What to do when you have winds gusting to 40 miles per hour? You take the first look inside! And, what better venue to do that then the State Capitol Building. The Atwood Wedding party couldn’t have been happier with the choice.

Getting ready to the first look. Enjoy the images!

Getting ready to the first look. Enjoy the images!

Atwood Wedding

After the ceremony, it is time to have fun! A live band provides the perfect incentive for getting on your feet and dancing.

Location: Iowa State Capitol Building, Principal Riverwalk

Photographer’s Notes: The Iowa Capitol grounds offered a variety of settings for Christine and Matt’s June engagement snapshot, but the fun didn’t stop there. We used the beautiful arches down by the Des Moines River for a more romantic scene. And thanks to sheer luck, a train passed by as we were leaving creating another unique backdrop.

One of the most valuable pieces of advice I can offer to couples is this: Be truly present on your wedding day and have fun with it. If you take it too seriously, you’ll end up stressed and disappointed — which is not a good way to remember your big day. Clients Melissa and Darryl understood this perfectly.

Be truly present on your wedding day and have fun with it.

Be truly present on your wedding day and have fun with it.

I remember meeting Darryl at a bridal show. He walked by my booth and I reached out to talk with him. I found out that he was excited about the wedding process and wanted to have an active part in the planning, so he had come by himself to the bridal show to check out the vendors. He was delighted that I reached out to him because many vendors seemed to ignore him, choosing only to focus on the brides attending the show. From our brief conversation, I was excited to be a part of their wedding.

A friend of theirs kicked off the festivities by performing an interpretive dance while guests were being seated.

A friend of theirs kicked off the festivities by performing an interpretive dance while guests were being seated.

Melissa and Darryl were married in 2014 under the trellis at Summerset Winery. A friend of theirs kicked off the festivities by performing an interpretive dance while guests were being seated. The rabbi — who was also father of the bride — kept the day lighthearted by sprinkling bits of humor in conversations before and after the ceremony. It was truly an emotional experience to watch as he officiated their wedding ceremony.

A Day to Enjoy

It was truly an emotional experience to watch as her father officiated their wedding ceremony.

A Day to Enjoy

Once the vows and rings were exchanged, the couple’s fun-loving spirit came out in full force.

Once the vows and rings were exchanged, the couple’s fun-loving spirit came out in full force. The groom and his groomsmen took off their jackets and unbuttoned their dress shirts to reveal t-shirts with a variety of superhero symbols. The bride even got in on the fun with her new “super husband.” (And of course, I helped the photos a bit to set the scene).

The groom and his groomsmen took off their jackets and unbuttoned their dress shirts to reveal t-shirts with a variety of superhero symbols.

The groom and his groomsmen took off their jackets and unbuttoned their dress shirts to reveal t-shirts with a variety of superhero symbols.

Then came the reception. The women had been practicing their wedding party entrance the previous evening to make sure they one-upped the men. A little wedding party rivalry always makes the day more entertaining.

The women had been practicing their wedding party entrance the previous evening to make sure they one-upped the men.

The women had been practicing their wedding party entrance the previous evening to make sure they one-upped the men.

The rest of the night was enjoyable, also. A friend of theirs sang throughout the evening, adding a special touch to their first dance. Melissa and Darryl, as well as their friends and family, thoroughly enjoyed their day as their wedding photos showcase. Truly, a day to enjoy!

Then came the reception, where everyone was touched by the father-daughter dance when her father asked his wife to join them.

Then came the reception, where everyone was touched by the father-daughter dance when her father asked his wife to join them.

A friend of theirs sang throughout the evening, adding a special touch to their first dance.

A friend of theirs sang throughout the evening, adding a special touch to their first dance.

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