Weddings

October Styled Shoot Sneak Peek

Friends. Last week, we got to do something super-crazy, ridiculous fun. And it involved an absolute dream team of some of Kansas City’s very best and talented wedding vendors. You may have seen photos of a gorgeous bride and a huge Great Dane floating around Facebook and Instagram. Well – just let me say, that we were so very excited that we got asked to be part of that styled shoot!! If you’re thinking, that girl and her dog are crazy gorgeous you are so totally correct. Pair Lauren and Lincoln with the extraordinary talents, gowns, florals, planners, of Kansas City’s best, and we had a heck of an afternoon. And it was a completely and utterly humbling experience.

We are so, so, SO excited to release all of the images from the styled shoot, and can’t wait to tell you ALL about it. If you know Kyle, you know that he gets carried away when he’s having a blast shooting, and this was no exception. So, while he’s working his way through ALL the images, we had to let a few sneak peeks out. You know, just because we absolutely can’t help ourselves. And we promise you this – there are SO MANY MORE gorgeous images from this styled shoot. Just wait until you see Megan Julian’s tablescapes. And the absolutely delicious paper (you know I’m a paper snob!) and place settings from Sugarbean Paper Co. And all of the other crazy, crazy beautiful pieces and parts – so many to choose from! Plus – we got a super early sneak peek of one of Kansas City’s oldest venues that is getting a facelift! And all of this? Just to celebrate Shining Stars Catering’s October Tasting 🙂

But, for now, here are a few of our very, very favorites. Enjoy! And check back soon for more! And to this amazing vendor team – thank you so much for letting us come and “play!”

October Styled Shoot Sneak Peek

Kansas City Styled Shoot Location: LaRue Baltimore, The Kansas City Club

 

Vendor Dream Team:

Venues: LaRue Baltimore, The Kansas City Club

Planner: Megan Julian – Julian Events

Catering: Shining Stars Catering

Wedding Gown: Stephanie’s Bridal and Boutique

Hair & Make-up: Hello Lovely

Florals: Flora Design Co.

Paper & Stationary: Sugarbean Paper Co.

DJ & Lighting: Icon Event Group

Models: Lauren & Lincoln

Coordinator: Angela – Better Ask Angela

 

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Gatsby Inspired Wedding Sneak Peek

Are you so ready and excited?! We are so ready and excited, so we know that you must be too!! If you’re just tuning in, it’s Sneak Peek Friday again, and we are SO EXCITED to finally get a chance to release a sneak peek from Sonia and Todd’s crazy-gorgeous, elegant, Gatsby inspired wedding at The Scarritt Building last weekend! And man – would you believe us if we told you this is just the tip of the iceberg?! These two had an absolute dream team of wedding vendors (we’ll list them below), and their day was simply amazing. And believe it or not, the rain held off JUST long enough!

We have so many more favorites from their wedding day, and are so excited to share them so soon! (Just wait until you see the rest of Sonia’s gowns!) But for now, this sneak peek will have to do. Family and friends – feel free to go ahead and pre-register to see their full gallery as soon as it’s released! We know you’re just as excited as we are!

Gatsby Inspired Wedding Sneak Peek | Sonia and Todd

Gatsby Inspired Wedding Sneak Peek | A dramatic photo of a bride and groom sharing a kiss as they lean against a classic car in front of Kansas City's Union Station on their wedding day.

 

Kansas City Wedding Picture Location | Union Station

Congratulations again, Sonia and Todd! We hope you have an amazing, much deserved honeymoon! We can’t wait to share more images with you when you get back!

You can also check out Sonia and Todd’s super romantic engagement session here.

