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Little Lights on the Lane Wedding for Alyssa & Brandon

Summer Little Lights on the Lane Wedding

What a PERFECT summer wedding day this was! Little Lights on the Lane is one of the best wedding venues in Iowa. Not only is it incredible well thought out in terms of the space, but it is a photographer’s playground – SO many little spots for photos, unique decor, beautiful landscaping. It’s one of my top recommended venues. And I think when couples visit, they immediately fall in love. I know that was the case for Alyssa & Brandon!

When Alyssa & Brandon first reached out about their wedding day, one of the things Alyssa mentioned that was hugely important to her was having an stress-free day….and sunset photos. She definitely DEFINITELY wanted beautiful sunset photos. When their wedding day came, we were blessed with quite possibly the most perfect summer weather you could ask for and some of my favorites sunset photos of the year.

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Classic Summer Wedding at Rollins Mansion

Brooke & Levi’s classic summer wedding at Rollins Mansion in Des Moines was beautiful, emotional and full of all the moments you dream of as a photographer. It was such a heartfelt day that was overflowing with all of the emotions. There were lots of tears, but all were of joy! If the first looks between the couple and their parents weren’t enough, I knew that the ceremony was going to be the pinnacle. Brooke and Levi opted not to do a first look, and as soon as Brooke rounded the corner, I think we all started crying just watching Brooke & Levi get emotional themselves! It was beautiful.

This was an incredible day, and the more I try to write about it, the more difficult it gets. When you have a couple totally in love, with families that are welcoming and fun-loving, the day feels like a breeze. Thanks for making my job easy and throwing a rager of a party!

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World Food Prize engagement photo session

Natalie & Alex’s Summer Engagement Session at World Food Prize Garden & Waterworks Park

Everything about Natalie & Alex’s classic chic summer engagement session in downtown Des Moines along the waterfront by World Food Prize and their gardens is what we dream of for each of our couples! Perfect light, well-appointed attire, and lots of laughter and joy!

These two are high school sweethearts and have done the long distance thing, so planning their wedding for next year at Country Lane Lodge was the next step after a heartfelt proposal at the botanical gardens of Des Moines. We can’t wait for their wedding next spring!

Their engagement photos were photographed by our associate photographer Beth – we hope you enjoy some of our favorites!

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Classic white wedding at the Monroe in Des Moines

Classic White Wedding at The Monroe in Des Moines

Sydney and Kyle’s beautiful classic wedding at The Monroe in Des Moines was our first time photographing at this venue since coming under new ownership. Formerly Noah’s event venue, a new company has refreshed the space and turned it into an elegant, chic, and classy wedding space – we are in LOVE with this space!

But first, meet Sydney and Kyle, a couple whose love story began through a dating app but quickly evolved into a romance. Their first date at The Silk Elephant in Ankeny went so well, they went out the next night as well! They shared a trip to Stillwater, MN, to celebrate Sydney’s grandpa’s 80th birthday, which was a significant moment in their relationship. They took advantage of this getaway to explore new restaurants and stores, making cherished memories along the way.

This past winter, Kyle popped the question and involved their two German Shepherds in the surprise. Using a bandana-clad message on one of their pups that said, “Will you marry my dad?” Sydney gave an emotional “yes!”

Sydney reached out within days of their proposal and already had a lot of their wedding planned – she knew exactly what she wanted! Classic, timeless, and a really good time! Their wedding day was photographed by our lead associate photographer, Beth.

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Willow on Grand Spring Wedding

This incredible spring editorial photoshoot was brought together by the brilliant team at White Willow Events and hosted at Willow on Grand in Des Moines. I’ve worked with Taylor and her wonderful team many times on wedding days and they are amazing! We finally found an opportunity to work together on a photoshoot, giving us a chance to collaborate and be creative together. We were blessed with the most beautiful spring weather (80 degrees in April is rare!) and a wonderful team – it couldn’t have gone more perfectly!

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willow on grand New Year's Eve wedding in Des Moines

Willow on Grand New Year’s Eve Wedding

Classic, chic, timeless. A little bit formal, but an incredible celebration. If I could describe the majority of our couples and weddings at Jennifer Weinman Photography, it would be that way. And Shelby and Jack’s Willow on Grand New Year’s Eve wedding was exactly that. Everything was perfectly planned, and the day was an incredible rush of jitters, joy, and cutting loose. It was also an amazing way to close down the 2022 wedding season – we loved it!

Shelby and Jack chose to get ready and have their wedding reception at Willow on Grand in Des Moines. Willow on Grand is a brand new venue in Des Moines that is elegant yet modern, with just the right amount of special touches, yet with enough options to make your wedding unique. We love the clean crisp whites mixed with the more modern blacks, along with the perfect reception chairs (seriously, ever venue take note — stylish chairs make a difference!)

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Abby & Will’s Little LIghts on the Lane Black Tie Wedding

Abby and Will’s exquisite black tie wedding at Little Lights on the Lane wouldn’t have happened if it had not been for one tiny moment at a friend’s party years ago when Will accidentally picked up Abby’s phone instead of his friends. Even though they had gone to school together all throughout elementary and high school, they didn’t connect until that pivotal moment. A two hour conversation later, and another serendipitous run-in at Lollapaplooza later that summer, and they knew it was something more. They both returned to college and began dating long distance for four years until they moved to Chicago together.

I instantly connected with Abby and Will – they are the kindest people and SO fun! We had an amazing time last spring for their engagement session in Chicago. I literally have never laughed so hard during a photoshoot than I did at theirs, so I knew their wedding day would be a blast! It’s one I’ve been looking forward to for a while – I love their wedding venue! Little Lights on the Lane is a beautiful space, and has so many wonderful spots for photos. Given that Abby & Will’s wedding was in November, we weren’t quite sure how the weather would cooperate. It ended up being quite cold and windy, which unfortunately meant we couldn’t do the grand outdoor ceremony, but the patio at Little Lights was the perfect back up plan!

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