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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.

Hey, I'm Tay!

The Bride(s) and the Bauer, a Sustainable Wedding | Jerica + Kathleen

It has been almost three years since my last wedding at The Bride and the Bauer, and I missed it so much. The brick, the getting ready rooms,  & the large windows make for an amazing venue. It’s only fitting that two amazing people would get married here.

This wedding had it all. I was in awe of how well thought out every aspect was. The silverware and plates were compostable. Food came from the restaurant Kathleen works for and there were vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. They made their wedding as sustainable as possible. One bride wore an emerald green jumpsuit and the other wore what I can only personally describe as ship captain’s garb. It was absolutely goddamn epic.

This is truly a wedding where I wish there was a transcript to sift through. I’d love for you to hear it and experience it all just as I did. Their ceremony included a powerful reading about all of the queer folk who came before Kathleen and Jerica in order to make their wedding possible. Their reception was decorated with an American flag and an LGBTQ+ flag in glorious symbolism as well. For their portraits, we were able to stop by St. Theresa’s, Up-Down, & Le Fou Frog. We were on a tour of their love and growth. During their processional, they walked down the aisle to Beyonce’s Love on Top. For the recessional? “Everything is Great” from the Muppets Movie. I’ve never danced so much before a reception even happens.

This wedding was an absolutely amazing end to my season and was a good reminder of why I do what I do. Their wedding was so unique and true to themselves that I had the most amazing time photographing it. See for yourself.

Wedding Vendors:

Venue – Bauer
Food – Jovitos, Le Fou Frog, Betty Raes, Donut King
DJ/Photobooth – Miles McMahon/Theater of the Imagination
Linens – Ultra Pom
Decorations – Le Fou Frog/Kathleen/Marian Nguyen
Wedding Mehendi – Eleanor Julia: Henna Artist & Calligraphy – Carolyn Alspaugh

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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!

"Hire her."

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