Wedding in Leawood Kansas {Alex + Jessica}

Ceremony: Cure of Ars Catholic Church

Reception: The Lodge at Ironwoods

Cake: Hy-Vee

Catering: Plaza Catering

Floral: Hy-Vee

 Hair: Salon Ado

Dress: The Gown Gallery

DJ: ReMix DJ’s

How they met: Alex and I met at Benedictine College. I first saw Alex on the soccer field during two-a-days. Alex played for the men’s team and I played for the women’s team. Between practices, games, bus rides, and a small college campus, Alex and I saw each other often but hardly knew each other. Thanks to our friends, we spent more time together and starting dating my senior year at Benedictine. The rest is history 🙂

East Coast Trip

Zach and I talked about doing a west coast trip and and east coast trip in the future, so when I booked a wedding in Cape Cod for this year, we thought it was a perfect excuse to do the east coast trip.  We decided not to take Maddox with us since we were going to staying in so many different places and on the go so much. We missed him, but it was nice to have some much needed adult time and one on one time with my husband (especially before #2 comes in November)  We started the trip in Boston, then headed to Newport Rhode Island, followed by Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, then finished in Cape Cod with the wedding.


Zach really wanted to go to a Red Sox game, and unfortunately we missed the Royals being there by one week, but it was still a good time. We stayed in an awesome little AirBNB near downtown Boston which was walking distance to everything we wanted to see and do.  Started out on Lansdowne Street before the game for a bite to eat, then headed into the game. The next day we shopped Newbury Street and went to the Boston Tea Party Museum for a little history lesson.  Couldn’t leave Boston without getting a cannoli from Mike’s Pastry.  We picked up our rental car on the Harvard campus, so we got to see that which was really neat.

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Newport Rhode Island

Newport was one of our favorite places on the trip.  We stayed in another AirBNB which was the Trinity School House with Robert and Michelle who were amazing hosts.  They had renovated the old school house, which was beautiful. So close to the town and helpful with recommendations for where to eat. They even took us out sailing on their boat, which was such a cool experience!  We did so much in Newport. Lunch at The Lobster Bar which had excellent views of the harbor. Dinner at Scales and Shells, a local favorite.  The Cliff Walk has awesome views of the ocean and all the Newport Mansions.  We toured Rosecliff and I found out you can have your wedding there, so if you do, just call me!


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Martha’s Vineyard

Next stop was Martha’s Vineyard and we took the Hy-Line cruise out of Hyannis.  I highly recommend staying at The Dockside Inn because once you get off the boat, its right in front of you, so convenient! The Dockside Inn was updated, clean, friendly and had an awesome breakfast and snack area. They also had beach gear you could use which was nice since you can’t pack all that in your suitcase.  When checking out we chatted with the owner and he told us so much about the Vineyard and it was so cool to get in the inside scoop, great guy!  In the Vineyard we had rain both days, but we still shopped! We hit up Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and Vineyard Haven.  We walked through Faneuil Hall with all the market shops and stopped for lobster roll for lunch. Before we left, we saw all the Gingerbread houses in Oak Bluffs, which had some real character!

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Cape Cod

Last leg of the trip was Chatham in Cape Cod.  We drove up to Providence town one day and that place was hopping! Tons of people in the streets and shops and restaurants.  Back in Chatham we shopped the downtown and sat in the bleaches of the baseball field that Summer Catch was filmed in.  Then ended the trip shooting the wedding in Chatham with a wonderful couple who were truly meant to be and some of the nicest people I have ever met!

May Feature: Madison Sanders Events

This month I bring you one talented wedding coordinator: Madison Sanders with Madison Sanders Events.  Wedding coordinators are so important in your wedding planning process, so when I sat down with Madison she told me what made her stand out in the wedding industry.


Tell us about yourself and your company, Madison Sanders Events.

First and foremost, I am passionate about strong marriages, the legacy of family and good ‘ol southern hospitality. I began in the wedding industry in Dallas/Fort Worth before moving back to my hometown of Kansas City and marrying my true love, Bret. My industry experience, perfected planning processes and creative direction allow my clients to relax and enjoy their engagements to the fullest while looking forward to a beautiful wedding day.

Madison Sanders Events is a full-service planning and design company specializing in weddings and events in Kansas City. We create beautiful celebrations that showcase your unique love story. Our team will help bring your story to life by helping you select the perfect venue and stunning floral and stationery concepts, crafting your food and beverage menus, hiring top-notch entertainment, and recommending incredible photographers and videographers to capture each memory. With our customized planning process, you are able to relax and enjoy every bit of your engagement from the “Will you marry me?” to the “I do!”

How would you describe the typical MSE couple?

