This Iowa City wedding at Old Brick was perfect. PERFECT. A bride who could SLAY her bridal portraits. Check. A humorous groom who couldn’t wipe the happy smile from his face all day. Check. The most heartfelt vows ever. Check. A gorgeous venue with lots of natural light and jewel toned decor. Check. All my favorite things, and I just can’t get over it. Join me as I relive this love-filled day with one of the most genuine couples I’ve worked with so far on my journey. I’ll add my commentary as I go because…there’s alot.
Old Brick Florals: HyVee Dress: Maggie Sottero, Hope’s Bridal Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN Tuxes: Holley’s Jewelry: MC Ginsberg Hair and Makeup: Adeva Salon Catering and Cake: Hyvee Bar: Devin & Drew Drinkwine, John’s Grocery DJ: Vibrations DJ
Let’s first take a moment to ogle over this Maggie Sottero gown.
The beading. *sigh*
I love capturing the little details of your outfit, too. It will be fun to look back on one day!
Finally getting to wear her dream dress!
I try to be a fly on the wall when I’m not taking posed portraits. I just want to document the day as it naturally unfolds, capturing genuine emotions.
Be prepared for the best bridal portraits ever. Seriously, they are all so gorgeous and magazine worthy. Clarissa KILLED it.
This veil was soooooo beautiful, but it gave us a run for our money in the wind on the balcony.
I mean…can you even believe how beautiful Clarissa is? Gorgeous woman, gorgeous dress.
Slay, girl, slayyyy.
I love this sweet portrait. I think it really captures a bride’s excitement and nerves on her wedding day, turning inward as she prepares to take vows with her love. And can you believe how beautiful her bouquet was? Hyvee did such a wonderful job on the florals.
Groom portraits are just as important, even if we don’t usually take a million different poses.
The first look. Mark getting excited to finally see his bride!
First look on the steps of the Old Capitol. As gorgeous as you think it would be.
Ok, now prepare yourself for some stellar couple’s portraits. These guys were naturals, and you can see all of the respect and love for each other in all of their images. Couples like this are why I feel so lucky to be doing what I do!
Old Brick all set up for the ceremony and reception. I love all of the natural light that pours through the old windows.
The couple did a wine box ceremony after exchanging vows. They will open the box, read a note placed inside and share the bottle of wine on a future wedding anniversary.
Gorgeous decor! It’s so fun to see how each couple decorates their venue. I love the simple centerpieces, with their geometric vases and jewel toned flowers.
The couple had a speakeasy bar set up in a back corner with a black and white movie projecting on the ceiling. The speakeasy they enjoyed in Santa Monica inspired the feel for their reception.
I love Clarissa’s glance over at her mom before she gets handed over to Mark. You can see her excitement!
I love when couples write their own vows.
Mark’s vows were so heartfelt and had us all teary.
Wine boxing ceremony
One of my favorite parts of the day is taking the newly married couple out for a few minutes for some sunset portraits. It’s usually the only break in the day that they have together just the two of them. Typically the timing is right before or after dinner, so they finally get to have a moment to breathe it all in.
One of my all time favorite first dance photographs.
Father daughter dances always make me cry, and this was no exception.
This kid was on fire!
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