This amazing couple met through work. Trent is an emergency manager (he sets off the tornado sirens) and Jenni is a meteorologist (she is the one that issues the tornado warnings for him to set off the sirens!). They were friends/work colleagues for awhile but we quickly realized that wasn't enough!Read More
What a beautiful, perfect wedding day these two had last weekend! I was so honored to play such a special role in their big day and it truly was a blast. Bla and Brian met at work and started to become interested in each other, but knew they couldn't do anything about it at that point. When Brian decided to leave the company, Bla stepped out of her comfort zone and asked him out (yeah girl!). It's so obvious that they care so much for each other and I can't believe I was blessed enough to get to capture this special day for them as they begin their journey into marriage!Read More
An elegant Kansas wedding on a 75 degree day at The Barn at Schwinn Produce Farm in Leavenworth. Literally everything went so perfectly at this wedding, I couldn’t believe it! Amazing vendors like Sara Enderle (wedding coordinator) from Vintage Rentals KC and Derek Hoffman from Levity Events (DJ) + the amazing style of this bride and her wonderful friends and family topped off the perfection of the day.Read More
Greg and Kari met at a country bar in Overland Park, Kansas. Greg thought he was too cool for Kari and Kari thought she was too cool for him, so of course they ended up talking. Eventually Kari said, "So, do you want to go out with me or what?" They went out on their first date and have been together ever since :)
I was fortunate that Kari found me because of a Google search - always such a good feeling because I guess that means I'm doing something right! ;) We had a blast at their engagement session in and around Union Station in Kansas City and their wedding was absolutely one for the books.
THE ENGAGEMENT STORY:
Greg and Kari had just flown back from a wedding in Miami and it was New Year's Eve. They started to head home and Greg said he wanted to stop and get some Chipotle. He then proceeded to choose the Chipotle that was the most out of the way possible, instead of the one right off the highway and Kari gave him a hard time about not letting her give him directions. After lunch he insisted they needed gas, even though they still had over 100 miles left on the tank, so they went in search of a gas station. Kari told me she was annoyed because he wouldn't take any of her suggestions to just look it up on the GPS. They pulled up to the Spa on penn, parked, and Greg started to get out of the car. Of course, Kari pointed out that it was not a gas station, but they went inside and they had them on the schedule! Greg got a massage and Kari got her nails and hair done. She said she was still completely oblivious at that point. The day before was her birthday, so she assumed it was just a belated birthday treat.
Once their appointments were over, they got back in the car and continued the search for a gas station. Kari started noticing that something weird was going on when Greg passed several good options. They stopped at the Marriott on the Plaza and checked into the hotel. Greg told her they had dinner reservations in two hours and to get ready. He handed her a new sparkly dress and her warm boots. After dinner they headed off to their next surprise! Keep scrolling to read to finale ;)
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Greg and Kari pulled up to Union Station and went inside. They had tickets for their Swingin' Eve Party! They listened to great music, drank wine and danced. Around 10:30 Greg asked if I wanted to dance, or eat or go back to the hotel. She said they could leave if he wanted, but on their way out they stopped for a kiss under the mistletoe and that's when he popped the question! He asked her to spend the rest of her life with him, and of course she said, "YES!"
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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!Read More
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.Read More
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 ;)Read More
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!Read More
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!Read More
A recap video of some of my favorite wedding and portrait images from 2017Read More
A beautiful New Year's Eve Wedding at Town Square wedding venue in Paola, Kansas. Gold sequins and maroon colors with one of the prettiest rings I've seen!Read More
Believe it or not, this wedding was my first time second shooting for another photographer! I was free on the Saturday that she needed assistance and thought it would be a fun opportunity to focus on more candid shots and side angles than usual since I didn't have the responsibility of all the group photos. Unfortunately, it rained harder than I have EVER experienced on a wedding day, much less Any day... but the bride and groom were incredibly sweet about it and their main photographer, Brooke at Josie Pix handled it like a champ!! The couple kept saying that they actually love thunderstorms so it would be a special memory for them. Brooke stayed calm and guided Dana and Levi through the day the best she could, getting some gorgeous images along the way. The silver lining was the incredible sunset that occurred because of all the rain clouds after the showers had passed.
