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Jen + Jacob

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Jen + Jacob

I have worked alongside Jen for HOURS each year in just a few short weekends' worth of Upwards Basketball team photos for our church. I'm always so thankful for her company! So, naturally, when I found out there was someone special in her life, I eagerly awaited the phone call when he popped the question and they got to pop in front of my camera. 

We started at Principal Park area partly because Jacob loves sports and partly because it was among the very few places that had green grass in Des Moines at the time. (talk about drought!) Jen brought her pup along for the fun (and a friend to hold the leash when we were done with Bella's part!). 

A few slobbery kisses (from Bella, not each other) later and we walked over to the river walkway/bike trail. I love this spot because there isn't any vehicle traffic with a great view of downtown. This part was safe, for sure. It's the following adventure we took that was semi-questionable. :)

Yup, we ventured into the river itself since it's been so dry and there were awesome log dams that had developed as a result. Our shoes were full of sand, yes. But I'd say it was totally worth it!

After a quick outfit change, we used another spot near the walk/bike trail bridge, minus the sand. :)

Jacob + Jen: I cannot wait to see how things unfold for you in April!! Thank you so much for having me out with you for photos, for taking risks and trusting me and my eye to capture you two as you seem to me-totally in love and having tons of fun together. Get ready for the wild ride that is Marriage!! Just like our adventure into the river-you may get some sand in your shoes and be uncomfortable at times, but the results are totally, unquestionably worth it!

Blessings, 

Carrie

PS You can view more of our time together HERE. 

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Katie + Phil

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Katie + Phil

"That is so Katie..." I heard those words over and over again throughout their wedding day. If their wedding day so closely reflected Katie + Phil, you can rest assured that they are considerate of others, loving, laid back, but have a very clear vision for their lives together, serving the Lord, those around them, and each other.  Katie has designed bouquets for friends' wedding days, so I knew her florals and details would be a feast for the eyes. From their programs, bouquets, choice of music and the florals on each reception table (that Katie constructed herself), the day did not disappoint! 

I have to give a shout out to my second shooter for the day, Sarah Heimbruch. She is ever-amazing and we always split to cover the guys and gals in an efficient use of time. I'm pretty sure the groups of men she's helped photograph for me in the past year have been some of the most hilarious of my career, which makes for awesome results. :) 

In her Matron of Honor toast, MaryBeth commented that Katie hates to be in high temperature surroundings. So, it made total sense that they opted to have their First Look indoors in the best natural light option of our church. (A bride that requests "natural light" is one after my own heart and speaks to Katie's eye for design!) But really, when you see the smiles on their faces, any backdrop would take a back seat to their joy!!

We headed out, briefly, for bridal party and a few more couple portraits, since the day was a scorcher close to 100 degrees. We might have found the only spot of shade in the whole of Raccoon River Park! Phew! And while I mentioned that the boys were a fun bunch, the ladies certainly had entertaining personalities to boot. I love hanging out with friends for the day with my camera-it really doesn't feel like work at all!

This ceremony probably breaks a record in how many Ring Bearers and Flower Girls made it down the aisle. The gaggle of nine did an outstanding job and had everyone either laughing in their cuteness or choking up from just how sweet all NINE of them were in making their big entrance (and exits!) But, the photos that Sarah captured of Katie with her dad take the cake!

Katie + Phil had cocktail hour with their guests in the lounge area of Embassy Suites and it gave them ample time to greet everyone in attendance. It was here I learned that the parents of the bridal party had all been invited too! Like I said, consideration of others. Most of the bridal party are parents to small children and would need childcare assistance, but Katie + Phil were good friends with all those parents already too! What a way to say "thank you for giving us fantastic friends and great examples of Godly marriages"!!

Phil + Katie: Your wedding day will not soon be forgotten in my heart! What sweet moments you had throughout the day and I'm honored to be along for the ride! Know that you are covered in prayer for a fantastic God-honoring marriage, and that your support system runs deep!! 

