Katie & Cole’s Union Station wedding day was an effortlessly elegant dream day to capture. From her subtle and elegant color palette to her show-stopping gown – complete with detachable train! – to her classic Union Station setting, I could photograph this wedding again and again and I’d never get tired!
Some of my other favorite details included Katie’s Badgley Mischka shoes, the flower petal toss as K&C walked down the aisle as husband and wife, and their classic getaway car at the end of the evening!
One of my favorite parts of the day was when Katie & Cole shared their first look. The two had written letters to each other and wanted to read them just before seeing each other. So I brought them into their ceremony space to exchange their letters back-to-back in the very place where they’d be exchanging their vows in mere hours.
After they each read their letters (and I wiped away my own tears!) the two turned around to see each other for the first time! In that moment, Katie told me that all the stress from the morning melted away and she was re-centered by Cole’s calming presence.
As perfectly planned as Katie & Cole’s wedding day was, there was one thing they couldn’t control: the weather. In the days leading up to the big day the couple, coordinator, and I were all watching the forecast like hawks trying to predict what was going to happen!
It seemed like every hour the forecast was shifting. For awhile we had hope that it wouldn’t rain at all. But ultimately it did.
But Katie & Cole stayed calm and collected throughout the uncertainty. They purchased adorable umbrellas for the entire wedding party and themselves, and trusted my decision for backup portrait locations should we need them.
Luckily, the rain held off just enough for us to capture gorgeous portraits at our original spot, the Nelson-Atkins Museum. And honestly, isn’t there something so romantic about (a little tiny bit of) rain on a wedding day? It’s good luck after all!
Mother Nature may have thrown a curve ball at Katie & Cole on their wedding day, but she made up for it by giving them the most beautiful golden hour for their final portraits of the day.
After their ceremony inside the Union Station grand hall, we snuck Katie & Cole outside for this little portrait time. Golden hour portraits are the best portraits! And I’m not just saying that because the lighting is incredible.
This special part of the day is also a chance for you and your brand new spouse to spend some alone time on your wedding day! By this point in the evening, all the jitters are gone and you finally just get to enjoy the day! Your wedding day will fly by, so carving out these little moments to step back and take it all in are so important!
After golden hour portraits, it was time to hit the dance floor! Katie & Cole’s band kept the energy high and the dance floor packed all night long until the couple’s sparkler exit.
As you scroll through this sneak peek from Katie & Cole’s wedding day, you’ll see why this day was so much fun to capture. Cheers to Katie & Cole!
Dress Designer: Justin Alexander
Dress Store: Bridal Extraordinaire
Transportation: Showtime Transportation
Bakery: Dolce Bakery
Caterer: Brancato’s Catering
Floral Designer: Blooms by Breck
Hair Stylist: Paradise Hair & Makeup
Event Planner: Pretty + Planned
Event Venue: Union Station
Photographer: Bailey Pianalto Photography