When Angie and Jason contacted us about shooting their MONDAY wedding, we knew they had to be super cool. I mean, who gets married on a Monday? These guys…that’s who! This particular date was very special to them…so why not, right? The Roasterie is also a very special place to them, so of course, their first sight needed to be there. And even though it was like 1000 degrees outside, it’s never too hot for a good cup of coffee. I think Angie had it right though, with that iced coffee goodness.
When it comes to weddings, we always talk to our couples about the importance of planning a day that is just right for them. Not what a wedding blog, or magazine, or their best friends tell them it should be. But what THEY want it to be. And this day was absolute perfection for Angie and Jason. A special date, good coffee, a handful of their closest friends and family, the park, a good meal, and of course a good old fashioned wig. Cheers to many years, you two! And to all the rest of you…stay tuned for more photos from their full reception, which will happen in September.
First Sight | The Roasterie
Ceremony | Loose Park
Lunch | Avenues Bistro
Jackie and Kyle are one of the sweetest couples we have ever met, and what an honor it was to document their wedding story for them. Their day was all about fun, friends, and family, and as you can see they had a LOT of fun. Jackie has one of the most beautiful and expressive smiles and laughs ever, doesn’t she?!? Jackie and Kyle love Kansas City, and their only special request was for some fun skyline shots. We are so glad the weather cooperated for us so we could give them just what they wanted. Please join us in wishing them a heartfelt congratulations on their beautiful new marriage.
Ceremony | Resurrection Downtown
Reception | Boulevard Brewery
Preparations | Aladdin Hotel
Flowers | Beco Flowers
Catering | Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions
Cake | Delectable Gourmet Desserts
Music | Atlantic Express
Several years back, we shot the wedding of Ryan’s sister, Alison, and her husband, Reid. We have continued to work with Alison and Reid over the years, and now are so lucky to get to document the life of their sweet little girl! So, when Sarah and Ryan contacted us about their wedding, we knew we would love nothing more than to be able to work with this wonderful family again.
Their day involved lots of travel time between Kansas City, Warrensburg, Concordia, and Blue Springs. But in order to document a wedding story in all of a couple’s most important spots, a photographer’s gotta do what a photographer’s gotta do. So off we went! Their beautiful [and hot and humid] day was all about love, family, and close friends [the most important things, right?]. And there was no shortage of special little moments between all of their loved ones throughout the day. Those moments are really our favorites to capture [and are the ones that will be the most treasured through the years], so we had a fantastic time! Their drink koozies actually say it perfectly. “The heart of marriage is memories”. We couldn’t have said it better, ourselves. Congratulations you two!
Preparations | Hair Dynamix
Ceremony | Concordia Baptist Church
Reception | Elks Lodge No. 2509
Flowers and Cake | Hy-Vee
Every year, we take a nice long road trip back to Jason’s home state of Rhode Island. He grew up in the picturesque town of Bristol, which is home to the oldest July 4th celebration in the country. And let me tell you…the 4th of July is bigger than Christmas back there. They replace the yellow lines on the streets with red, white, and blue, bands [drum and bugle corps] come from all over the country to compete and march, a huge carnival comes to town, and the military is honored like nowhere else. It’s America at it’s best!
This year, we took a different route than in the past. We started out with roadside visits to the World’s Largest Wind Chime in Casey, IL [the World’s Largest Rocking Chair is still under construction], and the Kaskaskia Dragon in Vandalia, IL. A humongous dragon on the side of the road that breathes fire when you insert a token? How could we not stop for that?!? Our first overnight stop was in Cleveland, where we visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If you haven’t been, it’s definitely worth a visit. Next up was Niagara Falls. None of us had ever been, and it was incredible! The Maid of the Mist boat ride was awe inspiring [and very wet]. Niagara was followed by a flat tire [which needed replacing] in Utica, NY. What a cool little town! If we hadn’t gotten the flat, we never would have driven all the way in to get it replaced. Thus, never discovering how awesome the city was. Every cloud has a silver lining, right? Finally, it was on to New England.
We did all the usual stuff [carnival, parade, had lots stuffies, chowder, and coffee milk, hung out with family], but this year we also took the littles in to Boston for a day. The boy is a huge Red Sox fan, so we indulged him with a premium tour of Fenway Park. It was a truly awesome experience, and we even got our own private concert by the very talented young lady who was rehearsing to sing the National Anthem at the game later that day. The future will definitely include taking him to watch a game from the Green Monster. We also made our annual trip to Newport [one of my favorite cities]. We went down 40 Steps, and Avery discovered her favorite place on the face of the earth. I thought we were going to have to bribe her with a large sum of cash to get her off that rock.
In nearly 20 years of going back there to visit Jason’s family, this might have been the best trip yet. I already sorely miss the ocean air and the fresher than fresh seafood [but not the traffic]. Although, the traffic wasn’t even as bad as usual, this year.
‘Til next year Rhode Island!
We are so lucky to have been introduced to Kristen and Brian through, none other than, our very first wedding clients, Leslie and Kevin. When we photographed Leslie and Kevin’s wedding back in 2004, we didn’t even have a blog! Thankfully we do now, so that we can share this lovely day with you. This sweet couple decided to orchestrate their entire day at beautiful Peeper Ranch, in Lenexa, KS. Even though it was hot as all get out, it was a wonderful wedding…and at the end of the day, the goal was accomplished. Kristen and Brian got hitched! Brian’s second love [his hat] even made an appearance during his vows. It just wouldn’t have felt right without it. Please join us in wishing Kristen and Brian a hearty congrats and a lifetime of happiness!
Ceremony and Reception | Peeper Ranch
Catering | Jack Stack Barbeque
Cake | Nothing Bundt Cakes