You may remember Emely and Gary from their moody engagement session in Columbus Park that we posted not too long ago from last fall. We’re back today to share their beautiful, chic winter wedding held in Kansas City earlier this year. Do you remember how their engagement session was full of personal details and locations? That was just a sneak peek into their wedding day. Family, heritage, and their respect for each other mean the world to Emely and Gary, and it was plain to see that in every detail from their wedding day from where they chose to get ready (at home a few blocks from their church), to Emely’s brother walking her down the aisle and Gary’s Dad as his best man, to their fun entry into their reception. Here’s just a sneak peek into their wedding day.
Instead of getting ready at a hotel, Emely and Gary chose to get ready at their homes. Gary and the guys at his house in mid-town, and Emely and the ladies at Gary’s parents home a few blocks away.
Once they were dressed and ready, Gary and the groomsmen walked the few blocks to his parents house where the ladies were so he could meet Emely for their first look.
Wedding Party Portraits
Since Emely and Gary chose to have an evening Catholic ceremony, they knew that they wanted and needed to do a first look in order to make time for all of the images they wanted to be sure to create. Gary is in construction, and loves architecture, so of course we wanted to incorporate that into their wedding day locations, such as the Kauffman Center. We also knew that we wanted to create something completely magical for them before heading to their ceremony. I’m not sure if it was karma, or just the love that these two have, but we couldn’t have better planned for what happened during our stop at Crown Center. After we created a few images with the wedding party, we took Emely and Gary over by the infamous fountains. Our original plan was to light the fountains up and have them strike an epic pose. Right as we made our way over there, the fountains started their programed “show,” music came on, and time seemed to stop. Gary took his beautiful bride in his arms and started dancing her around. The surrounding onlookers all just stopped and watched these two share their first dance, not at their reception, but under the twinkly lights in front of a beautiful fountain, just the two of them. It was simply magical.
Emely and Gary got married at the church that Gary was raised in, St. Peter’s in midtown. They chose to have an evening, black-tie, traditional Catholic wedding ceremony.
In all the years that we’ve been photographing weddings, I can’t say that we’ve ever seen an entrance into a reception like the one Emely and Gary had planned. They chose to have their wedding reception at Californos in Westport, because they loved the laid-back vibe and location of the restaurant. Instead of just having their band leader announce them, they had their limo drop them off at Westport Ale House, where they met part of the band in from St. Louis, St. Louis Big Band. The band then started to play, and all of the wedding party were given masks, feather boas, umbrellas, and Emely and Gary had their own New Orleans inspired Second Line parade through Westport into their reception at Californos. Looking back on their day these two agreed that this was one of their favorite moments from their whole day, and we have to agree.
Thank you again so much, Emely and Gary, for having us there to capture your big day. We’re so glad that we were able to be there for you, and cannot wait to get together again! Congratulations to both you and your families – we wish you all nothing but the best, always.
Ceremony Location: St. Peter’s Catholic Church
Reception Location & Catering: Californos
Coordinator: Ellen Small from Plush Productions
Transportation: KC Night Train
Flowers: Cosentinos in Brookside
Rentals: All Seasons Event Rentals
Hair: Symmetry Salon
Make-up: Alex Glaviano
Photobooth: Nerdy Photobooth
Rehearsal Dinner: Brio’s Tuscan Grill