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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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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Wedding | A Woodland Celtic Celebration with Fairytale Whimsy

It was almost exactly a year ago that I was sending Samantha photographer recommendations. I was a little bit out of budget so I gathered some options and we parted ways. A few months later she was still without a photographer and asked her friend Anna for recommendations. Turns out Anna was a former college classmate of mine, and decided to send her my website. Samantha decided to take the plunge and booked me shortly thereafter. Oh my my my am I ever glad she did!

Samantha and Brock teach abroad in Myanmar for most of the year, and over the course of their first year of marriage they will get married three times in three different countries. I was fortunate enough to get to capture wedding number two, right here in Missouri. Held at the whimsical and wooded Paradise Park, we had so much fun exploring the woods, streams and rustic structures that make up this gorgeous secluded venue.

I’m generally not the fairy tale wedding type, but this fairy tale is one I could get behind. With Celtic traditions, a hand tying, a gorgeous custom gown, and so many potted plants I seriously cannot get over the beauty of their wedding day. I wish them all the best at their next and final wedding in Canada!

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Wedding | An Emerald Green, Rose Gold Wedding and Woodsy Day After Session

I was salty as hell the week leading up to this wedding because my husband got to go to Orlando for work, and I could’ve gone with him but I had to stay home. I had multiple weddings and shoots throughout the week, concluding with this one. In retrospect, I have to laugh at myself a little because if I’d gone I would’ve missed out on one of my absolute favorite weddings to date - this one!

First off, I love Lauren and Justin! I vibed so well with them last year during our first meeting and their engagement session; they are such a warm, laid back, and fun loving pair, you really can’t not like them. Aside from these two, their family and small bridal party were equally as warm and easygoing. Together they created a day that was absolutely perfect for them; a private vow exchange, a receiving line, heart felt toasts, and surprise guests! A team of kick vendors was also assembled to make their day absolutely beautiful and run perfectly; some of my favorite details included the string quartet, the balloon sculpture, and their gorgeous cake. I’m a little biased because dark green is my favorite color (gee, who would’ve thought?) and their colors, modeled after their rings, were emerald green and rose gold. I’ve never been so in love with so many aspects of one day.

Two days later we met again to shoot a Day After session in stunning Burr Oak Woods. Burr Oak is by far my favorite photography location in the area, and I was elated at the opportunity to finally get to shoot a bride and groom beneath that looming canopy of trees. Day After sessions are something I truly hope become more common for those who don’t want a first look. They allow much more time for portraits at a more relaxed pace, away from the wedding day rush and 100+ guests waiting on dinner. My husband and I too, opted for a Day After session when he was adamant we not see each other before the wedding, and to this day they are my favorite pictures of us. While I don’t know how Lauren and Justin feel personally about it, I would say what we captured on that second day was by far worth the extra time and effort to create even more absolutely epic images.

I have to point out that this post doesn’t really show everything I would’ve liked to (those damn, file restrictions!) So jump over to my featured weddings on my weddings page to view a more expanded collection of images from this day!

V E N D O R S
The Farms and Woodend Springs
Eleven Events and Planning
Dolce Bakery
Goodearth Floral
Top Shelf Bartending
Brobecks BBQ
Glam by Grace
Bride KC
Pech Limousine

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D A Y A F T E R

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Destination | A Modern, Glass Chapel Wedding for OK Lovebirds

Last month I traveled to my hometown of Tulsa, OK to shoot a wedding in the very venue I was married in nearly two years prior; a gorgeous, modern glass chapel in Broken Arrow. I may be a little biased but this wedding was seriously one the most beautiful I’ve ever shot. I can’t get over it. Alex and Cody were such a cool and gorgeous couple. I knew I liked them the first time we spoke on video chat and they introduced me to their cats. Ya’ll know how I feel about cats. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a cool cat cake topper like I did. (Yes, I’m 100% serious.)

These guys got so lucky with the crazy Spring weather that frequently occurs in the area at this time of year. That morning I was awoken by the not so soothing sound of tornado sirens. Around noon, I had to run to a Target to purchase some rain boots because I hadn’t thought it pack mine, and the rain was coming down so hard there was no way I could wear my flats. Luckily in spite of the terrible flooding and tornadoes, the bad weather managed to clear out just in time for the ceremony. During their portrait session we were even lucky enough to see the sun break through the clouds for a few brief moments. Overall this day was absolutely magical. It made me want to plan my wedding here all over again.

V E N D O R S
venue: Glass Chapel
floral: The French Bouquet
cake: All Things Cake
linens: Party Pro
dj: LionsRoad

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