Our clients are anything but typical…and we don’t mean to brag, but we do believe we work with some of the best couples in Kansas City! Aside from being madly in love with one another, our clients are young professionals enjoying active and on-the- go lifestyles with very little time to dedicate to the intricate logistics and research that planning brings. They value family and friendships.  They desire to create an event that is not only a perfect reflection of their love story, but also an environment in which their guests feel comfortable and well taken care of. They know that the finer details count and that this one day is a celebration of something bigger than themselves…it is a celebration of two families, two stories and two legacies joining together to create a brand new family, story and legacy that is uniquely their own.

What advice do you give to brides and grooms preparing for the wedding day?

Savor your season of engagement. It is not something meant to be stressful or something to be rushed through. There is so much learning and growing that takes place during this time that will prepare you for your life together. Allow your family to participate in your planning process (this is an exciting time for them as well!), but don’t be afraid to make your day your own.

April Feature: Altar Bridal, Leawood Kansas

On June 1st of this year Altar Bridal will mark its 6th year in the bridal business.  Altar Bridal was created for brides who want to shop for fresh and fashionable designer dresses in a relaxed and personal atmosphere.  From the moment you enter their doors, they want you to feel relaxed, pampered and ready to have some fun! You’ll receive personalized attention from their professional staff who will listen thoughtfully to your likes, dislikes and overall vision you have for your day—even if you’re not quite sure what that vision is yet.

Dede Palmer, owner of Altar started this business because it was the one business idea she knew she would not tire of, and starting and running a business was her passion. She truly excels in customer service, growing the business and creating an amazing experience for brides. The Altar Bridal team is comprised of three talented ladies.

From the left: Sara Sarles, Dede Palmer, Meredith


I sat down to talk all things bridal with Dede and if you are in the market for dresses, then this is for you!

What are the newest trends in dresses?

Sleeves, back details and separates

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What type of experience do brides get when they walk into Altar Bridal?

An experience that is memorable.  We try to keep things super relaxed and personal so each bride feels comfortable.  We really want to work with the bride to find them a dress that works for them


When should brides start looking for their dresses?

Our recommendation is 9-12 months, especially if you don’t know for sure what style you want.  And the most important piece of advice I can give to brides is to do your research! Research styles before you start looking. Research dress stores and their style to make sure they carry what you are looking for.  Research price points of certain designers and know your gown budget before you hit the stores. Which leads me to the next piece of advice, don’t start shopping until you are ready to buy. Because there are no rules and if you love the first dress you try on, you don’t want to be caught off guard and nervous about making a decision so soon. You never know when you are going to slip into the perfect gown.

What are brides favorite style of dresses right now?

The silhouette that we see most brides gravitating to currently are fit to flairs and sheath (think bohemian). Although we think the ball gown is making a comeback!

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Altar Bridal Shopping Tips

    • Appointments preferred, but they do accept walk-in’s
    • Wear what you would wear underneath your dress that day. Nude underwear, shape wear, strapless bra, etc
    • Bring your shoes with a heel height that you may wear on the big day
    • Only invite close family and friends that value your opinion when heading out for a day of dress shopping

For a full list of shopping tips visit the Altar Bridal shopping tips page




February Feature: Fusion Fitness – Sweat with your Sweetie

This is the first feature of the monthly feature series and I am so excited to feature my favorite place to sweat: Fusion Fitness.  This place will get you in the right mindset for your upcoming wedding; mentally and physically.  I have been working out at Fusion for 3 years now and I never get tired of it.  Not only do the workouts rock my world, I just love how they make you feel good. Always uplifting, good moods and reminding us of gratitude.

According to owner and creator, Darby Brender, “We have developed a system that will transform your body by elongating your muscles, decreasing body fat, improving cardiovascular endurance and increasing flexibility.”

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 1. What can people expect when they come to Fusion Fitness?

First and foremost, you can expect to sweat! We provide intense, results-driven workouts that push our clients past their comfort zones and create change. Our studios are upbeat, positive and have a community feel – many clients get to know each other by coming to the same class times and we all bond over working hard and feeling good. Fusion instructors love to meet new clients – always introduce yourselves and they are happy to answer any questions and get you settled!

 2. What is your favorite class and why?
I like Fusion – it’s our original class designed to elongate muscles, burn fat and shape the long, lean physiques of strong, feminine women. I designed Fusion to basically knock out your toning and cardio in the same hour – I had spent so much time in the gym focusing on my muscles one day and trying to burn fat with cardio the next. I wanted a class that did both, and Fusion is how I accomplished that goal! I love seeing the energy in our classes filled with clients pushing so hard to overcome their next challenge – whether it’s doing 5 more reps than yesterday, moving up to toe push-ups from their knees or striving to hold a plank for 10 more seconds. It’s amazing what we can all do it we put our minds to it!
3. How is Fusion Fitness the perfect place to get in shape for your wedding? What are my options?
The most important part of getting ready for a wedding is creating your best, most positive self to have all eyes on you and get excited for a lifetime with your man. Plus, who doesn’t want defined triceps for your dress or a high and tight booty to shake on the dance floor? Working out at Fusion not only affects the way your body looks – but most importantly, how you feel. Pushing yourself to your max in our classes gives you a huge sense of accomplishment and leads to more confidence, happiness and strive to complete other goals in life. Fusion offers full-body workouts in every class, and we like to recommend alternating between are higher impact classes (those that say “wear sneakers” on the schedule) and lower impact (the ones that do not.) We also love throwing a couple Fusion Fly spin classes in the mix per week to increase fat burning and up cardio endurance.

