Chrissy and Ryan | Wedding

Sometimes the universe just gives you what your soul needs, and my soul needed Chrissy and Ryan’s wedding!  I’m sitting here trying to find the words to express how much I loved their special day and I’m kind of at a loss.  For those of you who know me well, you will understand that leaving me speechless is quite the undertaking.  Chrissy and Ryan’s day was full of familiarity for me: I photographed their groomsman Mark’s wedding and family, I photographed the weddings of two different groomsmen’s brothers and their families, their wedding was a Jester Park which was one of the first wedding venues I shot at when I moved here and so it holds a special place in my heart.  Chrissy and Ryan’s wedding felt like home to me…although thinking back it could have just been because everyone kept saying that Chrissy and I looked alike and maybe everyone was just super nice to me because they assumed I was family…either way I’m gonna take it, it was a fantastic day for me!!! :)  In addition to me feeling right at home with the bridal party and other vendors, Chrissy and Ryan gave such attention to the details which made their wedding totally unique to them. Their personalities radiated through the favors, the table decor, the attire.  Cy even showed up as a surprise to Ryan, like he should for every true Iowa State fan’s wedding!!!  It was truly the perfect wedding day for Chrissy and Ryan…minus that little rain shower of course!  ;)  I was so honored to be a part of their day!!!  Here are some of my favs from Chrissy and Ryan’s wedding…beware, it’s a lot…it was a long awesome day with ridiculously awesome people…enjoy!!!

Venue: Jester Park Nature Lodge

Bridal Party Hair: Ashley Goemaat at Salon Seven-O

Bride and Groom Attire: Modern Dress

Bridesmaids Attire: White House Black Market

Catering: Christiani’s

Floral: Something Chic

Videography: Matthew Mobley Film

Cake: Cache and Scratch

Band: Fred Gazzo Band

Additional Decor and Ceremony Cross: Hobby Lobby and lots of Sweat Equity :)

Chrissy seriously thought of everything!  How adorable is their breakfast station?

Chrissy seriously thought of everything! How adorable is their breakfast station?

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Chrissy’s sister gave her the most heartfelt gift on wedding day! She had an anklet custom made for her to wear in remembrance of their sister who had passed away. It was such a beautiful gesture!

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Ryan gave Chrissy his

Ryan gave Chrissy his ‘travel adventure’ journal before the wedding saying that his biggest and best journey was beginning! ADORABLE!!!

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You’d never know it was pouring rain huh? This took teamwork!

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Putting on her new memorial anklet.

Putting on her new memorial anklet.

Grandma also had some special jewelry to offer!

Grandma also had some special jewelry to offer!

Every set of groomsmen should get ready in an awesome cabin!!!

Every set of groomsmen should get ready in an awesome cabin!!!

Custom embroidered shirt and fishing lure boutonnieres....this is Ryan to the T!!

Custom embroidered shirt and fishing lure boutonnieres….this is Ryan to the T!!

As a true outdoors-man, Ryan gave his groomsmen and usher

As a true outdoors-man, Ryan gave his groomsmen and usher’s custom engraved hatchets and pocket knives! I had never felt more protected from a potential wedding day zombie apocalypse than this very instance!

They had this beautiful vintage car drive them to and from their 1st look!

They had this beautiful vintage car drive them to and from their 1st look!

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Love the embrace. Love the tree. Love. Love. Love.

Love the embrace. Love the tree. Love. Love. Love.

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The rain stopped and they could have their ceremony outside!!!

The rain stopped and they could have their ceremony outside!!!

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Stunning.  Just a stunning bride!!

Stunning. Just a stunning bride!!

OMG the light we had after the ceremony WAS EVERYTHING!!!

OMG the light we had after the ceremony WAS EVERYTHING!!!

She is just a hoot.  Love this girl!!

She is just a hoot. Love this girl!!

This was an out-take that

This was an out-take that’s ended up being one of my fav shots of Chrissy! Apologies to the MoH I cropped out! ;)

Swoon!  <3

Swoon! <3

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The table decor was perfection for this wedding!

The table decor was perfection for this wedding!

They had cheesecake because they prefer cheesecake.  Do what makes you happy on your wedding day!!!

They had cheesecake because they prefer cheesecake. Do what makes you happy on your wedding day!!!

Hilarious  and heartfelt toasts!!!

Hilarious and heartfelt toasts!!!

Amazingly choreographed first dance!!

Amazingly choreographed first dance!!

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These shots of Chrissy and her dad dancing are some of my favs from this season!!

These shots of Chrissy and her dad dancing are some of my favs from this season!!

What a knockout his mom is!  Yowza!!

What a knockout his mom is! Yowza!!

And then Cy showed up to surprise everyone...especially Ryan!  He litterally jumped out of the frame of my camera when he saw Cy walk in!!

And then Cy showed up to surprise everyone…especially Ryan! He litterally jumped out of the frame of my camera when he saw Cy walk in!!

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Dennise Behn - Very beautiful! Blessings to Ryan and Chrissy!

Emily and Jimmy | Wedding

I adore, ADORE Emily and Jimmy!!!  They are some of the nicest, most sincere and most in love people I’ve photographed!  Their wedding at West End Salvage was very unique and perfect for them!  Here are some of my favs from their awesome wedding…enjoy!!!

There were so many unique spots to photograph Emily

There were so many unique spots to photograph Emily’s bridal details!

Twinkle lights are my fav!!!

Twinkle lights are my fav!!!

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I think that Emily and Jimmy had my favorite first look of the season!  It was beautiful and romantic!!

I think that Emily and Jimmy had my favorite first look of the season! It was beautiful and romantic!!

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Seriously, how adorable are they?

Seriously, how adorable are they?

