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Brewery Emperial, Kansas City

One of my goals for 2017 is to get to know more small business owners in the Kansas City area. Once or twice a month I am going to feature some of Kansas City’s best small businesses. We have such an amazing community here and I would like to showcase our hometown pride. Don’t forget to shop small! If you have a business you would like to see on my blog, email me info@rachaelruffin.com.

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Brewery Emperial is tucked into the Crossroads District on 18th and Oak. A mix of industrial and rustic decor, it has a warm inviting feel. With the open kitchen and hearth, you can sit and watch your food be prepared. Owners Keith Thompson, Room 39’s Ted Habiger, Richard Kasyjanski & Julie Thompson have put their all into this small but amazing space. They have 6 beers; Milk Stout, Porter, Biscuit, Pilsner, Kolsch & IPA, along with a full bar. It should also be noted that they do have food, while I didn’t try any, the menu looked delicious!

bE is having their grand opening party tonight from 6:30-11pm. See more about the Brewery on their website or read about them in Pitch Weekly . Check out the event on Facebook for more details about the party tonight.


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Engagement Photography Kansas City Missouri

While we chatted over drinks, Janelle boasted about how proud she was of her relationship with Mike. She talked me about how in the beginning she, “did all the work” to get the relationship going. Janelle smiled as she told me about their life together, and Mike just sat quietly and took her in. Like I wasn’t there at all. Mike told me about how Westport district was so special to them, their date night spots….THEY ARE SO IN LOVE, GUYS!
Connecting like this with people is so important. I wanna know about your love stories. I wanna know why you love Kansas City. I wanna talk about your life together, what is important to you, what your dog’s name is!

Telling your story through photography is what I love to do. I love to watch you fall in love over and over with your spouse or soon to be spouse. I want you to have these memories and stories to show to your children and their children. That is what matters, photography freezes those moments forever.


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Miriam - February 1, 2017 - 8:22 am

That’s an awesome sunset and I agree! It’s always great when we learn about the couples story and the beginning of their relationship and not just photograph them! 🙂

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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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