Best wishes in EVERYTHING, 

Carrie

PS You can view their slideshow HERE. And their entire gallery HERE. 

VENDORS OF NOTE: 

Florals: Hy-Vee, ask for Michelle  

Bridal Dress: Perry Bridal in Valley Junction 

Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie

Hair & Make Up: Trixie's Salon 

Tuxes: The Back Room 

Ceremony: WalnutCreek Church

Reception: Embassy Suites Downtown Des Moines 

DJ: Patrick Porto 

 

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Ashlee + Alex

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Ashlee + Alex

Referred to me by a sweet friend, Ashlee & Alex contacted me to photograph their wedding this upcoming Labor Day weekend. When we were discussing where to shoot their photos, they suggested their back yard right away because it has definitely been a labor of love for them. I arrived at their house for the start of our time together, and my jaw was on the floor when they took me to the back. Their labor is definitely evident in the details, their plants, the deck, the stream bed and furniture. I kinda didn't want to leave-it really is a perfect place to spend time and lounge, and come their wedding day, it will also be where they say "I do". 

One of my favorite parts of their yard is that it isn't enclosed, separate from their neighbors, and we got to take advantage of a huge ancient tree that has been witness to their kids playing with neighbor kids for years. Oh, the stories I'm sure it could tell!

The other spot Ashlee + Alex mentioned being a favorite: Mullet's. Where they had their first date and closed the place down. No one really knew there were still customers up on the rooftop deck of the bar/grill until they went to lock the doors. From Mullet's, you have a beautiful view of downtown Des Moines and Principal Park where the ICubs play. The night of their first date, there were fireworks after the ball game, but also fireworks on the rooftop of Mullet's...

Ashlee + Alex: Thank you so much for having me!! You two are too sweet and adorable to put into words and I can't wait to see how your backyard transforms into the ceremony venue of your dreams!

All the best, 

Carrie
PS You can view more of our time together HERE. 

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Katie + Phil

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Katie + Phil

After being twice delayed for rain, and with their newly-scheduled session anticipating rain as well, I jumped on the only sunny day we had left in the next 10! Katie & Phil graciously rescheduled and we got it done! Phew! 

It's such a wonderful love story when a couple knows each other as friends first. For Katie + Phil, in the middle of their dating, Facebook reminded them that it was a 9 year friendship, and they realized, "What are we waiting for?" Shortly thereafter, Katie's finger was boasting some serious bling and they set a date for this June.

After serving alongside each other in the same Bible study group, Phil was going to observe Katie for the summer and prayerfully consider asking her out. But after serving with Phil on a church-wide community service project for an entire weekend, Katie beat him to the punch. Again, "Why wait?" 

Since it was the first time the sun had peeked out in over a week, any park we went to was crawling with families, photographers, joggers and bikers, so we did our best to find tucked-away places and spring blooms. 

We headed to the waaaaay back of Waterworks park and found this dreamy spot!

Sunset light by the river? Yes, please!

A quick outfit change and change of scene...

Katie + Phil: You guys are so wonderful!! I can't wait till your wedding day to see how everything comes together. Thank you so much for having me, for rescheduling so much and waiting for the right time to get the best shots! 

You're the best, 

Carrie

PS You can view more of our time together HERE

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Featured : Blushing Bells Iowa

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Featured : Blushing Bells Iowa

I was contacted several weeks ago about this brand new blog to hit the scene here in Iowa, asking for any weddings I'd photographed that showed off Iowa's beautiful landscapes. Jess + Ben's wedding day came to mind because it was quintessentially "Iowa" to me. The love of family, subtly placing touching traditions from each side of the family throughout the day, gorgeous backdrops that you wouldn't think were along the green of a golf course...Hoping for the best, I submitted their wedding to be featured and this morning, their wedding day is up for a larger audience to enjoy! 

Congratulations to Jess & Ben-I love that we get to enjoy your day all over again!

You can read the entire write up HERE

Thank you for the opportunity for a larger audience, Blushing Bells!

--Carrie

 

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