Does anyone else out there feel like you always expect life to slow down in the summertime... except that it somehow never does?! Or is that just me?

Well, either way, I've had this blog post in my queue for about 2.5 weeks. OOPS. Not because I haven't wanted to post it. In fact, it was one of my favorite evenings of the summer yet! Luke and Megan brought a sense of relaxation to their session, and we just wandered around downtown Des Moines and WaterWorks Park for a solid few hours while the sun set. It was gorgeous, despite the humidity. ;) 

wedding photo at Iowa winery vineyard in Des Moines
the leslie knope of Des Moines Iowa
Iowa State Capital wedding photos in summer

The gardens out front of the World Food Prize building had long called my name, so we stopped there first. Where else can you get the perfect blend of "city" and green space?!

NOAH's event center wedding photos in Des Moines
Amelia Renee is a Des Moines nature wedding photographer
scenic route bakery engagement photos
Cedar Rapids engagement photos downtown in front of water fountain
classic black and white engagement photos in Des Moines Botanical Gardens
wedding pioneer Iowa

We switched up spots, and headed more into the downtown area in Des Moines. It was pretty busy for a Sunday evening, but we were able to find a few locations without anyone else around! Also, we found a parking sign with a 22 on it-- which is the day they'll get married! Too wacky and fun! 

wacky wedding photos
java joes engagement session
downtown des moines engagement photography

Finally, over to a more rustic spot-- perfect for these two, and the feel of thier wedding day! 

Water Works Des Moines morning engagement session
urban engagement photos in Des Moines at Water Works Park
Des Moines Art Center engagement photos
sunset at water works park sitting on bench photos
romantic spring engagement photos WaterWorks park des moines
jasper winery engagmenet and wedding photos
we started in East Village in Des Moines and oh my word, Luke is so sweet with Megan!
wedding venues Jasper Winery Des Moines Iowa
weddings at Jasper Winery
first dance at Jasper Winery 

Sneaking over to Jasper Winery was the prefect ending! There was a live concert going on, so we (and by we, I mean they!) danced to the music amidst the growing vines. It had gotten hot and buggy, so we celebrated Megan and Luke's engagement photos with some Fong's Pizza. What better way to end a summer session!? 

Summerset Winery
dancing during summer engagement pictures Iowa

I can't wait for your wedding this September, guys!