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Wedding guide Bridal fashion ............................................. Page 27 Real weddings: Brooke and Sam .......... Page 34 Real weddings: Casey and Angela ....... Page 37 Real weddings: Jaimie and Jeff ............. Page 41 Songs that only sound romantic............ Page 43 Find your makeup style ........................... Page 44 Venue guide ............................................... Page 45 ON THE PULLOUT COVER Casey and Angela Poldberg got married in the country, with a reception in a barn. But their celebration is more romantic than country. See more on Page 37. Photo by Ben Easter. See Des Moines residents Brooke and Sam Summers’ wedding, starting on Page 34. FIGMENT ART PHOTOGRAPHY/SPECIAL TO JUICE

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WEDDING ROYALTY A full princess ball gown is not for the faint of heart. This Pronovias gown is meant to be shown off on the dance floor, twirling the night away. Dress: Schaffer’s, $1,587.

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Pretty, Pretty Peplum It doesn’t get more feminine than a peplum-style wedding dress. This modest silk gown with peplum waist makes a major statement. Often times the simpler the dress the more beautiful and timeless it can be. Dress: Bridal Connection, $2,247. Necklace: Bridal Connection, $45.

Ladylike Lace This elegant off-white lace gown features a beaded bodice, a silk belt at the waist and a subtle sparkle throughout. It’s the ideal dress choice for brides craving the perfect mix of modern glam and vintage vibe. Dress: The Bridal Boutique, $2,564 Headpiece:

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Custom Creations This wedding dress from local Des Moines shop Dornink is a great choice for those of you wanting a custom, one-of-a-kind bridal design. This layered tulle gown has a beautiful and intricate woven top with two ruffle panels at the sides. The model’s head is adorned with a gorgeous beaded headband to create a bohemian look. Dress: Dornink, Dress by Kimberley, $1,320. Dornink Belt (worn as a headband), Holly, $100.

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rooke, 24, and Sam, 30, Summers’ September wedding was the right mix of modern style with a classic touch draped in whimsy. The couple brought a band of merry friends and family together to celebrate their love, which has crisscrossed half the country, right in the heart of Des Moines.

Big Apple Proposal So the story goes. Boy and girl meet at carnival. Boy and girl begin a relationship. There’s this funny feeling called love. Then the boy, Sam, went to visit Brooke in New York City, where she was living at the time. They grabbed sushi, walked around Central Park where he said something about a surprise. “We walked up to a beautiful apartment complex where Sam had rented a suite filled with roses and popped the question right there!” Brooke said. “I had no idea it was coming and was in complete shock. We spent the rest of the night calling our friends and family who were anxiously waiting to see if I had said yes.” Planning Process As the wedding approached, Sam and Brooke got to crafting their DIY dream wedding. Brooke, a talented designer, began by illustrating the invitations; an East Village stationery shop, Ephemera, printed them. 505 E. Locust St., 515-974-6932; Primp and Prep Photographer: The couple hired Joelle and Jake Blomberg of Figment Art Photography to capture the big day. From artistic close-ups of the rings and lunch

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The bride designed the invitations and printed them with the help of a local stationery store, Ephemera. Brooke and Sam Summers married in September at the Salisbury House, a time of year they say is prettiest in Iowa. FIGMENT ART PHOTOGRAPHY/PHOTOS SPECIAL TO JUICE

