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The 12 Best Wedding Photographers in St. Louis

St. Louis is a beautiful, diverse city that’s a great place for lovers. The Missouri River merges with the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis, the Gateway Arch merges with the horizon — and every day, the hearts of lovers merge as well. And who do St. Louis’s lovers trust to tell their love stories — talented photographers, of course! Be inspired by the impeccable work of the top St. Louis wedding photographers.

1. Reza Behnam of Shari Photography

We’re thoroughly impressed by photographer Reza Behnam’s Shari Photography, named one of the top 5 photography studios in Missouri by Top Rated Local. Shari Photography has also been mentioned by The New York Times Wedding, St. Louis’ Best Bridal, Modern Wedding Bride, Cosmopolitan magazine, and many other publications. With all these accolades, you might expect to be intimidated working with such a great artist, but in review after review, clients have said that Reza is easy to work with and makes you feel comfortable, and his team is fun and energetic.

Clients also commented on his team’s hard work, their responsiveness, and, of course, their experience and knowledge. Shari Photography’s style is elegant and creative –– with some of the biggest, most cinematic shots we’ve seen. Best of all, the photography outfit donates 2% of their booking fees to local St. Louis charities.

2. Memories Are Forever

Memories Are Forever comprises award-winning St. Louis wedding photographers who want to help you capture your love story. Kathie Belfield, owner and photographer of Memories Are Forever, employs a photojournalistic style with a dash of classical portraiture and flair inspired by the best fashion and editorial photographers. It’s obvious that Kathie enjoys what she does. She has an eye for capturing epic, beautifully composed wedding photos. Her clients say she is accommodating, professional, efficient, as well as exceeds expectations.

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3. Aloha Kelly Photography

Aloha Kelly is an award-winning, full-service St. Louis wedding photographer and videographer. She goes above and beyond to create beautiful, memorable photographs for you and your partner. Her clients praise her for her thoroughness, professionalism, and creativity. Aloha and her team employ a photojournalism style and are equally skilled at shooting portraits in a classical style –– so your candids, as well as your wedding party and family photos will shine. We know you’ll be beyond pleased with the beautiful photos you receive from Aloha Kelly Photography.

4. Allen Thompson of Ag Photography

Allen Thompson of Ag Photography captures beautiful, joyful images that you and your partner are sure to cherish for years to come. You can be confident that Allen will work closely with you to understand your personal vision, and then produce evocative images that will exceed your expectations. Clients raved about Allen’s sense of humor and indefatigable energy. Allen takes beautiful natural light photos and portraits, with only the minimal amount of post production work. We love that Allen boasts an eye for passion and a real knack for telling couples’ stories.

5. Ashley Recar of Vintage Image Portraits

Another talented St. Louis wedding photographer is Ashley Recar of Vintage Image Portraits. She is fully committed to documenting your wedding in a manner that emphasizes yours and your partner’s individual personalities. Also, Ashley limits herself to a limited number of weddings per year, so her schedule fills up quicklu. Ashley’s portraiture is clean and crisp, and her candids are natural and romantic. She balances the line between traditional and modern to produce some of the most breathtaking photos around. Her clients raved about her talent behind the camera, as well as her kind, supportive personality. You can’t go wrong with Vintage Image Portraits.

6. Jessica Priest of Fossil Photography

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Fossil Photography, based in St. Louis, strives to work closely with you and your partner to capture each and every special moment of your wedding celebration. Jessica Priest, the owner and photographer behind Fossil Photography, captures beautiful, authentic, personality-filled photos that accurately tell your love story. Jessica’s fine-art-inspired portraits and gorgeous photojournalistic shots will provide you with memories of every important moment of your wedding day.

7. Jess Newbury

Jess Newbury is a super-experienced award-winning St. Louis wedding photographer. She’s got a full toolbox of photographic styles and techniques at her disposal, making her the perfect photographer whether you’re planning a contemporary or classic wedding. Like all great wedding photographers, Jess takes the time before your wedding to really get to know you and your partner, so you can trust her to truly capture your wedding the way you want to remember it. Past clients say that Jess is dependable, knowledgeable, and flexible. Check out her portfolio!

8. Nora Sandoval Photography

Nora Sandoval has a life-long passion for photography. She captures St. Louis weddings with the skills of an artist and storyteller. From elopements and small, intimate ceremonies to huge traditional weddings –– Nora is your go-to photographer. She uses a variety of photographic styles to capture lively, contemporary, cinematic photos that really stand out, even among the other great photographers on this list. Her many clients have said she is passionate about her work, and that her enthusiasm is infectious and inspiring. Everyone loves working with Nora, and you will, too.

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9. Mena Darré Photography

Mena Darré Photography, a Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice award winner, is a St. Louis wedding photographer with an attractive, exuberant, and contemporary style. Mena enjoys working closely with you and your partner to capture each unique moment of your wedding celebration in a manner that’s both classic and totally fresh. She’s a skillful portrait artist who also takes candid photos in an impeccable photojournalistic style, and she pulls from the creativity and liveliness of fashion and editorial photos. Online reviews say that that Mena is an ultra-talented photographer with an amazing eye for detail, as well as a patient guide for the couples she works with.

10. Kelly Park Photography

Kelly Park is an award-winning, published wedding photographer. She says she is excited to capture the emotions of the people she photographs, as she enjoys sharing in others’ lives. This enthusiasm shows in the joyfulness of her work. Kelly is a wedding and portrait photographer who approaches photography with a fun photojournalistic and candid style. Her traditional and fashion photography are also remarkable, and many of her photos have appeared in St. Louis Bride magazine. Her clients share that she is professional, personable, timely, and efficient. 

11. Photos by Loria

Loria Harris, the person behind the camera at St. Louis wedding-photography outfit Photos by Loria, understands that weddings are a unique expression of you and your partner, as well as your shared values, upbringing, and dreams of the future. Her portraiture and candid photos really shine for her amazing use of natural light and ability to capture real, raw emotion. Her clients love her ability to always be in the right place at the right time. She would be a great choice for your wedding.

12. Bailey Mohr of Beautiful Mess Photography

Last, but not least, Bailey Mohr, the St. Louis wedding photographer behind Beautiful Mess Photography, is well-known for her fine-art wedding photos. She works with an experienced team to take and produce beautiful and authentic wedding photos that capture and preserve all the fun, all the emotion, all the real moments of your wedding. Beautiful Mess Photography uses a photojournalistic style to genuinely tell your story just the way it happened. And they’re equally skilled with portraits — the family photos, and wedding party photos — with a remarkable ability to coax out real emotions even in these big, posed shots.

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