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As you plan your wedding, you may be asking yourself what’s the big deal with doing a first look? It’s tempting to want to be “traditional” about your wedding day and not break the age-old rule of not seeing the bride before the ceremony. I however, think there is more to be gained on your […]

Why do a First Look at your wedding?

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I finally got the chance to see one of Western Illinois’ (and Eastern Iowa!) newest and prettiest wedding venues: Ashton Hill in Galena, Illinois! I’ve enjoyed working with the entire Ashton Hill team at their Ashton Hill Farm location in Cedar Rapids. Even before seeing the plans for the Galena location, I knew it would […]

Ashton Hill Galena Wedding Venue

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What I would change about my wedding

After almost 6 years of marriage and four years of being a wedding photographer, I’ve had quite a bit of time to reflect on what we did to celebrate our wedding day. I still absolutely love Joey and my wedding day as a whole and wouldn’t change that beautiful day for anything! But, I’ve found […]

What I would change about my wedding

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Iowa Wedding Venue Ashton Hill Farm Cedar Rapids

You guys, I just had a dream come true! I finally got to take a visit to one of the most gorgeous wedding venues in all of Iowa — Ashton Hill Farm Cedar Rapids! I’ve been drooling over the space via social media for years, but with a wedding there this September, I couldn’t wait […]

Ashton Hill Farm Cedar Rapids Iowa Wedding Venue

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I’m super excited to reveal this labor of love I’ve been working on for my current and future #bethanymcneillbride !! My brand new wedding experience guide covers everything you need to know for a great wedding photography experience with me as your photographer! From what to wear for your engagement session to timeline planning to […]

Introducing the NEW Bethany McNeill Wedding Guide!!

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Ever wondered how big your wedding party should be? As a wedding photographer, I’ve seen big wedding parties where ALL the bride and groom’s close friends are included and I’ve seen small, intimate bridal parties composed of 3-4 super best friends. Both are good and I love photographing them either way! The biggest deciding factor […]

How big should your wedding party be?

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One of the most fun parts of your wedding day is getting ready for the big day with all your bridesmaids! Whether you’re getting hair & make up done, bought your girls a fabulous gift, or are just enjoying the morning together; you want those memories to look just as fantastic as your portraits! For […]

3 Secrets to the Perfect Wedding Bridal Getting Ready Room

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You’ve planned out every part of you big day. The flowers are divine, you’ve picked the perfect shoes, and your dress? Well, you didn’t spend all that money on it for nothing! So, when your photographer arrives and asks for your wedding details, what do they mean? Details are the very first thing I shoot […]

Wedding Details: What Your Photographer Needs