Rachel and Aaron’s Perfect Fall Wedding at Weston Red Barn Farm | Kansas City Wedding Photographer

You know those little moments when you realize that everything is going your way, and although you’re supposed to remain calm, in your mind, you’re dancing and squealing like a small child because of all the perfection? That was my constant mental state during Rachel and Aaron’s epic wedding a few weeks ago. I had been looking forward to their wedding day because (1) they are awesome people that I totally adore, (2) their engagement session was so much fun, and (3) they booked one of the best venues in the area, especially for an autumn wedding. They had obviously put lots of time and love into each detail of their day, and it came together beautifully.

Beyond that, they trusted me. It’s such a crucial element in a successful photography session or wedding. They let me take control during formal photos. They let me try new things. They let me work, and they let me rest (they let me drink some of their phenomenal beer, too). They understood that my job was to document their day, their friends and family, and their wonderful celebration as they joined their lives together.

It was any photographer’s dream wedding, and it was the absolute perfect way for me to end my 2014 wedding season.

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Melissa and Kevin | Lee’s Summit Wedding | Legacy Park

Wedding days can be stressful. They can be filled with so many gotta-get-it-perfect details, a checklist a mile long, and people wanting to pull you in every direction.

I get it. And I am usually able to maintain my sanity, as I’ve gotten used to the stress people often feel on their wedding days. It doesn’t bother me so much like it did when I shot my first few weddings. It’s what I expect.

But Melissa and Kevin’s wedding day was much different. So relaxed. So free from stress. It was a dream!

They chose an intimate ceremony on a lake at Legacy Park — where they met. How perfect is that? Now, the weather radar was looking a bit threatening at the time they planned to say “I do,” so they had the luxury of moving it a few hours earlier than planned. I’ve never shot a wedding ceremony two or three hours earlier than expected.

The ceremony was perfect. I can’t pretend that I didn’t shed a tear when Kevin gave Melissa’s son, Gavin, a necklace during the ceremony after the exchange of rings. The words Kevin spoke to Gavin where so heartfelt and beautiful, and Gavin was thrilled about his awesome new necklace. His reaction was priceless. It brought me back to the time when my brother and I stood with our mom as she married the man who would become our dad. To witness the official start of a new family is something that’s too beautiful for words. When it’s more than just the bride and groom joining their lives together, it’s even more amazing.

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So after I wiped my tears away, I had the pleasure of working with their wonderful wedding party. They were hilarious, kind, helpful, and happy to be there supporting their friends on their special day. That’s the kind of wedding party I always hope for.

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And, seriously, how awesome is it that the groomsmen wanted to get a few pictures in the weight room at the community center?!

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The reception was a great, laid-back party featuring every element of a great celebration: food, drinks, delicious cake, heartfelt toasts, great music, and cute kids dancing. And adults dancing, of course, but the cute kids had my attention all night!

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My excitement about the photos I’ve taken is often measured by how quickly I finish editing them. I got home from Melissa and Kevin’s wedding around 10:30 on Saturday night, and somehow finished the entire editing process by 11:30 on Monday night. That’s 49 hours. And that’s my new record for turning around a wedding. Woo hoo!

 

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Andria and Travis are Married

The day that you promise your love and commit your life to your best friend is, of course, a beautiful and unforgettable day. It’s a day that you may have been dreaming of for years — and planning for nearly as long. Every detail falls into place perfectly. And the very first moment of your new life together is celebrated among hundreds of your closest friends and family members. How amazing is that?!

“Amazing” is certainly a word I would use to describe Andria and Travis’ wedding day. And “chilly” would come to mind as well, but if you know me, that’s synonymous with “perfect weather.”

Perfect day. Priceless moments. Stunningly gorgeous bride. Wonderful couple. What an honor it was for me to be able to capture such an incredible, emotional, and enjoyable day!

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