Whitney & David's wedding day unfolded at Prairie Moon Winery in Ames. Their day was one of the hottest of the year, but that didn't hinder morale. Whitney & David's excitement to marry one another was infectious and spread among everybody present. Both families and the wedding party were rock stars and let us take them outside for portraits (thanks guys)! Bottled water and fans were provided for guests to keep them cool through the late-afternoon ceremony, which took place on the fringe of the beautiful vineyard. The reception kicked off with a cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony inside the air–conditioned Prairie Moon reception hall. Whitney ensured that the day was chalked full of personal touches — everything from custom made wine bottle centerpieces to a locket on her bouquet containing photos of her late grandparents. After reception formalities we were able to sneak the newlyweds back into the vineyard for some sunset portraits to end the day.
Sam & Evan couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather for their October wedding: it was sunny and pleasantly crisp. Sam’s choice of decor was sweetly romantic with a touch of rustic and included details like wine corks, winter berries and white mini pumpkins (grown just for the occasion by the father of the bride.) We loved Sam's red shoes that added a fun splash of color to her ensemble. Sam & Evan had an afternoon ceremony at Memorial Luthern Church in Nevada, IA. After the ceremony we hopped in a limo and cruised to the campus of Iowa State (where Sam and Evan met) and photographed some portraits before heading to the reception at Prairie Moon Winery in Ames. Before making their grand entrance, we followed Sam and Evan into the vineyard for a romantic getaway. The lush rows of grapes provided a cinematic backdrop for some stunning images. The wedding party's introduction into the reception was the most enthusiastic and entertaining we've ever seen! Dinner was an Italian themed buffet accentuated with Prairie Moon wine. The dance floor was hopping all night, but we were able to sneak Sam & Evan out back for a few nighttime portraits to bring an end to their amazing day.