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4. What’s something fun, my fiance and I can do together at Fusion Fitness?

Working out with your partner is such a fun and special way to do something different, release endorphin’s to burn-off pre-wedding stress, and spend positive time together. Though our studios are about 98% women, we always welcome men – they especially love our “sneakers” classes and Fusion Fly spin classes. Every year for Valentine’s Day we do our Sweat with Your Sweetie workouts – 90 minutes of cardio, toning, and major sweat (and we even have childcare available!) We also do Fly with Your Guy classes all year-round – regular 60 minute spin classes for the man in your life – whether it’s your boyfriend, hubby, dad, brother…you get the idea. It’s always fun to see their reaction when they realize our workouts are the real deal!

5. Any topics you want to highlight or incorporate to attract newly engaged girls?
Getting into the habit of exercising takes a little bit, so we encourage you to start sooner than later. There are a ton of things on your bridal to-do list, but remember the most important factor to your wedding being fabulous is YOU. You want to feel beautiful and confident on your big day, so make sure you take care of your body in the months leading up to it by exercising, eating healthy, nutrient-rich foods and taking time for yourself. Every hour at Fusion not only pushes you along towards your fitness goals, but allows you the time to de-stress, focus on you and feel totally good about your body and mind. If you need extra help we have two amazing programs – Weight Loss Boot Camp (12-weeks) and AmpCamp (6-8 weeks). We also have Fusion DVDs to squeeze in at home and our brand new YouTube channel – Sweat Lab Fitness – to squash time excuses (each video is 3-8 minutes and we promise, you’ll sweat) and distract you from mindless snacking and stress-eating! We love helping women create their best selves, because we know how good it feels to continually overcome new challenges and be amazed by your own strength and perseverance on the road to your goals.

Rumely Tractor Event Space Wedding in the West Bottoms {Ryan+Lindsey}

Bride: Lindsey {White} Scott

Groom: Ryan Scott

Wedding Coordinator: Britney Beach-Jones – Plush Productions

Ceremony: St. John’s United Methodist Church

Reception: Rumely Tractor Event Space

Dress: The Gown Gallery

Hair: Kara Everett

Flowers: Sandee Astrachan – Stems Flower Market

Catering: Delish

Cake: Amber Brooks – Sweet Art Creations

DJ: DJ Tim Yach – Elite Sounds Entertainment

How they met: We met in the spring of 2007 at the University of Kansas through a mutual friend.

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Announcing our new Associate Photographer – Nancy Sikes

Nancy has been second shooting with me for a couple years and now I am so excited to announce that she is officially joining the Pond Photography team as an associate shooter.  She shoot three amazing weddings last year, but I never got to officially announce her.  Nancy is such a great addition to the team and I am so excited for her to be shooting weddings under Pond Photography.   Check out her weddings here and here oh and here!


Winter Wedding {Intercontinental Plaza} Jake + Kelly

Bride: Kelly {Schwartz} McNiel

Groom: Jake McNiel

Ceremony: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist

Reception: Intercontinental Plaza

Dress: Gown Gallery

Flowers: Good Earth Floral, Ashley Hotska

Catering: Intercontinental Plaza

Cake: Sugar and Spice Confections

DJ: COMPLETE Weddings + Events

Invites: Little Yellow Leaf

Wedding Planner: Denise O’Dell

How they met:  Jake and Kelly were set up together for a date party at KU.

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2014 {Reflection}

Thank you to all my amazing wedding clients and family clients. 2014 was such a great year and I love capturing everyone’s big day. Each unique and special in their own ways. I still love everything about this job and each of you keep me going! I really appreciate all of you from the bottom of my heart!


– opening the studio

– adding Nancy to the team as an associate photographer

– developing and growing through workshops

– shooting more families and seniors

– working with corporate businesses for headshots

– shooting for the Mission magazine






2014 Christmas Cards

You have some amazing pictures to show off this year if you had your wedding, engagement or family shot by Pond Photography this year. Below are the templates for this year’s Christmas cards.

Size: 5×7 flat cards


Art Recycled Paper : $40 per 25 cards (envelopes included)

Pearl Paper: $45 per 25 cards (envelopes included)

Art Recycled Paper : $70 per 50 cards (envelopes included)

Pearl Paper: $75 per 50 cards (envelopes included)


Please email me at kristin@pond-photography for Christmas card orders.  Card orders must be in by Friday December 5th

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