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Laura and Justin: Married

From an early age, it was clear:  she was a girl who knew what she wanted.  She preferred dogs over cats; never questioned her loyalty to the Jayhawks; and there were few things more important than her family.  She has always known who she is and how that sets her apart from everyone else.

So when they met, it was undeniable: He was it.  His jovial smile brightened her day each time she caught a glimpse.  He challenged her decisiveness, but never failed to encourage and support her.  And his spirit soared in the simple ways of life that made her feel free.

The best part about this feeling was that he was just as certain as she.  He adored the fire in her eyes and the kindness in her heart, her sheer determination that never seemed to quiet her compassion. And, around her, he was simply better.

We celebrated with Laura and Justin on their two wedding days.  First, we joined them as they committed to one another with in signing their Ketubah.  Later that week, the party grew as they promised forever before all their friends and family.

Laura and Justin have been together since early in their years at the University of Kansas.  This day had been anticipated by many for a quite a while.  The excitement of its arrival was clear on both of their faces when they first saw each other that day.

Later that week, we got back together with Laura, Justin, and their families for the formal ceremony where they pulled out all the stops to celebrate their love.While the girls were getting ready, the boys relaxed a bit with some bowling. I’m not sure if Justin took top honors bowling that day, but he does have some of the best moves I’ve seen in quite a while.  (They also manifested themselves on the dance floor later that evening.)Laura loves all things vintage.  The bracelet was her grandmother’s.  The lace on her blue wedding dress was the lace from her Mother’s wedding dress, and her bouquet–and those of the bridesmaid’s–were made with vintage brooches and buttons.  It was a flawlessly executed theme.Two of the most beautiful people we’ve come to know . . . inside and out.One of Laura’s requests for their day was to have a bird’s eye view of their first look.  While I was on the ground with Laura and Justin, Pete nabbed these shots from above.  It is such a cool way to observe a moment that will live forever.These two images are some of my favorites from the whole day. Laura and Justin had fantastically fun wedding party that included her sister (and former BTP bride), Leah!The ceremony began with some beautiful music, setting the mood for a wonderful celebration.Exchange the rings. Kiss the bride. Break the glass. Mazel tav!See this cake?  Yeah, that’s Allen Fieldhouse.  See that Jayhawk? It’s made out of cake, too.  See those sprinkles?  There are thousands of them all celebrating Laura and Justin. Absolutely the coolest cake we’ve ever seen.The best thing about Laura and Justin…is each other.
Laura and Justin, We have been privileged to get to know you and your families over the last two years.  Your commitment to your families, friends, and most significantly one other, has inspired us and many others along the way. We wish you countless blessings in your married life together and cannot wait to celebrate life with you again someday in the future.


Pete and Emily
Ceremony/Reception/Catering: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Downtown
Event Coordination: Jessica and Amy at Hitched Weddings, KC
Hair: Erin Strom
Make-up: Tamara Neudorf
DJ: Richard at All Ears Mobile DJ
Cake: Amy Berlau
Photography: Pete and Emily; Belltower Photography

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118 comments . . . please leave us yours!

Laura - September 20, 2012 - 2:55 pm

Our wedding wouldn’t have been the same without you! Thank you so much for capturing all of these wonderful memories so beautifully.

Kelly Draffen - September 20, 2012 - 3:01 pm

I love the pictures put together in story form. What a great story for a great day!

Sara - September 20, 2012 - 3:14 pm

The pictures are gorgeous!! I wish you both many years of happiness :)

Justin - September 20, 2012 - 3:34 pm

As my wife said already, we wouldn’t have had any of these great pictures without you they really are stunning. Thanks so much! Additional thanks for whichever one of you tried to give me credit for being able to dance.

Leah - September 20, 2012 - 4:45 pm

LOVE IT! Those pictures are so vivid it makes me wish I was out dancing with everyone again!

Sarah Dyerson - September 20, 2012 - 4:54 pm

My favorite photos are of Justin in his “victory bowling stance”, them walking towards each other from far away, Laura’s bouquet (this picture does it more justice than in person!) and of course Laura catching me as a fish!
Beautiful photos, wonderful wedding and beautiful couple!