Venue: Alldredge Orchards | Platte City, Missouri
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I had been looking forward to this wedding for a long time. I shot Jennica and Tyler's engagement session last year during the week of Thanksgiving and it was a blast (remember the ring picture with s'mores?)! Well, at one point I got the car we took stuck in the snow... but once we got past that it was great. They are so patient and go-with-the-flow; exactly the kind of people I Love to work with. I'll be honest, the whole week before this wedding I was quite stressed about the weather. The forecast kept changing, but for the most part it said it was supposed to rain all day. Even when I woke up that morning (around 6am), it said it was supposed to rain from 8am-9pm. By some amazing stroke of luck it didn't start raining until we were inside the barn for the reception around 5pm. I couldn't believe it! All that stress for nothing! And yet, I can't complain because I was SO thankful to get some beautiful outdoor portraits before the skies let loose :)
Jennica and Tyler have known each other since elementary school because they were both friends with one of the groomsmen at that time, but they didn't officially meet and start talking until the end of high school. They hit it off immediately and have been together ever since!
When Tyler proposed, he tricked Jennica into thinking they were going out to dinner for his grandpa's birthday. He asked if they could pick up his parents from the Broadmoor (a resort in Colorado Springs) on the way because their car broke down. Apparently this wasn't unusual since they stay there every year for their anniversary and they took the old green Subaru that never runs well. Tyler also used to work at the Broadmoor so him and Jennica would go down there to walk through often for date nights (side note: the hotel/resort is massive has one of the largest collections of Western art in the country.. or something like that).
Jennica said that they went up to Tyler's parents room to pick them up and his mom pretended to have to go meet the tow truck driver, saying she'd be right back. Their room was an apartment overlooking the lake and was BEAUTIFUL. They walked around and went out on the balcony where he got down on one knee! Then of course, Jennica found out that it wasn't Tyler's grandpa's birthday and his parent's car was running just fine! And all of his family and hers were waiting for them downstairs in the restaurant!
Fun fact: Jennica's grandma made all the decorations herself!
Huge shout out to the other vendors who made this wedding beautiful and possible!
Florist - Snippets and Scraps
Cake - My Sweet Escape
Officiant - Shannon Everhart
Bridal Dress - David's Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses - Something New Boutique
Bride's Shoes - Boot Barn
Tux Rental - Men's Warehouse
Caterer - Mike Boyer
Makeup Artist - Jennica's sister, Delaney Garrick
Invitations - Vistaprint
Jewelry - David's Bridal
Wedding Ring - Johannes Hunter Jewelers
I had the great privilege of taking Jennica's younger sister, Delaney's senior photos the morning after the wedding.. you can check them out HERE (we even hiked up to a waterfall in Green Mountain Falls for something unique!).
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My brother had been dating his girlfriend for about 11 months. We don't talk on the phone very often so when he called me to work out some details about an upcoming trip to visit my husband and I in Kansas City, I just KNEW what he was about to say. When he told me he was planning on proposing while they were in town and needed some help with the plan, I wasn't surprised but I certainly was off my rocker with excitement... because Malena is amazing and perfect for him!!! Corban graduated from CU Denver with a Audio Recording degree last year and Malena has one year left there before she graduates with the same degree. So basically, she gets his world. Not only that, but they are in a band together (he is an incredible drummer and she plays bass guitar) and she has toured with him across the country in another band as well! I told him that a girl who is willing to put up with that kind of lifestyle (sketchy venues, less than ideal living conditions, lots of road time with stinky boys, etc.) is one in a million and that he'd better hold on to her. It looks like he listened :)
Besides being as go-with-the-flow and easy-to-please as he is, Malena is confident in her faith, has the sweetest demeanor and even drinks her coffee black! I absolutely can't believe I'm so lucky to gain her as a sister; she already has no trouble clicking with our family! I won't be doing their wedding photos so I can truly be present and celebrate them on the big day - but it's coming up in a quick 3.5 months in Denver and I can't wait!!!