Sonia and Todd’s Vendor Team:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Scarritt Building

Wedding Planner: Megan Quandt, Simply Elegance

Florals: Final Touch Studios

Wedding Cake: Adorn Cakes

Catering: Shining Stars Catering

DJ: Elite Sounds

Hair & Makeup: Hello Lovely

Sonia’s Gown(s):

Todd’s Tux: Houndstooth

Bartenders: Top Shelf Bartending

Ceremony Music: Forte

Videographers: 38 Films

Rentals: All Seasons Event Rental

Classic Car: Pech Limousine

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Rainy Wedding Day Sneak Peek | S+A

Okay, friends, “Sneak Peek Friday” is continuing! Stephanie and Aaron got married last weekend, and, boy, did they have one heck of a wedding day! In a completely good way, of course! We’ll share all the details as soon as these two lovebirds get to see ALL of their wedding images, but in the meantime, let us just set the scene for you.

Aaron and his groomsmen got ready in the same place where he and Stephanie had their first date. Stephanie might have been the coolest, most calm, laid-back bride we’ve ever worked with. (Insert us breaking a camera lens here. We’ll share more with you later about why that wasn’t such an awful thing.) They had a crazy, beautiful, family and friend filled wedding ceremony. Then, we got to make their wedding portraits at one of our very favorite locations in the city. They got photobombed by a man on a speeding moped. And then, had to literally race back to their party bus as the big, crazy storm hit.

Finally, just after their reception entrance, the rain stopped and they were able to enjoy sunset on the roof of The Garment House. And, we got to create some of our very, very favorite images with them. Not to stop the night there, they had a banging reception, and celebrated the night away with their friends and family. What a day! We are SO excited to share more images from their wedding day (you know they have to see them first!)! But, in the meantime, enjoy this peek from our portrait session on the roof!

Rainy Wedding Day Sneak Peek | Stephanie + Aaron

Rainy Wedding Day Sneak Peek | Dramatic portrait of a bride and groom embracing standing on the roof of The Garment House on Broadway in downtosn Kansas City under stormy skies after their wedding.

Kansas City Wedding Picture Location | The Garment House on Broadway

CONGRATULATIONS Stephanie and Aaron!!! We are SO happy for you and can’t wait to show you ALL of your wedding day images!

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Timber Barn Fall Wedding Sneak Peek

Hold on to your horses – literally! We are SO, SO, SO excited to finally get to share a sneak peek with you from Jamie and Paul’s wedding! We’ve known all along that their wedding day was going to be unlike any other that we’ve shot. Why? Well, a carriage drawn by Clydesdales was going to drop Jamie off at the aisle! Believe us – this was SO cool. And our favorite part of their wedding day? I mean, besides the fact that they got to tie the knot? These two stuck to their guns when it came to knowing what they wanted for their wedding day. Jessica and her amazing team from Hitched helped Jamie and Paul execute their vision to a T. And it was so perfect for them.

We can’t wait to share so many more from this beautiful, fall wedding! But, in the meantime, enjoy this sneak peek!

Timber Barn Fall Wedding Sneak Peek | Jamie & Paul

Timber Barn Fall Wedding Sneak Peek | A dramatic portrait of a bride and groom holding hands walking across a field in front of a carriage drawn by four Clydesdales down the hill from the Timber Barn at Weston Red Barn Farm.

Kansas City Wedding Picture Location | Timber Barn at Weston Red Barn Farm

Congratulations again, Jamie and Paul! We are so excited to share all to your additional GORGEOUS images with you!

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Arelys & DJ’s Custom Wedding Album

Happy almost Friday, friends! Today we are so excited to be sharing the first of many new things headed your way in the coming months! One of the things that our couples get most excited about from the very beginning is their wedding album. As you know, we are big, big, BIG believers in preservation and tangibility. We believe that no couple have to look back on their wedding day memories without a custom wedding album. And, those albums are one  of the things over the years that has made us different from a lot of other wedding photographers.

If you’re thinking, “wait, but you’ve already told us how much you love albums,” trust me, this is something new! With every wedding and engagement we always share our couples’ favorite images from their session on our blog and social media. We share sneak peeks, vendors, and photo locations. (We like to share and be transparent – can you tell?!) But, one of the things that we’ve NEVER shared, unless you’ve been in our meeting space our seen us at a bridal show is our wedding albums. We may post a few sneak peeks/unwrapping videos on Facebook, but that’s about all that you ever get t to see. And to be honest with you, since we’ve introduced the gorgeous Graphistudio albums, that’s just not fair!

