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  • DEVINE STUDIOS – WEDDING & PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

    Welcome to our wedding & portrait blog! We are Joe & Lora Devine and we are so excited that you have found us! We offer beautiful Wedding and Portrait photography in the Kansas City area. We are also available for travel. Please browse through our site to see exactly what we do and what we are about. If you have any questions give us a call or send us a message and we will get back to you.

    Voted Best of Weddings by The Knot 2012 & 2013 and Wedding Wire 2011, 2012, 2013

    816-668-6061

Brantley and Lauren are Married-Kansas City-Wedding-Photographers-Stoney Creek Resort-Bass Pro

This was our last wedding of 2015!  And what a great way to end the year.  The groom is actually cousins of a wonderful bride we just photographed in July, so we got to work with this awesome family twice 🙂  It is such a small world sometimes though because Lauren (the bride) found us on her own without knowing her soon to be cousin was using us as well.  And I am super glad they both found us! Brantley and Lauren are such sweet, loving and easy going people.  I hope you enjoy the highlights of their wedding day as much as we did.  There are some fun moments and commentary to below 🙂

Friends and family can view and purchase prints from their full wedding gallery HERE

Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 1Lauren made such a beautiful handmade box for the rings.  She is quite talented, maybe she should open up an Etsy shop 🙂  So what is going on above and below?  The bridesmaids are zipping her into her dress… then she is out of the dress and her Brother-in-Law is using his utility knife on it.  Well, the zipper broke off and they couldn’t get it reconnected.  So they thought they would at least try Macgyvering her into it before sewing her into it from hip to chest.  And thank goodness for him.  He cut out a few zipper spots at the bottom to reattach it and it zipped!  Yay!  Then they sewed the bottom and the top to be safe.  Ahh… stories to tell the children of your wedding day, lol 🙂  So I guess always have someone with Macgyver like skills and strong needle and thread on your wedding day just in case! Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 2Lauren was so calm about it.  Either they were going to fix her dress or she was gonna get sewed into it!  Let’s check on the men…Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 3Their room had tons of horse pictures and decoration in it and since my husband knows me so well he had to get pictures with some of it in them.  That and the groom is a farm boy 🙂  Oh and when there are antlers, you must be photographed with antlers.  House rules, lol 🙂  He is lookin pretty good.  Ladies am I right?Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 4I have no idea what is going on above.  Some sort of shocking picture I assume, but I am super glad Joe caught it on camera.  His brother’s face still makes me laugh 🙂

Time for the first look!  Lauren looks radiant and ready to see her groom!Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 5Aww… big sister couldn’t hold back the happy tears.  Sister love!  Looking beautiful ladies!

How about this gorgeous fall park behind Bass Pro?  Love the trees, love the color, love the light, love the couple in love 🙂Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 6

Just beautiful!

Waterfall?  Yes please!  Waterfall plus sun coming through the trees?!?  Can I get a heck yeah!?Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 7Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 8So pretty!Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 9I love these last few shots.  The stone and the colors look beautiful.  And the cuteness and love between them is perfect! 🙂

Time to relax before the ceremony and get pictures of that adorable blonde, blue eyed ring bearer 🙂Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 10Cheers!  Now let’s get this couple married!Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 11Sometimes you are super excited to be the flower girl, and sometimes you just want to throw your basket of petals down and cry until your daddy comes and rescues you.  I hear ya princess.  Don’t worry, no children were harmed in the production of this wedding day. 🙂Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 12Beautiful outdoor ceremony by the lake, or pond, or pond lake.  Something like that 🙂Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 13Yay for a few more gorgeous outside pictures!  Now let’s pray, eat and party!   (technically pray, eat, talk to guests, toasts, cut the cake, talk to more guests, dance, talk to more guests and dance some more, but you get the picture 🙂Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 14Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 15Kid conga line and the shoe game!Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 16Oh my goodness this last picture cracks me up!  Kids, just say no to your parents spinning you around like a top! lol 🙂Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 17Aww brother and sister dancing together and free pony rides for all!  Kids are adorable 🙂Wedding-Photographers-Kansas City-Stoney Creek-Bass Pro-Independence-Missouri 18That’s a wrap!  What a fun night!  Thank you Brantley and Lauren for trusting in us to photograph your very special day.  We wish you all the best in your future together! 🙂

Black Friday Special-Boudoir Holiday Mini Sessions-Kansas City Boudoir Photography

The Holidays and Christmas are quickly approaching!  Don’t forget boudoir or beauty portraits as a gift to either yourself or your man.  This is one of the best gifts you can give yourself or him (something he can’t buy in the store for himself)  We love what we do so much!  We strive to help every woman feel more comfortable, confidant and beautiful in their own skin.  Every session includes hair and makeup so we can help bring out and highlight your beauty.  And don’t worry about knowing how to pose or make “sexy” faces.  We are experts at what we do and will guide and help you throughout the whole process.  It is so fun to see how beautiful you are through someone else’s eyes, and to us all woman are beautiful no matter what shape, age or size.

