Kristin & Marcus – Rainy Dogwood Canyon Wedding

Everyone always hopes for perfect weather on their wedding day, but the rain didn’t dampen the fun we had on this gorgeous rainy Dogwood Canyon wedding for Kristin and Marcus. We met this sweet couple by way of a referral to shoot their maternity session. During the session we all just clicked and when they found out we shoot weddings, it was a no brainer! Then they had their precious daughter, Clover, which meant we got to spend even more time chatting, capturing sweet images with baby and getting excited for their big day! Before we knew it, the wedding day was upon us…as well as some ominous weather forecasts, but hey, we know what grey skies and some rain can do for some awesome shots so we weren’t too worried.

The bridal party was in the thick of hair and makeup when we arrived to Big Cedar Lodge so we took advantage of a break in the weather outside and grabbed all of our detail shots just in case the weather changed our itinerary later in the day. Once we traveled over to Dogwood Canyon we knew we needed to get into photo mode immediately since the skies were rapidly growing dark, so we loaded up with the groom in one vehicle and the bride followed in a separate van. We made our way to the Great Spirit Falls for the couple’s first look.

Dogwood Canyon First Look

It couldn’t have been more perfect timing because by the time we got Marcus situated under the falls and Kristin out of the van the skies opened up with a torrential downpour. Luckily Kristin had her umbrella so she made it to Marcus completely dry and we got to capture one of the best moments for a first look that we have had the privilege to experience. It was simply magical with the water rushing from the waterfall behind our couple and puddles forming on the rock pathway.

Eventually the grounds crew radioed us to return to the lodge as the park was starting to get pretty dicey for travel with rushing water that runs over the pathways which we needed to drive over to get back. Once we arrived back at the park entrance we found some dry cover until the rain let up. We had just enough time to dive right into getting the rest of our formal wedding party photos done.

Dogwood Canyon has a breathtaking waterfall just behind the mill and grill so we knew that would be our focal point, especially since this weather caused a slight detour for the ceremony and everything had to be moved inside last minute. We couldn’t have asked for better settings with the clouds, slight breeze, cooler temps and excellent lighting the storm had provided.

Indoor Ceremony with a View

We moved indoors for the ceremony and the scene was simply romantic. The floral scapes created by Rebecca’s Floral Garden were stunning. Arches and sprays of pampas grass with pops of blue and cream everywhere along with the glow of candlelight was just dreamy when set in the rustic cabin vibe that Dogwood Canyon provides. The night was flawless with the help of Becca at Events by Social Graces.

Everything flowed seamlessly from ceremony to dinner to dance… we were in awe of the blissful music coming from Liz Moriondo and her crew. All combined with the laughs and cheers that blended in from the guests. It was such a great day and this couple truly deserves all of the magic and love that poured around them.

-Shannon and Scott

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

Bride Groom Kiss in front of Dogwood Canyon Buildings and Waterfall

Diamond Ring and other wedding rings on moss
Newlywed Bride and Groom stand near Indian Cliff Falls at Dogwood Canyon near Branson, Missouri.
Bride and Groom smile and laugh near creek and cliff
Bride looks at makeup in handheld mirror.
Detail shot of bride's gold boots, invitation, hair clip and pink baby shoes with jewels.
Two earrings with white beads on sole of blue boot.
Portrait of blonde bride wearing wedding dress looking at camera.
girl wearing blue heart dress helps bride put on gold boots
groom starts putting on tie in mirror
groom standing near great spirit falls waits as bride walks up for first look
bride and groom first look at great spirit falls in dogwood canyon
Bride and Groom kiss Black and white tilt shift photo under Great Spirt Falls Dogwood Canyon Schaefer Photography
Bride and Groom kiss under Great Spirt Falls in Dogwood Canyon Schaefer Photography
Bride and Groom hold hands as rain falls and water fall runs over rock wall
Groom sees bride in wedding dress in front of great spirit fall at Dogwood Canyon
bride and groom walk away in rain
bride and groom walk away with umbrellas in rain at Great Spirit Fall in Dogwood Canyon
Groom holds bride's waist in front of Indian Creek and waterfall at Dogwood Canyon
Kristin and Marcus Dogwood Canyon Wedding by Schaefer Photography
Wedding Party Kristin and Marcus Dogwood Canyon Wedding by Schaefer Photography
Bride and groom hugging and laughing black and white
Groom talks to baby daughter as bride smiles
Wedding Party stands under lodge at Dogwood Canyon
Bride and Groom walk through tunnel made by wedding party at dogwood canyon
Father and Bride wait to enter wedding ceremony at Dogwood Canyon Schaefer Photography
Father walks bride down the isle inside Dogwood Canyon Lodge
Wedding ceremony inside Dogwood Canyon Lodge and Mill Schaefer Photography
First kiss during wedding ceremony at Dogwood Canyon
Father of the bride tells a joke as bride and groom watch
Bride and Groom hold hands up as they are announced at Dogwood Canyon
Liz Moriondo Sings at Dogwood Canyon
Bride and mother dance Dogwood Canyon
Groom hugs mother after mother son dance
Wedding cake at Kristin and Marcus' Dogwood Canyon wedding.
Bride and groom dance through reflections during dogwood canyon wedding reception schaefer photography
Bride and groom dance during dogwood canyon wedding schaefer photography
Bride and groom dance at Dogwood Canyon
Liz Moriondo Sings and plays guitar at Dogwood Canyon
Black and white portrait of bride laughing as groom stands on rock in front of Dogwood Canyon Lodge and Grist Mill Lampe Mo Schaefer Photography
portrait of bride laughing as groom stands on rock in front of Dogwood Canyon Lodge and Grist Mill Lampe Mo Schaefer Photography
Bride and Groom sequin gold and white background kiss and show ring

Venue: Dogwood Canyon
Florist: Rebecca’s Garden Studio
Live Music: Liz Moriondo
Planner: Event’s by Social Graces
Hair and Makeup: Gloss Makeup & Hair