So, that brings us to today. This afternoon we received Arelys and DJ’s beautiful wedding album from Graphi. YAY!!!!! And, while we did an unveiling on Facebook, we also wanted to share their beautiful album here too. Why? Simply put, because we want you to see it! WE want you to see everything! Because you just never know where you’re going to find inspiration. And, because we love all of the custom features of these albums, and you know we don’t like to put our clients in plain, black square boxes. 🙂

Without further ado, here’s a look at Arelys and DJ’s wedding album! Immediately below you’ll find the spreads from their album. Not just our favorite images put together, but the exact same pages that are in their book. Beneath that, you’ll be able to see all of their album details, size, cover options, etc. Get ready to be inspired!! And, just in case you want to see more from this crazy-romantic couple, you can check out more images from their wedding day on our blog.

Arelys & DJ’s Custom Wedding Album | Pages

 

Arelys & DJ’s Custom Wedding Album | Album Specs

Arelys & DJ's Custom Wedding Album | A photo of a Graphistudio Original Wedding Book with crystal Glance Cover and matching Custom Image Box.

(Yes, that is a corgi hiding in the background :))

Arelys & DJ's Custom Wedding Album | A photo of a Graphistudio Original Wedding Book with crystal Glance Cover and matching Custom Image Box. Arelys & DJ's Custom Wedding Album | A photo of a Graphistudio Original Wedding Book with crystal Glance Cover and matching Custom Image Box. Arelys & DJ's Custom Wedding Album | A photo of a Graphistudio Original Wedding Book with crystal Glance Cover and matching Custom Image Box. Arelys & DJ's Custom Wedding Album | A photo of a Graphistudio Original Wedding Book with crystal Glance Cover and matching Custom Image Box. Arelys & DJ's Custom Wedding Album | A photo of a Graphistudio Original Wedding Book with crystal Glance Cover and matching Custom Image Box. Arelys & DJ's Custom Wedding Album | A photo of a Graphistudio Original Wedding Book with crystal Glance Cover and matching Custom Image Box.

Album Size: 10×14, 40 pages

Album Box: Custom Image Box

Album Cover: Crystal Glance Custom Image Cover with Dark Blue Maple spine and back

 

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Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding

Boy, oh boy, have we got a special wedding day for you today! Savannah and Tim are so very near and dear to our hearts. And, they happened to get married this August and we got to be there. This two are two of the sweetest, most caring and compassionate people that we’ve met. And they’re loads of fun. We knew their wedding day was going to be so crazy-beautiful, and very romantic. Sticking to certain traditions like not doing a first look, but still talking to each other first just made their day. And, can we tell you how glad we are we got to sneak away for sunset with them?

We have SO MANY favorites from their wedding day, but here are just a few of ours (and theirs). And, Savannah and Tim were gracious enough to chime in with some planning advice and favorite moments from their wedding day as well. Enjoy, friends!

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding

Getting Ready

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | A photo of a groom getting dressed on the morning of his wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Two candid pictures of a from and his groomsmen getting dressed on the morning of his wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | A candid picture of a groom and his groomsmen on the morning of his wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | A candid photo of a bride and her bridesmaids getting ready on the morning of her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Four styled photos of a bride's wedding day details and accessories on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | A group of candid pictures of a bride and her family getting dressed on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Three candid images of a bride and her family getting dressed on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Two candid pictures of a bride having fun with her bridesmaids and reaching for her wedding gown on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | A picture of a bride reaching to put on her wedding gown on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Two candid photos of a bride putting on her wedding gown on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Two candid photos of a bride putting on her wedding gown on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | A styled image of a bride putting on her wedding gown on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Four candid photos of a bride's mom putting on her wedding gown on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Any words of wisdom for those still planning? “Have fun and enjoy every moment of it. Whether you plan on being engaged for a year or a few months, time flies by. Don’t argue over things that you both don’t have too much control over. Be sure to be specific when planning because if the two of you aren’t on the same page, then no one else will be! Having an itinerary is amazing. It gives you the opportunity to be flexible with a lot of things and you don’t necessarily need to pay for a planner if you’re willing to put in the work. While you are deciding on different things such as, photographers, caterers, etc., be sure you chose the company you truly love and enjoy. You’d be surprised on how helpful they can be as well ;)”

