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Well, this isn’t exactly a wedding photo. It’s one better, a video. There’s something so emotional about video from a wedding day – you’re able to see the movement and interactions. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for great wedding photography, but the video helps to augment the story even more).

Kristin and Ford’s video is just too sweet, and is even met through surprise as the KU marching band makes an appearance at their reception. #RockChalk

Kristin & Ford | Wedding Highlight from MTVIDYO on Vimeo.

Videographer: MTVIDYO

A wedding with character, and throwing tradition to the wind to focus on what’s most personal. Tina and Ryan’s wedding is full of so much fun – bold colors, their love of Star Wars, art and family. I loved seeing how the two of them sprinkled so much of themselves into the wedding – all the way down to their infectious smiles. Plus, a wedding with a little ink and a Stormtrooper? Sign me up!

I had so much fun piecing together this post. So much so – in fact – that I couldn’t narrow down the photos. So, be prepared for a photo-heavy post!


























One Tree Photo + Cinema


From the Bride:
Most of our wedding planning was pulled off with the help of friends and family, making it all the more special. We enjoyed featuring our friends talents throughout the day. Our DJ and cupcakes were both provided by long-time friends. I also tried to stay away from corporate purchases, and stick with helping support local business and DIY artists on Etsy. We wanted the whole day to be completely us, which was why we incorporated our love of Star Wars throughout the day. The first touch was in the ceremony with dainty little hints like our Officiant “reading” from a Star Wars book and exiting the chapel under light-sabers. Then the storm trooper and Darth Vader appearance following the ceremony was a surprise wedding gift to my husband. Months later, our friends still say it was the highlight of the day. Everyone loved them, especially my 2-year old daughter who has since proclaimed that she is married to the Dark Lord of the Sith. Being an artist myself, I wanted our reception location to be vibrant and full of character. We found the perfect the location in a modern youth art center. We loved that the entire cost of our reception was an investment back into the program to help the high-needs and under-served youth, who they support (read more about their services on the VanGo website). I couldn’t have imagined a better wedding, and I am so glad we have such incredible photos that truly captured our day!


Ceremony Venue: Danforth Chapel | Reception Venue: VanGo Mobile Arts | Catering: Hy-Vee | Photography and Cinema Film: One Tree Photo + Cinema | Floral: Jill Boyle, The Flower Lady | DJ: Chad McElwain aka DJ Oz | Cake: Atomic Cupcakes | Cake Topper: Better Off Wed  | Banner: Liddabits | Wedding Day Program: Tina Elder | Storm Trooper: Aaron Knutson, The Kansas City Stormtrooper | Wedding Gown:  Ida’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Ida’s Bridal | Alterations and Tuxes: Alterations & Custom Sewing

I love an engagement session with a story.

Robyn + Mick decided on Clinton Lake’s dog park and Liberty Hall on Mass Street for their locations. She’s a University of Kansas grad; he’s a KU student. They have both worked at Liberty Hall at some point over the course of the past several years. Plus, they both grew up in Lawrence as Jayhawks, with her dad being a faculty member. And, how can you not love their dogs, one of which is their “Best Dog” in their wedding (Gus, their Great Dane).




One Tree Photo+Cinema

Rain may have scared Tricia and Joel on their wedding day, but the two pushed forward with their outdoor ceremony at The Oread hotel in Lawrence, Kansas. The rain literally stopped right before she walked down the aisle – talk about fate. Plus, how could you not want that backdrop for your ceremony? Who knew that flat-Kansas had such gorgeous views!









Solar Photographers


Photographer: Solar Photographers | Ceremony Venue: The Oread | Reception Venue: Adams Alumni Building | Caterer: Macelli’s | Hair Stylist: The Fix | Floral Designer: Owens Flower Shop | Cake Designer: Iced Art | DJ: Entertainment to Go

This fun couple thought a little outside the box. After backpacking through Europe, they decided they wanted to tie the knot there. But, before the big day, they hired Matt from One Tree Photography to take them out for an adventurous engagement session. Bikes, chalkboard, and water balloons. Yes, water balloons.





One Tree Photography