Favorites from 2014 | Engagements

Having an engagement session is a great way to practice being photographed before your wedding!  It’s also a great way for me to get to know my clients better and understand more of what they’re looking for on their big day!  I was blessed with some AMAZING clients in 2014 and fun sessions all over the state!  Here are some of my fav engagement images from the past year…enjoy!

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Governor Branstad’s Inauguration Ceremony and Ball

I get to do a lot of cool things as part of my job, but one of the coolest experiences I’ve had  was getting to photograph the inauguration ceremony and ball for Governor Branstad and Lt Governor Reynolds this year at the Iowa Events Center.  As a former Political Science student (yes, that’s for real… it’s a long story) it was especially fascinating for me to see all the people whose faces had graced my television during the campaign season in real life.  I even got to meet Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, who is sounding like a potential presidential candidate!  I was super grateful for this opportunity and hope that this is just the beginning of a whole new area for my business.  I could very much get used to having an all access press pass!  Here are some of my favorite images from Iowa’s historic day…enjoy!

 

Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst

Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst

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The Governor’s grand kids were clearly not as in awe of the pomp and circumstance as I was!

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Governor Chris Christie being present was an amazing addition to the day!

Governor Chris Christie being present was an amazing addition to the day!

The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, the Bishop of Des Moines gave some wonderful opening remarks!

The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, the Bishop of Des Moines gave some wonderful opening remarks!

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Love this shot!!

Love this shot!!

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Naturally Governor Christie was bombarded by press after the ceremony had ended.

Naturally Governor Christie was bombarded by press after the ceremony had ended.

The decor for the ball was lovely!

The decor for the ball was lovely!

Overview of the ballroom at the Iowa Events Center...from a very scary catwalk!

Overview of the ballroom at the Iowa Events Center…from a very scary catwalk!

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I was very impressed with the fashion at the event!

I was very impressed with the fashion at the event!

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Lt Governor Kim Reynolds and her husband Kevin being announced into the ball.

Lt Governor Kim Reynolds and her husband Kevin being announced into the ball.

Governor Branstad and his wife Chris after being announced.

Governor Branstad and his wife Chris after being announced.

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The Governor and his wife danced along side the Lt Governor and her husband for the opening of the 2015 Inaugural Ball.

The Governor and his wife danced along side the Lt Governor and her husband for the opening of the 2015 Inaugural Ball.

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Favorites from 2014 | Weddings

2014 was one of the busiest years of my career and I wouldn’t have it any other way!  I love my job, love my clients and love, LOVE weddings!  People say all the time how surprised they are are to hear how much I love weddings (obsessed is probably the more accurate term ;) ).  People assume that after a few years of photographing weddings I’d get tired of doing the same things every Saturday: white dress, family formals, kissing and crying and dancing to the Cha Cha Slide.  Truth is, I just don’t get bored of it and I’m not sure that I ever will.  Every wedding is different in some way and even if they weren’t, I consistently get to watch two people celebrate their love and to me there’s nothing better than that.  I am so excited for 2015 and the amazing clients I’m going to get to work with!  I’m excited for the venues, the tears, the laughs, the flowers, the rings and yes, even for the Cha Cha slide…because even when I think I’m over it, I’m still totally singing along!  Here are some of my favs from my 2014 weddings…enjoy!

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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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Shana Drake - Love these Katie! You two could be sisters!

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!!!