By looking at these images you would have never guessed the thunderstorm that had graced us the morning of this stunning wedding. Friends and family gathered together this summer to witness the wedding of Taylor and Jonathan at the beautiful and unique Wildcliff Weddings & Events. The sun shown for the couple that day… and a truly beautiful lake-front ceremony and reception took place. Just as the sun set behind the quarry walls – glistening on the water – they said “I do”.
Our day started in the bridal suite. While the bride and groom chose only to have her children as official members of their bridal party, close friends and family spent the day getting ready in the stone bridal cottage and grooms cavern that lay across the lake.
A picture-perfect ceremony would follow and private bridal portrait session on the dock would complete our day. Starting the evening with cake, dancing and a meal provided by Se' Agapo Weddings.
I felt truly blessed to have had the opportunity to serve as photographer to capture this special day. Congratulations you two, your love is beautiful and unique. Wishing you the happiest life together with your family.
ABOUT THE VENUE
In the historic town of Blackwater, Missouri lies the beautifully unique quarry, turned-lake event space, Wildcliff Weddings & Events. In the 1890s, a dynamite blast hit a natural underground spring that filled McDowell Rock Quarry, shutting down operations. Living on as Wildcliff this once-quarry has been through many transitions over the years, most recently as a private residence and family event space.
Fall in the Midwest is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love the colorful foliage, the textures, the cooler weather and all the fun fall themed activities. This month I've been pretty busy and my husband and I haven't had a lot of time yet to enjoy this beautiful season. So this past weekend we took a trip with my in-laws to Powell Gardens that is just right outside of the Kansas City, Missouri area.
For those of you have not experienced Powell Gardens before, it's a beautiful collection of gardens, meadows, waterfalls, fountains and art. It's an ideal location for a family outing, date night or wedding. This was my first time visiting the gardens (I know it's terrible I haven't gotten there sooner), and I was so absorbed in the beauty around me I got separated a few times from my family group. Luckily my husband was always right there to rescue me. :)
My adorable in-laws!
You might notice a lot of pumpkins in the background. That evening was Powell Gardens annual GLOW Jack-O-Lantern Festival. There were over 700 carved pumpkins scattered throughout the property. When the sun set they lit them up and many families strolled through gardens. We stayed later for the event, and I have to say it was just magical!
Hubby to the rescue! Above is where he came around a corner to find me after I fell behind.
I mentioned before Powell Gardens is an excellent venue for weddings. They have a variety of locations
that would make for a beautiful outdoor wedding. But if outdoors isn't your ideal ceremony location, they also have a
stunning glass faced chapel that overlooks the gardens. You can find more information on weddings at Powell Gardens
on their website at www.powellgardens.org/Weddings.
Surprise! I have a face! Below is my husband and I enjoying our fall stroll through the wooded part of the gardens.
I'll just gush a bit. My mother in-law took the picture of us below. She has a natural eye for design and composition, including a green thumb! Her home garden is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen!
Go Royals! Woohoo!
This stunning garden below is actually created from entirely edible plants, herbs and vegetables!
There is even a vineyard with a Mediterranean vibe that is a great location for events or weddings.
Well that's the end of the ride! Powell Gardens definitely needs to be on the radar for tourists visiting the Kansas City area.
It's open all year round and the landscape is always changing with the seasons.
This set of photos were taken during our trip to Eureka Springs, AR in October 2012. The colors were beautiful, weather was wonderful, we really lucked out. The horse pictured is named Yonkie, she is a sweet mare who greets guests at The Retreat at Sky Ridge where we rented a cabin.