Juliana Noelle Jumper

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Inspiration | Of Flora & Flame in the Underworld

When I was in the 7th grade my literature teacher made us write reports about Greek Gods and Goddesses. Everyone was assigned a god based on our gender and personality. Originally I was given Demeter, Goddess of the Harvest; however, at the last moment my teacher revoked her original selection and said “Actually, you’ll like this one better.” and assigned me Persephone; Goddess of Spring and Queen of the Underworld. Excuse me, what? This was years before my darker side had revealed itself, and I was trying my damnedest to fit in among my “much cooler” peers. Evidently, my teacher saw straight through this facade, and in retrospect I hear her message loud and clear.

Years later, a friend and I worked on a story together about an alternate world, rich with mythology. The region itself was filled with strange floral and fauna, dark modernist architecture, and a ruling family filled with secrets. The male lead was the prince of a disbanded kingdom, with a distinct tie to a mysterious god of creation. The female lead, the goddess of time and daughter of the god of death, is sent to the mortal realm to recover this god. Instead she meets the prince and falls in love, and together they have a daughter. Furious, the god of death forces her to return to the cosmic realm, knowing that if time runs out then the world will eventually end. Rejecting her position and believing the world to be at its end regardless of her whereabouts, she leaves to find the prince ending the world in the process. However, before departing she is able to preserve “the heart of world” in their daughter, so that all could be recreated again. The partnership that created this tale eventually ended, and the story was never written, but its always stuck with me.

For months now I’ve been pondering how to incorporate my interest in mythology and story telling into my editorial work. It wasn’t until I discovered the beautiful, yet brooding black barn on Spain Ranch that I finally could envision what this shoot might look like. For all intents and purposes this was to be a Hades & Persephone inspired shoot. I wanted a less overt depiction, as to lend a hand to the latter personal story and provide a broader narrative overall. I choose for the bride to take on the more somber serious role as a goddess of death, and the groom to be tied more so to the natural, earthly world. Even without revealing my own personal story to my collaborators they absolutely nailed my vision for this shoot. The cake, the flowers, the overall tablescape design. I honestly was having a hard time containing myself the day of just because it all looked SO FREAKING COOL. Beyond being fabulously talented, many of the people involved traveled from Kansas City to Tulsa specifically to take part in this editorial. They were absolutely invested, and I cannot thank them enough for bringing my vision to life.

V E N D O R S
venue: Spain Ranch - Black Barn
planning/design: Brick & Ivory Events
floral design: Fiore Floral Studio
cake: Petals & Pastries
stationary: Quinntessential Co.
paper flower Backdrop: Point 918 Press
rentals: Party Pro Rents
gown: Janay A Eco Bridal
veil: Veronica Couture
jewelry: Cydney Ross
hair: Ash Franke Styles
makeup: Stunning by Starla
models: Rachel Gregor & Eric Hibbeler

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Wedding | An Elegant, Greenhouse Inspired Wedding

Oh wow. I have so many wonderful things to say about this wedding! Firstly. Morgan and Cameron were two of the kindest, sweetest, most genuine people. Living in Savannah, GA at the time of planning their wedding, I wasn’t able to meet with these two until mere days before the event, but we’d been exchanging emails since their booking in late January. Originally having met in school in Sedelia, MO these two made it practically around the world and back before meeting again in college and falling in love. Having lived and visited many different parts of the country they picked the central location of Kansas City to tie the knot, before moving to Orlando, FL literally a week into marriage.

I generally avoid summer weddings, but when Morgan told me I was a referral from The Cottage Rose she immediately had my attention. Morgan had wanted to get married in a greenhouse (which makes total sense, since I can think of at least three gorgeous ones in GA alone), but with the importance of tradition selected Our Lady of Sorrows for their ceremony, and Bride and the Bauer for their minimalist, elegant greenhouse inspired reception. This wedding was utterly gorgeous from start to finish, and their vendor team totally killed it. With classic elegance, a donut bar, and friends from around the world I couldn’t be happier they selected me to document their wedding day.

V E N D O R S
ceremony site: Our Lady of Sorrows
venue: The Bride and The Bauer
coordination & floral design: The Cottage Rose
rentals: Supply Event Rental

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Couples | Modern Industrial Meets 19th Century Architecture for this Urban Engagement

When I first met with Shelby I could tell we had very similar struggles finding the right vendors to hire for our wedding days. She and Dylan looked at tons of photographers but none were quite the right fit. I’m glad they found me because they are the exact type of couple I aim to represent.

