Michelle & Nathan wedding

Michelle & Nathan… I’m still in process of submitting some of these to buzzfeed. I really don’t need to say much more than that about this wedding. 😉

Ok, maybe a little more…

These two are CRAZY, in the best possible way (Michelle, I still have yet to see anyone that agile in a wedding dress). And of course, crazy for eachother. Thanks for inviting me to document a truly fun day.

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Emily + Grant:: married

Really enjoyed this day. From the heart pancakes at the beginning to the board-game-bonanza at the reception, it was a truly fun day with some super sweet people.

…and I can’t forget, to to dedicate this post to Teresa Waggoner, whose wedding I shot two years back. If I hadn’t met her and Zach, I wouldn’t have met Emily & Grant. 🙂

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Jessica & Caleb :: Mrs. & Mrs!!

Had so much fun at Jessica & Caleb’s wedding.  These are very sweet and genuine people, not to mention just really good looking. Also enjoyed getting out of Joplin to shoot this day in Neosho, Missouri at the Civic  & the Neosho United Methodist church.

Thanks to Lori Marble, Jessica’s wonderful stepmom who was the one to recommend me as a photographer to the couple. Wayyyyyyy back when I went to good ol’ Crowder College, Lori knew me… and she will forever refer to me as ‘sticky boy’… possibly my most ridiculous nickname to date. It was earned bc I was always putting up flyers on campus and the maintenance lady would often complain to Lori about all the tape I left on the doors (yep. that’s it).

Doesn’t matter if a nickname is cool or not… if it sticks, it *sticks*…. 🙂

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one of my favorites!

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lots of brotherly love. Maybe too much. Maybe too brotherly.

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Kaitlyn + Dak :: married, oh yeah!

    What a dream wedding this was for me to shoot. Super laid back people, great conversation between (and during) shooting, unseasonably gorgeous weather, an intense passion between the couple so beautiful to capture, plenty of time allowed on my part to get everything I needed to get, and just a general sense of fun and people refusing to take themselves too seriously… even if it IS their day.

    That’s a pretty common vibe to all the dandy brides and grooms I have the pleasure of working with. I am lucky, lucky, lucky… or, to phrase it more accurately, very very blessed, to have the clients I have. 

    Enough jibba jabba (as Mr. T would put it). On with the show!

kinda want this to be a magazine cover. Sooooo… which one of you magazines is going to do that? 🙂

Kaitlyn apologized for downing a hamburger during portrait time. I said ‘don’t apologize… go AT IT!’ 

(PS… whatever fast food chain that was… we can’t even SEE your patties. For real. That’s a pathetic burger).

anticipation.

beautiful St Peters’ church, here in downtown Joplin.

Yay!

we switch to drama pretty quick.

this old school spiral staircase at St Peters’ is one of my absolute favorite spots. The light is so beautiful in there…. perfect for catching the intimacy I wanted to convey for this VERY-in-love and passionate couple.

these next two were some of the couples’ favorite shots from the day… the ones I was thinking ‘this will probably be a little too far out’… goes to show, you should never argue with your gut. 🙂

lots more pictures after the break… click on to keep going!

the reception was so nicely done. Love the colors and the attention to detail. Love Springhouse gardens, the venue where this took place. And cupcakes. I really love cupcakes.

one of the simplest shots of the day, but also one of my favorites. The red really ‘pops’ (yep, that’s the token art class 101 word you were looking for).

some guys need a little coaching on how to give that GQ look. (No amount of coaching would ever work on me if the lens were flipped, actually). But not this guy… no sir.

oh, we got normal bridesmaid pictures too. But I prefer these…

EPIC HIGH FIVE!! I may start demanding one of these for every shoot from here on out.

the flower girl requested she and the bride go for a spin. The sweet bride obliged. 

1st dance

HOLD ON!

let the wild rumpus start!

MAN he got into it. Just glad I was there with a camera.

final shot of the night. Last shot doesn’t usually turn out this epic. It was a beautiful night!

Tony + Kayla :: the big day

     Tony & Kayla’s big day took place at the one and only Springhouse Gardens, Joplins’ premiere outdoor wedding venue. I’m no stranger to the venue, but I certainly don’t get tired of it…. it is simply beautiful.

   And so are this couple… very, very sweet (and funny) people.

   I first met Tony a few years ago, when he was a groomsman for a wedding I shot for Malachi & Angie. Always a groomsman, never a… 

well, not anymore!