What do you wish you knew before you started planning? “Honestly, nothing really. Everything came together (even better than expected).”

Pre-Wedding Photos

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Two portraits of a groom in his gray tuxedo on his wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Two portraits of a groom in his gray tuxedo on his wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Two portraits of a groom in his gray tuxedo on his wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Two candid pictures of a groom and his groomsmen in gray tuxedos on his wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | A posed picture of a groom and his groomsmen in gray tuxedos on his wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Four posed and candid iamges of a groom and his groomsmen in gray tuxedos on his wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Two posed images of a bride in her wedding gown on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Two posed images of a bride in her wedding gown on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Two posed images of a bride in her wedding gown on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Two posed images of a bride in her wedding gown on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | A picture of a bride and her bridesmaids in purple gowns on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Three candid images of a bride and her bridesmaids in purple gowns on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Four candid photos of a bride and her bridesmaids in purple gowns on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Four candid photos of a bride and her dad sharing a special first look on her wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Two candid photos of a groom serenading his bride with her favorite song on their wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Two candid photos of a groom serenading his bride with her favorite song on their wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Best advice for a bride? “Have an open mind. Yes, this is an amazing day and something you’ve dreamed about forever but if you let go a little (not be a HUGE perfectionist) your day will flow together whether you’ve 100% planned it that way or if it just happens! Once your day comes, if there are things you’ve forgotten…just let it go. That just goes to show it really wasn’t meant to be. Simply enjoy it and let people HELP you. If you have supportive girls (or guys) by your side on your big day, let them help you. Demand (nicely) for things to get done and they will!”

Best advice for a groom? “Have fun, bur realize what you’re doing. You are marrying your soulmate/partner for life and when that is shown and felt your day will be amazing. Downplay the seriousness, meaning, if you’re having a good time and love what you’re doing, the pictures and feelings will come naturally and look stunning.”

Wedding Ceremony

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | A close-up photo of a floral arrangement decorating a wedding aisle on a wedding day at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Two candid photos of a bridesmaid and groomsmen walking down the aisle and a groom greeting his groomsmen during their wedding ceremony at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Two candid pictures of a bride walking down the aisle to her groom and her groom seeing her for the first time during their wedding ceremony at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

Belvoir Winery Romantic Summer Wedding | Three photos of a bride walking down the aisle to her groom and her groom seeing her for the first time during their wedding ceremony at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

What were your favorite moments from your wedding day?

Savannah: “As if I could only choose on or a few! I am extremely happy I didn’t do a ‘first look’ with my soon-to-be husband on my wedding day. Even though we didn’t do a ‘first look’ we did do a ‘no-look-first-look’ and that was amazing. UNFORGETTABLE! My now husband is a musician and incredibly talented on the piano and surprised me with playing my favorite song while I walked down the hall (without seeing him, of course)! Another favorite moment was our first dance. We decided to be a little fancy and waltz for our first dance (without lessons, just YouTube) to Beauty and the Beat by John Legend and Ariana Grande (huge Disney fans!). With Tim wanting to outdo himself (like always) he surprised me again with a flash-mob with his groomsmen! Another UNFORGETTABLE moment! “

Tim: “Our first dance. Savannah’s father/daughter/family dance. MOH and BM speeches. Ceremony in general, but more specifically our vows and cross ceremony.”

