We’re in Kansas Toto – my first time ever. This wedding gave me a whole new adventure for photography and I loved that Cassie and Matt allowed plenty of time for photos so I could take advantage of the scenery. I find that the plains have a quiet subtle beauty with the vast span of fields as far as the eye can see, old windmills long since abandoned and the classic weathervane topped barns.

In this case, the stone barn near the wedding site, with its dormer windows in the hayloft and the horse painted on the door, was spectacular. I noticed how the light flowed across the side of the barn and was so excited with the remarkable effect it provided for the shot of Cassie. Then there were the shots on the open road (with no traffic to worry about) that were just plain fun! But my favorite, favorite, favorite ones were in front of the old store. Cassie’s family built and once ran this historic store and I loved that we could include something this nostalgic in the photos.

The getting ready shots at the church were a blast with the bridesmaids in their matching robes willing to take a break to play on the swings outside and Cassie – such a beautiful bride with her elegant sheer back mermaid gown. I loved the way she wore her hair in a long braid – just perfect for a country wedding. The candid shot of her breathing in the fragrance of her rose and peony bouquet caught the essence of this glowing bride. She and Matt were just a joy to work with and so much fun!

This was an out of the ordinary and fun downhome wedding from burlap to lace right down to the barbed wire and Mason jar candles, (that Cassie made herself) on the reception tables. This combined with the family ties and the long-term friends made for one very distinct wedding!

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