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I am a traveling STORYTELLER photographer & humanitarian telling epic life stories around the globe. We are based out of Denver, Kansas City or wherever you're from.  proving you can be both a goofball & hopeless romantic, if not adventuring, you can find me cuddling with my fur babies on the couch with my laptop & a glass of milk or renovating an old vintage trailer of some sort with
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Hiep & Josh | Red Barn Farm Wedding

Hiep & Josh, married at the Red Barn Farm’s Timberbarn in Weston, Missouri on 4.14.19

 

I just love Hiep and Josh. They were a creative theatrical match made in Heaven. So many favorites from their wedding day, but I think my top memory was the donkey “Lollipop” that walked down the isle with the kiddos. It helps when your best friend is the owner of the venue, your officiant and your groomsman. They said they wanted a farm animal in their ceremony and Donovan of course had the strings to make it happen. We also were taken to a “secret spot” for photos, for his best friends of course. The results were magical.  Other moments that made their day unique: what about the ring being flown in by a drone, there were Harry Potter and the Greatest Showman inspired surprises all day from Josh & Hiep, Hiep in her breathtaking traditional Vietnamese dress and then changing into her white gown for Josh at the ceremony! They really enjoyed their sentimental traditions while entertaining their guests and hosting a party that wouldn’t be forgotten. Check out the story of their wedding day below…

Words the bride:
We wanted to share with our family and friends Josh’s originality and my creativity. I bought white sneakers to wear for the wedding, and had sketched few things that matter to me on the shoes, and the rest was filled in and “designed” by my flower girls and ring bearer, so that they can “walk with me.” The incorporation of my culture is to honor my heritage as sharing with people the my roots. My parents left Vietnam in a pursuit of a better life for their children. My dad gave up his comfortable and respected life to wash dishes since 1993, so I want to honor his sacrifice by dancing with him in a Vietnamese dress to a Vietnamese song I picked out.

My advice for brides: Be overly ambitious in your vision, but be patient and realistic about what can be done and prioritize what is truly important to you. At the end of the wedding, there is a marriage, everything before and in between are memories that you will have the rest of your lives. Make it count, don’t stress the small stuff. No one will remember the color of your napkins.”

Photography – Jana Marie Photography LLC / Ceremony & Reception – Weston Red Barn Farm / Cake – Cosentinos  Brookside Market / Flowers – Stephanie’s Creations /  Makeup – Annie De Vol Artistry / Hair – Janessa Johnson / Music – Fernando Productions /  Videography – Tiffany Sykes / Bridal Gowns – Fabulous Frocks KC & Vera Wang by David’s Bridal / Grooms Suit – Tip Top Tux /  

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