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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. 

how to create your perfect wedding day timeline for photography

How to Create the Perfect Photo Timeline for Your Wedding Day

Perhaps the most stressful and difficult part of planning a wedding is creating a perfect photo timeline for your wedding day.  The most frequently asked questions we receive from inquiring brides all center around timing: When should we start photos? How long will we need for photos? How long will a receiving line take? What is the expected length of our ceremony? When should we have our cocktail hour end? How long will dinner take?   And there is even more than that to consider! If this list is already stressing you out, there is help, we promise!  Our number

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SHOULD MY WEDDING HAVE A COCKTAIL HOUR

Should I Have a Cocktail Hour? Wedding Wednesday Tips

Today’s Wedding Wednesday Tip is all about cocktail hour.  We get asked about this a lot, so today we’re going to give you some things to think about as you consider incorporating a social hour during your wedding day. Before we jump in, we just want to acknowledge that planning your wedding day can be so exciting, but also extremely stressful because of all of the different choices you need to make and things to take into consideration. You’re hosting all your friends and family and want them to be happy, but you also want it to be the kind

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7 Reasons Why You Should Do A First Look

Today’s post covers one particular subject that comes up quite often when we meet with potential JWP brides, and it has to do with whether or not you should have first look.  We get asked about first looks A LOT and often times it comes from couples who aren’t sure whether they want to do one.  Before I go any further, I should probably explain what a first look is for those who haven’t heard of the term before. A first look is when the bride and groom have a special time early on in their wedding day where they

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sugar grove sunset wedding photos

Maile & Nick’s Sugar Grove Wedding

When high school sweethearts get married, it always gives me hope for romance.  There’s just something so sweet about people falling in love when they are younger, navigating going through life together, and growing together as a couple as they grow up as individuals.  The beautiful thing about Maile and Nick, is that they compliment each other so well.  And they are surrounded by people who support them in incredible ways.  During their wedding day, all around the barn venue at Sugar Grove were small details, each with their own significance.  All paying tribute to the people they care about

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Black Friday Deals for Photographers

Every year, I am on the hunt for good deals for photography gear and software that I need.  If you’re anything like me, your email inbox was inundated with coupon codes and sales yesterday and today.  It’s overwhelming how Black Friday has become an entire WEEK now!  I thought I’d share some of my favorite black friday deals for photographers – things that are on my list, or might be on yours!    Some of these are personal recommendations based on things I actually use, some are items I need more of, and some are just general suggestions.  Have fun

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Des Moines tea room balcony bride and groom at night with umbrella

Emily & Austin’s Classic Tea Room Wedding

When you are surrounded by a crowd of your closest friends and family, the ones that are there to cheer you on, it is the best feeling.  Emily and Austin are a more private couple, yet they wanted to proclaim and share their love with the people that matter most to them.  When we were

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how to create your perfect wedding day timeline for photography

How to Create the Perfect Photo Timeline for Your Wedding Day

Perhaps the most stressful and difficult part of planning a wedding is creating a perfect photo timeline for your wedding day.  The most frequently asked questions we receive from inquiring brides all center around timing: When should we start photos? How long will we need for photos? How long will a receiving line take? What

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SHOULD MY WEDDING HAVE A COCKTAIL HOUR

Should I Have a Cocktail Hour? Wedding Wednesday Tips

Today’s Wedding Wednesday Tip is all about cocktail hour.  We get asked about this a lot, so today we’re going to give you some things to think about as you consider incorporating a social hour during your wedding day. Before we jump in, we just want to acknowledge that planning your wedding day can be

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7 Reasons Why You Should Do A First Look

Today’s post covers one particular subject that comes up quite often when we meet with potential JWP brides, and it has to do with whether or not you should have first look.  We get asked about first looks A LOT and often times it comes from couples who aren’t sure whether they want to do

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