Gretta and Chris’ wedding at Chandler Hill Vineyards in Defiance, Missouri kicked off my Fall 2019 wedding season, and wow was it amazing! This is a gorgeous St. Louis wedding venue with a backdrop that makes me feel like I’m in the heart of Sonoma, California or in Italy. Surrounded with views of the hills and grapevines, Chandler Hill Vineyards is one of my new favorite wedding venues in Missouri. It’s absolutely amazing, and so are this couple!
I love hearing my couples love stories, and Gretta and Chris have one for the books. They have been together 11 years – YUP, you read that right – 11 years! And they’ve never broken up once, not even during their 5 years of being long distance. Their love has stayed true and strong. As the best man joked during his toasts, their love has lasted since the start of the Marvel Universe. Their first date was actually to watch Iron Man. (I can’t believe that was over a decade ago – that makes me feel so old.)
Although it was a rainy day (we’ve had a pretty rainy September), we were fortunate enough to capture their first look and bride and groom portraits in the vineyards before the rain came pouring down.
I absolutely loved everything about this day – from Gretta’s beautiful and unique lace wedding dress to their first dance dance under moon, illuminated only by fairy lights on the deck of Chandler Hill vineyards.
Venue: Chandler Hill Vineyards
Photographer: Zoe Life Photography
Hair Stylist: Lalo Salon
Make-Up Artist: Dede Prange
Girls Getting Ready Outfits: Pretty Plum Sugar
Dress Designer: Rara Avis
Dress Shop: Belle Atelier, Chicago, IL
Alterations: The Dress Doctor
Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu, WToo, Dessy
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Tie Bar for Groom, Menguin for Groomsmen Suits
Shoes Designer: Cecelia New York
Florist: Rouge Events & Wildflowers
Caterer: Chandler Hill Vineyards
Cake and Desserts: Blue Owl Bakery