A Midwest Inspiration Shoot: Organic-Inspired Late-Winter Wedding

Hello Friends!

We are head over heels excited to share our collaborative styled shoot with you!!  As photographers from Iowa, we’ve found that brides are often intimidated by winter weddings.  Sure, the soft snowfall can be beautiful, but that’s not always the picture of an Iowa winter day.  More likely, you’ll find harsh winds with blinding snow OR bleak skies, mushy street snow, and grey landscapes.  Iowa friends, you know what we’re talking about!
And so we wanted to show brides that despite the gloomy weather, they can still plan a gorgeous, bright, fresh wedding.  Through colorful and organic details, overflowing florals, and unique accessories, we collaborated for a styled shoot that brought a little more lovely into the winter months.

We shared our vision with local vendors, centering around a presence of corals and kelly greens, an array of bright colors, and the combination of industrial context with very delicate details.  Enjoy perusing through the images and learning more about each of our lovely vendors!



White Truffle Studio creates absolutely beautiful couture jewelry and keepsakes.  Each piece is made by hand in the White Truffle studio, and they are stunning.  Each and every  design J. Riley creates is sure to someday become a family heirloom.  Seriously, check out these beauties right now!  Oh, and they have cufflinks and fun accessories for men too!  J. Riley was gracious enough to send us some gorgeous necklaces and headbands from her bridal collection.  The floral lace and pearl headband was definitely one of our favorites that we were lucky enough to photograph in our shoot!2013-02-11_0003 2013-02-11_0004

Ames Silversmithing so very kindly provided us with these gorgeous wedding rings.  This family-owned local business is full of beautiful and uniquely designed pieces.  They are eager to serve their customers and give them the exact piece they have been dreaming of.  Gentlemen, this is the perfect shop to find that engagement ring, especially if you want to create something specially for your lady.2013-02-11_0005

Pure Bridal supplied us with a fun and flirtatious bridal gown.  The dress had lace floral details that scattered down across a full tulle skirt.  The dress was one of the stars of the shoot, and the ladies of Pure Bridal are ridiculously amazing!  This dress starred in a bridal show the next afternoon, and they were still gracious enough to let us borrow it for the shoot!  The dress was a beautiful addition to our shoot, and we had such a fun time creating all sorts of combinations of accessories with the dress!2013-02-11_0006 2013-02-11_0008

Prairie Moon Winery is a classic, romantic wedding venue just north of town.  Janet, the Event Coordinator, is such a fun, light-hearted lady who is sure to add plenty of fun and laughter to your venue planning process. We love the natural light that fills their reception hall as well as the romantic European-syled hallway for a first look and portraits.  We especially love the lines of the vineyard, even among the winter chills, they made for a romantic setting.

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Melanie of Mary Kay’s Flowers & Gifts supplied us with a beautiful centerpiece, a bright and ever-lovely bouquet, and two adorable boutonnieres.  Corals, light pinks, oranges, and bright greens brought life to our tablescape.  Personally, we love the teeny green berries that pop out of the bouquet and star in one of the boutonnieres.  Aren’t they adorable?  The peonies, garden roses, and greenery really added to the shoot and definitely helped freshen up the winter landscape!2013-02-11_0011

JB Knacker is one of those shops you walk in and you hold your breath for a minute as you take it all in.  Brenda, the owner, has been an antique and vintage connoisseur since her college days and her impeccable taste coupled with Joan’s styling make for a lovely and inspiring vintage shop you really just have to visit.  Word on the street is that you will soon be able to rent their lovely finds for your parties, photoshoots, and best of all, your wedding day!2013-02-11_0012


This chic ombre cake and the adorable mini cakes were crafted by Dutch Oven Bakery, an Ames favorite.  Diana, their head designer has made hundreds of tasty and unique award-winning cakes.  If you come to her with an idea, she is sure to deliver a design that you’ll love!  This little cafe is also a great breakfast or lunch stop with mounds of pastries and delicious soups and sandwiches.


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Haleigh Steere, the stationery designer,  is one talented woman!  Not only did she create the entire design suite for the styled shoot, but she also designed the Expressions Photography logo!  We created an inspiration board with Haleigh as we were dreaming up our styled shoot, and she made our vision come to life!  She used light floral details and kept the designs clean and simple with white and muted brown tones.  Not only is she an amazing designer, but check out her handwriting on the envelope!  Such beautiful calligraphy.2013-02-11_0017

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Working with Melanie, our wonderful event designer was so fun!  It was easy to get lost in our dreams and ideas as creatives brainstorming, and on several occasions we would end up way off topic.  Melanie’s sense for styling and detail is refreshing and a joy to see in action.  One of my favorite details of the shoot were the rosy red raspberries popped into a blush wine.  Such a subtle, yet beautiful detail that added so much to the tablescape.  It was really a blessing to have her as a part of our team for this shoot! 2013-02-11_0023 2013-02-11_0024 2013-02-11_0025 2013-02-11_0026 2013-02-11_0027 2013-02-11_0028
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