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Sarah Chris Heights Rooftop Wedding in Iowa City

Fall Jewel Toned Wedding at Heights Rooftop

Sarah & Chris’s story might be one of my favorites ever as a wedding photographer. I have been trying to write this for quite some time to do it justice, however the Emily from Soireé who planned the day wrote the most beautiful summary, and so I’m going to quote her:

“Love has a way of finding us in the most unexpected places, and for Sarah and Chris, it was within the sacred walls of the church where their beautiful journey began. He was volunteering at the church food bank and captured Sarah’s heart. The story of their love is heartwarming and profoundly moving, as it intertwines the magic of a snowy January day, a beloved mother’s memory, and an enchanting proposal that will forever hold a special place in their hearts. Sarah and Chris’s story is a heartwarming reminder that when we open our hearts, even amid loss and longing, beautiful moments can unfold, making their love story genuinely magical and beyond spectacular. He said he had never felt joyful in his life until he met Sarah.”

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hotel fort des moines wedding

Hotel Fort Des Moines Wedding Editorial

This luxurious wedding editorial at Hotel Fort Des Moines was designed by Honey & Joy Events. It featured stunning florals from Wildflower DSM, a vintage Bentley car from Foster Limo, and many details. Hair and makeup was provided by Powder Studio, and we had several beautiful gowns from Rosalie Bridal.

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Lavender Wedding at the Heights Rooftop in Iowa City

Tabitha and Alex’s beautiful lavender wedding at The Heights Rooftop in Iowa City was absolutely stunning! Their day was expertly planned by Emily from Soireé who brought together elegant touches that were soft and feminine, yet still modern and beautiful. The purple color palette with gold and metal accents was unique and beautiful.

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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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