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i'm a wedding and portrait photographer in kansas city!

I fell in love with creating a space for people to be themselves several years ago. Since then I have photographed so many people who care about each other deeply and I love sharing their stories with anyone who will listen.

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An Intimate Backyard Wedding | Hey Hills!

“Intimate Backyard Wedding” to me doesn’t seem to fully encapsulate what Terrance and Natalie had.

In one way it’s because it was actually in the front yard. In other ways it’s just that they had a ceremony that was absolutely perfect for them and it was beautiful to witness. It was family only on the property next door to where Natalie lived her first few years of life.

There were cows (who lost interest in us very quickly), the most beautiful landscaping I’ve ever seen and the most ornate wedding attire ever. Terrance’s blue velvet suit paired with Natalie’s lace dress photographed so dramatically and beautifully together. They look like models (which, ya know, feels like cheating but ok). Their family was so overjoyed to be there and during Natalie’s teary vows there was not a dry eye left in the place.

These two kids met in High School. Natalie’s dad performed their marriage ceremony and everyone burst into laughter when he mentioned that Natalie fell in love with Terrance’s “thick neck”. It was one of the funniest and most spontaneous bursts of laughter I’ve ever seen at an altar and I can only imagine how much it meant to them to be married by such a big cheerleader and champion of their marriage.

There was a quick prayer between Terrance and his brother Torrence . Natalie’s big family was a part of getting her dressed, keeping her level, and reminding her how much of a queen she is. Honestly, both of their families were so deeply ingrained in this day that I can’t imagine them getting married any other way than exactly how they did.

So sit back, take in this day, and just revel in the unfairness that is how pretty of a cry face Natalie Hill has. (Some of us look like Kim K and it’s ROUGH)

Vendors

Dress: Stephanie’s Bridal Boutique
Veil: Veronica Couture Veils
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Alterations: Fine Stitch
Cake: Costco
Floral: River Market Farmer’s Market
Make-Up: Brows by Dalia
Hair: Alex Smith with Studio D Hair Loft

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- ellen & Dru Johnston

I can't recommend Tayanna highly enough. Not only were our pictures beautiful, but also she was an incredibly wonderful person to work with. She responds to emails quickly, and was flexible and organized. On our wedding day, it was awesome to have her around: she was fun and positive, and made bridal party pics and family pics actually fun and enjoyable. She's the best.

"She's the best."

- BEBE & ryan Thompson

I am absolutely blessed to have chosen Tay for my elopement, both as a photographer and an ordained minister. It was an intimate ceremony and something so special that I will never forget. The ceremony and photos took place in the very cold snow, because I love snow! Tay was a champ making sure I got the best possible images that would bring back memories of this day forever! I have already had many people tell me that they were some of the best wedding photos they’ve ever seen! 😊 if you’re planning on eloping or need photos for your big wedding, Tay is your girl!

"Tay is your girl!"

jordan & eric dalbey

Tayanna is amazing! Her pictures are beautiful, she listens to exactly what you are looking for, helps you come up with a timeline for your big day and makes you feel comfortable having your picture taken. She was recommended to me by 2 friends whose wedding pictures I loved and after meeting with her I knew she was the one to capture our wedding day. Now I'm recommending her to you! Hire her. You'll be so happy you did!

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