Searching for the right vendors can be a chore, so I wanted to make a handy list for my brides and grooms. Here's a list of a few vendors I absolutely love working with. Note on the venue list: I have only included venues where I have photographed a wedding and thought the outcomes make for a great photo backdrop. There are other venues out there, but these are the most picturesque. I will add to this list as I shoot in new locations.
Cakes & Cupcakes
mama b bakin', Lawrence, KS - mama b bakin' once made a triforce cake that blew everyone's minds and that's when I had to add her to the list!
Sweetcakes, Lawrence, KS - Layla from Sweetcakes is the bomb dot com and can make crazy good cupcakes and cakes in a variety of interesting flavors, she can also do vegan cupcakes.
Culinaria, Lawrence, KS - the go to for cool kids and fancy foods to impress your guests with flavors they've never contemplated. Uses a lot of farm fresh ingredients and great at big family style meals as well as setting up big buffets for your guests.
Taco Zone, Lawrence, KS - another go to for cool kids for southern California styled slow braised meats and vegetarian tacos (fun fact: co-owner Brad Shanks is one of my past grooms and also was in one of my favorite bands ever!)
Maceli's, Lawrence, KS - the staff of Maceli's is always the best and Maceli's food is perfect for that classic wedding banquet experience. They are also LGBT owned!
Hy-Vee, Lawrence, KS - the go to for thrifty folks and DIYers (fun fact: Max and I only spent $400 on all our wedding food going this route but we made our guests bring sides to go with the Hyvee BBQ. Also, they deliver everything for an extremely small delivery fee and get it all set up in pretty warmers and then you just have to return that stuff (dirty!) within a few days of the wedding. Easy peasy.
Lawrence DJ Service - Hands down, Jason Spencer is my favorite DJ to work with. One, he and I work extremely well together and that kind of coordination on the wedding day can be so worth it! Second, his dance floors are always bumpin' he can appeal to many different types of tastes in popular music. Third, he has option uplighting add-ons and hides his gear behind a cute DJ booth so that your dancefloor pics look that much cleaner and cooler.
Curtis McCoy / DJ Candlepants: firstname.lastname@example.org - 785.218.8754 (Curtis is a hipster dreamboat with stellar taste in music, great if you need classic genres represented like soul and classic rock n' roll, as well as pop jams of today, he's also a go to for wedding who need a little indie edge.)
KC DJ Unlimited - Chris is a great affordable new DJ in town. We've only worked together a handful of times, but I loved his professionalism and the way he communicated with guests. I've seen so many cheesy DJs over the years and Chris just came across as a cool guy you'd want to have at your party. I've only seen him DJ rawkus dance parties where the entire wedding is on their feet showin off their moves.
J.Lynn Bridal, Lawrence, KS - Jenna of J. Lynn bridal is the sweetest and many of my couples have reported that she has the best selection in plus sizes in the area. Also, I love that she uses diverse models when doing runway shows -- these are things I like in a modern bridal shop!
BitterSweet Floral and Design, Lawrence, KS - BitterSweet is the go to for modern and over-the-top florals with a super high end design element
Owens Flower Shop, Lawrence, KS - Young women own this business and they have really fresh ideas and are great at rustic themes.
Be Seen! Event Planning, Lawrence, KS - Leila of be seen! got her start as the wedding coordinator for a large wedding venue in Lawrence. We worked together on half a dozen weddings. Since then she has started her own business. I've seen her hanging a chandelier on a ladder at weddings with a staff of helpers decorating the room.
A Beautiful Wedding, Lawrence, KS - Carmen is a full service wedding coordinator based in Lawrence, KS. She also officiates weddings and is a travel agent! She has worked with a number of my clients, including officiating for a same-sex couple.
Confetti Events, Kansas City - Whitney is a full service wedding coordinator based in Kansas City. She has been the wedding planner at many of my large weddings. We recently Skyped with out of town clients to coordinate the photography for their big day.
Abe & Jake's Landing, Lawrence, KS
Arterra Event Gallery, Lawrence, KS
Chrisman Manor, Oskaloosa/Perry, KS
Cider Gallery, Lawrence, KS
Circle S Ranch, Lawrence, KS
Historic Taylor Farm, Lawrence, KS
Lawrence Parks and Rec (South Park, Carnegie Building & Union Pacific Depot)
Liberty Hall Theater, Lawrence, KS
Stony Point Hall, Baldwin City, KS
Van-Go, Inc., Lawrence, KS - your entire fee is a tax write-off because you are supporting arts education and youth entrepreneurship programs.
Victorian Veranda Country Inn, Lawrence, KS
The White School House, Lawrence, KS
Kansas City Venues
2016 Main Event Space, Kansas City, MO - beautiful loft venue for medium to small weddings in the perfect location for Crossroads District portraits
The Bauer, Kansas City, MO - the staff, the location, the venue, this is one of my favorite venues to work in for those perfect cityspace weddings
The Berg Event Space, Kansas City, MO
Berry Acres, Odessa, MO
Californos, Kansas City, MO - the perfect venue to get the best Westport backdrop portraits
The Foundation, Kansas City, MO
The Heritage Center at Mahaffie, Olathe, KS
Johnson County Parks & Rec (Shawnee Mission Park & The Pavilion)
Lidia's, Kansas City, MO (great for smaller dinner-party styled receptions)
Pennway Place Event Space at Studio Dan Meiners, Kansas City, MO
Masquerade Event Hall, Kansas City, MO
Riverwood Winery, Weston, MO - new venue with the cutest rustic tobacco barn for your reception
The Stanley Event Space, Lee's Summit, MO
Stonehaus Farms Vineyard & Winery, Lee's Summit, MO
The Urban Event, Kansas City, MO - actually has rooftop access for portraits against the skyline!
The VOX Theatre, Kansas City, KS
Weston Red Barn Farm, Weston, MO
Creekside at Berryton, Berryton, KS
Governor's Row House, Topeka, KS
Shawnee County Parks & Rec (Lake Shawnee & Gage Park)