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Solon, Iowa Woods Wedding from Paper Antler

Happy Brides are the prettiest Bride’s in my opinion. A gorgeous gown or a sparkly pair of shoes are fine and dandy but a big smile, now that is the perfect accessory. And this Bride’s smile is maybe the sweetest of them all. One that Paper Antler managed to photograph so perfectly along with a day set amongst the trees of Iowa. Take a forest canopy and pair it with peonies and fun details like chalkboard mugs for each and every guest and the result is the happiest of celebrations with a even more fun details in the full gallery.

From Paper Antler… This adorable couple celebrated their wedding weekend at camp Io-Dis-E-Ca in Solon, Iowa, where a row of trees in the middle of the woods created a perfect aisle for their ceremony and an open field was ideal for their picnic style BBQ reception. The bright and colorful palette of yellow, blue, soft pink and grey was beautiful against the natural landscape and there were oodles of DIY elements including the amazingly intricate save-the-dates and invitations, designed by the Bride herself.  As a wedding favor, everyone received a chalkboard painted mug so they could write their names and fill it up with one of Ashley + Creighton’s favorite espresso drinks at the coffee bar. One of the sweetest moments of the day was when all of the guests lit paper lanterns and released them into the sky before sending Ashley + Creighton off with a sparkler exit.

Wedding Photography: Paper Antler / Wedding Venue: Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca in Solon, Iowa / Floral Design: Bridgewater Gardens + / Wedding Catering: Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack / Wedding Cake: Yummy’s Gourmet Cakes / Wedding Stationery: DIY by the Bride / Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster

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Des Moines Wedding from Amy Allen Photography

You know those weddings that instantly cause that warm, happy feeling all the way down to your tippy toes? You know the ones – the first peek brings a smile to your face that doesn’t end for days. Well this wedding is the queen of those weddings. From Amy Allen Photography‘s very first image, I knew we were in for something special – something heartwarming. And after spending a whole lot of time in the gallery you can rest assured that this is definitely something VERY special + heartwarming!

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Dan and I are both from the same town, but didn’t officially meet until my freshman year of college. Through mutual friends, we were introduced and began spending more and more time together. We graduated college, both started our careers, and eventually made our way back to Cedar Rapids. After seven years, we decided to make the big jump into marriage and haven’t looked back!

I knew I was in trouble when I started finding projects on Pinterest and wedding blogs to create for my wedding before I had even gotten engaged. Once we were engaged, the hard work really started. I have to give my crafty mom all the credit for helping turn my vision into reality. I knew I wanted a smaller wedding, thus allowing me to create a more intimate setting in two beautiful historic venues in downtown Des Moines.

Our ceremony was held in a traditional Lutheran church close to the Iowa State Capitol. I loved the old fashioned feel of the church and the warm welcoming people we got to know there. Because the church itself was so beautiful, we left the decorating to a minimum. Our only addition was to add two grapevine wreaths to the large front doors. During the ceremony, we had two of our closest friends read passages from our favorite book and poem. Following the ceremony, guests were able to toss rosemary and lavender from cones my mom and I had carefully crafted out of complementary colored scrapbook and tissue paper. I had decided on a color scheme long ago of mostly blues, greens, bronzes, and hints of burlap brown. These must have been a hit because we were covered!

Once guests arrived at the reception, they were treated with hors d’oeuvres and our signature drink of white peach sangria. To add to their sangria, we handmade custom drink stirrers with cute phrases on them. My mom and I crafted our seating chart out of an old wooden frame we picked up at a craft store and hooked twine on the back. We  clipped our table listings to the twine with mini clothes pins. I bought a mailbox and had my dad paint it a beautiful slate blue. He carefully stenciled our name along the side to create a unique card collector. Instead of the traditional guest books, my husband and I each picked out a coffee table book we would like and had our guests leave their well wishes.

