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ARTISAN FLORAL AND EVENTS by Saley


To the bride and groom, Here’s to your new life together! Since the most fun and memorable weddings are those that truly reflect your personalities, we’ve gathered the best of everything with you in mind. Anticipation often follows the excitement of the engagement, and we have everything you need for planning your special day. Let us help you celebrate your love in style with the newest wedding themes and trends. We’ve filled this 2017 issue of YOUR WEDDING— Iowa with photos that share special moments from many of the most memorable weddings from around our home state of Iowa. On the following pages discover the best sources for what’s hot now—rings, gowns, colors, cakes, flowers, favors and photos. We’ve featured dozens of experts who can show you hundreds of fresh new ways to personalize everything for this perfect day—from the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony, reception and long-awaited honeymoon. Whether you’re planning a large wedding for many guests or an intimate gathering for a few close friends and relatives—it’s all here at your fingertips. Within the pages of this must-have shopping and planning guide for brides, be inspired by these trusted local professionals as you dream of your new life together. Best of all, they’re only a phone call away! Wishing you years of love, laughter and memories to last a lifetime,

Sandy Davis P.S. Visit us on the web at

www.yourweddingiowa.com

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flowers

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event planning & invitations

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cakes

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jewelry & gifts

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music

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photography

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photo booths

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videography

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venues & catering

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decorating

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health & beauty

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honeymoons & transportation

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directory

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wedding planner

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our Real Weddings sprinkled throughout the magazine!

On the Cover DeJong Photography

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P.O. Box 71531 • Des Moines, IA 50325 • 515.225

This handy reference and resource guide is offered as a free gift to brides in the Des Moines 16,000 and surrounding communities by our participating wedding professionals. It’s full of creative ideas to help you plan all the details of your wedding celebration. These local wedding professionals are experts in their field, and they are eager to assist you in making your special day perfect. All the photos used in this issue are of Iowa vendors work and taken by Iowa photographers. Please mention this planner and you will be sure to receive the special attention you deserve. PUBLISHER Sandy Davis DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Jennie Tischler Marlena Estes CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Becky Johnston Connie Galbraith Shanley K. Rhodes Dawn Bormann Holly Jenks 6

For advertising information Contact us at: Rosewood Marketing Group, Inc. PO Box 71531 | Des Moines, IA 50325 515.225.6080 | info@yourweddingiowa.com www.yourweddingiowa.com © 2017 Rosewood Marketing Group, Inc. Reproduction of copy or artwork without permission is strictly prohibited. Ad content is not the responsibility of Your Wedding Iowa Magazine. Printed in USA. Photo: El Photography


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Affinity Bridals • The Backroom Clothing.• Berardi Bros • Bliss Bridal and Formalwear. Bridal Boutique East Village • The Bridal Connection Bridal Elegance • Dornink Impress Bridal • Men’s Wearhouse • Milroy’s Tuxedos • Modern Dress • Perry Bridal Schaffer’s • Stacey’s • Transformations by Kerri

Create your signature style

Blind

Buying the dress tends to be the first major wedding purchase. Try these priceless tips on keeping your budget tight but your eyes wide open when shopping for your wedding dress. • Stay clear of merchants that don’t have a permanent local address and phone number. You may never see your dress after the initial deposit is cashed. • Try your dress on in front of a full length, threeway mirror with the correct shoes. If you buy the dress in the wrong size or shape, alterations could end up costing more that the dress! • Ask your local salon about “safe bridal bargains” available at their store. Many times it is possible to buy sample gowns off the rack at the sale price.

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Brian Garman .

What goes under What you wear under your wedding gown is just as important as your dress. Properly fitting lingerie will help you feel and look great all day long. Once you’ve found the 10

Jennifer Wiemen perfect gown, it’s important to visit a reputable lingerie shop with trained staff who can correctly determine the right undergarments for your particular style of dress. If you can, bring a photo of your wedding dress with you. Purchase intimate apparel before your first fitting so you can wear it when it’s time to try on and alter your dress. Take advantage of this special time in your life to take a look at some non-essential items as well. Bra and panty sets, nightgowns, and camisoles can make you feel beautiful and sensuous. What better time is there for you to splurge on yourself than now? Many lingerie shops now offer gift registries. Take advantage of this and let your friends and relatives know you’re registered. They’ll enjoy buying you these items as much as you’ll enjoy receiving them!

