Corie | Personal Branding Session

We recently spent some time with the lovely Corie Vogel, of Corie Hair and Makeup. She wanted some updated photos of herself, her space, and her doing her thing.

Personal branding photography isn’t just for big businesses. In fact, we don’t do that at all. We love the little guys. The local gals. The ones who are super passionate about what they do, and who they do it for.

So sit back and enjoy a little glimpse into Corie’s world. And for goodness sake. . .if you want to look your absolute best, hit her up!

Do you have a business, or are you an online influencer? If so, we’d love to chat about getting you some new photos for your website and social media accounts!

Natalie and Wesley | Wedding at The Kansas City Club

How do we love this wedding? Let us count the ways.

1.] These two families. Just. Awesome.
2.] Natalies absolutely stunning gown.
3.] Lots and lots of K-State. Groom’s cake, neckties, and pep band [Wabash!]. EMAW.
4.] The fact that Natalie was drum major of said band, and that she took the helm at the reception. As a former marching band member [in high school] and music major at K-State [Allison], there’s not much more that I could love about this! And Jason has always been sort of a marching band groupie. So there’s that.
5.] Grandpa Larry. <3
6.] The fact that the weather was C.R.U.M.M.Y. on this day, but everyone just bundled up and smiled!
7.] Music music everywhere. Natalie’s childhood piano teacher played for their ceremony, her friends performed their first dance song live, and duh. . .the pep band.
8.] The reception portrait studio. Boom.
9.] So many other things that would take forever to list. . .

But what we love the most is that Natalie and Wesley remind us so much of ourselves. Just like them, we met at K-State, fell in love, and got married young. . .because like them, we just knew. And after almost 22 years of marriage, we can confidently say that these two get it. They really do.

Natalie and Wesley, thank you so much for inviting us to be part of your day. Watching the two of you love each other and capturing your story has been such a pleasure. We wish you many many years of happiness, and when your kids meet someone at K-State someday and fall in love, we hope you’ll give us a call.

Ceremony | Southwoods Christian Church

Reception | The Kansas City Club

Event Planner | Julian Events

Hair + Makeup | Hello Lovely

Flowers | Good Earth Floral Design Studio

Catering | Shining Stars

Cake | Blue Thistle Cakery

Classic Car | Pech Limousine

DJ | Icon Event Group

Are you planning a wedding? We’d love to hear all about it!

Stephanie and Dave | Kansas City Engagement Session at Madrid Theatre

Stephanie and Dave met at work after the company he was working for relocated to Kansas City and recruited Stephanie right out of college. After dating for a while, Dave knew she was the one, so he got to work on planning the most perfect proposal.

They planned on having dinner with some friends, but when the friends “got sick” they enjoyed a romantic dinner, just the two of them, at Novel. Great choice, Dave! When dinner was over, he suggested they go take a selfie in front of the “Kansas City I’m So In Love” mural. So they walked over there, and when Stephanie turned to look at him, he was down on one knee. Little did she know, their friends were hiding behind a car photographing the entire thing. Great work, Dave!

To celebrate, they decided to head to a bar around the corner to grab a drink, again, just the two of them. But when they walked in, Stephanie found that about 50 of their friends and family were waiting there for a surprise engagement party. Excellent work, Dave! Thank goodness she said “yes”!

They love hanging out on the Plaza and discovering fun new happy hour spots, so that’s how we spent our time with them for their engagement session. Double Shift Brewing Company for the win. After a couple of reschedules due to bad weather, this day turned out just perfectly!

They’re planning an August 24th wedding at the Madrid Theatre, and we can’t wait!

Ashley and Spenser | Kansas City Wedding At The Bauer

We are lucky to see and experience so many awesome things and moments at the weddings we photograph, and one of our favorite ways to share that with you is with a Top 10 [or some other random number] list! So, we thought it was fitting to close out the year with one. And Ashley and Spenser’s wedding is PERFECT for it! So without further ado. . .

