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Hey there, and welcome to the JWP blog!  We are a photography team based in Iowa, and we hope you’ll enjoy viewing some of our most recent weddings, as well as the many tips we have for couples.  You can also enjoy some of our business and educational resources for photographers. 

The Importance of Date Night & Date Night Ideas

Whether you’re dating, engaged, or have been married for years, carving out time for a date night with your person is one of the most beneficial things you can do! If you haven’t encountered it yet, a time will come where you will realize that the busyness of life can get in the way of a growing relationship with your spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend, or fiance. It’s easy to get into the routine of going through the motions of everyday life and you find yourself in a rut of acting more like roommates or coworkers than people who are in

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5 Ways to Use Your Engagement Photos

This is going to sound biased, but engagement photos are so worth the time, money and effort! I know a lot of people who’ve chosen to skip engagement photos for the sake of saving money, but I would argue that they are one of the sweetest parts of the wedding planning process! It commemorates a really sweet time in your life and you’ll want to be able to look back on those photos and remember all the beautiful “almost forever” feelings that engagement brings. Not to mention they’re incredibly useful for the wedding and the life that follows. Here is

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Cody & Caprice’s Elegant Alta House Wedding

There are some stories that you hear and you just know that the bride and groom were meant to end up together and Caprice and Cody’s is just that. After attending the same high school, they didn’t actually connect until Cody was back for his 5 year reunion. After high school, he had moved to Minneapolis for a job and Caprice was still in town going to college. They coincidentally ran into each other at the homecoming football game at their high school and then again later on at the local bar and grill. Cody introduced himself to her while

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What to Look For in a Getting Ready Space

If you’re thinking about important spaces for your wedding day, you’re probably primarily focused on your ceremony and reception venue. Outside of that it’s easy to trust that everything else will fall into place later on in the planning process, especially when it comes to the details like where the bridal party will be getting ready. It’s relatively common for brides to plan a getting ready space around what’s convenient or where you’ll be anyways. For example, if you and your girls are staying in a hotel room the night before the wedding, you’ll probably decide to just get ready

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Tips for Planning an Outdoor Wedding

Even though there was snow here this week, we know that we are finally nearing the end of winter and we’re starting to see beautiful signs of spring! This change in weather has us itching for wedding season and looking forward to all of the gorgeous backdrops that outdoor ceremonies have to offer! But while outdoor ceremonies create an amazing atmosphere and stunning images, there are also risks involved. Especially if you are a midwest bride, you know that the weather can be incredibly unpredictable and it’s important to plan for the elements. Here are some tips to consider as

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The Positive Impact that Covid-19 Has Made on Weddings

I would fully understand if you read that headline and thought, “what could the positive impact of this possibly be?” Because honestly if you would have told me that I would be writing those words this time last year I would have asked the same question. Covid-19 drastically changed a lot about our world, our culture, our plans, and our weddings. While there is a lot of hurt and tears that comes with planning a pandemic wedding, I think it would be a miss to not look at the bright side of the way that wedding culture has shifted over

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Covid-Friendly Bachelorette Party Ideas for the Summer

If you’re between the ages of 20 and 35, chances are high that you’ve attended a virtual bachelorette party (or Bridal shower for that matter) in the last year. And while they are absolutely the safest alternative to an in-person celebration, it’s understandable that there would be some fatigue involved in another zoom party. We want to help you brainstorm some ways to still have your bachelorette party be fun and exciting, while also keeping your bridesmaids and friends safe and healthy! Here are some alternatives that may be worth a try!  A Lake Day  Anything that you’re able to

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The Importance of Date Night & Date Night Ideas

Whether you’re dating, engaged, or have been married for years, carving out time for a date night with your person is one of the most beneficial things you can do! If you haven’t encountered it yet, a time will come where you will realize that the busyness of life can get in the way of

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5 Ways to Use Your Engagement Photos

This is going to sound biased, but engagement photos are so worth the time, money and effort! I know a lot of people who’ve chosen to skip engagement photos for the sake of saving money, but I would argue that they are one of the sweetest parts of the wedding planning process! It commemorates a

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Cody & Caprice’s Elegant Alta House Wedding

There are some stories that you hear and you just know that the bride and groom were meant to end up together and Caprice and Cody’s is just that. After attending the same high school, they didn’t actually connect until Cody was back for his 5 year reunion. After high school, he had moved to

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What to Look For in a Getting Ready Space

If you’re thinking about important spaces for your wedding day, you’re probably primarily focused on your ceremony and reception venue. Outside of that it’s easy to trust that everything else will fall into place later on in the planning process, especially when it comes to the details like where the bridal party will be getting

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