Winter Engagement Photos | Des Moines, IA

My long-time college buddy is getting married this fall and I am so happy for her! She wanted a winter engagement session, so we braved the cold and hit up downtown Des Moines including a stop at the capitol, a favorite bar of theirs: High Life Lounge and then ventured to Water Works Park. She has a beautiful golden retriever named Carver, so he definitely needed to be included in a few photos!

Looking forward to your big day, Danielle & Ryan! Thanks for letting me share in it!

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Christine Joy Thompson -

Omg I’m crying!!!!! So amazing

Cedar Falls Wedding Photography | Chelsea + Joe

I had the opportunity to be a part of a great fall engagement session with these two last year and I was happy to be able to capture them on their beautiful fall wedding day. For the record, their fall decorations were great! I was a week and a half away from my due date, so I was holding out hope that I’d have the chance to shoot the wedding. During my final consultation with the couple, Joe said it would seriously be awesome if I went into labor on the day of the wedding, but I don’t think Chelsea was as exciting about that happening. They are both easy-going and had decided that whatever happened, it would all work out. It’s pretty cool to know that God has a plan and will work things out in His perfect timing, even when we can’t see it and have no idea what’s ahead.

The wedding took place at First Presbyterian church downtown Cedar Falls and we were taken by Dolly’s Taxi to the reception in Janesville at the Riviera Roose Community Center.

A big shout-out to my 2nd photographer and back-up option Jane Wiggins of Jane Wiggins Photography who was a rockstar. She captured some great images and I was happy to be able to team up with her for the day.

Blessings to the newlyweds on all the adventures to come!:)

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Details of the Day

Bakery | Hy-Vee [Cedar Falls]

Catering | Sunrise Catering

Church | 1st Presbyterian

Reception | Riviera Roose [Janesville]

Rentals | Special Occassions [center piece vases, linens]

Bride’s Dress | Hope’s Bridal [Cedar Rapids]

Bridesmaids Dresses | Hope’s Bridal [Cedar Rapids]

Tux | Palace Clothiers

Transportation | Dolly’s Taxi

DJ | LNS Sounds

Rings | Facets

Senior Photographers | Cedar Falls, IA | Ellie 2015

Ellie is a senior at Hudson high school and is someone I’ve gotten to know through our church, Ascension Lutheran Church in Waterloo. It’s kind of crazy because I remember her as the quiet kid in church who I always thought was such a pretty little girl. Now, she’s all grown up and still just as pretty. Ellie is someone who is almost impossible to take a bad photograph of. She was definitely a natural in front of the camera and I had a lot of fun capturing her downtown Cedar Falls and at Prairie Lakes Park. Blessings to her on the big senior year and whatever she pursues in the next chapter!

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