Rainy wedding day portraits in Topeka Kansas

The Brownstone Wedding | Bailey + Karl

Bailey and Karl had such an amazing wedding day on Friday at the Brownstone in Topeka! At the beginning of every wedding week, I check in on the weather and it was forecasted to be nothing but rain. Typically I try not to worry until the day before, but I always have a back up plan in mind.

The Brownstone Wedding in Topeka Kansas

When I arrived at the Brownstone on Friday, the plan was the same. We were going to have the ceremony and portraits outside. Mother nature had other plans and it started a torrential downpour moments before the first look forcing us to move everything inside. The Brownstone has a gorgeous balcony with beautiful window light, allowing us to do most of the portraits with some natural light at least.

The Brownstone Wedding in Topeka Kansas

After we knocked out wedding party formals indoors, I was able to venture outside with Bailey and Karl. Let me tell you a bit about these two. It was a torrential downpour and that didn't stop them from going with the flow and enjoying the moments together. Not once did Bailey complain about getting her hair wet or being a soggy dog before the ceremony. There was absolutely no complaining and it allowed us to seriously take the most breathtaking images.

Rainy wedding day portraits in Topeka Kansas

Following the indoor ceremony, we went back outside for family formals. Bailey and Karl, once again, did not let the rain phase them. They wanted formals outside and we made it happen. I am very thankful for the wonderful Brownstone staff who held an umbrella over me, so I didn't get completely drenched. I don't mind the rain at all.

If you didn't know, I actually got married out in the rain. It was cold and uncomfortable, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Beautiful ceremony at the brownstone topeka

This brings me to my next point, which may sound a little negative, but I think it's worth mentioning the value of hiring a professional photographer who can roll with the punches. About halfway through the reception, one of my cameras stopped working. The battery compartment wasn't completely sealed when I was outside and it got a little too much water damage. After having a five-second freak out, I just relied solely on my other camera. I always carry multiple cameras with me in case something like this happens. I've never had gear malfunction before, but I am so glad I had backups to make sure their day was still covered. My lights were also not happy about the rain, so they started malfunctioning. Thankfully I also had backup lights.

Moral to the story, make sure your photographer knows what to do when gear stops working. It's not a fun experience for any photographer, but the wedding day always comes first. Pick yourself up, continue shooting, and figure out the rest later. No images were lost. Their day was still beautifully captured. And, after letting my gear dry all night, it is back to working perfectly. It was scary, but we survived and the rain shots make my mild freak out completely worth it.

Rainy wedding day portraits in Topeka Kansas

Anyway, back to talking about the wedding. Toward the end of the night, we headed out for our sunset session. I expected it to be dull and dreary, but nope. The sky parted and we had the most incredible sunset. The sky was orange! Just check out the pictures. I swear this sky is in no way photoshopped. It was that breathtaking in person!

Sunset wedding portraits at the Brownstone in Topeka Kansas

One other fun part of the day that is worth mentioning: Bailey and Karl were married on May 24th. This day has special significance because it's the same day her parents and grandparents were married. They chose this day because it was so special to their family. It was an incredible moment watching her parents on the dance floor since they had an entire song dedicated to them.

Wedding reception at the brownstone in Topeka

Oh! I also need to mention how instead of a dollar dance, Bailey and Karl served ice cream for tips! This was such a unique and different way to still raise money while serving the best dessert ever. Can all weddings have ice cream?

Soooo many amazing moments made this wedding day one for the books!

Thank you so much Bailey and Karl for allowing me to be part of your beautiful day at the Brownstone. These may be some of my favorite wedding images to date!

Sunset wedding portraits at the Brownstone in Topeka Kansas

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Venue: The Brownstone

Ice Cream: Call Hall Dairy Bar

DJ: Top City Entertainment

Catering: Engroff Catering

Photographer: eGolden Moments

- Hear from the bride -

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

Fun, casual, rustic, lighthearted  

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

It's a former dairy barn and both of us have ties to the agriculture industry. Karl's grandparents owned a dairy for a while. It's rustic and cozy.  

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

If you strive for perfection you will be disappointed. In times where everything seems to be falling apart remind yourself, no matter what happens at the end of the day you get to marry your forever partner. The day is about entering marriage and the future, not simply "getting married". Also, it may seem like a good idea to get married 5 days after graduation and 14 days before you have to move across the country but it's not.  

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

It's been a fun way involve my cousins, aunt, and mom in fun crafty projects. I am mostly just excited that it's almost here though.

Glow stick exit at the Brownstone in Topeka

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

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