En route from the ceremony to reception, the party stopped at Union Park for photos at the Heritage Carousel. FIGMENT ART PHOTOGRAPHY/SPECIAL TO JUICE

tables, to intimate moments and classic family shots, the photographers clicked the shutter at just the right speed. 515-490-1656; Videographer: Alexandria Crahan Art + Photography handled the video for the vivacious couple. “If you can afford it, hire a videographer,� Brooke said. “It’s great to go back and re-live the day in motion.� 720-663-9514; Barber: An often-overlooked fact in personal wedding prep is the grooming of the groom. Sam had his good friend, and local barber, Jordan Peterson cut and style his hair before the wedding. Florist: Brooke relied on The English Rose to gather a luxe pastel bridal bouquet playing off the couple’s main wedding colors of light pink, gold and mint. The men sported complementary pale pink and ivory boutonnieres. 515-419-6566; Dress: As Brooke walked down the aisle, the simplistic, stunning swish of her Jim Hjelm Bridal gown from An Elegant Affair in Cedar Falls turned all heads. 319-277-5655; Menswear: Friends who travel can be excellent wedding associates. Sam has a friend who teaches English in Seoul, Korea, who worked with a local tailor to create the custom black tuxedo. “I went and had about 20 measurements done and crossed my fingers,� Sam said. Surprisingly, no final alterations were needed. To top the look


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Music: Local band the Envy Corps filled the room with mature melodies and shoe-stomping dance anthems. Snacks: Guests noshed on local Des Moines mainstays like Tasty Tacos, Noah’s pizza and Gerri’s wings. Cocktails were also available for swirling, sipping and spinning. Cake: The married couple cut their swirled flowered frosted Butter Cream Bella cake underneath the glimmer of patio lights and next to party poppers. 515-689-7776;

The Envy Corps performed at the wedding reception at Wooly’s. FIGMENT ART PHOTOGRAPHY/ SPECIAL TO JUICE

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Summers is one of the owners of music venue Wooly’s, and on the night of September 21, 2013 Wooly’s center stage was all about the newlyweds. Venue: Sam described the space as a “blank canvas.” They transformed it (with the help of family the night before the wedding) into a lively location of light-up love. 504 E. Locust St., 515-244-0550;

Take it from them After planning their wonderful wedding the couple had a few useful tidbits to pass along. Sam recommended referencing wedding blogs with tactical planning timelines. “If you are doing it yourself without a wedding planner, try to tackle one project at a time,” he said. “If you get to many fires going at once it can get really stressful.” Brooke added that stressing too much over a theme or certain style can be detrimental to the big day. “If you make your decisions from the heart, your day will be a reflection of who you are as a couple,” Brooke said. “And, don’t leave all your DIY projects until the week before.”

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ack in the day, before white gowns, rings and “I do,” Casey, now 26, and Angela, now 24, Poldberg were just friends. They grew up together in Adel and started hanging out a few years after high school. Back in 2009 they were first the best of friends, which evolved into them being together. On October 12, 2013 they vowed to be together forever.

Proposal double take Casey and Angela’s trail from “will you” to “I do” was a winding one. Active cyclists and campers, Casey asked Angela to marry him one night in September 2012 at their High Trestle Trail campsite. She thought he was kidding, then he gave her “the prettiest key ring a girl could ask for,” Angela said. A few months later it was Angela’s turn to surprise her future groom. It was his birthday and she gathered all their friends and family for a surprise party. Little did she know Casey planned to propose that night and she ended up with a dazzling diamond ring at the bottom of her champagne glass. Precise planning: Website: The couple created a website (http://caseyangela.our to share all of the information for guests such as where to stay, where they registered and the wedding party lineup. Create your own site using templates at

The seven bridesmaids sourced their style from Schaffer’s Bridal in a mix of taupe, chocolate and wine frocks. “We really wanted a warm and romantic environment for our guests,” Angela said. “Although we were in a barn, we didn’t want a country-themed wedding.” BEN EASTER/PHOTOS SPECIAL TO JUICE

