Juliana Noelle Jumper

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Wedding | An Architectural & Artistic Elopement for KC Creatives

This keeps sitting in my queue because I can’t seem to find the words to best describe Cydney and Daniel’s courthouse elopement. Their elopement took place at Jackson County Courthouse on a Monday afternoon on their seven year anniversary. (I think?) They surrounded themselves with close friends, family, former professors, and a really awesome crepe cake. All I can say is that it was utterly, authentically “them “ which feels fairly contrived to put it as such.

I’ve only been friends with these two for a short time, but have know of Cydney for a several years. I’m not really sure when our paths first crossed, but we attended the same college and the same business seminar post grad. I photographed their sweet cat family back in December and have collaborated with Cydney (who is a kick ass porcelain artist) several times since. I still don’t know Daniel very well, but I’m sure he’s as kind and creative as his counterpart. They seem to be the type of couple that I could easily just grab a drink with. Super laid back and fun to talk to. Michael and I were even invited to their pre-wedding party. Unfortunately, Michael has a distinct fear of Funkytown so that didn’t quite work out.

All aside, I was so happy they allowed me to be a part of their day! Since courthouse weddings are no longer a thing in Jackson County I never thought I’d be able to shoot inside. You have to have an “in” to get married in the building. Cydney’s father being a lawyer allowed them to find a judge, and in turn, all the gorgeous marble was mine to capture. Muahaha! Seriously, they couldn’t have picked more beautiful locations. First the ceremony inside the courthouse and a short reception followed at a near perfectly lit art gallery. This was dream elopement status for me; these are my people.


V E N D O R S
cake: Seven Swans Creperie
floral: Crestwood Flowers

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Wedding | An Urban, Rainy Day Wedding in the KC Westbottoms

I really enjoyed Matthew and Joey’s West-bottoms wedding day! I had only shot in the area once prior and didn’t venture too far from that venue. These two, however, were one of those rare couples that actually used a spreadsheet to compare tons of local photographers - giving them ratings based on certain aspects. (Oh to see those spreadsheets…. ) Regardless, I was lucky enough to make it to the top, and was excited that photography was such a priority!

Rain or shine, I was determined to force these two out to get those super symmetrical, architectural, wide shots for which I’m known. Unfortunately, the former occurred, so I doubt it was the most pleasant pre-ceremony photo shoot they could’ve experienced, but they grabbed some umbrellas and set out anyway. Those images are easily some of my favorite wedding day portraits to date. The rain cast low hanging fog over the area, diffusing the sunlight and creating a beautiful grey-blue ambiance. The graffiti covered walls and paint chipped buildings provided surprising pops of colors to an overall dreary day. I even forced the entire bridal party out into the street for a few quick shots between rain showers, while my second shooter and I exchanged turns watching the traffic.

The ceremony was also beautifully lit. I’ve always loved candlelight and apparently so did they. They choose to have a reverse unity candle lighting, which causes everyone present to have a lit candle; the last two to have their candles lit are the couple and each person’s is lit by the opposite person’s parents. It’s the only unity ceremony I’ve witnessed that you could really feel. I don’t mean that in the literal sense, being that it could actually burn you. (Which it totally could and if you don’t like fire I definitely don’t recommend it.) I loved how it caused the room to slowly illuminate as more and more candles were set aglow.

The rest of the wedding day went on as usual until mid-first dance when my primary camera body stopped working for seemingly no reason. Luckily, I had a kick ass second shooter to take temporary charge while I grabbed my second body. (This is why you hire professionals people! For anyone interested: I fixed the camera two days later. It was an electrical issue concerning the battery grip I was using. I’ve had no issues with it since.) Overall this effected nothing aside from my fried nerves. I quickly got back into shooting because o.m.g. these guys could party. It was probably one of the most consistently lively dance parties I’ve witnessed at a wedding! The grand exit was a massive sparkler send off, and we all watched as the newly weds drove off into the night.

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shot by Jenny Kane

shot by Jenny Kane

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shot by Jenny Kane

shot by Jenny Kane

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shot by Jenny Kane

shot by Jenny Kane

shot by Jenny Kane

shot by Jenny Kane

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Inspiration | Extra Moody and Ethereal at Pavilion Event Space

At some point in January I was enviously scrolling through a gorgeous styled shoot. It had been over a year since I’d self coordinated one of my own, and while I wanted to shoot something beautiful and a little out there, I also was aware of the amount of work it takes to put together such a shoot. I flippantly posted at about 6 one morning that I wanted to photograph a “super extra” styled shoot. I promptly fell back asleep thinking nothing of it, but when I checked my phone a few hours later everyone and their dog seemed interested and on board to take part. And so, this little jewel was born.

