When you book a wedding for New Year’s Eve in Kansas City, as a photographer you hope you’re going to photograph a huge party. Even if you’re not a photographer, you hope to have something fun to do when the clock strikes midnight to bring in the new year; but if you’re going to work, this is the way to work!
Morgan and Cullen’s wedding at the Gallery Event Space in Kansas City was over-the-top awesome. Their colorful details were everywhere and everything. From the striking table centerpieces to the confetti cannons, color was the story of the day. One thing you’ll notice about me (and sets me apart from other photographers) is that I embrace color! I don’t mute colors or muddy up images with presets… I bring out the vibrance when I photograph weddings and receptions. I mean, if the bride is putting all that effort (and money) into her colorful details… I’m going to make sure they pop! Have a look at these details! I particularly LOVE the custom fortune cookie that adorned every champagne flute for her 250 guests.
You also hope you get to work with a fun group, and these girls brought all the fun (and all the dance moves)! I love this cuddly shot with the bride and her bridesmaids. You can just tell they all love each other so much!
Another reason brides hire me is because I capture story-telling images throughout the wedding day, as you’ll see as you scroll this post. I have a cool ability to be able to read people and situations (almost like I can see the future as far as crying sisters or bridesmaids are concerned). This moment when the bride stepped out of the bathroom to let her mom and sisters finish dressing her was so special. I had a feeling there were going to be some tears shed so I had my camera set and ready to capture whatever was going to happen in front of me. I was rewarded with one of my favorite shots (and moments) of the wedding day.
First looks are fun, but bridesmaids first looks are my favorite!
It takes a little coordination to get a proper first look with bridesmaids (they all have to be ready before the bride, and I usually have them wait anxiously in a semi-circle in the next room), but they are worth every effort. What better way to celebrate being ready as a bride than to reveal yourself to your closest friends who have an eye for every detail your dress has, top to bottom… front to back. These reactions–which the bride can’t see because she her back is turned to them– are something I’m so happy I can give to her. It’s such a special moment that I loved capturing.
Meanwhile, our man Cullen was tying his bowtie a short distance away. I get asked just about every Saturday if I know how to tie a bowtie (yeah, I do!), but these guys had it covered.
When the groom doesn’t want to do a first look…
Cullen was insistent on not having a first look with his bride-to-be. I respect that. I’ll never make a couple see each other before (there are good reasons to see each other, and good reasons to wait… that’s for the couple to decide!). The bride wanted to exchange gifts and have a special moment, however, so they decided to have a non-first-look kind of first meeting. It was everything I hoped it would be: sweet, emotional, poignant.
Most photographers dread the formal and wedding party pictures. When I get cool brides and bridesmaids like this, it hardly seems like work!
When they block off the street for New Year’s Eve, you take advantage!
Knowing that the bridal party was HUGE, I was DELIGHTED to see the street in front of the Gallery Event Space in Kansas City (it’s in the power and light district!) was blocked off from traffic. I saw an opportunity to freeze – uh, I mean – to take some fun bridesmaids pictures with the bride outside! They were up for the challenge (it was 17 degrees) and embraced their portrait time – I love when wedding parties love pictures!
I mean c’mon… how fun is this?!?!
You’ll never believe that these bridal portraits were taken AFTER the evening shots above! I promise they were! I knew the bride would want bright, airy, lovely bridal portraits (not dark and moody – not into that vibe with all this color and laughter!) and since I’m a camera settings whiz, I twisted this knob and turned that one to turn night into day.
Get ready for some emotional ceremony images…
First off, this is one of the coolest backdrops for a ceremony I’ve ever seen… can you believe the groom CREATED that backdrop? I’m not kidding! I wish I could have taken it with me but there’s no chance of it fitting in my car – even in the way back. I love that he wanted to use his skills to make the ceremony even more meaningful.
This is probably the sweetest, most emotional bridesmaid picture I’ve ever taken (and I’ve taken a LOT).
Pro tip: anytime there is action (in this case the vows), there is reaction. As a photographer, I capture the action but always look for the reaction.
After the ceremony it was portrait time for the bride and groom, and the wedding party. I love this time I get to spend with the couple alone (well, the videographer was there, but he was AWESOME to work with so I didn’t mind at all!).
This colorful reception was 100!
After a speedy room flip by Morgan’s wedding planner and coordinator, we were ready to rock and roll with a colorful, immaculate reception. This unique cake had mirrored initials and sprinkles. Yes, sprinkles! So cute!
This daddy daughter dance had me tearing up. Like most do. But this one was so special because everyone in the room could feel the bond these two have for one another. Also, I love mom in the background shooting video of the special dance.
And then it was time to GET DOWN and PARTY! It seemed like every wedding guest knew how to dance, and wasn’t afraid to show off their moves!
Possibly my favorite reception shots ever…
I’m a sucker for confetti. I don’t know when or where it started, but it’s easy to see why: look how well confetti photographs! It stays in the air for a long time and shows up so vibrantly! Plus… it’s just FUN!
The girls made the night a blast, and the day a dream.
Congratulations Morgan and Cullen! I know this isn’t the end for us! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to photograph you again! XOXO!
Talk to you soon,