Kathy and Drew | Wedding

Ok y’all…go and get yourselves a snack before you settle in to check out the awesomeness that was Kathy and Drew’s wedding, because it’s a long one!!  I was with this amazing couple for a looooooong time on wedding day!!  They really made having time for me to snap some great shots a huge priority in their timeline, so we ended up with about a gazillion fab photos!!:)  Not only did we have plenty of time to shoot on wedding day, but we had the best weather imaginable!  Which is a miracle considering that two days before, when Kathy’s family was finishing up things in the historic barn they’d renovated for the reception, terrible storms swept through knocking out their Ohio farm’s power for almost an entire day!  But I don’t think even bad weather couldn’t have dampened the spirits of what might be the happiest bride and groom ever!!!  Kathy and Drew were clearly meant to be right from the get go when they met tailgating at Iowa State several years ago.  Kathy at least thought they were destined to wed because after a few mimosas she texted her friends that she was hanging out with her “future husband”.  Turns out she, and her mimosas, were exactly right!!  Just like Kathy and Drew were destined to be together, their wedding was destined to be great!  Kathy, Drew and all their friends and family put so much thought and heart and sweat equity into this wedding! All the details were personal, all the toasts were thoughtful and filled with laughter, happy tears were bountiful and it really was their perfect wedding day!  I feel so blessed that Kathy and Drew chose me to photograph their special day!  Both they and their families made me feel right at home during my time with them in Ohio!  I tried to narrow down my favs from this wedding, I really did.  But there were just too many smiles, too much fun and too many delightful details I felt the need to share!!!  So here are my long list of favs from their wedding….enjoy!

Oh and a big shout out to some of the other vendors that made Kathy and Drew’s wedding day so great!

Bridal attire: Bridal Theatre

Bridesmaids attire: The Wedding Shoppe

All tuxes: Bridal Theatre

Videography: Monument Square Productions

DJ: Absolute DJs

Hair and Make Up: Studio 36

Florist: Ethel’s Flowers

Cake Artist: Kel’s Cakes

Catering: The Food Smith’s Catering (Gretchen was seriously amazing!!  She graciously incorporated potatoes and veggies from Michael Farms into their ‘Iowa meets Ohio’ menu!  And it was almost all gluten free, so I got to eat too…and it was DELISH!!!)

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So Kathy is a dandy little seamstress and made all these robes for her bridesmaids!  Isn

So Kathy is a dandy little seamstress and made all these robes for her bridesmaids! Isn’t that cute? And her blue cowboy boots were so her!!

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She said this was the first dress she tried on...more destiny!! :)

She said this was the first dress she tried on…more destiny!!:)

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She of course had a garter representing The Ohio State University!

She of course had a garter representing The Ohio State University!

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I love when all the guys get ready together!  This i Drew

I love when all the guys get ready together! This is Drew’s adorable Dad!!

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A little help from his big brother!

A little help from his big brother!

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Kathy did a first look with her Dad before going to see Drew. Best thing ever!

Kathy did a first look with her Dad before going to see Drew. Best thing ever!

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Love this one of Kathy

Love this one of Kathy’s brother seating their mom!!!

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That is what a joyous bride looks like!!!

That is what a joyous bride looks like!!!

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Rather than a unity candle or sand Kathy and Drew each brought soil (not dirt, it

Rather than a unity candle or sand, Kathy and Drew each brought soil (not dirt, it’s soil…that much I learned) from their home states to combine together! Perfect for a couple of cute farm kids!!

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Kathy works for John Deere so naturally they rented an appropriate get away vehicle!

Kathy works for John Deere so naturally they rented an appropriate get away vehicle!

We got to shoot at some of the prettiest locations after the ceremony!

We got to shoot at some of the prettiest locations after the ceremony!

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Just stunning!!!

Just stunning!!!

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Look at those smiles!!!  That

Look at those smiles!!!

The first think Kathy mentioned when we first chatted about wedding photos was wanting images in the potato blooms...

The ONLY request Kathy had was for a shot of them in the potato blooms…

Ask and you shall receive!

Ask and you shall receive!

Love a girl in boots, in the mud on her wedding day!!

Love a girl in boots, in the mud on her wedding day!!

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Adorable chalk board art, custom drinks, 4-H ribbon place cards, potato martinis...this wedding was full of special details!!!

Adorable chalk board art, custom drinks, 4-H ribbon place cards, potato martinis…this wedding was full of special details!!!

This is the barn that Kathy

This is the barn that Kathy’s family fully renovated from a housing for show animals to beautiful reception venue!!!

More personalized details!

More personalized details!

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You know Dad

You know Dad’s toast is good when it gets a double fist pump!!

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Symmetry makes me sooooo happy!!!

Symmetry makes me sooooo happy!!!

Shut it down...so gorgeous!

Shut it down…so gorgeous!

We shot in the potato fields for Kathy so we thought it only fair to shoot by some corn for Drew!  Love this one!!!

We shot in the potato fields for Kathy so we thought it only fair to shoot by some corn for Drew! Love this one!!!

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The dance floor was hoppin!!!

The dance floor was hoppin!!!

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Parents often have requests for wedding day. Kathy’s mom’s one request was a soul train line!!!

IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!

IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!

And of course there were fireworks and a serenade by the Alpha Gamma Rho brothers!!

And of course there were fireworks and a serenade by the Alpha Gamma Rho brothers!!

