Juliana Noelle Jumper

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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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Wedding | Industrial Chic Wedding on a Warm Winter's Day

My first wedding of 2019 is not one I will soon forget. The wedding was held on an uncharacteristically warm January day. The temperature was in the low 60s, allowing us the ability to take portraits anywhere and everywhere outside. I’m probably somewhat biased because I have a mild obsession with urban-industrial weddings— the structure, the raw material, the elegance, the ease in framing the composition— but I knew when I first met Jon and Whitney that they had great style. There were so many details I loved about this wedding. Graffiti peeked in through the back window serving as the backdrop for the ceremony space, dark and rusted metal walls surrounded a bricked over courtyard for their formal portraits, and their muted winter color pallet added a touch of softness and elegance to the urban surroundings. It was very hard to choose favorites for this post because I enjoyed so much of their day.

Beyond their great style, these two are great people. In lieu of favors they choose to have guests create care packages which would be distributed to in need individuals. They also included Jon’s young sons in the ceremony, and delivered personal vows to them as well. Let’s not forget the reception, which included live performances by friends, karaoke, and a dance party. I watched as a grown man deliver the most kick ass routine to N’SYNC’s Bye Bye Bye I’ve ever seen. Apparently he’d known the choreography for over 10 years. Best thing I’ve ever witnessed at a reception, hands down.

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shot by Lexie Penichet

shot by Lexie Penichet

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shot by Lexie Penichet

shot by Lexie Penichet

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photo by Lexie Penichet
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