The Modern Bride Wedding Magazine

I remember picking up Modern Bride many years ago, the images were eye candy- gorgeous gowns, beautiful brides, scene settings that made the reader envious to attend such a wedding.  And while flipping through these beautiful events, I must admit, I wanted to see my images appear on these glossy pages.  It finally happened in the Dec/Jan issue of 2009 & just in time.

Sadly this is THE final issue of Modern Bride.

It’s been over a year since I got the call from Modern Bride telling me that they were interested in featuring Affton & Lorenzo’s wedding.  This Spring I was notified that the wedding had been selected for the Winter issue.  I was excited but afraid to mention the news to anyone other than close family. When they called for artwork, I thought it was safe- the article would run…

But in late October the news was not good for Modern & Elegant Bride Magazines.  Both of these these along with Gourmet Magazine would be shut down. 

Even the wedding industry suffers during a recession??  Every industry is effected, some to a larger degree than others but we have all been affected.   This has been a difficult year for everyone I know, if its not losing a job, it’s battling sickness, fighting for health coverage, struggling to keep our homes, relearning to walk or fighting an audit.  It’s been a tough year… and that is probably another reason I love wedding day so much.  It’s a beautiful escape.

Affton is a fan of glam & glitz and she insisted in hosting a ‘hot pink zebra’ inspired affair.  It was a really fun change in pace for us- we get to see some amazing events; however, I can safely say that most brides don’t take a risk this big!  I’m so glad that she did.  I finally got to see my images on the slick pages of Modern Bride & before it was too late.


the Photographer

Adrienne Maples


Kansas City photographer, Adrienne Maples, weaves together powerful narratives with her photographs to create mood and evoke emotion.


She's an AI enthusiast, passionate about teaching others how to use technology responsibly for the greater good. Known for her 'spunk & pizazz', she directs from behind her camera, finding impromptu designing to transform mediocrity into the extraordinary.


She a board member of AIGA and KCAC. As a committee member of KCDW, she organized the 2024 talks: The A.I. Asset, Creator as Curator.

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