Monday, April 20, 2009

Merryl & Tommy: Engagement Photos in Kansas City

Wow. Where to start with Merryl and Tommy!? This was one of the most crazy/fun engagement sessions ever!

Let's start off with the fact that these two are practically geniuses, Tommy is working on his Masters and he and Merryl are madly and contently in love :)
Their journey started out at the University of Love... wait, I mean the University of Missouri Kansas City where they fell in love :) They had most of their classes together as they learned the basics of Architecture and discovered their FABULOUS chemistry... sigh. Playful, energetic, smart, beautiful, athletic, adventurous... are just a few words I would use to describe these two amazing people!

Their wedding will take place in St. Joseph, Missouri on May 22nd and I'm sooo excited and honored to be their wedding photographer!

I have to tell you, there IS a crazy story involved in this engagement session. We decided to do a sunrise shoot and met downtown in Kansas City on main street. The plan was for all of us to then carpool to the building where Merry and Tommy first met at the UMKC campus(how romantic! I love it when couples choose places that are meaningful to them!)

We piled all of myself and camera stuff into their car and headed down Main Street when all of a sudden... "GGGRRRRRRRRIIINNNDDD"... I honestly have to admit I was pretty much oblivious to it and was chatting it up with Merryl about the wedding and paying no attention to poor Tommy's distressed face. We drove a few more yards and then the "ummmm... what's that sound.. why is the car bumping along like this?" questions started falling out of our mouths. I heard Tommy say something about "the electrical seems to be out as well as the brakes" ... in my head I'm thinking "hmm, that sounds serious, but Tommy looks really calm so this can't be as bad as it sounds, right?"

Well. We ended up coasting back down Main Street and piling into MY car (after I moved everything PLUS the kitchen sink into my trunk) and then proceeded to our location! Phew! We are troopers and survived what could have been a disaster.. I think! You would never know from Tommy and Merryl's cool-collected-ness!

Here are some of my favorite shots from the place where they first met, Epperson House...
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CRAZY FACT: Believed to have ghosts, Epperson House was featured on "Unsolved Mysteries" as one of the top five haunted houses in the country. The building has many secret passageways! (None of which I found but I really wanted to go exploring after I heard about it! Move over Nancy Drew!!!)
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Love this...
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Aww! Can you sooo feel their in-love-ness?
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We found a way inside Epperson House (Nancy Drew style!) and got some of this hotttness...
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After we left the beautiful and mysterious Epperson we headed to the lawn of the Nelson Atkins for some rough-housing and football throwing! Are they adorable? YES!
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The sun was finally rising and warming everything up. I love the colors in these shots... Spring and summer, I love you, please be here to stay!
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As we were shooting the above shots, a large production crew was shooting a movie near by (what is this, L.A. or something?!) but I had to steal the director's chair for just a few shots before we called it a day. Love it!
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And to end this blog, of course I have to wrap up the story... I offered Merryl and Tommy a ride home "up north" to their house! Yes, I am your hero, here to serve :) I should wear a cape to your wedding! (OK, I sooo would never do that). But seriously, thank you guys sooo soo much! You are fabulous and I know your wedding day is going to rock. See you soon!!!