Unity Village Wedding
Julie smiled at me when I arrived and gave me a huge hug. She immediately gave me the rundown of where everything was and told me to do whatever I wanted. Then she began to celebrate by jumping on the bed, in the Ambassador Hotel.
Later that day, I would take two photographs that would, in a matter of seconds, change my life, and make Julie and Jared’s Unity Village Wedding go viral.
Viral Wedding Photos
I stood at the bottom of the stairs with the scene perfectly staged, and like a director calling action the bridesmaid walked down the stairs, the flower girl sat on the sofa playing with her dress, and Julie’s maid of honor who wasn’t quite ready herself was helping Julie get into her wedding gown. The light filtering into the window was graceful in all it’s splendor. Sometimes I feel like God just smiles on me and says, “Here you go Erin, photograph this beautiful moment.” and I do. This moment changed my life. It really did. I embraced who I was as a wedding photographer and began to enjoy photographing weddings more and more, as if that could even be possible.
The wedding was stylized with a flare for the roaring 20’s and the class of modern Kansas City. Their bridal party group shot was the other image that had thousands of views within the first hour of posting. Each person was placed in an original pose, something custom to fit each personality. I tip my hat to Vanity Far and Bob Fosse each time I pose one of my group shots.
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Please Enjoy this wedding! It holds a special place in my heart. To Julie and Jared, thank you for choosing us to photograph your lovely day. It means the world to this sentimental woman.
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As we walked through the gardens at Longview Mansion the sun shined bright, matching the intensity of the colors in Nazia and Zain’s wedding attire. This Pakistani wedding was undoubtedly the most colorful wedding we had ever seen at the historic mansion. The bride’s gown shimmered as the hand embroidered beads danced above a sea of soft green. The custom gown and purse were designed by the groom’s mother, and Nazia’s big smile let us know that she was enchanted by her mother in law’s gift. The groom wore a tailored pin striped suit in cobalt blue, with a pink tie and handkerchief for a pop of color. Though she was in traditional Pakistani attire, and he was in a modern suit, the colors played off each other and fit together perfectly.
The guests were on their way and we needed portraits of the bride and groom, so we wandered over to the abandoned pergola that sits on the banks of old Longview lake. Zain and Nazia looked into each other’s eyes and for a moment this colorful romance revealed the true love their marriage was built upon. Erin began to pose the bride next to a vine covered pillar, and complemented the beautiful mehndi that covered her hands. Nazia beamed and promptly showed us a secret: she put her palms next to each other, and a heart was formed with the initials N and Z contained inside! This international wedding celebration was full of all the right stuff: warm smiles, joyful laughter, and enough love to last for ages.
Thank you Nazia and Zain, for letting us in on your beautiful wedding.
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Matthew and LeeAnn’s Beautiful Town Square Wedding
He stood outside the door where she was getting ready, waiting patiently while trying to hold back tears. He caught one small tear that glided over his cheek. When I said, “She said, ‘I need my daddy, no really I need him.” He smiled a little and pointed into where she was getting ready. In a few minutes he would walk LeeAnn down the isle but not before giving her a lovely gift, a custom neckless.
They stepped out into the room at Town Square in Paola Ks, and with every step her groom waited with anticipation. Matthew, who doesn’t cry, bit his lip as he held back tears. LeeAnn was beautiful, but more than her being stunning, Matthew knew that this was the moment she would become his wife. With each passing event the two cherished their day. From a fun release following the ceremony to having a blast creating portraits with their closest friends.
The reception was filled with dancing and games. Instead of a dollar dance the couple decided to have a competition. Here’s how it worked: When you walked in the door there were 2 glass jars, one for the bride and one for the groom. Whoever ended up with the most money at the end of the night won. Winner and their bridal party members got to pie the other members in the face. Late in the evening a loving groom unloaded a bunch of money into the bride’s glass so that she would be taken care of. The pieing was a blast and everyone had a great time. The night ended with dancing and the lights went up in Town Square while a few couples were still swaying to the last bit of music. That is what I call a great night! Enjoy these Kansas Wedding Photographs!