What started as an inspiration shoot soon became so much more for one Kansas City couple. Alexandra from NMG Studios was dying to plan and coordinate a wedding shoot from scratch. At the same time, Town Pavilion was wanting to get some new materials for their digital campaign. So alas, the two started working on a collaborative photo shoot. As NMG Studios worked diligently to pull together the talented professionals to create the look they envisioned, Town Pavilion personally recommended one of their previous couples to be the bride and groom models. This was Angela and Dillon.
Angela and Dillon had hosted their real wedding at Town Pavilion. As they planned for the events leading up to the big day, they worked closely with Town Pavilion’s coordinator, Lori. Lori immediately noticed that this couple had a very special bond and that it was going to be a joy working with them. The day finally arrived, Angela and Dillon said their “I do’s,” and spent the night in merriment with their guests. It wasn’t until weeks after the wedding that they learned from their photographer that a quarter of the photos that they had taken ended up being lost. Angela and Dillon were devastated as the photos were lost memories of the most important day in their life. Lori felt horrible.
In suggesting that Angela and Dillon take part in the photo shoot, it gave NGM Studios and Town Pavilion the ability to create a wedding atmosphere and give Angela and Dillon the opportunity to relive their wedding. Mind you, invitations weren’t sent out to all of their guests, but every other piece was like a dream.
The first item of business was to go shopping. Angela and Dillon met Alexandra and Lori at the Gown Gallery for a personal fitting. As she was jumping in and out of different dresses, Angela noticed the price tag hanging off the side of a particularly gorgeous gown. In astonishment, she announced to the others that this was a dress that she would have never been able to afford for her own wedding. As Alexandra and Lori observed like fairy godmothers, they began describing what the shoot was going to look like. As the topic of a “dancing photo” came up, Angela described the first dance that she had shared with Dillon on their wedding night. As the dress and tux were chosen, and details of the shoot were shared, anticipation for the big day started to build.
The day finally arrived and for the second time, Angela was slipping herself into a bridal gown. Alexandra and Lori asked that Angela and Dillon get ready separately; in doing so, they set the stage for a first look. As they met on the grand staircase, Angela tapped Dillon’s shoulder and he turned around to find his bride, who was already his wife but never more so, his bride.
The photo and video coverage started immediately, and Angela and Dillon were perfect models with a perfect story. When they were ready to shoot the first dance, Angela and Dillon found their way to the dance floor and waited for the music to start. Alexandra and Lori had remembered the discussion in the bridal store and decided to play the first song that they had first shared as husband and wife. As if the emotions of the preparation and the shoot weren’t already enough, once “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith started to play, Angela and Dillon were immediately taken back to their wedding day. And now as the story is told, it is one of a modern Cinderella. A couple unfortunately had lost a piece of their wedding, heartwarming wedding professionals granted them the ability to relive the moment, and all that were a part of the shoot became a piece of something good.
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Photography & Videography: NMB Studios Venue: Town Pavilion Event Designer: Events by Elle Gown & Menswear: The Gown Gallery Cake: Baked Expressions Florist: Good Earth Floral Design Stationary: Little Yellow Leaf Lighting: Innovative Lighting & Design Rentals: Marquee Event Rentals Hair & Makeup: Roots & Branches Salon Models: Dillon & Angela Mahan