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“you may now kiss the bride.” 20936 350th St, Adel, 515-360-9589; Florist: Family and friends helped to create the light and lovely full bouquet Angela held throughout the ceremony. Wedding dresses: The bride accomplished an impressive feat of rocking two different, delightful dresses for under $1,000. “The dress I wore for the ceremony and dinner was a Pronovias oneshoulder lace gown purchased at Schaffer’s Impromptu,” Angela said. “I’ve never felt so beautiful!” She did a fast change into a sparkling Adrianna Papell dress she adored immediately upon spotting on the popular wedding blog, Style Me Pretty. The seven bridesmaids sourced their style from Schaffer’s Bridal in a mix of taupe, chocolate and wine frocks. Schaffer’s Bridal: 5525 Mills Civic Parkway, Suite 100, West Des Moines. Schaffer’s Impromptu: 5525 Mills Civic Parkway, Suite 110, West Des Moines 515-288-0356; Menswear: The dapper groom wore a Macy’s full charcoal gray suit. His nine men wore a variation on the themes with the same suit pants and vest, but paired with simple white button downs topped by chocolate brown ties. Casey stood tall in the same

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work at several previous weddings. Guests started with a cranberry harvest salad, then feasted on mojito chicken and oven-roasted glazed ham accompanied by fresh grilled vegetables, fruit and assorted breads. Contact Catering Connection at 515-669-0807 App: Each aspect of the wedding could be a memorable moment, even when the professional photographer is not around. The couple encouraged guests to download the mobile Wedding Party app and share photos of the big day within their specific section.

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brown bow tie, because like he said, “Bow ties are cool.” Reception: Yard games were played, cocktails consumed and hors d’oeuvres immediately followed the 3 p.m. ceremony. The main reception continued well into the night. With the high ceilings and large dance floor, the

inside of the ceremony venue was transformed into a home of memory making. “My biggest fear was to have an empty dance floor, and it was packed the entire night with friends and family!” Angela said. “A doughnut bar, photo booth and home-brewed IPA beer we called ‘Tandem’ made the night quite a party!” Catering: Angela and Casey hired Catering Connection after tasting their

Take it from them The couple shared that one of the most important aspects of making the wedding unique is to not worry what others will think. “Everyone has this jaded image of what a wedding should be, when in reality it can be whatever you want it to be,” Angela said. “If you don’t want to wear white, don’t. And, if you want a doughnut bar instead of cake … feed everyone doughnuts!” They also recommended avoiding potential price-altering labels. “Be thrifty and avoid anything with “wedding” in it. Vendors double the price on the most basic of goods just to make a profit from it being a weddingspecific item.”

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appy new year! As the clock struck 12, it rang in not just 2014 and resolutions, but the first day of marriage for newlyweds Jeff Ackley, 30, and Jaimie Miller-Ackley, 26. With party hats and horns, friends and family gathered at the couple’s wedding reception on Des Moines’ south side to celebrate the festive occasion surrounded by glittering gold, black, romantic red and shimmering silver. New Year’s Eve for Jeff and Jamie is not just an excuse to drink champagne and hit the town. It has served as the date for important relationship milestones. Jeff met Jaimie when he saw her dancing, by herself, at People’s (now the Venue) on the eve of 2009. He was out with the guys; she with the girls. They exchanged numbers and the next morning Jeff texted her. Fast forward to New Year’s Eve 2013. They were at Wooly’s and Jeff proposed. Her answer? Yes! After their one-month wedding anniversary, the couple spoke about how their big day flew by after a yearlong engagement.

Big helpers: The Ackleys had a sizable wedding (15 groomsmen and bridesmaids total), but they also had many helpers who volunteered in big ways. This helped them stick with their budgetconscious approach while still ensuring that it reflected their classy personal style. “We picked our wedding party based on the people who make us

