Lisa and John had an incredible wedding at the Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge near Branson.
Big Cedar Lodge Weddings are some of my absolute favorite to photograph because the picture opportunities are endless. Originally, however, Big Cedar Lodge was not the original plan for Lisa and John. They were planning a wedding at a local airbnb before COVID forced their original location to close for good. It’s funny because these two actually have no ties to the Kansas City area. They chose the location because they have family coming from all over the country and Missouri central for everyone.
When they were forced to postpone and start planning from scratch, they asked their amazing wedding planner, Hannah with Bridal Path Weddings and Events, for a new location. She had always dreamed of working on a wedding at Big Cedar, so she showed the location to Lisa and John. Even though they were planning the entire wedding from afar, they fell in love with all the Missouri scenery.
Since they decided to have an early afternoon wedding, their wedding day was actually divided into two parts. Since the sunset opportunities at Big Cedar are endless, I convinced them to have their first look the night before. We followed the first look with sunset portraits and a sparkler exit.
The actual wedding day went perfectly, major thanks to Hannah. She had the entire day planned out so it went without a hitch. I loved watching Lisa and John celebrate this special day with their closest friends and family members who traveled so far to see them finally tie the knot.
One of my favorite moments had to be their first dance. Instead of going with a traditional song, Lisa actually commissioned a musician to create a custom song outlining their relationship. This was a surprise to John and all their guests.
Thank you so much Lisa and John for trusting us to capture your day! From our engagement session to wedding, I could tell how perfect you are for each other and how much this day means to you! Here’s your full preview!
Venue: Big Cedar Lodge
Florist: Kukka Flowers
String Quartet: St. Mark’s 2
Cake: Blue Thistle Cakery
Gown: Mockingbird Bridal
Planning: Bridal Path Weddings & Events
Photography: eGolden Moments
– Hear from the bride –
Share your inspiration and the atmosphere you’re creating for your wedding:
Casual rustic mountain theme, yet with a twist of paris romance (only a hint…not trying to be overly formal)
Share how (or why) you chose your wedding venue(s):
Our original venue canceled due to COVID, so this was Plan B but worked out beautifully.
What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples planning their wedding?
Relax and have fun with it. Make it your own…
What was your favorite part of the planning process?
Throwing the “How to guide away” and winging it…