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Modern Dress

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GET TO KNOW

Milroy's TUXEDOS

Providing Brides and Grooms with the Best Fashion Choices is Our Number One Goal! Listening to many brides and grooms in the past year they are united in one request . . . Fit is It. Milroy’s already has one of the largest selections of Modern and Slim Fit tuxedos and suits, and we have added eight new Modern and Slim fashions for 2017. But, nothing detracts from a well-fitted outfit more than baggy pants. So, we made a huge commitment to you and brought in more than 8,000 Modern and Slim Fit pants to match our most popular formal wear colors – light, medium and charcoal grey shades, navy, tan, and of course, black. We also know that having just the right color is important, and Milroy’s has also been the leader in color for years. We offer hundreds of colors and styles of vests, ties, and suspenders to match bridesmaids, and wedding dresses. And, if we do not have it, we will make every attempt to buy it! To finish off his outfit in style, Milroy’s was the first to bring in the new comfortable shoe styles and colors – light and dark grey, chestnut brown, dark brown, and black. Milroy’s Tuxedos has the fashions you are looking for. We always have everything on display in our Des Moines location at 3839 Merle Hay Road, and in our Ames store in the North Grand Mall. We invite you to visit us and see the real difference when you rent from the fashion leader in formal wear – Milroy’s Tuxedos. 12

“Wanted to make sure I took the time to write Milroy’s a 5-star review! We used them for our wedding party (Sept 10th wedding). From our first visit, we had great customer service. Like many others we had visited several stores in the area, and Milroy’s was the best in terms of suit selection, price, and customer service. They were very helpful as we juggled some out-of-town groomsmen, and were able to handle my change in shirt color with no problems. Thanks, Milroy’s!”

515-270-2460 | www.milroystuxedos.com

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Perry Bridal WEDDING DRESSES

Perry Bridal is trusted in the bridal industry. We began our renowned customer service in 1985. Today, Perry Bridal offers stylish inventory and the same attention to detail you’ve heard about. We aren’t new. Our owner has been with us for over 25 years! We’re not in Perry, even though it’s in the name. Visit us in Valley Junction to see what’s in store for you!

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“ Where Brides are designed to Impress!”

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ALERT Buyer Beware! Don’t get scammed by counterfeit wedding gown retailers online. Know the facts prior to making the most important fashion decision of your life. Always visit your favorite bridal designer’s website for a list of authorized retailers.

Here are the Facts:

If the price seems too good to be true, then it is.

Online retailers might show you the same images you see on the designer’s website, but more often than not, these photographs are being used without permission, and you will not be receiving the same dress. If you receive the dress, it may be a cheap knockoff version of the gown you fell in love with.

Think stiff, itchy fabrics, uneven seams, discoloration, and unflattering cuts. Always check the designer’s website before making a purchase.

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If you have a problem with the gown, you’re on your own.

Counterfeit gowns often arrive in wrong sizes and lengths. If it’s even possible to alter the gown, the costs can often exceed the purchase price, negating any discount you received by ordering the gown online. What money back guarantee?

Often, counterfeiters promise a money back guarantee. However, you likely won’t be able to find any contact information on their website. No contact = no money back.

For more information go to bridalbeware.com

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In Love With You

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Skeffington's FORMAL WEAR

Tuxedo or suit…It’s All About You.

When only the best will do... Thank you for making Skeffington’s Formal Wear a 60 + year family tradition of dependability, excellence, and service. Since 1951 Skeffington’s Formal Wear has been the name synonymous with service, style and selction. We are so much much more than tuxedo rentals. We offer the only local wear house in Des Moines with the capability of taking care of your last minute needs.

“Great place to go for your tuxedo rental. They are fast and easy to work with. We had absolutely NO problems with fitting or actually picking up the tuxedos! I would recommend them to anyone! Our bridal party looked amazing.”

With over 40 style of tuxedos and suits, Skeffingon’s Formal Wear has a fit and style for every body type. Standard, modern or slim fit, we have a look for everyone. Rent it or buy it. It’s all about your style and your wedding day. We not only carry the styles you love but, we only carry products we would be proud to wear ourselves. Stop in and visit us today so that we may extend our promise of “Worry Free Elegance”.

Des Moines: 515-283-0453 | West Des Moines: 515-224-2942 Ankeny: 515-964-3490 | Coralville: 319-625-2218 Davenport: 563-386-4010 www.skeffingtons.com

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FREE GROOM’S TUX + $50 OFF ALL OTHER RENTALS + $100 SKEFFBUCKS TOWARDS OTHER RENTAL ITEMS

Valid with 6 or more paid rentals. Offer available at 5 convenient locations. Not Valid with other offers.

Des Moines 515-283-0453 West DM 515-224-2942 Ankeny 515-964-3490 Davenport 563-386-4010 Coralville 319-625-2218 WWW.SKEFFINGTONS.COM

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WEDDING SAVINGS


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ENTRANCING ENGAGEMENTS

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Your Wedding Professionals

Artisan Floral and Events • Boesen the Florist Our Forever Promise Wedding • Something Chic Floral

Blind

Romance in bloom

Flowers

The ideal floral arrangements will make a colorful, lasting impression in all the areas you want decorated for your wedding, from pew bows to the bouquets, to the reception centerpieces and even the cake. Trends include adding unexpected flowers into your bouquet like succulents, simple but stunning centerpieces, and bright, bold colors. Be sure to ask your potential florist to show you samples of their previous wedding arrangements. Don’t hesitate to ask for references regarding past service in timeliness of delivery and set-up on the day of the wedding. By making detailed arrangements in advance, love blooms best!

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ARTISAN FLORAL AND EVENTS

by Saley

Extraordinary floral and event production transforming your vision into unforgettable memories. One-of-a-kind florals and beautifully designed settings for memorable celebrations. Every detail is handled with exceptional care to ensure a flawless wedding day.