Jill - September 20, 2012 - 4:57 pm

These pictures capture the beauty of the day! Glad they’re here!

sharon friedman - September 20, 2012 - 5:05 pm

Again, Emily~ You and Pete did a beautiful job capturing the evening Laura and Justin signed their Ketubah and the whole day of their wedding. I love your dialogue. Yes, they are a special couple.

Thank you for documenting Leah and Laura’s weddings so lovingly.
Sharon and Geoffrey (Mom and Dad of the bride’s)

Amy Johnson - September 20, 2012 - 5:16 pm

Laura you look so pretty! I love the view from under your beautiful Chuppah. The look on your face is complete bliss! Best wishes!!!

Leslee - September 20, 2012 - 9:18 pm

That black and white of them in the city grabs me every time. Fantastic, beautiful job.

Jody Gittleman - September 20, 2012 - 9:23 pm

Great pix! What a wonderful wedding. Mazel Tov!

Audrey Campbell (Morrison) - September 20, 2012 - 9:48 pm

Awesome dance shots… this was such a fun party.

You look amazing, Laura. And the couple shots are really good. Good luck choosing!

Best wishes,


Julie - September 21, 2012 - 7:36 am

Nicest wedding photos ever.

Muriel Soloff - September 21, 2012 - 8:05 am

It was a beautiful wedding with a beautiful couple. Mazel tov!

Muriel and Gene Soloff

Debbi Blake - September 21, 2012 - 8:39 am

Not being at the wedding, the pictures capture the story of the wonderful day(s) they had. You can almost hear the music, laughter and definately feel the love of the entire day through the eyes of all involved! Beautiful pictures Laura Beth & Justin.

Laura Daniels - September 21, 2012 - 8:43 am

Thank you for sharing these amazing photos! We were so privileged to share in your special day. Looking forward to many happy times!

Trent & Laura

Kim Brennan - September 21, 2012 - 9:49 am

The pictures came out just as beautiful as the wedding! What an amazing day!! :)

Brooke - September 21, 2012 - 10:01 am

I love the blue dress and the vintage theme!

Gilly Reister - September 21, 2012 - 10:02 am

Congratulations Laura & Justin! Your photos are absolutely *gorgeous*. Also, by far the best wedding cake I have ever seen. Hope your wedding was everything you dreamed it would be. Congratulations, again.

Christy - September 21, 2012 - 10:36 am

What wonderful photos!! I love how they go thru your day and tell the story so you can have your special day over and over every time you look at the pics. Congrats!

Julie - September 21, 2012 - 11:02 am

Great pics! How nice to recall that very special day(s).

Lindsay - September 21, 2012 - 11:05 am

What a beautiful wedding, and so many great pictures! Congrats you two!

Sara Turnbull - September 21, 2012 - 11:16 am

Such beautiful pictures! Love this collection that captured all the best moments! Absolutely LOVE the first moment look! Congrats to you both again! So glad to be a part of it from the very beginning!

Denise McHugh - September 21, 2012 - 11:24 am

Great memories…captured beautifully!

Kelly - September 21, 2012 - 12:07 pm

What a lovely day, and wonderful photos to help you relive it!

Kathy - September 21, 2012 - 2:45 pm

What a GREAT day! I found my self grinning back at the great photos!

Samantha - September 21, 2012 - 3:41 pm

Amazing pictures!! You two are beautiful together, both inside and out! :-)

Liz - September 21, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Justin, thank you for sharing, these are absolutely beautiful. I’m so happy for both of you.

Teresa Cole - September 21, 2012 - 4:51 pm

I love the way Laura & Justin’s story is captured in the pictures. There is no doubt about the love these two wonderful people have for one another. So beautiful…..

janet - September 21, 2012 - 5:48 pm

the wedding was beautiful and the bride and bridegroom were gorgeous the pictures captured the wedding beautifully

Connie Chen - September 21, 2012 - 9:08 pm

Wow!!! All the pictures look awesome!!! Laura you look gorgeous!! Love the dress!!!

Danette - September 22, 2012 - 8:26 am

Beautiful memories

Aimee - September 22, 2012 - 9:10 am

The stylized photos are stunning and the candids are simply vibrant–they capture the people and the day so well. I especially love the b/w photo of Justin’s and Laura’s heads and her rings as they dance. A moment of quiet togetherness amidst a loving and joyous crowd. Beautiful.

