Brooke and Ryan didn’t want to share their day with 300 people they sort of knew. Instead, they wanted to plan the perfect day that would be both beautiful and meaningful. They wanted a relaxed environment filled with the people who love them most, and that is exactly what they got by having an intimate elopement at the Prairiewood Retreat and Preserve in Manhattan, Kansas. They were joined by 30 of their closest friends and family members to share such an amazing wedding day.

Prairiewood Retreat Manhattan Kansas wedding

When Brooke first contacted me, I knew this wouldn’t be an ordinary wedding. Photography was one of their biggest priorities, so I knew they would do everything they could to allow me to create some epic shots. The day was filled with a gorgeous sunset, epic smoke bombs, and an incredible sparkler exit. Brooke and Ryan chose to have a separate reception a couple weeks later, so their actual wedding day could be focused on photography and the love they share. So often wedding days are rushed. The bride and groom barely get any time together let alone with all their guests. Having this intimate day allowed these two to focus on each other and create some gorgeous images in the process.

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Brooke and Ryan, I am blown away by your love and dedication to each other. You knew having a wedding day isn’t just about throwing a party; it’s about sharing the day with your best friend. I loved watching your eyes light up as you read letters written by each other before the ceremony. I loved your attention to detail as everything was personalized to reflect your day. I loved watching your family smile as they saw you exchange vows. Brooke, I loved how you treated me as a friend, not just a photographer. I had a blast talking to you about your details and dodging spiders with you….well, I could have lived without that last part. Let’s be best friends now, ok? Thanks.

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From when I first met you at your engagement session, I knew your love is one of a kind. I appreciate you so much making the three hour drive down to Antioch Park for our session and I thank you for inviting me to Manhattan to share your most special day.

Sunset wedding portraits in Manhattan Kansas

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Venue: Prairiewood Retreat & Preserve

Photographer: eGolden Moments

– Hear from the bride –

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

Casual, Country, Rustic

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

Because it was in a good price range, it has so many awesome outdoor areas and activities, and the limestone house features and patio were gorgeous. We just definitely knew we wanted to be married here and no where else.

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

Hire a wedding planner! Also, make some things yourself so you can cut costs but also because those things you make will be keepsakes and you will remember them. Also spend what you are going to spend on the most important things, because these are what you are going to look back on and remember!

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

Definitely finding my dress and picking out our rings.

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A little bit about me: 

  1. I describe my style as real and vibrant. I focus on bright colors and incredible sunsets. I will force you to break away from your reception during sunset for pictures. You won’t regret it!
  2. I’m a huge animal lover. I own three cats and volunteer whenever I can at an animal shelter. If you ask if you can bring a pet to your engagement session, you will become my new best friend.
  3. I’m a newlywed, so I understand the wedding planning struggle!

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