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What. A. Wedding!! Matthew and Maureen married at St. Edward Catholic Church in Waterloo, surrounded by their nearest and dearest. It was really important to them to have photos that reflect their special love for each other as well as candid, and natural photos of their families and wedding party all just being together. I […]

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January 15, 2020

Maureen & Matthew’s NYE Wedding

Cedar Falls Wedding Photographer Chelsea Dawn Weddings

Completely and utterly adored these two! We started their session at the (you guessed it!) Botanical Gardens in Des Moines and ventured out to the East Village <3 Amanda & Estefan, thank you so much for a wonderful time! I’m so looking forward to the wedding in 2021!! I hope you two have an amazing […]

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December 31, 2019

Amanda & Estefan’s Des Moines Engagement Session

Kenadey & Cody’s wedding at the Iowa Events Center was EVERYTHING! I’ve never seen so much confetti in my life (I was still pulling it out of my camera bag a week later, hah!) The craziest part = they planned everything out in less than 6 months! (Shoutout to Taylor from White Willow Events for […]

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December 12, 2019

Kenadey & Cody’s Iowa Event Center Wedding, Des Moines

Travelers Sign Des Moines Wedding Photos

A gorgeous November day with a little sprinkle of snow on the ground AND some leaves still left on the trees?! YES PLEASE.

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December 6, 2019

Sami & Mike, Married in Denver, IA

Jennifer and Nick’s wedding at the Oster Regent Theatre was one for the books! I was really excited when I learned Jennifer would be getting ready in my favorite bridal suite at the Blackhawk Hotel (all of the rooms are so cute & cool!). This room gives major moody-vibes and just photographs so, so well! […]

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November 13, 2019

Jennifer and Nick’s Wedding at the Oster Regent Theatre in Cedar Falls

Cheyenne & James knew each other for practically forever – but sparks officially flew once they rekindled on social media after college & an internship! Their ceremony took place outdoors on Cheyenne’s family’s land – in a cozy little spot that gave off MAJOR woodland-fairy vibes! It was the best kind of day for an October wedding: it was brisk, but not cold, overcast at times, and we got the prettiest golden-hour light trickling in through the trees during sunset!

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November 8, 2019

Cheyenne & James’ Mercer, Missouri Wedding

Kaylee & Bill are the real deal. They first connected on four years ago and shared their first date at a Brewery in Minneapolis (where they live with their sweet pup, Mickey!) It was important to them to meet in a well-lit, public place to ensure the other wasn’t a serial killer (I can […]

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November 6, 2019

Kaylee & Bill’s Cedar Rapids Wedding

Cedar Rapids Wedding photo on the public library rooftop

I love everything about this couple, this wedding, and this entire day! Ally & Ethan were married at Heartland Presbyterian Church in Des Moines. They didn’t see each other until Ally walked down the aisle (queue all the feels) and spent the night dancing at the Rivercenter with their awesome friends and guests! Ally & […]

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October 29, 2019

Ally & Ethan’s Des Moines Wedding

Where to even begin with this one? An amazing couple, a wonderful venue, and a really fun wedding party. The best recipe for a great wedding! I think this was probably one of my more anticipated weddings this year (mainly because after I made a comment somewhere about bringing a megaphone to weddings, Ellen chimed […]

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October 22, 2019

Ellen & Hunter’s Country View Acres Wedding in Joice, IA

Country View Acres Wedding

Nathan met Christopher (now loving called Topher), and they immediately hit it off, talking about The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy until 3 am. After seeing the Avengers together on their first date, they became inseparable! You all know I looooove a good proposal story. Well, these two sweet humans have THREE and they’re […]

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October 14, 2019

Christopher & Nathan’s Outdoor Wedding at Rapid Creek Cidery

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