True Love Waits + Janell & Marcus + Red Barn Farm {A Kansas City wedding}


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October 5, 2010

True Love Waits + Janell & Marcus + Red Barn Farm {A Kansas City wedding}






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World travelin’, sustainability guru, humanitarian, foster and adoptive mommin’, photographer, photobooth-er, educator, multiple hat wearing entrepreneur. This girl’s love language is hugs and her tank is filled by serving others. You can find her under a palm tree, on a mountain, renovating a vintage trailer/house or running through the sprinklers with her husband, two boys and three fur babies.

I am so thrilled to be posting this.

You see.. this couple has been dating for 8 (oh I hope I credit their days of dating correctly) years (yes high school sweethearts) and have been waiting for this moment, along with their family and friends, for a super long time. I strongly believe their story must be told.

There is something so incredible about my job as a wedding photographer, or just being a guest at a wedding, when you can feel the amazing power and lovely presence God has when the bride and groom have truly welcomed Him into their lives together and are in celebration with everything necessary to have a successful marriage full of more love than you can handle. And God is good for sure! Everyone had prayed for this day… down to the detail. The weather was flawless.. the sun was shining… everything went according to plan and our “surprises” were perfect.

Ok.. so the whole time Janell & Marcus had been dating, Marcus always teased his lovely lady about how she had to get him a Taylor guitar (for those of you don’t know, that’s a really killer guitar) if they were to ever get married. Then when he purposed, he jokingly brought it up again “Now you have to get me a Taylor guitar you know.” {smiles} Little did he know, it was already in the making. And every time Janell & I met for coffee we came up with even cuter ways for her to give it to him on their big day. In the end, she had it set up down a beautiful path so when we did the bridal shots, I walked ahead to capture his PRICELESS expression as they rounded the corner to something he never expected. {see pictures below}

I loved this whole day. The flower girls..adorable! The smallest details from the leather made, earthy guest book, to the communion, the closeness of all of their wonderful family, her brother shedding a tear of joy at the ceremony, her grandfather near 100 performing the ceremony, to the amazing songs sang by their friends to just the sweetest way they would look at another-in the most sincere adoration. Pure bliss!

So congratulations to two of the most amazing people together! I only hope some day to have a love and romance as pure and real as yours. Thank you for allowing me to share in such a big day for you both.
Janell and Marcus.. you were just stunning!
{Enjoy Mr & Mrs!}



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  1. laura says:

    Fantastic my friend!!!

  2. Darbi G. says:

    YAY! It was indeed such a beautiful wedding. So glad I was along for the ride–glad that you actually needed help on a weekend I didn't have a wedding of my own! wOOhOO!! xoxo

  3. Breanne says:

    Absolutely in LOVE with these pictures! My favorite is the one during the ceremony where you can softly see Janell's parents in the background happily giving their blessing. What a moment to capture! The collage of Jaci giving her speech and Janell's reaction is precious too! Good times. I never noticed the photographers at the wedding. That is a master 🙂

  4. Katie says:

    these are beautiful!!!!!

  5. JanaMarie says:

    Oh that is awesome. I feel like I'm all over the place: climbing, crawling, walking in front 🙂 Thank you for your sweet words.

  6. Sally Williams says:

    Cool pics!! beautiful wedding!!

  7. Joseph says:


  8. Robert says:

    Amazing pictures

  9. Katelyn Roberts says:

    Awe, youll never forget these memories

  10. Anna Williams says:

    janell with a dr. pepper, of course

  11. Howard Frankston says:

    Janell and Markus, best wishes

  12. mallory Dyer says:

    AHHHH!!! These are the most BEAUTIFUL pictures EVER. Not mention you had a beautiful bride to shoot! I was so sad I couldn't make it but I am so glad you all the pictures up so i feel like I got to witness most of the wedding. Awesome job Jana and Janell you looked beyond beautiful.

  13. Joyce Maslin says:

    As mother of the bride, I can't believe how these pictures have captured almost EVERY moment of that wonderful day!
    Here it is a month after the wedding and these pictures bring tears to my eyes. The day was beautiful (and the bride!….good-looking groom, too!), the ceremony was beautiful, and Jana, you have given us a way to truly remember how blessed the Wright and Maslin families are
    in the union of Marcus and Janell. Gorgeous pictures!

  14. Kevin says:

    Great work! I really enjoyed looking at this wedding on your blog. You captured it so well!

