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{Hitched} Kate & Tom’s Kansas City wedding @ Hilton President

I kicked off my wedding season with the best kind of wedding to kick off the season with–a fun, vibrant, romantic and beautiful one!  (I recently did their engagement photos at Loose Park in Kansas City, so they might look familiar.)   I’m attempting a  new format this year. Because my logo is a love letter, because I truly believe my photography is like a love letter to my wonderful clients, I thought I’d try to carry that feeling to the blog too. We’ll see how it goes…sometimes, it might not work out as I might have things to say that don’t fit in the epistolary format (I learned THAT term in college. haha) There will be a few deviations along the way, but here we go!

 

Dear Kate & Tom,

What I loved most about your day was that I smiled genuine smiles because when you both were together, there was a zip of electricity in the air. You know, the kind that makes onlookers a bit jealous, but also happy that two people can be that much in love. Your friends were all so much fun to hang with and the bridesmaids look marvelous in their black dresses, holding the simple, yet ever-beautiful bouquets of purple and white calla lilies. {And what a feat to have a friend who could make magic with the flowers! Impressive!!!!}

One of my favorite moments of the day was when you, Kate, had a first glance with your dad and three brothers. I have a brother myself…and sometimes wish I would have done this, though I’m not sure he’d have been as emotionally laudatory as your brothers were. Their expressions really made me choke up! {And it was a bonus here to meet the celebrity bro. Forgive me for talking to readers for one second in the middle of your letter… but if the illustrious-haired brother looks familiar to you, you might recognize him from ABC FAMILY’S  The Fosters or MTV’s Finding Carter…Alex Saxon. On screen he is a refreshingly endearing actor and in the flesh, he proved to be  humble, gracious and tolerant of my tiny bit of star-struckedness…} Anyway, back to you lovebirds…

The portrait session with you both was inspirational. As you showed me during your engagement session a few weeks ago, you two have a chemistry that is palpable. Thank you for not hesitating to let it ride on camera. I hope that with your openness and trust in me, that I was able to deliver to you photos that will help rekindle any flickering flames in the future. May these images bring you back to those moments in time, in a grassy patch in downtown Kansas City or on the rooftop with the cityscape behind you, among the bustle of urban life and in front of a sleepy transient watching us from the alley, when the only thing you two were focused on was one another. THAT is love. THAT is what will get you through the bumps ahead–the moments when you only have eyes for one another.

Your reception was equal parts romantic and glamorous, without taking on the haughty air. What fun it was to watch you two sway and spin in one another’s arms during your first dance to the ironically named I Don’t Dance by Lee Bryce. Those who were watching you two were smiling, myself included.

Now that you’re back from your honeymoon, I hope the chapter before you excites you both. I truly am grateful that my former clients, Molly & Travis, sent you my way. Thank gosh for dental school pals with good taste, eh? 😉  {thank you, Molly & Travis!!!!!}  So here’s to the future for you both–may you always have something to smile about, may your smile always be shiny, bright and clean, and may you never forget what I’ve taught you about looking for good light (ha!) or take for granted the truly special relationship that you have with one another. xo to you both…and to your families and friends!!

 

Xo

Darbi G.

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Kate & Tom’s Kansas City wedding vendors:

KANSAS CITY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER:  Darbi G. Photography

HAIR/MAKEUP:  Jillian Sanders

WEDDING DRESS DESIGNER: Magnolia

BRIDESMAID DRESS: Ralph Lauren

CEREMONY: Old Mission Methodist (Reverend Karen Nyhart)

RECEPTION: Hilton President hotel in downtown Kansas City 

FLORIST: Costco & friend

CAKE/DESSERT: Andre’s

CATERER: Hilton President

BAND:  Michael Beers Band

 

 

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