Hilton President Hotel Wedding | Kansas City Winter Wedding | Kansas City Wedding Photographers

Hilton President Hotel Wedding

Shauna & Eric: Married!

Kansas City Wedding Photographers

Last month, just before Christmas, we photographed the most luxurious winter wedding in downtown Kansas City at the Hilton President Hotel! We can’t even begin to tell you how much fun this day was! One thing we’ve  learned from photographing weddings over the years is that the overall mood of the wedding day really reflects the bride and groom’s personality. This was so true for Shauna and Eric’s big day. Their day overflowed with happiness and laughter, and a few happy tears during some of the quieter moments. After a romantic evening ceremony we ended the day with one heck of a party! Here’s a little look at some of our favorites from their wedding!

These details! Who needs a cute wedding dress hanger when you have a mannequin?!

Every bride shines a little brighter in a sparkly pair of Louboutin heels!

Shauna gave her girls the most thoughtful gifts- jewelry, champagne, shawls hand-knit by her mom, and a custom photo book for each friend highlighting their relationship.

Groom’s deserve their own pair of Louboutin’s too! And we LOVE the touches of velvet on the shoes and bowtie!

One of the sweetest moments of the day… when Shauna’s dad saw her for the first time in her dress!

It’s safe to say the guys thoroughly enjoyed taking photos…

Winter wedding details done right!

Shauna’s reaction to seeing her wedding cake was everything!!

Have you ever seen the bride’s uncle dancing towards the groom with a knife? No? Neither have we, until this wedding! Shauna and Eric decided to tie in a piece of Persian tradition with an Iranian knife dance! It began with her uncle dancing with the knife and teasing the Eric to collect ransom money. It gets passed between several of the bride’s family members, and when enough money is collected, the knife is handed over and the bride and groom are free to cut the cake!

The BEST night with live music by Private Stock, complete with a chair dance that even the dads decided to partake in!

Venue: Hilton President Hotel

Church: The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception

Hair & Makeup: Posh KC

Flowers: Blooms by Breck

Bride’s Dress: Bridal Extraordinaire, Anne Barge

Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulu’s

Cake: Blue Thistle

Band: Private Stock

DJ: DJ Rey with DJ Connections

Invitations: Minted

Photo Booth: Fernando Productions


Destination Wedding in Jamaica | Destination Wedding Photographers

Destination Wedding Photographers

Destination Wedding in Jamaica

We woke up to a Halloween winter wonderland here in Kansas City today. With the snow on the ground and ALL the pretty Christmas things taking over the shelves at Home Goods and Hobby Lobby, I decided I better take a step back and remind myself it’s still October. So before I get carried away and make Melissa pack up all the fall decor at the studio to make room for our Christmas tree, I’m throwing it back to one our all time favorite summer weddings!

This past June we grabbed our cameras and passports, and we hopped on a plane to Jamaica to share in Shelby and Jeff’s destination wedding! It was a the BEST wedding week! Not just because of the amazing destination, but because of the incredible people we got to spend it with. Our days were filled with sunshine, frozen drinks, tan lines, pretty pictures, lots of laughs, and some unsuccessful paddle boarding.

Shelby and Jeff’s wedding day was nothing short of perfect. The wedding ceremony was in a little nook along the beach, tucked in just enough for an intimate ceremony yet still open to that vast ocean view. The reception was on an outdoor patio that sat up high enough to overlook the resort. Talk about a fun night! What began with a quiet dinner, touching speeches, and a romantic first dance, turned into a full blown party where we all got to meet an alter ego we refer to as Island Jeff who decided to surprise his new wife with some new dance moves! After partying all night, Shelby and Jeff even got up the next morning at sunrise for one more photo session on the beach. So many fun memories were made here, and we are so happy we got to be a part of it all! So, while I try to keep myself from entering full blown Christmas mode while it’s still October, I’m going to close my eyes and picture myself back here on the beach.

Venue: Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

Flowers: Sandals

Dress: Breeze Bridal


Grand Hall Wedding | Kansas City Wedding Photographers








Three years ago, we photographed a beautiful wedding at The Uptown Theater. It was one of our favorite wedding weekends for many reasons, but mostly because we just really loved that bride and groom, Ashley and Nick and their families. Little did we know, that weekend a new love was brewing! Ashley and Nick had a couple of friends they thought would be a great match, so they sat Kristina and Josh next to each other at the rehearsal dinner. It’s safe to say it turned out to be a perfect fit. Fast forward a few summers, and we found Ashley and Nick in front of our cameras again, this time as a bridesmaid and groomsman, with Kristina and Josh as our bride and groom!