1.] Ashley’s AH-MAZING dress. Right?!?
2.] Having their fur baby, Olive, stop by for a visit to see mom and dad on their big day.
3.] The 2 most adorable flower girls in the history of the world.
4.] The three random [and wonderful] strangers who made a window sign for Ashely when we were shooting on a rooftop downtown. People are awesome. And Ashley IS beautiful.
5.] Spenser wearing his emotions on his sleeve. #realman
6.] The beautiful mismatched vintage dishes they used to dress their reception tables.
7.] The attentiveness of their friends and family during speeches. Everyone was fully present, and that just doesn’t happen all the time. Their love for Ashely and Spenser is real. <3
8.] Ashley poppin’ bottles like a boss.
9.] Their last dance of the night alone in the room. . .just the two of them.
10.] The fact that we know, without a shadow of a doubt, that these two are gonna make it. They love each other truly and deeply, and that is a beautiful thing.

Ashely and Spenser, thank you so very much for inviting us into your world for a little bit. We have loved every minute of it. We send you off into the new year with our best wishes for a lifetime of happiness!

Ceremony and Reception | The Bauer

Event Planner | Hitched Planning + Floral

Hair + Makeup | Daren + Co

Flowers | Hitched Planning + Floral

Catering | The Bite

DJ | Fernando Productions

We’d love to create a Top 10 list for you! Send us a message!



Kristen and Michael | Kansas City Wedding at Union Horse Distilling Co.

This is a love story like no other. Well, at least it’s like no other we have experienced in our almost 15 years of photographing weddings. Kristen and Michael’s journey to becoming husband and wife is one that has been filled with love, heartache, hope, and again more love than they ever imagined possible.

In 2016, Kristen lost her husband, Ryan, to leukemia. That same year, Michael lost his wife, Michelle, to pancreatic cancer. As anyone who has lost a spouse knows, it was a time of unimaginable pain.

Many years before, Michelle and Kristen were high school classmates, and when Kristen learned of Michelle’s diagnosis, she started following her story, especially after Ryan became ill. When the two women would speak, Michelle would sometimes mention to Kristen that she should connect with Michael, so that they could support each other as fellow caregivers. But that never happened.

After Michelle and Ryan lost their battles, Kristen and Michael did, somehow, manage to connect. They started checking in on each other, as they were both navigating this new life as single parents who had recently lost the loves of their lives. It was a situation of support and mutual understanding, as they each knew exactly what the other was going through.

Slowly, over time, their friendship started to grow into something more. It was completely unexpected, as neither of them thought they would get a second chance at love. From the very first time they met, everything was so beautifully easy and comfortable. You might say it was meant to be.

Now, they and their five children will be living out the rest of their lives as a family whose love truly knows no bounds. And Michelle and Ryan are part of that family too. Just as Kristen and Michael understood each other during their time of grief, they understand how important it is to both of them [and their children] to keep Michelle and Ryan’s memories alive forever. Whether they’re celebrating Michelle’s birthday at Olive Garden, or Ryan’s at Dairy Queen, or just posting a simple “I love you” on Facebook, they know that they never have to refrain from speaking about their first loves. It truly is the greatest gift they could ever give each other.

Kristen and Michael, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing your story with us, and for letting us share it with the world. We are truly honored.

And if you’re reading this and feeling hopeless or lost, we sincerely hope this amazing family will inspire you and help you believe that in love, all things are possible.

Ceremony and Reception | Union Horse Distilling Company

Hair | Xiphium Salon

Makeup | Ashley Nelson Studios

Flowers | Branches & Twigs

Catering | PB&J Restaurants

Cake | Sweet Dreams Cake Company

DJ | Fernando Productions

We’d love to hear all about your story.


Erika and Kyle | Kansas City Wedding at The Abbott

Well, we’re three for three with this family, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Over the past year, we shot Erika’s two siblings’ weddings, and now it’s finally her turn!

