Emily & Austin’s Classic Tea Room Wedding

When you are surrounded by a crowd of your closest friends and family, the ones that are there to cheer you on, it is the best feeling.  Emily and Austin are a more private couple, yet they wanted to proclaim and share their love with the people that matter most to them.  When we were about halfway through the afternoon on their wedding day, surrounded by all the grandeur of the Tea Room,  Emily said to me, “You know, I don’t need to get in front of everyone and share how I feel about Austin with everyone watching…he already knows.  But we are doing this because it’s important and meaningful.”  They kept their vows to a minimum, and their ceremony was brief, but the joy and care that they have for each other is great.  All throughout their wedding day, I was grateful that Emily and Austin had exactly the kind of day they had hoped for: meaningful, stress-free, joyous, and personal.

Congratulations to Austin and Emily!  We had an amazing day with you and your family.  Enjoy some of our favorites from their day!

Vendor Team

Venue: The Tea Room Des Moines
Florals: Boesen
Rentals & Design: White Willow Events
Dress: Schaffers
Tux: Milroy’s
Videography: Leah Rose Productions
Photography: Jennifer Weinman Photography


Des Moines tea room wedding ceremony
Loved this beautiful invitation set!

black and gold invitation suite

white gold halo engagement ring

Des Moines tea room wedding ceremony

The Tea Room was set up for the ceremony with some tables and chairs ready to go for the reception.  This type of ceremony-reception flip happened seamlessly during cocktail hour!

wedding reception at the Des Moines tea room

Christmas was in the air!

You didn’t get married at the Tea Room if you don’t have beautiful balcony photos!

bride and groom kiss on the balcony at Des Moines tea room

We stepped outside for a bit, and this grungy alley seemed just the right place to show off Emily’s handmade custom jacket!
LOVE this one!
Off to my favorite spot!

bride and groom

Des Moines wedding photographer
Thank you Emily for braving the cold temperatures!
Classic bridal portrait!

classic white bridal dress with high neck

Emily could totally model bridal gowns, right?  She looked incredible in this simple crepe dress!

simple modern white bridal gown

boatneck bridal dress

bride and groom walk hand in hand

hand painted bride's leather jacket

How cute are these 4!?!
When it’s freezing outside you modify plans and do bridal party photos indoors!

When I mentioned to Emily I had an idea for a mad-men style vogue inspired bridal party group photo, I had no idea it would turn out THIS good.  I love this look, and it was seriously perfect for them!

mad men style and vogue bridal party group photo at the tea room

Emily walked down the aisle with her father and her son, who ever so slightly stole the show with his cuteness!

tea room wedding ceremony

Jennifer Weinman Photography | Iowa Wedding Photographer

Brief but heartfelt, I appreciated their ceremony and how simple it was.

We had been hoping to get this shot on a rainy day at the Tea Room, and this was the moment it all came together!  LOVE LOVE LOVE!

bride and groom kiss under an. umbrella in the rain at night on the tea room balcony

We escaped for a little while so Emily & Austin could have some time alone, and for some epic night photos!

des moines travelers sign and bride and groom at night

Des Moines tea room balcony bride and groom at night with umbrella

The travelers sign in Des Moines is iconic, and I’m so glad we made this happen!

Des Moines tea room balcony at night
During cocktail hour, the team at the Tea Room filled the space, and guests enjoyed delicious champagne and appetizers.

white willow events Des Moines tea room wedding reception

Des Moines tea room white wedding reception

The new husband and wife!

wedding reception at Des Moines tea room

Their sweet first dance was interrupted shortly after they stepped onto the dance floor…
by their little guy!  He just wanted to dance with mom!

Time to dance!

des moines travelers sign at night

brie and groom kiss under an umbrella at night at Des Moines tea room
Congratulations, Emily & Austin!



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