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.
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!
When I decided to add wedding photography services, I knew I wanted to be 100% ready for the task. Wedding photography is not just about providing beautiful photos. It's about being able to aid in the wedding planning process and making the actual wedding day go smoothly. We want all your dreams to come true, right? This is why I provide all my brides with a customized wedding day photography timeline and a token of my appreciation -- a bridal welcome package. This is not just a treat box; although there are some nice goodies included. Each box is different and comes with my very own bridal guide that gives you details on what the day will be like, and tips on what you can be prepared for ahead of time -- so you can sit back, relax and enjoy. I want your wedding day to be a memorable and fantastic experience. If you are interested in any of my wedding and engagement package offerings, visit my WEDDINGS section of my website.