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Abby & Matthew | Tournament Club of Iowa Summer Wedding

Abby and Matthew had a beautiful wedding on hot summer day in July. They chose the Tournament Club of Iowa for the ceremony and reception space set against the backdrop of the perfectly manicured golf course. There is no shortage of perfect spots for portraits at this venue. With the lush landscaping and building architecture, every image looks like it is from a storybook.

After meeting online in 2020, it was a slow start as they chatted on and off for a few months after struggling to find a time to connect in person. But finally, after meeting for pizza and closing down the restaurant on their first date, the rest was history. Things progressed quickly from there and they shared a special trip to St. Louis taking in the sights, shopping and dinner. It was pretty clear from here on that things were serious. Matthew planned a proposal on the campus at Iowa State University, and of course Abby said yes. They had such an incredible day celebrating with their closest friends and family.

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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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Irishman Acres’ Clover Barn Des Moines Wedding | Michelle + Cory

If you are from Des Moines and love the outdoors, you may have ridden your bike along the Chichaqua Valley Trail and seen a wedding happening at the Irishman Acres Clover Barn. That is exactly what Michelle + Cory did in the early days of dating. “We chose this venue because it is right next to the Chichaqua Valley Trail where we liked to ride our bikes together when we first started dating. Several times when we would be riding, I would see a wedding happening at the barn and I just knew that someday that would be us. So when he asked me to marry him, I knew that’s where I wanted the wedding to be!” said Michelle.
Michelle said her vision for the day had always been something romantic and timeless. “I don’t like things to be too ‘overdone’ and my worst fear is looking back at my photos in 20 years and feeling cringy about the styles and fads. At the same time, I think I am still choosing to incorporate some of the current wedding fads anyway, lol. But I think the reason my decorating scheme is so simple is that I want the emphasis to be on the people (and us) and not on the fancy decorations. I want to concentrate on the celebration and the time with our loved ones.”

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Bryony & Matthew’s Des Moines Botanical Garden’s Wedding

One of our favorite things to come out of the craziness of 2020 and 2021 and everything with COVID-19 is that now we are seeing so many more intimate weddings. For Bryony and Matthew, celebrating with just their closest family and friends is exactly what they wanted. And the best part of these smaller weddings is that the day really is more centered around the most sincere moments. It is a wedding, pure and simple, beautiful and meaningful no matter the size.

We love that Bryony’s family joined from England, that they were married at the beautiful botanical gardens in Des Moines, and that their sweet puppy made an appearance too!

Enjoy some of our favorites from their beautiful intimate wedding day!

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Temple for the Performing Arts Wedding | Justyna + Matthew in Love

Every detail of Justyna + Matthew’s Temple for the Performing Arts reception and ceremony had our jaws on the floor. Their personal style, show stealer French Bulldog, and a wonderfully touching ceremony made this a wedding to remember.
The beauty of getting ready at the Surety Hotel is that you can get ready right upstairs and then have so many gorgeous spots to do a first look or portraits. The pair got ready separately with Justyna getting pampered by the crews from Candescent Artistry and Powder Studio. The loungewear that she wore while having her makeup/hair done was straight out of a 1940’s movie were the ladies would lounge around and have cocktails. It was spectacular! Plus hello supermodel! We have never seen a bride look so gorgeous putting on shoes before!

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Des Moines Country Club Wedding Reception | Rachel + Nick Family Traditions

Rachel + Nick’s ceremony at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and reception at the Des Moines Golf & Country Club brought Rachel’s childhood front and center for their wedding. “St. Francis was the church that I grew up in and Nick was gracious enough to agree to start our married life there. Des Moines Golf & Country Club always has a great attention to detail, and the grounds are already so manicured, so we knew the location wouldn’t need much extra decor outside of the ballroom. The food is always sublime, and Nick’s family has a lot of allergies. The chef was incredibly attentive and worked very closely with us to ensure that everyone would be able to eat something delicious,” Rachel told us.

The pair met at Creighton University for undergrad, and Nick went to pharmacy school there, Rachel went to University of Iowa for medical school, and then Rachel moved back to Omaha for her pediatrics residency. Nick moved to Ann Arbor for a pharmacy residency. They’re finally together again after 6 years of distance. Rachel has been busy finishing up her residency, starting her job as a pediatrician, and taking her pediatric board exam, so wedding planning took a backseat for a bit. You would never know it for how smooth their day went and how amazing the details were.

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