“Saley’s special attention to detail is what made my wedding decor so incredibly stunning. My guests were in awe and my venue had never looked so beautiful. Her staff moved arrangements from my ceremony to my reception without us even seeing them. Saley’s vision for my wedding was much more than I ever could have imagined—I highly recommend her services.” —

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Photos Courtesy of Aly Carrol, Rosa Digital Arts

Floral, Event Planning & Design 515-240-6662 | www.artisanfloralandevents.com

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Make the moment mean more.

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EVENT PLANNING & INVITATIONS

Your Wedding Professionals

Artisan Floral & Events • dSy Invitationss • Jennie Tischler • Someone Borrowed White Willow Events

RED DOOR

Event Planning & Invitations Your invitation selection lets guests into what kind of wedding you are planning. Whether it’s modern, traditional or romantic, your invitation extends a first and lasting impression of your wedding style. An event planner keeps track of your wedding plans by attending appointments, handling communications from vendors, securing deposits and contracts, arranging transportation and hotel blocks, designing timeline documents, and more. Along with expert advice, your event planner

also has a large resource of professionals to recommend and might even help negotiate better rates for you. A “day-of” coordinator calls all of your vendors during the week of the wedding to verify everything. Coordinating the rehearsal and ceremony, assisting the photographer, supervising vendors and handling any problems are all important in creating a cohesive event. Your coordinator will spend all day making sure everything about your day is as perfect as can be!

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Artisan Floral & Events 515-240-6662

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EVENT PLANNING & INVITATIONS

Program Ideas COMPLIMENTS OF DSY

BRENNA STEVEN MCCORMICK

FROST

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VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE

PARENTS OF THE BRIDE JANE & CARSON SMITH STEVE & MARY BETH MCCORMICK GRANDMOTHER OF THE BRIDE THELMA MCCORMICK PARENTS OF THE GROOM JERRY & KAREN FROST

the ladies

MATRON OF HONOR

TARA PAULSON (HONORARY SISTER)

the gents BEST MAN

DAN FROST (BRO-CHA-CHO)

BRIDESMAIDS

GROOMSMEN

DEE WALKER (LIFE BFF) JENNY PATTERSON (NEIGHBOR FOR LIFE) KAITLIN MCCORMICK (FIRST REAL SISTER)

MATT REICHERT (COLLEGE BFF) GARY REICHERT (COUSIN/BROTHER) JOE LISTERMAN (HIGH SCHOOL BFF)

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SEATING OF THE FAMILY BRIDAL PARTY HITS THE AISLE THE BRIDE ENTERS (stand and stare) WELCOME EXCHANGE OF VOWS & EXCHANGE OF RINGS LIFE CHANGING SMOOCH CHEERS FOR THE NEW MR. & MRS. FROST ADJOURN FOR THE PAR-TAY


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CAKES

Your Wedding Professionals

Brick Street Market & Cafè • Crème Cupcake • Fareway Bakery • Glorious Desserts Mahalo’s Mini Donuts • Main Street Cafè and Bakery • Mimi’s Sweet Cakes and Bakes

Let them eat cake The wedding cake is a tradition all by itself. Often, they are the focal centerpiece of the reception. Bakers are artists that can create a visual treat that is as elaborate or as traditionally simple as you choose. Your baker can help you by suggesting ideas that will draw together all of your wedding details to create a breathtaking cake. When visiting with potential bakers, take time to look through their portfolios, and share photos and ideas of cake designs you have in mind. Sampling several cake flavors may be helpful. Selecting your baker and ordering your cake several months in advance is important.

Cakes

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Fareway Bakery Wedding Cakes & Desserts West Des Moines Fareway I 515.274.9503 Pleasant Hill Fareway I 515.262.5951

2510 White Birch Dr STE 1 & 2, Ankeny, IA 50023 515.964.7141 • Whitebirchdr@outlook.com www.mainstreetcafeandbakery.com

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I C I N G O N T H E C A K E

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Life Art Photographs | Glorious Desserts

Main Street Cafe

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Black Cap Photography

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Casey + Brock Our wedding was simply a dream come true.

I have heard wedding horror stories, but ours was beyond what we could have ever imagined. Thanks to the hard working people that made it possible, our amazing vendors. We held our reception at World Food Prize. As soon as we walked in we knew it was the place for us. They did everything we asked and were very helpful. Our cake was done by Glorious Desserts and was absolutely fabulous! People still talk about how good the cake was even 6 months after. The DJ from AsEDJ did an amazing job everyone was very impressed with his MCing and everyone was on the dance floor until the very last song. I’m certain if the night kept going everyone would have stayed to dance the night away! Blind Photography was a great company to work for. They helped capture a day we will never forget. Overall, it was a day to remember and thanks to the hard work of the vendors it was truly our dream wedding.

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JEWELRY & GIFTS

Your Wedding Professionals

Bed Bath and Beyond • Bride Star Fiamma D’Amore Wedding Glass Ceremony • Younkers • Stella & Dot

The Bling!

