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Gracie & Tom’s Fall Des Moines Heritage Center Wedding

Imagine this for your wedding day: you’ve planned a beautiful celebration with the love of your life, gorgeous florals are in place, the weather is perfect, your makeup is finished, and you’re ready for your mother to help you put on your wedding gown. Your photographer arrives to begin the day with photographing a few of your personal details and then, your worst nightmare happens: all of those details, including the heirloom family bible, your fun wedding shoes, and BOTH sets of wedding bands are gone. Gone gone. They are nowhere to be found. Not in the car, the venue, the hotel room…this was how Gracie & Tom’s wedding day started when I first arrived at the Des Moines Heritage Center on a late fall morning. All of the joy and anticipation of their day was taken over by a sudden vacuum of emotions. Their most treasured and personal parts of their wedding day had literally been stolen from them

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Austin & Allison Engagement Session- World Food Prize

After growing up together in the same small town Austin and Allison didn’t start dating until college. Their parents were friends and they often socialized together as kids. Once they started dating it didn’t take long for them to know that this was meant to be.
Austin planned and coordinated the most epic surprise proposal. Allison was enjoying a girls night out at a winery in Indiana while Austin was supposedly back home in another state. When she and her friends were offered a tour of the winery, she was shocked to find Austin awaiting her with a ring! He even hired a photographer to capture the moment!

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Elissa & John | Catholic Wedding in Grinnell

Elissa was stunning in her classic and elegant gown. The neckline and lace back were a hushed reflection of her quiet but tenacious attitude towards this big moment. The light was just right, and she was radiant as she started down the aisle. Earlier, at the first look, John was speechless as he turned to see her for the first time in her gown. After eleven years together, it was obvious that they were ready for this moment. Meeting in college and sharing a love of music and saxophone, it became apparent quickly that they had more than just musical chemistry going on. They have grown together as a couple and musicians and have learned how to compliment each other in beautiful ways as they prepared for marriage.

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Engagement Session Downtown Des Moines World Food Prize

Emily & Taylor Engagement | World Food Prize

Emily and Taylor had the most perfect fall weather for their downtown engagement session. After meeting in college at a party, it didn’t take long for these two to know things were meant to be. During a trip to Hawaii, Taylor had planned an epic proposal on the beach at sunset, complete with hiring a photographer to capture their special moment.

We started on the perfectly manicured grounds of the World Food Prize building in Des Moines. We love to do engagement sessions here, as there is so much variety in such a small area. The steps on the front and back side of the building add so much detail to the final images. After exploring all of the little areas around the building and gardens, we headed down to the riverwalk for a totally different look and feel. We love to include different architectural details, like the bridges in the background

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Anne Marie & Mark | Summer Tented Iowa Wedding

Anne Marie and Mark hosted their summer wedding on her family’s farm in Cambridge Iowa, although the couple calls Chicago home. They created a wedding that every little girls dreams are made of. The tent, the colorful summer florals, the family church, the family farm…all parts of their sentimental day to celebrate Anne Marie and Mark’s relationship.

There were so many heartfelt moments throughout their day. Mark made the ring box with his dad and Anne Marie gifted Mark the watch he wore. They exchanged heartfelt, funny and personal vows. Anne Marie’s speech during the reception was a real tear jerker. This was a wedding full of sentiment and meaning in every detail. They partied and danced the night away under a tent in Anne Marie’s favorite place on earth. Her grandparents farm.

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Cathleen & Nate’s Outddoor Summer Wedding | Glen Oaks Country Club

Cathleen and Nate chose to celebrate their love during a beautiful outdoor ceremony in at the equally beautiful Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, IA. It was a hot and windy summer day, but that didn’t stop us from getting stunning portraits, as Glen Oaks features beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces creating beautiful backdrops for all parts of a wedding day. It’s a favorite venue of ours for sure. I’m sure you will agree after looking through the stunning images of their day.

We love that Cathleen chose fuschia and pinks for her florals and dresses. It was a perfect compliment to the mood and feel of their wedding. Surrounded by an incredibly supportive family and many close friends, they celebrated their day amongst the people they love the most. Their ceremony and reception had many personal touches, funny and poignant speeches and was a beautiful expression of who Cathleen and Nate are as a couple.

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Shanae & Watt | Des Moines Wedding @ The Loft

Shanae & Watt finally got to celebrate their wedding in the states sharing this emotional day with their family and friends at The Loft in Des Moines. They jumped many hurdles and logistics to be able to be legally married in both Cambodia and the States, but it was well worth it. Many tears were shed at this heartfelt ceremony and reception. Shane has spent much time away from her family as the couple now calls Cambodia home.

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