Kasey and Corey are one of the most laid-back couples I have ever worked with. It was so refreshing that their focus was so obviously on their marriage and not just the one day of the wedding.
While they live in Chicago now, Kasey is from Lawrence, KS so I got the pleasure of being within an hour of the venue! This fun-loving couple met four years ago on their mutual friends’ annual canoe/camping trip (I just love finding other adventurous people) on the Wisconsin River. Kasey says that Corey wooed her with technology (which she is generally against) as he introduced her to a star gazing app. After that trip, their friends were unable to keep organizing the trip so they took over and it has been an important part of their lives ever since!
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On their trip last fall, Corey surprised Kasey by getting her sister (who was living in Houston) to join them for the trip! She thought that was the big surprise, but I think you can guess what was the real surprise ;) After canoeing all day, he gathered their 25 friends around the bonfire before dinner, thanked everyone for coming and popped the question to Kasey by asking her to be in his canoe for the rest of his life and getting down on one knee. I don’t know about you, but this is quite impressive if you have ever been canoeing with your spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend before and know how much patience that takes. Kasey said she fell down crying and said yes (or at least she thinks she did, it was all a little blurry). Corey even brought the ring on the trip and miraculously didn't lose it in the sand!
Boisterous, clever and thoughtful are the words that Kasey uses to describe Corey, while 'old soul,' down to earth and tiny but strong is how Corey describes her. These two are a great team and this beautiful day is only the beginning of their lifetime full of float trips and memories!
Shoutout to the other wonderful vendors for all their hard work!
1. Wedding Coordinator - Miranda and Lauren from Belle Journee
2. Florist – Leann Johnson with Hyvee Floral Department
3. Cake(s) – Delicious cupcakes made by Kasey's high school friend Alyssa Haase
4. Officiant – Grady Behrens, brother of the groom
5. Bridal Dress From – Pronovias, purchased at Mira Couture
6. Bridesmaid's Dresses – J Crew
7. Bride's Shoes – J Crew
9. Groomsmen - Calvin Klein Suits
11. Hair Stylist – Jessica Walker from Trilogy Hair Company
12. Makeup Artist – Jessica Walker
13. Band or DJ – DJ Candlepants!
15. Invitations – Paper Source
16. Jewelry – Steve Abrahamian at Baguette Jewelers in Chicago
17. Table Name Plates printed by BPI Color, Milwaukee, WI
Nick and Kristie’s downtown Kansas City wedding was nothing short of spectacular. It rained during their engagement session a few months back (remember that?) and thunderstorms were scheduled for the whole afternoon/evening of their wedding too. THANKFULLY our luck held out and we saw clear skies right up until the moment they did their exit!!
Nick and Kristie coached at the same gym for about a year before Kristie left Vegas to go back to school in Kentucky. After a year apart, they reconnected and began dating long distance for two years. Kristie said that the distance only made their relationship stronger and now they have been together for over six years!
Every year since 2010, they've gone to Maryville, MO for homecoming at Northwest Missouri State (Nick’s alma mater). They take a walk on campus before the homecoming parade and sometimes stop at certain spots to take photos along the way. One of the first photos they took in 2010 was at the ‘kissing bridge’ on campus. This last homecoming was especially memorable as they decided to take a photo on that same bridge and then Nick got on one knee to ask Kristie to marry him. Kristie said it was perfect, just the two of them and his best friend to capture the moment - a memory they will never forget!! Fast forward to September 9, 2016 -->
Kristie describes Nick as thoughtful, hardworking and funny and says one her favorite things about him is his relationship with his family, especially his parents. She says she just knows he is going to be the best dad and she loves that.
Nick describes Kristie as dedicated, passionate and caring and says that one of his favorite things about her is that she works hard for what she wants.
Some of the words they used to describe their relationship are fun-loving, comforting, passionate and effortless. Effortless… I love that one! I know sometimes love can be complicated, but it shouldn’t always have to be!