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Spend and extra $300 and get a free ViewMaster or a 10 image accordion pocket book

And yes we use photoshop, but our goal is not to change you, it is to show you how beautiful you are to us, to your loved ones and to your man.  They say the camera adds 10 pounds and we plan on making sure you do not look 10 pounds heavier! 🙂  Have cellulite, stretch marks, some fat rolls here and there… Don’t worry about them!  Even though you are beautiful and perfect just the way you are, as a woman I understand what it is like to feel like your thighs look fatter in a photo then they do in person, or be disgusted at a beautiful picture of yourself because you have a little tummy roll or back fat going on.  So we talk to our clients about any insecurities and the level of photoshop they would like.  If you have stretch marks or wrinkles or scars and you love them because they are who you are then we won’t touch them!  But if you are more like me and would prefer them edited or softened then we can do that too! 🙂  Below are some examples of our studio looks and women from size 18 down to size 2.  Size doesn’t define you or your beauty.  You are a woman and you are beautiful!  Love yourself and treat yourself to a little pampering and some gorgeous photos!

Studio looks examples

There is a $200 deposit to purchase this discounted package.  You must place your deposit by November 30th, 2015 to get this amazing discounted deal and you must schedule and complete your session by December 17th, 2015.  The remainder of the package is due at your ordering session which will be about 1 week after your photo shoot.  If you are not able to complete your session by 12/17/15 then your $200 deposit is good until 12/31/2016 towards any regular session.

Kansas City Royals – Take the Crown -Devine Studios Style

Every now and then we have to try something different for fun and being the huge Kansas City Royals fans that we are…this was the perfect time. Last year we entered a Royal’s contest to win opening day tickets and we ended up winning! We even got the opportunity to go on the field before the game and talk about it! We had so much fun making the video (which you can see here “Be Royal Video” ) The rules were to submit an instagram video or vine video showing what it meant to “Be Royal.” They didn’t end up having a contest this year but I kept thinking about  “Take the Crown” theme and knew I wanted to do something with it. We ended up shooting this video and editing it the day the Royals won the World Series for the first time in 30 years! How cool is that?!?!?! Anyway…we hope you enjoy it and GO ROYALS!

 

TakeTheCrown from Devine Studios on Vimeo.

Dakota and Megan-Married-St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers

Oh how I love fall weddings.  It isn’t usually hot and the fall colors are simply gorgeous.  This couple is so sweet and so in love with each other.  Their joy is simply contagious!  Megan is a lover of photography as well and Dakota thought of the perfect way to propose to her.  Megan wanted a silhouette photo while they were on vacation at the beach.  She set up her camera on a tripod with a timer and after she hit the shutter button she walked back to Dakota as he knelt down on one knee and captured her own proposal!  How neat is that!?!?  I love that picture they got.  Way to go Dakota!  I hope you love the summary of their beautiful fall wedding day!

Friends and family can view and purchase images from there full wedding gallery HERE

She had his ring engraved with her own hand writing.  That was the first time I had every seen that.  I was pretty special 🙂

St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 1St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 2OMG those colorful fall flowers were perfect!St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 3Silly men 🙂St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 4Handsome men 🙂St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 5Dakota looked rather dashing and the ladies looked beautiful!St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 6Wow!  Megan looked radiant!St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 7The church was gorgeous outside and in!  The colorful trees in the courtyard made for a perfect backdrop and I love the soft coloring of the inside of the church.St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 8There were some really special moments while the bride was tucked away before the ceremony.St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 9I love that one of her holding her father’s hand 🙂St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 10Will the ring bearers walk down the isle?  Will one of them have a meltdown?  Will the Groom cry or get emotional at seeing his bride for the first time?  I know you are dying to know!  St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 11Ring bearers made it safety down the isle and the groom did get teary eyed.  How sweet 🙂St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 12Such a beautiful church.St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 13Married!St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 14That staircase made for some really beautiful photos 🙂St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 15Now time for awesome portraits of the bride and groom in that pretty church and in the gorgeous courtyard.St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 16Aren’t they adorable together?  I think so 🙂St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 17Seriously!  That color!  Those gorgeous fall leaves look amazing.  The couple looks amazing!  AMAZING 🙂St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 18More of the beautiful flowers and cake St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 19Her maid of honor got really emotional at the start of the speech.  It was super sweet. St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 20Oh the funny stories that will be shared during toasts 🙂  St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 21Time to dance!St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 22Lol, the ring bearer had a little bit of a diaper situation.  Don’t worry buddy, we’ve all been there.St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 23St. Joseph-Wedding-Photography-Kansas City-Photographers-Devine Studios 24Megan wanted to end the night with a sparkler photo for her monthly photo theme 🙂  I am glad she had them with her I love the way this one turned out!

Congratulations Dakota & Megan!  Thank you so much for having us as your wedding photographers.  It was such a joy getting to witness all of the love and laughter and beautiful moments that unfolded on your day.