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.
I've been to my fair share of weddings over the years. Some very traditional, others not so much... all of them exceptional. This past summer my family and I went to visit my brother and sister in-law to celebrate their recent court house nuptials in Ventura, California. The bride being from Brazil (Brasil) and the groom from the United States, wanted to have a fun, laid back, backyard style reception with their close family and friends that incorporated their love of travel, and their cultural backgrounds. The event took place at an incredibly unique location, a vintage trailer hotel park, called Waypoint Ventura. You must look this place up, it's nothing like I've ever been to. I must see or stay if you are ever in the Ventura, California area. A turf lawn was reserved for the event, decorated with gorgeous gold, pink and ivory floral arrangements, patio lighting and elegant table decor. The appetizers, treats and desserts were traditional Brazilian favorites handmade by family and friends. Brazilian BBQ was served as the main course and the national drink of Brazil, the caipirinha (pronounced kai-purr-REEN-yah), was the signature cocktail of the night.
As family and friends gathered around the fire pit for toasts and speeches, to everyone's surprise, the bride and groom exchanged vows just as the sun began to set. The evening continued with drinks and dancing and ended with a traditional cake cutting. A magical and unique celebration all forever be grateful to have been apart of.
This past May I had the pleasure of documenting a gorgeous wedding at Unity Village in Lee’s Summit, Missouri! Although severe thunderstorms had been forecasted, and we were creating a list of back-up plans, the sun came out and there were so many smiles that graced the start of the day!
Unity Village is a stunning 100+ year old venue that hosts weddings of all creeds, traditions, shapes and sizes. It was the perfect venue for this amazing couple. The day started off in the Bridal Suite, with all the bridal party in attendance. The brides didn’t want your traditional reveal, instead they wanted to share those moments of preparation together.
We toured the campus and strolled alongside the rose gardens and gorgeous fountains that really set us up for some beautiful back-drops. The light was beautiful at this point in the day…
Finally, we headed to the ceremony, which was in a private courtyard garden in front of the couple’s closest friends and family, adjacent to the reception hall – which was lit up with natural light from the beautiful windows that looked out onto the ceremony. Toasts, dancing and a delicious meal catered by the venue followed. The night would not have been complete without a romantic sunset session on the top of the Unity Tower! Congratulations you two love-birds, what a beautiful day it was and what a beautiful love you two share!