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Shelbie & Jospeh's Summer Love Story : Kansas City Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography
It's hard to sit here and describe the sweet joy and love that was shared on this day. Shelbie and Jospeh are true best friends and getting to be apart of telling their love story was an honor. Their day was filled with family, personality and excitement for their future.
We started the day at the Nelson Atkins Museum lawn, the same place we photographed their engagement photos only months before. They shared a sweet first look and morning together capturing their love story and goofiness. I always urge this intimate first look because it's so much easier to be yourself, capture true emotions and take your time easing into the day as a team rather than waiting till the ceremony.
Their day was etched with the resounding love of so many family and friends willing to contribute and love on them. You could just feel how everyone was there to come along side this couple, trusting that they were truly meant for one another. Capturing these relationships all throughout the day is always my focus, more than the event or the details but seeing the way people love on the couple, encourage them and celebrate them. From mothers and sisters to best friends, the way people love you and serve you on your wedding day is always such a beautiful thing to remember.
Along with capturing those personal connections I love seeking out the moments that make their day as special, unique and beautiful as their love story. Like how Shelbie and Joseph after the ceremony broke off to practice their first dance up on the balcony alone, they just wanted those moments to themselves , now as husband and wife, and it was truly a beautiful thing to see. Or how the bride and groom after cutting their cake spent a good chunk of time serving each and every guess. These little windows into their story are gorgeous and will always be apart of what made their day what it was, not just a wedding but a celebration of their relationship.
*Credit to my awesome Second shooter Rebecca with Rebecca Clair Photography*
Sometimes you get out shooting with a couple unsure of how it will turn out but the rush of relaxation comes over you as soon as you realize how chill and funny the couple is. Kristin and Travis are so much fun to interact with, they have been together for such a good chunk of time you can just feel the best friendship they share. We discovered some crazy beautiful spots on our lakeside adventure and the cloudy day just added to the richness of color. So excited for these two as they continue on their sweet journey as a couple.
There is just something about getting out into the middle of nowhere and capturing the sun as it goes down. Thank goodness for four wheel drive cars and fun couples because both were needed to achieve this awesome shoot. These two are so sweet together it's hard not to notice. They balance each other out in such a perfect way. While one is shy the other brings out the affection of the other. They aren't afraid to show love and accept love from the other person. They are fun to be around and ready to be together for their lives.
We got to actually shoot their engagement photos on the same land they will be getting married on this Fall. That make this land in so many ways sacred to their sweet love story. I love shooting on locations of significance because they bring a life to the photos that is unexplainable. Also the sun was being incredible and I couldn't have asked for a better glow over everything.
I meet a lot of couples in the world of photography. I love being able to capture their love stories during all the different seasons of a couple's life. From engagement and the wedding to capturing the sweet parenting love after they've had their first little one. The love only grows but there is nothing like that fresh best friend love.
These two are that in a nutshell. They make each other laugh and keep each other calm. They've traveled together moved together and made so many memories together already and this just plays out in the beautiful way they balance one another.
This session was really about getting to explore a small part of downtown Kansas City and grab some fun but laid back photos of this special time of engagement. We started around the Library capturing the rooftop terraces and their mutual love of books and ended exploring some cool walls and windows trying to avoid the windy day. It was such a chill morning and I can't wait to shoot their Wedding this Fall.