Austin & Jenna::MARRIED

Happy one month-iversary, Austin and Jenna! I barely posted this in time, but MADE IT! What a beautiful, beautiful day! The Des Moines Botanical Garden was the perfect place for a small, intimate ceremony. And the Windsor Heights Community Center was a great place to party. I loved getting to witness Austin and Jenna’s love, and their happiness together. What a great “job” I have!!

Ceremony location: Great Des Moines Botanical Garden

Reception location: Windsor Heights Community Center

Dress: Schaffers

Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal

Makeup: Blonde Blur

Groom/Groomsmem attire: Skeffington’s Formal Wear

Florist: Visions of Silk Wedding Floral Services

Coordinator: Jillian Stallman- A Memorable Event-Iowa Facebook.com/amemorableeventiowa

DJ: DJ Lonumn

Cake: Creme Cupcakes/Brick Street Market

Catering: Hickory Park

Limousine: Luxxor Limousines

Michelle & Adam::MARRIED

Michelle and Adam…what a fun couple! Their wedding was a blast! And it was also organized and everything was on time. That’s a hard feat. According to their pastor during the ceremony, they almost didn’t end up getting married…I’m definitely glad they did, because they seem like the perfect fit for each other. I loved photographing their wedding day!

Dress: Modern Dress, Boone, IA

Bridesmaids dresses: Vow to Be Chic

Groom and Groomsmen attire: Skeffintons

Ceremony venue: Lenox United Methodist Church

Reception venue: Lenox Community Center

DJ: Puttin on the Hitz

Cake: Sweet Desires

Melissa & Ben::MARRIED

Guys, this one's a big one..I may or may not have blogged the entire wedding gallery. Remember the couple who did two engagement sessions, and one was in the snow?! And remember how incredibly adorable they are?! Yea, well that's this couple. I may or may not have taken over 2,000 photos at their wedding... I'm not admitting to anything. ;) I loved everything about this wedding, but my favorite part was during their first look. Ben saw Melissa for the first time and he starts to cry, then he turned to me and said "I get to spend my life with her!" It made me tear up. One of the sweetest moments I've had the privilege of witnessing and photographing. Enjoy looking through all these photos! Ben and Melissa, don't worry, you'll have plenty more to look through soon!

Location: Keller Brick Barn, Dallas Center, Iowa

Dress: Allure Bridal, bought at Pure Bridal (purebridaliowa.com)

Bridesmaids dresses: Pure Bridal

Groom/groomsmen attire: Halberstads (halberstadts.com)

Flowers: James and Lory Stewart

DJ: Yod Dawg Entertainment (yoder.colby@gmail.com)

Cake: Hy-Vee (1888bakerymgr@hy-vee.com)

Catering: Hickory Park (catering@hickory-bbq.com)

Jaylin::SENIOR 2019

When did high school seniors start looking this grown up and beautiful??! I'm pretty sure I still looked like a dork when I was a senior. This girl could be a freaking model. Graduation is such a fun time...you feel like you can do anything. And you can! Look out world, here comes Jaylin! "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~Elenor Roosevelt 

Katelynn & Ben::ENGAGED

It may have been hot, humid, and may have just flooded here in Iowa..but you can't tell by the way these two looked during their engagement session! We had beautiful evening light, and luscious green grass. These two rocked their session, can't wait for their wedding next year!

Justice & Vanessa::MARRIED

This is Vanessa and Justice. They got married on a beautiful June day, and I got the privilege of photographing it. Does this even count as a job?! I absolutely love photographing weddings. This couple is so SO sweet. The groom and his groomsmen were some of the most polite young men I think I've ever met, and the girls really know how to bring the fun. I had such a blast with this couple!

Dress: Bridal Connection

Bridesmaids dresses: Bridal Connection

Groom and groomsmen attire: Bridal Connection

Hair/makeup: PCI Academy

Florist: HyVee

Ceremony venue: Bethesda Lutheran Church

Reception venue: Roland area community center

DJ: Absolute music DJ

Catering: Hickory Park 

Beth & Tjaden::MARRIED

Beth and Tjaden had such a beautiful, and joyful wedding! Full of smiles and laugher. You can just see how much they enjoy being together, and it was so fun to photograph. We started on the east side of Des Moines, at the church, and ended downtown at their reception venue, right by where they had their first date. We were all a little worried about the possibility of rain, but it ended up being a gorgeous day! I feel so honored to have been a part of such a lovely, and fun wedding! 