Jewelry & Gifts

Rings have long been considered an unbroken symbol of eternal love. The gift of an engagement ring often signals the desire to begin a new journey together, followed by the exchange of wedding bands by the bride and groom in the ceremony that confirms their commitment to share their future hopes and dreams. While wedding bands are gifts shared solely by the bride and groom, beautifully wrapped gifts ranging from practical to precious selected with care by family

and friends also play an important part in launching the newlyweds into their new life together. Bridal registry makes it onestop shopping and solves the potential problem of duplicates and the hassles of returns and exchanges. Since gifts have expanded far beyond the basics of china and crystal to restaurant gift certificates, garden centers and even honeymoon accounts, online shops work with hundreds of different retailers in a single registry.

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Color Your Day Find the perfect palette

From the invitations to the cake to the flowers, your color palette can create a cohesive look to your wedding day. When picking colors, think about: 1. Your favorite color combinations! Using colors that appeal to you already will help the day feel like you. 2. The location. Having a wedding in a chic hotel? Perhaps metallics will suit the location. Going rustic in a beautiful barn? Try a more muted color palette of soft greens and pinks, like above. 3. The season. Seasons lend themselves nicely to certain colors. Rich reds, grays and dark blues scream winter while bright pinks and purples compliment a summer wedding. For inspiration, look for the color palettes featured in our Real Weddings section, on pages 56, 96, 112, 142, 168.

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SAY “I DO” TO OUR GIFT REGISTRY

Online at celebrationsregistry.com. Discover the perks of registering! Search keyword: registry perks

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Jennifer Weinman Photography

Perfect Style for Your Perfect Day Give me your dream wedding to-do list and I'll shorten it — with simple, elegant Stella & Dot style for you and your wedding party.

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Your Wedding Professionals

A Special Event DJ • Andrews Music Pro • Aquarian Duo BCP Weddings • MDL Events • Violinist Michelle Bell • Wicked Soundz

Life Art Photographs

Dance the night away

Music

Whether it’s a beautiful love song or a fun party favorite, it’s time to get you and your guests dancing. Don’t forget to spend some time picking out the perfect song for your first dance, and double check that your DJ or live band can play it. Have you thought about passing a notebook around the reception so guests can doodle a special message to the couple? Another fun idea is to present a slideshow at the beginning of the reception of fun photos throughout the years. Left page: Katie McDonald Photography Right page: clockwise from top left: Life Art Photos | Black Cap Photography | Complete Wedding Des Moines

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GET TO KNOW

BCP

WEDDINGS BCP Weddings – Celebrating 30 years!

What a ride the past 30 years has been! From our beginnings in 1986 to today, one thing is certain—we love weddings and we’re honored to help create cherished memories with you, your family, and your guests! WHY BCP? Our Experience: Over 100 years of wedding experience collectively on our staff. Our People: The best of the best. Highly trained and personable with a can-do attitude. Our Expertise: From big to small, formal to casual; from rustic to elegant and everything in between. Our Service: Planning an event is stressful—we make it easy. We’re fulltime and at your service!

“Nic was our DJ, and he was absolutely amazing to work with…Our guests partied all night long; there were literally no times when there was no one on the dance floor. That is exactly what my husband and I wanted; a non-stop party, and that is exactly what we got. I definitely recommend BCP and Nic! You will receive the best experience and won’t forget it!”

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Digital Wireless Sound Systems & Subwoofers Special Effects LED Lighting Shows

Easy Online Planners & Music Uplighting • Outdoor Ceremonies CALL TODAY! (515) 321-0195

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Your Wedding Professionals

Black Cap Photography • Blind Photography • Brian L. Garman Photography Complete Wedding Des Moines • DeJong Photography • James R. Cobb Photography Jennifer Weinman Photography • Katie McDonald Photography • Life Art Photographs Lifestyles by Vizzi • MDL Events • Red Door Photo & Design

Dejong

Jennifer Weinman Photogra-

Picture perfect

Photography

You rely on family and friends to assist you on your wedding day, but when it comes to photography, it takes a great professional to preserve your big day. Do your research. Choose a photographer whose work you have seen and admired. Ask friends for recommendations. Forming a comfortable working relationship with your photographer is important. This

person is going to spend a lot of time with the two of you. This is no time to by shy; ask lots of questions: How many posed shots? How many candid? Should the formal photos of the wedding party be taken before or after the ceremony? Are the albums and folder included in the price? When will the photographer leave the reception?

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One last tip Once you have worked out all the details on your special day, go one step further—get everything in writing. Make certain your contract includes a payment schedule and penalties, if any, for a date change or cancellation. Then relax, smile and have fun, you are in the hands of a professional. This page, clockwise from top left: Brian Garman Photography | Jennifer Weinman Photography

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PHOTOGRAPHY Classic. Clean. Candid. Capturing the energy and emotions that define your special day. Blind photography is devoted to providing truly timeless photography that transcends trends. With more than 10 years of wedding experience, we are highly skilled at anticipating and capturing the emotions of real people celebrating real moments, resulting in beautiful images that stand the test of time. We take a journalistic approach to capturing the authenticity of your day – not only what it looks like, but also what it feels like. And we work closely with you to make sure the process of photography doesn’t overshadow your special day or overwhelm you. Because we want to make sure you have as much fun in front of our cameras as we have behind them.