Wedding Party Pictures

Favorite splurge? “Our photographers FOR SURE 😉 but also the last minute videographers!”

Wedding Reception

What’s next for you two? “We have already lived together before marriage, so on to living together as a married couple. We are planning on taking a honeymoon, but not until October. WE’RE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD! We are such big kids and obsessed with Disney, so we thought that would be the perfect place to celebrate our marriage.”

Anything else you would like to share with us/planning brides and grooms?

“Kyle & Melissa – you guys are SIMPLY AMAZING. You both have not only captured our day FLAWLESSLY, but you also MADE IT PERFECT. I wish we could have you guys around 24/7 because you guys are THAT amazing. You both will probably have to get used to the phrase ‘thank you’ because we will NEVER stop saying it! We love you both oh so much. “

“Planning brides & grooms – LISTEN TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS! They KNOW what they’re doing and will make things a thousand times LESS stressful. Perfect example: Tim and I (Savannah) are the most awkward and uncoordinated (mainly Savannah) people, but they made us look like models who have been modeling for years!”

Savannah and Tim – CONGRATULATIONS friends!!! You two warm our hearts completely, and we couldn’t be more grateful for your friendship. And that you let us make your wedding day photos. We love you both to the moon and back, and can’t wait to see where life takes you next!

You can check out Savannah & Tim’s full wedding gallery here. Or, feel free to head over to check out their crazy-fall engagement session.

Savannah & Tim’s Wedding Vendor Team:

Ceremony & Reception Venue| Belvoir Winery

Wedding Planner| Aloha Amelia Weddings – Jayla Awa

Savannah’s Wedding Gown | David’s Bridal

Tim’s Tux | Men’s Wearhouse

Florist | Ecoflower

Catering | Brancato’s

DJ | Tom Bard

Invitations & Paper | Ash Ohana

 

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Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space

Hello there!! We are SO incredibly excited that we’ve finally got a chance to share Brecklyn and Alex’s classic summer wedding at Berg Event Space with you! We have known these two sweethearts for years now, and were so excited for their wedding day! You see, we were able to be there when Alex proposed to Brecklyn. And it was a completely magical moment. You can check out more from their proposal and engagement session here.

But, when wedding day rolled around?! Holy cow. All of the emotions and excitement!! We’re not sure if you can tell, but we get to be pretty good friends with our clients by the time they get married. It’s one of our very favorite parts of our “job,” if you can even call it that. Which means, that come wedding day, our excitement level is super-crazy! Here are just a few of Alex and Brecklyn’s favorites from their wedding day. Okay, and maybe a few of ours as well. Enjoy!

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space

Getting Ready | Air BNB in Strawberry Hill

Instead of getting ready at t hotel like so many of our brides do, Brecklyn and Alex rented an Air BNB in Strawberry hill to get ready at. The perk? They got the whole weekend in the house. And it made for some crazy-cool, unique getting ready images. It also felt so much more homey than a hotel for all of their wedding party and friends. Isn’t this place the cutest?

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two close-up photos of a groom's wedding day details including cufflinks, onyx wedding band, hunger green bow-tie and taco socks.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Four candid pictures of a groom and his groomsmen getting dressed on his wedding day.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A candid image of a groom getting dressed on his wedding day taken through a staircase railing.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two formal portraits of a groom on his wedding day in his gray tuxedo.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A formal portrait of a groom in his gray tuxedo on his wedding day.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A group picture go a groom and his groomsmen all in gray tuxedos before his July wedding in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A close-up detailed photo of a bride's pearls, earrings, and wedding bands placed on a mirror.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Three styled photos of a bride and grooms wedding invitation suite, save the date, and wedding day jewelry.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A styled picture of a bride's gown with her bridesmaid dresses.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Three candid pictures of a bride and her bridesmaids getting ready on her wedding day.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A candid image of a bride and her bridesmaids in matching wedding day robes.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two images of a bride on her wedding day: one reaching for her wedding gown and another of her reflection in a mirror.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Four candid photos of a bride putting on her wedding gown on the morning of her wedding.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two portraits of a bride in her wedding gown and veil on the morning of her wedding.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A formal portrait of a bride sitting in a windowsill in her wedding gown on the morning of her wedding.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A candid picture of a bride leaving a house on the morning of her wedding.

