Andy & Amelia | A Cheerful Walk in the Park Ames Engagement

Hey hey! It’s a good day, isn’t it? Not only is it Friday and beautiful outside, but we have lots of pretty and happy here on the blog as well!  Andy and Amelia are just so cheerful that you can feel the happiness exuding from their images.  These two were highschool sweethearts who thrived through several extended periods of long distance and are about to be separated once more before they marry!  I have a lot of respect for such endurant relationships and loved hearing how Andy traveled to visit Amelia in Peru and proposed atop a mountain!  :)

We began the session by exploring some of the less traveled, yet lovely streets of Ames and found such wonderful colors and textures!  We then ventured around to a few different parks and it was so fun to see these two relax and enjoy their time together while I photographed the whole beautiful scene. :)

*It should be noted that I may or may not have made up the word ‘endurant.’ ;)

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Dan & Anna | A Charming Bellevue State Park Wedding

Good afternoon to my wonderful Monday readers!  I’m so excited to finally be able to share the wonderful wedding of Mr. & Mrs. Oswald with you today!  You heard a little bit of their charming story with their engagement session this past Spring and today you get to witness a new milestone in their relationship, the wonderful Summer day when they said “I do.”  :)

Dan and Anna were married in Anna’s hometown of Bellevue, Iowa, which is just so adorable and full of character!  Anna prepared for the day at her parents’ lovely country home and met Dan for their first look where Dan had knelt down on one knee just months before.  It was a beautiful day full of memories, laughter and loving smiles.  Rachel and I loved spending the day together with these two, capturing their love at its best and are thrilled to share those moments with you!

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One of my favorite aspects of their day? The fact that Dan would tote Anna around over his shoulder.  Definitely his fireman skills coming out! :)Dan & Anna_064Dan & Anna_077 Dan & Anna_070 Dan & Anna_073-2 Dan & Anna_076-2 Dan & Anna_078 Dan & Anna_081 Dan & Anna_083 Dan & Anna_087 Dan & Anna_089 Dan & Anna_097 Dan & Anna_105 Dan & Anna_113 Dan & Anna_120 Dan & Anna_123 Dan & Anna_125 Dan & Anna_138 Dan & Anna_141 Dan & Anna_207

I love this flying ‘V’ that Rachel captured during portraits. So great. :)Dan & Anna_210 Dan & Anna_219 Dan & Anna_220 Dan & Anna_226 Dan & Anna_251 Dan & Anna_259 Dan & Anna_266 Dan & Anna_284 Dan & Anna_291Dan & Anna_278 Dan & Anna_297 Dan & Anna_321 Dan & Anna_326Dan & Anna_396 Dan & Anna_345 Dan & Anna_346 Dan & Anna_351 Dan & Anna_352 Dan & Anna_357

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Love this next set of Rachel’s images…beauty. :)Dan & Anna_371 Dan & Anna_375 Dan & Anna_379-2 Dan & Anna_402 Dan & Anna_411

It should be noted that Dan built this cross and Rachel painted that lovely sign! Love it! :)Dan & Anna_413 Dan & Anna_415Dan & Anna_420 Dan & Anna_416 Dan & Anna_436 Dan & Anna_454 Dan & Anna_469 Dan & Anna_473

Their reception had so many fun games and playful elements that Rachel captured beautifully!  How much fun are these!? :)Dan & Anna_493 Dan & Anna_497 Dan & Anna_498Dan & Anna_425 Dan & Anna_510 Dan & Anna_524Dan and Anna- you had a wonderful celebration and Rachel and I couldn’t be more happy for you as you start your life together! Happy and loving wishes are being sent your way! :)

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ps…be sure to keep up with Rachel on her shiny new blog! :)

Kevin & Korie | A Relaxing, Post-Elopement Just Married Session

Happy Happy Friday everyone! What a whirlwind of a week it has been! Mark and I sold two vehicles and purchased two new (to us) cars, my wonderful mother visited for a quick dinner, we started connection group up for the semester and I’m going to my first high school football game in years tonight!  And that’s just a few of the highlights! :)  To top it all off, today FEELS LIKE FALL! If you can’t tell….I’m a bit excited! :)  I had a wonderful pumpkin white mocha this morning with a dear friend while sporting my brown boots with a scarf and cardigan.  What a perfect start to my day and the weekend!