I LOVE my 105mm lens…lets me get some nifty close ups like this one…

trying on the veil for the first time!

a very serious man. Nothing helps a man look suave like a good cigar.

there’s malachi, over there on the left…

beautiful bride!

this is when we gave the LADIES the cigars…and told the men to act like ladies. I think Tony won.

Kayla is pretty much the coolest bride ever, in my books, for doing this…

the ceremony. perfect time of day. We’d had rain all week but were blessed with such a nice, perfect temperature, sunny day!

we DID it!

reception details…

Beth & Nick’s wedding

       First wedding I’ve ever shot at my own church…which is kind of crazy! Because it’s a pretty big church.  So glad to have the privilege of working with Beth & Nick last month… and we got some super fun shots, so take THAT dreary winter day! Especially when it comes to this amazing evening SKY…

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I’m putting my very favorites up here… you can follow the jump to see more from the day if you like!

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I love the little guy in the middle. He wasn’t quite ready yet for the group shoot… I told them it was so much better this way. 

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How do I get around guys feeling ‘awkward’ during group pictures? GO WITH IT! (excellent expressions, by the way, gentlemen…)

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joy! nervous joy, but JOY!

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Beth & Nick had an awesome coffee/espresso bar, as hosted by the fantastic coffee-shop Coffee Ethic out of Springfield. I’m in springfield and drinking a delicious cup of single origin coffee at this very moment, made by the barista you see in the middle of this shot behind the counter (yes, you’ve got to look pretty closely…) 

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see more by following the jump…

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good thing these ladies weren’t aware of the camera.

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had the opportunity to shoot a different perspective of ‘the kiss’ for this ceremony… I think it’s so fun to be able to get the audience as well as the couple for this once in a lifetime moment!

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the dj ROCKED it!

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Sarah + Cody :: married!

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   Been a bit since I’ve had a wedding on here, eh? Well this was a great one to end the season on. Sarah & Cody’s wedding in quiet little Arma, KS was such a fun day, bursting with personality & great humor. 

Let’s get to it!

beautiful dress, beautiful bride!
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proud mama!

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it can take an army to get it all ready…

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love Sarah’s playful personality. 🙂

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first sight! Now there’s a happy fella.

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found this fun little room hidden in the church. The decor had certainly not changed a bit over the last 40 years… it’s been that way so long, I think it’s cool again. 

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caught some of the fall color!

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I love a good gangsta shot.

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she couldn’t stay serious for long…the dramatic pose didn’t hold, and I think I like this a lot better than what I was going for in the shot anyway. 🙂

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hit the break to see the rest of the day!

ringbearers! I know these two had some mischief in their eyes… but they kept it together and behaved as perfect gentlemen all day (at least whenever a camera was pointed their way).

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not everybody gets to drive one of these away!

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here’s where Sarah’s sunshine-infused personality truly shined… when the couple accidentally got locked out of the antique car they were using (nobody noticed it had no handles… who woulda thunk?!) and had to hitch a ride in this supercool minivan owned by – yours truly. Yep, that’s my 2 year olds’ baby doll the bride is holding in shot #1… so, so funny to look back on now!

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first dance!

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Parrot Bey… beautiful venue in pittsburg, kansas!

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sweet designs cakery, does it again! LOVE their work. Cody is an avid gun collector, so of course this custom designed cake was perfect for him….

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groomsman ‘practicing’ how his winning moves were going to get him the garter after it was thrown…

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father/daughter, & mother/son.

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If you’re still here… thanks for looking through all these. It was a great one for sure!

Nicky + Brian, Oct 9

     Nicky and Brian are one of those couples that I just feel like I’ve already been friends with forever. Their sheer genuineness, their love for each-other and their outstanding sense of humor was contagious this beautiful wedding day, and I am overjoyed to have been there. Thanks guys for being so easy to work with and so appreciative. Here’s the faves from the day.

Bryan + Lindsay, sept 25, 2010

      The wedding day is finally here for Lindsay & Bryan! Think there’s no sweet locations for wedding pictures in little ol’ Girard, KS? Well you’d be wrong. Just around the corner from the beautiful church that held the ceremony was the old co-op which looked simply epic with a raging sky behind and the towering silos. The blog shots here are dedicated more to the ‘posey’ shots than usual, but fear not, you can take a look at the candid moments by checking out the facebook page here in the next few days. To Bryan and Lindsay… congratulations, you guys. What a fun wedding!