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Outdoor weddings are a dream for many couples (and photographers ;) ). However, when weather anchors have a difficult time predicting weather 2-3 days into the future, trying to plan an outdoor ceremony a year or more in advance is always going to involve risk.
Statistics show that rain and storms are more likely to land on the weekend (there's scientific theories for this, if you want to learn more about that, I encourage you check it out), making the probability of a wedding day of precipitation more likely than one of dry, clear skies.
Tyler and Kaitlyn experienced this first hand. On a positive note, it didn't end up raining all day like they predicted, however, by the time the forecast changed, they'd already made the decision to move everything indoors. Better to be safe than sorry - and, I will say, air conditioning is a nice perk to staying indoors. :)
Ceremony and reception were both held at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa. A great option, especially for couples who are having a lot of out of town guests as they can check into their room Friday, leave Sunday and never have to leave the property if they don't want to. However, if they do, it's just a short drive from some of the main shopping establishments and restaurants in town. An anxious/introvert (like myself) travelers dream. Haha!
Kaitlyn started her day with hair and makeup at Jiva Salon and Spa off of Main Street in Cedar Falls before making her way to the bridal suite at Hilton Garden Inn where we met her to start the detail portion of the day.
I think one of my favorite parts of the getting ready photos is seeing the bride in her element. Just her, her mom and a few of her closest friends/siblings. The stress that often goes along with being a bride on her wedding day hasn't quite set in. The anticipation of the first look aids in building the excitement. Stories and laughter is shared, tears are shed, hugs are exchanged. If I had to choose a favorite part of the day, getting ready photos, sunset photos and the first dances would all be tied for first. Haha. (yes, my husband would be happy to tell you that I am the worst at making decisions -- especially after I've changed my mind on what I want to drink for the 27th time.) ;)
Tyler and Kaitlyn had their first look in the south west conference room, secretly witnessed by friends and family from the lobby, and Tyler's reaction is definitely in my top 5 favorites so far. Pure joy and excitement over seeing his bride for the first time that day. The photos, from that point on, speak for themselves. <3
Event Planner: Leslie (Hilton Garden Inn)
Dress: Bridal Connections - Ankeny, IA
Bridesmaids dresses: Affinity Bridal - Indianola, IA
Tux: Palace Clothiers
Hair/Makeup: Jiva Salon Spa
Rings: Roth Jewlers
Dessert: Hansen Dairy (Ice cream bar)
DJ: Ultimate Entertainment (Beardface)
Rentals: Special Occasions (Arch)
Brittney and Jason's September wedding took place at Prarie Links Golf Course & Event Center in Waverly, Iowa.Read More
High school sweethearts, Derek & Ariana, had the most beautiful simplistic wedding that we've photographed to date. Taking place at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lime Springs, Iowa with an intimate reception for their families at their home following. It was such an honor to be included on such an intimate day for their families.
Scroll below to see some of their favorite images. <3
"I found myself Monday taking down our day. Having our wedding at Chris and my house quite possibly could have been the most stressful thing to do during the planning stages. However, looking back on it, it was the best thing to do for Mr. Sogard and myself. As I took down our decorations and looked through the numerous photos posted to Facebook on Monday morning, I realized how amazing our little home wedding was. Every part of Chris and my wedding had a personal touch, whether it was the mailbox from my father's parents farm, or my grandpa's plaid shirt I wore to get my hair done in. Every single thing we did had significant meaning to both of us. It helped us celebrate our pasts, embrace our present, and unite together for what we both know will be an amazing future.
"After working at a bridal shop for 6+ years I always heard the day of your wedding is a whirlwind and it truly is."
It took me a few days to absorb all of the amazingness that was our wedding day. The thing I love most about our wedding was being around the people I love most. It was a honor to spend time with both of our immediate families and a blessing to have them all present for this long awaited moment.
"I keep thinking how blessed Chris and I are with the many people who gave us so much for our wedding day."
My sister, brother in-law, Graham and Oliver helped make my favorite cookies that were always the best and a tradition for Christmas, made by my dad's mom, Mary. My mom spent countless hours helping me select my dress, find the perfect accessories, and plan all of the little details of my wedding. My dad gave me the mailbox that belonged his parents to use as a decoration. Karen, Chris' mom helped me create the perfect look for our wedding with the most amazing homemade custom paper flowers. Chris' dad helped us set everything up and tear everything down. Kara, Chris' sister, Joe, Sawyer and Lylah brought their special recipe from their restaurant, The Noodle Zoo, and made mimosas for all to celebrate with. The pastor that married us Mark was the one that married my parents over 30 years ago. And, lastly, it was such an honor to have my grandma, Audrey, there to celebrate Chris and my union. I could list more details (flowers from my yard, the blue heart sewn into my dress from my old co-worker, Jody Runge, who did my alterations; the beautiful cake from Milkbox Bakery, a business I work with at my job; the jewelry made by a native Iowan, and so may more amazing details) that meant the world to Chris and I." -- Kathryn
Ben and Savannah's day was beautiful, tastefully unique, and a great representation of who they are as a couple.