JRo - September 22, 2012 - 11:19 am

Laura – Thanks for sharing this link to your wedding pictures, they are absolutely beautiful! So, I’m not a Jayhawk, but I have to admit– the cake was FANTASTIC!

Christine - September 22, 2012 - 3:04 pm

Great pictures!

Sarah - September 22, 2012 - 10:08 pm

Mazal tov! These pictures are amazing!!!

Ken - September 22, 2012 - 10:16 pm

Like re-attending the wedding!

Bethany Lud - September 22, 2012 - 11:30 pm

Beautiful pictures! Great photography!

Elisha - September 23, 2012 - 12:00 am

Lovely photos, I particularly like the black and whites

Laura Galler - September 23, 2012 - 7:17 am

Gorgeous! What an amazing couple and beautiful pictures!

karen - September 23, 2012 - 7:41 am

great photos. great couple!

Andrea - September 23, 2012 - 8:02 am

AMAZING photos!! Especially love the birds eye view first look – great idea!!

Bonnie - September 23, 2012 - 8:34 am

I love the downtown B&W photo with the kiss! Fantastic casual shots of Justin bowling … really captured the moment! Beautiful pictures …. fantastic couple!

Shelley - September 23, 2012 - 10:00 am

Beautiful pictures! Beautiful bride and groom. Thanks for sharing.

becca wechsler - September 23, 2012 - 11:45 am

Love the cake! Love them all!

Pam - September 23, 2012 - 2:46 pm

Beautiful photos! You’ve done great work for both Laura and Leah!

Jacqui - September 23, 2012 - 6:43 pm

what beautiful pictures of a very happy couple :)

Geoffrey Friedman - September 23, 2012 - 8:07 pm

Really great pictures as great as the ones with Leah and Josh. Really enjoy seeing them.

Lauren Friedman - September 23, 2012 - 8:14 pm

Wonderful photos. Beautiful couple.

leesf - September 23, 2012 - 9:33 pm

nice to see and remember a wonderful evening

Mallory Schock - September 23, 2012 - 9:39 pm

SUCH AN AWESOME TIME!! I’m so happy I got to be a part of that wonderful day! Love you both sooooo much!!

Tammy Danley - September 24, 2012 - 9:52 am

Beautiful pictures!!!!

mark miller - September 24, 2012 - 9:55 am

awesome pics!

tammy danley - September 24, 2012 - 9:57 am

beautiful pictures.

Alan Gallas - September 24, 2012 - 10:13 am

Gorgeous photos! Fabulous wedding!

Amy Schwarz - September 24, 2012 - 10:48 am


Connor Castellano - September 24, 2012 - 10:52 am

Great pictures guys!

David - September 24, 2012 - 10:56 am

Wow! These photos are just great. Mad props to the photographer for capturing all the great moments. What a great wedding and can only wish you two the best of luck. I do like how Thomas always has his hair getting in the way whenever he is in a photo.

heather wooters - September 24, 2012 - 11:34 am


LBC - September 24, 2012 - 1:29 pm

Beautiful photos.

Jackie - September 24, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Your wedding was truly beautiful! Congratulations to you both!

Cathy Boyer-Shesol - September 24, 2012 - 2:54 pm

Beautiful pictures! Mazel Tov!

Cathy and Ron

Josh - September 24, 2012 - 5:36 pm

Great pictures! (of course)

sue - September 24, 2012 - 6:19 pm

My photograper daughter really liked your pictures. That’s high praise indeed!

Lauren - September 24, 2012 - 10:56 pm

Wonderful photos – great way to share the story of your day!

Rosalie Rosenbloom - September 25, 2012 - 10:05 am

Laura and Justin,
What an amazing couple!!! What an amazing Wedding! What amazing pictures!!!!!

Looking at the pictures are like re-living the wedding.
Love you both!!!!
Hugs and Kisses

Jim - September 25, 2012 - 1:26 pm

Fantastic subject! Outstanding creativity!

Sarah - September 25, 2012 - 2:24 pm

Beautiful wedding!