Ceremony: St. Joseph's Church

Reception: Embassy Suites Downtown Des Moines

Flowers: Something Chic Florals

 

DJ: Mobile DJ Services

Cake: Hy-vee

Dress: Schaeffers

Bridesmaids dresses: David's Bridal

Groomsmen attire: Men's Warehouse

 

The Soiney's::FAMILY

I had the great pleasure of photographing this sweet, lovely family. The littlest guy was definitely the star of the show! Everyone wanted a photo with him! And who can blame them? He is pretty darn cute. I'd say everyone looks pretty great. So great you can't even tell it was 100 degrees IN MAY! Thanks for braving the heat with me guys!

The Meredith's::FAMILY

I don't do a ton of family photos, but when my good friends ask me to take photos of them, how can I say no?? I may be biased, but I think they might be the cutest family in Des Moines at least, if not ever. Their daughter happens to be my goddaughter, and I'm so happy to get to watch her grow. She took the blurry photo of the trees. It might be out of focus, but I love it. I had a blast with these guys, as always! 

Carolyn & Eric::MATERNITY

I love winter and snow, but I might equally love it when the trees and flowers start to bloom. Waterworks park in Des Moines when all the trees bloom is just heart eyes for days! I love doing sessions there, and just walking around enjoying the blooms. This sweet couple will become parents any day now, and had a beautiful maternity session in the midst of the blooming trees. They brought their sweet puppy too! Congrats Carolyn and Eric! Excited to find out of you're having a he or a she! 

Danielle & Cecil::ENGAGED

Cecil and Danielle had quite the cold, snowy engagement session, but that just gave them a reason to cuddle in closer. They seriously rocked their session! I can't wait for their wedding, which is coming up SO soon! Only a couple weeks away! Luckily the Des Moines Botanical Gardens will be a bit warmer than this session. 

Melissa & Ben::ENGAGED ROUND 2

As promised, here is Melissa and Ben's snow engagement photos! They freaking rocked their session in the freezing cold, and look amazingly cute doing so too. I'm glad at least one person I know was praying for snow as hard as I was. And it made a beautiful setting! I think it should snow more often. 

Melissa & Ben::ENGAGED

I had a lot of fun with this super sweet couple. And do you think they could get any cuter?! I love photographing couples interacting with each other, laughing, snuggling, etc. The candid moments. Photographing who the couple is together. It's seriously the best. I feel like Melissa and I hit it off right away because she really wants an engagement session in the snow. So I assume she loves snow as much as I do. We didn't have snow for this half of their engagement session, but we are both doing snow dances and hoping we can do their snow session soon! Stay tuned for that!

Savannah & Ray::MARRIED

My last 2017 wedding was a great one! Savannah and Ray are the sweetest, most laid back couple. Their intimate ceremony was held at the Des Moines Botanical Gardens. I particularly loved all the flowers around. I also loved all their Harry Potter touches! I kind of a nerd...especially if we are talking Harry Potter. I guess you could say I'm a PotterHead?? Savannah, Ray, and their wedding party totally rocked their outdoor photos. I mean, you can't even tell it was 20 degrees! They make it look like it's 60. I had such a blast with these guys, and can't wait to show them their photos!

Ceremony location: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Reception location: The Wright Place 

Dress: Modcloth.com

DJ: DSM DJ's

Cake: Creme Cupcake

Catering: Hickory Park

Brewing: Sandhill Brewing

Adrienne & Antriksh::MARRIED

It was such a joy to photograph this super sweet couple on their wedding day. They got married at Adrienne's parent's house in Cedar Rapids, IA, and it was a gorgeous, chilly fall day! These two have had a very long journey leading up to their wedding, as Antriksh just jumped through all the hoops to come here from India. I think it's safe to say all the effort was worth it though ;) There was so much joy and laughter during their entire day, but especially during the ceremony. It was a beautiful day, for a beautiful couple. Get ready you two, your gallery of photos is coming soon!