Blue Bell Farm was the perfect venue for a woodland elopement inspiration shoot. Blue Bell Farm is one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the Midwest and hands-down one of our favorite places to photograph weddings. The collaborative team that pulled off this gorgeous shoot consisted of nine crazy-talented Mid-Missouri wedding vendors who incorporate similar values in their work — top-notch quality, authenticity and creativity. Together we designed a simple yet stunning woodland setting. From the hand-lettered calligraphy place cards to Morgan’s flower crown, boy did they pull off some amazing details. The late afternoon light was perfect for a first look and intimate ceremony in the woods. Also, the formal sweetheart table in the woods was simply perfect. We’re incredibly excited to share these images — some digital, some film. Be sure to read more below!
Another Beautiful Wedding Day by Scott Patrick Myers Photography —
Introducing The Witts!
Allyn and Todd’s Church of St. Mary wedding and The Millbottom reception was on a perfectly beautiful March day. Who knew it would be an amazing 71-degree day when it could’ve been cold and snowing? Allyn did because she always had a feeling that the weather on this almost-spring day was going to be gorgeous and she was right!
Allyn and her bridesmaids started their day getting their hair and makeup done at Bliss Salon before heading to St. Mary for the ceremony. Allyn looked absolutely stunning in her David Tutera sweetheart beaded gown. Her hair, shoes and jewelry — it all went together perfectly. While waiting to walk down the aisle to see Todd, she had the most precious first look with her dad. I don’t think it’s overstepping to say she’s a daddy’s girl. Also, her adorable flower girls twirled in their dresses as everyone counted down the minutes. Those precious girls couldn’t have been any cuter!
Also noteworthy, was how overjoyed Allyn was when her gorgeous bouquet arrived from florist, Stacey Halstead from Florissimo. While talking through her wedding timeline both Allyn and her step-mom (who just happened to be my super cool P.E. coach back in the day at Hickman!) couldn’t stop gushing about the flowers. They had such a great time working with Stacey and knew that getting photographs of his craft was paramount. Once I saw the flowers bouquets and arrangements at the reception, I understood their excitement — they were amazing! In addition, the Church of St. Mary wedding ceremony was incredibly sweet officiated by a relative. It was such an incredible moment when Allyn and Todd first saw each other — I think the look on their faces says it all.
After becoming Mr. & Mrs., they left the historic Church of St. Mary walking by all of their guests to a Rolls Royce. It was such a happy send-off! Their reception was at The Millbottom, which was our first time to photograph this fantastic industrial venue. The gorgeous decor showcased the gorgeous pale pink, ivory, green and gold color scheme. The party really started after the dinner catered by Argyle Catering. Guests danced up until the sparkler exit. Allyn and Todd are such a beautiful couple — Scott and I loved photographing their special day.
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Witt! Wishing you the very best! — sam & scott See More
Caitlin and Luke’s wedding at Kimball Ballroom was full of sentiment, surprises and joy. As Caitlin got ready it was hard to miss the photograph of her mother on the mantel — the similarity was striking. It was important to Caitlin that her mother’s memory was integrated in both big and small details of her wedding day. Caitlin wore her mom’s veil and designed the diamond baguettes from her mom’s wedding ring into her own band. Caitlin’s gorgeous lace dress paired perfectly with Luke’s classic tuxedo. They looked like movie stars (which wasn’t a surprise after photographing their engagement session). It was so much fun to watch Caitlin surprise Luke with his wedding gift. Luke is a huge Mizzou fan and part of his gift (in addition to a signed MU football) was renting Faurot Field for pictures. The look on Luke’s face as he ventured on to the field was priceless. Cait and Luke — thank you for having Scott and I photograph your beautiful wedding day! We loved working with you! — sam & scott See More
Photographing Michelle and Jordan’s beautiful backyard wedding was one of our highlights from 2016. Michelle was a bridesmaid in the first wedding we shot several years ago – you can see her in Andrew and Kristen’s wedding. It’s unbelievable that Andrew and Kristen had their 4th child weeks after Michelle’s wedding. There are a few things you should know about Michelle and Kristen. They’ve been best friends their whole lives – and I mean since they played with stuffed animals and dolls. Growing up, they were more like sisters and their relationships with one another’s families was just as special. Scott and I had the honor of seeing Michelle over the years since that first wedding. Not only are Michelle and Kristen best friends, but their friendship was part of a very special group of girls that grew up together, got engaged, married and yes, babies for some of them at this point in life. These girls are forever best friends. When we photographed another one of the “best friends” we were so happy to see Michelle and meet her boyfriend, Jordan. You can see this best friend’s wedding here (hi Natalie & Brock!). It was wonderful to see Michelle and Jordan in love. Flash forward two years and she began planning her own dream wedding. Michelle and Jordan are smart, know what they want, and are comfortable being themselves. When Michelle envisioned her wedding, she knew immediately that she wanted it to represent them. She wanted an intimate backyard wedding in the gorgeous month of October at none other than Kristen’s parents’ home where she grew up building a playhouse with Kristen among the cedar trees. She knew she wanted to get dressed in the historic log cabin adjacent to the house. She knew she wanted a beautiful, fun, laid back party and that she wouldn’t have a bridal party – it would be simple. One year prior to her wedding, we shot her engagement pictures where she and Jordan planned to have their backyard wedding and enjoyed getting to know Michelle and Jordan better. I loved watching how in sync and comfortable they are with one another. They’re one of those couples that exude wisdom and maturity. They care deeply, love to learn and are excited to see what life brings them. I could go on about Michelle’s two gowns (oh my gosh they’re both gorgeous!!), how dapper Jordan looked in his gray suit (I hope he didn’t get too irritated at how many times I told him how amazing that suit was!), or how Michelle did an incredible job designing each detail (like those flowers she put together and the awesome table decor!), but this is a blog where I believe the pictures will speak for themselves. Michelle & Jordan – thanks again for inviting us to photograph your incredible day.
