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Tips for Including Dogs in Your Engagement & Wedding Photos

If you’re someone who has a furry babe at home, you know that they hold an incredibly special place in your heart! Which means that you’re of course going to want to include them on one of the most important days of your life – your wedding day! Especially now that there are all sorts of cute bandanas, collars, and even some flower crowns for the pets in our lives to dress up for the wedding! If you’re planning on including your little buddy in your engagement or wedding day photos, here are some tips to make that go as

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12 Questions to Ask Your Potential Wedding Caterer

Catering may not always be the most glamorous wedding planning detail, but it can be one of the more important ones! If you think back to the weddings that you’ve been to, you know that the food you eat at a reception can really make or break that part of the day! People remember if your wedding food is amazing, but even more than that, they’ll remember if your food is just “eh.” Which is why spending time seeking out the right caterer is so important! And can be a really fun step in wedding planning if you’re able to

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Emily & Eli’s Downtown Des Moines Wedding

In 2017 Emily and Eli had what I’d call the perfect central Iowa first date. Whiskey River for drinks and Texas Roadhouse for dinner! Emily even completed the perfect date by ordering chicken strips for dinner because she didn’t want Eli to think she was high maintenance on the first date! To Emily’s surprise, they shared their first kiss that night and have been together ever since! They made their relationship official on a trip to Nashville with their friends and Emily moved in with Eli shortly after! In 2019 they were engaged while on a trip to New York

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Advice for Wedding Dress Shopping

I know from experience that the time period where you just got engaged and are starting to plan the wedding is one of the most joyful and exciting times you’ll get to experience! It’s here that you’re starting to picture how the day is going to look and you and your groom are beginning to make some big and fun planning decisions. One of the most anticipated parts of this is, of course, finding the perfect dress! It truly is one of the most magical days during engagement, but it can also create small amounts of stress or feeling overwhelmed.

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Do’s & Don’ts of Wedding Day Hair & Makeup

As a little girl, I would guess that you probably pictured what you’d want to look like on your wedding day. Maybe it was about the dress, or a long or fluffy veil, maybe you even had a tiara on! Whatever it was, we know that your wedding day look is about a lot more than just the dress and accessories. Hair and makeup styling are a big factor in completing the look for the big day! Not to mention, the time you spend doing your hair and makeup are a big chunk of the morning on your wedding day

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Chaston & Paul’s Intimate Iowa City Wedding

Like many couples in the era of Covid-19, this was not the day that Chaston and Paul had planned for their wedding. But like many other Covid Weddings, this intimate winter wedding was absolutely perfect! The original plan was for Chaston and Paul to tie the knot in California earlier this year, however after the pandemic switched up their plans, they ended up choosing to get married at Chaston’s uncle’s property in Iowa City, Iowa. As the pictures can attest, the venue was absolutely stunning and the perfect back-up plan for this day. With a small amount of guests in

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Top 5 Reasons to Have Your Ceremony and Reception at the Same Venue

I don’t claim to be a wedding historian, but as I think back to how weddings have operated for the last 50-ish years, I think we can see some trends in how weddings started out using a single venue. I think back to my grandparents wedding photos, and even the photos and stories of some of my parents’ friends. They would have a ceremony in the sanctuary of the church and would follow it with a dinner in the church basement. For some, it wasn’t even a full dinner but it was a dessert reception or something even simpler! Things

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12 Questions to Ask Your Potential Wedding Caterer

Catering may not always be the most glamorous wedding planning detail, but it can be one of the more important ones! If you think back to the weddings that you’ve been to, you know that the food you eat at a reception can really make or break that part of the day! People remember if

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Emily & Eli’s Downtown Des Moines Wedding

In 2017 Emily and Eli had what I’d call the perfect central Iowa first date. Whiskey River for drinks and Texas Roadhouse for dinner! Emily even completed the perfect date by ordering chicken strips for dinner because she didn’t want Eli to think she was high maintenance on the first date! To Emily’s surprise, they

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Advice for Wedding Dress Shopping

I know from experience that the time period where you just got engaged and are starting to plan the wedding is one of the most joyful and exciting times you’ll get to experience! It’s here that you’re starting to picture how the day is going to look and you and your groom are beginning to

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