Dark & Moody Maytag Center Styled Shoot Newton, Iowa

Several months ago, I started discussing a concept with Annie at Pella Rentals – we wanted to showcase some of their new rentals at a unique venue – the old Maytag Center in Newton.  We dreamed up a few different ideas, and eventually landed on the idea of a dark and moody theme – dramatic dark flowers, plates, candles, and a black cake!  We brought together vendors from all across Iowa, and it was a group effort to bring this to life!  I could not be more thrilled with the results!

We ended up photographing this styled shoot in conjunction with the first JWP workshop!  I receive requests for advice, mentoring, and teaching quite frequently, and so bringing together a small group of photographers to focus on one of the number one requests – reception lighting – was incredible!  I am grateful for the opportunity to teach others.  It’s something I really enjoy, and I love seeing people learn and grow!  Reception lighting is one of those things where there are literally tons of resources online, but I’ve found for most people, being able to walk through things in person is vital.  We had several a-ha moments from our attendees, which is always so fun!  I’ll hopefully be sharing some of their images soon!

For now, here are some (probably too many…) images of our gorgeous setup!  Many thanks to our vendors:

Pella Rental
Little Blackbird Bakery
M.Klyn Floral Design
Milton Print Co.
Weddings by Design
The Tux Shop
Crystal Burch
Jennifer Weinman Photography
Laura Beekman Films & Photography

And many thanks to our sponsors for the workshop:


You would never know these two are models and didn’t meet until about an hour before this photo was taken!  They were awesome!

I am in LOVE with everything about this shot – you an see the whole space, the setup, the cake.  It’s such a great venue!  The old brick alcoves are perfect for florals or a cake!

Love the twist on traditional chargers!  These amazing gold chargers are available from Pella Rental!

The most popular color combo I saw in 2017 is continuing on in 2018 – navy and cranberry.  We added a bit of tweed to add a little bit of a refined look to this tux.  Many thanks to The Tux Shop in DSM for coordinating tuxedos right in the middle of busy prom season!

The Maytag Center already has cafe lights strung throughout the building, which makes it so much easier to decorate with one less thing to worry about!

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