You can see it in the way their friends look at them, and in the expressions on people’s faces when they hug them. Ali and Barclay are just two of the kindest souls I have ever known. They are a delightful, perfect fit. Their love for travel, music, and new experiences, the way they share themselves vulnerably and freely with everyone they meet, the way they listen to people with their full attention and interest. Their huge expressive smiles, the way they don’t take themselves too seriously. Their gorgeousness. These are just a few reasons that it is easy to love these two.
Originally, Ali and Barclay wanted a very small intimate wedding, but as their dream to move to Barcelona in the fall became a reality, they decided to have a huge party with all of the people they love most as a wedding celebration and also an early sendoff. After a moving ceremony officiated by Barclay’s dad, one of my favorite parts of the day was the recessional. Barclay’s friends followed them with drums and cymbals and there was so much energy of celebration in the air that I teared up as I photographed Ali and Barclay dance out of the room after just getting married. The reception was decorated with lots of handmade things to signify the two cities where their life together would begin: paper airplanes and postcards from both Kansas City and Barcelona.
There were yard games, and a vintage VW bus for a Photo Booth. A Gourmet Popsicle peddler cycled his way through the tables, and there were references throughout the day to Ali’s amazing food blog (Gimme Some Oven), like napkins printed with “Gimme Some Tacos.” Best of all, their amazing amount of talented musical friends were the entertainment for the whole night. Every single song for the first hour and a half of the reception was performed by one of their best friends. At one point, my shooting partner David and I laughed when we realized that we were so entertained by the music that we were standing in the middle of the dance floor just watching the show instead of shooting!
To open this post of my favorites, I’ll start with one at the very end of the night. Barclay and Ali riding the railcar back to their River Market home. Their honeymoon to Mexico had been postponed last minute- like on their wedding day kinda last minute. But they never let themselves show sadness or sulk. Instead they laughed as they talked about what Kansas City food they would eat the next day instead. Love you two!!