Deciding that you want to spend the rest of your life with someone is a monumental decision and choosing an engagement ring is often the first step in a couple’s life journey together.
True Love Found at Work
This heartwarming story features a small town girl from Nebraska who meets a small town boy from Wisconsin. Becky Appleby and her team from Appleby Photography were honored to capture their special day to share and help inspire you!
Express Limousine Service
We spent a little time with Lisa and Mart from Express Limousine Service in North Liberty to learn more about their award-winning company which provides transportation for many weddings in Eastern Iowa. They’re the leaders in their industry and have been a member of the National Limousine Association for over 30 years. You can count on them to get you to your destination on time and in style! Read below to hear all about what they have to offer! Tell us a bit about your company and fleet. Our fleet consists of 2 divisions- Express Limousine Service for groups of 2 – 14 passengers. This includes our Black Executive Sedans, SUVs, Lincoln Stretch 6-8 passenger, SUV Stretch Limo 8 – 14 passengers, Sprinter Van 10 passenger + wheelchair transport available, + Limo Buses. Our other division is Black Diamond Limousine which is for larger groups from 15- 30 passengers. This fleet consists of Hummer H2 Super Stretch, Minibuses, Shuttle Buses, Limo Buses, and a Party Bus. These vehicles are most popular for wedding parties and their guests. How do you determine how long a wedding will need transportation for the day? We visit with the bridal party and the couple’s […]
A Black & Gold Australian Wedding with a Touch of the 1920’s
Michael and Lili enjoyed a classic wedding. Lili envisioned and brought to life the style of East meets the West. The theme for the day was black and gold with a touch of the 1920’s. Lili used a golden touch of glamour throughout the day. It turned out beautifully and the day was unforgettable.
Beautiful Blush and Gold Summer Wedding
Amanda and Zachary had a gorgeous Iowa summer wedding. They combined modern elegance with their Iowa roots by celebrating their reception at a charming farmhouse. Stacie Ricklefs Photo + Design was happy to capture this unforgettable day to share and inspire you.
Modern Boho Styled Wedding at Rapid Creek Cidery
Danielson Photography along with Soiree Wedding and Event Planning put together a Magical Modern Boho Orchard Wedding Styled Photo Shoot hosted at Rapid Creek Cidery.
Choosing Your Florist, an interview with Hydrangea Bloom
Allison Krivachek is the owner of Hydrangea Bloom, a florist based in North Liberty. This unique shop specializes in wedding and overall floral design for special events. Whether your event is large or intimate, Allison and her staff use their unique talents to create gorgeous, customized arrangements to complement your occasion. Allison is passionate about making the flower process enjoyable! Her primary goal is to understand her clients’ wedding visions and to bring them to fruition. If it’s over a cup of coffee or a drink at the local watering hole, she will meet to ensure that her clients are happy with the plan for the big day. She will often meet several times prior to the wedding to make sure that everything she is planning is aligned with the couple’s vision, with her own personal on-trend spin. Allison works hard to make sure that her clients are thrilled with her floral work. If there is one thing Allison always gets right, it is the bridal bouquet. She is not only passionate about it; she designs and creates each one individually. We asked Allison a few questions about what to expect when working with a wedding florist, and here is […]
3 Easy Treats To Delight Your Wedding Guests
Great American Popcorn Co. is an award-winning family business that sells gourmet popcorn, ice cream, candy and soda. Here are 3 ways to serve popcorn for weddings, graduations and more:
Expert Bridal Show Advice and Tips
Before you got that gorgeous ring on your finger, you probably didn’t realize how much work wedding planning would be. Luckily, bridal shows are a huge help, saving you time, money and effort–as long as you prepare! Much like speed-dating, a bridal show gives you the chance to meet many wedding professionals in a short amount of time. In one day, you’ll have the opportunity to taste an array of cakes, smell fresh bouquet flowers and see different photography styles.
A Sweet Wedding Day at the Palmer House in Solon
Beautiful modern rustic wedding with light + airy details at PALMER HOUSE STABLE Weddings + Events.
