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.
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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
I had to convince myself not to title this post “The Elegance of Light” because while that definitely defines my approach to this wedding day, it sounds like poorly written art theory and not nearly as SEO friendly as what’s above. Since their engagement session how I capture Danthea and Michael has not really been about their interactions at all, as they require very little posing. Most of what I do is watch how the light plays across their figures. Open to the more fleeting and experimental images I capture, I chased light throughout every aspect of their wedding day making it incredibly fun to shoot.
There was a timelessness to this wedding that I still can’t quite pin point, an overall elegance that is both classic and modern. If there was a single object that defined the air of Danthea and Michael’s wedding day it would be Danthea’s veil. Simple, cathedral length, slightly tapered, and held in place by a hair-comb of silk flowers and pearls, it’s organic movement framed this couple’s natural elegance perfectly.
venue: Loose Mansion
florals: Hy-vee Floral
Rebekkah & Grabriel’s wedding day was filled with so many beautiful moments; from the glowing light that poured through the windows of the little country church, to the live music that echoed throughout the courtyard of their reception venue. This wedding was filled with a nostalgic charm of eras past.
Inspired by the simplicity of their grandparent’s weddings they wished to capture a “homespun elegance” when planning their day. (Their words not mine.) The ceremony, portrait and reception locations were all historic and scattered throughout rural Missouri and into an old downtown of a close community. The couple opted for home made pies over wedding cake, which their parents served to them upon their arrival to the reception. They also arranged for one of the most beautiful grand exits I’ve witnessed. That you can see for yourself below.
The entire day felt like a Grandma Moses painting; a simple scene set within idyllic countryside and quaint small towns, but at closer examination a intricate orchestration of historical and personal relevance. Much like their whimsical and poetic personalities, this wedding shown with an individual charm unlike any I’ve experienced.
Got the opportunity last month to be apart of styled shoot to launch the event branding for The Fuel House, an automotive club and event venue in Bonnor Springs. Seriously, this place is amazing. The work and care that went into it’s creation is evident, from it’s gorgeous mid century modern furniture to the beautiful interior reception space; it’s a place where industrial meets glamour, appealing to a wide variety of modern couples looking for a venue with a little grit. And yes, car enthusiasts will drool over this place for sure.
Also, the owner was super nice and let us play with two cars from his collection. (Play being photograph and drive like 20 feet.) It was rad. I’m gonna be thrilled when a couple books me for a real wedding in this space. It’s my style for sure.
**VENDORS** venue + automotive: The Fuel House | planner: Events by Beth Long | floral: Botanical Floral Design | bakery: McLain’s Bakery | paper + calligraphy: Wildfire Ink | lighting: Icon Event Group | rentals: Ultrapom | wedding attire: Stephanie’s Bridal Boutique | veil design: Veronica Couture | HMUA: Posh KC | models: Amy + Peter Kariotis