New Year’s Eve is a special night for the couple, so they decided to make it their wedding day. The two got married on Dec. 31 at St. Augustin’s Church before heading to the south side for a large wedding reception/New Year’s Eve celebration. CARRIE MCCOLLUM/PHOTOS SPECIAL TO JUICE Wednesday, February 12, 2014 41 better people,” Jaimie said. “There was a ton of helpers; they were there the entire time.” Planning to perfection: Website: Jeff, a software developer, created a website (http://miller-ackley .com) where guests could see location maps, hotel information, meet the wedding party and view photos. Decor: Jeff and Jaimie spent lots of time sourcing decorations using Amazonand Craigslist. Both the ceremony and reception venues still had holiday decorations up, which only added to the ambiance. Invitations: Jaimie’s family designed, printed and distributed them. The look: Stylist: Lindsey Mollenhauer, hairstylist, worked her magic with hair and fresh-faced makeup. 120 Fifth St., West Des Moines; Wedding and bridesmaid dresses: Jaimie went to David’s for a big sale about three weeks after she got engaged. Her sparkling, capped-sleeve gown was the third one she tried on. 8801 University Ave., Clive; 515-440-6003; Tuxedos: Jeff stood at the alter in a classic styled Men’s Wearhouse black tuxedo and silver bowtie. 1540 Valley West Drive, West Des Moines; 515-327-1009; menswear Photography: Independent photographer Carrie McCollum started snapping photos of the entourage before the ceremony and followed them to the Iowa Capitol building for group shots and then on to the party. 515-257-1382;

Lincoln Dix, compiled the wedding footage into a magnificent montage. Transportation: Vivacious and funloving, Jamie and Jeff forwent the limo for an Urge Party Bus. The green glowing bus whisked the happy couple and company to the reception. 515-966-4747;

Ceremony: Church: The evening Catholic ceremony was held at the couple’s church, Saint Augustin. 545 42nd St.; 515-255-1175; staugustin .org Rings: Jeff and Jaimie relied on Christopher’s Fine Jewelry and Greenberg’s Jewelers to create the ravishing wedding bands. Christopher’s Fine Jewelry: 3427 Merle Hay Road; 515-251-4031; Greenberg’s Jewelers: 101 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines; 515-222-2612; Flowers: Hy-Vee Floral created the ravishing red rose beauty that was Jaimie’s bouquet with matching boutonnieres for the men. Music: Friends flooded the church with angelic audio. Meredith Sillau sang while pianist Timothy Schultz serenaded the wedding party down the aisle to traditional tunes. Videography: The couple’s friend,

Reception Venue: Izaak Walton League was an all-in-one venue. It represented Jeff’s south side of Des Moines roots and it was large enough for their 200 guests. The venue also has in-house catering; the night’s menu featured chicken, roast beef, Italian pasta and garlic mashed potatoes. The bar was flowing — provided through the venue — with hosted wine, beer and champagne. Mixed drinks were available for purchase. 4343 George Flagg Parkway; 515-244-3773; Music: Elegant Entertainment brought the turntable to mix melodious beats all night long. “The reception was basically like a YPC dance party!” Jeff said. The couple gave the DJ a schedule for the night and he worked with them. Classic rock was the main genre of the evening. Jaimie said they love to dance and wanted to make sure everyone else felt comfortable doing so. “We did all of those dorky dances and activities that everyone hates but actually loves.”

515-963-3999; d Photo booth: Ryan Leafgreen Photography’s photo booth was a hilarious hit. Guests could pose with fun, silly props. For each string of photos, one set went in the guest book and the other went home with the guest. 515-984-0514; Cake: Jaimie’s stepmother crafted the cream, tiered cake banded with jewels and topped with rose petals. Take it from them Jeff and Jaimie were ecstatic that the day went smoothly; there were no major glitches, guests left happy and they were finally married! “If there is one thing I would have had, it would have been a personal attendant,” Jaimie said. “Involve someone who isn’t immediate family and not in the wedding party — a cousin, a friend. They’ll be so honored.” “I wouldn’t have changed a thing,” Jeff said. “Except if I could have slowed down time, I would have.” The couple did not hire an event planner, but definitely would have considered one if they had a short engagement period. “If your wife-to-be isn’t an event planner, definitely hire one,” Jeff said. Jaimie’s parting advice was simple: “At the end of the day, it is one day, but it’s a big day. Stick with what you know.”

