Claire and David are not Kansas City locals, yet they planned their wedding from Oklahoma City and selected KC as the destination for their big day! They had family and friends celebrating with them from all over the country and chose Kansas City as a central location to accommodate all of their party people...er... I mean, friends and family! They were highschool sweethearts who went separate ways for a while, but their flame was reignited in college and they've been inseparable ever since! I am honored to have been chosen to photograph their wedding day here in Kansas City!
Claire and David have such classic style and chose soft pastels - lilac, lavender, ivory, and silver for their color pallet, and the guys donned sharp & formal tuxes.
Thanks to the wedding professionals who helped create this dream day for Claire & David!
Hotel and Lodging: The Hilton President Hotel
Hair & Makeup: PoshKC
Bride's Gown: Moliere Bridal
Bridesmaid Gowns: Prim: The Bridesmaid Boutique, OKC
Floral: Blue Bouquet
Calligraphy & Place Cards: Brittany Gibson Designs
Tuxedos: JoS A Banks
Band: American Stereo
Cake: Dolce Bakery
Rentals (Cake Stand & Chargers) UltraPom
Ceremony: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Reception: The Gallery Event Space
Catering and Bar: The Gallery Event Space
Transportation: Leader Worldwide
Wedding Photography: That's Me! Claire Ryser! 2nd Photographer, Mike Tsai.
Their day started off at The President Hotel near the Power and Light District in Kansas City. Everything was extremely relaxed yet lively as everyone was preparing for the ceremony and photos. Sipping champagne, exchanging gifts, steaming the gowns, tying bow ties, fastening cufflinks, reminiscing with their college friends, hugging parents, jokes at one another's expense... These are the things that filled this Saturday morning.
Mom adjusting the dress + Claire's shoes and special details!
David's gift from Claire! Looking Good!
I absolutely loved so many of the moments when Claire and her dad saw one another, and then again during David and Claire's first look. Love the one of the parents looking on and watching their daughter, madly in love with the man she'll walk down the aisle to in a matter of hours! SO much happiness in these photos.
So, I could show you only the perfectly posed, timed, and planned moments from their 1000+ images from their wedding, but I love the in-between moments that show the hustle, bustle, and activities, too. Here, David is holding the bouquet in the vase to keep the florals alive as long as possible and Claire has help (from her uncle, I believe!) getting onto the shuttle. The day goes by so quickly and so many people are involved in making a million little memories.
It started to rain, right at this moment! Because... Missouri!
One of the guys was quick to jump to the rescue and protect Claire's hair and makeup. I think the rest were unfazed for the most part!
This shows why having a second photographer is important! The top image is the 2nd photographer's (In this case, Mike Tsai. Thanks Mike!) You can get some fun alternate views during the same moment! You can also double up during portrait time to make the most of it and be super efficient and keep things fun and upbeat! ;)
One of the LESS embarrassing photos taken by a 2nd Photographer of me on a wedding day! "Drop it low for me! The shoulder, that is!" ;)
Those "moments in between".
The glorious and blazing sun came out! Just in time for some golden backlit moments as we headed to the next location.
LOVE LOVE LOVE these colors!! Great job on florals, Blue Bouquet team!
At the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Stunning!
The Ceremony Site... known as "The Gold Dome" in Kansas City.
OK... so as a wedding photographer, I see a LOT of things that most people don't know I'm seeing. Being a photographer sometimes means hovering over that thin red line between Documenting & Creeping. I do not know what this young man said that deserved a whack to the eye with Claire & David's wedding program. LOL
Final moments before becoming Mrs.
That moment when the doors first open. You can ALWAYS feel the energy and emotion.
When American Stereo hit that first chord... THESE PEOPLE WERE READY TO PARTY. What a blast!
When potential clients first inquiry with me, one of the things they usually mention is that capturing the celebration is very important to them. Most of the time, they've seen the parties...I mean... WEDDINGS I've photographed, and they really love the fact that I enjoy covering this part of the day! And I SO DO. Friends & family, all coming together to celebrate and have a good time, is a GOOD TIME. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my job?
I debated sharing this, but decided to anyways! But Mike was hard a work getting the perfect angle of the band, when some wedding guests decided he needed a dancing partner. What can you do? These people were SO much fun. Thanks for having such awesome friends, Claire and David!
American Stereo KILLED it. Love how they interact with the guests! The crowed love it.
David. How you so classic all the time?
The DADS! At the bar...where else!?
Claire and David... THANK YOU SO MUCH for choosing Kansas City as your wedding destination AND for having me as your photographer! We are SO honored to have you here and to have been a part of your big day! CONGRATS on the start of a beautiful marriage. STAY FAB! XOXO-Claire
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