The Rhapsody wedding venue in Independence sunset portraits

The Rhapsody Wedding | Dionna + Darrell

Dionna and Darrell had an absolutely beautiful Rhapsody wedding on Saturday! Well, technically this is round two for this couple. They were officially married last year, but had to postpone the celebration so they could safely gather with all their close friends and family.

Up until a couple months ago, Dionna still wasn't sure this day would ever come. They hired me last minute, and I'm so glad I was miraculously available. From our very first conversation, she made it clear how she cared more about having all her family safely celebrate than she did having a big wedding. They were joined by their closest friends and family, and it couldn't have been more perfect for them.

The Rhapsody wedding venue in Independence

Even though these two have already been married for a year, Darrell still had the most priceless reaction as his wife was walking down the aisle. These two decided to have a first look, so he had already seen her in her dress, but there was something special about the moment she actually walked down during the ceremony. You could feel all his emotions and how he felt to finally get the proper ceremony they deserve.

At the end of the ceremony, they chose to "jump the broom." I've done more than 100 weddings, but this was the first time I had ever seen this tradition. In order to better understand the cultural significance, I had to do some research. The tradition originated during slavery in the United States because enslaved people could not legally wed. I LOVE photographing all weddings, but I get especially excited whenever the couple incorporates something so special and meaningful into their ceremony. This was that moment for Dionna and Darrell.

The Rhapsody wedding venue in Independence ceremony under the pavilion

Despite Dionna and Darrell already being married, we still chose to have an "engagement session" a couple weeks ago to get to know each other. From the moment I saw them interact, I could tell how perfect they are for each other. Darrell has a way to make Dionna laugh through every moment in life. When your husband can make you laugh just by looking your way, you know you picked the right one.

Thank you so much Dionna and Darrell for allowing me to be part of your beautiful Rhapsody wedding! Here's a preview! More to come shortly!

The Rhapsody wedding venue in Independence bride and groom portraits

Venue: The Rhapsody

Photography and Videography: eGolden Moments

- Hear from the bride -

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

We were kind of in a hurry to pick a venue and finalize our date. After my parents and sister toured 3-4 different venues, they didn't think they "fit me". I made arrangements to come home for a weekend because this last venue had to be the one. My mom and I walked in and we were greeted with a warm welcome and the feeling I got was uplifting. I just knew it was the one.

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

Plan early, don't stress.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

Finishing and picking out the flowers.

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

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