What can I say about Stephanie and Donovan. The first time I met them, it was pure joy. They both have a gift to make everyone around them smile from ear to ear. Their sence of humor, the way they look at each other, and the love they share for their family and friends, made them even more desirable to photograph. Their wedding was a real treat for me, and I couldn’t wait to sit down and edit each one.
The two first met back in August of 2004 at Valley Center High school, when they were both freshmen. They had freshman seminar and lunch together, and their seminar class was the same all through high school, so they always had that together. They became casual friends but lost touch when they graduated and went off to college. Stephanie stayed local and went to WSU for a degree in secondary education, with an emphasis in physics, while Donovan went to KU for a degree in computer science. They reconnected in Donovan’s final year of college.
Donovan reprised their first date at Botanica Gardens on their three year anniversary, June 21st 2016. They sat down for a packed lunch on a secluded bench back in the bird watching area of the gardens during which Donovan proposed to Stephanie.
Stephanie and Donovan’s wedding took place on September 2nd, 2017 at Tall Grass Country Club in east Wichita. The weather was perfect and somewhere in the 80s. My associate and I got started snapping shots of the two in their separate rooms getting ready for the big day. I fell in love with all the details that put this wedding together.
Their first look took place under shaded trees close to the course. I loved their genuine interaction as they saw each other for the first time that day. We captured some gorgeous images of the bridal party and couple, as we took a little adventure around the golf course.
When it was time for the ceremony, they had rows of white chairs lined up near the putting green, with a beautiful arbor of stitched rope and succulents that Stephanie put together herself, as with all the details that you will see. The ceremony was short and sweet, with all their closest family and friends to witness the moment. They wrote their own vows, then after the kiss, they rode into the sunset on their get away golf cart.
We took some more photos of just the two of them around the country club while we had a beautiful golden light. It was so easy to capture the affection between the two of them, as they interacted with one another during the shoot. The genuine love they share sure showed and made our job super easy.
The couple headed in to get the party started. They cut their cake, played the honeymoon game, and shared their first dance. We had a blast documenting all the love and laughter this event brought forth.
Stephanie and Donovan,
Thank you so much for trusting us with your precious memories. We loved getting to know you both and being your shadows throughout the day. I hope these images will always be a reminder of how special this day meant to you both. Cheers to many more years of happiness! Congrats again and blessings to you both on this new adventure together.
Vendor Shot Out:
Venue: Tall Grass Country Club
Dress & Hair Piece: Dress Gallery
Cake: Cake Affairs
DJ: EQ Sounds
Photo Booth: Funny Fotos
Hair: Stacey & Sugar Salon
Makeup: Dominique (MUA Dominique)
Photography: Sublett Studios