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Kate + Miles | Backyard & NOCE Jazz Club Wedding

So many great things to share about Kate+Miles’ lovely backyard wedding ceremony and swinging jazz club reception at NOCE in downtown Des Moines. The bride’s parents hosted Kate+Miles’ ceremony in the backyard of their gorgeous craftsman style home. There is something extra special about being married at home and it was important to Kate+Miles to have that intimate and homey feel. The pair got ready and had their first look at the downtown Des Moines Marriott Downtown hotel and then traveled to meet up with family for portraits at home. Vendors: Reception venue: NOCE Jazz – Cabaret Planner: White Willow Events Caterer: Catering DSM DJ: Rhum Productions Floral: Hy-Vee Ceremony musicians: Brazilian Twins Transportation: Royal Rides Accommodations: Des Moines Marriott Downtown

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little lights wedding leya and ray

Leya & Ray’s Summer Little Lights on the Lane Wedding

After a big delay due to COVID-19, Leya and Ray final celebrated their wedding day on a warm summer day at Little Lights on the Lane. Their heartfelt ceremony and tight-knit group of family and friends made this a particularly exceptional day. From Leya’s sweet first look with her father to Ray’s absolute look of glee and joy when he first saw Leya in her gown, there were just so many moments we loved capturing!

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Abby & Will’s Spring Chicago Engagement Session

Chicago engagement sessions are fast becoming one of my favorite things. Yes, you have to contend with traffic, construction, and chaos sometimes, but I think at heart, when couples have a connection to the city, it is absolutely 100% worth the trouble to photograph there. Take Abby & Will….this is the first place they’ve lived TOGETHER during their entire relationship. So it meant a LOT to them that we could just walk out the front door of their apartment to a few locations right around the corner. It means we can commemorate this place and this time in their relationship and all the places they remember loving!

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Tamory Hall Wedding Pella, Iowa | Sienna + Caleb

We were so honored to be a part of Sienna & Caleb’s wedding held at their home church of Trinity Reformed Church in Pella. The pair worked with helpful staff at Tamory Hall to craft a reception that had them and their guests never wanting the party end. Vendors: Ceremony Venue: Trinity Reformed Church  | Reception Venue: Tamory Hall  Transporation: Lucky Party Bus Rentals: Pella Rental |Florals: Shelly Sarver Designs | Ice Cream Truck: The Outside Scoop | Catering: Country Catering | Cake: Cranberry Stone Bakery | Desserts: Hyvee Bakery | Reception Entertainment: Pella DJ  | Video: Joseph Emmons | Dress: Pure Bridal | Suit: Joseph A Bank | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Macy’s | Rings: Borsheims | Makeup: Karen Eversmeyer | Hair: Hairitage Salon

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Shelby & Jack’s Epcot Engagement Session

When I first met with Shelby & Jack to talk about their wedding, Shelby shared an idea that she’d been dreaming of for a long time: engagement photos at Disney World, and specifically, Epcot! Shelby’s family has been visiting Disney regularly for many years, so when she pitched the idea of going to Florida for their engagement photos, I was ALL IN!

I flew down from Iowa for one night (left bright and early!) and when I arrived, we were worried the weather wasn’t going to be great for our shoot the following day. It looked like storms, which was a major bummer. It was her dream to photograph at Epcot around the World Showcase, and we were still planning to do that, but I also wanted to make sure we played it safe and photographed some before the potential storms.

So….after checking in real quick at my hotel, and an adventure getting around Orlando with my Uber driver (they are so nice!) we met at the Grand Floridian!

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Des Moines Heritage Center Wedding | Elizabeth & Michael Married!

Elizabeth and Michael have a story that could easily make for a script for a rom-com. Picture this: two kids who grew up in small town Pella, Iowa who attended the same church, mom’s worked together, ran cross-country together in high school and always had a little spark between them. They dated long distance in college for a bit and then…. it didn’t work out. Fast forward 3 years and then something happened. They grew up a bit, had hard conversations, laughed and knew they really wanted to make a go of it! I can hear the romantic music swelling right now in the background!

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Kate + Miles | Backyard & NOCE Jazz Club Wedding

So many great things to share about Kate+Miles’ lovely backyard wedding ceremony and swinging jazz club reception at NOCE in downtown Des Moines. The bride’s parents hosted Kate+Miles’ ceremony in the backyard of their gorgeous craftsman style home. There is something extra special about being married at home and it was important to Kate+Miles to

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little lights wedding leya and ray

Leya & Ray’s Summer Little Lights on the Lane Wedding

After a big delay due to COVID-19, Leya and Ray final celebrated their wedding day on a warm summer day at Little Lights on the Lane. Their heartfelt ceremony and tight-knit group of family and friends made this a particularly exceptional day. From Leya’s sweet first look with her father to Ray’s absolute look of glee and joy when he first saw Leya in her gown, there were just so many moments we loved capturing!

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Abby & Will’s Spring Chicago Engagement Session

Chicago engagement sessions are fast becoming one of my favorite things. Yes, you have to contend with traffic, construction, and chaos sometimes, but I think at heart, when couples have a connection to the city, it is absolutely 100% worth the trouble to photograph there. Take Abby & Will….this is the first place they’ve lived TOGETHER during their entire relationship. So it meant a LOT to them that we could just walk out the front door of their apartment to a few locations right around the corner. It means we can commemorate this place and this time in their relationship and all the places they remember loving!

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