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What not to play at your wedding IF YOU GO TO A LOT OF WEDDINGS, YOU’LL HEAR THE SAME SONGS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. BUT SOME STAND OUT AS BEING KIND OF ODD PICKS FOR A ROMANTIC CEREMONY. HERE ARE FIVE SONGS THAT SOUND ROMANTIC, BUT THEY REALLY AREN’T. TELL YOUR DJ TO CROSS THEM OFF THE RECEPTION PLAYLIST. — JOE LAWLER “I Will Always Love You,” Dolly Parton or Whitney Houston: This is a great love song, but it’s not about a romance that ends well. “If I should stay I would only be in your way,” “Bittersweet memories, that is all I’m taking with me,” “I hope you have all you’ve dreamed of and I wish you joy and happiness.” This song is basically one big “I love you, but I’m not in love with you.”

“Every Breath You Take,” The Police: It’s pretty well-known at this point that this isn’t a love song, it’s a creepy stalking song. Sting has gone on record that it’s “sinister and ugly” and that people have misinterpreted it as a love song. Despite all this, it still gets played.

“Marry You,” Bruno Mars: This song feels like it was made for getting played at weddings, but if you pay attention to the lyrics it seems like this marriage might be troubled. “Who cares if we’re trashed,” “We’re looking for something dumb to do,” “If we wake up and you wanna break up, that’s cool.” How romantic.

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“Maggie May,” Rod Stewart: It sounds sweet and innocent enough, but Rod’s relationship with Maggie is a little weird. The lyrics tell the story of a student (let’s pretend it’s college to negate the creepiness a bit) who is lured away from home by an older woman who was seemingly in some kind of power position (”All I need was a friend to lend a guiding hand, but you turned into a lover ...”). It’s basically Mary Kay Letourneau: The Song.

“Hallelujah,” Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley or John Cale: This has become more popular over the years, and while it’s a great song, it tells a pretty bitter story. “Love is not a victory march, it’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah,” “All I’ve ever learned from love was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you,” “And even though it all went wrong ...” Was someone expecting Leonard Cohen to write a happy song?

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Natural Bride: This look is perfect for the bride who really doesn’t wear makeup much, maybe at all! The eyes are kept soft with warm browns and champagnes. The lips are a natural nude shade. ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/JUICE PHOTOS

Evening Bride: Evening brides can turn up the drama. The eyes are deepened with a dark espresso shade, cat eye liner, liner in the inner rim and false lashes. The lips are brought up to a medium berry tone.

Girly Glamour Bride: If you rock a bold lip on the daily, don’t skimp on your big day! This look is great for the girly girls who want to show their personality.

DON’T On your big day, make sure to follow these tips for a flawless look: DO » Schedule a makeup trial prior to the big day. This should be a must, not an option, unless your makeup artist is your best friend and knows you better than anyone. But even then, you still should. You will want to make sure you and the makeup artist are on the same page. A dark brown smoky eye could mean something entirely different to you than it does to your artist. » Utilize Pinterest and even photos from weddings you’ve attended where you thought the bride looked especially stunning. For makeup artists, who are visual people to begin with, photos are a wonderful resource and tell us exactly what you’re attracted to.

» Don’t apply sunscreen prior to your makeup application. You may have heard this before but the sunscreen can reflect a camera’s flash back, causing your face to look white. It isn’t as much of issue with professional photography but camera phones will pick it up. » Don’t request a look too similar to your everyday look. This is the day of all days! Natural is fine, but you’re going to wear more makeup than usual and that is OK. » Don’t get a peel, spray tan, waxing or threading less than three days prior to your wedding day. If you haven’t ever had a spray tan or waxed, do a trial run for this too. Don’t wait until three days before the big day to get your eyebrows waxed if you never have as some people can be sensitive to the wax.

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» Don’t do a bright red lip unless this is your go-to look. This is not the day to go big and bold or trendy. » Don’t be afraid to venture outside the french manicure.

