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Liz + Ben | Kansas City backyard wedding photography

 

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Wow time really flies doesn’t it?  Life at Wirken Photography has been a little crazy since the summer.  Besides working hard documenting countless wonderful weddings for amazing clients I have been traveling to far away places teaching wedding photographers the documentary way.  So it is with great pleasure that I am finally back at blogging all of these incredible weddings.

Today I am happy to tell the story of Liz and Ben and their intimate wedding in Kansas City.  I loved everything about this wedding.  To begin with it took place on the front lawn of Liz’s childhood home.  The ceremony was on the front lawn and the reception was in the backyard.  Having a wedding so close to home is always a great idea.  People are more relaxed and the images will have so much more meaning for years to come.  The other interesting thing about this wedding was the combination of two cultures which is always a treat.  Ben is from the UK and his family and best friends made the trip across the pond for the event.  Some of which have never been to the states before.   It was really interesting to see how some of the English contingent reacted to some of the traditions us Americans do at weddings.   Everything went flawlessly thanks to the coordination of Erin with Simple Elegance.  The party was so good the cops showed up because of a noise complaint.  The dj just lowered the music a bit and no one skipped a beat.  Such a great night.

Onto the photos-

 

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Great moment when Liz’s dad saw her for the first time.  06_kansas_city_backyard_wedding_english_groom_american_bride_wirken_photography_best_kansas_city_mo_photographer

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Ben’s family from the UK kills some time under the stars and stripes.

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The kids playing tea party.

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Liz waits with her sister and friends for the call to head to the ceremony.

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I was a bit obsessed with the hanging American Flag on the front porch of Liz’s parents house.  So I wanted to make an image of her and the house on her wedding day that was not a portrait.  Even though the ceremony was only a few steps in front of the house Liz and the bridal party rode in limos around the yard so as to make a more dramatic entrance.  This image of her leaving for the ceremony with her dad was just what I was wanting.    11_kansas_city_backyard_wedding_english_groom_american_bride_wirken_photography_best_kansas_city_mo_photographer

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The kids from the UK were a bit confused on what to do.  It was awesome.         15_kansas_city_backyard_wedding_english_groom_american_bride_wirken_photography_best_kansas_city_mo_photographer

Liz and her dad wait in the limo before walking down the aisle.  Photo by Tori.

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This was a great moment.  Apparently whenever Ben sees Liz he touches her head.  Normally that is totally fine just not when her hair is perfect.  I found it very touching he did that.  17_kansas_city_backyard_wedding_english_groom_american_bride_wirken_photography_best_kansas_city_mo_photographer

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The parents hugging after the ceremony.

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Time for some quick portraits.  22_kansas_city_backyard_wedding_english_groom_american_bride_wirken_photography_best_kansas_city_mo_photographer

The couple waiting to be announced into the reception.

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Ben takes the mic for a toast to his new wife.  26_kansas_city_backyard_wedding_english_groom_american_bride_wirken_photography_best_kansas_city_mo_photographer

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Liz had custom Kansas City Chiefs Nike shoes made for her and Ben.  I love the band aid on her knee and the socks.  28_kansas_city_backyard_wedding_english_groom_american_bride_wirken_photography_best_kansas_city_mo_photographer

Ben’s dad getting down on the dance floor.  The English contingent really let loose.  It was great to watch.

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Ben’s mother saying goodbye.  38_kansas_city_backyard_wedding_english_groom_american_bride_wirken_photography_best_kansas_city_mo_photographer

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