I’d been anticipating this wedding for over a year, and it was certainly worth the wait! I know I use the word “sweet” a lot, but I could not find a better descriptive for this wedding because it was simply sweet!
Maggie and I became friends when I spent a few months in Kansas City a few years ago. She shares my love for photography, and we did a little shooting together and have stayed in touch. I just love watching my friends go from “single” to “in a relationship” to “engaged” on Facebook. My heart jumps at the possibility that they might ask me to photograph their wedding. I don’t expect it, or put pressure on them, but my heart can only hope. :)
The wedding took place in the midst of a massive heat wave that baked much of the country’s midsection. This day was no different, with temperatures over 100 degrees. Thankfully the ceremony was inside at the New Life Event Space, and we saved our bride and groom portrait session for the end, when the sun was lower and a nice breeze was blowing. Oh, and we made a little stop in the middle of the portraits to get milkshakes at one of Kansas City’s oldest diners, Town Topic.
Here is what Maggie wrote on my Facebook wall after having her photos for a few days, “I saved one of your photos of us as the background on my phone. Every time I look at it, it takes my breath away and makes my heart skip a beat. I can’t wait to pick some to print! I am filled with admiration and joy at the beauty and love you captured between us on our wedding day. Our family members are in awe and so are we. Thank you, thank you for everything.”
This is why I love my job. It can be stressful at times, and I push myself very, very hard always to do the best work I am capable of. When I can give couples this kind of experience, it’s all worth it!
My second photographer/assistant for the day was my friend Joanna, who is like a sister to me. The most fun ending to this day was that she took a test and found out she is expecting! So much happy!
They’re looking at her, she’s looking at him. :)
Maggie’s grandfather was the officiant. Such a meaningful connection they share!
Arthur held on to Maggie through most of the ceremony, stroking her hand with his thumb.
He kissed her the normal way, shook his head, then went for the dip!
During the reception, guests had fun playing board games!
We started our portrait session just a few blocks away at the Kaufmann Performing Arts Center, a beautiful new building in downtown Kansas City.
Getting in a hammock is tricky stuff!
Time to cool off with some milkshakes!
After Town Topic, we headed to south Kansas City to a beautiful little park for some sunset portraits.