Rustic Barn Wedding Ideas | Outdoor Wedding | Rural Iowa

This was a beautiful, rustic, outdoor wedding at Whiterock Conservancy of Coon Rapids, IA. I definitely needed a GPS and printed map to find this gorgeous setting in rural Iowa toward the southwest part of the state. The rain started pouring down as I made my way Saturday morning, but I was happy to pass into a wave of sunshine that blessed the entire wedding day.

Their families live in different places, so Justin and Amber decided to land on a neutral site where they could enjoy the great outdoors–a fitting setting for the laid-back couple. They found me online and it was a privilege to jump into their lives and be a part of their special wedding day. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah and their love for adventure and the outdoors made me feel like we could be friends. I loved all the time and attention to awesome decorations, a unity fire, evening entertainment of a couple hawks, dessert of pie and culvers ice cream and a night ending in a classy barn dance. Blessings on your new adventure as a married couple!

A special shout-out to my assistant for the day, my lovely sister Michaela, who captured a couple of these images.

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Courier Wedding Magazine Photographer| Bridal Planner 2014

Some of my wedding photos were recently featured in the Waterloo Courier’s 2014 Wedding Essentials Bridal Planner, so I just thought I’d share!

[First one is the couple in the woods on top, 2nd is the set of rings with a white lace background on the middle left and third is bride on the top left]

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Engagement Photographer | Cedar Falls, IA | UNI Campus

This determined couple decided there wasn’t anything that would stop them from moving forward with their winter engagement session. I’m not sure of the exact temperature, but it was somewhere in the single digits with frigid windchill as well! It was good to see them still smiling and laughing throughout our time together. We started the session at the Lampost Theatre & Coffee Shop with a friendly competition of Battleship, which Caitlin proudly won. After the game commenced and they had downed their snickerdoodle lattes we headed to the UNI campus for some snow engagement photos. It was a fun session even though my fingers were completely numb by the end! I’m definitely looking forward to capturing their wedding in warmer temperatures this August.

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