AS favors Kathy and Drew gave out corn and potato stress balls, just fantastic!

As favors Kathy and Drew gave out corn and potato shaped stress balls, just clever and adorable!

If you

If you’ve thought about having Katie McDonald Photography add an unboxed photo booth to your collection, here are some awesome reasons you should totally do so!

Jess and JJ | Wedding

Jess and JJ wanted nothing more than to have an outdoor wedding at these amazing gates on the campus of Simpson College.  Everything was finally going right after over a year or health problems and difficult planning….then, the rain came.  And it rained, and rained and rained.  When I arrived everyone was honestly in kind of poor spirits, which is 100% how I would be.  Jess decided that if nothing else she wanted to be able to do their first look outside at the gates.  So, rain be damned, we went out into the rain and photographed their first look!  And then the most amazing thing happened…it cleared up!!!  Just minutes after their first look was over the clouds lifted and so did everyone’s spirits!!  The rest of the day was beautiful!  Jess and JJ really made their wedding day their own with unique touches like custom bridal party shoes and fun sunglasses!  They are truly a one-of-a-kind couple!!  Here are some of my favs from their wedding…enjoy!

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Love this one!  This room had such great light!

Love this one! This room had such great light!

Awesome custom cufflinks right?!?!?

Awesome custom cufflinks right?!?!?

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Love this shot...love the socks more!

Love this shot…love the socks more!

First look...it doesn

First look…it doesn’t look like it’s raining, but it totally was.

Aaaaaand this is why I keep umbrellas in my trunk.  Adorable.

Aaaaaand this is why I keep umbrellas in my trunk. Adorable.

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His ring has baseball stitching....seriously the coolest!!

His ring has baseball stitching….seriously the coolest!!

Custom kicks!!

Custom kicks!!

<3

<3

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Their one request was a picture with the seal, love it!

Their one request was a picture with the seal, love it!

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Maci | Six-Months

Sessions with babies can run long sometimes…they need lots of breaks, and cuddle time and snacks.  And that’s completely normal, I mean they’re little babies!!!  What’s not so normal is when a session with a six-month-old lasts like two minutes (okay maybe a liiiiiiittle longer than two minutes) and is totally amazing!!  That’s how Maci’s session went!!  She’d clearly been catching up on America’s Next Top Model on her dvr, because she was ready to work the camera!  I just loved working with this little family!  Here are some of my favs from Maci’s Six-Month session…enjoy!

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I mean, this face.....c

I mean, this face…..c’mon!!! How cute?!?!?!?

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Love them!!!

Love them!!!

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In my mind there

In my mind there’s no such thing as a headband that’s too big!:)

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She’s sooooo adorable!!!

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My fav!!!!

My fav!!!!

 

Jo Caster Wynn - B E A U T I F U L!!!

Sandy Vande Krol - These are so precious!! What a sweet sweet Maci!!

Chrissy and Ryan | Engagement

Soooooo….this post and the one I’ll be sharing tomorrow should have been shared with y’all a week ago.  I was on vacation in Siesta Key and had planned to edit/write/blog on the days we just hung out in the condo while it rained.  Every year we get at least a couple solid rain days.  Now here’s the part where you’ll all feel really, tragically sorry for me…we had zero rain days my entire vacation!  So instead of working, I was busy lounging on the beach.  I know, my life is rough. But I can assure you that it won’t happen again…until maybe next year!:)  So without further waiting, please let me introduce my super fabulous couple: Chrissy and Ryan!!!  Now when you hear of couples who meet in Las Vegas I’m guessing these darling, Iowa natives aren’t what immediately comes to mind.  But these two Iowa love-birds did indeed meet in Sin-City (actually at the bachelor party for another one of my clients)!!!  Chrissy and Ryan are seriously, amazingly nice people and I’m so glad that they found each other!  They were suuuuuper fun to photograph and were great sports about being guinea pigs for some nighttime photography ideas I had!  I am very excited for their outdoor, fall wedding!  Here are some of my favs from their engagement session…enjoy!!!

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Seriously an adorable couple!!!

Seriously an adorable couple!!!

So sweet!

So sweet!

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LOVE!!!!!

LOVE!!!!!

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Aside from the concert that was going on that made us feel like we were gonna get shot, the East Village is awesome at night!!  :)

Aside from the concert that was going on that made us feel like we were gonna get shot, the East Village is awesome at night!!:)

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Emily and Chris | Engagement

There are a couple phrases that make me really ridiculously happy as an engagement photographer. Some of these phrases are “tonight’s weather will be partly cloudy with very little wind” and “would it be okay if we brought our dogs for a few shots?” I got to hear both those when it came to Emily and Chris’ engagement session! It was such a great session:  perfect weather, adorable couple and doggy snuggles!!! I was in my photog happy place for sure!! I’m sooooo looking forward to their fall wedding after seeing how at ease they were in front of the camera! Here are some of my favs from their engagement session…enjoy!!

The perfect little puppy models!

The perfect little puppy models!

kiss break!!!

kiss break!!!

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OMG they

OMG they’re too cute!

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The sun peeked out at the perfect time!!

The sun peeked out at the perfect time!!

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Love this one!!

Love this one!!

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Pat McVeigh - Beautiful pictures…..it helped to have photogenic subjects, didn’t it? I hope that Chris and Emily will be very, very happy throughout their lives. The dogs were a delightful addition.