IT'S MY BIG DAY MOLLIE + COLBY KRISTIN + SPENCER
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6-11 EDITORS' LETTER
The holidays are just around the corner! We hope you find time to relax in-between family gatherings and holiday shopping. Who knows, maybe there will be a proposal in your future?! We know that the cooler temps bring on holiday engagements, so CONGRATS in advance! This issue is bigger so there is even more to be inspired by! We're so excited for you to see our real wedding features, but first, we have a gorgeous, winter blue styled shoot. Mostly Becky pulled vendors from Eastern to Central Iowa and the result is one-of-a-kind. One of our favorite elements of this styled shoot is Little Blackbird Bakery's water cake. We've never seen anything like it! See pages 6–11. Next, it's everyone's favorite section, "It's My Big Day," where we feature real Iowa weddings. We start with middle school sweethearts Mollie + Colby who after several years apart found each other and rekindled the flame. Their rustic, vintage wedding at Sherwood Forest Event Center felt warm and inviting. Kara Vorwald Photography captured the personalities of the couple perfectly. Featured on pages 21–27.
ST Y L E D S H O OT: SOMETHING BLUE
14-19 V E N D O R S P OT L I G H TS : ROLLINS MANSION, I N K & O A K C A L L I G R A P H Y, H A R P O R S V I N E YA R D
21-27 I T ' S M Y B I G D AY : MOLLIE + COLBY
30-35 I T ' S M Y B I G D AY : KRISTIN + SPENCER
Finally, we close the magazine with an unforgettable New Year's Eve celebration with Kristin + Spencer's I-Do's at Curate. We are huge fans of NYE weddings, because why not make your wedding a huge party?! See pages 30–35. And remember HeartlandWeddingIdeas.com is an excellent resource for planning your big day. Check out our Vendor Lust pages for the best professionals in the wedding industry. Enjoy the issue!
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ITâ€™S MY DAY
MOLLIE + COLBY
MOLLIE + COLBY
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So. Two people walked into a bar. Stop us if you’ve heard this one. But no joke, Mollie and Colby couldn’t believe their eye when they ran into each other at The Ridgemont in Windsor Heights, IA. They dated back in middle school, and like most middle school relationships, it just wasn’t meant to be. The two seemed destined for different paths, Mollie moved to Iowa City and Colby to Las Vegas. But the stars aligned when they were back in Des Moines. At the time, they were too shocked by seeing each other after all these years. However, after telling friends about this random run-in, their friends could tell where the story was headed. Mollie’s grandmother decided to gift each granddaughter a diamond from her ring. “I was the only granddaughter left unmarried,” Mollie told us, “so I asked my grandmother if we could use it for an engagement ring — of course, she said yes!” The engagement ring sat patiently in the closet for 3 months and during a 4th of July celebration, Colby got down on one knee and asked. Yes, there were fireworks! The venue was a no-brainer. Since their relationship started at the Ridgemont, it only felt right to have their wedding close to where it all started. The owners of the HEART LANDWEDDINGIDEAS.COM
Ridgemont, Sean and Dory opened a wedding venue, Sherwood Forest Event Center, so it was the perfect spot for them to tie the knot. They were there every step of the way to help the couple transform the space into everything they envisioned. The couple had a lot of fun during the planning process and as Mollie and Colby searched for the perfect photographer, they found Kara as they were scrolling through Instagram. They fell in love with her eye for capturing every moment. Kara spent time with the couple to get to know them, making it easy for her to know exactly how to shoot their day. The one thing that Mollie knew would be tough, was not having her father there to walk her down the aisle. She had dreamt of it all her life, but her family lost him over twelve years ago. She never realized how hard it would be without him. Her friends Russ and Lanette had created a pendant with a picture of him and attached it to her bouquet. It was such a special touch that her friends went out of their way to do. It made her so happy that her father was a part of her memorable day.
We love seeing how brides honor their family!