There’s this overarching vision of weddings that the world tries to sell you; one of romance and white dresses. What about the rest of us? The long term partners, the parents, the rebels, the anti-brides, the enthusiastically non-traditional, and everyone else in between? These two didn’t seem to buy into the bs which super resonated with me. Long term partners and parents, these two spoke about their wedding in less serious terms. Obviously planning a beautiful day is a top priority, but they seemed to have a realistic vision and good senses of humor - two things anyone planning a wedding needs.

For their engagement shoot we decided on downtown Kansas City. They had originally wanted to get married downtown but opted for a more ideal space outside of the city, so it seemed only natural to shoot here first. I wanted to find spaces downtown that brought modern industry forward in an area predominately designed in the late 19th century. Spaces where glass stairwells and parking garages are interspersed between ornate 19th century doorways, fountains, and storefronts. Much like their approach to their own wedding, these spaces show the progress and adaptations made to old methods and traditions, yet still embrace their beauty and importance. It was one of my favorite engagement shoots of the summer.

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Inspiration | Mid Century Moon: Mod, Editorial, & Subtly Celestial

It’s currently the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon-landing, so it seems only appropriate to release my Mid Century Moon editorial. Yes, I totally planned this. Totally. Definitely not a coincidence at all…

Originally this project was a conceptual collaboration between me and another photographer, entitled 1960s Starfall. We had hoped to create an editorial that was moody, celestial, and dramatic; images which captured the style and volatile nature of the 1960s. We also hoped to in-cooperate a more literal celestial theme, but I was a bit apprehensive. Celestial weddings were top trending on the coasts in 2018, so naturally here in the Midwest everyone and their dog is hosting one. I love stars and moons as much as the next girl, but I’m about pushing ideas and getting ahead of trends so I opted for a more subdued celestial touch.

Like any editorial project we started with a lot of ideas and hopes and dreams and chipped away at things from there. We had started planning in March but as my Spring busy season took over, my interest in this shoot fell away. I’d signed on for two editorials that were entirely my own in a different city. I’d already done two collaborative shoots at the beginning of the year so I was okay with letting my collaborative partner take the reins a bit. About 2 weeks out I started getting a bad feeling due to various things, but mostly just a feeling. I’m extremely organized when it comes to shoots, and most things I typically had established had not at all been touched upon. I played with the idea of cancelling, but like any vendor I know how that makes you look. Most of the vendors that signed on to do the shoot had done so through my coordination and networking. Therefore, cancelling would only directly let down my friends and personal connections.

Two days before the shoot my collaborative photographer had a family issue and had to drop out. I shook it off, reached out to an incredibly talented and reliable replacement. The secondary photographer happened to be in Denver the morning of, but stepped off her plane and headed our way. I seriously cannot thank her enough. In my second wind of planning I had structured everything to compensate for two photographers. There is absolute no way I could’ve done it alone. The morning of the shoot another vendor had a major family emergency and could not make it. I was able to collect part of what was intended, but couldn’t get access to the custom backdrop that had been created. I was able to track down a replacement alter and also made some purchases of my own to complete the new look. In spite of the set backs and last minute cancellations, I am so, so grateful for the contributions of all the vendors involved. I guess it was because I did the coordination, but I really personally liked this team. I feel like I made some new friends in addition to getting to know some really talented people. I also expanded my network quite a bit with 4 non-local vendors.

Although I was beyond tired and majorly stressed after all the last minute changes, I’m actually quite pleased with how these images turned out. I can definitely see a lot of myself in this shoot. I know everyone looks at me like I’m the wedding industry’s soft goth cousin, but with this project I really wanted to focus more on a softer editorial approach. It’s still moody though. It’ll always be moody. After reviewing the images I decided to change the name to Mid Century Moon in honor of the stunning cake Emily at Sweet Soiree provided. I could tell when she dropped it off she was a little uncertain about it, as she had purposefully exaggerated the design for my photography style. I felt like it’s dramatic look encapsulated the chaos surrounding the shoot, the time period which inspired the work, and my style overall. Because while darkness and drama can be intimidating they can also be beautiful, delicate, and utterly poetic.

V E N D O R S
venue: The Delaware Space
photography / coordination: Juliana Noelle Jumper
photography: Lexie Penichet Photography
videography: Rushing Productions
vintage camper: Insta Fun KC
floral: Nephew & Co.
cake: Sweet Soiree
stationary: Ellipsis Design
arbor: Supply Event Rentals
select rentals: Belle Journee
gown: Grace + Ivory
veil: Veronica Couture
jewelry: Cydney Ross
hmua: Looks by Logan / Makaela Tillman
models: (in order of appearance): Maddie Dong / Jessie Corbin / Joey Bartsch / Jeff Pavalone

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