October 29, 2019

Loose Park Engagement – Wes + Jerome

Loose Park engagement sessions used to be so easy to come by. Somehow, recently, I realized I hadn’t been to my favorite park in quite some time. So when these two Kansas City transplants mentioned it for their engagement photos, I was ecstatic.

I’ve never met a couple who enjoys media as much as Wes and Jerome. They found me via my LGBTQ+ friendly vendor list after attending an LGBTQ+ wedding show I was supposed to attend. I, unfortunately, was unable to, and I am so glad they were still able to find me. They were able to find so many of their other vendors via the list as well.

These two will be married at Alamo Drafthouse next April. They will say their vows on the stage of an actual theater and I am dying for time to fast forward just to experience it. The theater experience comes from Wes’s love of film and it doesn’t even stop there. They’ve been to countless concerts this year, were engaged at the Red Rocks and are just super freaking cool.

When I asked how they met they were yet another OkCupid success story. *Insert Airhorn Noise* I feel like people should really lean into online dating. Yes, for serious relationships. I’m an introvert who can disguise herself in social situations and the internet is a great place to meet people!

I also will generally save some of their fun facts for their wedding, but for the first time I had a couple answer my favorite question. “What couple do you two remind yourselves of?” They gave me Brad & Jane from the TV show Happy Endings. They’re probably my favorite tv couple and I think that deserves to be shared with the world.

Finally, sink your teeth into these engagement photos and know that their only requirements were “A Christian Rap Album Cover” and a photo of their really cool marriage socks. Carry on.

Looking for more lgbtq+ engagements in Kansas City?!

Kauffman Center Engagement Session – Jamie & Mel
Clinton Lake Engagement – Emily & Lindsey
Burr Oak Engagement Session – Shelby & Emma

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  1. Katherine

    November 7th, 2019 at 8:12 am

    My favorite couple in the history of love! You did a wonderful engagement shoot that really shows their affection for one another. I’m glad they found you too!
    ~Wesley’s mom 😌

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jenny & zach

Choosing Tay to photograph our wedding was one of the easiest and best decisions we made. Both my husband and I are awkward and uncomfortable with being the center of attention and photographed, obviously a bad position to be in on your wedding day. However, Tay made something typically uncomfortable for us into something fun and easy! The photographs are beautiful and captured a lot of special moments as well as the energy of our dance floor at our reception!!

Tay is simply the best! Her work is STUNNING, and we're so lucky to have found her. We had a blast during our engagement shoot -- Tay instantly makes you feel so comfortable, as if you've known her for years. Our family and friends loved the photos as much as we did. It was important to us that we find an experienced photographer who knows how to photograph people of color and is LGBTQ-friendly. Tay absolutely fits the bill. We're so excited to work with her again at our wedding in April. Also, brides-and-grooms-to-be: Check out her blog for some amazing tips! It has become a touchstone guiding us through this crazy process.

wes & jerome

I’m so glad I trusted Tayanna with my wedding day! She not only exceeded my expectations for what I thought our wedding photos could look like, but she had a beautiful sneak peek for me that night! The sneak peek was enough to make me sob. Then the rest of the photos came only 9 days later! I could go on forever. If you need a photographer that’s fun, energetic and on her game sooooo hard, you need Tayanna Harris. She’s killer!!!

katy & tim