Bobbie Cavins - September 25, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Wow guys. Your pictures really turned out amazing. I am so glad I was there :-) Happy days!!

Corey Friedemann - September 25, 2012 - 3:47 pm

You look wonderful! Congrats

Cas Mikolajczak - September 25, 2012 - 4:22 pm

great pictures, looks like everyone had a good time

Thomas Wright - September 25, 2012 - 5:07 pm

The pictures do a great job capturing how much fun everyone had and how amazing the evening was. Honored to be a part of it!!

Brett - September 25, 2012 - 5:17 pm

Lovely photos! Becca and I loved being able to be there for your special day!

Amy - September 25, 2012 - 5:21 pm

LauRa these are so fun and your dresses are beautiful! What a great set!

Mick Mullen - September 25, 2012 - 6:01 pm

Really enjoyed the pictures. Felt like i was there
Congrats to you both.

Jessica Gallas - September 25, 2012 - 6:17 pm

Laura and Justin,

Beautiful photographs and such a sweet, very true blurp about you. : – ) The wedding was beautiful, almost as beautiful as you. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the toasts as well. As always,, much love and happy wishes!

Nicole - September 25, 2012 - 7:21 pm

What amazing and beautiful pictures! You both look wonderful!!!!!

Kellie Cardell - September 25, 2012 - 7:34 pm

These photos are amazing! What a wonderful couple, I couldn’t be happier for you guys.

Kellie Cardell - September 25, 2012 - 7:36 pm

Your wedding was gorgeous! I love the pictures, love the setting, and I am so happy for you guys!

Kathleen Navarro - September 25, 2012 - 7:39 pm

Your photos are enchanting and brings out every beautiful moment of your wedding. Congratulations, you two are a wonderful pair and I couldn’t wish for better friends.

Craig Spitznagle - September 25, 2012 - 7:48 pm

You two look great and the pictures are amazing! So happy for you two!

Craig Spitznagle - September 25, 2012 - 7:51 pm

You two look great. I’m so happy for you guys and you make a great couple. Pictures look awesome as well!

Mahyar - September 25, 2012 - 8:16 pm

These photos are great, very well done.

marcia kaufman - September 25, 2012 - 8:56 pm

these pics are GORGEOUS! so sad we werent able to be there :( mazel tov again!

Donald Sykes - September 25, 2012 - 9:17 pm

Great wedding an even better people best of luck to the both of you

Amy - September 25, 2012 - 11:18 pm


Karen - September 25, 2012 - 11:57 pm

A wonderful celebration of love and wonderful memories through beautiful photos.

Tanya Leslie - September 26, 2012 - 8:01 am

Wow! These photos are amazing! It was a great few days and i am so happy that i was there! The photos bring back all the great memories! Far to many great ones to pick from xx

Kimberlie Clyma - September 26, 2012 - 8:10 am

Thanks for sharing these amazing photos – looks like quite an event. The photographer seemed to really capture the feelings of the day. And Laura, you looked absolutely amazing! Congratulations to you both!

danielle - September 26, 2012 - 12:21 pm

What great photographers! These pics are amazing!

Kellie Cardell - September 26, 2012 - 1:00 pm

These pics are beautiful! I couldn’t be happier for the two of you! Congratulations!

Cassie - September 26, 2012 - 5:00 pm

Beautiful pictures for a lovely couple! congrats!

Jon Levey - September 26, 2012 - 7:58 pm

Absolutely beautiful. Congratulations you two. What a happy couple.

Cassie Levey - September 26, 2012 - 7:59 pm

Thank you for letting us be a part of your day!

Austin Dowlingin - September 26, 2012 - 8:20 pm

Great pictures!

Cathy Caplan - September 26, 2012 - 8:48 pm

These pictures are beautiful. The bridge and groom are captured in their true happiness.

Brenda McKinnon - September 26, 2012 - 8:50 pm

What beautiful pictures…loks like everyone had a great time

sarah - September 26, 2012 - 8:52 pm

beautiful pictures

Hannah Caplan - September 26, 2012 - 8:54 pm

These are all so beautiful!

Brenda Shane - September 26, 2012 - 8:58 pm

Congrats! Great pictures!!

