Holy. Beautiful. Day. That is what I feel about Alissa & Greg’s wedding. If you want to read more about their back story, visit their blog post for their family/engagement session (one of my faves ever!). But to sum a bit of it up, their wedding day was more than just a joining of two hearts. It was a melding of FOUR hearts because Greg has two kids (the enchanting Jenna and the ever-sweet Cole) of his own that Alissa also married that day. You hear stories about how step-kids don’t embrace their new mom, but ohmigosh, that is completely the opposite for this family. Alissa gets along so well with them, and you can tell they both look up to her. And Greg is always beaming with pride when looking at the three loves of his life.
Their wedding took place at a venue I’d never heard of until I met them. Bee Creek barn in Weston, part of Weston Bend State Park. It was such a darling location. And the weather could not have been more perfect. Despite it being mid October, fall colors were not in abundance by nature’s design…but Alissa’s wedding palette provided more than enough of the seasonal trappings. The floral magic was made by Dutch Flowers here in Kansas City.
Greg build the archway under which he and Alissa exchanged heartfelt, personal vows. (I did cry once again during this ceremony! I can’t help it. When a couple shares with their guests like that, tears are a given!) Everything was so vibrant, from beginning to end. And I’ve have never seen such darling kids at a wedding. I mean, TONS of darlings. TONS. I did do a tiny cute-kid montage below, but that is seriously only showing about 1/4 of the kiddos that were charming my lens and me that day.
The ring-bearer is a 2-year-old ham. And I’m not talking about the other pig meat. He was ornery, and I loved it! He even brought me cars in the middle of the ceremony to show me. I would have gotten a pic of his proffering if I had only had a lens that could focus super close to my face. haha And the flower girl has totally mastered the model-icious pout. She is absolutely beautiful, no?
Another thing that wowed me was that the guitarist/vocalist was a last-minute sub in when their original music-provider bailed. Taylor Gary out of Oklahoma rocked the wedding. He covered so many songs from Beatles to Flaming Lips. And he sounded SO good. (He is a member of the band Oklahoma Cloud Factory.) Thumbs up!!
Ali and I both agreed that our tummies and tongues were equally ecstatic to see the array of PIE that Alissa and Greg had laid out at the reception. Both of their moms are to credit for the deliciousness! WOW. And the plates on the tables were all hand-picked vintage-ware from the West Bottoms, antique stores and their own family collection. The yummy food was supplied by Vineyards Restaurant in Weston. I was smitten to say the least.
This new family of four definitely started out their new chapter with a perfect day! I wish you all the best! Enjoy!
Darbi's Mom - Oh gosh, what a beautiful wedding! Bride and groom are adorable, and yes, the kids are so darn cute. LOVE her dress – so refreshing for this day and age. Beautiful job Darbi!
Ginger Merritt - Oh, Darbi, these are just so amazing and wonderful! Love the venue, love the colors, love the LOVE! Amazing photos – you are an artist!
Sarah - Absolutely stunning – everything! Wow!