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Home Run Love Story

Home Run Love Story

Lovely picture of bride and groom on their fall wedding day in the beautiful outdoors, photographed by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

Jill Kasparie & Morgan Hawk: October 3, 2015

Jill and Morgan may have “celebrity status” here in Cedar Rapids, however their love story is one that many of you can relate to and they were happy to share their story and photos to inspire other couples. Eleanor Kathryn Photography did a great job capturing their cherished moments to have and to hold forever.

You might not think that love can be found over a hot dog, but that’s exactly where Jill and Morgan’s story all started. They first met at the Kernel’s Baseball Stadium. Jill is a local news reporter and had to interview Morgan for the first home game of the season. From there the adventures began!

Jill and Morgan loved to try new things and visit new places. Despite their busy schedules, they took time to experience great cities and states together, from Chicago to Florida to name a few.  They even once visited a beautiful resort in southern Missouri where many thought Morgan would propose. Morgan, however, knew Jill’s favorite holiday was Christmas, so he had a different plan. A couple of weeks before Christmas of 2014, Morgan prepared a late dinner and proposed using a video he had put together. Of course Jill said, “YES!”

Ten months later, on a sunny October day, Morgan and Jill tied the knot. The day started at the Redhead Salon getting hair and makeup done. Then Jill put on her dress, which was exactly the dress she’d dreamed of wearing on her special day. The rest of the day flew by, but Jill says, “It was a wedding little girl’s dream of!” They got married in their church in Cedar Rapids, IA with all their friends and family there to celebrate. From the flowers, to the dress, to the tuxes, everything was absolutely perfect, just as they had envisioned. The two worked together on every aspect of planning the wedding. I guess you could say they’re a good team. Now they’re ready for even more adventures to come!

Sister selfie getting ready for the wedding at The Redhead Salon.

Bride getting her makeup applied at The Redhead Salon on her wedding day, captured by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.Bride getting her hair done at The Redhead Salon on her wedding day, captured by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

Picture of wedding bands in a Fall Floral arrangement by Hy-Vee and photographed by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

The brides long wedding veil with her initials and cross embroidered on it.

Modern beautiful wedding dress from Brides & Weddings in Manchester, Iowa, photographed by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.Gorgeous modern wedding shoes worn by the bride and photographed by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

Mom helping daughter get ready on her wedding day photographed by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

Fall colorful bridal bouquet photographed by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

Emotional Bride preparing for her Groom to see her for the first time on their wedding day captured by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

Emotional Bride and Groom seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day captured by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

Beautiful modern bride photographed before her ceremony by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.Handsome modern Groom on his fall October wedding day, photographed by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

Bride and Groom's ceremony program photographed by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

Father walking his daughter down the isle on her wedding day.

Bride and Groom reciting vows at their ceremony at St. Jude's Church photographed by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

Newly married, Bride and Groom leaving their ceremony surrounded by guests and bubbles.

Modern bride and bridesmaids in navy gowns outside taking pictures for their fall wedding.

Handsome Groom and his Groomsmen on his fall October wedding day, photographed by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

Fun fall outdoor wedding party pictures taken by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

Modern bride and groom photographed in rustic stone tunnel on their wedding day by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

DIY centerpieces at a wedding reception at The DoubleTree photographed by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

Beautiful wedding cake by Hy-Vee at the wedding reception at The DoubleTree in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Bride and groom feeding each other cake from Hy-Vee at their wedding reception at the Cedar Rapids DoubleTree.

Bride and Groom's first dance at their wedding reception at The DoubleTree photographed by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.Wedding guests enjoying fun games at the reception, photographed by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

Picture of bride and groom dancing with their parents at their iowa wedding reception photographed by Eleanor Kathryn Photography.

Vendor Credits:

Photography: Eleanor Kathryn Photography, Vinton, IA www.eleanorkathrynphotography.com

Bridal Gown: Brides & Weddings, Manchester, IA www.iowabridesandweddings.com

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal, Cedar Rapids, IA www.davidsbridal.com

Flowers: Wilson Avenue Hy-Vee, Cedar Rapids, IA www.hy-vee.com

Hair/Makeup: The RedHead Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA www.theredheadhairsalon.com

Cake: Wilson Avenue Hy-Vee, Cedar Rapids, IA www.hy-vee.com

Tuxes: Holley’s Shop for Men, Cedar Rapids, IA www.holleyshopformen.com

DJ: Vibrations DJ, Marion, IA www.vibrationsdj.com

Transportation: PR Party Lines, Iowa City, IA www.prpartylines.com

Ceremony: St. Jude’s Church, Cedar Rapids, IA www.judes.org

Reception: The DoubleTree by Hilton, Cedar Rapids, IA www.doubletree3.hilton.com

Invitations and Programs: Color Web Printers, Cedar Rapids, IA www.colorwebprinters.com

Décor: DIY

About Nicky Wilkinson

I’m proud to say I’m an Iowa farm girl from Swisher. I married my college sweetheart, Dale Wilkinson, and we have five girls. We live in the country with our cats and dog. Camping, canoeing, horseback riding and biking are some of our favorite activities. Our girls keep us busy with plenty of school activities and hobbies. I took over The Wedding Guide in August of 2014. I am inspired everyday by our local venues and dedicated wedding professionals. They are hard working and very talented. I get the opportunity to share that inspiration with couples to help them plan for their best day ever.
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