IAN + AUBREY WESTON RED BARN FARM WEDDING
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
So this is going to sound bad, but please hear me out. Growing up in Colorado, Kansas was just that flat state out East. You know, corn fields, tornadoes... all of the Midwestern generalizations that those of us who live at altitude make about our neighbors. Missouri was another Midwesterny state even further from us... probably flat too and the Arch is there. The other thing Coloradoans are raised to know about Kansas City *this one is totally true* is that the Kansas City Chiefs suck.... but not as much as the Raiders. (Go Broncos!) Anyway, back to Kansas City. I saw so many friends go off to college at KU. And a lot of them ended up staying. So when Aubrey (a long time client) and her fiance Ian contacted me about photographing their wedding in Kansas City... I was pretty excited to see what all the fuss was about.
Growing up in Colorado (one of the most beautiful places on the planet), there is one thing that almost all Coloradoans crave - well I do anyway... GREEN GRASS. Sure, we have lawns here... but unless it has a sprinkler system, it's probably going to die. So when I landed in Kansas City (btw, the cutest little airport next to John Wayne in California and Ronald Reagan in DC)... all I saw was GREEN. It was amazingly green. The color was brilliant and beautiful. Even when the natural areas are so green in Colorado, it's usually more of a yellowy green... but this was true green. Now you probably think I am crazy. And I might be... I blame baseball for my love of green grass. Either way, it was beautiful. When we landed, we decided to go straight into the city to experience it all. When I go to a destination wedding, I really need to see the area, the culture, the style... and Kansas City had plenty to see. First of all... I know it was a Friday afternoon, but Idk if I have ever seen so many LOCALS out and about in their downtown for a fun evening out. It was like LoDo on a game day but the entire city. We had gathered recommendations from a few of our favorite Kansas City loving clients and the Bride herself. We went down to the River Market and walked around. It was mostly closed up for the night, but it was pretty awesome and I've dreaming of the farmers markets there! We then went up to the World War One Memorial. Which is incredible. After looking around at all of the names and the monument itself, we went over to the ledge. What a view! Seriously. The view of downtown and the rolling green hills behind. Yep. Kansas City is so much more than beautiful barns and good BBQ. It is gorgeous and I loved it. We headed over to Oklahoma Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que per our recommendations from a bazillion people. Seriously, one of our clients Sarah, our KC Royals clients the Gores recommended it, the bride, the car rental guy..... pretty much anyone we talked to! Guys. Oklahoma Joe's is literally in a gas station. And the line was out the door. And apparently not as bad as it usually is. It's won ALLLLLLL the awards. So many famous food critics have ventured to this little gas station and when I ate the food. I knew why! Even their pickles were the best pickles ever. The pulled pork put every other BBQ joint's pulled pork to SHAME. And that was it. That's how Kansas City won over a thin air loving, Colorado living girl.
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Just kidding. We still have the wedding to get to guys. Congratulations if you are still reading by the way. haha!
Anyway, like I said earlier.... Aubrey has been a long time client of mine. She is seriously one of my favorite people. Her heart is amazing and kind and loving (even to her photographer) and she is incredibly thoughtful about EVERYTHING. So when I found out she was engaged... I was like okay, who is this guy. And he won me over when he agreed with Aubrey to fly me out for the wedding. Lol. Just kidding, I'm tougher than that! But he really did win me over when I heard him talk about her. You can totally tell how much he loves her. And lets be honest, they compliment each other so well. They are so stylish and are probably some of the most genuine people. If you aren't convinced how perfect they are for eachother, they even went as Chuck and Blair for Halloween... second best halloween costume I've seen next to Squints and Wendy Peffercorn from the Sandlot lol! Their venue is now one of my favorite venues I've shot at. I'll stop talking because let's be honest, I'm a photographer not a writer and my photos speak my mind!
FROM THE BRIDE:
"Ian proposed over our annual Thanksgiving trip to Colorado. The trip aligned with my mom's birthday and she insisted the only thing she wanted done for her birthday was to have family photos taken - little did I know, Ian and my mom were in cahoots and the family photos were just a cover up for the proposal. Every little detail Ian had planned from the proposal location to the engagement ring was so incredibly meaningful and heartfelt. To this dad I am shocked that it was a complete surprise, my mom is awful at keeping secrets and I for sure thought she would have dropped me a few hints! (Sorry Mom!)"
(I LOVE how much they both love their families and each other's family too!)
When your wedding gettaway trolley breaks down..... on a two lane road in a small town with a gazillion cars behind you. Thankfully one of Ian's fraternity brothers was behind us and Ian, Aubrey and I jumped in to get to the venue so we would have time for our couple portraits! The delay for the guests on the road actually turned out great because we had the barn to ourselves for a while!
Of course, when it's Derby Day, you have to put on your Derby hat and cheer on your pick! Even on your wedding day!
I LOVE couples who LOVE sneaking off with me. FYI these are my favorite photos of the night.
If you are thinking about skipping the after dinner photos... don't.
PLUS.... a little bit of booze makes the laughs come easier. If you are the kind of person who DOESN'T like photos, I recommend going out again for about 10 min to get some of these more intimate photos. Less pressure, a little wine or beer to take your edge off and just some quiet moments as a couple.
THE WEDDING DAY
FROM THE BRIDE:
"It was an absolute fairytale. Our wedding day was a reflection of old world Tuscan elegance complimented by the beauty of the Great Plains. It really was the epitome of everything we dreamed our wedding day would be and we are so thankful for our wonderful family, amazing vendors, and incredible friends that truly made the day so special. We honestly could not have asked for a more perfect, magical, or memorable day to start our lives together as husband and wife."
Reception Venue: Timber Barn, Weston Red Barn Farm Ceremony Venue: Twelve Apostles Catholic Church Dress: Lazaro, bought at the Gown Gallery Vail: Veronica Couture, bought at the Gown Gallery Tux: Suit Supply Rings: The House of Diamonds Earrings: Tiffany & Co. Aubrey’s Shoes: Kate Spade Keds Day of Coordination: Hannah Renollet with Eleven Events Florals: Elizabeth McKenzie Florals Rentals: Ultrapom Caterer: FarmFare Bar: Cordial Craft Hair and makeup: Samantha Hayes and Alisha Zielinski
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