But really, I’ll stop ranting about how much I love Fall and get to the good stuff! :)

Meet Kevin and Korie! These two eloped to Spain this summer and after they returned to Iowa, we spent a little bit of time capturing their newly-married status on the homeland.  We started the evening at The Continental, where they had their first date, over a glass of wine, which happens to be their favorite way to wind down and relax together.  We then ventured through the ever-lovely East Village of Des Moines and just had a great time chatting and exploring! :)

Enjoy!

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Scott & Josie | A Backyard Horseback Engagement

Well hello there! Welcome back to reality after the long holiday weekend.  Hopefully this Tuesday that feels like Monday is treating you well.  It’s actually incredibly beautiful today here in Iowa with a bit of crisper air that almost feels like Fall!  Oh, and Starbucks released their Pumpkin Spice Lattes, which makes life all the better. ;)  I’m even wearing some new brown boots today with anticipation that Fall will come…..it will….despite the 100 degree weather as of late…

So, today, in celebration of the return of PSLs and the oncoming of Fall, I get to introduce you to an adorable couple in the comfort of their backyard, surrounded by their personality-filled animal friends.  Meet Scott and Josie.  A pair in love with their land who plan to make a home for themselves and grow old together right here where we shot their images.

This was an especially fun engagement session also because Rachel and I got to shoot it together!  There were so many giggles shared as we watched the horses nudge at Scott and Josie and their kitten chase along demanding attention.  I have a feeling you all will enjoy the many frames where the little fur ball is popping his head (or tail) in.  We sure did! :)

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I love this moment where Scott and Josie took in the beautiful view of their property and chatted about their future plans and dreams with the land.Scott & Josie_044 Scott & Josie_047 Scott & Josie_048 Scott & Josie_057 Scott & Josie_067 Scott & Josie_070 Scott & Josie_076

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Love these next few images shot by Rachel – the horses interacted so perfectly! You can’t make this stuff up! ;)Scott & Josie_096 Scott & Josie_106

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As Rachel and I drove away from the beautiful evening, the sunset caught our attention and we had to stop to capture the beauty.  What an artist God is!Scott & Josie_153

Scott and Josie- you two have a beautiful home and a wonderful “family” to keep you company!  Here’s to many years of happiness inhabiting your property and growing old together!  So looking forward to your wedding this month! :)

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Taylor & Ashley | An Inspiring Celebration Farm Wedding

There are those people in everyone’s life who, without even trying, inspire and challenge those around them.  For many, Taylor and Ashley are those people.  They love God and they love people in a way that is radiant and infectious.  Recently, I was able to hear Ashley give a maid-of-honor speech at another wedding and I can almost guarantee that every woman in that room was inspired to deepen and grow their friendships.  From day one, Taylor has been incredibly respectful of Ashley and has lead their relationship with God at the center.  Their commitment to Christ and purity was beautiful and challenging.

All of the wonderful details of their relationship played out like a beautiful symphony on their wedding day as the joy, commitment and love exuded through their every moment.  Every detail was personal and carefully planned to provide their guests with a meaningful, beautiful and enjoyable experience!  I was so blessed to document their day and I’m beyond excited to finally share it with you!

Taylor and Ashley decided to start their wedding day with time in the Word and prayer.  Similar to their engagement session, what a beautiful testament it is to what matters most!

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Love the moments of prayer throughout the day.  Especially this one.  Right before the ceremony. :)Taylor & Ashley_397 Taylor & Ashley_403 Taylor & Ashley_407 Taylor & Ashley_408 Taylor & Ashley_426 Taylor & Ashley_458 Taylor & Ashley_477 Taylor & Ashley_486 Taylor & Ashley_499

So. Much. Joy.

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The Celebration Farm is just beautiful and smells of fresh cut wood…it’s pretty amazing. :)Taylor & Ashley_521 Taylor & Ashley_528Taylor & Ashley_046 Taylor & Ashley_532 Taylor & Ashley_538 Taylor & Ashley_552 Taylor & Ashley_553 Taylor & Ashley_554 Taylor & Ashley_567Taylor & Ashley_610Taylor and Ashley had a ring toss competition for their guests – so fun and such a genius idea! :)Taylor & Ashley_601 Taylor & Ashley_606

Their first dance was That Girl by Justin Timberlake, which by the way, might be the best first dance song I’ve heard.  Every time I hear it, it just makes me smile and want to groove.  Listen to it, I promise you won’t regret it. ;)Taylor & Ashley_640 Taylor & Ashley_644 Taylor & Ashley_654 Taylor & Ashley_667 Taylor & Ashley_689 Taylor & Ashley_700 Taylor & Ashley_720 Taylor & Ashley_722 Taylor & Ashley_737 Taylor & Ashley_738 Taylor & Ashley_760Taylor & Ashley_774 Taylor & Ashley_775 Taylor & Ashley_782

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Miles – You’re wonderful and such an inspiration! Thank you for the blessing of photographing your story!

