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. 

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beautiful save the dates


*photos courtesy of Basic Invite

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I am totally smitten with Sam and Liz’s beautiful St. Louis wedding!  The fine details and elegant style were full of the grace and warmth they both carry.  The celebrations were playful and full of laughter all day.  Here are some of my favorites from their celebration story. 

Samuel & Elizabeth ~  St Louis Wedding Photography

Wedding Ceremony ~ Our Lady of Lourdes

Wedding Reception/Catering ~ The St. Louis Club

Florist ~ Garden Party and David

Cake ~ The St. Louis Club

Wedding Gown Boutique ~ Fleur De Lis Bridal

Invitations ~ Julie Cronin

Hair and Makeup  ~Studio Branca

Band ~Mirage Entertainment

Photography ~ Beautiful Mess Photography


Set in the impeccable Laumeire Sculpture Park,  Nina and Orie’s elegant wedding was gilded in blue skies for miles and contagious laughter.  Classic details of purple orchards and succulent party favors brought a vibrate, life giving atmosphere and transitioned the outside ceremony to the inside reception full of light and music.  From fist look to first dance Orie and Nina floated through with warmth and grace.  It is an honor and delight to share this St. Louis wedding story today. 

Orie & Nina ~ St Louis Wedding Photography

Wedding Ceremony & Reception ~Laumeier Sculpture Park

Officiant ~ Assisi Weddings

Invitation Designer ~ Falmari Paper Co

Florist ~ Arnold Florist

Bride’s Dress ~ Belle Vogue Bridal

Hair Stylist & Makeup ~ Shannon Ball

Cake Artist ~ McArthur’s

Caterer ~ Kenrick’s Meats & Catering

DJ ~ Pro Sound DJ

Photography ~ Beautiful Mess Photography

In the fall, Daisy and I headed out to Cafe Osage.  The weather was perfection and the girl even more so.  We shopped and talked and laughed.  We talked about everything from God, to tattoos, relationships to traveling.  She was fully herself, all hand in the hair, optimism and song.  Daisy honored me by sharing her dreams, and ideas, her plans for the future.  She asked questions and I took photos, laughing with her, answering with limited wisdom.  She filled in the blanks on what I forgot about being twenty-one.  I took more photos.

By the end I asked Daisy why the 20 somethings,  are so comfortable not just in front of the camera, but documenting every coffee,  walk and creative snippet on social media?  Her honest answer?

“There is a fear of being forgotten. We want to feel validated, that our existence matters. That’s why, I think, my generation loves being a false celebrity.  We want to feel like our time here mattered.  That is wasn’t waisted.”

Well, you are not alone, Daisy girl.  I’m sure that is the plight of man.  I’m telling your right here, your existence matters, your story is important and my time was not waisted by spending some life with you.

I could spend a dozen more beautiful afternoons listening,  and photographing.  We have plans to catch up again this summer, so check back for another day with Daisy.