In a simple reflection of the day, Savannah had the following to say:
"Our wedding day reflected exactly what matters most to us, many people who gathered from a variety of seasons in our lives to celebrate where our journeys merge together. From the details to the last dance, we truly enjoyed the process and the people. "
We started the day off at Jiva. Seeing Savannah, along with her mom and bridesmaids, the first thing I noticed was just how relaxed and in the moment she was. This was especially surprising to me as she began to tell me all about the issues she'd had in the previous weeks with bridesmaids/flower girl dresses and shoes.
As the morning progressed, the air became warmer, preventing us from getting the outdoor photos we'd previously talked about. Both Savannah and Ben, however, were more than happy to continue their formals indoors.
The ceremony at the First Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Iowa went flawlessly. Their plan for their unity candle was a beautiful representation of the amazing community of support that their friends and family are for them. I also believe this was the first ceremony that I've attended, in a church, where the pastor encourages the friends and family to hoot, holler and cheer at the end. :P
The reception at the Elks Club, also in Waterloo, was decorated in beautiful Elks Club style. The DJ was instructed to only play 60's music and Indy, and each table was topped with a "mix tape"(CD - but "mix disc" just doesn't have the same ring to it :P) of songs they each chose to share with their guests. I may have been slightly surprised that they weren't printed on 45s, but let's not get too ahead of ourselves. (I'm kidding - but, knowing Ben, it really wouldn't have surprised me if they were printed on 45s. Haha!)
I hope you enjoy the highlight of their day. Friends and family of the bride and groom can expect to see the full gallery within the next few weeks.
Dress: Modern Dress
Hair/Makeup: Jiva Salon & Spa
Flowers: Bancroft Flowers
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Caterer: Elks Club
DJ: Ultimate Entertainment
Second Photographer: Dan Phillips
Josh and Tempa became Mr. & Mrs. on November 26th, 2016 starting the day at Kate's & Co., downtown Cedar Falls, and then continuing at Trinity Bible Church just off North Main and the Riviera Roose located in Janesville, Iowa.Read More
As I go through the images from my last three weddings of 2016, I can't help but think we had some amazing weather this year! Ethan and Leah's day was full of bright, cloudy skies with vibrant fall colors and perfect temperatures - they really couldn't have asked for a better day.
Beginning our day at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, Ethan and Leah shared their first look in the sanctuary in front of the picture perfect 'window wall'. The beautiful, filtered light spilling into that sanctuary was every photographer's dream. ;)
The ceremony started with tears and ended in laughter.
Evening photos involved involved even more laughter and a lot of leaves.
Reception was full of old memories, and new memories and talk of their future. I feel like I say it for every wedding, but I really am being 100% genuine when I express how beautiful the day was. Each wedding is different and they all have their own sparks and elements that make them beautifully unique to each couple. I think that's why I'm drawn to wedding photography so much. There's just so much emotion - it's hard not to fall in love with them. <3
Bride's dress: An Elegant Affair
Tuxs: Men's Warehouse
Hair: Marlene Kucera at Sensations
Band (reception): Sugar Daddies
On October 15th, 2016, John and Katie, in front of their friends and loved ones, made a promise to each other to love and support each other throughout their continued journey as husband and wife. So I don't get too sobby (because I tend to do that a lot), I'm just going to say that their story definitely kept our emotions on their toes...in the most beautiful way.
The day started with overcast skies and a bit of drizzling rain. John and Katie had their first look at the front of the church, in a quiet sanctuary. Followed by a beautiful ceremony.
Making a quick stop at Jameson's Pub, in Waterloo, and Uncle Harry's on Main Street in Cedar Falls, they made their way to Hilton Garden Inn's, beautifully decorated, Event Center. Finishing up the night with love, laughter, a few tears and a lot of dancing. (LNS Sounds always does a fantastic job.)
Thank you Josh and Katie for inviting us to be such a special part of your day. <3
Bride's Dress: The Finery Boutique
Tuxes: Men's Warehouse
Flowers: Peterson & Tietz
Rings: Zales and Riddles (with mom's wedding band)
Event Planning: LadyBugs
Hair/Makeup: Jiva Salon
D.J.: Luke Schaefer, LNS Sounds
Party Bus: Dolly's
Bag Piper: Ross Schupbach
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I met Brooke two years ago, working with Dan Phillips Photography at the Dance Academy. I remember secretly scheming up ways of introducing her to my brother (because I thought she would be a fun sister-in-law) before finding out she was engaged. ;)
July 18, 2015. It was a beautiful day in Spencer, IA when Brook and Stu said "I do". Everything was very well planned (which is always appreciated ;) ) ...and I may or may not have fought back tears during the father-daughter dance...
Her sisters' speech was pretty much my favorite, though. Nice work, ladies!
Sarah and Josh were elementary school friends, now married and expecting their first little bundle of cuddles! I had such a blast working with them and getting to know them as a couple. They're probably two of the sweetest people you'll ever meet and their story truly is a real life fairy tale. <3
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This past fall, I had the privilege to photograph Bret and Maggie on their big day. This was, by far, the most musical family I have ever encountered. They were all extremely talented and so much fun to work with. Here is a glimpse into their day...