Kristin + Alex

I am SO EXCITED to blog this amazing SURPRISE wedding day!!!  Yes, that's right, Surprise wedding!  This incredible, free spirited couple decided to do something different than the norm for their beautiful big day! Kristin + Alex invited their friends and family to the 'oh so lovely' Eventful at Locust Grove (Weston, MO) for an "engagement party".  Once the guests were seated, they handed out beautiful custom stationary and 3d glasses!  As the guests put on their glasses the papery revealed that "today was more than just an engagement party...it was THEIR WEDDING DAY"!  The couple then invited their guests to be seated in the courtyard as the bride's secret gown was taken out of hiding, and the couple dressed for the occasion!  I was so blessed to have documented so much surprise, pure joy, and happy tears!  I loved how spontaneous, genuine, and free this whole day felt!  Kristin + Alex, you two have completely stolen my heart!  Your down to earth kind of love is so beautiful and inspiring!  The way you both seemed to care so much more about real life love and true commitment than simply throwing a traditional party was inspiring! This was definitely one of my favorite days to have documented!  Sending love to you two! xo-Atley

Jimmy + Hayley

Everything about Jimmy + Hayley's beautiful wedding day tugged at my heartstrings!  Not only do these two have an amazing love-story, their humor, down-to-earth personalities, and open hearts made it so easy to emotionally connect with documenting this beautiful day!  The day was full of happy tears, memorable kisses, crazy wind, rich colors, golds and velvets, an awesome wedding party, great food, and an epic dance party!!  These. People. Know how love, and they DEFINITELY know how to throw a party!!!  Weddings by Hannah did an INCREDIBLE job making sure every detail was perfect, and this wedding day vibe was definitely one of my favorites to photograph (I'm pretty sure If I could go back in time and re-plan my own wedding...it would look something like Jimmy & Hayley's! haha!)  A perfect venue and awesome vendors came together to make this day special, and I couldn't think of a more perfect couple!  Sending you love, Jimmy + Hayley!  You two are beyond amazing, and I'm so excited for the incredible adventures awaiting you! - xoxo Atley

Zach + Rhiannon

Where do I begin?  Zach & Rhiannon had the most perfect wedding day!  You could feel the genuine happiness exploding from these two all day long.  They chose to wed at one of my favorite venues (Eventful at Locust Grove), and it was the PERFECT setting for this organic, art inspired day.  There were so many sweet, beautiful moments through out the day, and I loved getting to document each 'handshake down the isle, dress twirl, and stolen kiss'.  Rhiannon + Zach, I actually want to say 'thank you' from the bottom of my heart.  Getting to know you both has been amazing, and the way you were open and excited about letting me try new/abstract double exposures & art pieces made my heart fall in love with you both!  I can't tell you how thankful I am to have clients/friends like you who excitedly encourage me to take new risks and make NEW art!  Love to you both!  It's easy to see that your love will last a lifetime! - xoxo Atley

Peter + Jordanne

Occasionally, I get that wedding that immediately after finishing...I want to submit to every wedding magazine in the midwest!! Jordanne + Peter's wedding was so clean, classic, and beautiful. Weddings by Hannah hit it out of the park with this celebratory day's overall look and feel, and I was completely stoked to work with some of KC most talented vendors on this one!  Jordanne + Peter, you two are absolutely one of the sweetest couples I've ever had the honor to work with...Thank you so very much for the honor of documenting your wedding day.  Every now and then, I'm lucky enough to come across a couple that the moment I meet them, I know, they are definitely golden anniversary bound.  You two are most definitely one of THOSE couples!!!  Sending love to you both!  xoxo-Atley

Reception: Brass on Baltimore

Wedding Planning:  Weddings by Hannah

Photographer: Atley Marks

Videographer: Shawn Gormley Films

Band/DJ: Lost Wax

Cake: Rebekah Foster

Florist: Good Earth Floral

Caterer: Olive Events

Bar: Brass on Baltimore

Papery: Announce This!

Dress: Something White

Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom

Tuxes: Jos A Bank

Rentals: Ultrapom

Photobooth: Jukeboxx Media

Transportation: Showtime

Justin + Liz

I can't believe it's been FIVE whole years since I photographed Jusin + Liz's awesome wedding day!!  Holy Smokes!  For their five year anniversary, these two decided to do a simple, yet meaningful, private vow renewal!  This  evening encapsulated the beauty of real life love & marriage.  Justin wrote and sang his bride of 5 years a tear-jerking love song, followed by the exchanging of vows, cake & champagne...Everything was perfect....then the clouds opened up and the rain began to pour down on us!  What started as a well planned and lovely vow renewal turned into high winds and tornado sirens!  Some couples would have sadly packed up and ran for shelter disappointed and discouraged...but these two embraced the storm!  We shot through the mess and caught some beautiful moments as these to laughed and held eachother close as they became more and more drenched!  Marriage is hard, but there is beauty in the mess when you can find joy in the storms that life throws at you.  Sending you love, Justin + Liz!   I have no doubt that you two are in it for the long haul, and it was so beautiful witnessing your love, friendship, and commitment to partnership!  Thanks for the adventure! - Atley

Side Note:  Liz is also a rad photographer!  You can check out her work HERE!

Matt + Sejal

Where do I begin?  Matt & Sejal had one of the most amazing wedding celebrations I've ever had the honor to document!  Multiple days of beautiful wedding festivities, gorgeous henna, happy-tear moments, insanely great food...I could go on and on about each and every minute of this colorful, life-filled celebration!  Some of those attending had even made the trek all the way from India to celebrate with this couple, and CELEBRATE they did!!!  A beautiful ceremony followed by an INCREDIBLE, roof-shaking party with amazing people and fantastic music...every detail was perfect.  Sending you love, Matt + Sejal!  Thank you so very much for trusting me to document your day!  Witnessing the life & love that you and your families radiate touched my heart!  Thank you for making me a part of your celebration, and thank you for making me wish I had been born in India! haha!  You both are completely amazing! - Atley

Ceremony Venue:  The Little Theatre
Reception Venue:  The Brass on Baltimore
Wedding Planning:  Weddings By Hannah
Videography:  Shawn Gormley Films ( You can check out Shawn's amazing work HERE)
A very special shout-out to my awesome second-shooter Maddie Walker!  You went above and beyond to help create this beautiful collection for Matt + Sejal!  You're pretty much a rockstar!