Toni and Adam’s elegant vintage inspired, late evening wedding was my last big wedding of 2018. Illuminated predominately by string lights and candelabras, and adorned with greenery, the aura of the space felt very old world glamour with a few modern twists; a cake covered with icing succulents, glowing Chinese lanterns, stark white backdrops, and a great reception playlist. The couple had taken me to tour the space prior to the wedding, and I can definitely attest to the fact that their decor truly brought the venue to life- it didn’t even feel like the same place by the time I saw it on their wedding day. One of my favorite touches was a mantel clock placed at the center of the head table; only a close second to the marquee which was so unbelievable fun to shoot beneath. The night was concluded with the most beautiful sparkler exit I’ve ever captured. They truly made my 2018 wedding season go out with a bang.
I had just been bragging to a client the other day that I felt so lucky this year because I had yet to shoot in freezing cold weather. All of my weddings and lifestyle shoots had been indoors, and I’d be fortunate enough to have had nice weather for all of my couples shoots. So naturally the engagement I traveled 3+ hours to photograph was absolutely freezing.
You all should applaud Lindsay and Greg’s dedication to getting these photos because O.M.G it was cold one, and they were the ones lacking coats. They were so much fun to work with though; very easy to photograph and up for whatever weird instruction I through out. I’m elated to shoot their wedding later this year, especially after getting to finally meet them in person after several months of planning. They also choose an insanely beautiful location. St Louis peeps will recognize this as the very well known Forest Park, but I’d never heard of it prior to scheduling this shoot. I was super excited about it, particularly The Jewel Box which just might be the most interesting conservatory I’ve ever seen. Still crying we couldn’t go inside though….
Every once in awhile I feel the need to photograph something challenging, fun, and utterly adorable. For me, that’s cats every single time. Cats are temperamental beyond belief, completely unpredictable, and unlike dogs who you can usually guilt into behaving, cats could care less. If you’re a cat lover and a wedding photographer this is an excellent exercise in capturing things as they occur! However, I definitely learned a few things along the way:
Don’t expect to get a “money shot.”
I shot six cat sessions and not once did I get a perfectly posed, everyone looking pleasantly at the camera moment. Since I learned quite quickly this wasn’t going to happen I choose to focus on capturing their personalities and interactions with their owners. Luckily, since this is my style anyway all the clients I worked with seemed perfectly happy with the results.
Other people’s cats are not going to treat you like your own.
Being a photographer, I handle and photograph my cats constantly. All five are used to my cameras and easy to handle. This is not true for most as I quickly learned. Expect to be met with a lot of hissing, running, and maybe even a few battle scars. (Lookin’ at you Jude.) For these particular mini sessions I offered 30 minutes of coverage, but all sessions took at least 45 minutes to shoot, with the exception of one (Bless you, Peppa.) This was because it would take at least 10 to 15 minutes to get the kitties used to me and my camera, which I didn’t take into account.
Find a source of motivation
I had all my clients play with their cats favorite toys while shooting; cat nip, a feather toy, a string, a laser pointer, etc. This allowed for a tiny source of control when wanting a cat to look or move in a certain way. It takes trial and error, but most every cat seemed to be fairly relaxed by the end of the shoots.
Overall this was a super fun project to take on! If you didn’t see it advertised, you’re not alone. I offered these sessions to my personal Facebook friends only. If I get enough interest I may offer them again in a more expanded means! I also may have exaggerated just a bit when implying I’d photographed 19 cats; I may have included my five kitties plus my mother’s three cats as well…. Whatever.
Katie & Rosalind + Barb
Melaney & Wolfie + Internet
Jessi & David + Case & Molly
Cydney & Daniel + Maxwell, Scout, & Josey
Shelby & Daniel + Jude
Summer & Elliot + Peppa
There was a book I used to love reading as a child called The Bunnies’ Ball. It was about two children who went into the woods at night and witnessed a beautiful woodland dance held by the forest rabbits. Decorated archways, flower adornments, and clever use of firefly light provided the backdrop to this sweet fairy-tale. I couldn’t help but compare the setting of this story and the stunning design of Jodie and Anita’s intimate wedding. There was something so very enchanted about the presentation, but so very warm and inviting all the same. Held in a private clearing on Jodie’s parent’s land in Wichita, the ceremony space contained a beautiful archway entrance and alter; both adorned with fall foliage, flowers, and rustic lanterns. Having a wedding outdoors in late November always comes with a slight risk for poor weather, so tubs of blankets were made available to guests as they entered the ceremony space. The Reception was held in a nearby mental building which had been transformed by use of silk backdrops, fairly lights, votive candles, many many flowers, and a beautiful dessert buffet. It was all so very stunning (and quite delicious.)
I didn’t get the chance to meet with Jodie and Anita prior to their wedding day,as I worked closely with their planner instead; however, I was instantly at ease when we did finally meet. They were animal lovers for one, and didn’t seem to take themselves too seriously considering it was their wedding day. Having been together for twelve years, they referred to their wedding as a formality more than once. And what a formality it was! With sweet heartfelt personal vows, Jodie’s 90 year old grandfather officiating, and their young daughter to recess with them down the aisle they formally became partners for life.
planning and floral design: Shana Vaughn Designs
rentals: Wichita Event Rentals
cake: Cake Affairs
sweets: Cheri’s Bakery
catering: Corporate Caterers of Wichita
Kayla and Josh’s intimate Loose Mansion wedding was the fine art wedding of my dreams. Inspired by the autumn season they choose to use a combination of flowers and earthy vegetation throughout their day. The overall aesthetic was modeled after Dutch Still-Life painting. Y’all know how I feel about Dutch still-life paintings! Y’all know my Oklahoma accent starts comin’ out when I get excited.
Kayla and Josh chose to have a private ‘family only’ ceremony and a beautiful hand binding. Following the ceremony was a large reception which included the most hilarious Father of the Bride speech I’ve ever heard, and was concluded with a send off filled with bubbles and lots of cheers. The couple had chosen a team of impeccable vendors. Loose Mansion and Levity I always enjoy working with, and no one can go wrong with a cake from McLain’s. I’d also been dying to shoot a wedding with florals designed by The Cottage Rose, and they did not disappoint. Dream team status for real.
Vendors and details aside, I really enjoyed getting to know Kayla and Josh throughout their engagement, and working with them on their wedding day. They were an easy going couple with a great sense of humor, and a super cute corgi. I appreciated that they cast tradition aside and really made their wedding their own. They revealed their love in ways that felt utterly genuine; hand written letters for before and after the ceremony, hand binding, a few tears, and lots of laughs.
venue: Loose Mansion
bakery: McLain’s Bakery
florals: The Cottage Rose
dj: Levity Events