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We’ll call this Wedding, Part 1…

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Wedding 9… because when there’s nearly a 1,000 photos to go through, it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few! But as difficult as it might be, I promise not to go too overboard (keyword: too) in my wedding recap(s). It’s just, well you know how it goes, you spend so long planning for this one day and it comes and goes in an instant. A very fun, sunny, memorable instant.

First off, I would be remiss not to give credit to Lumaluna Photography for the excellent job they did capturing our big day. Not only are the photos fantastic, but they were truly a joy to work with (hint, hint for all those Kansas City brides out there). I’ve probably gone through all the photos more times than I care to share – making me only slightly vain. 😉

Today though, I’ll start with sharing moments of all us gals getting ready, the much-anticipated first look (at least for me and Jeff. you all probably didn’t care as much.) and our bridal party photos before the ceremony. Wedding 2Wedding 23^^Not that I should be parading my less-than average height dainty feet around the internet, but for that day they doubled as my “something blue.” Just a little fun tip for all you future brides out there.^^ Wedding 5^^Another little side note, the lace used to wrap my bouquet was taken from my mother’s wedding dress. Such a great way to wear something so sentimental to my parent’s marriage on my own day.^^ Wedding 28 Wedding 1Jeff and I – like many couples – decided to write each other notes to share before we saw each other – a decision I reminded Jeff of several times. Sure enough, the night before the wedding – approximately 1 a.m. – I realized I was the one who didn’t have a card for Jeff! But have no fear, my mom’s stash of thank you notes came to the rescue. I might’ve crossed a few words out and improvised a little, but he still ended up with a heartfelt note and that’s all that counts, right? His note to me was purchased ahead of time, and oh so sweet. Jeff for the win. Wedding 3 Wedding 4 Wedding 12 wedding 11 Wedding 8^^However, before I go any further I must acknowledge those parents of ours. How did we get so lucky! This whole day wouldn’t have been possible without their love and support. We love them more than words can truly express.^^

Besides, they were our rides to meet each other, so we needed to show them some extra love. 🙂 Wedding 25 Wedding 7 Wedding 6Let me tell you, I think I was more nervous to see Jeff for the first time in my dress, than to walk down the aisle. It was probably an irrational fear, but you never know, he could have changed his mind upon seeing me. Wedding 92Luckily, he didn’t. Whew. In fact, I think he still likes me. 🙂 Wedding 90 Wedding 91Wedding 13 Wedding 14^^And all those men and women who stood beside us, we’re awfully thankful they were there too. As goofy as some of them may be (I’m mainly looking at the boys), it was great sharing our day with many of those we love most.^^ Wedding 86^^Especially this little lady, who may or may not have forced the boys to give up their jackets to keep all the ladies warm. Kelly Rebori, she’s a take charge kind of gal, and I like it.^^ Wedding 16^^Except maybe when she gets sassy with me. In fact, this picture so perfectly captures us as sisters. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given her that look over the years.^^ Wedding 93^^But then she does this, and my heart turns to mush.^^ Wedding 24^^And when I see the two brother-in-laws, who’ve willingly joined a family of loud(er) and slightly outspoken females, lending each other a hand, my heart turns to more mush.^^ Wedding 89Wedding 88^^But the two people who definitely had us all gushing, are the youngest in our family clan. I still can’t get over how cute Ari and Reagan looked in their little dress and vest – all created out of the unused fabric from Kelly’s bridesmaid dress! I can’t wait to share all these pictures with them when they’re older. I’m sure they’ll love that we made them match their parents.^^Wedding 27Looking at these photos, it’s hard to believe we were still a few hours from the ceremony and reception, and yet I had little idea how much fun was in store, and how unbelievably fast it would go. Wedding 87And trust me, I can’t wait to share all those with you, but until then, I’ll leave you with this gem. ↑

P.S. Pictures were taken in downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Dress and bridesmaid dresses can be found HERE. Suits came from JCPenny (sadly, they’re discontinued now) and groomsmen’s ties are from HERE.

P.P.S. In case you’re interested, here’s a recap of our rehearsal dinner.

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The engagement photos are here…

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and though you may not admit it, I’m sure you were probably on pins and needles waiting for these photos. 🙂

Engagement Photo 1

No but seriously, my amazingly-talented cousin over at Nicole Clifford Photography just did the best job. And when she’s working with a couple like Jeff and me, you know she’s got her work cut out for her. Sidenote: anyone looking for a great lifestyle photographer in Kansas City should look Nicole up. She’s just all-around a lovely person.

I must admit that although I love bugging others with my obsessive picture taking, it’s much harder to be the one in front of the camera. Especially, when it comes to any kissing photos. We quickly figured out that it’s not really our thing.

engagement photos set 3^^See what I mean? I swear I really love Jeff, but every time he went to kiss me on the cheek I would naturally move away. That’s not a red flag or anything, right? Right?^^

We originally planned to take our photos outside, but the day we’d sat aside for the photo shoot on our short trip to KC over Thanksgiving turned out to be very cold and windy. Looking back, I’m so glad it was, because for our first location we ended up at an adorable urban winery downtown. And if you’ve followed this blog at all, you probably know by now that I LOVE wine (in a socially responsible way, of course).

Engagement PhotosNicole found the location for us and the folks at Amigoni were gracious enough to let us shoot a few photos in their gorgeous space. We kept it to one glass of white wine (although I tend to prefer red) to make it more photo friendly, but I can’t wait to go back and try more of their wines. The Viognier we had was delightful.

Still not willing to brave the subarctic temperatures (I’m only slightly exaggerating) we moved the shoot to Kansas City’s Union Station and their sky walks.

Engagement Photos Set 2Having shot there before, Nicole was quick to suggest it, and again, I’m glad she did. While I love the historic nature of Union Station, the sky walks offer such a clean, bright look. Perfect for a laid back feel that really showcases Jeff and me as a couple.

Now here’s where I get really cheesy…these photos make me so thankful for Jeff, family so graciously helping us out, and the big day still to come. Thanks again for following along, we can’t wait to share more of our journey!

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My heart might be melting…

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and I’m only exaggerating a little. I mean aren’t my ‘little’ Cosmo, and our friends daughter Addie just the sweetest?

Addie and Cosmo 1

Every time she’s over Cosmo just follows her around thinking (or at least I’m guessing he’s thinking) he’s going to have to jump in and save her at a moments notice. You never know.

Well this time, Addie was just big enough (she’s growing so fast!) that she wasn’t even slightly afraid to pet or love on him. I couldn’t get enough.

I think he’s just smitten by this tiny, cute little human. But then again, how could you not be with a little smile like that one…

Addie 1 BW

Brb. Going to mop up my melted heart. 🙂

P.S. I also snapped a few family photos of Ben, Grace & Addie for their upcoming Christmas card and as a result I got this little gem out of the mini-shoot. Got to love babies.

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