To add to the decor, my mom and I stocked up on over 100 mason jars and added strips of burlap around the middle of the jars. We tied a bow of twine, and filled the jars with sand and a candle. This gave the venue a glow all evening. I wanted to make sure our guests had a great time, so I made postcards and placed them at each person’s seat. I asked our guests to give us their marriage advice (and drop in our mailbox, of course). This proved to be a huge hit! It was so fun going through and reading everyone’s response. I made sure to save these for Dan and I to go through again over the years. We hauled an old whiskey barrel 2 hours from my hometown to place our cake on and it ended up working perfectly with the scheme of the wedding.

My favorite element of the decor were the umbrellas I had carefully selected to hang over the dance floor. I rented these from a store in Seattle and they were exactly the unique touch I was looking for.

With a wedding of only 90 people, we closely knew each one of our guests. Our goal was to make them feel welcomed and appreciated, with the opportunity to kick back and have a great time! Between the welcome bags filled with goodies on arrival to their hotel up to Jimmy John’s being catered at the end of the night, I know our guests (and ourselves) had a wonderful evening.

Photography: Amy Allen Photography / Flowers: cynwhd b designs / Event Planning & Design: Laura and her mother / Ceremony Location: Capitol Hill Lutheran / Reception Location: Zart 1312, Downtown Des Moines, IA / Invitations: Zephyr Weddings / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Dress: Paloma Blanca / Umbrella Rentals: Bella Umbrella / Custom Purses: Jenna Lou Designs / Custom Postcards: Vistaprint

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Iowa State University Wedding by m three studio

This story opens with a beautiful dress. A dress worthy of a sashay down the aisle if ever there was one followed by images so heartfelt you will instantly be pulled into this affair head over heels. The flower girl stealing a peak as the Bride walks down the aisle; maybe one of our favorite pictures of all time. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. m three studio captured all the crazy, beautiful fashion; all the melt-your-heart moments and you can see them all here.

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From the Bride… After meeting on a blind date in the East Village, dating for three years in New York City and getting engaged in Central Park, Tom and I knew that we wanted to bring the style of New York to our Iowa wedding. With countless hours spent perusing Style Me Pretty for inspiration, I decided to create a romantic mood with vintage touches. We wanted our wedding day to be a unique experience for the Iowa guests while surprising all of the east coast guests with a laid-back but elegant affair. The Iowa State Memorial Union was the perfect backdrop to make that vision come to life.

I have a design degree and work in fashion, so it was important to me to have a lot of my own touches throughout our day. I made my veil, the bridesmaids’ bracelets, programs, menus, printed signs, lace votives and the large frame that held the escort cards. Thanks to Gmail, I still had Tom’s first email to me planning our blind date (and my response) which I printed on the back of the menus. My dress hunt took me to 14 different stores in NYC.  I thought I had found “the one” several times until I ended my search at Vera Wang.  I found my dress at her Fall 2011 trunk show just days after it was on the runway and was the first to purchase the dress. It was everything I could have dreamed for — unique, romantic, full of texture and the perfect color. Thanks to our friends and family, our wedding day was full of love and incredibly perfect. Molly at m three Studio completely surpassed all of our expectations when it came to capturing every moment of our day. She is beyond talented, and we feel very fortunate to have her photos to remember our special day.

Wedding Photography: m three studio / Reception Venue: Memorial Union at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa / Floral Design: Mary Kay’s Flowers & Gifts / Wedding Day Planning: Down to Details / Wedding Cinematography: Keri Thien / Wedding Cakes: Iowa State Bakery / Wedding Invitations: Pistachio Press / Calligraphy: Dancing Pen & Press / Chair Rentals: Classic Events & Parties / Band: Final Mix Show Band / Bride’s Veil, Bridesmaids’ Bracelets, Programs, Menus, Printed Signs, Lace Votives + Escort Card Frame: DIY by the Bride / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Bracelets: Chamak by Priya Kakkar / Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu / Hair: Nicole Piper of Frederick Fekkai NYC / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: 57 Grand / Flower Girl Dresses + Bow Ties: Ralph Lauren / Groom’s Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren Black Label

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