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Hi. It’s me, Chelsea. Coming up for air really quick to bring you a post about all of my favorite items that are helping me survive a hectic (albeit FUN) wedding season!  Right now I’m in the middle of a 17-wedding streak (first weekend off is still over a month away – but I can […]

behind the scenes, Bride Tribe & Groom Room Series, Tips & Planning

July 19, 2019

Surviving Wedding Season

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How to Nail Your First Look Photos   1. Pick a location you love Tell your photographer where you’d like to do the first look! Try to find a place that is private (sorry wedding party & fams!) so you can really soak it all in together, in a quiet and calm environment. You have the […]

Bride Tribe & Groom Room Series, Tips & Planning

July 3, 2018

How to Nail Your First Look Photos

how to nail your first look photos

I’ve had quite a few people come to me with questions about photographing wedding details.  This is going to address e v e r y t h i n g Wedding details are some of my favorite things to photograph!  They not only help tell the story of the day, but they can help showcase […]

behind the scenes, Bride Tribe & Groom Room Series, Tips & Planning

June 27, 2018

Photographing Wedding Details

Photographing the wedding details in interesting ways

Non-Traditional Weddings Are Gaining Momentum While non-traditional weddings are on the rise, there are still plenty of couples sticking to time-old traditions with their weddings.  Maybe you’re somewhere in the middle; stuck on the fence, and lacking inspiration (or the confidence to do what you want to do). This article is for you.   Tradition […]

Bride Tribe & Groom Room Series, Tips & Planning

May 12, 2018

6 Non-Traditional Elements You Can Bring to Your Wedding

Fort Dodge Wedding at St. Olaf's with Baileigh and Luke snuggling by the window

Iowa’s best desserts – from drool-inducing cake-balls, to traditional buttercream frosting cupcakes We are almost to cupcake season!  I mean, wedding season, haha.  I’ve had a ton of fun eating (I mean, PHOTOGRAPHING) all different kinds of wedding desserts over the last few years.  If you’ve ever wondered to yourself, “who makes some of Iowa’s […]

behind the scenes, Tips & Planning, wedding day

April 15, 2018

Iowa’s best desserts

Wedding cupcake display

Should Your Bridesmaid Dresses Have Sleeves?   ‘The modern bride has so many options for her gown and bridal party that it is hard to choose. When the subject of the bridesmaid gowns comes up, the decision is often based on more than just fashion. Some brides are happy to let the bridesmaid make her […]

guest post, Tips & Planning

December 1, 2017

Should Your Bridesmaid Dresses Have Sleeves? (Guest Post)

Iowa wedding - Bridesmaid Dresses in a store front window

There are many reasons why destination weddings have become so popular. They are customized to the likes of the bride and groom. Tradition is not an issue when you opt to have a wedding on the beach of Hawaii. The wedding is simpler, faster and less stressful than a traditional wedding. You also avoid the […]

destination wedding, guest post, Tips & Planning

July 30, 2017

Common Problems With A Destination Wedding and Solutions

Destination wedding budget and expenses

It’s practically the only time you’ll get to be alone with your fiance on your wedding day.  As much as you’ll probably want to please everyone else on your wedding day, the day is really about the two of you starting your lives together.  The more photos you have that tell THAT story, the happier you’ll be down the road.

Bride Tribe & Groom Room Series, Tips & Planning

January 30, 2017

First look wedding photos – are they for you?

First look wedding photos

Getting ready photos are some of my absolute favorite moments of a wedding day.  I love documenting beautiful memories between a bride and her best friends as she gets ready for her whirlwind of a day.  Some of my favorite photos of grooms happen when the parents see their son in his tuxedo for the first time, or when his groomsmen go in for an unscripted hug while they’re getting ready together.

Bride Tribe & Groom Room Series, Tips & Planning

July 21, 2016

How to LOVE your getting ready photos

Baileigh stunned in her beautiful wedding gown on her wedding day in Fort Dodge
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