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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 get the best wedding photos

How to Get the Best Wedding Photos

We know that every couple we work with dreams of beautiful wedding photos.  It’s one of the most important days of your life, and you don’t want to forget it, and you want photographs that will stand the test of time that you will love.  Even more so, you want the experience to be stress-free.  So many people get anxious about having their photo taken.  So today, we are putting all of your worries to rest and sharing our top tips for how to get the BEST wedding photos on your wedding day! Engagement Session Your engagement session is probably

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18 questions to ask wedding venues

18 Questions to Ask a Wedding Venue

Once you’re said YES to your fiancé and celebrated your engagement (wahoo!), the first big decision for wedding planning is choosing the location for your celebration.  This is an incredibly important decision!  Your wedding venue sets the tone for your entire wedding day.  It also sets your date in stone.  And depending on the venue you choose and day you choose to get married, it can be a significant portion of your wedding day budget.  For many couples, this is the first major hurdle they need to work through as they plan their wedding. For our Wedding Wednesday Tips, we

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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 about halfway through the afternoon on their wedding day, surrounded by all the grandeur of the Tea Room,  Emily said to me, “You know, I don’t need to get in front of everyone and share how I feel about Austin with everyone watching…he already knows.

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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 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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Sun Valley Barn Wedding Styled Shoot

Earlier last year, the owner of a brand new wedding venue called Sun Valley Barn contacted me to work with them on some promotional photos for their new space, a gorgeous reception venue in Pella.  I was so honored when Angie reached out to me, and creating this incredible vision to showcase their space was

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how to get the best wedding photos

How to Get the Best Wedding Photos

We know that every couple we work with dreams of beautiful wedding photos.  It’s one of the most important days of your life, and you don’t want to forget it, and you want photographs that will stand the test of time that you will love.  Even more so, you want the experience to be stress-free.

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18 questions to ask wedding venues

18 Questions to Ask a Wedding Venue

Once you’re said YES to your fiancé and celebrated your engagement (wahoo!), the first big decision for wedding planning is choosing the location for your celebration.  This is an incredibly important decision!  Your wedding venue sets the tone for your entire wedding day.  It also sets your date in stone.  And depending on the venue

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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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