Juliana Noelle Jumper

artistic & unconventional wedding photography

Wedding | A Winter Wedding and Rocking Reception

Alisa and Andy were such a pleasure to work with from the first time I met them at a little coffee shop over a year ago, to the hugs we exchanged as I departed their wedding. They were so much fun and great to get to know! I loved their unexpected interest in minimal industrial spaces, and no I don’t mean picturesque urban backdrops interspersed throughout work sites and train tracks and dilapidated buildings; I mean literal plants and machinery, blank walls and parking lots. I shot their engagement session inside The Roasterie plant last year, and their bride and groom portraits over looking the Boulevard Brewing plant and outside at night in the parking lot. I loved how each shoot really lent a hand to the other.

The entire wedding day start to end was incredibly elegant and well executed, as was to be expected; they had an insane team of vendors on board to bring this day to life and boy, did they. They also choose two of the most beautiful spots to celebrate, their own church (which, I mean, look at it.) and Boulevard Brewing Co.’s event space which was beautiful and provided an absolute epic few of the city at night. It was the perfect blend of traditional and modern. They also hired a live cover band and apparently have great taste in music. At first I thought the band just had a thing for 70s and 80s classics (intermixed with a few modern gems) but then at the end of the night I overheard the band thanking the couple for picking such a unique set for them to play. My one regret is not getting one of their favors. They had one of the engagement photos I took vectorized and engraved onto the side of beer glasses. (Pictures below.) It was maybe my favorite favor I’ve ever seen.

VENDORS:
ceremony site: St Andrew’s Episcopal Church
reception venue: Boulevard Brewing Co. - Heim Room
planning: 11 Events and Planning
florals: Daylight Mind Design
cake: Blue Thistle
catering: Deco Catering
entertainment: Wonderfuzz
hair design: Beauty by Britt
makeup artistry: Dani Jo Bell Makeup Artistry

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photo by lexie penichet

photo by lexie penichet

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photo by lexie penichet

photo by lexie penichet

photo by lexie penichet

photo by lexie penichet

photo by lexie penichet

photo by lexie penichet

photo by lexie penichet

photo by lexie penichet

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photo by lexie penichet

photo by lexie penichet

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Their wedding favor and the photo they engraved:

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Inspiration | Dark and Moody at Weddings Unveiled KC

Last Sunday I was one of several hand picked vendors selected to showcase at Wedding’s Unveiled KC, a bridal event hosted by EA Bride. I am not a bridal fair gal for sure. I’d never been to one nor have I ever shown at one prior. I was intrigued by this event in particular because each participating vendor had to have an interactive element to their booth (I was shooting some fierce engagement rings all day), and there were two live wedding shoots which vendors could take part. So naturally I jumped on that opportunity.

This shoot went fast. I think I shot over the course of maybe thirty minutes, which is insane. Traditionally we think of styled shoots as perfectly controlled and secluded, but this was performative and public. I shot away as couples surrounded us taking videos and watching intently. It was an invigorating experience and well worth the effort.

Thanks so much to EA Bride for the opportunity and all the talented vendors that made this shoot happen!
VENDORS
host: EA Bride
venue: The Gallery Event Space
planning: E & R Events
florals: Fiore Floral Studio
rentals: Ultrapom
linens: Citrus & Sage Co.
cake: Sherrie’s Cake Magic
stationary: Yellowbrick Graphics
gown: Beloved Bridal
tux: Tip Top Tux
hmua: Bronzed and Blushed
models: Braylin Stevens & Ian Merzwinski

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Inspiration | Boho Vibes and 70s Nostalgia

I’d been dreaming of this shoot for over a year. Right after I shot my first styled shoot at Jansen Place I started a mood board for this shoot. Inspired by my mother, I wanted to create a wedding that embraced her style, personality, and era of her youth. So naturally a whimsical, boho 1970s themed elopement was my choice. A year later, its finally finished and I couldn’t be more pleased.

It was an odd process bringing this shoot to life. I knew I wanted a Donna’s Dress Shop gown for starters. I found my own vintage reception dress there as a bride and loved the nostalgic, romantic feel of their wedding collection. I met Thor a few months later and knew immediately he would be the perfect groom for this shoot. For a long time I walked around with only those two details in my head. One particular problem was location. I couldn’t picture it. I knew what is wasn’t, but not exactly what it was. The day I walked into John’s Greenhouse I knew I’d found my venue. Still I stalled on beginning the process. It wasn’t until Katelynn Treolo approached me about collaborating a few weeks later that I started coordinating this shoot for real.

