Conway Springs, Kansas | Wedding Photography | Mr. and Mrs. Heimerman

Our 2017 wedding season began with absolute perfection.  On the day of their stunning winter wedding, Mallory and Austin had been dating for exactly ten years and three days.  During her sister's emotional Matron of Honor speech she said, "When Mallory was in high school she told me about a boy that had asked her to their winter formal.  We have gathered here today to celebrate her marrying that same man."  

The whole day was an emotional and beautiful way to celebrate the marriage of two people who are so wonderfully in love.  Their ceremony was gorgeous and portraits in the rain afterwards proved to be absolutely magical.  The happiness from both of their families was contagious.  I caught myself tearing up to the many stories people told us of Mallory and Austin's lives together.  We heard so many stories of the two together and you could tell that everyone who attended was so thrilled to be celebrating with them.  

I can't wait to share their full album, and until then I hope you enjoy this selection of some of my favorite photos from their big day! 

Austin, Texas | A Stunning Wedding at Camp Lucy | Bradley and Alyssa

It had been raining hard for weeks straight.  As I made my way through the remote hills of farmland to Camp Lucy the sun broke through the clouds and beamed down its glorious rays of sunshine.  It was going to be a clear day.  Alyssa told us she had hoped for days that the rain would finally stop.  It was like the weather had made the day just for her.  Sunny and bright and warm.  The breeze rustled the leaves in the canopy above the altar.  It was a perfect day.

The bride and her bridesmaids spent the morning sipping mimosas and telling stories about their lives with Alyssa.  Her maid of honor, her sister, chatted lovingly with her.  The groomsmen took their time getting to the venue.  They made their way to the lounge, taking extra care not to sneak a peek of the bride and her entourage.  They kept Bradley hidden away while the girls took portraits beneath the bell tower.  They helped him with his tie and jacket.  He smiled as he looked in the mirror.  He told me, "now that the jacket is on it feels real.  Today we're getting married."  He beamed with joy as he opened his gift from Alyssa.  A brand new watch in sleek black and gold with a little handwritten note reminding him not to be late.  

As guests arrived the wedding party lined up.  Each bridesmaid with her groomsman walked arm in arm down the aisle.  Alyssa and her father waited in the cover of the trees.  He smiled at her and held her hand.  As they rounded the corner to the top of the aisle Bradley's smile grew larger.  At the first glance of his bride his eyes welled up as his heart filled with happiness.  The ceremony was beautiful.  They wrote private vows to each other that were read quietly under the sound of music.  Their last kiss was passionate as he held his bride tightly.  Their portraits were right after the ceremony as guests enjoyed a cocktail hour.  Brad asked us if we could shoot photos for just a little while longer because he "just wanted to stand there holding her forever."  

Their reception was as vibrant and joyous as their love for each other.  They danced among friends, ate cake, and stared lovingly at each other.  They were sent off with a trail of sparklers.  Bradley kissed his wife to the cheers of the crowd one last time as he and Alyssa entered the limousine.  They rode off under a big full moon as their guests waved happily behind them.  

Kansas City, Kansas | A Wedding Day Full of Beautiful Details | Reggie and Tram

Reggie and Tram's wedding day was absolutely packed with beautiful details from start to finish. Tram and her bridesmaids began hair and makeup bright and early while her mother steamed her wedding dress in the other room.  I arrived and was greeted by Tram's father who asked if I had breakfast and treated me to the most delicious breakfast pastry.  Joshua spent his morning with Reggie and his groomsmen.  They dressed and prepared for the day, doing a few final tasks before the wedding began.  

The day was divided into three ceremonies honoring the couple's Vietnamese heritage, their families, and their Catholic faith. The first part of the day consisted of a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony. Reggie and his family brought gifts to the bride and her family. They were presented in metal boxes, beautifully decorated and draped in red cloth and presented in odd numbers in hopes of bringing good luck to the couple.  Tram was then presented, dressed in her traditional red and gold Ao Dai.  Then together, she and Reggie paid respects to her family's ancestors.  The new couple poured tea for the father of the bride and the mother of the bride.  Finally, their families gave advice about marriage and family, and Tram was given jewelry and other gifts to conclude the first ceremony.  

The wedding party and bride's family then traveled to Reggie's home.  A tea ceremony was performed and Reggie and Tram paid their respects to his family's ancestors.  Gifts and advice were given to the new couple by the Groom's family as well.  The emotion present in both ceremonies was so vibrant.  You could feel the love and happiness that each family had for Reggie and Tram.  Their love for each other was evident in the way that Reggie looked at Tram.  She was the center of his attention as he made several glances at his bride throughout the ceremonies.  

After the traditional Vietnamese ceremonies, Reggie and Tram traveled to St. Pius X Catholic Church for their wedding.  Tram changed into her white wedding dress with the help of her bridesmaids.  The lovely ceremony was opened with a wonderful mass led by Father Ken.  Reggie and Tram listened to the readings for the ceremony and the emotion as they gazed at each other was palpable - giving us the opportunity for many amazing shots!  Their first kiss as husband and wife was followed by applause as the couple made their way out of the church.  

Their reception was packed with friends and family.  We were met with so much kindness by the members of their family. Each person present was so thrilled to see this couple become husband and wife.  Reggie and Tram had prepared several videos about their lives together over the last eight years of dating.  Their childhood, their time dating, their friends, their families, and even a video of their engagement was displayed for the guests to enjoy.  By the end of their evening, their love was radiating throughout the reception hall.  

The love they have for each other is evident in every photograph we took.  The way they look at each other you can tell they are endlessly in love.  When Reggie asked Tram to be his girlfriend eight years ago, she told him, "only if you promise to peel the skin off my grapes for me".  He promised her, and I have no doubt in my mind that Reggie would peel every grape on this earth just to see Tram smile.

Wedding Venue: St. Pius X Catholic Church - Mission, KS

Reception Venue: Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center

Videographer: Selby Films

Cake Artist: Tous les Jours

Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal

Tuxes: Macy's