First Look | The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

Brecklyn and Alex knew they wanted to devote as much of their wedding day to photo time as they could. (Hello – that’s awesome!) To do that, these two wanted to do a first look. They didn’t necessarily care where, but trusted us to nail that spot down for them. Talk about pressure! But, after all of the planning and talking and scheming leading up to wedding day, we knew The Nelson was the perfect fit. Especially since Alex had hunter green accents. And, with Brecklyn’s gorgeous lace gown. First looks are always our favorite. And I would be completely lying if I said that I (Melissa) didn’t shed a tear when these two dear friends saw each other for the first time.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Three candid photos of a bride and groom sharing a first look on their wedding day in the gardens at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Three candid photos of a bride and groom sharing a first look on their wedding day in the gardens at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two close-up images of a bride and groom embracing on their wedding day in the gardens at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two colorful portraits of a bride and groom embracing on their wedding day in the gardens at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two candid pictures of a bride and groom embracing on their wedding day in the gardens at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two candid pictures of a bride and groom embracing on their wedding day in the gardens at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A dramatic portrait of a bride and groom embracing on their wedding day in the gardens at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A candid image of a bride and groom embracing on their wedding day in the gardens at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A dramatic portrait of a bride and groom embracing on their wedding day in the gardens at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A dramatic portrait of a bride and groom embracing on their wedding day in the gardens at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A dramatic portrait of a bride and groom embracing on their wedding day in the gardens at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Wedding Party Pictures | The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

Alex and Brecklyn’s wedding party met us at The Nelson for wedding party pictures a little bit after their first look. Don’t you just love the ladies’ gorgeous green dresses?! That color is so flattering on everyone! We had such a great time moving around the museum with this group. The highlight of everyone’s picture making time? Sadly, not one of Kyle’s bad jokes (JK). But instead, getting photo-bombed by a random dog just strolling through the grounds of The Nelson. I mean really – we couldn’t have planned this any better! And wouldn’t you believe it, this is one of Alex and Brecklyn’s favorite photos from their day? And of course it made it into their wedding album!

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A candid picture of a bride and groom with their wedding party walking arm in arm at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Three candid photos of a bride and groom with their wedding party at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A candid image of a dog running in front of a bride and groom with their wedding party at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two candid photos of a groom with his groomsmen at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Three images of a bride and her bridesmaids dressed in green at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Seven candid pictures of a bride and her bridesmaids dressed in green at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue | Berg Event Space

After spending the afternoon with their wedding party at The Nelson we all headed to The Berg for the big moment. Brecklyn and Alex’s wedding ceremony. These two wrote the most heartfelt vows, which made their ceremony that much more meaningful. And, after their ceremony, cocktail hour and their reception! Now, we love wedding receptions. It’s always so fun for us to get to meet your friends and family, and hear stories from your past during toasts.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A welcome sign just inside the Berg Event Space in Kansas City welcoming guests to a wedding and reception.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A black and white silhouette portrait of a bride standing in front of the tall windows at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two candid photos of a bride holding her bouquet and a close-up of her bouquet at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Four formal family photos of a bride and groom with their parents before their wedding at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two candid images of a groom walking down the aisle to his wedding at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Three candid pictures of a groom's family and groomsmen walking down the aisle to the wedding at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Three candid photos of a groom waiting for his bride and of his bride walking down the aisle to their wedding at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Three candid photos of a bride's father giving her away at her wedding at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two pictures of a bride and groom during their  wedding at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Four candid pictures of a bride and groom sharing their vows and first kiss during their wedding at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Three candid images of a bride and groom hugging just after their wedding ceremony and walking back down the aisle after their wedding at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two candid pictures of a bride and groom embracing in celebration after their wedding ceremony at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Four candid photos of a bride and groom embracing friends and family in celebration after their wedding ceremony at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