Styled Vintage Engagement Session
If you need inspiration for your engagement photos, then look no further. Stephanie Duncan of Stephanie Marie Photography was tired of seeing so many wonderful engagements, but feeling like they lacked a creative spin. Stephanie created this photo shoot to inspire and show couples how to think outside the box and be creative with their engagement photos. You inspired us Stephanie, we love it! For more inspiration check out her website. Vendor Credits Photographer: Stephanie Marie Photography, N. Liberty, IA (http://www.stephaniemarie.com) Models: Ashley Piper & Jordan Eric Corpman Styling: Stephanie Marie Photography, N. Liberty, IA (http://www.stephanie-marie-photography.com) Hair & Makeup: Ashlee M. Ferlitsch with The Wave Length, Iowa City, IA (www.thewavelenghtsalon.com) Flowers: Kasey Jurgensen at Summit Hill Farm (www.facebook.com/pages/Summit-Hill-Farm-Iowa-City/1487157441519369) Floral Crown: Coralville Hy-Vee (www.hy-vee.com/stores/detail.aspx?s=37)
Choosing a Videographer
“The reason a wedding video is so important is that it captures moments from the entire day, even moments that the bride and groom wouldn’t normally get to see.” Meghan, First Kiss Video
Vintage Barn Wedding
Kristi and Matt had a gorgeous Iowa vintage barn wedding with shades of neutral, blush and navy. Much of their decor with DIY and found with the help of family and friends making their day extra special. Linda Drish of Drish Photography captured this beautiful wedding day to share with you.
Reception Tips For Less Stress
When planning a wedding, you have a lot of details to think–and stress–about. Ellen and Cassie, from the Clarion Highlander Hotel, share tips and advice so you can stress less.
A Shy Love Story: Jaclyn Keefer & Brad Kurtz
Brad and Jaclyn’s sweet love story will melt your heart as you read it. Jaclyn was overwhelmed with emotion and sentimental tears as she shared their journey together. Brian Hall photographers, Inc. captured their special day for them to cherish forever and to share with you!
Trends in Men’s Wear
When you want to know about men’s formal wear trends, you go to the experts. For almost 90 years, Prince Albert Tuxedos has been that expert as a leader in Cedar Rapids tuxedo and formal wear rental.
Home Run Love Story
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.
Engagement Photos & Wedding: Erin Niksich & Seth Campbell
Everyone can relate to Erin and Seth’s heartwarming love story. They are a beautiful couple both on the inside and out, and AE Photography LLC did an amazing job capturing not only their engagement, but their breathtaking wedding as well.
Wedding Cakes and Desserts – How Do You Decide?
We asked owner, Sara Young, of Iced Bakery for her expert advice on how to choose your wedding cake and ideas for all of the details! It’s no secret that there is a ton of work that goes into planning your wedding! One of those things to plan is choosing your wedding cake or desserts for you and your guests. Sure, you probably know what you like when it comes to cake, but have you ever thought about the details of your wedding cakes and how to choose one for yourself? Sara offers and recommends doing a cake tasting and consultation for the couple prior to making any decisions to make it easier to answer any questions you as the couple may have. It’s a great idea to meet face to face to make sure everyone is on the same page, and what other meeting do you get to go to where you can also eat cake?! What happens during the cake tasting? The first thing Sara likes to ask is how many servings of cake you’ll be needing and what your budget is. These are two very important things to know to make sure she can help determine what […]
Celebrating 40 Years of Marriage
Cynthia Whitters and Phillip Hynek were high school sweethearts at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, IA. Phil was a year ahead of Cindy, and friends with her older brother Tom, which is how they got to know one another.
National Czech and Slovak Museum Wedding
Hot of the presses is this super sweet wedding for Brielle and Ryan at the National Czech and Slovak Museum! It was flawlessly photographed by associates Anna H. + Stacie M., can I just tell you how proud I am of the amazing team at Robyn Photo?! Eek!!
