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WHO you pick as your photographer matters more than you think it does. I was young, 19 at the time. I’d been to very few weddings in my life, so planning my own wedding with nothing to reference was both a blessing and a curse. While not knowing anything was a benefit when it came […]

My Biggest Mistake as a Bride

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As an Iowa wedding photographer, one question I’m asked most often is “where should our wedding photos be taken?” My answer to this question is simple: at your venue (or wherever you’re getting married). If you don’t want photos taken inside your venue and your venue doesn’t have space outside where you can imagine your […]

Where should wedding photos be taken?

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As an Iowa wedding photographer, I’ve seen a whole variety of wedding days. No matter the style of the wedding, there are three most important things on your wedding day: Relationships At weddings, it’s the people that matter! This is the one and only time you will ever have these exact people all together. Relationships […]

3 Most Important Things on Your Wedding Day

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Beyond Pros and Cons of First Looks It has been common in weddings over the last few years to have a very orchestrated “first look” moment. When I was a bride in 2014, this wasn’t something I knew about. I just wanted to have a quiet moment with my husband when he saw me in […]

Reimagine Wedding “First Looks”

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Eastern Iowa Fall Wedding Photos I traveled back to my Eastern Iowa roots to photograph Madelyn and Greg’s fall wedding. They started their day off with a intimate ceremony at church. Just their bridal party and parents were in attendance. Once the ceremony concluded, everyone packed up and headed to Blackhawk State Historic Site for […]

Fall Wedding in Davenport, Iowa

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As a Des Moines wedding photographer, there are a few Des Moines and Iowa wedding venues that tick all the boxes for me. I believe the atmosphere and logistics of the location can really affect the flow of the wedding day. Many of these venues have ample room for your guests to get comfortable both […]

The Best Des Moines and Iowa Wedding Venues

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Summer wedding ceremony at Reiman Gardens The more weddings I’ve photographed, the more I’ve realized that it’s the people who focused on relationships that make wedding days enjoyable. Allison and Carson’s wedding at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa was exactly the kind of day that lights my fire to create more. It’s not often I get […]

Wedding at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa

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It felt so good to photograph a wedding after a long hiatus while I was pregnant. Last year was a very full wedding year, so I am savoring each wedding at a slower pace this season. I’ve had time to reflect on why it is that I shoot weddings. Like, really down to the bones […]

Galena Wedding | Taylor and Jim

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Emma and Nathan’s wedding day brought me back to a more nostalgic time of weddings. Emma got ready in her childhood bedroom while Nathan prepared at the church. Family and friends were buslting around all morning making sure everything was ready. With limited light available in the winter months, we took a lot of their […]

A New Years Eve Celebration | Emma and Nathan