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Kansas City Missouri Wedding

This Kansas City wedding was so much fun! Mike and I loved being their photographers. The bride and her mom handmade all of those bouquets and boutineers. They are made out of paper! They are so gorgeous and a great new twist on a traditional wedding item.chael-ruffin-photographyview full post »

KJ - January 30, 2017 - 1:56 am

What a great idea to make paper flowers, I may steal it. They look gorgeous!

Andrea Brandt - January 31, 2017 - 12:59 am

Beautiful wedding! I love the vibrant colors and fun send-off! I think that’s a Ford Grenada- that was my first car :)


Alexa & Nick Loose Park Colonial Presbyterian Church

Alexa and Nick are two really amazing young people. When they first contacted me, they weren’t even living in Missouri. They were doing mission work in Bolivia.  I can’t think of a better way to prepare for marriage, traveling to a foreign country and doing what you love, together.

They decided to met in the Loose Park rose garden, that September day. After seeing one another, they read each other very emotional letters. Promises to each other for their life to come. Honestly, I can’t say I’ve ever photographed more devout people.

Their ceremony was held at Colonial Presbyterian Church, in Kansas City.  I have no doubt they will do great things together!kansas-city-wedding-photographer-!

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Jenny - January 18, 2017 - 11:10 pm

These are amazing! Where can I get more info about your wedding packages?

Monica - January 19, 2017 - 2:44 am

Beautiful images! Love the last one!

Andrea Brandt - January 19, 2017 - 2:25 pm

These are so beautiful! So many great moments!

Bobbijo Stuart - January 19, 2017 - 4:38 pm

ah i love all the emotion!

Kofo B - January 23, 2017 - 12:19 pm

Absolutely gorgeous images!


The Foundation Kansas City Wedding Photographer

Some people may disagree with me, but I find it so much easier to photograph your friends.  I remember when Erin met Colin. She was on cloud 9, goo goo in love, head over heels. All of it. But mostly, she was SO happy. Erin is a pretty happy girl any way, but there is a difference of being happy, and being in love happy. She had it. After meeting Colin, I figured “That’s it, I can add another friend to the ‘gonna get married’ group.” Not to toot my own horn, but I’m usually always right. Erin and Colin work at Half Price Books here in Kansas City. That is where they met, fell in love, the whole deal. It was absolutely fitting that their center pieces and wedding decor showed that part of their lives. Each table had a stack of books that had a similar theme, and on top was something that stood out as a symbol to recognize each novel. Cameras, hats, bridges, flowers made out of paper from books. It was perfect. It was romantic as hell. It was Colin and Erin. I have two favorite parts of the day, ones that stand out and kind of make me tear up when I see the images. We were so busy taking pictures after Erin put her dress on, we forgot to show her what she looked like in the mirror. I know at that moment when she final saw herself, she was thinking about Colin.          The second is when Colin saw Erin walk down the aisle. His jaw literally dropped and his eyes filled with tears. Grooms: take note. This is exactly the reaction your bride wants!

So many friends had a literal hand in their day, and I am so happy that they decided we would be some of them. To many, many happy years you guys. I cannot wait to see you to grow as a married couple. Mike and I were so honored you trusted us being your wedding photographers. You’re the best!!


Event Space: Foundation Event Space in the West Bottoms, Kansas City Missouri (before the new ownership take over.)

Invitations Designer: Becca Armstrong 

Invitations Printer: Marthabelles on the Plaza

Food and Flowers: Hyvee

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Nicole & Justin, Kemper Museum

One of the phrases I hear most shooting weddings is, “I just want to get married already!”. There is so much planning that goes into the details of the day, that by the time it is here  you can feel exhausted. No day ever goes perfectly, but in the end it turns out perfect. We were with Nicole and Justin from nearly the start of their day to the end of the reception and they beamed love from the moment they saw each other. All the troubles and worries of from the morning melted away as they vowed to grow old together. Nicole is a planner, my most thoughtful bride who was so together and prepared. They knew what they wanted and trusting me with their images was on that list. They requested something more couples are wanting, Mike to shoot his black and white documentary style at the reception. We love it when couples ask for this, it shows such a raw and real side to a wedding day. Nicole and Justin planned such an  elegant affair that was held at Kemper Museum on a super hot day in June.  Telling their story is such an honor, I hope you love these images as much as I loved taking them.

I’m booking 2017 and 2018 bride and grooms! I love to work with people who are looking forward to their marriage, and not just their wedding date. Who cherish memories and know that photography is such an important piece to your wedding. This is the start of your family history, and I want to get all those emotions that tell the story of your love! Please email me at info@rachaelruffin.com


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Wendi Matt - October 21, 2016 - 12:01 am

These are beautiful. I especially love the one of the bride crying. I also love the black and whites! What a gorgeous venue!

Bobbi-jo - October 21, 2016 - 12:48 am

Wow that is such a cool venue for a wedding!

Alyssa - October 21, 2016 - 2:40 pm

Beautiful share! I love the one of her crying. <3

Nicole Sanchez - October 21, 2016 - 3:05 pm

You’ve captured such beautiful emotion. What a lovely wedding!

Nafa - October 22, 2016 - 4:25 pm

Lovely images.. The outdoor shots are amazing!Blushing bride!

Susy Martinez - November 2, 2016 - 7:32 am

Wow what a gorgeous bride and beautiful wedding. You did an amazing job capturing the best day of this couple’s life.


Kyle, Park Hill Senior Photographer

When I was 15 years old, my 2nd brother entered my life. My grandfather brought my other brother and I to the hospital to met him for the first time. His screams filled the maternity ward, and it was my first memory of being a teenage big sister to a newborn baby. It should have told me I was in for a ride with this kid.

Kyle idolized our brother Jamey, and did everything “Mamy” did. He wore football  and basketball outfits 24/7.  His favorite things were playing ball, and watching his brother play sports. It wasn’t a surprise that he grew up to be such an athletic guy, getting a football scholarship as a wide receiver.

Often, I was mistaken for his mother. It was really hard to go places with him and get strange glances from onlookers, wondering if that teenage girl was his mother. Embarrassing. But embarrassing as it could be at times, having two brothers who are over a decade younger than me taught me how to be a mother. I had knowledge that so many other girls didn’t have the privilege of learning in high school. You can carry a fake baby around all day long, but the real deal is mind blowing.

He became an uncle at 7 years old (my brother Korbin was 4!!!). I have a picture of them meeting Adelai for the first time. He has the biggest smile on his face. He loves his nieces and nephews, they never were a burden to him, he didn’t care that they sometimes stole the show. Most kids his age would be annoyed with children ranging from a baby under 1 to 11 years old. I feel as though I returned the favor, and taught him how to be around young children early on. Not very many teenage boys could handle 4 kids jumping on him and making fun of his “man bun” all the time.:)

He graduated from Parkville High School last May, class of 2016. It made me feel old, knowing he watch me graduate 17 years ago!

I know he has great things ahead of him.




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