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Photographer: Kara Vorwald Photography | Venue: Sherwood Forest Event Center Shower Venue West End Architectural Salvage | Catering Taco Bar: El Barco / Charcuterie Board: Berry & Brie (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Jam on Charcuterie: Eggs & Jam West Des Moines | Cake HyVee (Windsor Heights) | Floral HyVee (Windsor Heights) | Hair & Makeup Salon TEC (Rona Jacobs) | Wedding Dress Stacey’s Bridal | Menswear Men’s Wearhouse | Ceremony & Reception Music Elegant Entertainment
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KRISTIN + SPENCER
NEW YEAR’S EVE WEDDING
You know we love a good party! Kristin and Spencer did it right with a New Year’s Eve wedding! Most weddings are winding down come at 11 pm, maybe not even making it till midnight, but that was just when this party started hopping. They, of course, had a big NYE countdown and surprised guests with confetti poppers. And the dueling pianos kept the guests dancing and laughing all night long. 30
These shoes are New Year's Eve GLAM
It was essential to the couple to have
details was the cake topper from Kristin’s
their friends and family involvement
grandparent’s wedding, 69 years ago!
throughout the wedding planning, making memories along the way, and having them feel like they were a part of the big day.
So many people were there to help with their fantastic day. Kristin’s dad was adamant they find the right music to rock the night away. So he searched and
Kristin included two pins on her bouquet,
found Black and Whyte Dueling Pianos
one from each grandmother, to be with
out of Minneapolis. They were a huge hit
her as she walked down the aisle.
and worth the extra hunt for the perfect
Her grandmother Rose’s brooch was her
wedding entertainment. Kristin’s sister
“something blue” too. For the rehearsal
helped with all the décor and stationery
dinner, Kristin added lace from her
details (we love great paper products!),
mom’s wedding dress to hers to make
everything from drink cards to invites,
it extra special. And one of our favorite
to custom acrylic signs. And what’s a
wedding without a signature cocktail?!
created by Shelly Sarver Designs, so you
So the couple’s family friend Charles
know there were beautiful bursts of reds,
Ryherd (also from Clyde’s Fine Diner,
purples, and greenery throughout the
in the East Village) with his homemade
ceremony and reception. And it was all
bitters was mixing up Spencer’s favorite,
framed up by the space of Curate with
Old Fashions and champagne cocktails
delicious bites from Taste! To Go and
The Bake Shoppe.
Kristin and Spencer’s wedding pros
What a day, night and celebration!
made sure every detail was in place. Gina
We adore having a New Year’s Eve
Cramer of Make It Happen Events was
extravaganza to celebrate two people’s
there every step of the way. She made
love. Now that New Year’s Eve kiss each
sure everything was on track, from décor
year will mean even more to Kristin and
to food tasting to tiny details. Floral was
Confetti poppers to kick-off the day's festivities are a must on NYE!
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The bride's dad (and Sprayer Specialties) built a greenery wall and constructed custom acrylic flower holders.
WE LOVE that they incorporated Kristinâ€™s grandparentâ€™s cake-topper from 69 years ago!
Dueling Pianos will have your guests dancing all night long, we highly recommend!
VENDOR LUST // Find all the pros we're LUSTING after. PREMIER HEARTLAND WEDDING IDEAS VENDOR:
Wedding Planner: Make It Happen Events | Floral: Shelly Sarver Florals Photographer Annieâ€™s Easel | Ceremony Venue St. Joseph Chapel at Dowling Catholic | Reception Venue Curate | Caterer Taste! To Go | Cake The Bake Shoppe | Hair Blush Salon (Courtney Goodrich) | Makeup Vanity and Glamour Wedding Dress Modern Dress, Badgley Mischka | Menswear The Black Tux | Stationery & Calligraphy Kimberly Killian (Bride's Sister) | Entertainment Black and Whyte Dueling Pianos (Minneapolis) | Linens Beyond Elegance | Transportation NPI Limo Service | Wedding Ring Blue Nile | Health & Fitness Power Life Yoga Barre Fitness
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