Right in the midst of a stormy summer weekend in Northwest Arkansas, the sun shone for the entire Meinzer wedding. Several months ago I had the opportunity to shoot Jake & Kristy's engagement session at this rustic barn venue near Bentonville and it was fun to see it again all set up for their wedding day!! These two newly weds met in college. They hit it off right away, but despite a wonderful friendship, didn't start dating until almost 10 years later. They both view being friends for so long before getting married as such a blessing. They got to know each other and each other's families well in a no-pressure environment before dating which took a lot of stress away and made wedding planning a (relative) breeze!
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I had never shot at Heritage Park in Olathe Kansas before, but soon after sunrise turned out to be a gorgeous time there! Taylor and Whitney's son Brooks literally didn't fuss the whole time and we were able to catch a few smiles - I was amazed!! Happy Birthday, Brooks :D
Thank you thank you thank you to any of you who have booked a photo session with me in the last few years! It’s largely thanks to you that my husband and I can finally say that we are DEBT FREE! We have tried to make payments that were a little more than what felt comfortable EVERY chance we felt like we could since we got married over 4 years ago and we’ve been hoping and praying for this moment. We could not be more grateful that it’s finally here!
A sweet engagement session in the West Bottoms and Downtown Kansas City. My husband and I will be traveling to California this December to capture Kevin & Dayna’s wedding! Since they’re moving back to Cali next month, it was fun to make these images in KC since they met and fell in love here :)
This gorgeous backyard wedding in Golden, Colorado was an absolute dream :) I knew Madi and Cameron in college, but it's a beautiful thing when friendships come back around years later! It is so obvious that they are perfect for each other, and I'll think you'll see in the images that there was SO much joy from both sides of the family when it came time for them to tie the knot.
Meet my sweet friend, Emily! We played volleyball together during high school in Colorado and have had the great pleasure of reconnecting as adults, particularly because of our shared love for photography. She lives in Denver now and specializes in wedding & lifestyle photography. In fact, if you've seen the lifestyle session of my husband and I in Buena Vista, CO (the one with my pink floral dress), Emily is the one who took those for us!
Brian and Kay got engaged on the top of a mountain in Yosemite National Park at sunrise and she was eating a muffin when he popped the question. For those two reasons alone, I knew we would be fast friends :D
Ryan & Jamie celebrated their union on a hot, June day in North Kansas City. The Courtyard at Briarcliff where the got ready was the perfect spot for their first look and bridal party photos in order to escape the 97 degree heat just outside the doors. Trezo Mare Restaurant's patio space was the backdrop for their ceremony and reception and thankfully some shade was provided by the building next door.
This Northwest Arkansas engagement session was one for the books! While I'm based out of Kansas City, the Bentonville area is just a short drive away and since I have family to stay with while I'm there, I always love an excuse to spend some time in the area.
We decided shoot their engagement session at the venue where they'll be getting married this August so I could have a chance to see it.. plus it's just beautiful, so why the heck not?!? Thanks to the Holland Barn for letting us take over their space on this cool, summer evening!
My husband and I went to London and Paris a couple weeks ago to celebrate our 4th anniversary, and I just happen to have some friends who live there currently! I knew Lauren in college, but she was a couple years older so our paths didn't cross much. A couple years after graduating, we started following each other on social media because she is a portrait photographer as well. We've touched base every now and then to talk about business and the photography industry, so when I found out she was living in London, we immediately set up a photo swap session! I mean come one... the stars just aligned too perfectly, we couldn't pass up the opportunity! Thankfully our husbands were good sports and put up with our inability to do a "short" photo session, even though that might have been what we promised them.....
A sunny, Missouri wedding at the Weston Red Barn Farm with pastel colors, succulents, and the goofiest of wedding parties. For their wedding day, Holly and Chris envisioned a celebration! Having food, friends, family and dancing is the best combination... and especially since it was for the purpose of them uniting together! Holly wanted it to be special for the two of them and to feel every moment, the grass under her toes (because yes, she got married barefoot because she is awesome like that), watching Chris' facial expressions, laughing and smiling through their first dance because that's what he does to her, dancing with her best friend, and stuffing her face with cupcakes. In retrospect, I'd say her hopes and dreams for the day definitely came true ;)
After a long journey with miscarriage, Brittany gave birth to a son. And then a year and a half later gave birth again… this time to these precious TWINS! Once you’re done taking in all the cuteness, scroll to the bottom of this post to see all the sessions I’ve done for this family to help tell their story over the years :)
Dear, impeccably friends and a gorgeous day at Loose Park made for the perfect anniversary session. Chris and Kara let me convince them to wait for the flowers to bloom and it was 100% worth it! Kansas City is too perfect for words in the Spring… now if we could just make it last longer!
A chilly Spring engagement + family photo session at Union Station in Kansas City. Ryan and Jamie are getting married this June and I will have the pleasure of capturing it for them! Ryan has two wonderful kids (featured here) and it was so fun to add them in to their engagement session... how special!
A classy Spring brunch wedding at The Simpson House venue in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. White walls, chandeliers and wedding cake donuts... yes please. These two ladies are some of the most amazing people I know... so thankful I had the opportunity to play a small part in their story!
A chilly, Spring wedding at my very own church in Olathe, Kansas! Eric & Amber tied the knot while surrounded by their closest friends and family members and then flew off to Thailand for their honeymoon!
A charming Downtown Kansas City/Power & Light District engagement session with a stop over at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts! Brian and Bla will tie the knot at Town Square Paola this October!
I had never photographed a double couple's session like this, but since the two couples are such good friends and I was only in OKC for a very short weekend trip, it worked out perfectly! Nicolas and Jennie were so kind as to let me help them plan what they wore and dang... they pulled off such an elegant look! Guys are typically hesitant to wear something besides jeans, but this is proof that even comfortable colored pants with a button up shirt can really make an impact on the overall images. Not to mention how dapper... dare I say FLY Nicolas looked in his gray suit!! Combined with Jennie's little black dress, it was the perfect pair for ending our session with a bang on the rooftop at sunset.
It's been 5 years since I shot Blake and Mandy's beautiful Oklahoma City wedding, and 5.5 since I shot their engagement photos. We've all come a long way since then, but I'm so thankful that we are still close friends! I had the wonderful opportunity to make a quick weekend trip to OKC to see some old college friends last week and can't believe we got to make this anniversary session happen while I was there! You won't want to miss this one... especially the downtown rooftop shots - they are my favorites!
I learned two things yesterday at this maternity photo session in Downtown Kansas City. 1) Brittany looks better pregnant with twins than I do without being pregnant at all. 2) When it comes to photo locations, you never know unless you ask!
Greg proposed to Kari under the mistletoe at Union Station KC's New Year's Eve party... you can't get much more romantic than that!! At the very moment that was happening, I was photographing a beautiful wedding in Paola, KS, but little did I know that these two would soon contact me and we would get to shoot their engagement session right there in Union Station to celebrate as it is now such a special place for them!