For me there is nothing quite like Capen Park. With just a short hike up what I would call a small cliff, you’re overlooking nothing but trees and sky. There is so much depth and texture to this view and is beautiful no matter what time of the year it is. When up on the edge of that bluff, it feels like you’re miles away from the city instead of smack dab in the middle of Columbia, Missouri. We’ve done engagement sessions there before (check out Codi and Jason’s fall engagement session) but never any wedding portraits. Despite me believing all our of wedding clients should take pictures at Capen Park, I can’t imagine a bride would want to take time out of her busy wedding day to climb up the side of that cliff.
If I can’t convince a bride to hike up that cliff, the next best thing is putting together a small styled photo shoot featuring a model in a gorgeous wedding dress on the cliffs of Columbia. Styled shoots aren’t new to us. Last year we had the opportunity to collaborate with local vendors on two different shoots; Styling Sorenson and A Well Crafted Event. Both of those photo shoots brought together several different amazing local vendors. When planning this shoot, I knew I wanted to keep it really simple and just focus on the location.
When we sat down and talked about the vision we had for this photo shoot, the words chic bohemian kept coming to mind. I knew I wanted the look to be very relaxed and organic, letting nature also be a star in the photos. I didn’t realize the wind and weather would also be a factor for this shoot. Despite it being in the 60s and 70s for the weeks prior to our shoot, we were greeted with temperatures in the 30s combined with a strong, brisk wind. Our model, Rachel, was quite the trooper! All of us were bundled up in parkas while Rachel withstood the cold, all in the name of getting the perfect shot! The wind did play to our advantage as it gave the gorgeous Maggie Sottero Deirdre gown such beautiful movement.
Braving the chilly and tempestuous weather was so worth it. We were able to get what I think are some of the most amazing photos we’ve captured. I hope you enjoy these photos from what I dubbed our “On the CoMo Bluffs” styled shoot (check out Instgram and #onthecomobluffs to see behind the scenes). It was so difficult to narrow down the photos because there were just so many beautiful pictures to choose from. We are so proud of this styled shoot and all that this group of vendors created.