Kayla + Austin's Wedding Day at Berry Acres in Odessa MO


I knew it was going to be a good time at Kayla and Austin's wedding lat Saturday when I walked in and the bride and her friends were all dancing around the dressing room. I immediately felt as if I'd known this group for a long time - they are just a welcoming bunch. You couldn't have asked for two nicer families to be joined together.

I was absolutely blown away by the venue they chose. They couldn't have picked a better place than Berry Acres in Odessa, MO. I'm being honest when I say that I would be more than fine if every wedding I ever booked was held here. The venue is set up for a photographer's dream come true - not only the beautiful scenery and landscaping, but the logistical setup of the space as well. The owners, Alan and Angela Berry, truly thought of everything from a vendor perspective, including the best lighting for pictures. Light is EVERYTHING to a photographer!

I was put in touch with Kayla through my cousin, RaDel of RaDel Hinckley Photography, who is my second-shooter for weddings. RaDel was Kayla's teacher in high school, and it was so funny hearing them all call him "Mr. Hinckley". As always, thank you RaDel for being such an awesome teammate! I couldn't do it without you! And I never will again!!!

Below are some of my favorite photos from Kayla and Austin's big day. It was a day filled with laughter, fun, a little bit of sarcasm and a whole lot of love. There were a few times I wanted to put my camera down and join them on the dance floor. This crowd knows how to have a good time.

I can't wait to see what the future has in store for these two amazing young people! Austin and Kayla, thank you for choosing me to be your photographer. It was truly an honor to serve you, and I am crossing my fingers you'll pick me again for your future family photos!


Michelle Smith is a professional portrait and wedding photographer serving the greater Kansas City area, including Odessa, MO.