Although Taylor and Steve don’t live in KC now, this is where they met. So they wanted to have some engagement photos that signified where they began as a couple. We went out on a recent hot summer day and hit up some iconic Kansas City locations. Storms were looming, so we decided to take advantage of those beautiful clouds…and we got lucky and finished up before any rain fell. Sometimes thing just work out in your favor! We ended the session at Bluestem in Westport. They had a wonderful dinner there on their first anniversary, so they decided to partake in another meal to celebrate their upcoming nuptials. Taylor and Steve…we can’t wait for 10.29!
We are pretty sure that when Alli and Ryan selected June 25th for their wedding date, they didn’t think it would be 99 degrees outside. But 99 degrees it was. Needless to say, we got lots of photos of girls with fans. Fans blowing inside robes, fans blowing up dresses, fans blowing on armpits. Fans, fans everywhere. But it was a beautiful day, nonetheless. They started out their day relaxing and getting ready at The Raphael Hotel [one of our personal favorites]. Then it was off to the stunning Cathedral of St. Peter for their ceremony. Notice how much fun we had photographing Grandma. She loved waving that finger at Jason, because she wasn’t a fan of having her photo taken. But isn’t she a hoot? And beautiful, to boot. Finally, they arrived at Lake Quivira Country Club for their lakeside reception. June 25th also happens to be Jason’s birthday. Because he’s pretty rad and chooses to work on his birthday, some couples in the past have had birthday cakes for him or even had all their guests sing to him at their receptions. He. Died. Not that he didn’t appreciate it when people did that [our clients are THE BEST], but he really REALLY never wanted that to happen again. He prefers to slink around in his black ninja clothes on wedding days, taking awesome sneaky photos that nobody sees him taking. So he says, “THANK YOU ALLI AND RYAN for not calling attention to the fact that I am, in fact, another year older.” I kind of wish I had sent over a cake or something and made sure they all sang to him, because embarrassing him and playing jokes on him is one of my main reasons for existing. Anyhoo, this was an absolutely beautiful wedding day, and we are forever grateful that Alli and Ryan chose us to document it for them. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Browne!!!
Ceremony | Cathedral of St. Peter
Reception | Lake Quivira Country Club
Preparations | The Raphael Hotel
Hair Stylist | Julie Strohm
Makeup Artist| Lindsey Schubert | Blush Spa
Flowers | The Monarch Flower Company
Catering | Lake Quivira Country Club
Cake | Adorn Cakes
Band | The Magnetics
Megan and Caleb are getting married in January. They love each other…like, a lot. And these are the photos that celebrate their engagement. Like we’ve written about before, it is a huge priority for us to make sure that the locations we select for our couples’ engagement sessions actually mean something to them. That they are favorite hang outs, date spots, or have some kind of significant meaning in their lives. Anybody can plop people in front of some iconic building, or fountain, or in the middle of some park, and take a few photos. But what’s the point, if those places don’t mean anything to the people IN the photos? Wedding days are very important. Obviously. But they are also “special event” days. They aren’t where the couple will wear their normal clothes, or do the things they would do in their normal everyday lives. That’s what the engagement session is for! Telling the story of them…as a couple…and what their life is like right now. After-all, these normal everyday events and routines will be long forgotten someday. But just think how awesome it will be for them to have photos of the two of them, doing what they normally do. Going where they normally go. Right now. And being able to share those photos with their children and grandchildren someday. This is the good stuff, guys. Caleb is a firefighter, and it is his passion. It’s a deeply ingrained part of his life. So, the very first thing these two told us is that they wanted to go to the Firefighters Fountain and Memorial to start their session. Brilliant, we said! We also found out about the 1977 lime green Ford F150 that is Caleb’s baby [second only to Megan, of course]. This old gal HAD to have a part in their session. And what a part she had. Possibly the star of the show….don’tcha think? Finally, they told us,” We love Kansas City and we love beer.” DONE and DONE. We hope you enjoy this little glimpse into Megan and Caleb’s life. We can’t wait for January!
When we started discussing Kelly and Ben’s engagement session with them, we discovered that they are a lot like us. Low key, love to hang around their neighborhood, LOVE their dogs, and have a soft spot for Minsky’s Pizza [although they weren’t in the mood for pizza on the day of their session]. We had a ton of fun just hanging out with them and capturing some snippets of their regular everyday life at some of their favorite spots. And we can’t wait for their big day this coming October!
Lindsey and Ethan love to travel the world, to visit exotic places, and to live a life of adventure. And now they get to do it as Mr. and Mrs.! These two are all about keeping things relaxed and low stress, making sure there is always room for humor, and most of all having FUN. Their beautiful celebration took place at Longview Mansion, and everything went off without a hitch. There was time to relax, time to dance, gorgeous details [and a stunning cake], and even a ceremony time betting pool. The clock started at “You may be seated” and ended at announcements. Genius. Lindsey and Ethan, thank you for inviting us into your world. It’s been an absolute blast, and we can’t wait to hear where you go next!
Ceremony and Reception | Longview Mansion
Hair and Makeup | Parlor
Flowers | Branches and Twigs
Cake | The Sweet Tooth Fairy
DJ | Sean Elwood
Catering | Longview Mansion