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Hey there, and welcome to the JWP blog!  We are a photography team based in Iowa, and we hope you’ll enjoy viewing some of our most recent weddings, as well as the many tips we have for couples.  You can also enjoy some of our business and educational resources for photographers. 

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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monthly duty day

Monthly Duty Day Keeping Your Business Organized

A couple of years ago, I read somewhere about the idea of making a specific list of tasks that you complete once a month.  These would be essential tasks or things that are best done as batch work when you’ve got repetitive tasks you’re going to do more than once – but you do it on a monthly basis.  That way, those little pesky tasks don’t get sprinkled throughout your month, and instead you’re just doing them once.  Setting aside a monthly duty day to complete these tasks allows you to really focus in on all of these (somewhat random)

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Why Hiring a Wedding Coordinator is a Worthy Investment

We know that wedding days can be one of the most expensive days of your life. There’s so much that is necessary to make the day all that you want it to be! The trouble is that a lot of those things can add up quickly and all of the sudden you’ve found yourself with a total much higher than you’d like it to be. Often times, brides and grooms will hit a point in the planning process where they feel that it’s necessary to cut costs somewhere, and a lot of the times that starts with the behind the

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survival kit for wedding day

Wedding Day Survival Kit What You Need to Have With You For the Big Day

Planning for your wedding is filled with all sorts of fun details and check list items that you’re probably looking forward to! But we know that packing your wedding day bag may not be the thing you’re most excited about. However, we know that it’s one of the most critical details to ensure that your wedding day runs smoothly. And we think we can help! The JWP team is made up of wedding photographers that have a combined 19 years of experience and a few recent brides. So we’ve all learned a lot about the things you’re going to want

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little lights on the lane editorial shoot

Little Lights on the Lane Editorial

This incredible modern and elegant Little Lights on the Lane editorial styled shoot brought together some of my favorite trends.  The design concept and styling was put together by Karla from Honey and Joy Events.  We love how it all came together! Many thanks to the incredible vendor team: Design & Styling: Honey & Joy Events Floral: Studio Bloom Rentals: Unique Events & Borrow My Vintage Cake: Little Blackbird Bakery Invitations: Champagne Press Dress: Modern Dress Calligraphy: Painting for Cheese       Little Lights decorated the exterior for Christmas and it is so perfect!

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tips for covid wedding

Tips for Planning a Covid Wedding From a Covid Bride

When I got engaged in 2019 I can tell you confidently that “Covid Bride” is a title that I never saw coming. And now looking back, it’s still not a title I’d choose. But it was one that taught me an awful lot and I hope it will be used to teach a lot of you! I want to share a bit of my story about planning my dream wedding in the midst of a global pandemic with the hopes of offering helpful tips and making you feel less alone if you’re in the same boat! My boyfriend proposed to

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monthly duty day

Monthly Duty Day Keeping Your Business Organized

A couple of years ago, I read somewhere about the idea of making a specific list of tasks that you complete once a month.  These would be essential tasks or things that are best done as batch work when you’ve got repetitive tasks you’re going to do more than once – but you do it

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