“| just wanted to thank you and Becca again for making yesterday so easy. Going into it, I was so worried I was going to ruin the whole shoot because I was still so frazzled from such a crazy week/day and I couldn’t get my head in the right place, but you both made everything so easy! You are both very gifted at what you do and I am so excited to have you photographing the day we begin our new life together :) ”

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Jennifer Weinman PHOTOGRAPHY Joyful. Timeless. Authentic.

On your wedding day, after your vows have been exchanged, the cake has been eaten, and your gorgeous dress tucked away, two things remain that will last: your devotion to one another, and your wedding photographs commemorating your love and commitment. As your wedding photographer, I care deeply about the preservation of both! I want to know and encourage you as a couple, so that I can capture your day and tell your story authentically. These aren’t just photographs; these are documentation

of the most important moments of your life and the people you love most. I’m honored to photograph each couple I work with, and I don’t take my responsibility lightly! All of the intimate moments with your closest loved ones will be shot in my artistic photojournalistic style, and you will receive a beautiful heirloom album to share for generations to come. With a background in fine art photography, you can be confident that you will receive beautiful unique images that you will treasure for a lifetime!

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Katie + Zach Katie had a vision for her dream wedding.

and it is safe to say that she dreamed big! Her whimsical, bohemian style needed someone to bring it to life. Taylor with White Willow Events did just that. On the morning of August 13 not a cloud graced the sky. The final touches were made, the gold chiavari chairs where set, an ombre of colored rose petals greeted the guests as they took their seats. The vows were shared along with a few tears of joy and part one of the twopart story came to a joyous close. After the ceremony, the bride and groom and wedding party were transported to the Des Moines Airport where two jets waited to take them to the reception at the Ankeny Airport. When the jets landed and the wedding party was welcomed, part two of this amazing story began.

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The airport was transformed into the most elegant reception venue with floor to ceiling draping and beautiful floral arrangements adorning driftwood chandeliers that looked as if they were floating over the tables. Everything, every element, was perfect from the huge six-foot dream catchers to the gold tableware. The food, desserts, music and celebratory atmosphere made for an unforgettable evening and the most unique and wonderful event. from WHITE WILLOW EVENTS

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Join in the fun with the hottest “must-have” at wedding receptions— a photo booth! Now sleek and small varieties go all out with costumes, props and changeable backgrounds. Bring along some of your wildest dress ups (everything from Halloween to The Great Gatsby) and listen to the laughter as you watch your guests vie for prizes for the craziest costume photos to share with friends on social networks. This page, clockwise from top left: Blind Photography | Brian Garman Photography

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“One word to you and your team is WOW!!!! You were all so simply amazing from the setup to the presentation to the great choice of dance music! I have received over a dozen calls saying they had never attended something so fun.” —

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Videography

Remembering your wedding day is sometimes difficult for couples. Videography will refresh your memory of the sights, sounds and emotions that all blurred together on your special day. You’ll enjoy sharing the memories with your children and grandchildren. A good videographer is someone who has experience and is an artist at his or her craft. It’s important to view sample clips from multiple weddings during your meeting with the potential videographer, as this will help you to determine the quality and style of their work.

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Four Reasons To Create a “Wedding Only” Email Address

A new bride has a million things to think about. When getting wrapped up in planning the fun details, be careful not to overlook a quick step that makes a huge impact on the planning process: creating a wedding-only email address. Take a minute to set up a separate email account dedicated only to weddingrelated business. This simple trick makes your pre-wedding life easier by enabling you to do the following: 1. Minimize distractions. Mixing in bridal blog updates with your personal

email creates distraction. Focusing on one thing at a time, whether it’s wedding planning or sending an important document to a colleague, is less stressful on you.

Tip: Keep email stress at bay by staying organized and creating folders for each vendor.

2. Include your groom. Avoid miscommunication with your groom and keep him in the loop by giving him access to the details. This is also great for you to keep track of an area he is in charge of. Tip: Give your groom the password to the email account and create a folder for him.

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3. Keep up on deals. When you have your wedding-related emails in one place, you can sift through them easier and be alert when your favorite photographer has a special going on. You don’t want these to get lost in your personal email and miss out on an opportunity to save money.

Tip: Check your wedding email regularly so you don’t miss sales and specials.

4. Make it easier for your wedding party. A message from your wedding email address will stick out to your bridesmaids, and they’ll likely check it right away. Everybody involved in your wedding will be able to stay organized with your wedding emails. Tip: Give your party your wedding email address right away. Just don’t bombard them with wedding emails, or the priority factor will have the opposite effect.

