Classic Midwestern Fall Wedding
May 6, 2014
Classic WeddingsLodgeReligious Institution
As an Iowa native living on the East Coast, this Cedar Rapids wedding feels like a little slice of home. Complete with a down-home ribs dinner in a prairie lodge and pretty details up the wazoo, there's a whole lot to love in the gallery from Hannah White waiting right here. Happy Tuesday, SMPers!
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From the Bride... Bastián and I met in a castle in Chile when I was there doing research on love poet Pablo Neruda. Three continents, two years, and a lot of airfare later we made our relationship work, and we knew this day had to be a celebration of all the people who'd shown us so much love along the way.

When you've got friends coming in, flying to Iowa from Chile, California, North Carolina, New York and more, you want to show them a good time, and also marry the traditions of all the different places that have made you who you are. We had a down-home Iowa dinner (miraculously, no one had a serious issue with the ribs and the formalwear!) in a prairie lodge, but then for dancing we headed back to downtown Cedar Rapids and mixed it up -- a bit of Chile, a bit of Iowa, a bit of the coasts and everything in between. We were so happy to see people meeting, dancing, celebrating, speaking English and Spanish and everything in between.

The whole day was about bringing people together: we rode with our friends in the party bus, and even finished off the night continuing the laughing, talking and celebrating with several guests in our hotel suite! Perhaps it's not the "romantic" wedding night, staring into each others' eyes, that many imagine. But for us, the whole weekend was about community, about love in a larger sense.