Going in I didn’t know exactly what this would look like. After a surprising amount of interest I was kind of pulling a theme out of thin air. Luckily I had Katelynn’s help in creating a vision. All I knew was moody and very over the top. I met with Kacie at Pavilion and she asked me the colors I was using and I just stared at her blankly. I had given that absolutely no thought. I tend to create things by feel, so coordinating these types of shoots is so puzzling for me. I never focus on little details, but focus on the overall mood and concept. Luckily everyone was very patient and accommodating to my lack of specific vision. After a lot of thought, I was finally able to verbalize that I wanted something moody, ethereal, and editorial. I wanted the shoot to feel almost like an enchanted forest: beautiful, but with a hint of malevolence. Even if I hadn’t been able to get that across I have no doubts these guys would’ve come through regardless. They are all kind of the shit.

I had shot at Pavilion a year prior at my first styled shoot ever. I adored the space and hoped I’d get brought back for a real wedding, but it seemed Kacie and I kept just missing each other; a couple who booked me ultimately decided on a different venue, a couple that booked her ultimately booked a different photographer, and so on and so forth. If it wasn’t going to happen naturally we were going to collaborate in this regard. She had some brilliant ideas, and alone suggested and designed our gorgeous head table structure, draping it with beautiful dove grey and ivory fabric. Matt with Botanical Floral Design, in turn created gorgeous pieces to adorn the space; arrangements filled with exotic blooms, a chandelier of greenery, and beautiful flowering branches to frame the structure. Chrystal with Petals and Pastries created the most perfect cake I could’ve ever dreamed up, and even Veronica gave us some say in her veil design. Which was absolutely, stunning by the way!

One thing which turned out so perfectly was our selection of models. I knew the second Ellis volunteered that we had our groom. Five years prior we happened to be studying abroad at the same time in Italy. We weren’t incredibly close but I remember listening to an elaborate tale he told me that literally took the entire duration of our train ride to Rome. The story? He’d walked into a fake wedding a restaurant had put together in order to “make money.” (I don’t remember a lot of details, but it was quite entertaining. You should definitely ask him about it some time, but make sure your schedule is clear for the day first.) Naturally, it seemed only fitting that as a model and photographer we should meet again to do the exact thing that had amused us so years prior. I mean, he’s also a kick ass model but the irony sealed the deal for sure. Ellis was the one who suggested we use Beth. I know a ton of amazing models, but I really like the two people I’m photographing to know each other and have some natural chemistry. It’s always great to have a real couple, but for a shoot I knew would be very editorial in nature I wanted pros who would just do their thing while I snapped away. And boy, did they. These two didn’t skip a beat. Even in the freezing cold they just dropped their jackets and didn’t so much as flinch.

There were so many other amazing persons involved: Evan with Pavilion who put together our custom cocktails, Jennifer with Brossie Belle who stepped in quickly when our original rental plan fell thru, and many more! You can browse those individuals, and see their talent below. I think our HMUA, Shani said it best when she wrote, “Dream Team Vendors right here! A great team can put on a dream wedding. It's what makes the difference between good enough, and spectacular. Find the right team to complete your vision!”

V E N D O R S
venue: Pavilion Event Space
photography: Juliana Noelle Jumper
floral: Botanical Floral Design
rentals: Brossie Belle
planning: Eleven Events and Planning
cake: Petals and Pastries
cocktails: Pavilion Event Space
stationary: Writefully Yours
veil: Veronica Couture
jewelry: Cydney Ross
gown: Beloved Bridal
tux: Tip Top Tux
huma: Shanelis, MUA
models: Beth Bedel and Ellis Wallace

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Inspiration | The Elegance of Spring

A recent Spring editorial wedding shoot coordinated by my girl, Ashley Ice. I almost didn’t attend this shoot, but I’m so glad I ended up making the time. This might be her most beautiful shoot to date.

VENDORS
host: Ashley Ice Styled Shoots in KCMO
venue: The Historic Post Office
planner: Whatever Is Lovely Events
rentals: Marquee Event Rentals - Kansas City
cake table rentals: ThirtyOne:Thirty Events
florals: Emma Olmedo Floral
cake: Petals and Pastries
staitionary: The Prettiest Pixel LLC
calligraphy: Script: Custom Event Signage
gown: Stephanie's Bridal Boutique
veil: Veronica Couture
tux: Tip Top Tux
hmua: Hello Lovely KC
models: Rachel Bersano & Patrick Rembecki

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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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