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Introducing Our New Virtual Assistant – Madeline! Virtual Assistant

Hi everyone, my name is Madeline Spencer and I work for JWP as a virtual assistant! I’ll be tackling some of the blogging, social media, and hopefully getting to interact with some of you! I’m an Iowa girl through and through – however, it feels a little weird to claim that because I assume that you’re picturing a farm girl in your head and that’s definitely not me! I was born and raised in Ames and went to Iowa State University for college. I studied Public Relations and Event Management and I graduated in 2017. My early post college days

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Mary Kate & Nate’s Intimate Backyard Wedding

After considering rescheduling their wedding entirely due to COVID, Mary Kate and Nate opted to have an intimate wedding in their parent’s beautiful backyard here in Iowa.   Instead of a large wedding, they opted to gather just with their friends and immediate family.  They held their wedding ceremony at the church Mary Kate’s parents were married at many years ago. One of the things we love most about their day was the personal touches.  Their custom vow books are such a wonderful keepsake and I’m sure will be treasured for many years!  Mary Kate involved family members in the

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Sarah & Tim’s Summer Engagement Session in Grinnell

Everything about this engagement session held in Grinnell on a late summer day was perfect.  Tim and Sarah are seriously the kindest people you will meet.  And I love that their story connects across the country with right here in Grinnell, and that they are coming back to where it all began to start their life together.  I’ll share more about their story when I come back to fill in some details, but for now, enjoy my absolute favorites!!!! That summer glow was PERFECT for this photo – a new favorite! A lot of couples say they are nervous or

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two piece maxi dress senior photos

Maddy’s Grinnell Senior Session

Maddy’s Senior Profile Graduating Class: 2020 School: Grinnell High School Future Plans: Studying Biology at University of Northern Iowa Favorite High School Memory: Getting to go to Wells Fargo Arena to watch the girls basketball team win 2nd place! Favorite Movie at the Time of Session: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile Sports or Extracurriculars: Golf Take a peek below to see Maddy’s senior session! We found some great greenery-filled backgrounds for these photos and they turned out stunning with Maddy’s outfits No maxi-dresses were harmed in the making of these photos! This outfit was so unique and looked stunning

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des moines engagement session

Downtown Des Moines Engagement Session

Chloe & Kian wanted a downtown urban vibe for their engagement session, so heading to the East Village in downtown Des Moines was the perfect option. Street photography is so fun and fresh, and this location suited them perfectly. A new favorite in front of the ivy wall. I told Kian that I knew he would look incredible during their session – this photo proves that this couple is model material for sure. We took a break for drinks at St. Kilda’s and while I don’t usually love doing photos in bars, and these aren’t perfectly in focus, I still

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Molly & Nick’s West Des Moines Ballroom Wedding

Sometimes, there are just those couples who you click with so effortlessly – Molly and Nick are one of those couples.  From the very beginning, I knew that I would adore getting to know them and photographing their wedding.  Molly has the perfect taste in style and decor – she loves classic, beautiful, and timeless.  Her and I have pretty much the exact same taste!  And when she shared how excited she was to work with Kelly at Bella Flora on their wedding design, I knew everything would come together exactly as she envisioned.   Their dream ballroom wedding came

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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

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