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Dane & Maddie | A Joyful Reunited Ames Engagement

Dane & Maddie are just too much fun.  I think 90% of the images I captured for their engagement include laughter and I absolutely love that about them.  If you read my recent Lens Perspective post with Maddie’s experience, you’ll remember that she was nervous for their shoot.  But let me tell you, these two did amazing and were such a joy to photograph!

When I first sat down with Dane & Maddie and listened to them tell their story, I knew we were going to have a lot of fun together.  Maddie told me how she had noticed Dane from a distance for a while, but as their paths rarely crossed, he seemed “unreachable” and she quickly dismissed the idea from her mind.  Then, some time later, they were both invited to a mutual friend’s house and amongst the crowd of mingling people, Maddie caught Dane’s eye and at that moment knew that she was special and he wanted to get to know her.  There was something drawing him to her and you can imagine Maddie’s surprise and excitement when he first approached her!

I photographed these two at Ada Hayden, a beautiful park where Dane brought Maddie to pop the question.  Through a (now hilarious) loss of breath, nerves and sweet words, he asked her to spend the rest of her life with him and she said YES!

What a love they share, enjoy their images! :)

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Dane & Maddie – you are such a fun pair to be with and I am so excited to see how God grows you this year!  January will be here before you know it! :)

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Zach & Katie | A Bright & Joyful Sylvan Theater, Des Moines Wedding

Good afternoon, Friends!  Today, I get to share Zach and Katie’s beautiful day with you all!  It was such a happy, love-filled day.  These two have such kind and beautiful spirits, which set the tone for the entire day.  They both have incredible families who were there smiling alongside them every step of the way.  From the moment I walked into the salon until I stepped out of the reception, I was surrounded by such great amounts of joy.  And that is what makes a wedding.  I love the details, the colors, the flowers, but what matters most are the dear friends and family surrounding you on this most important day in your life.

Zach and Katie – you are so blessed and I was honored to be a part of your day.  Welcome to this beautiful journey called marriage! :)

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Derek & Rachel | Our Double Date, Downtown and Swiss Valley Portraits Part II

If you haven’t already seen Part I of our double date extravaganza, featuring yours truly, you should go have a looksie!  There’s a lot of laughter and love in there. :) My husband is quite hilarious and has a knack for making me wrinkle my nose in giggles which makes for some fun images.

But enough about me, let’s get to the Deutmeyers! ;)  I’ve had the pleasure of photographing these two several times now and each time is such a joy.  This time around was especially fun because they are newly married and just so adorably in love.  The way Rachel looks up into Derek’s eyes and the way he watches her giggle and move is like a breath-taking dance.

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And here the boys are, having some deep theological conversation… :)

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I love this progression of images where Derek picks Rachel a flower – her reaction is too cute. :)

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And now a few images of the four-legged friends we made on our adventures. :)

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This guy apparently needed to scratch an itch…haha!

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And with that, I will bid you adieu!  Until next time! :)

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Taylor & Ashley | A Sweet Sunrise Ames Engagement

Goooood morning friends! I’ve missed you!  I took last week off from blogging as wedding season is in full force and sometimes… you just need to take a break. :)  I’m so ready to get back at it though, as we have some gorgeous images we can’t wait to share with you!

Kicking this week off, we have my dear friends Taylor and Ashley, who are getting married THIS FRIDAY! I am beyond excited for them and am just so proud of the beautiful relationship they have.  We woke up early and spent the morning watching the sun rise.  It was so peaceful, so beautiful, and the perfect setting to capture these two and the sweet love they share.

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Taylor and Ashley have founded their relationship on the thing most important, their faith. They brought their Bibles and it was the perfect way to begin our time. :)

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These two love to dance and they do it so well! :)Taylor & Ashley_048 Taylor & Ashley_058 Taylor & Ashley_068

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Have a great week, friends! Enjoy the cooler days and keep watch for some more lovely from us this week! :)