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


Max and Kailey’s engagement session was bright spot in the never ending St. Louis winter. When the sun shines, we get out and shoot. Engagement photos are a huge part of the wedding story. It is the gathering mission for authentic moments and the smiles, in preparation for the wedding day to come.  Beautiful Mess Photography offers a complimentary engagement session with our wedding collections. We want to know you better and to make your photography personal, candid, and comfortable. Here are some of our favs from Max and Kailey’s winter engagement. 

Korey and Aany’s lifestyle engagement took us to one of the favorite corners of St. Louis, on an unseasonably warm day in March. They were at home in some of their regular places, honest and comfortable together they strolled through the beautiful Central West End, perusing the shelves of Left Bank Books and getting a treat at Jeni’s ice cream parlor.  

Here are some of our favorite moments from Matt and Melissa’s epic, St. Louis Wedding at Union Station and the Peabody Opera House.  Their old world St. Louis style combined with the warmth and hospitality of this gorgeous couple made this a wedding we will not soon forget.  Thrilled to be sharing their wedding story on the blog today!

Matt & Melissa ~  St Louis Wedding Photography

Wedding Ceremony and Reception/Catering ~ Peabody Opera House

Florist ~ Russell Florist

Cake ~ The St. Louis Club

Hair and Makeup  ~Looks by Liza

Photography ~ Beautiful Mess Photography



One of the many reasons we love celebrating weddings through photography stories, is because they are beautiful.  Every wedding we shoot is a unique story with it’s own  themes, colors and style.   Everything from the flowers, and invitations, to table numbers, and place settings help weave the essential motif of unity and and beauty.

One of the wedding partners making us happy this month is Basic Invite.  They are an incredible paper company, that specializes in customizing and color.  They have over 200 wedding invitation sets, 180 colors options and allows you the ability to order a printed sample of the actual invitation.   Your wedding stationery will be exactly how you want it, down to the smallest detail.  We feel this is what sets Basic Invite apart from almost any other online stationery company.


You can find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and matching thank you cards!

place cards 

Sample wedding invitations. 

Be sure to visit and follow Basic Invite!





beautiful save the dates


*photos courtesy of Basic Invite

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