» Discuss what look you’d like for your bridesmaids’ makeup. I know it sounds like you’re being a control freak, but if you let everyone choose for themselves, you could end up with one bridesmaid rocking a super smoky eye and another with a bold red lip. In photos, it can look inconsistent and like everyone is attending a different wedding.

» Don’t do a thick line of liner. I can’t really think of any instance that thick liner looks soft and romantic.

» Ask for lip liner under your lipstick or gloss, even if you never wear it and think it’s from 1985. Lip liner will give your lip color something to anchor to, ensuring it will wear much longer. Make sure to fill in your entire mouth, not just the outside edge.

» Don’t ask your makeup artist to cover tattoos for anyone but you. I hear it a lot. “My grandma won’t like it,” or “I don’t want my mother-in-law to see them.” If your tattoos bother you in your wedding gown, cover them. But only for you.

» Ask your makeup artist for a little lipstick and maybe a little concealer to touch up with throughout the day. Most makeup artists will want their masterpiece to look perfect all day so they’ll be happy to send you with some of the lip color or a dab of concealer if you need to touch up.

» Don’t choose a look with harsh, severe lines, including overarched brows or sharp angles.

» Pack some blotting sheets in your bag and utilize for touch-ups rather than layering on powder. » Consider a teeth whitening session the week of your wedding. 44 Wednesday, February 12, 2014

» Don’t skip a setting spray.

» Don’t glitter yourself. A light shimmering powder can highlight collar bones and shoulders subtly, but no glitter should be present on the bride. Ivy Boyd is a makeup artist and beauty blogger at Wake Up for Makeup.

20 CENTRAL IOWA VENUES SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT PLACE TO CELEBRATE YOUR WEDDED BLISS? HERE’S A FEW PLACES TO START SHOPPING FOR A VENUE. — KELLY ROBERSON AND JUICE STAFF The Capitol Room Where: 315 E. Fifth St. About the venue: Large, elegant reception hall in the shadow of the Iowa Capitol. Capacity: 275 for a seated dinner, 421 maximum standing. Booking: Reservations are made with half the rental fee. Catering and alcohol: You can use the caterer of your choice as long as they are licensed and insured in the state of Iowa. Cash and open bar options are available. Rental fee includes unlimited soft drinks, two bartenders and the tables and chairs. Cost: $2,100 Friday and Saturday, $1,200 Monday through Thursday

Info: thecapitolroom, capitoliowa .com Des Moines Art Center Where: 4700 Grand Ave. About the venue: Works by world-renowned artists fill the museum walls and well-manicured grounds offer pretty photo spots. The Art Center does not hold wedding ceremonies, only wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and engagement parties. Capacity: Lobby accommodates 125 for a sit-down dinner, 175 to 200 for standing reception. The restaurant holds 50-60 for a sit-down dinner. Booking:

Best to secure a reservation six months to one year in advance. Catering and alcohol: Handled by Baru at the Art Center. Cost: $2,250 for the lobby and reflecting pool, auditorium $400, restaurant and reflecting pool $1,000 and $3,000 for the entire museum. The entire fee is paid when the space is booked. A deposit is required for food and beverage. Contact: Debra Kurtz, 271-0336, dkurtz, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Where: 909 Robert D. Ray

Drive About the venue: Lush plants fill the garden year-round. Capacity: The dome seats 75 for a ceremony and 40 for dinner and can hold 220 for a stand-up ceremony in the dome and for dinner receptions in the DuPont Room. Booking: Accepting reservations for 2014 and 2015. Catering: Gateway Market, Embassy Club and Private Client Catering are the exclusive caterers; Private Client Catering is the exclusive provider of alcohol. Cost: Packages up to $3,000 with half due at the time of booking. Info: Chase Clausen, 323-6290,

