Grace and Abby drove from St. Louis for their engagement session with me!! We started at the Nelson Atkins museum, followed by Casual Animal Brewery! We ended the session on a rooftop with a great view of downtown Kansas City! This session was so organic and true to the two of them. Having a beer downtown with good company and great conversation was the vibe was knew we wanted for them!

I met Grace through my sorority at Missouri State, and knowing they trusted me enough to shoot their engagement session after having to drive 4 hours felt like such an honor!

As I said above, we were able to use the Nelson Atkins museum as a great starting point for us! We utilized the steps and the giant Pilars right out front! There’s always great light bouncing off the building later in the day too so we took advantage of that!

Then, at Casual Animal Brewery, we grabbed a beer and made it more as if they were on a date! Truthfully, I’d love all my sessions with my couples to feel like you’re on a date! I want them to be that relaxed! We were able to get that done for Grace and Abby after a quick outfit change and their fav beers.

We ended this great night on a rooftop over looking the cities skyline! I feel like the rooftops in the city always go overlooked so I’m glad we had great weather and were able to take advantage of this space! Thanks Grace and Abby for making the trip! I loved spending this evening with you!

Engaged couple standing outside the Nelson Atkins Museum
Engaged couple kissing outside the Nelson Atkins Museum before heading to casual animal brewery
Engaged couple walking the steps at the Nelson Atkins Museum with Kansas City engagement photographer
Standing outside museum with Kansas City engagement photographer before heading to casual animal brewery
Engaged couple sitting in front of fountain holding hands and kissing during engagement session
Engaged couple holding hands in the park before heading to casual animal brewery
Couple in Kansas City wearing black clothing for engaging session before heading to casual animal brewery
Couple standing in park by Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City
Couple gives forehead kisses at museum in Kansas City
Couple wearing black suit and black dress giving forehead kisses during engagement session
Engaged couple poses for Kansas City engagement photographer before heading to casual animal brewery
Engaged couple standing on steps of museum during engagement session in Kansas City
Couple shares of beer at casual animal brewery during engagement session showing off diamond engagement ring
Engage women sharing beer at casual animal brewery in Kansas City
Engaged couple of rooftop after casual animal brewery engagement session
Engage women running on rooftop overlooking the skyline of Kansas City
Engaged women rather each other in blanket overlooking Kansas City skyline
Engaged woman pop bottle of champagne at the end of casual animal brewery engagement session

Casual Animal Brewery | Kansas City Engagement Photographer

Megan and Nick had such a fun fall engagement session at Antioch Park in Kansas City! You guys know how much I love this park and all it has to offer! We started at the gardens, where luckily flowers were still blooming! Megan wore a long white wrap dress with nude heals and Nick wore a tan colored sweater with a dark pair of blue jeans!

The second half of the shoot Megan wore a light sweater while Nick wore a flannel!

They are actually getting married in July of this year at The Hawthorne House! I can’t wait!!

We spent the evening enjoying the nice crisp fall day. They didn’t have a lot of experience being in front of the camera so I guided them into poses that felt natural and kept them moving. It’s always about keeping everyone comfortable and feeling like themselves! They kept each other laughing which put all of us in a great mood and we had a lot of fun!

They ended their fall engagement session with popping a bottle of champagne to celebrate! I can’t wait to shoot their wedding this summer!

Fall engagement session in Kansas City with engagement photographer
Newly engaged couple wearing white dress in blue jeans for fall engagement session
Black and white photography for engagement session with Kansas City engagement photographer
Newly engaged couple holding each other at Kansas City Park for fall engagement session
Newly engaged couple shows off ring with Kansas City photographer
Newly engaged couple wearing long white wrap dress and curled blonde hair
Engaged couple walking in Kansas City Park for fall engagement session
Newly engaged couple walking across the bridge while holding hands during couples session
engaged couple hugging each other in front of Kansas City engagement photographer
Newly engaged couple walking across the bridge wearing flannel and sweater during fall engagement session
Engaged men and women showing off ring diamond wearing purple nail polish
Fall engagement session in Kansas City at Park walking across bridge with couple
Engaged couple popping bottle of champagne over river in Kansas City Park
couple drinks champagne at the end of fall engagement session

Fall Engagement Session | Kansas City Engagement Photographer

Daniella and Jack had the best Westbottoms Summer engagement session last year in Kansas City! The Westbottoms use to be a place for manufactured warehouses and is now all historic buildings! They have antique stores, lofts, studio spaces and even a few haunted houses in the fall!