Loooooved this graffiti wall!  It was a cool backdrop for a cool couple!

Loooooved this graffiti wall! It was a cool backdrop for a cool couple!

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Some yummy provided by Live Love Bake!

Some yummy provided by Live Love Bake!

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We went upstairs for a little private shooting time with some antiques!

We went upstairs for a little private shooting time with some antiques!

Love them!!!

Love them!!!

Nora and Eric | Wedding

I learned at Nora and Eric’s wedding that Adam and Eve were the first agronomists.  Which is a fitting ceremony theme since Nora and Eric are both agronomists!  This love and respect of agriculture was present throughout every detail of their awesome wedding!  From Nora’s stunning boots to the epic round barn we used for photos to the corn centerpieces!!  It was an incredibly lovely day and I so much enjoyed being a part of it!  Here are some of my favs from their Iowa City (but ISU proud) wedding…enjoy!!

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Her boots made a great back drop for a ring detail shot!!

Her boots made a great back drop for a ring detail shot!!

Love this one! Isn

Love this one! Isn’t it amazing when the wind kicks up at the perfect time to blow a veil just a little?

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Love a bride willing to sit on hay!!!

Love a bride willing to sit on hay!!!

They had a wonderful wedding with a wonderful message!

They had a wonderful wedding with a wonderful message!

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Oh I adore the light in barns!!

Oh I adore the light in barns!!

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Katie and Nate | Maternity

There isn’t a time in a woman’s life that is as wonderful or scary as when she’s about to become a mother for the very first time.  That’s why maternity sessions are such special occasions, and why I’m so glad that Katie’s husband was able to convince her to document this special time in her life…swollen ankles and all!  ;)  She is one of the most beautiful Mommas-to-be I’ve seen and she and Nate (and their amazing dog Gus) will be the cutest little family!!  I can’t wait to meet their little bundle of joy!  Here are some of my favs from the session…enjoy!!!

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We had some great lighting to work with!!!

We had some great lighting to work with!!!

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Love this one!!!  How beautiful is she?!?!?

Love this one!!! How beautiful is she?!?!?

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Love!!!!!

Love!!!!!

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Cutest family ever!

Cutest family ever!

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OMG they

OMG they’re just the cutest parents in the world already!!

Jena and Andrew | Wedding

It’s easy to fall into a mid season slump when you’ve had a crazy busy wedding season like I have…to to become only mildly obsessive about weddings rather than my previous self as a full fledged David Tutera groupie! ;) But this August, just as I felt myself starting to phase into auto-pilot I was jolted by Jena and Andrew’s wedding!!  I knew after shooting their engagement session, meeting with them and Jena’s adorable mom Lil (and her fabulous wedding binder) that they would have an amazing wedding.  But the sheer abundance of laughter, love, attention to detail, family and Fireball made it truly an epic event!!  I had a tough time narrowing down the images I loved from this wedding (shot my both myself and my second shooter Sara Stark) but I managed!  Well kinda…there’s a lot!  Here are some of my favs from Jena and Andrew’s beautiful day…enjoy!

Make Up: All Dolled Up

Bridal Attire: Perry Bridal

Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Ceremony: St Ambrose

Reception: HyVee Conference Center

DJ: A Special Event

Videographer: Studio Rewind

Flowers and Cake: Hyvee

Rentals: Bella Flora

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Guys getting ready photos by Sara Stark

Guys getting ready photos by Sara Stark

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Check out these AMAZING wedding shoes!!!  Blue bottoms and hearts...perfection!!

Check out these AMAZING wedding shoes!!! Blue bottoms and hearts…perfection!!

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Image on right by Sara Stark

Image on right by Sara Stark

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This was the first time Jena saw her dad on wedding day!  So sweet!!

This was the first time Jena saw her dad on wedding day! So sweet!!

St Ambrose is such a gorgeous church for a wedding!  Image of parents by Sara Stark.

St Ambrose is such a gorgeous church for a wedding! Image of parents by Sara Stark.

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They’re so cute and romantic!!!

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This bridal party had sooooo much fun!  Solo image of groom by Sara Stark.

This bridal party had sooooo much fun! Solo image of groom by Sara Stark.

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LOVE THIS ONE!!!

LOVE THIS ONE!!!

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Beautiful ladies!!

Beautiful ladies!!

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Their details were just amazing...and SO MANY SPARKLES!!!! Love!!!  Head table images by Sara Stark.

Their details were just amazing…and SO MANY SPARKLES!!!! Love!!! Head table images by Sara Stark.

I have a weakness for sure tall wedding cakes!!!  Love this one!

I have a weakness for super tall wedding cakes!!! Love this one!

Her dad gave the most amazing and heartfelt toast!  Not a dry eye in the house! Image on left by Sara Stark.

Her dad gave the most amazing and heartfelt toast! Not a dry eye in the house! Image on left by Sara Stark.

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Apparently Italian tradition dictates for candy and money to be tossed at the bride and groom during their first dance!  Top center image by Sara Stark.

Apparently Italian tradition dictates for candy and money to be tossed at the bride and groom during their first dance! Top center image by Sara Stark.

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Italian tradition also encourages all the guests to participate in the Italian March. IT WAS AWESOME! Center image by Sara Stark.

Italian tradition also encourages all the guests to participate in the Italian March. IT WAS AWESOME! Center image by Sara Stark.

I love this image Sara captured of Grandpa getting a group hug as he left!

I love this image Sara captured of Grandpa getting a group hug as he left!

Image on left by Sara Stark.

Image on left by Sara Stark.

Center image by Sara Stark.

Center image by Sara Stark.

I adore a packed dance floor!

I adore a packed dance floor!

Did I mention my love of all things sparkly?

Did I mention my love of all things sparkly?