Woodland Elopement Inspiration at Blue Bell Farm


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!

Many thanks to our awesome team that pulled this all together!

First of all, Jamie & Derek Bryant, the superstars and kind-hearted owners of Blue Bell Farm. If you haven’t visited Blue Bell Farm yet, like them on social media to find out about their farm-to-table dinners, yoga retreats and other events. Their classic white barn, new elegant bridal cottage and huge deck overlooking the rolling hills are breathtaking and provide the most beautiful and romantic backdrop for a wedding. In addition, their commitment to local organic food gives their guest a truly amazing, delicious experience!  

Scott and I at Scott Patrick Myers Photography want to photograph our weddings so they reflect what is real — the love, the light, the slight way a bride looks down when adored by her beloved.  So naturally, when thinking about our first styled shoot, one of the most important aspects to Scott and I was that we use a real married couple.  One such amazing couple is Morgan and Brandon. Scott and I met and became dear friends with them while working with them during their engagement and wedding.

Our bride, Morgan, got ready in the beautiful bridal cottage. This new addition to Blue Bell Farm exudes romance, style and comfort and is the best place for brides to get ready for their wedding day (or stay for their wedding night!). Morgan wore a gorgeous BHLDN gown. Brandon, our groom, prepped in the loft of the timber framed barn. Thank you, Butchers for being the greatest (and most patient!) models!

A huge shout-out to our other model, Jonathan Westhoff, who played the best Southern Officiant ever. If you haven’t been to Jon’s business, Breakout COMO in downtown Columbia, you should check it out! Also noteworthy, the Bible Jon held was Derek’s great-grandmothers.  Talk about getting as real as possible with a styled shoot.  

Another hidden gem in Columbia, MO is L.C. Betz, Jewelers. I love them so much! All of my jewelry has come from them — from my first pearl necklace when I was thirteen to our wedding bands. Thank you, David, for handpicking the most exquisite pieces that were perfect for Morgan and Brandon. Brandon wore a white gold band with center polished groove and brushed sides. Morgan wore a white gold diamond and blue sapphire engagement ring between two diamond contoured wedding bands. You’ll also see her adorned in a white gold diamond and blue topaz pendant and precious diamond huggie earrings. The real stunner was her cocktail ring (which would also be a stunning wedding band!) — a one of a kind, rose gold diamond, pink tourmaline and garnet ring set in halo prong set. STUNNING.  

Jamie has raved about Emily, owner and florist of Sugarberry Blooms for a while and after this shoot I know why! She’s extraordinarily talented and created the most beautiful flower arrangements, bouquet and flower crown! Using a color palate of whites, pinks, blushes, shades of purple and foraged greenery, I now will call her the flower whisperer. Flowers simply fall into place in her hands. It’s incredible. For this shoot, she used locally grown peonies, chive blossoms, bachelor’s buttons and veronica in addition to lilac roses, pink astrantia, lilac tulips, light blue delphiniums and lavender lisianthus. Oh my. I’m just in love.

The elegant invitations were designed and printed by Christy Asper of The Ink Cafe. She used a 130 lb classic felt textured paper with a beautiful watercolor design of a laurel piece with intertwining foliage that also was used on the back of each enclosure. The metallic silver belly band was the perfect touch to bundle everything together. The menu and place cards were hand lettered by Michele, owner of The Artist’s Hand Calligraphy who works closely with The Ink Cafe.  Michele’s artistry is incredible.

Morgan’s hair and makeup were done by the gorgeous and always smiling Victoria Araujo, owner of Blanc Studio in downtown Columbia, MO. She is so talented and we love it when she does hair and makeup for our brides! Her calming and kind presence is the best!

Pretty Little Things is the place to go for the perfect decorating piece and where to look for design help with a wedding day or event. Owner, Courtney Canine is the sweetest!  She has a shop in Boonville and is a creative genius. No matter what you want, Courtney has it.  All of the decor on the sweetheart and farmhouse table were Courtney’s except for Jamie’s floral tablecloth, silverware and my grandmother’s china.

And last but not least, the cake!  Anna Meyer, owner of Range Free baked a beautiful and delicious wedding cake.  If you don’t know about Range Free, check it out!  Anna makes yummy-tasty food and baked goods that are allergen free!