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Central Iowa Engagement Photos // Des Moines Wedding Photographer

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Central Iowa Engagement Photos // Des Moines Wedding Photographer

Gabby and David share a passion for life. They met in college, dated for two years, and got engaged in the fall of 2018! This year has been full for the two of them, working towards graduation and planning a wedding together. We have met up multiple times to talk about wedding timelines and photography, but we finally made it to spring when we could shoot their engagement photos! It was the perfect spring evening, and these two did a wonderful job getting each other to laugh and smile. :)

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Shelby + Preston // Tidal Basin Anniversary Photos

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Shelby + Preston // Tidal Basin Anniversary Photos

These two were married in Ames last May. We took their engagement session in early April (almost exactly a year to the day of this anniversary session!) but it wasn’t a very warm or green day yet. Thankfully, Preston landed a job in the Washington DC area after graduation and they moved out this winter. DC is about the same latitude as Kansas City, so just a bit warmer and earlier to change seasons than Des Moines and the rest of central Iowa.

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Spring Engagement Photos in Des Moines // Iowa Wedding Photographer

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Spring Engagement Photos in Des Moines // Iowa Wedding Photographer

What to even write!? Alyssa and Carter will be long-time friends of mine, even after their November wedding. I just know it! We had only communicated via email and the phone until the afternoon of their engagement photos. I was nervous (always!) but oh, so excited to meet these two. Click through to see their magical spring engagement session in a downtown Des Moines garden!

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Spring Bloom Mini's! Des Moines Family Photographer

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Spring Bloom Mini's! Des Moines Family Photographer

My fall mini-sessions were such a great success, that I’ve decided to offer spring mini sessions as well! Spring is just such a gorgeous time of year, especially with all the budding and blossoming trees. It only comes around once a year, especially with the apple (or cherry or whatever they are!) blossoms at Water Works Park! We’ll definitely be fighting the crowds, but it will be worth it!

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Tidal Basin Cherry Blossom Festival // Anniversary Photos Preview

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Tidal Basin Cherry Blossom Festival // Anniversary Photos Preview

Cherry trees may be the most gorgeous of all God’s blossoming creations. My ultimate dream would be to visit Japan & see the original trees there, but the right opportunity has not yet come up. Instead, when my friends Shelby & Preston moved to the Washington DC area this winter, I decided to see about a trip there. After all, the Tidal Basin blossoms draw thousands on onlookers each year for the Cherry Blossom Festival!

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Des Moines Farmer's Market Engagement photos

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Des Moines Farmer's Market Engagement photos

Coming up with new ideas for engagement shoots is a dream for me. If you want to do something cool, adventurous, or epic… just ask me about my bucket list of photography ideas! Two years ago, Chris and Elizabeth woke up before sunrise to meet me at the Iowa State Capitol for engagement photos. It not only is a gorgeous space, but boasts a stunning view of downtown Des Moines!

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Savannah & Harrison // Winter Engagement Photos in Ames

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Savannah & Harrison // Winter Engagement Photos in Ames

Savannah and Harrison met through Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Both of them are students there, and involved in the military and ministry. They both value leadership, faith, and fun! I’d known Savannah for a few years (as acquaintances) and although I hadn’t met Harrison until the day we took their engagement photos, we got along great. Both of us are NEEDTOBREATHE fans, so really, what else is there to know!? #immediatefriends

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Morganne + Bobby // Winter Greenhouse Engagement Photos in Des Moines

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Morganne + Bobby // Winter Greenhouse Engagement Photos in Des Moines

It’s hard to describe the emotions that you feel when your best friends fall in love and get married. Morganne is my 3rd “super close” friend to get engaged and (almost!) married. It’s been a whirlwind year but, as they say, “when you know, you know.” And aint that the truth!!! Bobby and Morganne met through church just over a year ago or so. They went through the whole awkward dance of talking/not talking. Finally, in May, they had their first date. Now, a year later that same month, they’ll walk down the aisle as husband and wife. And I’ll be bawling my eyes out behind my camera so don’t mind me. ;)

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Kristen + Kurt // Cedar Rapids Wedding Photographer

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Kristen + Kurt // Cedar Rapids Wedding Photographer

I adore these two humans! I met Kurt long before Kristen was in the picture. He’s always been a solid man of God, serving those around him with humble strength. I can’t even remember meeting Kristen, but I do remember her senior year, we just “clicked” and I decided that this girl was one that I wanted to keep up with after college. Not that we’re best friends, but I have a fond place in my heart for this girl! She and Kurt started dating that year, and it just made sense.