As you can see it also makes a great space for an engagement shoot!

Daniella and Jack brought two outfits for the shoot that we picked out to compliment the spaces we were shooting at! The first spot was a huge underpass that even had string lights underneath! The whole space was both modern and industrial.

We then went to a brown stone building with a giant blue garage door! I love finding hidden gems in the most unexpected places!! And then we ended the shoot with some greenery! It was so fun just walking around and chatting with the two of them as we went from spot to spot! The Westbottoms Summer engagement sessions are one of my new favorites!

Thanks Daniella and Jack for hanging with me that evening!

Couple standing under pillars at Westbottoms summer engagement shoot
Engaged man and woman wearing red dress kissing at Westbottoms summer engagement session
Engaged couple showing off engagement ring wearing red dress and blue button up shirt
Sitting at West bottoms Summer engagement session with Kansas City engagement photographer
Fiancé wearing red polkadotted dress and dangle he earrings with fresh manicure and engagement ring
Man and woman recently engaged at Westbottoms summer engagement session wearing mini dress
Engaged couple holding hands walking the streets of Kansas City during Westbottoms engagement session
Engaged couple kissing wearing nude colored heels and polkadotted red mini dress
Couple recently engaged showing off diamond and silver engagement ring with fresh manicure
Couple holding hands and walking the streets of Kansas City during engagement session
Engaged couple laughing and playing in park during Westbottoms engagement session
Kansas City summer engagement session with men and woman wearing street clothes
Piggy back ride with engage couple during sunset in Kansas City
Engaged couple sitting in park at Westbottoms engagement session with Kansas City engage with photographer
Engaged couple popping a bottle of champagne at sunset in Kansas City
Engaged couple popping bottle of champagne at Westbottoms engagement session wearing jeans and T-shirts

Westbottoms Summer Engagement | Kansas City Engagement Photographer

Kirsten and Ryan’s wedding day with just their family and a few friends was in the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum. And it was such a stunning wedding venue. Highly recommend it to my Kansas City Brides!

Following their wedding they had an intimate dinner at Wandering Vine at the Castle. They road in a vintage getaway car they borrowed from their dad to the reception dinner! How cool is it to have all those special details on the day? This wedding was full of them and I am always a fan of that.

We made sure to make time for a first look separate from their ceremony to have a few moments to themselves too. You’ll see lots of private, meaningful moments in this day and it was so sweet to capture those moments for these two.

Kristen also has great taste in florals and her dream bouquet came to life that day. Make sure you scroll down to see it!! It was full of happy color which is so fitting for them! They are two of the most genuine people ever and deserved this day to be perfect. I was so honored to see all these special memories being made.

I loved being able to share my wedding experience with them for their Overland Park Arboretum wedding day on the blog. Kristen and Ryan, I wish you both the best life together! Thank you for letting me share this day with you!

Engagement band and the wedding dress on bride at Overland Park Arboretum in Kansas City
Mother of bride and mother of the groom share special moments before wedding ceremony
Bride and groom share first look with one another on bridge at Overland Park Arboretum
Bride and groom in white wedding dress and blue tie with suit at Overland Park Arboretum
bride holding blush pink and maroon florals in wedding bouquet kissing newly married husband
Bride and groom walk pathway at Overland Park Arboretum holding wedding bouquet
Bride wears long wedding dress with train and veil holding blush pink and maroon wedding bouquet
Bride and groom during first look walking pathway at Overland Park Arboretum in Kansas City
Bride uses long vail with Kansas City wedding photographer
Father of bride walks daughter down the aisle during wedding ceremony at Overland Park Arboretum
Bride and groom exchange vows from vow books and hold hands during wedding ceremony
Bride and groom exchange first kiss at wedding ceremony and walk up aisle through friends and family
Bride and groom have just married ring bearer in wagon at wedding ceremony
Bride and groom wearing new wedding bands after wedding ceremony at Overland Park Arboretum
Old vintage getaway car with just married sign on the back
Bride and groom pose with old vintage getaway car on wedding day
Groom twirling bride while holding wedding bouquet after ceremony at Overland Park Arboretum
Wedding cake with name topper and white and green florals to accent dessert table
Floral table scapes from wedding bouquet and reception cake cutting
Bride and groom cut wedding cake at wedding reception with friends and family

Overland Park Arboretum | Kansas City Wedding Photographer

I met with Eileen & Ben at The Colonnade in Kansas City for a maternity session! Eileen wore a STUNNING red dress during the session that was an absolute statement piece during this shoot!

