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Dubuque Wedding Photography | Annie and Brandon


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Rustic Vintage Inspired Wedding Photos | Jeremy and Lisa Shelton


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Lisa and Jeremy brought their love of the outdoors into the bond of their marriage beautifully.  Gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremony meets beautifully rustic themed reception to make for naturally beautiful wedding photos.  Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a popular outdoor wedding ceremony venue and for good reason.  It is a gorgeous spot to tie the knot.  The reception was set against a back drop of stacked wine barrels and gorgeous ambiant lighting to help set the mood for the evening.  The Knights of Columbus has never looked so beautiful, all fo the time and energy that the couple spent decorating paid off tenfold.  The reception was truely transformed into the perfect center of the couples day.  

Intimate Ceremony and Reception | Hillary and Zachary



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The quaint little town of Galena, Illinois is the most picturesk destination for an intimate wedding.  Hillary and Zach were so cute and the small wedding seemed to fit them just perfectly.  

Starting the day out at the bride's parents home was a great way to photograph the getting ready images.  The view of the fall leaves on the drive to downtown Galena really set the sceen for this fall wedding.  The ceremony and reception dinner were both at One Eleven Main.  The resturant's upper floor was flipped from a ceremony location with a thin aisle running the length of the vintage brick and gorgeous wood floor to a happening dance floor during the dinner in the neighboring room.  I Do Bridal of Galena did a fantasic job on not only the attire but also on the wedding planning that was contributed to making the entire event come together.  

St. Donatus, Iowa Wedding | Zach and Carrie



St. Donatus Church is absolutely perfect. Carrie spent quality time with the bridesmaids and her mom preparing for the moment when her and Zach would see each other for the first time on their wedding day. Details definetly made the day. The gorgeous wedding day photographs getting dressed start the story of their day. Finishing touches on the dress, slipping on that stunning engagement ring, and last hugs all made for personal, artistic images. 

The Grand River Center set the stage for the perfect reception. Carrie and her dad mixed things up with their dance with a slow song and then added in Pretty Woman for a personal flair to their father daughter moment. The river walk is always fabulous for fun relaxed wedding party photography and then transforms perfectly for romantic couple images.   


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River room wedding reception | Maria and Cody


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St. Columbkille offered the perfect traditional church wedding for Maria and Cody. We were able to take fabulous classic church isle images of the couple with the gorgeous arches as a backdrop. The chance to take some outdoor photographs in addition to the traditional indoor prior to the ceremony gave them so many beautiful photographs. With the smaller size of their wedding, we even had the entire congregation on the alter for an incredible keepsake picture.

Maria continued to warm up from her initial shyness in front of the camera, we were able to capture some adorable outdoor photos of her peaking out from behind her flowers. We stopped downtown at the brewery for some more stunning outdoor pictures. Then it was off to the reception and off with the lace overlay on Maria's dress! The dress transformed from an elegant formal gown to a chic ball gown for their first dance as a married couple, which was all captured by our photojournalistic photographer. 

Riverfront Wedding Ceremony | Jeff and Theresa


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The American Trust Pavilion offered the perfect setting for Jeff and Theresa's riverfront wedding ceremony. The majestic Mississippi is absoulutely gorgeous for stunning wedding photography to capture every heartfelt moment during their ceremony. Everything was so personal with both of their children standing by their side for the exchange of vows. 

The reception at Thunder Hills Country Club was fantastic! We ventured out onto the golf course for some unique couple photography. The adventure continued as we found the sprinklers and decided to take advantage of the water for some more artistic images. 

Four Mounds Wedding and Reception | Jana and Patrick



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Jana and Patrick had the most beautiful backdrop as their wedding ceremony took place at Four Mounds, overlooking the river. The beautiful flowers done by Handpickd Just For You were an absolutley stunning accent that added a fabulous pop of color for colorful wedding pictures. Jana found a role for each of her children in the wedding.  All 4 of them stood by her in the wedding party and her son walked her down the aisle. This added that extra touch of personalization to their candid wedding party photographs.

The tent reception offered a casual, rustic feel for their outdoor reception. The heat attempted to become a factor, but everyone had an awesome time, celebrating through the night.

East Dubuque Wedding Photography | Nathan and Natalie


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The results are always award winning photography, when you offer an award winning professional photographer plenty of time in your wedding timeline to work his craft. And that is just what Natalie and Nathan did! We were able to create those jaw dropping images for them, all because they gave us the time to make it happen.

Adding in a personal touch of a treasured classic car as their transportation added to their timeless wedding photographs. Nathan is a Navy diver, which added to the artistry in their wedding photography, as they used a commemorative knife to cut the cake and displayed a Navy diving helmet of his to add to the personalization.

A Hotel Julien wedding reception is always a gorgeous event and we were able to go into the Al Capone suite for some wedding couple photography. Nathan, Natalie and their wedding party really had a great time on their street walk, which gave us another opportunity for some fun wedding photographs.  

Wedding near Independence, Iowa | Kate and Ross


The perfect wedding from start to finish. Ross and Kate started their wedding day with beautiful formal wedding photography at their hometown Masonville Catholic Church. It was so fun to photograph the new husband and wife departed in their classic car. 

The reception kicked off in a stunning machine shed turned reception hall; a perfect location for us to create simply amazing artistic images. Time spent on attention to details made this the ideal place as Kate's parents welcomed guests to their home. The bicycle themed wedding decorations made it even more personalized to Ross and Kate and allowed us to take fantastic wedding pictures that will most certainly become heirlooms. The pond on the family property also offered an optimal spot for romantic wedding photography.

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Beautiful photography River Room Ceremony | Cassandra and Steve


 Personally composed, heartfelt vows highlighted Cassandra and Steve's gorgeous River Room wedding ceremony. Cassandra and her bridesmaids had their hair done on location in their room, which saved on the wedding day timeline to add the convience of just walking down the hall to the ceremony. This along with the same location for ceremony and reception, gave us so many opportunities for more gorgeous wedding pictures.

 The river walk is always perfect for more fun, photojournalistic photography. Where we are able to capture the emotional exchanges of husband and wife. Steve was such a gentleman, so attentive to his new bride throughout the entire day of  romantic wedding photography. The bridesmaids joined the fun outside with Cassandra and we capitalized on the moments with more colorful wedding pictures.

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