Craig - September 26, 2012 - 8:59 pm

What a great time at the wedding, had a blast!!!

Miriam - September 26, 2012 - 9:01 pm

Beautiful Photos! So happy for you! Mazal tov

hannah - September 26, 2012 - 9:04 pm

you look so pretty

jackie - September 26, 2012 - 9:05 pm

Amazing pictures and cake!

meredith - September 26, 2012 - 9:06 pm

So happy for you!

Laura W - September 26, 2012 - 9:37 pm

Dayum!!! That is one sexy lookin’ couple!

Seth Kaufman - September 26, 2012 - 9:51 pm

These pictures are amazing! So sorry we couldn’t be there to celebrate. Mazel Tov!

Chandler - September 26, 2012 - 10:55 pm

This is so cute! What a beautiful wedding, I am so happy for you Justin and Laura!

Jenna - September 26, 2012 - 11:56 pm

awesome pics

Andrew - September 27, 2012 - 2:01 pm

Rock Chalk Jayhawk! That cake was amazing!

Valerie - September 27, 2012 - 2:09 pm

These are beautiful pictures. They really capture what a beautiful wedding it was.

Meggie - September 27, 2012 - 2:14 pm

What a beautiful wedding! Mazel Tov!

Rob Morrison - September 27, 2012 - 2:20 pm

What a great wedding. Love the color in these. Can’t wait to see the album.

Joe Elyachar - September 27, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Great pictures! I’m glad there is only one of me making a fool of myself lol. Thanks again Laura and Justin, I had an amazing time!

Joe Elyachar - September 27, 2012 - 5:44 pm

And the cake was absolutely delicious too!

Jack Hamil - September 28, 2012 - 7:27 pm

Great wedding and the photos are excellent.

david - September 30, 2012 - 10:09 pm

They are so great!

nan - October 1, 2012 - 4:51 pm

beautiful photos of a beautiful wedding!

Green Eyes

He came down the stairs and found a seat.  From the look on his face and the decisiveness in his step, it was obvious that something was up.  And just a definitively as he had entered the room, he declared that he knew.  He had met the girl he was going to marry.  The wholesome girl who cared for his heart and his soul.  The girl with the green eyes who constantly reminded him of his goodness and silently encouraged him to become the man he wanted to be.

It was with that same decisiveness that Jessica and Taylor said “I do” this weekend.  We were so privileged to witness her eyes glow with pure, holy love for him; he returned that love with a smile that echoed deep into his soul.  Here is a sneak peek of Jessica and Taylor’s wonderful wedding day.

2 comments . . . please leave us yours!

Jessica - September 4, 2012 - 7:33 am

We LOVE the sneak peak photos, and cannot wait to see all of them! You both did an incredible job and we can never thank you enough for all your hard work! I especially love the photo of us dancing, and you can see the three little girls sitting behind us watching! LOVE! Thank you and much love! Taylor & Jess

Leslie Luft - March 28, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Hi! My fiance and I are getting married this September 20th, 2013 in Leavenworth, KS. We love your photos and are interested in your packages/pricing info!

heavenly day

It was a simple question: are you ready to marry Kara?  It was one he’d been asked consistently since their engagement became official and with more frequency as the day grew closer.

So when he was asked that same question this weekend, he smiled, looked into her eyes, and gave a very simple, decisive answer for all to hear. “Yes!”

And that was just the rehearsal.

This weekend we celebrated with Kara and Tim as they both gave a “Yes!” that resounded through the mountaintops.  It was a truly moving event and one that we were privileged to witness.  Here is a sneak peek of their amazing wedding where every last detail echoed their love for one another.

4 comments . . . please leave us yours!

Erin - August 13, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Very Pretty! What a lovely couple and such a great location!

Lori moody - August 14, 2012 - 5:15 pm

I cant wait to see all the pictures. If tears speak , you will know my reaction. Emily and Pete, you have been awesome!!

Jenny Lewis - September 23, 2012 - 10:16 am

Wow, these pictures are amazing! You guys look so happy! :) I never got a good look at your pretty bouquet, I really like it!

Kristen S - September 23, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Beautiful photos, Laura and Justin! You look so perfect together. :) Wish I could’ve been there to celebrate!