As one of the top St. Louis wedding photographers, we are asked for recommendations and ideas everyday. So, welcome to Favorite Things Friday! We love sharing our favorite things, so Beautiful Mess Photography is starting a Favorite Things Friday post. I know it might sound a little precious, but we are here to cheer on our favorite venders, local businesses and all the things that make us happy.  

Today we are featuring the Maddison Makeup bag from the Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique.  It is roomy and stylish, very soft and is a great size for all your essentials.

I use this handy little bag for travel and even my full size products fit perfectly. The quilted pattern is classic and the tassel makes it fun!

The zipper is quality and opens and closes easily. I ordered my Maddison bag in Oasis Blue with a “B” for Beautiful Mess Photography or Bailey. 😉  It comes in 15 stunning colors to fit any wedding color scheme. You can pick up yours HERE!

And let’s not forget the guys! If you’re looking for gifts for the men in your wedding party, check out Groovy Groomsmen Gifts.  This online shop features a wide variety of unique personalized gifts for all men in your wedding party. Swag for everyone!

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Makeup: Mac Cosmetics

Brushes: Crown

Backdrop: Ink & Elm

Framed Print: Greta Coalier Artworks

Deodorant: Love Beauty and Planet

Facial Serum: Clarins

It has been a long, devouring gray kind of winter here in this city I love. But we broke through with our first engagement of the spring, on a perfect sunny day. Haley’s Iced Mango dress, a Pantone color for 2019, was the perfect accent for this bright occasion. The couples connection to Concordia Seminary made it the perfect backdrop for our shoot. Their genuine love and laughter really came through as we cheered the warmth of spring.

People tell me that they choose us to be their wedding photographer because they made a real connection with our images. Out photographs tells a story. There is real emotion in the pictures. To bring that feeling to our images, we must first make a connection with you, our clients. Spending time getting to know you and hearing your story fuels us to bring that story to life. Korey and Aany were so authentic in every piece of their wedding day, that capturing their adventure, was one of the easiest connections I’ve ever made. It was impossible not to be pulled in by the peace and unity of their celebration. Of course, the fully loaded taco bar by Seed Sprout Spoon was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever eaten. Cheers.

Korey & Aany ~  St Louis Wedding Photography

Wedding Ceremony & Reception ~ The Heirloom Room

Catering/Cake – Seed Sprout Spoon

Florist ~ Flowers and Weeds

Wedding Gown Boutique ~ The Ultimate Bride

Paper Design ~ Paperkeet

Hair and Makeup  ~ Looks by Lisa

Band ~ The Aching Hearts

Photography ~ Beautiful Mess Photography


I thought I would take a break from the heat this week to feature one of our favorite fall weddings. Greg and Mary threw an elegant, fall bash, on a cool November weekend. Classic black and white with hints of gold fit together perfectly in the historic Chase Park Plaza. Take a look at some of our favorite moments from their wedding story. 

Gregory & Mary ~  St Louis Wedding Photography

Wedding Ceremony ~ Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta

Wedding Reception/Catering ~ Chase Park Plaza Roy Sonesta

Florist ~ Sisters Flowers

Cake ~ The Cakery

Wedding Gown Boutique ~ Clarice’s Bridal

Paper Design ~ M Haley Designs

Hair and Makeup  ~ Looks by Lisa

DJ ~ Rockstar DJ’s

Photography ~ Beautiful Mess Photography



We were thrilled when we heard that our longtime friend D’Arcy wrote to say she was getting married, and they had picked the perfect venue. We love photographing winery weddings. They are simple and romantic, the landscape offering some of Missouri’s best backdrops for such a beautiful occasion. Among some of the best winery event spaces is Chandler Hill Vinyard. It was an honor to celebrate with Dean and D’Arcy and capture all their personal and beautiful details. 

Dean & D’Arcy ~  St Louis Wedding Photography

Wedding Ceremony and Reception/Catering ~ Chandler Hill

Hair  ~ The Bend Salon

Photography ~ Beautiful Mess Photography