Royal Wedding at the Cedar Rapids Marriott

Royal Wedding at the Cedar Rapids Marriott

Donna Chaffee & Daniel Sun

September 9, 2017


A royal wedding at the CR Marriott! We’re delighted to share this couple’s story and photos by T-Marie Portraits & Photo Booth with you for inspiration.

Wedding couple holds each other while in a colorful garden in Cedar Rapids.

Donna and Daniel met when they went to high school at different schools through a mutual friend. They grew close when Donna tested positive for Huntington’s Disease, which her mother has. Dan became a great friend to help her through a depression which followed that diagnosis. Their friendship grew into love.

In 2012 Dan and Donna went on a vacation to the Bahamas. They spent they day swimming with dolphins and shopping at port. While shopping Donna found a ring she really liked and thought would be perfect for a promise ring but Dan had a different opinion. He thought it would be a great ring for an engagement ring and asked Donna to marry him as they walked back to the ship!

Their September 9, 2017 wedding was a royal affair. The ivory, gold and royal blue colors along with the Beauty and the Beast theme made Donna look like a princess. One of the most memorable moments of the day was when Donna got to dance with her step dad and they shared a smile with her mom, who because of her disease has a hard time showing emotion. Donna’s mother’s huge smile is something she’ll never forget.

When asked, Donna suggested the best advice she can give a couple getting married is, “Get a Photo Booth! It’s so fun all of our guests loved it!”


Wedding Bands in black and white.

Bride's corset back getting laced up. Catherdral veil with lace.

Bridesmad in royal blue helps bride walk through garden.

Bridal Party dressed in royal blue while in a garden in Cedar Rapids.

Groomsmen with super hero tshirts under their formal wear.

A beautiful bride with veil blowing in the wind while holding bouquet of red roses.

Bride and Groom sneak a kiss behind the wedding party kids in the garden.

Wedding couple exchanges rings during ceremony.

Red rose and pearl bouquet with bride's wedding jewlery.

Bride and groom walk into their reception at the Cedar Rapids Marriott.

Bride and Groom cut their Beauty and the Beast wedding cake. Beauty and the Beast wedding decor and rose.

Wedding couple Beauty and the Beast first dance. Tale is old as time.

T Marie Photo Booth at a wedding with fun props and gold background.

Bride and Groom kiss in black and while image.

Vendor Credits:

Rehearsal Dinner Venue:
Cedar Rapids Marriott

Ceremony Venue:
Cedar Rapids Marriott

Pastor Steve Irwin

Reception Venue
Cedar Rapids Marriott

Bride’s Gown:
Heart to Heart Bridal


Hair & Makeup:
Salon Voche

Diamonds International

DIY by Bride

Décor & Rentals:
Aero rental for chairs

Wedding Coordinator:
Kerry Brewer – Marriott

Invitations & Stationery:
DIY by Couple



Entertainment (DJ/Band/Etc.):

Hotel Accommodations:

Photographer & Photo Booth:
T Marie Portraits

Pro Video

About Stacie Ricklefs

I LOVE a good love story! My husband and I met our freshman year of college when he drew my name out of a hat to write a bio about me in English class. Almost 10 years of marriage later he is still my best friend and partner in raising our 3 handsome little men. Love stories are what drew me into becoming a photographer and owner of Stacie Ricklefs Photo + Design. I still tear up at weddings during the beautiful intimate moments... but always after I get the killer shots of them.