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El Palacio Where: 9800 Hickman Road, Clive About the venue: A venue for cultural and corporate events and celebrations of all kinds Capacity: 230 Booking: Dates currently being accepted into 2015. Catering and alcohol: Guests may use any caterer and have access to a full kitchen. Alcohol must be purchased through El Palacio. Info: Alma Angelica, 515-210-4230;

Where: Top of the Ruan Center, Seventh Street and Grand Avenue. About the venue: Banquet room on the 34th floor offers spectacular views of the city. Booking: Dates are still available for 2014, now booking for 2015. Capacity: 450 for a seated meal, many more for cocktail receptions. Catering and alcohol: Club handles catering and beverages. Info: Kristy Maras: k.maras@embassy, 515-245-3759, or Diane Larson: d.larson@, 515-245-3763.

Embassy Club West Where: 520 Market St., West Des Moines About the venue: Enjoy a

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Accepting dates for 2014 and 2015. Catering and Alcohol: Embassy Club West will handle all catering accommodations and beverages. Info: Contact Natalie Lancial at or 515-457-8993, ext 508.



Fourth Street Theatre Where: 214 Fourth St. About the venue: The theater space is used for many special occasions, meetings and live entertainment. Capacity: 100-150 Booking: Prefer at least one month in advance Catering and alcohol: All handled through Java Joe’s. Cost: $145 for four hours, but rates vary depending on food and drink purchase. Contact: 515-2885282, Amy Bherm, amy@4th Gortz Haus Gallery

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Where: 408 E. First St., Grimes About the venue: A historic church that has been converted into a restaurant and gallery. Capacity: 180 for a wedding ceremony, 125 for a reception with dinner. Booking: Dates still available in 2014 and booking for 2015. Catering and alcohol: Gortz Haus is the

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exclusive caterer and can provide beer and wine for receptions. Info: Betty Gortz-Odgaard, 515-9863340, betty@gortzhaus, or go to Hoyt Sherman Place Where: 1501 Woodland Ave. Capacity: 175 for ceremonies, 150 for receptions. Booking: Availability varies. Catering and alcohol: The venue provides a list of preferred caterers, and alcohol is provided through Hoyt Sherman Place. Cost: Packages range from $1,700-$3,000. A 25 percent deposit is due at time of signing, with the balance due two weeks prior to the event. Info: Candace Revita, 515-244-0507, ext. 204, Jasper Winery Where: 2400 George Flagg Parkway About the

venue: An “estate� style winery in the heart of the Des Moines metro. Capacity: Up to 150 people seated inside; up to 180 people cocktail-style inside; maximum of 250 guests if using both indoor and outdoor spaces Booking: Accepting reservations for Fridays in 2014 and most weekends in 2015. Catering and alcohol: Any licensed caterer is allowed. The winery handles all beer and wine sales. Cost: $2,700 for more than 100 people, $2,200 for fewer than 100. A 50 percent deposit is due at the booking, with the remainder due before the wedding. Info: Katie Bradshaw, 515-2829463, katie@jasperwinery .com, Jester Park Lodge Where: 11121 N.W. Jester Park Drive, Granger About the venue: A waterfront wedding spot on Saylorville Lake. Capacity: 250


Booking: Currently booking into 2015. Catering and alcohol: Both are handled by Christiani’s Catering. Cost: Mid-May through midOctober fees start at $1,000. Mid-October through mid-May fees start at $575 with additional costs starting at $17 per person. Info: 515-287-3169, jester Reiman Gardens Where: 1407 University Blvd., Ames. About the venue: Year-round facility with gardens, conservatory and butterfly house. Capacity: 75-250 depending on the area. Booking: Generally 12 months in advance. Catering and alcohol: A list of preferred vendors Cost: Prices range from $500-$3,200 depending on the area of the gardens needed. For the smaller size, a $150 deposit and half the rental fee is due at booking. For the