The Colonnade was such a perfect setting for this shoot. We had a perfect sunny glow to work with early on in the session. And at the end, the sun literally hit Eileen perfectlyyyy to compliment her pregnancy glow. Like jaw dropping perfectly. You guys know we love any sunset session we can get!!

She also brought her fur coat and crown to add even more flare to the shoot! Which worked out perfectly! We used some of the shoes she planned for their baby girl.

Thank you so much Eileen & Ben for having me along for this sweet session! You both are a joy to spend time with and I felt honored to shoot this session for you before giving birth to your daughter!

new mom and dad at the colonnade with Kansas City photographer
new mom in red maternity dress and crown at the colonnade
new mom and dad during maternity shoot
new parents at the colonnade wearing a red maternity dress and a long pony tail
mom and dad at maternity session holding hands under arch in Kansas City
solo mom maternity photos wearing a floral crown and a long red maternity dress
mom at sunset of maternity wearing gold crown and gold jewelry with red maternity dress
small fuzzy baby shoes during maternity session with Kansas City photographer
new mom and dad hold hands during maternity session wearing red accent colors
maternity close up shot of mothers stomach in Kansas City the colonnade
new mom wearing red maternity dress and crown wrapped in husbands arms
mom wearing long maternity dress with fur coat wearing red nail polish
red maternity dress with long train flowing behind the dress at the colonnade in Kansas city
new mom and dad sitting outside the colonnade wearing red accent colors and gold jewelry
new mom at maternity session with Kansas City photographer during sunset wearing long red dress
new mom and dad stand outside the colonnade holding stomach and wearing fur coat

The Colonnade | Kansas City Photographer

I met with Ariel for a Fall Senior Session at Shawnee Mission Park right outside of Kansas City! We were able to sneak in four outfits for this session! I honestly love when my seniors want to incorporate their own style in a variety of ways during the time we spend together shooting!

At Shawnee Mission Park we started underneath the trees where the perfect amount of leaves had fallen and given Ariel the best area to work in! Her first outfit was dressy but comfortable! I love that it found that perfect sweet spot between trendy and timeless. That white and denim combo is a fav.

But we couldn’t leave this Fall Senior session without adding in a bit of spice to her outfits! Check out that INSANE red dress she brought!! She brought the fire to add the perfect amount of flare to this session! I love all my seniors that come to me for their sessions! It’s such an exciting time in their lives, and it’s fun to document that. We laugh, joke around and just have the best time! It makes me so grateful to be a Kansas Senior Photographer!!

Thank you Ariel for the best evening!!

Kansas senior standing in Shawnee mission park during fall senior session
Senior girl wearing jeans and a dressy white shirt during fall senior session
Senior photos during the fall in Kansas with Kansas senior photographer
Senior girl laughing during session while wearing jeans and a white long sleeve shirt
Senior girl smiling during the fall at Shawnee mission park
Blonde girl sitting by water during fall senior session
Senior girl standing next to tree with Kansas senior photographer
Senior girl standing up against a tree smiling at Kansas senior photographer
Senior girl stand in grass field during sunset at fall senior session
Senior girl wearing jeans and a green top in tall grass field in Kansas
Senior girl standing in grass field during sunset wearing short sleeve shirt and jeans
Laughing Kansas senior girl dancing in field during fall senior session
Senior girl wearing boots with heals dancing in the road in Kansas
Senior girl wearing long red dress dancing barefoot at Shawnee mission park in Kansas
Girl wearing long red dress next to lake at Shawnee mission park
Senior girl soft smiling sitting next to lake at sunset during fall senior session

Fall Senior Session | Kansas Senior Photographer

I loved this couples session at the KC Loves mural in downtown Kansas City!

Kathleen & Logan were just the sweetest couple, and braved the cold for their session. Their joy and love is infectious, and we laughed a lot during this couples shoot. And shooting at the #KC Loves Mural is always such a great way to capture the vibe of the city.

I loved capturing all those in-between moments for them, where you can really see their authentic relationship. That’s always my goal with these sessions: to capture you. The truest version of you both as a couple.

Kathleen & Logan, thank you so much for choosing me to document this time in your life! I had a wonderful session at the KC Loves Mural with you two!