– Sam & Scott
One of our favorite things about being wedding photographers based in Columbia, MO is how each wedding is an opportunity for us to tell an incredibly special wedding story that will be cherished throughout life. We love the images that tell Jenna & Felix’s wedding story. Their romantic fall wedding at Blue Bell Farm was a picture perfect 72-degree day full of happy tears, love and laughter. Jenna was a stunning barefoot bride and did an amazing job designing and orchestrating all of the gorgeous details of the day – from the handmade handkerchiefs’ she embroidered for her bridesmaids to the impressive flower, succulent and moss displays in glass centerpieces that adorned the reception tables. She could do event planning if she wanted (as well as modeling – seriously, the girl knows how to be authentically beautiful and confident in front of the lens!). For their fall wedding, Jenna and Felix surrounded themselves with family and friends that traveled to Fayette for their special day. Their laid-back, fun personalities set the stage for their guests. Everyone celebrated the Rodriguez couple by playing yard games, enjoying a home-style menu catered by Settlers Inn, dancing and basking in the gorgeous moonlit evening at the farm. What struck us about Jenna and Felix’s love was how visible it was – their unconditional love, respect, support, kindness and gentleness in how they spoke and interacted with one another. You can clearly see it in their images. Although they’re young, they have wise, gentle souls and are a perfect pair. Jenna & Felix, Scott and I wish you both the absolute best in your marriage! It was an honor and blessing getting to know you! — Sam & Scott
Scott and I are excited to share this beautiful spring engagement session we did for Caitlin and Luke. We’re even more excited to photograph their wedding tomorrow at Kimball Ballroom. It’s going to be an amazing day!
We knew immediately when talking to Michele about her farm wedding that working with her and Brock would be a great match for Scott and I. First and foremost, she was our ideal bride. She had her wedding priorities established from the beginning, was organized and was so kind and excited about her wedding day. One of her top priorities was having beautiful, timeless images that told the story of their day. Michele and Brock created the perfect day that reflected their faith, family and values and it was a pleasure for us to be a part of it.
Although they’d met in their youth, it wasn’t until adulthood that Michele and Brock reconnected and their romance began. They both love the outdoors, working hard, family and farming. Cattle farming is a family affair for Michele, Brock and his father. Even Michele’s daughter who walked her down the aisle has her own cow (see the cute pic below!). So when it came to planning their farm wedding, they knew they wanted it to be outside on Brock’s family farm and no matter what, they wanted pictures on their land with their cattle. They also knew they wanted their reception in their newly built Morton Barn, the home of their business, Meyer Cattle Company. Their farm wedding day was gorgeous. Michele and Brock had their first look in the front yard under a maple tree. Michele was stunning in her Casablanca beaded gown from Belle Mariee Bridal Boutique and Brock looked handsome in his tan suit and matching cowboy hat. The flowers from Kent’s Floral Gallery were incredible, too. We adored the details – from the signage of scripture at the end of the straw bale pews to the handmade monogram at the reception. We loved working with this beautiful couple and wish them the best!
