. Their ceremony was inside the gorgeous Kirkwood Hall and they moved into Rozzelle Court for dinner. Rozzelle Court’s string lights, archways, center fountain, plants, and balcony makes it such a dreamy setting for a dinner like this. Then, everyone went back out into Kirkwood Hall which had been transformed into a (giant) dance floor, which was full all night. The fun energy and the guests enjoying themselves so much had me smiling all night until the most beautiful send-off with sparklers.

Thanks to my second shooter, Jenny Shipley, for capturing this day with me!

Big congratulations to Laura and Mike! Enjoy this peek into their wedding day. :)

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Kari + Joe's Wedding at The Everly

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Kari + Joe's Wedding at The Everly

The one with all the happy tears. You know how Friends (the TV show) had every episode titled with "The one where..." or "The one with..." Well, Kari and Joe's wedding was one with a LOT of wonderful things, but I keep thinking about all the happy tears that were shed on this day. The tears that made it so evident how seriously they took the commitment of marriage. The tears that were an overflowing of joy that the day had finally arrived. Tears that represented their journey, their excitement, and their love. So this is the one with all the happy tears.

It's also the one with tons of laughs, silliness, a fun take on wedding details, and a heart of hospitality woven throughout the whole day. Kari and Joe LOVE people. And they love them well. And their people love Kari and Joe, and it's easy to see why.

Here's a small sneak peek into their wedding day story. Their reception was at the brand new venue, The Everly (they were the first wedding!). Kari also got ready there. Their ceremony was at Christ Community Church - Brookside, which is just so stunning.

Big thank you to my second shooter, Jenny Shipley, who always does a fantastic job.

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Ashley and Bryce's Winery Wedding

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Ashley and Bryce's Winery Wedding

This was a wedding I left and replayed so many moments over in my mind: the time her dad cried when he saw her for the first time in her wedding dress, and the proud look on her mom's face all day. The way the bridesmaids were so excited for Ashley, and made the day all about celebrating their relationship. Bryce's sweet and oh-so-happy reaction to seeing his bride. The priest's message on marriage. The K-State themes sprinkled throughout the day. Bryce's brother and best man's rap toast that had everyone laughing, but wiping away tears by the end (a true toast success -- and I've seen a lot of toasts). The couple's first dance, where they looked so happy and Ashley's elegance really shone through. And the gorgeous Kansas sunset over the hills at the winery. Such a good day.

They started and ended the day at Liquid Art Winery in Manhattan, Kansas. Their ceremony was at St. Isidore's Catholic Church. Special thanks to Meghan Tuttle for second shooting with me!

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Jamie and Calvin's Missouri Farm Wedding

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Jamie and Calvin's Missouri Farm Wedding

Jamie and Calvin said their vows in the field right next to the farmhouse they've been working on, making it their first home. They were surrounded by a huge group of family and friends, and the whole day was obviously such a labor of love. Personal touches were everywhere, with so many hands working to make the day happen. From wooden structures that were handmade by Jamie's dad, to succulents carefully planted and ribbons tied by groups of women, to bouquets arranged, cupcakes made, and food prepared by family members and close family friends -- in every detail, the love everyone has for Jamie and Calvin was so evident. I loved capturing this day for such sweet people in such a beautiful and personal location. :) Added bonus: Jeff and the boys got to come and enjoy the party as well.

Congratulations, Jamie and Calvin! Here is a preview into your day:

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Marisa and Robby's Kansas City Wedding

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Marisa and Robby's Kansas City Wedding

Marisa and Robby's wedding day in Kansas City was a chilly, cloudy early spring day -- but the mood was anything but dreary. All day, the excitement and anticipation was so evident. We loved how relationships were front and center throughout the day, and it was so obvious why: Marisa and Robby value people. From their nieces and nephews, to their friends, to their siblings and parents, to the family who traveled in to celebrate with them -- these are people who both love well and are loved well.

Marisa and the gals got ready at a lovely and historic Airbnb in midtown Kansas City. I loved the bay window and the soft light streaming through as she got ready. Then, she went to see Robby for the first time at the Nelson-Atkins Museum before heading to the church, Christ Community in Brookside. Their ceremony was officiated by their brothers-in-law -- one from each side of the family -- and it was so personal, special, and heartfelt. We loved watching them glance at each other all throughout the ceremony, and we loved hearing from people who know them so well (something we're so excited to bring to life in their video!). Their reception was a fun party -- full of kids and families! -- at The Beck Event Space

Marisa and Robby, thank you for trusting us with your wedding day story. We are so thrilled for you!

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Summer and Peter's Rainy Kansas City Wedding Day

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Summer and Peter's Rainy Kansas City Wedding Day

There are certain kinds of couples that have so much joy when they're together that nothing can dampen it. Summer and Peter are that kind of couple. When I met them, I instantly connected with their joy for life, the way they loved one another, how they spoke about their sons, and what they valued for their wedding day. They care about people. They care about recognizing the people who are part of their story. And they care about capturing authentic, real moments that help tell that story. So no amount of rain or chilly weather could affect their day, and I was so thankful to get to experience this with them.

I started the day with the ladies at the Ambassador Hotel downtown, which just so happens to have the same address (1111) as their wedding date (11/11). From the hotel, we walked -- in the rain! -- to the nearest streetcar stop and rode the streetcar to the River Market stop, which was just blocks from their venue, River Market Event Place. That walk in the rain will probably go down as one of the most memorable wedding experiences. Loved it (my hair, however, did not... ha ha).

They thought out all of their details so well and had the help of Events by Elle to pull off the coordination of the wedding. I loved the dictionary guestbook where guests searched for a word that described Summer and Peter and marked it in the book. I especially loved the time and thought that went into the couple writing every single guest at the wedding a note to explain why they were there and what they mean to them. It was one of the most thoughtful ways to show appreciation I've seen. And of course, I loved the energy and fun their sons brought to the wedding -- and enjoyed the challenge of watching for their personalities to shine through in candid moments throughout the day.

Summer and Peter, thank you for trusting me with your story. It's a beautiful one.