Chosen family has taken on a new meaning throughout the years. It’s damn near impossible to have not ended up with one and leaning on them through things we can’t expect with our biological family. Katie and Jesse’s Celestial Kansas Backyard Wedding is proof of that. With unexpected guest changes and a lot of uncertainty with the pandemic, their people were there for them when they needed them most.
I met Katie and Jesse through the vast world that is Kansas City twitter. They were that couple that had been together forever who you always rooted for. They’ve got a menagerie of animals in their home (that are all cute as hell), they’ve built a beautiful home together, and with the science and brawn between the two of them they just make a lot of goddamn sense.
Katie and Jesse love to tell the story about how they met. Jesse almost hit Katie with a door at a bar and their love blossomed from there. Katie has always been obsessed with the stars and so weaving it into their wedding day just felt right. Jesse took his creative talented and made his side of the wedding party the coolest belts for their outfits.
It’s just amazing to see how people make the best out of things and then turn them into literally MAGICAL backyard weddings. The detail these two put into their day to make it truly unique is obvious and I could not be more proud of the humans they are now.
Scroll on to see some of the highlights from their day.
- kara + anudeep
"I knew Tay did great work from looking through her website, but it was talking with her and hearing her approach to her business that sold us. She is one of those people who exudes kindness and joy. We are an intercultural couple and it meant a lot to me that she had demonstrated a commitment to inclusivity in her client portfolios."
"Tay is simply the best. Contact her for a consultation; you won't regret it."
- ally + luke
"When I met Tay in the summer of 2017, Luke and I were freshly dating and filling in for a portfolio session that had cancelled on her short notice! And let me tell you... that was one of the best things to have happened to us! We had a BLAST and it was then that I knew I wanted Tay to capture our relationship along the way— so when Luke proposed she was one of the first people I told! I have never been the most comfortable in front of a camera— but she makes it feel so dang easy. Tay has this way of capturing the purest moments, the goofy moments and all the love that exists between them. Just recently, she delivered again for us. Seeing our wedding through her lens was the cherry on top of my favorite day. I cannot thank her enough for the joy she has brought us— and the photos she has given us to show genterations to come."
"Tay has this way of capturing the purest moments, the goofy moments and all the love that exists between them."
- jerica + kathleen
"Tayanna is a prime choice for a photographer.
She photographed our wedding and produced home-run, out of the park, Friday night lights photography. We asked her to focus on moments: people interacting with each other and less formal moments. Her professionalism, communication and quality is top-notch. If you want top performance, hire Tayanna. 10/10 would recommend, will hire again."
"10/10 would recommend, will hire again"