It was a Saturday filled with an abundance of sunshine, laughter, and stunning details. Kristina had pieces of her mother’s wedding dress made into ribbons and tied around her bouquet, a detail we absolutely loved! The head table stole the show at their reception with the most luxurious table linens paired with gorgeous place settings, romantic candles, and a massive fresh floral backdrop. Pretty sure we saw a few jaws hit the floor as guests entered the Grand Hall that evening.

Their dance floor was packed all night, but before the party started, we were overwhelmed with more emotions than we were prepared for. It was Father’s Day weekend, and while Kristina’s father gave the sweetest toast, we looked over and saw Kristina holding hands with her sister Sarah. As his emotional speech wrapped up, Kristina actually took the microphone and gave loving toast back to her dad as she invited him to the floor for their father-daughter dance. Cue the waterworks. This was easily our most favorite part of the day and a moment we won’t forget.




Kansas City Wedding Vendor Team:

Photography: Melissa & Beth

Planner: Nellie Sparkman Events

Venue: The Grand Hall

Hair & Makeup: Posh KC

Dress: Bridal Extraordinaire

Tux: Tip Top Tux

Flowers: Bella Chic

Cake: Chef Shop Stark

Catering: Garozzo’s

Rentals: Ultrapom

Video: Basinger Films


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Kansas City Boudoir Photographer | 2019 Valentine’s Day Boudoir Sessions

Kansas City Boudoir Photographer

2019 Valentine’s Day Boudoir Sessions


FEBRUARY 1st-2nd

Limited Spots Available: Click the “Book Your Session” button below!


They’re back! Valentine’s Day Boudoir Sessions!

We shoot boudoir sessions year round here at the studio, but every year for Valentine’s Day we get even more excited to rebuild our set and make a full weekend out of it! And what better time than now to create the perfect gift, either for your significant other or for yourself. Sessions will take place Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2nd. All image galleries will be delivered by Tuesday, February 5th.

Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for your person, or just wanting a feel good confidence booster, you’ve come to the right place! Our boudoir sessions are shot in the privacy of our studio in a soft, dreamy, naturally lit space.

All images are photographed and edited by Beth, and everything is kept under password protection. We will never share images publicly without your consent.



Boudoir photos can be so much more than just a traditional lingerie set. Choose a more reserved, casual, cozy look with an off-the-shoulder sweater or a slouchy white tee paired with a lacy panty. You can even steal your guy’s favorite t-shirt! If you’re planning your session as a wedding day gift, doing a bridal look is a great idea! Bring some white lacy pieces, and you can even accessorize with your veil, wedding day jewelry, and garter. The favorite look that most clients end up loving more than anything else, is simply wrapping up in the white sheets.


Boudoir sessions will be shot at the Melissa & Beth studio one-on-one with Beth. After scheduling your session, you’ll fill out a short questionnaire that we’ll use to help prepare details for your session. During the session, you’ll be fully guided through each shot making sure you look your best with every click of the camera.



Grab a few friends and sign up for back-to-back session times so you can all come and hang out together while we shoot! Groups of 4 or more get a special group rate. Ask for the group code upon booking.





1-2 outfits/looks

20 fully edited high resolution digital images with print release

online gallery with password protection


Gift Books and other prints/products available for purchase after session.







Don’t hesitate to ask questions! Email beth@melissaandbeth.com or fill out a contact form HERE.

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Downtown Kansas City Engagement | Kansas City Engagement Photographers

Downtown Kansas City Engagement

Kansas City Engagement Photographers

Michelle & Todd: Engaged!

It’s here!! This weekend, Michelle and Todd are tying the knot! Before we prep to spend the weekend with them at The Gallery Event Space in downtown Kansas City, we have to share a little snippet of their engagement session we shot last fall!

Michelle and Todd had their first date at Julep, which made for the perfect location to take some engagement photos. When we shoot engagements and couples are knee deep in wedding planning, there’s something pretty special about returning to that one little spot where it all began. How incredibly refreshing to step back into that moment and let all those emotions, the excitement, the nerves, the butterflies, all come rushing back to the surface. These are the little reminders every couple needs. Revisit where it all began and let those raw emotions of that young, new love sweep you away.

Follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram to see more from what we know is going to be an amazing wedding weekend!!

Downtown Kansas City Engagement PhotographersDowntown Kansas City Engagement PhotographersDowntown Kansas City Engagement PhotographersDowntown Kansas City Engagement PhotographersDowntown Kansas City Engagement PhotographersIf you are looking for a Kansas City Engagement Photographer, we would love to talk details with you! We offer senior photography, engagement photography and wedding photography in the Kansas City and Denver areas, as well as domestic and international destinations. CONTACT us today for more info!