  15. Julie says:

    These pictures perfectly capture the day! Wonderful job!

  16. Dan Ryff says:

    Wowzers – these pictures are amAZING! The lighting was perfecto for this monumental occasion! Excellent!

  17. beth meier says:

    What a fairy tale wedding….absolutely incredible…a wonderful way to continue their love story.
    This photography is magical.

  18. Bemby Yocum says:


  19. Vicki Lind says:

    What an amazing day – and what beautiful shots.

  20. Jamie Saas says:

    What an amazing couple and such beautiful pictures that captured their perfect day!!

  21. Savannah Kelb says:

    These are fabulous pictures… What a beautiful couple!

  22. Marian Putnam says:

    Wonderful, creative photos. Love the highway signs!

  23. Chris Ottinger says:

    A wonderful, inspiring day. I was honored to be invited and witness two friends of mine commit to a lifetime of love and honor. Their story has humbled me by painting an exquisite picture of 'the right way' to handle dating and marriage. Janell, a sweet and more kind girl I have never met, and Marcus, a friend since childhood, the perfectly strong, protective and godly man to take her hand and keep her spirit safe. God will bless you both, further and further, throughout your lives – I couldn't be any happier for you two; I love you much, from the bottom of my heart. Best wishes and excellent photos!

  24. Carolyn Spexarth says:

    Congrats Janell and Marcus!! Gorgeous pictures! 🙂

  25. Mimi says:

    Wow…Lovely wedding and photos!!!

  26. elle fields says:

    oh my gosh i wish i could have been there!!
    good pics, great angles and good moments captured!

  27. Marcus Wright says:

    Jana, you did an excellent job! Thank you!

  28. Ryan Hemphill says:

    Janell and Marcus, beautiful pictures! May the Lord richly bless you both in your new home!

  29. Walter Kratochvil says:

    Wow, I feel like I was right there with you guys. Congrats from Walter in California!

  30. Claire Bessenbacher says:

    These are beautiful!! Congratulations Janell! You looked absolutely stunning!

  31. Rebekah says:

    Janelle and Marcus,

    I loved looking at the photos, and they were beautiful! Your wedding day appeared to be so beautiful, and so full of life, love, and fun! You both are the completeness of each other, and these were beautiful sights to see. Everything looked wonderful, and the guitar idea was just awesome! Janelle you rocked those boots girl!!!!! I only hope one day to have a love as true and real as yours. Congratulations you guys! Awesome!

    Rebekah Hampton

  32. Nancy Mayhall says:

    You had a perfect location and a beautiful day for your wedding! The photographs are fabulous!

  33. Liana Hemphill says:

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Well done! Congratulations, Janell and Marcus!

  34. jojaneking says:

    What gorgeous photos! The photographer is truly gifted. She caught the essence of the moment…not just a snapshot capturing a second in time, but the story within/behind the picture. I loved studying each one. How beautiful Janell is…and how handsome Marcus.

  35. Tiffany Berkley says:

    Oh my goodness Janell. I just finished looking through your photos and now I'm all teary eyed and can hardly see what I'm typing. lol. I'm just so happy for you! The love between you and Marcus is beautiful. I LOVE the pictures (as i wipe the tear off my cheek) u r so special Janell 🙂 🙂

  36. John & Jeanah Gilman says:

    Love filled evening with love filled people. The best wine of all. John and Jeanah Gilman.

  37. Margaret Denton says:

    Your professional wedding photos really did justice to the beauty of your wedding. I literally got goosebumps as I looked at photo after photo that captured the beauty, charm, and love that surrounded your wedding.

  38. Lydia Murphy says:

    i did look on your pictures on your website you look really beautiful

  39. Amanda Santos says:

    Your pictures are gorgeous, Janell! So happy for you guys.

  40. Shelly Dye says:

    Wow!! Gods glorious day was truly captured! This day was so beautiful, such a blessing to be a part of it! I am amazed at how every little detail was taken in such a way that will remain a memory and treasured forever! Jana amazing job!!! Could you move to Tennessee? Ha-ha

  41. abby miller says:

    I love, love, love these! BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  42. Sarah Wessel says:

    These photos are absolutely breathtaking! I didn't think photos could do the beauty of the day justice, but I was wrong! Fantastic work!

  43. Ferryl Gibson says:

    Absolutely stunning!!! You and the photos!!!

  44. Rachel Berg says:

    I teared up so many times looking at your wedding pictures. What a beautiful day! I'm so happy for you friend 🙂

  45. Julie Hall says:

    Gorgeous photos!! You looked STUNNING!!

