Sunset bride and groom photos at Backwoods 222

Backwoods Venue 222 Wedding | Hannah + Cal

I’m so excited to finally have a real Backwoods Venue 222 wedding! Last summer, I had the opportunity to work at the venue for a styled shoot and I fell in love. Aimee, the owner, is the sweetest human being on the planet and the space is breathtaking. Any place with twinkly lights makes me incredibly happy.

Hannah and Cal could not have had a more perfect day for their Backwoods Venue 222 wedding. It was 70 degrees and sunny with minimal wind. There were plenty of shaded areas for portraits before the ceremony, thanks to the wonderful venue.

Backwoods Venue 222 wedding details

Since Cal and Hannah decided not to have a first look, we were still able to knock out most of the portraits before the ceremony. The day started with the most emotional bridesmaid first look followed by a first look with the mother of the groom. We went outside where Hannah had a first look with her dad (cue the waterworks) and her future father-in-law.

Family is so important to these two. I loved seeing how close Hannah is to her in-laws and seeing how important it was to have a first look with them. I have never seen a mother-in-law or father-in-law first look, so this was super special and a testament to this close-knit family. Hannah’s mom and mother-in-law also seem to be great friends. During the open dance portion, they were having such a great time together on the dance floor.

Bridesmaid portraits at Backwoods Venue 222

Hannah is one of those brides who didn’t let anything phase her. She was happy and excited for pictures, especially sunset pictures! Cal isn’t the biggest picture person. I found this out during our engagement session, but he still got through all the portraits without a single complaint.

With the exception of sunset photos, I knew the party was one of their biggest priorities, so I didn’t want to steal them away from the fun too much. That allowed for tons of open dance time where they got to hang out with their favorite people on the dance floor all night long!

Backwoods Venue 222 indoor wedding ceremony

Even though Cal wasn’t a huge fan of pictures, he did get his way when it came to planning. He wore Star Wars cufflinks, all the groomsmen had Star Wars socks, and Hannah walked down the aisle to Binary Sunset, from the Star Wars movies.

We ended the night with glow sticks and a cold spark machine. The cold sparks are so fun because they’re totally harmless and create a stunning backdrop for photos.

Glowstick exit at Backwoods Venue 222

Thank you so much Hannah and Cal for allowing me to be part of your beautiful Backwoods Venue 222 wedding! We had a wonderful time documenting your day. Here’s your full preview!

Venue: Backwoods Venue 222

Florist: The Flower Bar Designs

Cake: Sugar Whipped Bakery

Gown: Mia’s Bridal

DJ: Mic King Music & Events

Bartending: Erin Cook Bartending

Photography and Videography: eGolden Moments

– Hear from the bride –

Share the inspiration and atmosphere you’re creating for your wedding:

When it came to creating the inspiration and atmosphere for my wedding, I knew I wanted a fall, rustic theme. Fall has always been my favorite season for a variety of reasons. It started with colors, I knew I wanted the guys in a navy blue suit so then I went on Azazie to look at bridesmaid dresses and the color terracotta immediately caught my eye. So then I did what any girl planning a wedding does, Pinterest… and fell IN LOVE with the color combination of navy and terracotta with all sorts of different color accents. It was absolutely beautiful. Made the decision that night, and never changed my mind.

Share how (or why) you chose your wedding venue(s):

Choosing wedding venues was the hardest part of wedding planning. We toured so many venues and I was so tired of going to one and it not end up working out. Well Cal kept doing his research on finding one and he came across Backwoods Venue 222. It wasn’t what I was expecting at all, but I set up a tour and my mom and I went to look at it.

We got there and Aimee, the owner, was so welcoming and so caring. She showed so much love for her venue and what she does, it is hard to explain in words. Aimee has been absolutely amazing through this whole process and I am so blessed and happy that we chose Backwoods Venue 222 to get married.

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples planning their wedding?

I would have to say the most valuable piece of advice I can give is really sit down and plan what you want before you start buying. I know the wedding planning process can get exciting but enjoy it and enjoy being engaged. It goes by sooooo fast!

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

Favorite part of the planning process would be planning this wedding with my mom. She has been my rock and my planner through this whole thing, yes we argue, but we aren’t afraid to say no to each other. She has been absolutely amazing and I am so so blessed to have her as my mom.

Golden light bride and groom photos at Backwoods 222

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Elizabeth is a Kansas City wedding photographer who specializes in bright and airy images.
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