After settling on the greenhouse, everything else fell quickly into place. Erin was an obvious choice for the bride, although having never modeled before, her look and easy going attitude were absolutely perfect for what I had envisioned. Luckily for me, she agreed to take part! Professional creatives & friends I’d known for years stepped forward to provide jewelry, stationary, and hair design. I found the perfect macrame backdrop after checking with damn near every rental company in town. It barely fit in the space, but complimented the shoot so well. Lastly, I managed to get my favorite local cake baker and florist to take part. About a week before the shoot I realized I hadn’t contacted anyone about providing dinnerware. I thought on it and grabbed my grandparent’s blue floral china for a crowning personal touch; a set of dishes I knew my mother cherished as well.

I didn’t give a whole lot of direction design wise. I had a vague mood board filled with random images that conveyed more of a feeling, rather something specific. I choose my vendors based on their style and consistency in their field. I trusted them, and they trusted me. The over collaboration, and comradery of the group the day of the shoot was beautiful. (Seriously though. Hire these people! ) I cannot thank them enough for their time and talent.

VENDORS & MODELS
Location: John’s Greenhouse
Backdrop Rental: Brossie Belle
Florals: The Cottage Rose
Cake: Petals & Pastries
Stationary: Quinntessential Co.
Gown: Donna’s Dress Shop
Jewelry Design: Cydney Ross
HMUA: Geena Mericle
Models: Erin Hotchkiss & Thor Nanda

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Destination | Romance and Light in Rocky Mountain National Park

Naturally, the one uncomfortably cold day on my week long trip to Colorado was this one. While the rest of the Midwest was essentially frozen alive, I was sweating out at Garden of the Gods and walking around downtown Estes Park wearing nothing but an over-sized sweater. Of course the cold would catch up to me the day of my shoot. As Juliet and Connor removed their warm winter coats I told them to think warm thoughts and assured them I’d be quick. Dressed in about four layers myself, looking like the Michelin Man’s artist cousin, I somehow managed to successfully photograph these two. They, on the other hand, made the cold seem like nothing.

Juliet and Connor were total troupers and absolutely wonderful in front of the camera. I wasn’t too worried about our shoot knowing Connor was a photographer himself. Having both lived in the same small Oklahoma town, I’d been creeping on his work since a friend of mine had a brief crush on him in high school. I remember her scrolling through his MySpace pictures until she came across one of his photography albums. I lived in another town at that point so I never officially met him, but his work caught my attention and I added him on social media. For the last decade he was a random friend on Facebook that I’d like his photography once in awhile. By the time my trip to Colorado was planned, I’d observed that he and Juliet had moved out to Denver last summer. I immediately reached out and our date was set!

Both myself and my mom (who I brought along for the ride) were so floored by their easy going attitudes and warm nature, especially considering the chilly temperatures. They were naturals in front of the camera, but beyond that they engaged us both in conversation, asking us about our trip, lives, ect. They were so nice and fun to work with, and even recommended us a restaurant a couple hours after the shoot. We showed up there and they were still finishing up so they joined us at our table while we waited for our food. I know this entire post was supposed to be about how beautiful the mountains were and trust me, they were, but I think it’s important to realize that if you vibe with your clients you can shoot them anywhere and have a great time. Of course I’m overjoyed at the opportunity to shoot in Colorado, and please please please someone take me back! Until then, I’ll just be drooling over the gorgeous images below.

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Wedding | Industrial Chic Wedding on a Warm Winter's Day

My first wedding of 2019 is not one I will soon forget. The wedding was held on an uncharacteristically warm January day. The temperature was in the low 60s, allowing us the ability to take portraits anywhere and everywhere outside. I’m probably somewhat biased because I have a mild obsession with urban-industrial weddings— the structure, the raw material, the elegance, the ease in framing the composition— but I knew when I first met Jon and Whitney that they had great style. There were so many details I loved about this wedding. Graffiti peeked in through the back window serving as the backdrop for the ceremony space, dark and rusted metal walls surrounded a bricked over courtyard for their formal portraits, and their muted winter color pallet added a touch of softness and elegance to the urban surroundings. It was very hard to choose favorites for this post because I enjoyed so much of their day.

Beyond their great style, these two are great people. In lieu of favors they choose to have guests create care packages which would be distributed to in need individuals. They also included Jon’s young sons in the ceremony, and delivered personal vows to them as well. Let’s not forget the reception, which included live performances by friends, karaoke, and a dance party. I watched as a grown man deliver the most kick ass routine to N’SYNC’s Bye Bye Bye I’ve ever seen. Apparently he’d known the choreography for over 10 years. Best thing I’ve ever witnessed at a reception, hands down.

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shot by Lexie Penichet

shot by Lexie Penichet

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shot by Lexie Penichet

shot by Lexie Penichet

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