  46. Savannah Kelb says:

    done! Amazing pics Janell… You guys looked wonderful!

  47. Gloria Littlewood says:

    Your wedding pictures remind me so much of my son's and daughter-in-law's wedding pictures! What a beautiful setting and gorgeous bride and groom!

  48. Jennifer Lopez says:

    You were a gorgeous bride!! Congrats to Marcus and you!

  49. Stephanie Beckstein says:

    What a beautiful setting for a wedding. I LOVE THE BOOTS!! Congrats! Stephanie Beckstein

  50. Jessica Rivera says:

    Wow–great photos! Congratulations on your blessed day!

  51. Cathy Hare says:

    Wow, Janell – you have the look that shows all your emotions so honestly. The pictures are absolutely some of the best I've seen. My son was married in July and I wish we had known about your photographer. She really captured the true feeling of your wedding. What a beautiful setting also. I have one more son still to marry and they are looking for a true barn location. I'll have to get the info about that and the photographer from you. Congratulations, the love you have for each other is hard to miss!

  52. Amy Lysne says:

    Janelle! Your pictures are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Gob bless you both!
    Big hugs!

  53. sarah schopflin says:

    Oh my gosh…took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes! Beautiful from start to finish.

  54. Jaclyn Niebergall says:

    What a beautiful wedding! I got goosebumps looking at these photos! Congrats and best wishes 🙂

  55. carol lyle says:

    Wonderful pictures that highlighted the beautiful day. Calm pictures for such a windy day. The photos are unique and displayed in an original format. I am the mother of the maid of honor and had a great view of the wedding and each photographer remained in the distance and made the picture taking not obvious.

  56. Marie says:

    Congrats! You are a beautiful couple. Great pics!

  57. sandy says:

    so very special… and beautiful.

  58. Judy Werner says:

    Wow! What beautiful pictures. Congratulations!

  59. Kate Steinhibel says:

    absolutely stunning! such a beautiful day!

  60. Lance says:

    I had a great time at the wedding, im glad im able to relive the memories seeing these pictures.

  61. erin says:

    Wow, stunning photos! I love how blue you made the sky in the pics. Joyce you looked so pretty and Janell is so beautiful! What a perfect looking day.

  62. Suzanne Johnson says:


  63. Laurisa Ballew says:

    Seriously I am so blessed to have been a part of this day. Janell and Marcus you are amazing. The photos beautifully capture the essence of the day and such precious moments. Love it!

  64. Dan Ballew says:

    Wonderful Photos!

  65. Martha Townsend says:

    Marcus, talked to your mom tonight…she told me where to look for the pix and the story of the guitar…way to go Janell…nourishing your man's heart…what a gift…look forward to meeting you someday Janell…beautiful pictures…could sure feel the love…Blessings to you both…Much Love, Martha Townsend

  66. Amanda says:

    Amazing pictures! Congrats!

  67. Paige Hadorn says:

    What beautiful pictures to remember Marcus and Janell's big day with.

  68. Uncle Larry says:

    Great pix, but of course you had a gorgeous couple to work with!

  69. Susan Neff says:

    Janell and Marcus are a picture perfect couple and the photos prove it. I especially like the sequence on the gift of the guitar. The photos also reflect the beauty of the whole day, event and place. I pray the joy and peace shown in the pictures is part of your lives forever. Love.

  70. Bob Neff says:

    Great photos showing a wonderful range of the wedding event.

  71. Cheri (mom) Wright says:

    What a most precious, wonderful day! Thank you , dear children, for sharing who you both are in such a beautiful way. The day after your wedding I sat in the living room and just rejoiced and gave the Lord thanks for His care in providing , you ,Janell, for my son, and for both of you. I am blessed beyond words. Jana, the pictures are stunning! I can't wait to see them all ! You did a terrific job of capturing not only the scenes of the wedding, but also the feelings of the wedding. Thank you so much !

  72. Rick and Yona says:

    What a beautiful photogenic couple and what a fantastic photographer! I have been to many many weddings and none can compare to the beauty and purity of this one. Marcus and Janell, thank you for letting us share in your special day.

  73. Jeanne Wallace says:

    This was a beautiful wedding and the most memorable one I have been to. Congratulations to a perfect bride and groom and my best wishes for all of the years to come! Thanks for including me as a guest. In His Name, Jeanne Wallace

  74. Kathy Ness says:

    They are beautifully done, well taken and the photographer captured the scenes most professionally!