She and Kyle spent the early part of the day getting ready with family and friends. So much fun and laughter with this crowd. And who says girls don’t watch football and do Fireball shots? After first looks with Kyle and her dad, they made it official before heading out for some portraits around this beautiful city of ours.

We eventually landed at The Abbott to celebrate the new Mr. and Mrs. Crow, and it was a fantastic party! Lots of laughs, a few tears, and the happy couple got sent off with many well wishes for a lifetime of happiness.

Erika and Kyle, thank you for allowing us into your family, yet again. It has been a true pleasure.

Ceremony | Prince of Peace Catholic Church

Reception | The Abbott

Planner | Brick + Ivory Events

Hair + Makeup | White Carpet Bride

Flowers | Hy-Vee

Cake | Hy-Vee

Catering | Blue Pot Catering

Band | Lost Wax

We would love to talk with you about your wedding. Send us a note!

Taylor Family | Studio Session

Let’s do something a little different today. Lately, we’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio, and. . .It. Has. Been. Awesome. Sometimes, when people hear “studio portraits”, they think of the good old days of JCPenney. I mean, we’ve all been there, right? But not today. Not in this studio.

There is something so perfectly understated and timeless about truly good studio portraits, so we’re bringing them back, y’all.

You might have heard us talk recently about our new black and white studio sessions, so we wanted to give you a little taste of that today. BUT, we also wanted to show you how it can look in color. So, without further ado, take a look at some of our favorites from the Taylor Family’s recent session. The same set of images. . .first in color, and then in black and white.

If you don’t love them, well, we don’t really know what to say about that. But if you do, we’d love to get you in the studio too.

And now in B&W. . .

What do you prefer? Let us know!

Cozby Family | Kansas City Portrait Session

We’ve been photographing this awesome family for years now. For their 2018 session, we went to a common place, but used an uncommon approach.

During our time at Liberty Memorial on this chilly day, we focused on light, angles, and out-of-the-ordinary spots. Boom.

Until next time, Cozby Family…

We’d love to think “outside the box” with your family session too. Hit us up!

Emily and Jeff | Kansas City Wedding at The President

It’s been a year since Emily and Jeff first reached out to us about photographing their wedding. My, how time flies! But the big day finally got here and it was just about perfect. Ceremony at the stunningly beautiful Country Club Christian Church, reception at The President, and lots and lots of delicious little moments tucked everywhere in between.

Some of our favorite parts of this day were the time all the girls spent getting ready [hello pretty ladies twirling in dresses], the quiet time Emily and Jeff shared before the ceremony, and the way Emily celebrated every little moment, so present and wholeheartedly.

Emily and Jeff, we wish you nothing but love and happiness as you start this next chapter of your story. Thank you for making us part of it.

Ceremony | Country Club Christian Church

Reception | The Hilton President

Flowers | KP Event Design

Cake | Baby Bird Bakery

DJ | Remix DJs

Video | Wooten Wedding Films

Photo Booth | KC Magic Mirror

Are you, or someone you know, planning a wedding? We’d love to hear about it!


Emily and Saul | Kansas City Wedding at Tom's Town Distilling Company

You might remember Emily and Saul from their engagement session. At least we think it’s memorable, because not every local KS girl meets a boy from Scotland, while working on a cruise ship in the Northern Baltic. Am I right or am I right?

But fast forward to this beautiful fall day. . .the day they became Mr. and Mrs. They spent the morning with their closest friends and family before arriving at Visitation Church to make things official. After their beautiful ceremony, complete with pipes and drums [which was a complete surprise to their guests], we spent some time capturing portraits of the two of them and their wedding party before eventually landing at Tom’s Town Distilling Company for their reception. It was a great party, and Emily even sang to her new husband!

Overall, it was such a lovely day and they intentionally kept things small and personal. We just love that.

Emily and Saul, thank you so much for inviting us to be part of your special day. It has been an absolute honor.