But, Brecklyn and Alex had a very special surprise during their reception. You see, the date they chose to get married on? Also Alex’s parents’ anniversary. In the weeks leading up to their wedding, Alex and Brecklyn snuck his parents’ wedding album out of the house and brought it to ours so we could create digital images and thus a slideshow from his parents’ wedding to be played during the reception. This was a complete surprise for Alex’s mom. And just after their dance, Alex’s dad made his way to the dance floor to dance with his bride. The slideshow started, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the entire venue. Talk about a great surprise!

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Four photos of wedding and reception decor set up at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A candid picture of a bride and groom entering their wedding reception at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Four candid photos of a bride and groom being toasted by their family and wedding party during their wedding reception at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two close-up photos of a bride and grooms wedding cake on display during their wedding reception at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Three candid pictures of a bride and groom cutting their cake during their wedding reception at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two candid photos of a bride and groom sharing their first dnace during their wedding reception at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A candid picture of a bride and groom sharing their first dance during their wedding reception at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Four candid images of a bride and groom dancing with their parents during their wedding reception at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two candid pictures of a groom's mom and dad dancing during a slideshow at their son's wedding reception at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A series of candid moments of friends and family dancing during a wedding reception at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A series of candid photos of a bride throwing her bouquet and a groom tossing a garter during a wedding reception at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | Two dramatic portraits of a bride and groom on the freight elevator at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Classic Summer Wedding at Berg Event Space | A black and white photo of a bride and groom embracing on the freight elevator at Berg Event Space in Kansas City.

Congratulations, Brecklyn and Alex! We’re so incredibly happy for you two! We can’t wait to catch up soon and to get your wedding album in your hands!!

To see more from Brecklyn and Alex’s Wedding, visit their full gallery here.

Brecklyn & Alex’s Wedding Vendor Team:

Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue | Berg Event Space

Brecklyn’s Gown | Mikaella from Two Hearts Consignment

Alex’s Tux | Tip Top Tux – Leawood

Invitations & Paper | Wedding Paper Divas

Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands | Shane Company

Brecklyn’s Veil | Brenda’s Bridal Veils

Ceremony Music | Violetta Strings

Reception DJ | Jukeboxx Media – DJ Kevin

Florist, Cake, Catering | Hyvee – 95th and Antioch

Hair & Make-up | Chelsea Rich, Michlah Hamidani

Bridesmaid Gowns | David’s Bridal

Groomsmen’s Tuxes | Tip Top Tux – Leawood

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Rustic Fall Wedding Sneak Peek

We’re running a little behind in getting this sneak peek posted for Brandie and Anthony, but it’s finally here! This sweet, loving couple got married last Saturday at The Elms. And, despite all of Mother Nature’s rainy intentions for their wedding day, they had an absolutely beautiful and fantastic wedding day! These two were surrounded by all of their closest friends and family, and it was so much fun to see everyone raise them up with happiness and excitement!

We are so, so, so excited to release Brandie and Anthony’s sneak peek. We know that Brandie is probably going crazy waiting for the email, and we don’t blame her! Here it is, friend!! Friends and family – this sweet couple will get to see their wedding images so soon! If you’re just as excited to see them as we know Brandie and Anthony are, feel free to pre-register to see their full gallery as soon as it’s released!

Rustic Fall Wedding Sneak Peek | Brandie & Anthony

Rustic Fall Wedding Sneak Peek | A dramatic picture of a bride and groom just after their wedding ceremony during sunset, standing underneath a street light at The Elms.

Wedding Picture Location | The Elms Hotel & Spa

 

Congratulations, Brandie and Anthony! We are so glad that you had such a great day! We are so excited for you to see the rest of your images, and can’t wait to catch up soon! Thank you both again so much for letting us create your wedding day photographs!

 

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