Juliana Noelle Jumper

artistic & unconventional wedding photography

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Destination | An Unconventional Approach to Rustic Charm in Rural Iowa

Driving two hours in the rain to a remote town in southern Iowa had me a little worried, as speed limit signs fell away and paved roads turned to gravel. For one, I had never met the bride or groom; we’d never spoken over the phone, and I’d never so much as seen a picture of the couple. Our communication had been sparse, a few emails stretched out over the course of a year. I had no idea what I was in store for, and yet, when I arrived what I found was a beautifully curated rustic wedding, filled with personal touch.

Julia and David’s wedding was the rustic wedding I’d been waiting to attend. These two were charmingly unconventional in their approach to their wedding day. They had no strings attached to tradition yet maintained the elegance of many rural weddings I’ve attended. (Well perhaps their were some strings - Julia did tell me her mother was silent for a long time when she announced she was wearing a red dress.) They had the essentials: DIY silk flower bouquets and boutonnieres, a barn venue and reception hall, votive tea lights, moss and tree rings. However, they had included some really interesting personal touches: lanterns as bouquets, fresh wild flowers on reception tables, old books and glass bottles, small items revealing a deep appreciation of the natural world.

Their wedding venue, Ramsey Farm is a venue and inn of restored prairie houses. The surrounding historic town also includes the original church and school house. David’s family lived in the town in the early 20th century. His family’s name still remains imprinted on the pavement leading up to one of the area homes. Due to the rain I shot some very moody portraits of the couple inside one of the houses, and was able to use the large back porch of another for family photos and wedding party shots. If there had to be rain on a wedding day, I’m glad it was this one. It cast a veil across the landscape, adding to the nostalgic mood of the celebration.

Julia and David’s ceremony was short and sweet, and contained my favorite reading I’ve ever heard at the 20+ weddings I’ve attended. I’ll leave you with the words of Neil Gaimen:

This is everything I have to tell you about love: nothing.
This is everything I've learned about marriage: nothing.

Only that the world out there is complicated,
and there are beasts in the night, and delight and pain,
and the only thing that makes it okay, sometimes,
is to reach out a hand in the darkness and find another hand to squeeze,
and not to be alone.

It's not the kisses, or never just the kisses: it's what they mean.
Somebody's got your back.
Somebody knows your worst self and somehow doesn't want to rescue you
or send for the army to rescue them.

It's not two broken halves becoming one.
It's the light from a distant lighthouse bringing you both safely home
because home is wherever you are both together.

So this is everything I have to tell you about love and marriage: nothing,
like a book without pages or a forest without trees.

Because there are things you cannot know before you experience them.
Because no study can prepare you for the joys or the trials.
Because nobody else's love, nobody else's marriage, is like yours,
and it's a road you can only learn by walking it,
a dance you cannot be taught,
a song that did not exist before you began, together, to sing.

And because in the darkness you will reach out a hand,
not knowing for certain if someone else is even there.

And your hands will meet, 
and then neither of you will ever need to be alone again.

And that's all I know about love.

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Wedding | Timelessness, Tradition, and Twinkle Lights

Celia and Chris’s traditional Catholic Mass and rustic Edison bulb filled reception was truly something to behold. They were seriously one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Plus, these guys could dance, like seriously dance. They put even my best attempt at a Waltz to shame.

The entire day had a timelessness about it; as if the whole world was moving around us, but we were in a time space of our own. Maybe it was the couple’s classic beauty, the witnessing of traditions that are not my own, or maybe it was just because the reception venue lacked natural light. Whatever it was, I’m so pleased I was there to capture it all. The ceremony was beautiful and moving. (Although both my second and I were a bit thrown off by the omission of the kiss.) The reception was quaint and warm. I even got to go back to Ted Ensley Gardens with these two, which is quickly becoming my absolutely favorite place to shoot. Also, did I mention they honeymooned in Tuscany? Cause they honeymooned in Tuscany. *long envious exhale*

VENDORS - Ceremony Site: Assumption Chapel | Reception Venue: The Foundry Event Center | Catering: Bobby’s Food Co | Gown: IEIE BRIDAL

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Wedding | From Paris to the Plains

My first clue that I was really really going to enjoy this wedding was meeting Shana and Dimitri for the first time. It was the day prior to their wedding, we were walking casually around the venue and I was talking about different locations that would make for interesting images. I mentioned that within my work I valued minimalism and symmetry. Shana pipes up, "Oh minimalism and symmetry are two of Dimitri's favorite words." She told me my mentioning of those two things on my website were what really sealed the deal selection wise.

I won't lie, I was a bit surprised when these two first reached out to me. For one thing, they had somehow found me from half way across the world. (Thanks, Thumbtack.) They were living in Paris at the time, and had held their civil ceremony in France; however, with Shana's relatives dispersed across the US they chose to have their wedding in the states. Shana's 96 year old Grandmother lived in Lawrence, and so they selected the beautiful, historic Circle S Ranch and Inn for their wedding. I thought it was a little funny that two people from Paris with such simple, elegant style would choose a venue known for it's more rustic charm. We joked about them going "full Kansas," but in reality the space suited their style and needs very well. All of their guests were able to stay at the inn the entire weekend and partake in all the activities the ranch had to offer. It was a wonderful way to bring everyone together. After seeing they had selected the ever, elegant Twig Cake Company and Shana Vaughn Designs for their additional vendors it started to make a whole lot of sense. The day of everything was beautiful, quaint and cozy. 

The whole wedding day seemed to go off without a hitch. The affair was very laid back, and flowed together with ease; getting ready to first look to bridal portraits to a garden social to the ceremony to the reception. It was one of the few weddings that I probably would've stayed past my booked time to chat and dance. (Although my poor dog had been in his kennel for 8+ hours so I booked it back to KC.) There are so many other little details I could point out; Shana's locally made minimalist jewelry, our eerily similar taste in music, but you came here for the photos so I'll get on with it. 

Above all else, I think what made this day the most special was Shana and Dimitri's story itself. Having met in Paris a few months prior they decided to marry rather quickly. While I don't know their entire backstory, I do know that Shana's job was what led her to Paris and is what will relocate them to Hawaii in a mere few weeks. Dimitri and Shana met, married, and will move around the world all in the few months time. To me, that seems such a brave and genuine testament of love. 

VENDORS: Venue - Circle S Ranch | Bakery - TWIG Cake Company | Floral Design - Shana Vaughn Designs | Jewelry - Adorned 

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