It was a blessing for Scott and I to photograph Morgan and Neil’s Firestone Baars Chapel wedding & Kimball Ballroom reception. We loved working with and getting to know this genuine, caring and Christ-centered couple. Their sweet love and adoration for one another shines through in every photograph. As beautiful as they are inside, they are equally as beautiful outside. Morgan was stunning in her classic strapless gown while Neil wore a custom navy blue suit with a few hidden words sewn in discrete places (see picture below). I love how they integrated many DIY features into their details. From the flowers that Morgan’s mom grew in the back yard that were integrated into arrangements (that her mom put together) to them making their favorite lemon bars to share with guests, they wanted their day to be simple, elegant and full of joy. Both of their sisters and brothers stood beside them as they said their vows while the other bridesmaids and groomsmen had a front row seat. I loved how this looked in their ceremony photographs. I think what illustrates this couples’ heart is how they ended their wedding day. Making sure they left their reception early in the evening, they had the opportunity to drive for a couple of hours in their wedding clothes to Morgan’s grandparents home so they could share with them their wedding joy. Beautiful, eh? Congratulations, Morgan & Neil!
Scott and I loved photographing Anna & Shane as they got married on a beautiful summer evening at Silver Oaks Chateau. This new venue in Wildwood, Missouri was the perfect backdrop for their romantic and elegant wedding day. Anna, her best friends and closest relatives got ready in the elegant bridal suite, enjoying the afternoon sipping on mimosas while getting ready in matching monogram flannels. Anna wore a backdrop lariat necklace that was a breathtaking accent to her open back lace and beaded dress. She had a first look with both of her dads as well as her beloved. Her first look with Shane was in the loft and they couldn’t have been happier seeing each other. Anna’s uncle officiated the outdoor wedding which included a wine ceremony where their parents put a bottle of wine and a letter into a handcrafted wooden wine box not to be opened until their 1st, 3rd and 5th anniversaries. At the reception Anna’s dads surprised guests by sending both of their twins in their place to give a toast. Yes, that’s right – both of Anna’s dads are twins (I found out the hard way by asking Neil, one of her dads to come with me to take a picture and boy did I turn red when I realized the man that I was talking to wasn’t the right man!). She is blessed to have two Dads that she adores with all her heart. Later in the evening guests could take a break from dancing to enjoy handmade Clementine’s Creamery ice cream served from a bicycle. Their night was a big hit. Congratulations, Anna & Shane! We wish you the best and loved working with you.
– Sam & Scott
Here’s a love story about two poets who fell in love and got married. Scott and I (Sam here, Scott’s wife) loved photographing their elegant and romantic wedding ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Fulton and their reception at Kimball Ballroom at Stephens College in Columbia. Anne-Marie, a gorgeous Texan, met Nick, a New Yorker, at a poetry conference. They obviously hit it off and now that their long distance engagement has finally come to an end they can begin their new chapter in Palo Alto, California. Both Anne-Marie and Nick are brilliant and creative, but what struck me was how incredibly sincere, sweet and loving they were to one another, their family and friends. They were so elated that everyone they cared about was in the same place for the first time and the love and respect they have for their family and friends was reciprocated ten-fold. Congratulations, Anne-Marie & Nick! Thanks for having Scott and I photograph your wedding! See More
Erin and Alex’s wedding at the Church of St. Mary at Westminster College was nothing short of perfect. The boys began their day playing a round of golf while the girls laughed and had fun getting ready. Erin’s dress was gorgeous and she looked absolutely stunning in it. Everything was beautiful — from Erin and Alex and their bridal party to the gorgeous details at the reception. One of the things that struck us about this sweet couple is how much they love others — whether it be friends, family or the kids that they teach and coach. And that love and adoration they extend is exactly how others feel about them tenfold. We’re excited for the Demczaks as they begin a new exciting journey together. Whatever they do we’re confident they’ll thrive doing it. Congratulations, team Demczak!
Venue: Church of St. Mary/Mueller Leadership Hall; Dress: Belle Marie; Videographer: Critchfield Productions; Flowers: Tiger Garden; Rings: Buchroeders; Caterer: Fresh Ideas; DJ: Aric Bremer; Hair & Make-Up: Bella Salon.
Scott and I love it when wedding details reflect the personalities of the couple. Amy & Matt’s Disney wedding at Mizzou is a perfect example. From Amy’s Cinderella inspired dress and tiara to their Mickey & Minnie bride and groom hats, this couple took their decorating to the nth degree (and I had to throw in the nth degree since they’re both math teachers — well, Amy’s teaching and Matt’s getting his master’s to do the same). At the reception they decorated each table with a different Disney movie toy set – from Snow White to Frozen—to keep the kids happy while the grown ups danced. Disney wasn’t the only important thing to this fun and laid-back couple. They love dessert. They chose to serve their favorites – a custom ice cream wedding cake and a just about every type of pie imaginable. After all, nothing goes better together than ice cream and pie. We’re excited for the Weinsting’s as they begin their own fairy tale. Congratulations, Amy & Matt!
Cate and Wes went to high school prom together and have the cutest picture to show from it (yes, it’s in the blog). After high school these two remained close friends and went in different directions. After many years they reunited and the rest is history. Scott and I loved spending the day photographing their intimate and sweet wedding at Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport. Congratulations, Walkers!
