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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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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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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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Claire & Keith’s Classic White Wedding at Hotel Fort Des Moines

It all started when Claire and Keith met when they were in the wedding party at a mutual friends’ wedding. The drinks were flowing and the dance floor was inviting a connection – and it stuck! They continued dating long distance until Claire moved closer to complete law school. Suddenly, a 7 hour drive was cut down to a 2 hour drive. Throughout many dates, which likely included sushi, breweries, and golf, they soon were ready to start traveling together too. After a trip to Austria and a surprise proposal on the beach during a family trip, they began to plan for their classic ballroom wedding at Hotel Fort Des Moines.

One of my favorite things to ask couples is what they want to be known for as a couple as they grow old together. The responses always reveal something so great, here’s Claire & Keiths…

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bride and groom kiss at the end of their wedding ceremony after walking down the aisle at the Des Moines Art Center

Catlin & Ryan | Des Moines Wedding

Catlin and Ryan married in September surrounded by close family and friends. Their intimate day started by getting ready at Hotel Fort Des Moines where the girls got ready in a gorgeous space filled with natural light. We started the morning by creating these beautiful images of their details and had brilliant pops of color from their boutonnières. After Ryan arrived, we did a first look out on the sidewalk in front of the historic hotel with the gorgeous architecture as the backdrop. Emotions were high for this long awaited moment for these two. We then had so much fun exploring all of the hidden spots at Hotel Fort Des Moines. The staircase, ballroom, lobby and speak easy offer endless spots for portraits.

Their ceremony was held at The Rose Garden behind the Des Moines Art Center on historic Grand Avenue. It is a perfect venue for a small wedding. After dating for many years this was the moment they had waited for. It was a very special ceremony and finally they were married! Their reception venue, The Reinhardt Room is a perfect blend of all the right elements, historic, glamorous and chic. Honey and Joy did a great job with the vintage furniture and stunning table scapes which set the tone for their celebration. Ryan and Catlin had a most incredible day and we were honored to be a part of it

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