We’re kicking off the new year in style with our first wedding of the year — Bethany and Josh Belzer! And wait until you hear the story about her dress!
We are besides ourselves myself with glee to share with you this gorgeous wedding venue and our experience with this phenomenal couple. You may remember Beth and Josh from their fall engagement shoot. If not, it was my delightful surprise to walk in and see all of the photos from their shoot framed at the entrance!
Nothing could have prepared me for how inspiring and darling this venue was. Seriously, it’s Pinterest goals.
Acquiant Gathering is a vintage, shabby chic venue that has a photo opportunity literally at every corner!
The bridal suite had an array of cute little props and precious decor, perfect for anyone with a vintage aesthetic. But enough gushing about this photographers dream playground — let’s drool over this DRESS.
Beth found her gorgeous gown at a vintage shop. It wasn’t labeled as a wedding dress — and was priced at only $80!! Vintage for the win!
I’m still not over the lace! Seriously, it is the embodiment of elegance and class, as was our bride, Beth!
She is a Vintage VIXEN! <3
Or as Beth would put it — a professional lounger.
Her mother was moved to tears to see Beth’s transformation from daughter to bride!
Beth and Josh created a custom wedding package, which we’re always happy to do! This included “getting ready” shots and our personal favorite moment — “the first look“.
The Bridal Suite had two entrance doors and this giant wardrobe that was perfect to stage the first look moment.
We typically prefer to do outside first looks because it’s hard to beat Mother Nature’s lighting, but the natural lighting was BOMB in this room! Couldn’t. Pass. It. Up!
Beth was hoping to get some tears from Josh, but got a big twirl and smooch instead! It’s okay, I saw him getting super choked up. He couldn’t take his eyes off her — or his hands.
Let’s all just appreciate how quirky and adorable these two are!
Now, here’s where I realized I’m too obsessed with “The Greatest Showman” and will do anything for the perfect shot.
I was able to take advantage of the chandelier a couple of times during Beth’s getting ready shots. This was the less dangerous time where I put my camera lens through the sleeve of her dress to capture the lace!
The next time I used the chandelier to my advantage required balancing two chairs on top of each other, one foot in the air, and a lot of focus — both from myself and the camera.
Yup. I got the crazy idea to shoot THROUGH THE CHANDELIER.
Not only was the theme vintage, but the wedding was filled with personal history and nostalgia from both the bride and groom.
The shoes Beth wore for her walk down the aisle were the same shoes her grandmother wore on her big day MORE THAN 60 YEARS AGO! How freaking amazing is that?! Her earrings also belonged to Josh’s grandmother, and Beth’s stepfather officiated for them.
They were surrounded by the history of love in their families as they came together to celebrate becoming one family. Truly touching!
Kansas City Photoraphy wishes you all the best! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!
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