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Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Karst

James and Jamie Karst married on Saturday, Oct. 6. I am so grateful to have been their photographer for their special day.

I’ve known James for many years. And if you know James, you’ll know that he is 100% country. James grew up in the small picturesque town of Wilson, Kansas and his wife, Jamie, grew up a only a few towns away. They were married at the historic St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson.

As a photographer, I love when wedding couples are so open, like the Karsts, to spend a chunk of their wedding day to find interesting locations to allow for unique and creative portraits. We found an old creepy shed that was behind a small farm house. James just happened to know the owner of the place. There were bone fragments and old rusty tools scattered around the doorway to the shed. To complete the creepiness to the scene, there was a crow ornament sitting above the shed. I could have asked for a more appropriate setting for an October wedding.

The couple was gracious enough to set me up with a room at the Midland Railroad Hotel. This hotel is full of rich history and amazing ghost stories. Built at the turn of the twentieth century, this historic hotel was the site of an inferno in 1902 that gutted the building, and it has been established that several guests perished in the blaze that took place. Guests staying on the third floor have reportedly smelt smoke and seen strange fires that vanish and reappear suddenly. Others claim to have seen varying apparitions in period clothing roaming the hallways of the old building. I, on the other, hand slept like a baby after a long day of shooting.

Congrats to James and Jamie Karst!

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