Wes & Julie – Hutchinson, KS Wedding Photographer

Meet Julie and Wes.

A beautiful couple who married on a day suited just for them.  Everything about their wedding day was planned and decorated beautifully, and the day itself was no different.  Someone was definitely smiling down on them, as the weather couldn’t have been more beautiful – a light breeze, blue sky and mid-80s.  A day like this in Kansas is definitely unheard of in the middle of July!

Just as perfection had dawned this day, the bride was no exception.  She was a vision of elegance and very calm in the face of ‘wedding adversity’ when her playlist somehow disappeared that morning.  When she found out, she peacefully sat in the reception area and created a new one, almost embracing the moment as quiet time to reflect on her love for Wes and what this day meant to her.

Julie and Wes chose to do a ‘first look’, which captures a very tender moment together, alone.  We scouted out a row of trees near the church where the limbs overlapped to form a beautiful, shady canopy.   I was able to snap a few photos as I positioned Wes to view his elegant bride.  From my vantage point, I could see Julie was ready, so I went to make sure, as I wanted these precious moments to be captured as best as possible for the couple.  As I got close to Julie, I noticed tears in her eyes, indicating the happiness she was about to share with her future husband.  She prepared herself for the beautiful reveal, and then tiptoed down the walk, being careful her heels didn’t sink into the soft ground.  Once she made it to her handsome groom, my lens caught the couple’s ‘fairy tale’.  The moment was elegant, peaceful and full of happiness and I am grateful to have captured it for them.  Julie and Wes continued to share their very private moment, and then gave this once in a lifetime moment closure by praying together.






Soon after, we found a quaint spot close to the church, decorated with beautiful little yellow wildflowers and a view of the river behind them.  Just as the day was perfect, the backdrop for these photos was, as well.  With plenty of time for pictures, we took our time and had a great deal of fun taking shots of the bride and groom.  Every element of Julie and Wes’s wedding day reflected the same elegance as the bride that day.

Julie and Wes are another example of a couple that prayed and waited for one another.  There was no denying what this day meant to them.  On their special day, they would become one.  Julie would honor her groom and Wes would love and support his bride for the rest of their lives.  Wes’s friends took no time at all devising a plan for Wes’s truck after the ceremony.  Wes is a huge KU fan and found his truck not only decorated with rival Kansas State purple, but also wrapped in Saran Wrap and filled with balloons.  That didn’t stop Wes from leaving with his bride though.  He cut through the mess like a knife through hot butter, carefully placing Julie in his ‘chariot’ and away they went to live happily ever after.

Congratulations, you two and thank you for allowing me to capture your wedding day!

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She said yes – Hutchinson, KS Wedding Photorapher

Today’s her birthday so she’ll never know this invite to dinner will change her life forever!

When I answered the phone this afternoon, Tru told me of his plan to ask Leticia to marry him.  I was so excited for her after I learned of his surprise and I jumped at the chance to photograph this couple.

Every detail was taken care of and to tell you the truth, he raised the bar for lots of men tonight.  Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity to capture this super special moment.  Congratulations Tru & Leticia!

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Morgan & Colten are getting married! – Hutchinson, KS Wedding Photographer

I photograph plenty of weddings and every one  of them makes me feel something different.  Mostly I feel and see the love, the hard work and the beauty in every detail of the wedding day.  I think about the two people that will become one in marriage right before my eyes and the things that every guest and family member will remember from that day.  I’m always so honored to be capturing such a special time in their lives and I’m sure this wedding will be no different except…those feelings are already there for me and it’s just their engagement photos.  :) The love here is overflowing and for all the right reasons.

I could photograph Morgan and Colten all day every day.  They are in love and it shows in every move they make.  I just couldn’t get enough so enjoy, I know I did.  Congratulations M & C!


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Tonya - LOVE this sess, Joy! You always do such incredibly rich and beautiful work!!!!! Proud of this amazing couple and all they stand for…..

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