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    Welcome! We are so glad you are here!! My name is Laurie Nowling and I am the owner and lead photographer at Bliss Eleven Studio. We are a fun boutique studio located on Main Street in historic Saint Charles, MO. We specialize in kids and their families, high school seniors and we LOVE shooting weddings.

    This blog was created to share with you our two favorite types of sessions - high school seniors and, of course, our beautiful weddings. We will also be sharing some of our most inspired kids and family shoots - we love showing off our gorgeous clients. Be sure to check in regularly as we will also be featuring tips and information on how to make the most of your day and how to be beautiful, fresh and photo ready for your shoot. Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment while you are here, link to us and if you really like what you see, go ahead and pin away!!

Shannon + Mike | Married | Chandler Hill Winery Wedding Photography

It was so nice to be back at one of our favorite wedding spots, Chandler Hill Winery in Defiance, MO and it was a gorgeous day.  It might have been a little windy and chilly for May but, the sun was shinin’ and that was all we could possibly ask for considering the terrible weather we’ve had this year so far.  The wedding was BEAUTIFUL and so much fun and it was just an all around great day.  I have to start by mentioning the stationary, favors and paper products that were all custom designed by Melinda from Paper Frosting.  Melinda is crazy talented and it was so nice to finally meet her in person after working with her on another project last year.  I mean just look at these pieces…so much fun and they completely set the tone for the day.

Shannon’s jewelry is another thing that must be mentioned.  The necklace, earrings and “something blue” ring was all provided by Genovese Jewelers and was the perfect compliment to Shannon’s classic satin dress that fit her like a glove.

Shannon thought of everything.  Some of her great little details included jack and cokes for all of the groomsmen in Mike’s room and matching monogrammed robes and custom flip flops for the girls.

Shannon putting on her cadillac diamond earrings and some sweet moments between mother and daughter.

Beyond beautiful….enough said!

I am one of four girls and I adore this shot! Would love a photo like this with my sisters.

Another wonderful detail…..small clutches for the bridesmaids to carry their essentials. Perfect!

After the “getting ready” photos we headed outside to explore the grounds of the vineyard to set up Shannon and Mike’s first look and to get all of the bridal party photos.  Some of my new favorites!

So sweet….we were all in tears after this.

Shannon’s best friend and maid of honor is apparently known as Mike’s other fiancee.  This shot was a must have for Shannon.  Mike is one lucky guy!

Mike got a lot of attention on his wedding day….whether he wanted it or not.

Back inside for the ceremony and we caught a glimpse of Shannon’s dad as he mentally prepared to give his daughter away.  He was so sweet and they seem to share such an amazing bond.  More tears…..

Mr & Mrs. Michael Carlson….you did it!!

So many fabulous details….the photos speak for themselves.

 We heard some of the best, most beautifully heartfelt speeches at this wedding.  Oh, and I can’ t forget to mention the best man’s speech which was HILARIOUS!! Incorporating music (specifically “Baby Got Back”) into your speech is a win in my book! Such a fun reception and, once again, the band Slam kept the party going all night!

Shannon and Mike, congratulations to you both!  You two are so much fun and we were thrilled to be a part of your amazing day!!

What a tremendous line-up of vendors :

Venue: Chandler Hill Winery

Brides Dress: Ultimate Bride

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid

Tuxes: Saavi Formalwear

Flowers: Sister’s 

Cake: The Cakery

Stationary: Paper Frosting

Entertainment: Slam

Guitarist: Adam Stanley

Hair + Makeup: Annie from Danielle Style

Jewelry: Genovese Jewelers

Videographer: Boda Film

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