Kansas City Wedding Reception at The Hobbs Building

Kansas City Wedding Reception at The Hobbs Building

  I love photographing wedding receptions at The Hobbs building in Kansas City but what I love more is this family. I had the privilege of meeting Grace’s family when I had the pleasure of photographing her sister Liz’s wedding a little over a year ago. They are such a joy to witness. Not only are they pros at putting on a wedding after doing it 4 times they know how to throw a party. I joked with all 4 sisters how they were like wedding getting ready professionals. It was amazing. No one really talked that much and yet everyone knew what needed to be done and where each person needed to be. They were like a well oiled machine. Plus the 4 sisters have a special bond that was a joy to witness and photograph. It was all about family this day down to the tradition of carrying two dimes grandma saved down the aisle. One dime was given to her by her father before he walked her down the aisle and the other was found on her honeymoon. Each of the sisters have carried those dimes down the aisle. I love stories like that. It really is what makes being a wedding photographer in Kansas City worth it. Grace and Colin were the last wedding for this family and they went out with a bang with their wedding reception at the Hobbs Building in Kansas City and with the help of my new favorite band Twice on Sunday. Congrats Grace and Colin and enjoy some of my favorite images!... read more
Kansas City Family Photography

Kansas City Family Photography

This was my second time doing Kansas City family photography for the Sikich family and it was just as good as the first time. The big difference is the first time I documented them they were a family of 3 and now they are 4. That was about one year ago before baby Austen was born and they wanted another photo album to add to their first session with Austen included. What better time to shoot Austen than on her actual 1st birthday. Perfect timing. I love this family and how they interact. Never a dull moment. Throw in some messy birthday shenanigans and you have the prefect recipe for some documentary family photography. These Kansas City family photography sessions are what we call Normal Day Sessions. I spent the afternoon with them as they did what they typically do on a Friday. Hanging out at the beer garden, the park, and taking a walk around the neighborhood were all on the agenda allowing for the perfect snippet of their lives they can look back on years down the road. What’s so great about these sessions are that there is ZERO posing or direction from the photographer. Making for a perfectly relaxing session devoid of any sort of bribery or threats. Just real moments. Enjoy some of my favs of their... read more
The Elms wedding photography

The Elms wedding photography

A day late on Teaser Tuesday but that doesn’t mean I am not super excited to share Sophie and Tim’s The Elms wedding I documented last weekend. This was a special one for me as I have been photographing the bride’s family for many years. It started with Sophie’s senior photos that then led to her brother’s wedding as well as her sister’s wedding. So to get the call to photograph Sophie and Tim’s wedding at The Elms was special. I love being able to witness a family change over the years. It was the perfect event for these two. Even though the weather threw us a curve ball Sophie and Tim made the best of it and all went perfectly after that. It was actually my first time as a wedding photographer in Kansas City to do a wedding at the Elms and I loved it there. Such a great old hotel with a wonderful staff. All of that combines to make the day that much easier. Here are a few of my favorite images from my first wedding at The Elms in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Congrats Sophie and Tim and enjoy your teaser! The photos-... read more
Webster House Wedding

Webster House Wedding

I love the Webster House and have been a wedding photographer there for over a decade. So it was a joy to return on Saturday for Alex and Chris’ Kansas City wedding.  This venue was perfect for this couple. It was a night of love, amazing food, humor, and the perfect combo of dancing and socializing. The Webster House excels at all of those. Especially the food. Those risotto balls. To die for. Just ask Chris, the groom, who was dying to get his hands on some all day. All in all it was a wonderful wedding and we wish the best of the luck to Chris and Alex. Enjoy some of my favorites. Teaser Tuesday is... read more
Historic Morton Barns Wedding Photography, Nebraska City

Historic Morton Barns Wedding Photography, Nebraska City

I need to brag a little in this post. Not for personal gain but because of how humbled I was this past weekend while photographing Mollie and Patrick’s Historic Morton Barns wedding in Nebraska City, Nebraska. I knew when Mollie hired me that she had seen some of my work years ago and knew she wanted me as her photographer. What I didn’t know, until her mom told me, was that she found a note from when Mollie was 10 years old that simply read “Tyler Wirken”. I was blown away when I heard that. It was the first time in my 15 year career as a wedding photographer that something like that has happened. Mollie remembered my name from over a decade ago and hired me for her Historic Morton Barns wedding based on a photo she has seen of mine. Now, I always work my hardest for every client I photograph but for some reason after hearing that story on Sunday it felt like the heat was on. The good news is I had a wonderful couple, an amazing venue and fantastic light helping me out all day so in the end I feel very good about rising to Mollie’s expectations. The likes of which I have never seen.Thanks for remembering me Mollie! Here are a few of my favorites as a bit of teaser for Mollie and Patrick as they enjoy their honeymoon. Ceremony and reception: Historic Morton Barns, Arbor Day farm, Nebraska City, Nebraska Wedding Coordinator: Lindsay Martian – Lovestruck Events     The face you make when you accidentally blow out the candle you... read more
Bali, Indonesia travel photography

