Kansas City wedding photojournalism

Kansas City wedding photojournalism

For me Kansas City wedding photojournalism is all about story and moments. Over and over again that is what I am drawn to as a photographer. You give me a wedding in Kansas City with story and loaded with moments and I am a happy camper. Katie and Adam’s wedding ceremony at Redemptorist Church and wedding reception at The Carriage Club in Kansas City was such an event. Katie chose her reception venue as it is where she spent many a day as a child and is blocks from the house she grew up in and the church she wanted to get married in was the same church her 92 year-old grandmother got married in. That was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the many stories throughout this very colorful wedding. When I say colorful I mean both in Katie and Adam’s excitement as well as their reception. Studio Dan Meiners provided the amazing color via decor at the Carriage Club and Katie and Adam provided the expressions. I loved watching these two all day and how happy they were. It was hard to pick for this teaser post as Katie’s expressions were endless. The entire day was perfect including the wonderful weather which was no fluke. Katie and Adam partook in an old Irish wedding tradition where you bury a bottle of bourbon on the day where the weather is perfect and what you want for your wedding day. The weather in Kansas City has been record breaking in terms of heat this summer. Crazy as it sounds the hot weather broke just in time...
Wedding at Pennway Place, Kansas City

Wedding at Pennway Place, Kansas City

On the way to her wedding ceremony, Maggie was telling her dad of her worst wedding nightmare. She said she woke up in a cold sweat, breathing heavy and hoping it was just that, a nightmare. Here it was her actual wedding day and so far everything was damn near perfect. She was on her way to her Kansas City wedding ceremony where she would marry Ben at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. The sun was shining the weather was perfect and she was ready, but as I sat in the back seat of that car as she was telling her story I wondered if she might still be a bit worried her nightmare would come true. We would have to see what the day brought and if her Kansas City wedding reception at Pennway Place  would go as planned. Being a wedding photographer in Kansas City for the past 14 years I have seen and heard of it all, so I was hoping for her sake all would go according to plan. Her nightmare, the one that startled her awake that night, was that everyone left the reception at around 9:00pm and her and Ben were the only ones left standing in the middle of the dance floor puzzled with what to do next. Thankfully, that could not have been any further from what actually happened on her wedding day. Thanks to the help of one of my favorite bands in Kansas City, Twice on Sunday. In fact the contrary actually on Saturday. Maggie and Ben decided to leave before the party was even over! That dance floor...
Wedding at Counter Point in Kansas City | Teaser Tuesday

Wedding at Counter Point in Kansas City | Teaser Tuesday

Wedding season began for me last Saturday with a special event that took place at Counter Point in the Crossroads in Kansas City, Missouri. I have known and photographed Rachael and her family for years so to be asked to document her wedding to Cade was an honor and the perfect start to my year. Here are the highlights: The ceremony literally lasted 5 minutes There were no toasts, garter or bouquet tosses, no cake cutting, just hours of dancing and partying complete with a rice crispy treat tower They LOVE, I mean LOVE their dog Dora. Even when they were cleaning up poop, pee, and vomit at the end of the night in their wedding clothes. Here are some of my favorite images: Cade feeling a little nervous before the ceremony.Sweet moment during the ring exchange. Waiting for a taxi in downtown Kansas...
Best Kansas City Wedding photos 2016 | Celebrating love in 2016

Best Kansas City Wedding photos 2016 | Celebrating love in 2016

Happy 2017 from Wirken Photography! We hope your year is starting out wonderful. Ours has been a bit crazy hence this best of Kansas City wedding photos of 2016 post coming so late. But as they say better late than never. Tyler had a blast last year working with such wonderful clients. We know all photographers say they love their clients but it truly is what makes the difference for us at Wirken Photography. The trust that is given to us from our clients is paramount to making us one of the luckiest wedding photographers in Kansas City. There is simply no way Tyler could do what he does without that trust. Not only do our clients trust him to be present during sometimes intimate moments but more importantly they trust the decisions he is making on a wedding day allowing him to make the best photos possible. That relationship is crucial and we cannot thank our wonderful couples enough for allowing us to stretch our creativity and really take some risks that more often than not turn into huge rewards. With that we have painstakingly gone through all of our weddings from 2016 and are thrilled to present the rewards of all of that trust. 2016that started on Valentines day and ended on New Years Eve and included cities like Kansas City, Charlotte, Topeka, Edgerton, Kansas, Lees Summit, Brooklyn, New York, and Columbia, Missouri. Thank you from us at Wirken and here’s to 2017!                           ...
Kansas City New Years Eve Wedding Photography | Teaser Tuesday of Amelia and Corey

Kansas City New Years Eve Wedding Photography | Teaser Tuesday of Amelia and Corey

Our first Teaser Tuesday post of 2017 and it is one of history, firsts, and also lasts. The minute I met Amelia I knew it was a match made in Heaven. Besides being a photo editor in New York Amelia planned this wedding to have it all. It was the kind of story I live for as a wedding photographer in Kansas City. A 5 generation wedding dress that started as her grandmothers. The first and only wedding ceremony that took place at the bride’s middle school chapel, the last wedding of the year for me, and perhaps the most bitter sweet-the last ever event and meal to take place at the historic American Restaurant in Kansas City. I loved every minute of it. It was challenging and rewarding all at once. Enjoy a few of my favorites from the day. Congrats Amelia and Corey! Happy 2017! The details: Wedding Planner: Sarah Quinlivan with Quintessential Events Venue: The American Restaurant The wedding celebration started with me shooting a bridal portrait of her in the dress that her grandmother, mother, and aunts wore on their wedding day. I love stuff like that. Leaving for the ceremony down the staircase she used a child growing up. I loved the trophies, medals, and award for 3rd place best costume. Seemed appropriate.  Taking a bit of a rest before the ceremony.  Amelia and Corey’s entrance/ first dance at the American Restaurant.  Seconds after celebrating the New...
Brooklyn, New York Wedding Photography | Ryan and Tatiana’s wedding ceremony at Frankies 457

Brooklyn, New York Wedding Photography | Ryan and Tatiana’s wedding ceremony at Frankies 457

I have said it before and I will say it again. It is always an honor to be asked by colleagues to document their wedding. I have been privileged to be a wedding photographer for other wedding photographers many times before but this is the first time both the bride and the groom were not only very talented but also world renowned wedding photographers. Double the pressure. Actually triple the pressure if you count all the world class wedding photographers in the audience that day in New York City. The day Ryan and Tatiana,  known as The Brenizers, called me to inquire if I would be the photographer for their wedding ceremony in Brooklyn, New York was one I won’t soon forget. I actually met Ryan and Tatiana in 2013 separately but only a few months apart thanks to the Foundation Workshops. I knew who Ryan Brenizer was in the photographic community due to his talent as a New York City wedding photographer but more so for his well know photographic technique the Brenizer Method. Tatiana and I met in Mexico. She was a student at Foundation Workshop in San Miguel on the team I led with Huy Nguyen. So you can imagine how I felt the day I got that call to be their wedding photographer. Here was one of my past students who in her own right was an amazing wedding photographer saying I was the one they wanted to trust with documenting their wedding ceremony, and her man who is actually has a method named after him and is on Wikipedia because of it. To say...