Tips to Save Money on your First Home as Newlyweds
As we all know, planning a wedding can take a ton of work! There’s a lot to iron out and so many questions to be answered such as what colors you’ll have, where you’ll get married, what kind of food you’ll have, the list goes on and on. For some couples, getting married may mean another big purchase: buying a house! So many couples get engaged when they are still renting, either together or separate, and by the time they are married, they may be ready to own. We talked to local Licensed Realtors, Margie Jenkins and Nick Jenkins with Skogman Realty to get their top tips when it comes to purchasing your first home together! Tip #1: All banks are not created equal It’s important to shop around and ask a lot of questions. A good place to start is with a bank that you already have a relationship with but not all banks offer the same products. Some banks offer 100% financing while others may have first-time buyer grants to help with your down payment. If you’re not sure what to say or where to start, you can talk to your realtor for more information or even have […]
Wedding Tips from The Olympic South Side Theater
We recently sat down with Anna, Venue Manager at The Olympic South Side Theater in Cedar Rapids to learn some tips and tricks that she thought would be helpful to share as you’re planning your big day. ––– We totally get it! Planning a wedding is hard. Here are a few things that people forget to plan: Feed yourself, your friends, and your family before the reception! Don’t forget to plan for food during the morning and afternoon when you, your family and the wedding party are getting ready. Nobody wants to get hangry on such a fun day. Look into local food vendors to cater coffee and pastries in the morning. For example, right below The Olympic South Side Theater is Brewhemia who can provide amazing coffee and treats for your party to stay caffeinated and full! Don’t forget about what the guests are doing in between the ceremony & reception! This is especially for those couples having their ceremony and reception at different locations. Don’t forget about that hour where you know what you’re doing, but what should your guests be doing? Are you offering a cocktail hour at the reception location? Do you not want them to […]
Where To Focus When Planning Your Wedding
When planning a wedding, you always wish you had more time: researching vendors, planning Pinterest-worthy decor, and creating the wedding schedule seems to fill more hours than you have available. Heck, even finding time to just cook a healthy meal is difficult. With Nichole Bushong’s help, you’ll get it all done and have more time back in your day.
Protect Yourself On Your Wedding Day
Two important things that can help you are Wedding Insurance (sometimes called Wedding Cancellations Insurance) and Wedding Liability Insurance. Jeff Barnes is president of Jeff Barnes Agency, INC., an American Family Insurance agency in Cedar Rapids. He has over 28 years experience as an award winning agent and wants to help you be prepared so you can relax and enjoy your special day.
Smart Reception Tips
Kerry Brewer, catering sales manager at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel, has that passion and is excited to help brides and grooms have the best reception possible. With almost 26 years of experience, she enjoys seeing dreams come true and making people happy.
Little Lights Collaboration
The Little Lights Collaboration started at Tuesday’s Together, a networking group based off The Rising Tide Society where entrepreneurs meet monthly and discuss various business topics. Many of the members are talented photographers who put together styled photo shoots. This styled shoot is called Little Lights Collaboration because Amanda Remington of Little Lights Weddings & Events planned it along with the area’s creatives to show off what Iowa professionals can do! The photography posted here is compliments of Stacie Ricklefs Photo + Design. This spring styled photo shoot’s theme is “Black Tie and Botanicals”. It takes place at the recently opened venue, Little Lights Weddings & Events in the historic downtown of West Branch, Iowa. Little Lights is eye catching from the moment you walk in the door. Your eyes will gaze at the exposed wood timbers, custom made chandelier and Edison bulbs, the re-purposed vintage bar, the hardwood floor, exposed brick, and hand crafted farmhouse tables. It’s historic, vintage, and rustic all in one and it is stunning. The bride is wearing a Privato gown, and the groom is in a classic black suit with a bow tie. The simple greenery for florals stands out against the neutral white, ivory, and black […]
Pantone Spring Inspired Wedding Flowers
Greenery, Pantone’s choice for the Color of the Year for 2017, is certainly getting a lot of attention and setting wedding trends all around the world. However, did you know that Pantone has also released nine other stunning colors as part of their Pantone Spring Color Report?
A Rustic Beach Themed Wedding
Kevin and Esther’s love of the beach was not only incorporated into their romantic proposal, but also into their beautiful rustic beach themed wedding. Family and friends were invited to share in the romance of their special day while enjoying the beautiful views and paradise of Bonita Springs, Florida. Richard Guin Films was happy to capture this day to share.
Choosing a Photo Booth For Your Wedding
T Marie Portraits and Photo Booth shares tips and advice on how to get a photo booth rental that you’ll love.
Planning A Fun Reception For Wedding Guests
“Think of your reception from the perspective of your guests,” says Chris. “Once the reception starts, make sure there’s not downtime.
Wedding Invitation Tips & Trends
Your wedding stationary is the first glimpse your guests get into your wedding. A beautifully done save-the-date or invitation will give them a sense of your style. Emily, owner of EmDesign, wants every bride and groom to get the oohs and aahs from amazing wedding invitations.