Couple looking at each other lovingly in front of the KC Love Mural.
Two image collage of a man and woman embracing in front of the #KC Loves Mural in Kansas City.
Man and woman posing in front of the KC Loves mural for their engagement session with Kansas City Photographer.
Black and white image of a woman curled up on her fiancé's shoulder with her eyes closed.
Two image collage of a man and woman both in sweaters dancing in snow on a rooftop in Kansas City.
Two image collage of a man wrapping up his fiancé on a rooftop in the snow.
Two image collage of an engaged couple dancing on a rooftop in the snow.
Woman laughing while her fiancé spins her around.
Redhead woman smiling as her fiancé spins her around.
Woman looking over her should at her fiancé who is giving her a hug.
Two image collage of an engaged couple curled up together smiling on a rooftop in Kansas City.
Couple waking close together towards the camera with the KC Loves Mural behind them.
Two image collage of a woman on a man's back laughing and smiling during their engagement session.
Man and woman kissing in front of the #KC Loves Mural.
Two image collage of a redhead woman and man in knit sweater in an embrace.
Man and woman running with the #KC Loves mural behind them.
Two image collage of man and woman laughing and dancing in front of the #KC Loves mural
Two image collage of man and woman dancing in the snow in front of the #KC Loves mural.
Man lifting up woman and kissing her with the city skyline behind her.
Black and white image of a man and woman kissing at their urban engagement session.

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Kathleen and Logan | KC Loves Mural

Courthouse wedding

If you opt in for a elopement at the courthouse this blog post is for you! Plan with these Kansas City courthouse wedding pro-tips in mind.

Courthouse wedding

Make Your Appointment

Be sure to call your local courthouse to make your appointment. My KC people; I went ahead and found the phone numbers for you for both sides of the state line – Jackson County (MO) (816-881-3191) and Johnson County (KS) (913-715-3428).

courthouse wedding pro-tips

Get Your Marriage License

Depending on which courthouse you go to you might need to apply for your marriage license ahead of time. Double check all the requirments on the county government websites – Jackson County (MO) and Johnson County (KS)

couple on green couch

Decide Who Will Officiate

When getting married at a courthouse you have the option of having a Justice of the Peace or a Judge preform the ceremony, but you also have the option of bringing in your own private officiant.

Pro-Tip: If you bring in your own private officiant choose someone that is special to you and your soon to be spouse. Possibly an official from your church or a close friend that can become an officiant for the day.

unique wedding ring

Hire Your Photographer

Even if your wedding will be on the more simple side your photos can still be EPIC.

PRO-TIP: You don’t have to only stick around the courthouse for your photos! There might be some hidden gems a couple blocks away or hire your photographer for some additional hours and somewhere with a breathtaking view.

courthouse wedding

to hire Natalie Nichole Photography please fill out my contact form here or at the bottom of this page.

Week Day ceremonies = $500
-an hour of coverage
-sneak peek photos the same day
-50+ final images delivered 3-5 weeks after your wedding

Weekend ceremonies (Nov-Feb) =$700
-two hours of coverage
-sneak peek photos the same day
-50+ final images delivered 3-5 weeks after your wedding

additional hours can be added on to any package.

courthouse wedding pro-tips
courthouse wedding pro-tips

Hire Professional Hair and Make Up

Hiring professional hair and makeup is a great way to pamper yourself before your ceremony. You’ll be able to look your best without all the stress of having to do it yourself.

Pro-Tip: Make sure you have a hair and make up trial with your beauty team, you want to make sure the look still feels like you and sometimes the best way to know is to take it for a test run!

courthouse wedding pro-tips
courthouse wedding pro-tips

Flowers are Always a Good Idea

If you love flowers don’t forget to bring some for your special day! You can get a gorgeous bouquet from a local florist with all your favorites.

Pro-Tip: If you don’t feel like carrying around a bouquet as a florist for some little blooms to add to your hair. All the flowers with less hassle.

boho couple

Add a Personal Touch to the Day

Add a little something that truly reflects you two as a couple. Some ideas; bring a special getaway car or motorcycle for after the ceremony, grab something to eat afterwards at your favorite restaurant, or have your closest friends and family waiting at the next location ready to celebrate your new marriage with you!

bride and groom on motorcycle
boho bride and groom on motorcycle

Pro-Tip: Keep your photographer around for the special events- you’ll want to look back on those memories.

Keep these Kansas City courthouse wedding pro-tips in the back of your mind while you plan your special day.

Not wanting to elope at the courthouse but still want to keep it low key? – here’s how to plan a simple wedding

Kansas City Courthouse Wedding Pro-Tips

You can choose any music genre for your first dance song. It doesn’t matter if it’s an old school classic, a new pop song, some homegrown country, or a little alternative. What matters most is that you feel a special connection to the song. If you close your eyes while the song is playing you immediately see your partner. The rhythm should bind your hearts together, the lyrics should remind you of each other.