I can NOT get over this downtown Kansas City wedding venue! I work just up the street during the week so it was so special to see a new perspective/vantage point of everything that is so familiar to me :)
It was such a privilege to play a role in Kristie and Nick’s story and I’m so thankful for the ensuing friendship! Huge thanks to all the other vendors who helped pull this very perfect day together for this sweet couple:
Wedding Coordinator - Maggie from the Terrace on Grand
Florist - Costco Floral, arrangements by Kristie and Nick
Cake(s) - 3 Women and an Oven
Officiant - John Baker
Bridal Dress - David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses - Dillards
Tuxes - express.com
Caterer - Terrace on Grand
Hair Stylist - Studio 39 Salon
Makeup Artist - Studio 39 Salon
Band or DJ - Chris Taylor
Videographer - Preston Goff (yes, my very own husband!) www.prestongoff.myportfolio.com
Invitations - magentstreet.com
Jewelry - Fred Meyer
Centerpieces and most of the decor - Kristy Graczyk
Megan and Kevin were a couple of my VERY early high school senior sessions, so something about shooting their wedding makes me feel old! I know anyone older than 25 is thinking, "You have no idea what old feels like." But you know what I mean :P
Megan is originally from Texas and Kevin is from New Mexico, but I knew them both from my little hometown of Woodland Park, Colorado. They are now in Fort Collins together! This sweet couple met in 8th grade. Megan said they were such great friends, involved in a lot of the same things and the friendship turned into something special!
When Kevin proposed, he surprised Megan with a girls night... little did she know it would turn into much more than that. The girls showed up at the brewery where Kevin works, and he had decorated the pavilion with lights and drapery. All of their friends were involved in making a music video. Megan said she was crying so hard she couldn't stop! Then both of their families came out to surprise her too! When she finally got to see Kevin (crying too!), he got down on one knee and the rest is history! She said that to this day she can't believe that he pulled it off without her knowing!
Kevin describes Megan as gorgeous, organized and passionate and says one of his favorite things about her is her smile. Megan describes Kevin as selfless, happy and Christ-centered and one of her favorite things about him is that he is the goofiest person.
Being so organized, Megan planned a perfect wedding. Timing was lovely, styling was beautiful and the whole ceremony and reception went over so smoothly. I hope these photos do their story justice, enjoy!
Shout out to all the lovely vendors who helped pull off this perfect day for Megan and Kevin!
Venue - The Tapestry House
Florist – Jordan’s Flowers
Cake(s) – Donut Haus
Officiant – Kevin Wolfe
Bridal Dress – Dora Grace
Bridesmaid's Dresses – Bridal Connection
Tux Rental – Men’s Wearhouse
Hair Stylist and Videographer – Steph Pourbaix
Band or DJ – Dan Pourbaix
I have always wanted to do a stylized shoot, but never felt like I had the resources or network to make it happen. Then I reached out to Miranda, a Kansas City wedding planner with Belle Journee. I had emailed a few planners and mostly got "thanks, we'll keep you in mind," which I know means I will most likely not hear back again. But Miranda replied right away and, after seeing my work, expressed a need for a photographer for a special project...fast forward to this gorgeous stylized shoot!!
I didn't have much daylight to work with and I broke the stand for my external flash (long story) so the images are few, but I was so happy to have something different to shoot during the slow season for weddings. Thanks to all the wonderful vendors who made it possible:
When a wedding is styled this well...it certainly is easy on my part! I so greatly enjoyed being able to do Amy's bridals a couple weeks before because we were already comfortable together on the big day! The whole day went smoothly and beautifully. Between their wonderful bridal party and family, the sweetest ceremony (where Christian actually played piano and sang a song he'd written to her), and our couple's session downtown after the reception, it was a lovely and special day celebrating this sweet couple.
I always wish I had more times to photograph just my brides on their wedding day, so you can imagine how excited I was to get to do a full bridal session for this girl! We braved the intense heat and more bug bites than I've ever gotten in my life to get these...but it was worth it!!
I'm so happy to finally be able to share these as she had her beautiful wedding this afternoon!! She was a stunning bride :) Can't wait to share wedding photos!