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! :)

Steve & Melissa | A Beautifully Classic Eastern Iowa Wedding

Hello friends!
Thank goodness the weekend is here…it’s been a crazy roller coaster of a week!  Derek and I went to the Western Dubuque High School game in Maquoketa last night and watched the Bobcats roar to a victory!  I love the atmosphere of the games, there’s such a great excitement beneath the field lights.  It’s wonderful and almost makes me miss the carefree days of high school.  Almost.
Today I’m bringing you a few previews from my latest wedding – Steve and Melissa!  Remember their beautiful Mines of Spain engagement?  Melissa is a WDHS grad while Steve is an alumni of our school rival, Beckman.  Talk about how opposites attract! ;)
Their wedding was gorgeous – they said their vows at a stunning Catholic church near where they both grew up.  Surrounded by friends and family, their wedding celebration was classic, timeless, and just an all around good time.  Enjoy a few previews from our day together!
Stay lovely,
Rachel
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Kyle & Tammy | A Gorgeous and Intimate Galena Wedding

Hello and happy Wednesday!  Today’s sky is incredibly beautiful – bright blue with giant puffy marshmallow clouds – I love it!  I hope you all had a gorgeous weekend – I had a lot of firsts this weekend.  It was my first double header wedding weekend, my first time warming cookies in a toaster (successful!), and my first time helping roof a house.  Follow me on Instagram for a better look into some of those adventures! :)
Derek and I photographed two amazing couples this weekend and today I’m going to share a few pieces of our Friday wedding with Kyle and Tammy!  These two are outstanding – despite blistering 97 degree heat, they rocked their portraits and enjoyed every moment of their celebration with their closest friends and family.  Their ceremony was at the Little White Church on the Hill  near Galena, Illinois, and every element of their day was thoughtful, intimate, and BEAUTIFUL.  Their four adorable kids were their groomsmen and bridesmaids, how great is that?!  Oh, the day was just wonderful. :)
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Kyle’s reaction to seeing Tammy for the first time that day was so great!
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And the bridal party – cutest kids ever! :)
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Congratulations Kyle and Tammy – thanks so much for the honor of photographing your love story!!
Stay lovely,
Rachel

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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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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Travis & Melanie | A Rainy Day Dubuque Arboretum Wedding

Travis and Melanie rock!  The skies were dark and rain poured down for the hour before their wedding ceremony, but they didn’t let it take away from the beauty of the day.  Not one bit.  And as they said their vows and exchanged rings, the clouds started to clear and the sun poured down, ahhh it was such a beautiful sight to see!  We wandered through the always-gorgeous Dubuque Arboretum and whoa, these two are wonderful!  They were relaxed, full of joy, and completely in love – the two of them made my job easy! ;)
It was an incredible wedding; one that made me step back with an extreme appreciation of the absolute honor it is to be a wedding photographer.  Travis and Melanie, thank you for inviting me to share in the beauty of your wedding day!  I wish you the absolute best! :)
Stay lovely,
Rachel

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Kyle & Johanna | A Sweet Summer Downtown Iowa City Wedding

Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope you are all enjoying your vacations, weddings, tan lines and sweet summer nights. :)  These past few weeks have really begun to feel like summer to me as we’ve been outside more for yard games, grill-outs and even a trip to an amusement park!  I can’t believe it’s already mid-July! I plan to soak up as much sun and outdoor activities as possible the rest of the summer.

I’ll be honest, one of my favorite parts about summer are the weddings that fill up my weekends.  I really do love being a part of these beautiful peoples’ days and let me tell you, I get to photograph some beautiful people!  Today’s wedding is absolutely no exception.  Kyle and Johanna are a beautiful couple who were surrounded by just as beautiful of friends, who despite the heat, were so joyful, excited and just plain fun for Rachel and me to photograph.  When we explored Iowa City for Kyle & Johanna’s engagement session, we visited some of the places that are most meaningful to them, and on this day they added to their arsenal of memories in that lovely city.

Enjoy the images of their day!

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Love this look of a proud Mama. :)Kyle & Johanna_0165

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Kyle was just beaming – you can’t help but smile when you see that kind of joy.

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Just before the ceremony as I was preparing my equipment, I stepped into the bride’s room to this scene.  It was such a wonderful moment of friends praying over Kyle and Johanna’s marriage. So much love in these moments.Kyle & Johanna Wedding_176 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_205 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_211 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_218 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_220 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_226 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_234 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_247 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_260 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_264 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_272 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_274 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_276 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_281 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_285

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Check out that detail from the groom’s cake! I love their sense of humor!Kyle & Johanna Wedding_420 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_423 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_433 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_436 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_409 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_463 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_460 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_470 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_477 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_483

I loved this dance! Everyone had so much fun – it was a blast!Kyle & Johanna Wedding_493 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_516 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_531 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_532 Kyle & Johanna Wedding_536

Kyle & Jo – What a fun and full of love day you two had!  I loved documenting this day that I’m sure will be only a taste of the amazing life you have ahead of you!  :)

Also, huge shout-out to Rachel for once again being the perfect person to have by my side and to create incredible images with!

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Jon & Chelsea | A Swiss Valley Nature Center Anniversary

Good morning!
You’ve seen their adorable home and now you get to see more of Jon and Chelsea!  They’re darling.  Jon overflows with energy and joy, and he can could make the Grinch burst out in a fit of snorting giggles.  Chelsea is a brilliant creative, always with the sharpest eye for details and the biggest heart for those around her.  They’re a beautiful pair, and they celebrated their one year anniversary on June 1!  Valerie photographed their amazing barn wedding and I had the honor of photographing their anniversary at the Swiss Valley Nature Center this past weekend.  We enjoyed the wind before a storm while splashing and giggling and hopping over little mud puddles.  It was a grand adventure. :) Enjoy!
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