Here are my top picks of perfect songs from every genre for your first dance

couple dances their first dance at wedding

Classic

  1. Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Elvis Presley (sooooo many good remakes of this song as well!)
  2. This Will Be [An Everlasting Love] – Natalie Cole
  3. At Last – Etta James
  4. My Girl – The Temptations
  5. This Magic Moment – The Drifters

Pop

  1. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  2. All of Me – John Legend
  3. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  4. Give Me All Your Love – Brighton
  5. I Am Yours – Andy Grammer

Country

  1. Holding On to You – Miranda Lambert
  2. You Had Me at Hello – A Day To Remember
  3. Amazed – Lonestar
  4. My Best Friend – Tim McGraw
  5. I Want to Dance with You – George Strait

Indie/Alternative

  1. Love You For A Long Time – Maggie Roger
  2. Nothing Matters When We Dance – The Magnetic Fields
  3. All My Love – George Ezra
  4. I’m With You – Vance Joy
  5. Someone To You – BANNERS
choose any genre for your first dance at your wedding

Honorable Mentions

  1. Aquaman – Walk The Moon
  2. Overwhelmed – Tim McMorris
  3. Dreams – The Cranberries
  4. Yours to Keep – Jordan Mackampa
  5. Incredible – James TW
  6. Hooked On A Feeling – Blue Swede

For my fellow How I Met Your Mother fans: I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) – The Proclaimers

check out my full playlist of first dance songs here I’ll be adding to it constantly so go ahead and “follow” if you’d like.

genre for first dance
outdoors first dance at wedding

Before you pick your first dance, make sure your wedding day timeline is set- here’s how to plan the perfect wedding day timeline

The Perfect Songs from Every Genre for your First Dance

There are many benefits of a first look on your wedding day. If you’re planning your wedding, having a first look is definitely something to consider. But really, what are the benefits of a first look?!

More Time with Your Fiancé

One benefit of a first look is of course -more time with your fiancé. If you are having an evening ceremony but not a first look, you won’t be able to see your partner for the entire day before you walk down the aisle. This isn’t just a regular day…. this is your wedding day. This day is one of the most important days of your relationship. Let’s fill your entire day with love instead of just a couple of hours.

Cure any butterflies

Wedding days are notorious for being a little chaotic. Wether you’re feeling nervous, excited, or overwhelmed there are a lot of emotions happening at once, but the best way to calm any butterflies is to look into your partner’s eyes. The minute you see the love of your life on your wedding day, your jitters float away. It’s a minute of calmness before the natural chaos of the day. Sometimes the first look is one of the only moments you’ll have alone throughout the entire day. A quiet moment all to yourselves to just be together.

Flexibility in Your Timeline

First looks give you the opportunity to slow the day down a little, you don’t have to rush everything in the short little window of time between the end of the ceremony and the beginning of the reception. First looks early on in the day allow most of your photos to be taken before the ceremony even starts. Then after the ceremony you’ll only need time for a few more family photos and a couple portraits of the two of you as the newly married couple but then it’s time for the reception! You’ll actually get to go to your cocktail hour and enjoy it. You’ll be excited to welcome guests and celebrate with everyone because you’ve been able to relax throughout the entire day and have had your love by your side.

Overall first looks benefit the day by taking a way some of the stress. They save a little time in the timeline because you can get so much done early on in the day without having to stay hidden from each other. They also give you an intimate moment alone to be yourselves without the feeling of being in front of a crowd.

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Courtney and Mason’s intimate garden first look
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bride and groom garden first look, kansas city wedding, natalie nichole photography
bride and groom garden first look, kansas city wedding, natalie nichole photography
bride and groom garden first look, kansas city wedding, natalie nichole photography
bride and groom garden first look, kansas city wedding, natalie nichole photography
bride and groom garden first look, kansas city wedding, natalie nichole photography
bride and groom garden first look, kansas city wedding, natalie nichole photography
bride and groom garden first look, kansas city wedding, natalie nichole photography
bride and groom garden first look, kansas city wedding, natalie nichole photography

regardless of if you choose to have a first look or not your wedding day is going to take your breath away. You’ll marry the love of your life and celebrate with allllllll of your friends and family that support you.

learn how to plan the perfect wedding day timeline (with or without a first look) here

Benefits of a First Look