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Brian + Tara My husband, Bryan, and I

went to a small high school together in Wellman, Iowa and didn’t start dating until we were well into our college years. It was the first snow of the year, when Bryan surprised me after a stressful day of work with my white and rose gold engagement ring! Although I’d always wanted a winter wedding full of snow and holiday cheer, we knew we couldn’t wait another year to tie the knot, so we planned a summer wedding. Our June wedding seemed like the hottest day of the year, but the weather didn’t bring us down. We decided on classic navy and ivory for our wedding. I love sparkle, so sequined navy bridesmaid dresses set the tone for our day. The church I’d attended growing up was recently remodeled, and our amazing photographer captured every special moment in that gorgeous space during our ceremony. Ivory flowers topping gold candle sticks were my favorite centerpiece at our reception venue, along with Eiffel tower vases and large floral balls. 113


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Our wedding party appreciated cold drinks and a few minutes to let loose after we became Mr. and Mrs., and a delicious meal awaited us at the reception (pork, of course, as my family has proudly raised pigs since before I was born). The maid of honor and best man toasts were sweet and hilarious, and then we danced our first dance to “Die a Happy Man”.


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Venues & Catering

Start with the right questions. How many guests can be seated comfortably and entertained in the reception area? Make sure there’s enough room for the tables, dance floor, bars and other amenities, plus a little elbow room for the guests. What items are included in the basic room rental? Some places offer only the site, so you may need to rent the amenities. Other places may offer you everything from the silver to the cake. Be sure the inclusions are listed

on your estimate, so you don’t have any surprises. What about additional service fees? Typical extras might include cutting your cake, uncorking your furnished champagne, and valet parking. What sort of restrictions are there? You may not be able to set up early or stay late. Candles may be restricted, so ask before you make any final decisions. Left Page: Black Cap Photography Right page: Baratta’s

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Ankeny residents Joe and Nicki are proud to open and offer their neighbors in the Greater Des Moines Metro area this beautiful 2 story all inclusive Reception Hall located in the heart of Ankeny’s Prairie Trail District. The 350 capacity venue has a vintage feel with modern day technology, stairwell and elevator access to 2nd level Mezzanine, fully stocked bar and plenty of parking. We offer exceptional onsite catering, set up and tear down of events, an awesome and friendly staff and worry free planning. Schedule a tour today and visit with our amazing Event Planners to see how we can help plan your next Day or Evening Events, Meetings, Celebrations and Wedding Receptions.

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Eva + Ryan Heading out the door that morning

for Eva and Ryan’s rustic, June wedding, I remembered thinking I couldn’t be happier for them; it was a beautiful, sun-kissed day. They were a dream to work with. Monthly calls with updates of their wedding details usually ended as updates about ourselves as well. I felt as much a guest as their photographer. They were a fun and loving couple, from warm and welcoming families who’d known each other for years. In high school they’d just been friends. In college, they discovered their love. And now they’d planned an exquisite wedding day, and friends from near and far— some from overseas—were joining them to celebrate the beginning of their life together. Weddings with this much love make a photographer’s job easy. from black cap PHOTOGRAPHY

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Professional decorators can handle all the duties themselves, from creating your vision to the clean-up. The best part? It’s a major task you won’t have to worry about. If you have people you can rely on, you may want to handle the decorating yourself. It’s important to remember that you may not have much time to get decorations up and ready. Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to get everything as perfect as you deserve, and you may not have much time to tear down once the ceremony is over. If you go this route, try to think simple and look for decorations that can be prepared ahead of time and easily put into place. Left Page: DeJong Photography Right page: Something Chic Floral | Jennifer Weinman Photography

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Nick + Kelly It 's a story that you only read about . . . but for Nick and Kelly its real

life. A couple totally in love with each other. So when they asked us to travel to St Petersburg, FL, we said YES! Nick and Kelly met when she came into his family’s lighting store to ask about a possible internship. It was love at first sight for Nick. And his nerves were on end when he finally asked her on a date. And that was the beginning of a true love relationship. Neither had dated a ton and this relationship was just “meant to be”. And it wasn’t long before Nick found the perfect vintage diamond ring and Kelly said yes! It was important to both Nick and Kelly that they not see each other prior to the ceremony. We arranged a special “no look” photo where they exchanged letters on either side of a wall at St. Theo’s Abbey. When Nick did see his Bride as she entered the sanctuary, he said, “Kelly was the most beautiful woman ever. And that he was so lucky.” 169


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No matter where the honeymoon of your dreams is, your vacation of a lifetime is possible when you plan ahead. Do you enjoy taking in museums, watching a breathtaking sunset while resting on a beach, hiking and biking? Think about what you enjoy doing together as you narrow your list of destinations. Airlines and hotels will only make a limited number of reservations, so it is important to make your reservation plans

early. This will help you ensure your first destination choice. Consult with a travel agent to coordinate the many logistics of your travel details. You will be busy making extensive plans for the wedding, so delegate these plans to someone who makes a living scheduling vacations every day. Your final wedding celebration is the honeymoon and the beginning of your life together. Plan ahead and ENJOY!