Ceremony | Visitation Church

Reception | Tom’s Town Distilling Company

Planner | McKenzie Phillips Events

Hair + Makeup | Hello Lovely

Flowers | Wild Hill Flowers and Events

Bagpipes | Kansas City St. Andrew’s Pipes and Drums

Catering | Q39

Cake | McLain’s Bakery

DJ | Jukeboxx Media

Video | Tower Studios

Classic Car | Pech Limosine

How did you and your significant other meet? Tell us all about it!

Ashley and Spenser | Kansas City Engagement

We gotta get this one up quick you guys, ‘cause Ashley and Spenser are getting married in just 17 days! They decided at the last minute to do an engagement session, and we are so glad they did.

As with all of our sessions, we worked with them to decide on locations that have some personal meaning. And what’s more personal than home? I guess you could say that was the theme of this particular session.

Ashley and Spenser recently bought their first home together, and they love spending time there and hanging around their neighborhood. So that seemed like the obvious place to start. And of course, it also meant that we could spend some time with their sweet baby, Olive. I mean seriously. Look at those eyes! And those ears!

Continuing on with the theme of “home” we then ventured out to their old stomping ground. They both used to live near the Nelson, and loved that area as well. And with all the pretty trees and that AH-MAZING fall we just had, it was a no-brainer.

Ashley and Spenser, enjoy these last couple weeks of your engagement! We’ll see you on November 30th!

Justyn and Jeff | Kansas City Wedding at Cinder Block Brewery

Some people just get it. They get what weddings are really about, and they plan their days around those things, without hesitation. Justyn and Jeff’s wedding at Cinder Block Brewery is the perfect example of one of those days.

When we met with them, they told us they just wanted to get married and have a good time with their family and friends, and that is exactly what they did. Ceremony at 5:30, dinner at 6:30, and s’mores over the fire pit at 8:30. Boom. What else do you need? Well maybe some good bbq and beer, and they had that too.

It was just a beautiful and simple day focused on the love these two share for each other, and we are so thankful we got to witness it.

Ceremony and Reception | Cinder Block Brewery

Flowers | Fiore Floral

Catering | Smokehouse BBQ

Are you planning a wedding day focused on the things that matter most to you? We should chat.

The Comparison Trap | Your success is not measured by anyone else's

In the past, we’ve written about comparing your wedding to other people’s weddings, and how that’s a surefire way to get you off track and ensure that you won’t be truly happy with how things turn out.

But what if you’re not a client? What if you’re a photographer, just trying to run your business, be successful, and do what works best for YOU?

We’ve been in this business for many years, and there was a time when we were focusing more on what our colleagues thought than what our clients thought. We spent entirely too much time comparing our business model, practices, and success level to everyone else’s, rather than on what worked best for us.

We all need regular reminders of what is truly important in life. . .to kind of keep us in check. And one of our favorite sources for those reminders is Holstee.

Holstee is the brainchild of two brothers dedicated to helping people live more mindfully, and it all began with the Holstee Manifesto.

Whether you want to subscribe to one of their memberships, or just to their free newsletter, you’re sure to find lots of inspiration to help keep you focused on what really matters.

And no. We are not affiliate with Holstee, nor do we earn any kind of commission. We just heart them a lot.

We were getting ready to post to our blog today, when one of their emails popped into our inbox. And we knew it just had to be shared.

If you are running a business, take a few minutes and give this one a read. It just might get you back on track.

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The comparison trap.

It happens to me often, and usually unconsciously. I'll learn about an old colleague or classmate who just bought a house or got a new promotion — and immediately, I'll begin to compare my life with theirs.

In the early 1950s, social psychologist Leon Festinger sought to better understand this innate need that humans have to compare themselves with others. Festinger found that our “comparison-targets” are most often people in our orbits or close to us in age, career, or background. Our comparison typically falls into two categories:

Upward Comparison is when we compare ourselves to someone in a perceived “higher” position when it comes to status, wealth, education, ability, or relationships. This might spark motivation (“My classmate got an A on the test, so I will study harder next time”) but it can also fuel jealousy (“It’s not fair that my brother gets to go on so many amazing vacations each year and I don’t”).

