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I met Hope a few years ago while taking her senior photos, and it was such an honor that she trusted me again to be her wedding photographer! Her mom, Joy, contacted me last year to make sure they could reserve Hope and DJ’s wedding date, and I have to tell you that from our first meeting through the timeline finalization appointment, I LOVED seeing their names on my calendar. I mean, how can you not smile when part of your day includes meeting with “Hope and Joy!!” And trust me, they both truly live up to their names!!

We started the day at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Wichita with Hope’s bridesmaids – her incredibly sweet sisters! I absolutely adore these girls, just like the rest of their family. They sang together during the ceremony, so I had the privilege of hearing their impromptu rehearsals while taking their getting ready photos. My sister and husband are both musicians, so the peacefulness of the guitar strumming in the background made me feel right at home! And, that peaceful, welcoming atmosphere pretty much sums up the entire wedding day because this is one of those families that makes you feel like you’ve known them forever!

After the bridal details portraits, we headed over to the Old Cowtown Museum. Hope and DJ had decided to share a first look before the ceremony. This is one of my favorite parts of the day because it’s such a sweet time just between the bride and groom. They get to hit pause, step away from all the busyness and just be together. Another special part of their day was that Hope’s dad was the officiant of their ceremony! He was a captivating speaker who often had the guests laughing, but left space for a few tears to be shed as well. The strong bond of love between this family was felt throughout the day. Hope and DJ, thank you so much for allowing us to be part of your wedding day! We wish you many years of blessing! Enjoy!

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Dress Store | Dress Gallery

Ceremony & Reception Venue | Old Cowtown Museum

Florals | Moore Flowers

Cake | Nothing Bundt Cake

Hair Artist | Jessica @ Major Hair Company

Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Warehouse

DJ | Diamond Dave