Lauren's day started on a beautiful, sunny day at one of my favorite bridal salons - MOD Hair Salon in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Lauren's hair was styled into beautiful, loose curls, and she received full airbrush for her makeup - she looked absolutely stunning.
Soon, Darren was taken to a bright, quiet location to await seeing his bride for the first time that day...anticipation was building for them both. <3
Formals were taken downtown Waterloo, Iowa. It was a little windy, but we worked with it. Their grayhound baby, Shawn, even made a brief debut. <3 <3
I love that in downtown/urban areas, your options are so much more open when it comes to locations. As long it isn't high noon, there are so many shaded locations with different colors and textures to choose from. I never feel like I have enough time - I could photograph people downtown all day long. The options are endless!
Darren & Lauren's ceremony and reception were both held at the Brown Derby in Waterloo, Iowa. I'll admit, I love when weddings get emotional. Not only does it make for beautiful photos for the couple, it evokes an overwhelming feeling of love to everyone watching. It's difficult to look at a photo of a dad wiping his tears as he walks his baby girl down the aisle and not feel emotional yourself. What a story it tells of the relationship between them. I'd be lying if I said I've never shed a tear during a ceremony or father/daughter dance. I'm typically not a super emotional person, but those will get me almost every time. <3
We snuck out right after speeches to get some photos at "sunset". It ended up being pretty cloudy, but I'll never complain about big fluffy clouds. I'll take them over no clouds any day. <3
The rest of the night was full of smiles, laughter, some tears and a lot of love. Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Kopache (and Shawn) -- I'm so happy for you and your next stage of life. Don't be a stranger - I always love life updates. <3