Hello and thanks for visiting our blog! This is Samantha – the other half of Scott Patrick Myers Photography.
If there’s one word to describe Elizabeth and Adam’s spring wedding at Les Bourgeois Vineyards it’s joyful. Elizabeth radiated joy and her big happy smile was contagious to all. I loved watching how her friends and family, and especially Adam, adored her. This sweet couple from D.C. got to know one another online and knew as soon as they met in person that they’d found their match (no pun intended as they met via match.com). They weren’t the only ones that knew this was “it.” Elizabeth’s dad knew as soon as she started talking about Adam that he was going to be his son-in-law one day. Elizabeth’s mom, Kristy was pivotal in planning the wedding in her hometown of Columbia. From the vendors to the small details, Kristy helped coordinate an amazing wedding day for her daughter. I love how sentimental the day was for Elizabeth. For one, she got ready in the bedroom she’d grown up in. It was fun to hear her bridesmaids tell stories about their slumber parties in her room as children. It was also special as both sets of parents had a role in the ceremony and Elizabeth’s grandfather officiated. Les Bourgeois is sentimental for Scott and I as well since that’s where we got married. The point overlooking the Missouri River is simply stunning and never fails to be a gorgeous backdrop for a wedding. Elizabeth and Adam, congratulations and best wishes to you both!!
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Meet Jessi and Brad. We had the pleasure of photographing their wedding at Blue Bell Farm recently. Jessi is one of the kindest, smartest people in the world. And she’s tiny, beautiful and witty. Then there’s Brad. He’s super smart, quite tall and can do just about everything. When he talked about being a pilot I wondered, “what can he not do”? These two met in Oklahoma, fell in love and find themselves in Columbia starting a new adventure.
They moved to Columbia last year when Jessi began her residency at MU and Brad started MU’s Physical Therapy program. I’ll never forget what a surprise it was when they told us “their secret” during their fall engagement session. They had recently eloped! You’d think they were our first couple that had been officially married before the wedding we were to photograph, but no. They were number two. When booking with us they chose a package that included a guest book with their engagement images. Their guest book reveals an exciting time since they were really newlyweds with a “happy little secret”. What fond memories they will have from those images and then to add notes from family and friends make that book a forever keepsake.
Their wedding was everything they wanted—intimate, beautiful and on a perfect 70 degree spring day. Two seasons after they got married the first time they finally celebrated their marriage surrounded by a few close friends and family. Among the guests were Jessi’s nieces, “the triplets” who were adorable beyond words as flower girls. Jessi chose gorgeous Frye shoes that I couldn’t stop oohing and awing over. I love it when brides incorporate what they love and who they are into their attire. Their venue pick of Blue Bell Farm was the perfect backdrop for their elegant, laid back and fun day. They wanted their guests to have fun — to play, so Brad built backyard bean bag toss boards (with neon lights!) that Jessi painted and decorated with precision. Jessi also put her craftiness to work as she wrote on the boards (that Brad built, too). Her handwriting looked fake it was so good. I think they could open an Etsy business if they ever tire of health care. After a delicious dinner, Harold’s Doughnuts set up a doughnut bar where guests created their own doughnut. This was a big hit. Then there was fire, literally. During the outdoor reception guests broke into the sparklers intended for the exit. Thankfully they had enough left at the end of the night. Fun, good food, quality time with guests and an awesome bonfire under a starlit night—I’d call that one great wedding. Thanks, Jessi and Brad for having us photograph your special day!!
The vendors for their wedding were among our favorites. I’ll start with Blue Bell Farm. The Byrants’ kindness and incredible service along with their amazing barn and breathtaking landscape make Blue Bell Farm a spectacular place for a wedding. Bleu Catering provided a delectable menu. The flowers by Tiger Garden were incredible, as always. Not only do I love the work Tiger Garden consistently creates, but also adore Becky Melton, the manager. She was the first bride when Blue Bell Farm opened two years ago in May. You can see her wedding here. Jessi wanted her bouquet and arbor similar to what Becky had created for herself and her husband. It was also a treat working alongside Morgan, Kendall and Chole with AnnaBelle Events. They did a great job organizing everything and making sure everything ran smoothly with smiles on their faces. Working with good vendors makes our job easier and fun!
Last fall Keri & Kirk came down from Chicago so we could shoot their engagement photos at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. It had been several years since Sam & I were there last and I had forgotten just how lovely it is. The fact that the guards let us stay and shoot for an hour and half after closing certainly added to the intimacy of the final images. Tomorrow Sam and I are photographing Keri & Kirk’s wedding at one of our favorite venues, Chandler Hill Vineyards in Defiance. It promises to be a very good day.