Bali, Indonesia travel photography

I rarely shoot for myself. It is something I am trying to do more. So when I was in Bali, Indonesia recently to teach at the Fearless Photographers class I figured it was time to do some Bali, Indonesia travel photography. I am glad I did. I was even inspired by a student at the workshop to get up at dawn and shoot. Something I hardly ever do. It was nice to think in a new way and make pictures based on light, color, composition and waiting for a moment to happen. It was my first time to Asia and my first time making travel photographs in this beautiful country. Even though I was there to teach photography I ended up learning myself. I learned how much I really enjoy making photos. I learned how important it is to take time and exercise another part of my photographic brain and make something for myself. I learned how amazing Asia and Bali, Indonesia is. I am so thankful for this opportunity from my friend Huy Nguyen and Fearless Photographers to not only teach a wonderful group of photographers from Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, United States, Vietnam, India, and Malaysia but to be able to witness and experience this wonderful part of the country.... read more
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... read more
Kansas City Loose Mansion Wedding Photography

Kansas City Loose Mansion Wedding Photography

Today I am super excited to present my favorite images from Leah and Nevin’s Loose Mansion Wedding in Kansas City. Loose Mansion in Kansas City is one of my favorite wedding venues to work at. I have been a wedding photographer for the past 15 years and the folks at Loose Mansion have always been a joy to work with. I also love the history of the Mansion. It is always so cool to think that at one time Loose Mansion was the private home of Jacob Loose and his wife. The last time I was there I was eating dinner in what used to be their bedroom complete with a small safe that was to keep Mrs. Loose’s jewelry away from thieves. It is fun to be able to work in such a historical place. Lean and Nevin really embraced the history of Loose Mansion buy taking it one step further and having their wedding ceremony at Loose Park in Kansas City. Loose Park is a beautiful plot of land located in midtown Kansas City that was donated by Mrs. Loose in memory of her husband. So it was only fitting that Leah and Nevin had their ceremony at the park and their reception back at the Mansion. Most brides who plan an outdoor dread rain. Not Leah. In fact she seemed to wish for it. We were watching as the radar was showing a massive green and yellow storm come over Kansas City and Loose Park where the ceremony was to take place. At literally the 11th hour Leah decided to make the call and continue with... read more
Kansas City Wedding Photography

Kansas City Wedding Photography

Paige and Logan got married in Kansas City this weekend. Twice. Well they actually only had one Kansas City wedding ceremony but they celebrated their marriage over two days and it was quite epic. Two days of celebration that included one ceremony, two dresses, one tux, one groom’s suit with a pink tie, three locations, a limo bus, an arcade, and a party like no other. It all started Friday as the couple said their I do’s in an intimate wedding ceremony with just those closest to them at Loose Mansion in Kansas City and continued Saturday with a reception and crazy party at the Shadow Glen Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Olathe, Kansas. Paige and Logan wanted the best of both worlds for their wedding in Kansas City and they figured out how to do just that. They turned their celebration into a weekend packed full of everything they wanted. Two days of those closest to them, a trip to Up Down arcade in the Cross Roads District with their friends, and moments that will last a lifetime. Congrats Paige and Logan! Enjoy some of my favorite images as a teaser to hold you off till you get back from your honeymoon! Paige reads a note from Logan minutes before walking down the aisle for her Kansas City wedding ceremony at Loose Mansion. The happy couple enters their reception at Shadow Glen Gold Club. The crowd goes crazy during the newlywed game at the Kansas City wedding reception at Shadow Glen Golf Club.  Paige’s brother sang the father/daughter dance. After some time hanging out at Up/Down with their bridal... read more
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... read more
Uptown Theater Kansas City same sex wedding photos | Teaser Tuesday

Uptown Theater Kansas City same sex wedding photos | Teaser Tuesday

Epic is the only word to describe Michael and Stephen’s wedding on Saturday at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City. These two threw the party of parties to celebrate their love with those closest to them. Sarah Quinlivan, with Quintessential Event Planning, along with Michael and Stephen pulled off the incredible event that comprised of performances by MoonDrop Circus  that included fire spinners, aerial acrobatics, and performers on stilts. Epic till the end. Enjoy some of my favorite images from the day. Photo by: David Tsai | Wirken... read more
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... read more