OH MY GOODNESS!! Where do I even start with this wedding? You might remember this gorgeous couple from their Shawnee Mission Park Engagement Session, which they rocked. I was SO excited to document their wedding at Circle S Ranch in Lawrence Kansas, but the weather had been a little crazy that week and there was a chance for snow, and what you know the day started out with snow. If it was any other wedding I would be worried, but I was not worried one bit knowing how awesome Bri and Brett are I knew they would totally be up for doing photos outside in the cold to get some awesome shots. I have to say I have been blessed with amazing clients but these two are so incredible, down to earth (I love how brianna get so excited), and so perfect for each other. This past year as I have gotten to know them better I have learned they are the kindest people I have ever met, but on the wedding day I learned that they were surrounded by people just like them. From the bridal party (not one bridesmaid complained about photos in the cold) to their families, and everyone involved were so sweet, welcoming and easy to work with. Thank You SO much Bri and Brett for letting me be a part of your day. I can’t tell you how blessed I feel to have met you two!
I asked the couple to answer some questions for me and here is what they had to say:
What’s the story behind the two of you, how and where did you meet?
Brett and I initially met in high school on the Olathe East Swim Team. At the time, we were close friends, but nothing more. I even wrote him a letter when he graduated (that he still has to this day) that told him how much he means to me and that he “is like a big brother to me." Haha.. needless to say, he is no longer like a brother to me.
Six years later, Brett and I had lost touch. We talk now about how we weren’t able to see each other as more than friends before because we had some growing up to do and some important lessons to learn. We met back up at a camping and float trip with our mutual friends. Our similarities, love for water, and playful personalities quickly sparked a flame that was definitely more than a friendship. After a couple of dates and trips to the lake that always brought upon deep conversations, we fell in love. Our love was easy and strong. Our faith, values, and love for life deepened our relationship until we were unable to live without the other.
Can you tell me about the proposal and how it was done?
Table Rock Lake is a place that is very special to Brett and me. We both grew up immersed in lake life. The lake is one of the things that has strengthened our relationship through laughter, time spent with family, and long talks in the water or under the stars at night. At the end of the day, it is where we fell in love.
On 4th of July weekend, Brett and I were watching the sunset over Table Rock Lake and talking about our relationship. At the time, I had no idea just how serious this talk was about to get. Brett explained that he has never cared so deeply or been so connected to another person. We talked about how we have the same future goal and we value a relationship that has Christ at the core. Brett teared up and I knew this talk was going to serve more of a purpose than just talking about the present. He reached in his pocket, got down on one knee (even though we were surrounded by sharp rocks,) and said “so now, in this place that has bonded us, Brianna, will you marry me?” Through happy tears I joyfully said yes! We sat on the dock with our feet in the water and took in the moment. After a while, Brett’s family came down to the water to join in the celebration and we watched fireworks together.
What led you to choose Photos by Neyan for your photography?
A talented photographer was the one thing that Brett and I decided would be at the top of our wants list. It was probably the thing that we researched more than any other decision. We stumbled upon Photos by Neyan through The Knot and were in awe of her work. We thought she would for sure be out of our price range. We contacted her, got a very kind and quick response, and learned that she was not out of our price range and even included an engagement shoot! We knew that we would have to act fast if we were going to snag her before another couple did. We did not need to look any further. We knew she was the one. We had our engagement shoot in the summer and Neyan was incredible. She was ready to try anything unique and fun, even getting into the water at the end of the shoot! The pictures turned out AMAZING. Everything about the process of working with Neyan has been a perfect experience. She has responded to my texts of questions to put my mind at ease, helped me pick out an engagement shoot outfit, given us a couple of photos that we needed earlier than planned, and has all around gone out of her way to make our memories perfect. Brett and I have talked about the fact that next to picking one another to marry, choosing Photos by Neyan was the single best decision we made for our wedding.
Do you have a memorable moment from the Wedding day?
I think the part about our wedding that just had us in absolute awe was the fact that every person that we love most was in one place, just to celebrate and support us. Our closest friends and family traveled from near and far to be with us, and we felt more than loved. We had people rearrange impossible work schedules, buy expensive flights, and drive up to 1,000 miles! It is truly a gift from God that we have the people in our lives that we do.
If you had the chance to redo the whole thing again, would you change anything?
We would redo it just to relive it. So to answer the question; no, we wouldn’t change a thing!
Any advice for future couples planning their wedding?
Just take it all in! Enjoy the process and enjoy the day. This might be the only time in your entire life that you are surrounded by all of the most meaningful people in your life. Value every second!
CEREMONY: Christ Community
RECEPTION: Circle S. Ranch
BRIDE’S DRESS: Mia’s Bridal and Tailoring
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: David’s Bridal
GROOM & GROOMSMEN TUXES: Tip Top Tux
RINGS: Shane Co.
FLOWERS: Leann Johnson – (785) 550-8138
CATERING: Circle S. Ranch
CAKE: Nothing Bundt Cakes
DJ: The Dance Factory, Bob Gardiner (BobbyG)
HAIR AND MAKEUP: Chelsea Rich (913) 485- 3154
CALLIGRAPHY: Golden Edge Studio
PHOTOGRAPHER: Neyan Babani