  75. Christal Roland says:

    The wedding pictures are beautiful, amazing and celebrity star status!!

  76. JanaMarie says:

    I LOVE that last sentence Susan! Thank you so much for sharing, and I pray the same for them both. They are very sweetly meant to be together and I'm so glad you can see that through my work. Just one of the many reasons why I love working with couples on their wedding days.. especially when they are as unique and awesome as Janell and Marcus. ::smiles::

  77. JanaMarie says:

    Love it mom! 🙂 Thank you so much!

  78. MaryLou Miller says:

    This is better than any fancy magazine photo shoot! I send my love and best wishes to you both.

    MaryLou Miller

  79. Jeanne Wallace says:

    This was a beautiful wedding and the most memorable one I have been to. Congratulations to a perfect bride and groom and my best wishes for all of the years to come! Thanks for including me as a guest. In His Name, Jeanne Wallace

  80. David Hunker says:

    What wonderful pictures, Janell! They do justice to your beauty and to the beauty of the occasion. Very creative photography. Love the interesting expressions on peoples' faces.

  81. Bernita says:

    It was an absolutely beautiful day-and one we will all remember.
    The pictures are outstanding and really tell the whole story about true love

  82. David (Dad) Wright says:

    I've looked at these pictures many times and am still greatly impressed by them, as well as my son and new daughter-in-law – I feel very, very blessed by all of them! And I've heard so many comments from unbiased people that both the wedding and the pictures are incomparable – Thank you Lord!

  83. Grammy McKay says:

    I think the pictures are terrific! I haven't seen them all but look forward to seeing the rest of them. I love you so much and think you are the Lord's provision for each other. Wish you a long and happy life together! – Grammy McKay

  84. Nate Wright says:

    Beautiful….Marcus and Janell, you're loved!


  85. Keith Wright says:

    What an amazing wedding and great pictures! These pictures remind me of how special this day was. Does a wedding get any better than this?!? I love you guys very much! Marcus, "This is totally rad…you're my big, little brother!" 🙂 I'm so proud of you, buddy… and a bit envious:) Janell, you are truly a beautiful women, inside and out! I always thought it would be cool to have a sister! Again, I love you both very, very much.

  86. Avis Davis says:

    Marcus you look great, amazing, fantastic, superb, swell, almost like chase from 24………Janell you look good too.

    Love you, peace

  87. Kassy Phillips says:

    Amazing photos! These are so fun! I loved the whole wedding!!! You guys are awesome.

  88. Emily Wright says:

    woo hoo! your photographer is incredible, these photos are priceless!

  89. phillipsadoption says:

    Lovin' it guys! Congratulations. Blessings,
    Nathan Phillips

  90. Tiffani says:

    You are such a beautiful bride! I love your pictures! They definitely capture the love you share for one another!

  91. Uncle Jim says:

    What beautiful pictures! What an unforgettable evening! What a special couple! I'm so glad I got to share it all with you.

  92. Phil Maslin says:

    Wonderful pictures beautifully done!
    Proud Father of the Bride

  93. brandon says:

    Awesome pics! Wish I could have been there! So happy for you both!

  94. Jacy Cox says:

    These are beautiful, Janell! What a beautiful wedding!

  95. Brian Cox says:

    The best picture is the one of our boy. He was the star of the show! Great pictures of a great night.

  96. Denise Cossins says:

    Beautiful pictures, Janell. So glad we were able to be a part of it.

  97. Robert Cossins says:

    It was an honor to be there. We love you.

  98. Joel Maslin says:

    Great pictures, Sis….and you looked good, too! Brother of the Bride….Joel

  99. David Veazey says:

    I was there so I already knew what a beautiful site and wedding this was, but I am really impressed with how well the photography frames that.

  100. Joyce Veazey says:

    Wonderful Wedding and Wonderful Photos. The perfect evening—WoW. Beautifulllll…..! The Lord was truly there….

  101. Mary Mikkelson says:

    .I was really struck by the talent of the photographer! There were so many touching moments on this day and they are all there in the photos. I love the use of the elements outside to enhance the photos…the breeze, grass and wheat, sunset, nightfall. The photo of the evening barn with the lights twinkling, taken from down the hill, so creatively captures the idea of celebration. And what a wonderful mix of moods in the pictures…the sacred vows all the way to the soccer game with players big and small!

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