The Barn at Grace Hill

A few months ago I finally got to see The Barn at Grace Hill in person! I have been loving all of the pictures on their Instagram and Facebook since they posted the rendering below. I fell in love. All the white. The barn doors. All of the personal touches that showed up along the way as I saw more and more pictures of the inside as well being posted!

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They broke ground back in January… and had it completed by September for their first wedding! Their first wedding was booked on faith that the venue would be done in time and all they had to look at was a drawing. In fact they have already booked 40 weddings before the building was even completed!

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There are two very large side patios perfect for crowds to gather outside, as well as a spacious room inside that can be used as a back up plan in case of bad weather that will still look gorgeous in photos so you don’t have to stress about the weather!

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They also have decor items that allow a couple to save on their budget… Basics like a guest this adorable white antique dresser, gift table, signs, some greenery, and vases.

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The outside views are amazing and I am sure the Kansas sunsets don’t disappoint! I can just imagine some beautiful greenery or flowers hung on that ring below…

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They had these custom chandeliers made for the main room… aren’t they amazing?

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The barn doors inside make the perfect backdrop for your dessert buffet and cake pictures!

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The loft upstairs holds the bridal suite which is perfect for her to make her grand entrance for indoor ceremonies or for first meet pictures with the groom before the ceremony while coming down the staircase.

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There is plenty of room for all kinds of tables or seating!

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I love how they have a beautiful place to hang all of the dresses! This one is from Bella Veil Bridal Boutique that is opening soon in downtown Newton. It looks like it’s going to be an awesome new LOCAL place to buy dresses, which I love. I can’t wait to see it in person someday!

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The details in the bridal suite are amazing… you can tell they thought of every detail that a bride could want on her wedding day… and that bathroom! LOVE it. I am a huge fan of wallpaper.

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The natural light in there is a photographer’s dream come true!

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The grooms room is equally amazing… but I didn’t get pictures of that. I only had a few minutes to swing by the open house and we had to leave, but you can check it out on their website and Instagram! Hope you liked the tour and if you are planning on getting married someday soon (or know somebody who is), you should definitely go check it out or tag them in this post! Hope you all had a great weekend!

A little dance session...

Thanksgiving day I went out and took some fun dance shots of my niece Malea.

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She has been dancing competitively since she was little and often goes to out of state competitions. The last competition they went to for Nationals got a perfect score and won first place! It was kind of awesome to watch, even if I only got to see a video of it. I am so proud of her hard work and determination!

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We found some fun alley ways and streets to take some pictures at.

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Here are some of my favorites from the session…

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Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend! I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner! Time to go glue myself to the computer and finish more editing… have a great rest of your week!

John and Emily...

Meet John and Emily… I photographed John’s sister’s wedding last year and I was honored and excited to get to photograph John and Emily’s wedding this year!

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Isn’t Emily such a beautiful bride?! I just love her hair… and the details on her dress were GORGEOUS! Such delicate lace… and those buttons added just the right amount of interest to the dress.

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They seem so happy together! You can just feel their love for each other, can’t you?

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Who knew it would be the coldest days of the season so far?! I am sure there hands were freezing but at least we got some good shots of them outside before they decided to go get warm at their reception!

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I love that Emily thought of comfort when it comes to her wedding day. She had adorable Converse shoes and her dress had POCKETS!! What?! That is the most amazing invention yet. I love dresses with pockets! The long sleeves were definitely appropriate for the weather that day and the dress looked so elegant on her as well.

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This image Emily asked me to take to match the one her parents had from their wedding. Such a cute idea!

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I just love their smiles. They were all smiles that day for sure! What an amazing blessing God has given you to find each other and share your lives together. Thank you so much John and Emily for choosing me to capture your special day!

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Niko's new winning smile!!

Last week I did a mini session of Niko during one of his practices… his family was so busy with soccer season we decided it wast the best (and perhaps only) time to fit it in! He has 6 awesome siblings, one of which happened to play on Kaia’s (our oldest daughter’s) Juventus team along with Niko this year! It is our first year playing club soccer and I am grateful at how welcoming they were and the kids have really made some good friends!

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Niko recently got his braces removed from Tippin Dental Group so we had to show off his new smile with a little photo shoot, and of course show off his soccer moves on the field at the same time. He was super excited to be able to wear his uniform for the session!

The lighting at the field was perfection! We couldn’t have asked for a better night. Not to cold or windy! (You never know what the weather is going to do in Kansas, I mean it did snow like a week ago.)

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Check out those juggling skills! You can tell he has been practicing since he was little. It has been so fun getting to see the kids play all season! Their last game was yesterday and I am a little sad to see the season end and I am already looking forward to the spring season!

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I definitely see some team pictures in the future! Well, that’s all I have for now… Happy Monday, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

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Lylia's Senior session!

Lylia is a Senior this year. She enjoys art classes and is helping to paint the mural behind 6th and main along with other people in art club. She has a flower that she designed herself and I plan on taking some more pictures with her there once they are all done painting it. I can’t wait to see it all finished!

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Lylia also does cross country. I have always admired those who can run long distances… I have never been one of them. I was always fast and great at sprinting in soccer though! Soccer also happens to be how I met Lylia. Her family is highly involved in club soccer and we just started 2 and soon to be 3 of our four kids in club soccer! They are loving it and I am sure I will have to do a post on that soon too.

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We went out to a field to take some of her first pictures. The sunlight was amazing that night and it was a tiny bit warmer than it had been in the days before the shoot so that was a nice surprise!

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I am kind of torn between the black and white images and the color! I like both! So, I posted some of each.

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Lylia also brought their adorable family dog to the shoot! Someday I want to get a dog… but my husband says not until we get our upstairs remodel done, but hey, at least he didn’t say no like he used to!!

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There are still many more images from Lylia’s shoot to come and I will post those under online proofs when they are all done! I try to make it easy for families and the shoot comes with 25 or so edited images with print release! I recommend www.mpix.com to order pictures through. They are actually the same lab as Millers, but available to the public. I order from them a lot and their quality is amazing! Hope you all have an amazing weekend and are enjoying this cooler weather! I just hope our soccer games don’t get rained out this weekend!

My first blog post on the new website!

Hi!  Welcome to my new blog page.  Hope your summer was amazing and you are ready for fall weather and photos!  I know I am! About a month ago we took a quick trip to Kansas City because I had a work trip that happened to be on Nora’s (our youngest girl’s) birthday. So we decided to make it a family event! I knew I could sweet talk my husband into helping me take some pictures of the kids in downtown Kansas City because that is usually the only time he is into helping me with their shoots. I was hoping for a family one, but we will get what we can get! I may try for a family one in fall or spring. We’ll see. For now, I had Ethan step behind the camera and get a picture of Duong and I by ourselves. Those are also important to take now and then. Here are some of my favorites from the shoot.

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It was a lot of work to get all of the kids in a good mood at once, and dressed up while traveling but it was so worth it! So glad we made the effort and memories. Here are a few oldies but goodies of past vacation photo shoots!

It’s obviously been a long time since we have been on a vacation! I can’t believe how much the kids have grown!! Just a good reminder that it is good to do a yearly session to watch them change…

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