James P Davis Hall | Erin & Drew
Erin is a very special friend of mine, and when she told me of her wedding plans at James P. Davis Hall I was excited beyond belief to be her photographer. You see she and I go way back, in fact Erin is an important part of my own marriage story. Lets start at the beginning…
It was years ago. I don’t really know when the first time was that I met Erin, and I am pretty sure we both met Marco at the same moment, at the Emporia State University Theater rally. This was a time when each new theater freshman stood up and said their names and other relevant information, like their favorite flavor of ice cream (Rocky Road anyone?). Marco stood up and said, “Hi, I’m Marco Polo Hernandez-Reisner” in a very sexy accent. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE knew who Marco was in that moment.
A year or so went buy, and Marco was on his 5th proposal when I finally said yes. We were dancing at a friend’s wedding. That night within the hour I had told Erin that we were engaged. She cheered me on with a beer. As we celebrated the impersonations came out. I was surprised when Erin did a spot on impersonation of me. I got a side ache from laughing so hard. Ryan, one of Erin’s best friends and bridesmaid, kept her going. I heard a handful of my friends, lots of our professors and then a finishing touch of me again. I have an inner valley girl that I am embarrassed about. She comes out when I am REALLY happy. Erin you need to do stand up.
A little less than a year later, during finals week, in the pouring rain, Erin went with Marco and I to be a witness and sign our marriage license. We didn’t have a wedding, so we fully support anyone who does, we know what we missed out on. However, Erin was heaven sent, helping two lovebirds tie the knot.
How we became their Wedding Photographers
Years later, and I mean years, like maybe 9 or 10, Marco and I were headed down to see his family in North Carolina. On our way I got a facebook message from Erin asking if we wanted to stop through and see her in Asheville. We took her up on the offer, redirected our route, and headed to the beautiful mountains. I jumped out of my car and hugged Erin tight. Within minutes it felt like we had hung out last week and were just catching up. Nothing can replace good friends, not even time.
That night we heard all about Drew. Every time Erin mentioned his name she lit up. He was the one. We finished up dinner and sat in a dive bar with bad karaoke. I was the only singer that night and I kept trying to get Erin and Marco to drink, because the more they drank the better I would sound. By the end of the night Erin and Drew had Marco and I as their wedding photographers.
James P Davis Hall set the perfect scene for this Kansas City wedding. Joy filled their wedding day, along with: laughter, two cute little girls, a reunion of friends, lots of dancing, and a groomsmen taking off his ripped pants to sign the marriage license. Erin and Drew are both professional actors, and these two are top notch performers in all of their joyful splendor. But, there is something honest about this wedding, it isn’t staged, it isn’t forced. When your world is scripted it’s important to take a break and let the wedding be your own love story. A novel that is real and genuine like the love these two share. Be who you are and the rest will fall into place.
- Kansas City Wedding Venue: James P Davis Hall
- Wedding Photography: Photos Edge
- Wedding Dress and Shoes: Donna’s Dress Shop
- Catering: Smoking Guns BBQ
- Flowers: Sister, Hannah Brockway
To Erin and Drew, I hope you love your photos as much as we love you guys!!! Thank you for being such good friends.