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Katie + Eric // Ankeny Engagement Photos

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Katie + Eric // Ankeny Engagement Photos

I first connected with this duo in the fall. They’re a ton of fun, and I knew pretty quickly that I wanted them on my team! Thankfully, they liked me too, and booked me for their 2019 wedding! Eric and Katie will get married in Des Moines next September with a wedding reception at Stoney Creek and ya bet I can’t wait for all that glorious beauty!

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Ames Proposal Photography // Burgie's Cafe

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Ames Proposal Photography // Burgie's Cafe

I’m still so in awe that this evening happened! (Even though I knew about it for months in advance!) Morganne has been one of my best friends since we met 4 years ago at Iowa State. We’ve walked through a lot of life together and it’s so so bizarre that we’re actually old enough to be getting married, not just talking about it. But when Morganne told us girls about Bobby (this guys she liked) and then a few months later, when we met him… we just knew that he was a great fit for her.

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Des Moines Engagement and Wedding Photographers

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Des Moines Engagement and Wedding Photographers

Hello hello hello! It has been a long while, at least it feels like it, since I’ve blogged. Or posted much of anything on any social media. After my trip to Waco, my body quit on my and I spent two days in bed. THEN our internet went out and it looks like we’ll be needing to get a new provider, so with that and traveling to see family for thanksgiving, I’m been pretty MIA. Thank the Lord for secure wifi at Starbucks and rewards stars for free drinks! (Normally I prefer to save the Starbs for traveling, and buy local coffee in DSM, but you can’t beat their internet quality. Or available outlets!)

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West Des Moines Engagement + Wedding Photographers

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West Des Moines Engagement + Wedding Photographers

Sara & Matt met at Iowa State University their freshman year of college. They dated while in school, dated long distance, and finally have settled in St. Louis, where they live, work, and got engaged!!! They’re planning a wedding for October 2019 and after spending an evening with them, I can tell you it will be wonderful!

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Emily + Joel // Cedar Rapids Wedding Photographers

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Emily + Joel // Cedar Rapids Wedding Photographers

Emily and Joel are engaged to be married in January, with a wedding at the gorgeous historic Ushers Ferry wedding venue in Cedar Rapids! We too their fall engagement photos just before sunset, on the perfect evening outside. You don’t want to miss seeing this wonderful set of fun, autumn engagement pictures!

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Des Moines Engagement Wedding Photographer

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Des Moines Engagement Wedding Photographer

Sean and Jess are so much fun. Not only did they bring their sweet (and enthusiastic) dog along for a few photos, but they showed me around Drake University! I’d been dying for a tour, since I live nearby. As Drake U alumni, they happily agreed!

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Lizzy + Nate // Fall Engagement Photos in Ames

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Lizzy + Nate // Fall Engagement Photos in Ames

Lizzy and I met through a church small group about 3 years ago. I didn’t know her very well for a while, except that she was an agronomy student at Iowa State University, had a bubbly personality, and loved to travel through school! The next year, we ended up being roommates (which means I got to know her a lot more!) and found out that she bakes when she’s stressed, enjoys watching One Tree Hill, and was falling in love with a guy named Nate. I’ve been able to watch their relationship progress and grow from (almost) the start. It’s been full of trials and excitement, and I’m so excited to see these two finally get married in December!

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Sioux City, IA // Vintage Car & Boating Engagement Photos

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Sioux City, IA // Vintage Car & Boating Engagement Photos

Heather and Clinton have been together for years now, and are finally getting married next summer in her hometown of Sioux City! Although they live near Iowa City, where Clinton is still in school, Heather really wanted to do their engagement pictures in her hometown. SO, this past weekend, I drove up to meet the two of them, their adorable dogs, and spend an evening on the lake!

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