This engagement session at the Beanstalk Children's Garden at Kansas City Community Gardens was seriously a blast! When Nikki first hired me last year, she made it clear that she didn't want to have an average engagement session. She wanted to do something unique and super true to them as a couple. Since she works part time at the Beanstalk Children's Garden, she thought it would be the perfect place for a "different session." Thanks to the wonderful employees who allowed us in after hours to shoot this session!
Nikki and I bonded pretty instantly at our consultation. We talked for hours about her pets (they have 5: two cats, one dog, and a rabbit!) and all her 1920's dreams she had for her wedding. While I love working with every one of my couples, I was especially excited about her vision!
We brainstormed ideas to make her engagement session unique for months and then COVID hit. Our original plans to potentially do an in home session with her pets in March was shifted to having to do something outside. When she suggested the idea of the Children's Beanstalk Garden, I was so on board. I love the opportunity to shoot anywhere unique and different. During the session, David actually asked me about my favorite locations and I responded with 'anywhere I don't shoot on a regular basis.' Loose Park is great, but I'm there every week. Shooting at a different location allows me to be more creative and intentional with my posing instead of just going to the same go to spots!
After arriving at the Children's Beanstalk Garden, we started chatting about planning during the craziness of the world and these two announced to me they were already actually married! They still plan on having the big ceremony, but wanted to get the technical part of it out of the way. Instead of a traditional engagement session, they wanted to use this time as a marriage reveal since most of their family and friends didn't actually know they had already tied the knot! I loved being part of such a special announcement!
These two were seriously a blast to work with! I loved witnessing them interact naturally and have a great time together! Thank you so much for allowing me to capture this time in your lives and I CANNOT wait until your wedding in November...or whenever it will be (thanks COVID).
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Hear from the couple -
How did he propose?
He proposed at our favorite restaurant, Seasons 52. We make a reservation on the anniversary of our first date every year. He hid the ring within a key lime pie dessert cup, and asked the wait staff to deliver it as he recited a poem.
Question for the bride: what do you love most about him?
I love getting to create a life with my best friend, from buying a house to choosing dog clothes. I absolutely adore the way he holds conversations with our fur-babies, even when I'm out of the room and he thinks I can't hear him. He is a great conversationalist and I love learning new things with him.
Question for the groom: what do you love most about her?
Her vitality and empathy. Nikki is each crest in a vital sign, the most lived of all experiences. She looks for every opportunity to give of herself, to both live an enriched life and to enrich the lives of others. I have never trusted another human being more fully. She is the most honest person I've ever met. Doing anything and everything is made better by doing it with her.
What's your favorite part about wedding planning?
It was more fun before COVID-19, but I love process of fitting all of the pieces of a traditional wedding into a Roaring 20s theme.
What are you looking forward to most about your big day?
The big surprise that we have planned for all of our guests. 😉 Also, the chance to commemorate our personal dedication to one another on the anniversary of our first meeting.
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