Sharing a few of my most favorite pics from my most favorite day. Although we got married over 8 months ago, I recently found myself in a deep dark hole of going through all our wedding photos again and decided to share a few favorite pics + moments from our big happy day.
The details : we got married on a property that has been in Pete's family for years, about 20 minutes outside of Des Moines. It was a place we already had so great memories at, as we'd enjoyed so many fun summer evenings down there the last few years. As soon as we got engaged, it was one of the first and easiest decisions we made - we loved the idea of getting married in a place we'd be able to go back to anytime we wanted.
We decided to keep things simple with our outdoor ceremony - we kept it intimate with a small group, no bridal party, and we said traditional vows. My cousin, who actually is a rector, married us which was really neat. I loved the combination of our wedding location being part of Pete's family and our officiant being a part of my family. My nephew read one of my favorite poems (Love, by Roy Croft), and Pete's brother read one passage from the Bible. We kept the ceremony short and sweet, and it ended with everyone circled around us as one big connected group.
I was completely obsessed with our flowers - Boesens did them and I gave very minimal instructions other than wanting a mix of all fun, bright colors. My bouquet was particularly special to me as the base was wrapped with one of my dads old ties. My ring is also extremely meaningful as it's my dads old wedding band, topped with my moms old diamond my dad had given her over 35 years ago.
After our ceremony we took a quick 2 minute drive up to an old morton barn on the property, where we walked in to a crowd of over 300 of our favorite people. The barn had been a storage spot for years full of tractors, chopped wood, and other various tools, but with the help of our family and friends, we transformed the old dusty barn into a truly beautiful venue. From power washing it from top to bottom, to painting a permanent dance floor on the concrete floor, to spending hours hanging the endless colorful lanterns and lights I insisted on filling the barn with, it took a lot of people a lot of time to make the barn look as beautiful as it did, and I'm forever grateful for that!
Back to the celebration - we kicked off the dancing immediately with 'You Are The Best Thing' by Ray Lamontagne, and kept the party going all night with one of our favorite bands, The Candymakers. We wanted to keep a party vibe going all night long, so everyone ate when they want and sat where they wanted, and our caterer had set up the most beautiful extra long bar with a rainbow of cocktail accoutrements so everyone could colorfully jazz up their cocktails to their liking.
Around 9 pm, I had arranged for a surprise appearance by an amazing local drum line, The Isiserettes. Only a couple friends knew about it ahead of time, and I ended up telling Pete about it just one day before the wedding! It was the most crowd pumping, exciting surprise for everyone, and brought an already energetic, dancing crazy crowd up to to an entirely new level. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! They put on a killer performance and having them at our celebration was the cherry on top of an already perfect night.
Looking back on the day, it's cliche to say but it was such a blur. A happy blur - I'm so glad we did things the way we did, in ways that felt just right for us. I'll always look back and smile thinking about the day and night being surrounded by our closest crew, with the feelings of love and excitement and total wedded bliss.
A few other details to give credit to all those who made our day so perfect:
Photographers : Justin Meyer and Andy Hewitt
Invitations : designed on my own, printed on letterpress by Giraffik
Caterer : Mary Smith
Wedding stylist / coordinator : Lauren Day with Fern Styling
Flowers : Boesen
Dress #1 for ceremony : Katie May
Dress #2 for later evening : Rachel Zoe
Earrings : Rebecca de Ravenel
Tux : LBM1911 styled by The Good Fancy
Band: The Candymakers