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I flew over to Kansas City, Missouri to photograph the riveting wedding of Andrew and Natasha. I love traveling to diverse locations where I’ve never set foot, because each scene gives me fresh inspiration to create something extraordinary and true.

In Andrew and Natasha’s wedding, there were many wonderful moments. I definitely had a super time, as I put the camera down and got my dance on. And while there was much celebration and excitement, I can tell you this wedding, out of all the weddings I’ve photographed, brought the most tears to my eyes. I could barely take pictures at one point because it was too emotional. Natasha has a father who could not attend the wedding because he’s in prison. The wedding day fell on his birthday, and since he couldn’t be there to dance with his girl, he took the time to write a song and had someone record it onto a Cd. When the father/daughter dance was up, the song began to play. Natasha danced with her uncle, Mike Huss. It didn’t matter that the lyrical content wasn’t polished, nor the rhyme right on. We were all too allured with the story and the message of the song, wishing he could be there to dance with her. There were several verses that kept your attention. After tears, Andrew, her new husband, came up to her, took his bride by the hand, and then embraced her. Beautiful song, beautiful moment, beautiful wedding. Here are just a few images of the wedding in Kansas City.

Photographer: Charleton Churchill Photography

Ceremony Location: Trinity Church of the Nazarene, Independence, MO.

Reception Venue: Yellow Rock Barn Banquet Facility

Catering: Yellow Rock Barn Banquet Catering

Wedding Coordinator: Ciara Hernandez

Make-up: Rebekah Peoples

Hair: Beth Laird


Kansas City Wedding Photographer, Charleton Churchill Photography

independence wedding photographer shooting the bride up against wall in yellow rock barn banquet

wedding shoes and dress at the church for photographer in independence, MO

bridesmaids and bride at the church for photos before the wedding day

bridesmaids in MO for a wedding event at the church

band shot with guys at the wedding at Trinity of the Nazarene in Independence, MO with Andrew Riley and guys

groomsmen in the untouchable look with candlelight at the church

groom in the candlelight

men spraying cologne on his wrist before wedding day

groomsmen at Trinity of the Nazarene church before wedding day

bride and groom walking down the aisle in Independence, MO on their wedding day celebration

bride and gorom image on wedding day for their special occasion planned

bride and groom out in dramatic cloudy weather with a canon 580exII underexposing the sky for a wedding in Kansas City, MO by photographer Charleton Churchill

wedding cake for wedding at the yellow rock barn banquet

father of the bride dance in kansas city, MO.

bride crying after hearing a song from her father during father daughter dance

bride and groom dance with tears and emotion in Kansas City, MO

mother daughter dance with tears and emotion in Independence, MO

beautiful location for a dance party at a wedding

blowing bubbles as bride and groom walk out the door before they leave to the honeymoon from the church

And just for a little humor, this guy below is hilarious, I love this guy, oh too funny….shows off a great Chris Farley impersonation…
chris farley impersonation

I recently flew out to Kansas City, Missouri to photograph Andrew and Natasha’s engagement session, and had been definitely entertained by the pleasant fall colors everywhere. We traveled from destination to destination to photograph a variety of venues, and they introduced me to some high end competitive BBQ restaurants (before heading to Texas a few weeks later to be challenged by other BBQ heavy hitters). Both Andrew and Natasha are having a barn wedding in Independence, MO., and I’ll be returning in March of 2011 to document it as their wedding photojournalist.

While in Kansas City, they took me downtown to the beautiful evening lights, to the bridges over a quiet downtown river, and we watched the horses trot down the street with with people in what looked like Cinderella carriages. I almost felt like I was in Europe for a quick moment. We walked on top of a monument to see the whole city. They took me over to an urban organic coffee shop called, Broadway Cafe and Roastery.  I went to their Andrew’s parents home, whom were really nice. Where they lived, it seemed that every home we passed was perfect with beautiful trees out front.

I love traveling to different states as a wedding photographer and capturing something new.  There are different smells, feels, sights, landscapes, experiences, cultures, beliefs, etc.,  everywhere I go, and I really push myself to capture the whole experience of while there. Here are a few teasers from Andrew and Natasha’s pre-wedding engagement session.

  • Molly Criswell - I’m soooo happy to see these pictures!! I’ve been waiting 🙂 !!!November 28, 2010 – 7:21 amReplyCancel

  • Lesley Lamb - Beautiful pictures you did such a great job capturing the beauty of this young couple in deep love. Thank you:)November 28, 2010 – 8:33 amReplyCancel

  • Charleton Churchill - Thanks Leslie! Fortunately, it’s truly my pleasure to photograph people and to travel!November 28, 2010 – 9:12 amReplyCancel

  • Johnnie lingron - I love u Tasha these pics are very nice, wow!November 28, 2010 – 2:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Margo Aquino - Amazing! Great contrasts. Beautiful Couple. Natasha and Rob Bell.November 28, 2010 – 4:44 pmReplyCancel

  • Mary Mortensen - Beautiful photos!!!November 29, 2010 – 1:26 pmReplyCancel