Downward Comparison is when we compare ourselves to someone in a perceived “lower” position. We might do this to boost our self-esteem (“I’ve switched jobs three times and he is still doing the same thing”) or realize how fortunate we are (“Things could be worse!”). It can even encourage complacency (“I’m not doing as badly as my coworker, so I don’t need to try harder”).

It’s enough that humans have a tendency for these types of comparisons. But social media takes it to the next level.

Not only are we being exposed to so many more of our peers, but we are also getting a very narrow and highly curated view of their lives. We are flooding our brains with aspirational highlights and filtered pictures of perfection… and from this limited view, we are making assumptions about people — how happy they are, how much money they have, what their relationships are like. All of this comparison often leaves us feeling worse about ourselves, wanting more of what others seem to have effortlessly.

So what can we do about it?

Here are four ideas:

Identify your values. Sometimes when we get caught in the comparison trap, we lose sight of what’s actually important to us. Don’t let societal ideas of success and happiness lead you astray. Our Integrity Guide can help you identify the values most important to you.

Practice gratitude. When we take time to appreciate what we have, where we are, and the goodness in our lives, the comparison trap is weakened. Gratitude offers us perspective and reminds us of all the truly wonderful things about our lives as they are. This month’s Gratitude Guide and Resources are a great place to start!

Hack your Facebook feed. Mike and I have both installed a Google Chrome extension called the News Feed Eradicator for Facebook. It’s free and it does just what the name implies. It gives you full access to notifications, messages, profiles and groups — but it blocks the endless newsfeed from appearing and sucking hours and energy from our day! (We are not affiliated with this app in any way, we just find it useful :-)

Compare yourself to yourself. Define success on your terms, set your own goals, and measure progress against where you’ve been and where you want to go. Our Welcome Guide and Intention Guide have some great resources to help with this.

Stay warm,

Dave Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

Hannah and Mark | Fall River, MA Wedding at The Abbey Grill

We were lucky enough to travel back east to photograph a wedding recently. New England is our second home, so we were thrilled to find out that Hannah and Mark were tying the knot at The Abbey Grill in Fall River, MA, and wanted us to document it for them.

We’ve never incorporated a history lesson into a blog post before, but there’s no time like the present! The Abbey Grill has a pretty cool backstory. It originally housed the Central Congregational Church, built in 1875 to serve the wealthy of Fall River. It was the church home for the infamous Lizzie Borden, was the back drop for the music video "Crying" by Aerosmith, and was once home to The International Culinary Institute of America. See? Fascinating, right?

Hannah and Mark started out the day getting ready with friends and family, excited for what was to come. One of our favorite things was Hannah giving all of her bridesmaids custom Chucks. What a killer gift!

Their ceremony started promptly at 4ish [check out their program for the rest of the hilarity], and everything was uphill from there. We found a super colorful spot for portraits that complimented Hannah’s ink, shit got real when they cut their cake, and the drinks made the people dance. What else could you possibly want?

Hannah and Mark, thank you so much for allowing us to be part of your celebration. We wish you the very best as you begin this new chapter!

Ceremony and Reception | The Abbey Grill

Hair + Makeup | n’Style Salon and Spa

Cake | Sweet Treats

DJ | Randy Jersky

Where do you live? We’d love to come visit for your wedding!

Jenna and Mike | Lawrence, KS wedding at Abe & Jake's Landing

Ok, y’all. . .there was so much awesome in this day [well, really in the whole weekend, since we started with their rehearsal dinner], we don’t even know where to start. Perhaps we’ll do a top 10 list. Yep. Let’s do that.

1.] They got married at their house. That view. Nuff said.