How To Succeed On Your Wedding Fitness Goals
Getting healthy and fit should top your wedding to-do list. Whether you have 12 months or only 6 weeks until your wedding, right now is a great time to get organized and develop your fitness plan.
Planning Your Outdoor Or Indoor Wedding Reception
Whether you want unique ways to make your wedding theme more striking, you want an outdoor ceremony or just a fantastic view for your cocktail hour, Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and Brown Deer Golf Club is your answer.
Rustic Americana Wedding
Steph and Tim got married on Labor Day weekend so it was only fitting their theme was Rustic Americana with a red, white, and blue color palette. It was a charming Iowa wedding full of love and great inspiration. Appleby Photography took great photos to share.
Love Sparks Love
This Real Wedding couple is extra special since they ironically met at wedding in which they were both part of the wedding party! Neither Allison nor William expected their lives would change forever by being part of a wedding, but they’re so grateful it has!
Tips For Dress Shopping
Every bride wants an amazing wedding dress. Finding that perfect dress is a special milestone in wedding planning. Elegant Repeats and Elegant Bridal has 24 years of experience helping brides reach that milestone while not breaking the bank.
Rustic Yellow, Gray, and White Summer Wedding
Tyler and Ashley chose a rustic theme for their wedding day so Celebration Farm was the perfect venue to pull it off. Yellow, gray, and white were their colors. Their wedding was absolutely gorgeous and they were excited to share their story and photos with other’s to help them plan for their big day as well! Tracy Griffin of T Marie Portraits and Photo Booth did an excellent job capturing their photos and putting together a slide show.
An Iowa Barn Wedding
Tom and Mandy met by chance through a mutual friend/co-worker on a trip to Las Vegas, May 20, 2012. Watch their touching video on how they met, fell in love, the proposal, finding their perfect home, and why they love each other.
Cedar Rapids Couple Wed in Beautiful Fall Wedding in Neighboring Illinois
Shelby and Jeff had a beautiful fall rustic wedding captured by Appleby Photography.
Getting the ‘Right’ Engagement Ring
Deciding that you want to spend the rest of your life with someone is a monumental decision and choosing an engagement ring is often the first step in a couple’s life journey together.
Finding the Right DJ for your Wedding
Selecting the right DJ for your wedding can be a daunting task! Do we go the cheapest route? How much should we pay for our DJ? What should all be included? Do we get to pick the music? Do we really even need a DJ for our reception? Finding a DJ isn’t that difficult. Finding a great, reputable one can be! Your DJ should rank high on your list of expenditures for your wedding, right up there with your venue and your photographer. YES, YOU NEED A DJ! The DJ is the glue that will hold your entire night together. A great DJ will act as a traffic cop of sorts. They are the ones lining up the wedding party for introductions, making sure your photographers and cinematographers are in the right position for capturing the best shots and letting everyone in the room know what is happening. Check with your venue, photographers, and cinematographers to see who they have liked working with. Remember, they have seen it all, the bad, the good, and the great! Inquire with your DJ! Once you have a few leads for your DJ, make contact with them! Us DJs get just as excited to […]
Congrats, you’re engaged! Now what? | Advice from an Iowa City wedding photographer
Barb Danielson of Daneilson Photography will help you figure out where to start planning your wedding with some great advice.
Tips To Help You De-Stress
Couples can really benefit from couples massage. “It would be great if they came on a regular basis, as it helps them to relax and communicate with each other better.,” says Wahneta. “Once a month would keep their relationship grounded and balanced, while helping them to speak from the heart.”
Don’t Miss A Step Many Brides Forget!
Planning a wedding requires so many steps and things to do. Having one company that can check off several items from your to-do list will save you time.
Pantone Color of the Year | Greenery Wedding Inspiration
Every year, wedding professionals wait with baited breath to see what Pantone will say their Color of the Year will be. For those of you unfamiliar, Pantone is kind of the industry standard for color choice with designers + printers. And, for many trendsetters in fashion, the wedding industry, and beyond you’ll find that their announcement of the ‘color of the year’ can really play a role in the designs + decor to come.
