A Sweet Wedding Day at the Palmer House in Solon

A Sweet Wedding Day at the Palmer House in Solon

There’s little surprise that this wedding day is lovely! Jenn is a graphic designer and clearly thought of so many incredible details to make their intimate wedding feel totally relaxed + pretty at the Palmer House in Solon, Iowa photographed by Stephanie Marie Photography.

Aaron + Jenn met through mutual friends at Iowa State University their junior year. They were great friends prior to dating. During a quiet morning in Galena, Illinois they walked the paths of the Eagle Ridge Resort. He surprised her afterward with a spa trip to have her nails done with a friend, and on their way to lunch he popped the question at a nearby waterfall.

They wanted a modern rustic wedding with light + airy details. Blush bridesmaid details, a navy suit for Aaron, and lots + lots of greenery helped pull the whole vision together. They shared an exciting + tearful first look which allowed plenty of time for portraits. The couple explained that it was especially nice to have just a little bit of time together alone prior to the guests’ arrival. They finished the day with BBQ chicken and dancing.

Jenn’s bridal advice to future couples is to just enjoy it. NO matter what happens beforehand, you’re marrying the love of your life. She also kept a journal/wedding book throughout which has turned into a mini scrapbook for their day. She used hers for inspiration, collages, notes from vendors, etc.

We love the Palmer House’s older charms, but especially love this wedding day’s tree planting unity ceremony, how the couple took care of guests with sunscreen + bug spray on hand, the neutral rustic feel with beautiful pops of pink + blush tones, and especially the way these two look at one another. We’re excited to share this wedding with you today! Enjoy!

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Vendor Credits:

Location: Palmer House – Solon, Iowa
Photographer: Stephanie Marie Photography – North Liberty, Iowa
Dress: Essence of Australia
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bari Jay: All different styles – All from The Wedding Shoppe
Bridal Shoes: Touch Ups
Veil: David’s Bridal
Jewelry: Aaron’s Ring: EtsyJenn’s Rings: Greenberg’s
Groom’s apparel: Men’s Wearhouse – Cedar Rapids, IA
Groomsmen’s apparel: Halberstadts – Des Moines, IA
Food: Ruzicka’s Catering – Solon, IA 
Flowers: Hy-Vee – Oakland Road (They worked with Beth, who was absolutely wonderful and they highly recommend her! She did their bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and loose greenery for the decorations.)
Stationery: Bride (she’s a graphic designer)
Cake: Aaron’s Grandma, Mary Lou
Music /DJ: DJ Bobby Hansen
Hair & Makeup: Flip Hair Salon – North Liberty, IA
Rings: Jenn’s -Love Story, Aaron’sEtsy –JewelryLetGo
Videographer: Brock Konrad – Des Moines, IA

About Robyn Aaron

I’m a hugger! I’m also a Chicago suburbs gal who stayed in Iowa after college + fell in love with a boy from Kansas. We’re total Midwesterners! (Trust me. We tried the east coast for a bit!) I’m also the owner + principal photographer at The Modern Lovebird (formerly Robyn Photo) and will capture my 100th wedding this year! When I set the camera down, I’m probably drinking coffee and snuggling my two daughters or meeting up with friends for sushi + wine. I adore collaborating with incredible couples + colleagues in the wedding industry to create beautiful memories, so I’m so glad to contribute to the Corridor Wedding Guide this year.