2.] The dogs. Seriously. We can’t even with that sweet little pup lying by their feet during the ceremony.

3.] Jenna's STUNNING dress.

4.] Mike getting a little work in on the big day. Cause when you’re the boss. . .

5.] Jenna’s absolutely lovely group of bridesmaids. They all looked so beautiful in their blue dresses [the classic and refined style on this day was perfection], and they were clearly just over the moon happy for their sweet, gorgeous friend. #squadgoals

6.] Jenna’s dad tripping over her dress after he walked her down the aisle. That was some seriously funny $#!& right there.

7.] Again with the dogs. Cause duh.

8.] Jenna’s sweet dance with her dad. We know he’s happy for her, but man. . .it’s hard to let your little girl go. His face says it all.

9.] The fact that Jenna and Mike actually smashed cake in each other’s faces. People just don’t do that as often anymore, and we think it’s rad.

10.] The single ladies takin’ it to the mat over that bouquet. Those gals were in it to win it.

Overall, this day was just about perfect. Jenna and Mike, thank you so very much for trusting us to capture these images and tell your story. It has been such an honor.

Rehearsal Dinner | Cider Gallery

Reception | Abe & Jake’s Landing

Event Planner | Fashioned Events

Hair Stylist | Courtney | Mane Haus

Flowers | Stems Event Flowers

Catering | Merchants Pub & Plate

Cake | Alchemy

Dessert | Wake The Dead

Band | Lost Wax

What would we put on your top 10 list? We’d love to know!

Jessica and David | Fall Wedding At The Venue in Leawood

As photographers, sometimes you’re lucky enough to have a bride with the best smile and laugh in the whole entire world. Jessica was one of those brides.

She and David tied the knot on a lovely fall day at The Venue in Leawood, and it was absolutely fantastic. From the most adorable kids ever, to Jessica’s dad being overcome with emotion during their dance, to Bob Ross socks, to the unity tree during the ceremony [LOVE that idea!], and of course, that smile we talked about earlier. It was all just about perfect.

Jessica and David, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for including us in your day. We’d do it again in a heartbeat!

Ceremony and Reception | The Venue in Leawood

Hair Stylist | Bambou Salons & Spas

Makeup Artist | Ulta Beauty

Flowers | Hy-Vee

Cake | Hy-Vee

DJ | DJ Connection

Are you getting married? We’d love to find out about your plans!

Vendor Spotlight | Savoir Faire Events + Vintage Rentals KC

Ladies and gentlemen, please allow us to introduce you to Sarah Hendrix Enderle and Evan Enderle, of Savoir Faire Events and Vintage Rentals KC!

We love working with them, just as much as our clients do, and we are delighted to be featuring a little bit about them on our blog today.

First things first, here is where you can find them:

Savoir Faire

Vintage Rentals KC

Facebook

Instagram

Now, let’s get down to business and learn a little more about Sarah and Evan and the work they do!

What's one of your favorite spots/hangouts in KC?
The Farmhouse is a sentimental favorite! It was the location of one of the first weddings we planned, and has become our go-to spot for meetings or reconnecting after busy wedding weekends. We took our new baby there for our "first date" as a family of three the night I got out of the hospital. It has become our home away from home. 

If you aren't working a wedding, what would we find you doing for fun?
These days, we are spending every minute we can with our 7 month old daughter, Greer. Travel has always been my passion. Evan and I jump at any opportunity to see the world!

How did you get into the wedding industry? 
By accident, honestly. Shortly before Evan and I got married in 2013, we were approached about renting some of the vintage china I had curated for our wedding. We agreed, and word of mouth got out that we had a growing inventory of reasonably priced wedding decor. Word quickly spread about Vintage Rentals KC, and using only referrals and a little social media, we were able to pay for a good part of our wedding and a honeymoon to Switzerland that first year. I soon discovered that clients needed help with things such as design, planning and coordinating. Brides were asking for help and we have always taken the approach that, if we can, we will do anything to help their day be exactly what they have dreamed of. 