Emerald and Black Wedding at the Czech Museum in Cedar Rapids
Madde and Dan’s wedding was a dream underneath the giant chandelier at the National Czech and Slovak Museum
Get A Gourmet & Budget-Friendly Wedding Menu
“We use real, fresh ingredients and our own recipes, made from scratch, never from a mix.” This is what sets The Wright Touch Catering apart from their competition.
Stephanie Marie is an overly-enthusiastic destination wedding photographer that rocks at what she does. She lives for the unposed, authentic, and fun photo sessions. She captures connections you can feel with your eyes. Take a look at this fun, playful pillow fight and beach session. All this was done just for you, to show you what you can do with your engagement photos! Get creative, this is Iowa and we have some serious talent to help you capture some amazing photos you’ll want to blow up for your wall! Be forewarned – if you call Stephanie, she’s a huge goofball and she’ll probably give you a big bear hug when you meet either for coffee (or happy hour) to chat about your wedding plans! As stressful as wedding planning is, choosing a kick-ass photographer shouldn’t be. Want more inspiration from Stephanie Marie Photography? Then check out her website at www.stephaniemarie.com. Models: Melyssa & Darren January 22, 2016
Fun Summer Wedding
Ashley’s sister introduced her to Joe while attending Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, thus starting their friendship. Later, while living in different states, they met up again.
Building Homes and Love in Joplin, Missouri
Scott and Kolbi’s love of people and helping others connected them forever. This energetic couple planned and decorated much of their beautiful wedding solo and it’s no surprise that they want to share it with other couples for inspiration!
Tips & Trends With Reception Planning
Your wedding reception is an important part of your wedding day. You want it to be fun for your guests and easy for you.
Love at Last
Laura and Kyle are two of the kindest people you will meet, so it’s not surprising that they agreed to share their love story and wedding photos with you to help inspire you for your wedding day.
A Warm Fall Wedding Day at the Celebration Farm
Chelsea + Matt’s vision of a soft, romantic wedding came to fruition at the Celebration Farm in Iowa City last fall and The Modern Lovebird was on the scene to capture it.
Classic Black and White Wedding at Brown Deer
Brian and Julie had a classic black and white wedding with a reception at Brown Deer! Brian Hall Photographers captured this unforgettable modern, yet timeless wedding to share with you for inspiration.
Tips And Trends For Wedding Receptions
Tazia Heyl with Shores Event Center shared the trends she sees happening and her tips for a great reception. She loves her role in helping wedding couples choose the perfect location for their party.
A Bright + Gorgeous Indian Wedding at the Celebration Farm
This fusion wedding with Hindu and American traditions at the Celebration Farm has us swooning!
New Series Starting
We are happy to announce our new interview series, Local Wedding Professionals: Expert Tips and Advice. Planning your dream wedding is an incredible experience, and maybe sometimes a bit challenging.
Trends And Tips For Choosing Wedding Flowers
“Flowers will never be replaced for weddings, but brides are now using more foliage.”
A Wisconsin Brewery Co. Wedding
Vicki and Matt share a fondness of stout beer, so it made perfect sense to incorporate a brewery reception into their wedding. Married in Madison, Wisconsin and captured by Appleby Photography, the couple let their family and friends take part in their love of beer.
Wedding Hair: Tips & Tricks
Start with a consultation! As with any hair service, consultation with your stylist, well before your wedding is recommended. If you don’t have a regular stylist, make several appointments with a variety of stylists until you feel confident they know what you want, and are capable of doing it. Communication is the key to getting the results you want in your wedding hairstyle. Your consultation should include questions about your wedding…style of wedding, time of year and time of day it will be held, pictures of your dress and headpiece if available, pictures of what you have in mind. Having an honest discussion about your hair type and what is possible, and deciding together how to get the look you want. What to Expect the Wedding Morning Typically we allow one hour for each bride and bridesmaid for styling their hair. The time necessary for each person varies depending on what is being done to the hair. That’s where the consultation comes into play when planning. Some brides want a certain style for their wedding party, some don’t care. Most stylists will schedule at least one practice for their bride close to the wedding to get a game plan in […]
Catering And Reception Tips For A Perfect Event
What do guests think are the most important to a great wedding? Good food and an enjoyable experience.
A Kaneohe Bay Destination Wedding
Simon and Cathy met through friends on a Sunday night at Belgium beer garden on St. Kilda road in Melbourne. They started chatting and learned they had a bit in common – their appreciation for good Australian wine.
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