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Experts designed your dress, cake & bouquet... My expertise is honeymoons & destination weddings! With over 17 years of experience I get to know my clients and create custom experiences specifically for each couple. Destinations and resorts are not created equally. Just because your friend went there and loved it, doesn’t mean it’s the best option for you! “I was overwhelmed trying to pick a location for my wedding. I told Michaela what I was looking for and she found the perfect resort location in Jamaica. The price was very reasonable and everything was up to our expectations! She made my destination wedding so easy!” —

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Page

Phone

Website

A Special Event DJ ....................70, 104

515-971-5482

www.aspecialeventdj.com

Absolute Transportation ............179

800-712-8518

www.absolutetransportation.org

Adventureland Resort ................139

515-265-7321

www.adventureland-inn.com

Affinity Bridals............................23

515-961-2105

www.affinitybridals.com

A King’s Throne..........................127

515-288-5464

www.akingsthrone.com

All About Romance Travel ........ 182

515-964-5683

www.allaboutromancetravel.com

Allied Travel ................................174, 175, 176 515-270-7070 www.alliedtravel.com Andrews Music Pro....................73

515-297-0456

Artisan Floral & Events ............34, 35, 44 515-240-6662

www.artisanfloralandevents.com

Aquarian Duo .............................70

515-232-7464 or 515-989-4037

The Backroom Clothing ............27

515-274-8773

www.thebackroomclothing.com

Baratta’s ......................................125

515-243-4516

www.barattas.com

BCP Weddings ............................68, 69

515-986-3300

www.bcpwedding.com

Bed Bath & Beyond..................65

186

www.andrewsmusicpro.com

www.bedbathandbeyond.com

Beefcake Fuel .............................165

515-333-1662

www.beefcakefuel.com

Berardi Brothers ........................25

515-288-8362

www.berardibros.com

Beyond Elegance........................150

877-353-4623

www.beyondelegance.com

Black Cap Photography ............93

515-490-8669

www.blackcapphotography.com

Blind Photography.....................80, 81

515-865-0655

www.blind-photography.com

Bliss Bridal and Formalwear ....24

641-201-1032

www.blissformalwear.com


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Phone

Website

Boesen the Florist .....................37

515-244-ROSE

www.boesen.com

Brian L. Garman Photography.91

515-238-7832

www.brianlgarman.com

Brick Street Market & Cafe......52

515-967-2220

www.thebrickstreetmarket.com

Bridal Elegance ..........................26

515-276-1374

www.bridalelegancedsm.com

Bridal Boutique..........................19

515-244-2266

www.bridalboutiquedm.com

Bridal Connection ......................17

515-964-LOVE

www.bridalconnectiondsm.com

Chauffeurs of Distinction ..........183

515-993-1996

www.chauffeursofdistinction.com

Christiani’s VIP Catering.............131

515-287-3169

www.christianiscatering.com

Complete Wedding Des Moines

88 515-266-1355

DIRECTORY

Name

www.completeweddingdesmoines.com

Complete Nutrition ....................163

515-440-0455

www.completenutrition.com

Creative Vacations ...................... 178

515-963-4458

www.creativevacations.com

Crème Cupcake + Dessert ......53

515-288-1050

www.cremecupcake.com

Decades Event Center ...............135

15-255-3238

DeJong Photography..................92

515-975-4650

www.dejongphotography.com

Des Moines Art Center ..............135

515-271-0301

www.desmoinesartcenter.org

Des Moines Rental .....................151

515-277-4401

www.desmoinesrental.com

Des Moines Scottish Rite Consistory

137 515-288-8927 www.dmscottishrite.org

District Venue..............................123

515-490-6655

www.districtvenueankeny.com

Dornink .......................................20

515-255-7528

www.dornink.com

dSy Invitations............................45

402-890-0653

www.dsyinvitations.com

Elegant Entertainment ..............72

515-321-0195

www.DJ-Iowa.com

Fareway Bakery .........................52

515-274-9503

www.fareway.com 187


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Page

Phone

Fiamma D’Amore .......................64

515-979-6514

www.glassweddingceremony.com

Forté Banquet & Conf. Center .129

515--333--5057

www.fortedm.com

Gateway Catering.......................126

515-422-5108

www.gatewaymarket.com

Glorious Desserts .......................50, 51

515-279-4944

www.gloriousdesserts.com

Great Caterers of Iowa .............132

515-264-8765

www.greatcaterersofiowa.com

Greater DM Botanical Garden .124

515-323-6290

www.dmbotanicalgarden.com

Hilton Garden Inn: Urbandale..130

515-270-8890

www.desmoinesurbandale.gardeninn.com

Impress Bridal ............................16

641-792-0937

www.impressbridalia.com

Iowa Photo Booth .....................105

877-353-4623

www.iowaphotobooth.com

Iowa State Fairgrounds .............118

515-262-3111

www.iowastatefairgrounds.org

It Works! by Sadie.....................160

515-783-4581

www.unwrapanewreality.com

James R. Cobb Photography.....90

515-277-0556

www.jamesrcobbphoto.com

Jennie Tischler Designer............47

515-321-3570

www.jennietischlerdesigns.com

Jennifer Weinman Photography82, 83

641-260-0538

www.jenniferweinmanphotography.com

JJ’s Catering ................................139

712-210-6311

jjscatering@hotmail.com