Fast forward 5 years and now a vast majority of our business is wedding planning and coordination. This was how Savoir Faire Events was born. 

How long have you been in business?
Vintage Rentals KC has been around since 2013. We recently started utilizing the Savoir Faire Events brand for our planning and coordination services. 

Tell us a bit about the specific services you provide.
Savoir Faire provides wedding planning, coordination and event management services in the Kansas City area and beyond. We would never turn down the opportunity to travel! Evan has also been increasingly busy with custom venue draping work. He has spent several years providing dramatic draping in barn venues, urban downtown locations and for tented events. We found a niche he enjoys and, honestly, I am glad he is the one on the ladder, lift or climbing barn rafters!

Vintage Rentals KC continues to offer unique mix and match vintage plates, flatware and a curated selection of vintage furniture. I will always have a soft spot for fun vintage items! 

What makes your business stand out from others in your industry?
I really believe it is our “can-do” approach to this business. We hear, more than anything, that we are the hardest working coordinators that wedding venues or other vendors have seen. We want to keep it that way! 

When a client asks what we do I often tell them that each event is unique. It is our job, as a husband and wife coordination team, to determine what it is that they need the most on their big day. We work hard, through a series of meetings, to get to know our client and figure out how we can best serve them. Just as their family would. Just as the client would if they were hosting a group of friends at home. Of course, we have a checklist of must-do items for any wedding, but it is the extra work that makes us who we are. We want their guests to feel comfortable and the bride and groom to feel at ease. We will do everything we can to ensure that happens. 

What's one of your favorite things about weddings?
I really love the quiet moments just before the bride walks down the aisle. There is a look in the bride's eyes when you tell her it's time to go. A palpable energy surrounds that moment. I live for that. 

What's your favorite month or time of year for weddings?
May or June would have to be my favorite. Summer is just getting started, and so much is to be said for months of warm sunny days ahead.

Do you/are you willing to travel for destination weddings?
Absolutely!

Can you tell us about an unusual or super memorable wedding you've had?
This is a fun question! Over the years we have had so many memorable weddings. We have helped to plan surprise nuptials, had missing pastors, no show florists and even a runaway bride. 

One of the most memorable days was an early November wedding where it was unseasonably cold. The bride was sad to see her dreams of an outdoor fall wedding ruined by near freezing temperatures. Once we knew the weather had taken a turn for the worse we made some last minute changes. We added cozy blanket stations for guests with some charming custom signage, a hot cocoa and cider display with lots of fun toppings, popcorn stations, and provided s'mores by the bonfire with mounds of vintage quilts. The day ended up much better than she had hoped, despite the challenges. Overcoming those challenges made that day so memorable for me. 

What is your best advice for couples planning a wedding?
Make it personal! I love talking to clients about their interests and the special things they do together. Incorporating personal touches into an event is a real treat for guests and makes your day unique. 


Thanks for spending a little time here reading about this awesome couple and their two businesses. If you’re planning a wedding, make sure to reach out to them. You won’t be disappointed!

We’d love to hear from you too!

Arrianna and Drew | Fall wedding at James P. Davis Hall

One of our very favorite things in the whole wide world is when couples do things THEIR way on their wedding days. And Arrianna and Drew’s wedding at James P. Davis Hall on Wyandotte County Lake is the perfect example.

From the small intimate gathering of close friends and family, to the Chucks worn by the entire wedding party, to the Garozzo’s catering [yes please] to the cakes made by the groom’s family. . .everything about this day was just how they wanted it, and it couldn’t have been more perfect.

Anna and Drew, thank you for allowing us to be part of this super awesome day. It has all been a true pleasure.

Ceremony and Reception | James P. Davis Hall

Hair Stylist | New Creations Salon - Liz

Catering | Garozzo’s

Bar | Brightstar Events

DJ | DJ Connection

What would make YOUR day special and perfect for you? We’d love to find out!