Kempker’s Back 40 Barn Wedding in MO – Bret & Brandon

Bret and Brandon first contacted us about photographing both their engagement session and Kempker’s Back 40 barn wedding last spring. After chatting, I knew our style of photography would be a perfect fit with their vision! Bret said that she loved natural colors mixed with the green hues of nature. She carried this theme seamlessly throughout the wedding, and the result was magazine-worthy. From the woven macrame hanging backdrop for the ceremony, to the draped greenery everywhere, this rustic barn wedding had us swooning.

This was our first time photographing a Kempker’s Back 40 barn wedding, and we felt so grateful to Bret and Brandon for introducing us to such a magical place! Scroll down to see some of our favorite documentary photos from their big day. Congrats to these newlyweds and welcome back from your Dominican Republic honeymoon!

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anthropologie style wedding photography of the bridesmaids at Kempker's Back 40.Funny photo of the groomsmen in the creek at this country wedding in MO.Romantic ethereal wedding photo of the bride and groom walking through a field of wildflowers at Kempker's Back 40 barn wedding venue.Anthropologie wedding photography at this country wedding at the Kempker's Back 40 barn venue in MO.Loved these photos of the bride and groom standing in a field of wildflowers behind the barn at Kempker's in Westphalia.The bride and groom in a sexy kiss at this country wedding in a field of flowers at their Kempker's Back 40 barn wedding.The groom wears a royal blue bowtie for his country wedding in southern MO.Simple tiffanys figure 8 necklace for this country wedding at the Kempker's Back 40 wedding barn venue.A field of colorful wildflowers behind the barn wedding venue at Kempker's Back 40 in southern MO.Ethereal photo of the bride and groom in a natural creek bed at Kempker's Back 40.Happy wedding photo of the bride and groom at this barn venue in MO.View of the country barn wedding venue with macrame and lace in southern MO.Great documentary wedding photo of the grandmother smiling with her granddaughter after dinner in the covered pavilion at this country wedding venue.Candid wedding photography of the wedding guests at cocktail hour at Kempker's Back 40 in southern MO.The bride and groom have their first dance outside under a canopy of twinkle lights at this barn wedding venue in Westphalia, MO.The bride and groom have a romantic first dance during their country barn wedding at the Kempker's Back 40 venue.Great documentary photo of the groom dipping the bride outside of a barn on the outdoor patio of Kempker's.The maid of honor gives a speech while the bride and groom laugh under the covered pavilion for dinner.Naked wedding cakes on display with romantic lace and twinkle lights at this barn wedding at Kempker's Back 40 in southern MO.This Kempker's Back 40 Barn wedding in the country had the most beautiful outdoor dancing patio with string lights above and silos as outdoor bars for drinks.Parent dances outside on the patio at Kempker's Back 40.Twinkle lights and an antler chandelier at this country wedding venue in southern MO made for amazing wedding photos!Wedding reception guests laugh and chat under the twilight at Kempker's Back 40.Great photos of the bride and groom cake smash at the barn at Kempker's in southern MO.Wedding guests form a conga line on the outdoor dance patio at this barn venue in MO.Funny photo of a little toddler girl on the dance floor at Kempker's Back 40 barn venue in southern MO.Dancing on the outdoor patio for this wedding reception at Kempker's.Bride and groom kiss under a twinkle light arch during twilight blue light sky in southern MO.Outdoor dance floor with pink lights at Kempker's Back 40 barn in MO.Groomsmen do shots on the dance floor at this outdoor wedding in MO.Hilarious photos of faces after doing alcohol shots at the silo bar at this country wedding in MO.Wedding guests dance on the outdoor patio at Kempker's Back 40 barn venue in Westphalia.Outdoor dance floor at this country barn wedding venue in southern MO at Kempker's Back 40 barn.Romantic wedding barn venue in the country at Kempker's Back 40 in Westphalia, MO.

As wedding photographers who specialize in outdoor and rustic weddings, we couldn’t believe that this was our first time at the Kempker’s Back 40 venue. This venue is nestled in the Ozarks area of southern MO. It felt like a hidden gem, and is one most perfectly laid out wedding venues we’ve seen in the Midwest. From the outdoor ceremony space in front of the barn to the covered pavilion with family style picnic tables set up, everything was in one place and created a seamless flow to the day. After the ceremony, Bret and Brandon had their first dance on the outdoor patio under a canopy of string cafe lights. There’s nothing more romantic than dancing under the stars at a wedding!

Bret had so many amazing ideas for her wedding. One of our favorites was the handmade macrame curtain that hung behind their ceremony. There were also handwoven macrame table runners that added a super romantic touch to the head dinner table. Lace was draped and hanging throughout the barns and we loved the vintage Mr. and Mrs. chairs. In addition to the picturesque barns, this venue also had a huge field planted with colorful wildflowers. It was the perfect place for sunset portraits of this happy bride and groom.

Vendors who made this Kempker’s Back 40 barn wedding so beautiful:

Venue – Kempker’s Back 40

Florist – Designs from the Heart

Caterer – Argyle Catering Company

Cake – Wanda Higgins

Koozies – SipHipHooray

Makeup – Tabetha Schilb

Bride’s dress brand – Nola from Stephanie’s Bridal Boutique

Bride’s necklace – Tiffany & CO.

Bridesmaid dresses – Vera Wang

Groom’s bow tie – Tommy Hilfiger

DJ – Complete Weddings & Events

Macrame table runners – Home Goods

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