!      !        larger package a deposit of $500 and half the rental fee is due at booking. Info: Lee Chapman, 515-294-8994 or; Salisbury House Where: 4025 Tonawanda Drive. About the venue: Estate is fashioned after a mansion in Salisbury, England Capacity: Between 100 and 300 guests, depending on if you need outdoor space. Booking: Generally six months to a year from the event date. Catering and alcohol: There are five approved caterers with $500 fee to use an approved alternative caterer. All alcohol must be provided by the caterer with $750 security deposit required at booking when alcohol is served. Keg beer and red wine are not allowed without permission. Cost: $3,500-$6,500 for Saturdays and Sundays April 1-Oct. 31, $1,500-$4,100 Nov. 1-March 31. Half the cost is due at time of booking. Events on holiday weekends are $500 extra. Info:

Bonnie Bronson 515-274-1777; Sticks Studio Where: 3631 S.W. 61st St. About the venue: Full wall of windows in the secluded workspace of the studio artists. Capacity: Up to 400 guests for a sit-down dinner or 480 for a standing reception. Booking: Now booking for 2014 and 2015. Catering and alcohol: Contact for approved caterers, non-preferred caterers allowed for additional fee. Liquor must be served by a qualified vendor, beer and wine can be brought in by client. Cost: $1,000-$4,000. Half is due to reserve the date and final payment is due two weeks prior to event. Info: Anthony Marinaro,; 515-710-6658. Summerset Winery Where: 15101 Fairfax St., Indianola About the venue: A winery in rural Indianola with scenic outdoor spaces. Capacity: A small banquet rooms seats 100, large banquet room seats 270.

Booking: Some 2014 dates available, but 2015 is already being booked. Catering and alcohol: Alcohol must be bought through the winery. Guests may bring in their own caterer. Cost: $1,875 for reception only, $2,375 for ceremony and reception. Info: Kristin McClarnon, 515-961-3545; Temple for Performing Arts Where: 1011 Locust St. About the venue: A 1913 Masonic temple. Capacity: Grand Hall seats 350, recital hall accommodates 200. Booking: Generally 12-16 months in advance. Catering and alcohol: Catering DSM handles all catering and alcohol. Cost: $4,000-$6,500 Info: Mallory Huff, 515-508-0829, info; temple Val Air Ballroom Where: 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines About the venue: So big your extended-extended family will be able to fit.

Capacity: 2,650. Booking: Normally five to six months in advance. Catering and alcohol: Any caterer is allowed; beer, wine and alcohol must be purchased through Val Air. Cost: $3,000 for the entire day. Info: 515-223-6152; West End Architectural Salvage Where: 22 Ninth St. About the venue: Warehouse space is a treasure trove of antiques and historic building pieces. Capacity: More than 400 Booking: Varies by season. Catering and alcohol: Any caterer allowed, alcohol must be purchased through West End. Cost: $1,200-$2,800. Half is due at time of booking, the other half by end of event. Info: Don Short, 515-243-4405; The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Where: 100 Locust St. About the venue: Beautifully renovated with more than $30 million dollars

worth of work. Capacity: 220 in the Borlaug Ballroom, 80-90 in the rotunda, 160 in the Ruan Laureate Room, 250 in the gardens, 400-500 on the Riverwalk. Booking: Some dates available for 2014, select dates booked for 2015. Catering: Vendors are the downtown Marriott, Windsor Catering and the Des Moines Embassy Club. Cost: Contact for pricing. Info: Nicole Barreca, 515-245-3735; nbarreca@world Zart 1312 Where: 1312 Locust St. About the venue: A downtown space on the National Historic Registry. Capacity: 760 standing, 400 seated. Booking: A year to a year and a half in advance. Catering and alcohol: Any providers must be approved by the venue. Cost: $1,900. Half due at signing with the remainder due 120 days before the event. Info: Maribeth, 515-465-0498;




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2014 Juice Wedding Guide  

Everything you need to start planning your perfect wedding in central Iowa.

2014 Juice Wedding Guide  

Everything you need to start planning your perfect wedding in central Iowa.