Katie McDonald Photography...89

515-422-3688

www.katiemcdonaldphotography.com

Keller Brick Barn.......................128

515-708-6595

www.kellerbrickbarn.com

Kintzer Video...............................109

515-205-0782

www.kintzervideo.com

Knotty Pine Venue .....................139

515-681-8901

www.knottypinevenue.com

Life Art Photographs .................94, 95 515-344-0377

www.lifeartphotographs.com

Lifestyles by Vizzi .......................86, 87

www.lifestylesbyvizzi.com

515-758-5433

Mahalo’s Mini Donuts ................55, 122 515-218-8018 188

Website

www.mahalosminidonuts.com


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Phone

Website

Main Street Café and Baker ....52 , 133 515-964-7141

www.mainstreetcafeandbakery.com

Mary Kay Cosmetics ..................164

515-249-5718

www.marykay.com/mindyabendroth

Massage Heights.........................164

515-963-2000

www. massageheights.com

MDL Events.................................71, 88, 111 641-203-3314

www.mdlevents.com

Men’s Wearhouse ........................18

515-327-1009

www.mwtux.com

Milroy’s Tuxedos .........................12, 13

515-270-2460

www.milroystuxedos.com

Mimi’s Sweet Cakes and Bakes 55

515-991-1016

www.mimissweetcakesnbakes.com

Modern Dress .............................11

515-432-7433

www.modern-dress.com

Nobbies .......................................155

515-457-7100

www.nobbiesparties.com

NPI Limousine............................182

515-864-1515

www.npilimoservice.com

Occasions Made Right ...............138

515-276-5448

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www.occasionsmaderight.com

One Source Event Rentals ........148

515-953-2500

www.onesourceevents.com

Our Forever Promise Wedding.38

515-979-6514

www.ourforeverpromise.com

Perry Bridal Boutique ...............15

515--274--9721

www.perrybridalboutique.com

The Port on Lake Panorama... 128

641-755-4240

www.www.experiencetheport.com

Red Door Photo & Design .......79 , Back Cover 515-639-0733

www.reddoorphoto.net

Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel

134

cindy.hoffman@marriott.com

Rodan + Fields.........................160

515-205-5772

www.afager.myrandf.com

Salon Spa W ...............................161

515-280-5358

www.salonspaw.com

Schaffer’s......................................21

515-288-0356

www.schaffers.com

Sheraton Hotel ...........................119

515-223-1800

www.sheraton.com/westdesmoines

Signature Nails & Spa...............167

515-331-9025

www.signaturenailsandspaiowa.com

515-365-7240

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Silverwings Productions.............110

515-285-9800

www.movingvideo.com

Skeffington’s Formal Wear.........28, 29

515-283-0453

www.skeffingtons.com

Someone Borrowed....................47

515-401-2807

www.somoneborrowed.org

Something Chic Floral ...............39

515-556-0835

www.somethingchicfloral.com

Stacey’s ........................................14

515-226-9336

www.staceys.com

Stella & Dot ...............................64

gracevancleave.com

Stonehaven Barn........................133

www.stonehavenbarn.com

Stuart Alexander Productions...149

515-953-2500

www.stuartalexanderproductions.com

Transformations by Kerri ..........25

515-240-6523

www.transformationsbykerri.com

Travel and Transport .................180, 181 515-224-7619

www.travelandtransport.com/vacations

Traveling Photo Booth ..............103

515-979-5925

www.thetravelingphotobooth.com

Trixies Salon ...............................167

515-287-4220

www.trixiessalon.com

Violinist Michelle Bell ................73

515-201-6581

www.fiddlechic.com

Vivian’s.........................................136

515-282-8936

www.viviansdm.com

White Willow Events .................47

515-650-3393

www.whitewilloweventsia.com

Wicked Soundz ..........................71

515-202-9587

wickedsdz@yahoo.com

The World Food Prize ....................120, 121 515-245-3735

www.worldfoodprize.org/weddings

WOW Weddings .........................152

wowweddingscarroll.com

Younkers......................................63

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712-210-7198

www.celebrationsregistry.com


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Iowa Marriage Licenses

What you need to know

Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding in Iowa! To make sure you understand the marriage laws and requirements before setting your wedding date, we recommend verifying information with the Recorder’s office. Here are some important details you should know: • You do not have to be a resident of Iowa. Picture identification is required. You also need to provide Social Security information. • Iowa has a three (3) business day waiting period.

• The fee for a marriage license in Iowa is $35+ and cash only. The fee and acceptance of checks or credit cards varies from county to county. • You need to have one witness (over 18 years of age) with you when you apply for the license. • No other tests are required in Iowa for a marriage license. • You can use any ordained or licensed clergymen or justices of the peace. • An Iowa marriage license application expires after 6 months if you don’t use it.

PLEASE NOTE:

State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Additional Photography Credits: Aly Carrol, pages 32, 40, 41, 158 Ivory & Bliss, pages 40, 49, 96–101 Rosa Digital Arts, pages 141 Maggie Gulling Photography, pages 40, 49, 153

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