Brittany + Shawn | St Peter Catholic Church + Scottish Rite Cathedral Wedding, Joplin MO

Brittany & Shawn’s wedding day was perfect and a great reminder of how I get to work with THE BEST couples! Both Shawn and Brittany are easy-going and full of joy. Their smiles are absolutely infectious so you can’t help but just want to be around them.

They wanted to spend the morning of their wedding relaxing with their wedding party. We arrived to the beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral to find the group mingling together as the ladies finished their hair and makeup while the gentlemen played some pool. Their family and friends were all a lot of fun and made the morning pass quickly. Brittany was just finishing up her hair and makeup when her sweet son arrived to get dressed for the celebration. I really loved that Shawn and Brittany helped finish getting each other ready as well as getting Fin dressed. It was such a sweet moment between them and a beautiful way to break away from the traditional getting ready photos.

Soon, it was time to head to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church for the ceremony. This is such a gorgeous church and has become one of my favorite Catholic Churches to photograph weddings. Shawn and Brittany continued sharing these moments by walking together down the aisle. It was a beautiful ceremony surrounded by their loved ones. They exchanged vows, rings, and received communion, before officially being pronounced husband and wife.

After a few more formal portraits at the church, we headed back to the Scottish Rite Cathedral for their cocktail hour and reception. I loved that because of breaking away from the traditional wedding day, they were able to join their guests and mingle for part of cocktail hour. They also wanted to share their first dance together privately so we snuck downstairs where they could share this moment together before welcoming their family & friends into the reception space. After greeting everyone and saying Thank You it was time to cut their cake before sending everyone to dinner. Everyone enjoyed dinner & dessert as they mingled. They kicked off the dance floor with a classic, the chicken dance. Everyone of all ages joined the couple on the dance floor with laughter as the rest of their celebration was kicked into gear for an evening of dancing and drinks. It was such a perfect day filled with love and joy.

Brittany & Shawn, Thank You again for allowing us to share in this important chapter of your story together! I am so blessed to know you. I cannot wait to see you next month for family photos and to continue watching your love story grow!

Lots of Love,

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