Searching for the right vendors can be a chore, so I wanted to make a handy list for my couples. 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.
Courtney with Courtney Captures - Courtney and her mom are so sweet! I've photographed several weddings alongside them and have always loved the way that they interact with the client and me as photographer.
Matt Le with Luxium Weddings - Matt recently relocated to the Springfield MO area. I really appreciated his chill attitude and how he worked alongside me as a photographer. He was a great guy to interact with.
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.
Raven's Table, Lawrence, KS - Raven was raised on an all organic local self-sufficient farm, so she's my go to for locally sourced delicious and nutritious food. Raven teaches cooking classes at the Merc and is the go to for remote kitchens that need to be set-up outside. I am always happy when I arrive to the wedding to find that Raven has done the catering. I know I'll be eating nourishing and delicious food.
Taco Zone, Lawrence, KS - Tacos are hugely popular right now for wedding fare. Taco Zone takes it to the next level with their 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!) Their spreads are always beautiful with tons of bright garnish that add a colorful flair to plates and the buffet line.
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 and a downtown mainstay!
Hy-Vee, Lawrence, KS - the go to for thrifty folks and DIYers Also, they deliver everything for an extremely small delivery fee and get it all set up in silver warmers and then you just have to return that stuff (dirty!) within a few days of the wedding. Easy peasy. And you can get your fuel points.
Lawrence DJ Service - Jason Spencer is one of my favorite wedding 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.
Scott Simpson - Scott has been a DJ in the Lawrence area for over a couple decades. He is professional and knows his stuff. He is also great to work with and comes highly recommended. He's won Best of Lawrence awards many times.
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!
Englewood Florist, Lawrence, KS - Cary Engle has over 40 years of experience as a floral designer. Their shop in North Lawrence is conveniently open Monday thru Saturday, so just stop into the shop and talk to them about your dream flowers!
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.
Jori Krenzel Floral Design, Lawrence, KS - Curated floral designs for the discerning bride. Jori is local and she makes beautiful high end bouquets and arrangements for fancy affairs.
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.
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.
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.
Venue 1235, Lawrence KS - NEW VENUE!
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)