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Proposal + Ben & Conor

When Ben’s first proposal plan didn’t go expected, he knew he needed to come up with something even better. So, he fabricated a wedding reception as an excuse to get Conor to Cedar Ridge Winery in Iowa to pop the question. Conor was so taken aback, she didn’t even notice a photographer in the background capturing every moment. After the excited yes, Conor continued to be surprised, finding their families at the restaurant (where they happened to have their first date) and then discovering all of her closest friends at the local brewery. Needless to say, plan B went off without a hitch and the two are happily planning their big day.

From the soon-to-be groom, Ben:

I went to Tanzania and we spent 6 weeks with minimal communication. That is when I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. I had actually already asked both of her parents, who assured me I didn’t need to ask, but appreciated it and gave me their blessing.

Photography: Stephanie Marie Photography

 

Real Wedding + Gena & Conner

Sparks literally flew when Gena and Conner met at a summer bonfire. A Las Vegas engagement was next, followed by the wedding day of their dreams. The couple used their long engagement to their advantage, planning out every detail from the personalized sugar cookies to the various wedding favors (wild flower seed packets or pizza cutters). Both sides of the couple were honored by having two separate rooms at the reception: one decorated in lavender and greenery, complete with dinner and an a cappella group, and the other one decorated with bistro tables and black and gold candles.

From the bride…

Celebrating at the dance was so much fun with friends and family who welcomed us onto the dance floor by shaking poms which was a tribute to my many years as a cheerleader. Our guests toasted the night away in cups personalized with our last name and the night was capped off with fire brick pizzas which everyone enjoyed.

VENDORS

Photography: Melanie Sioux Photography // Dress: White Lace Bridal & Formal Wear // Menswear: Black Tie Optional // Videography: Glasser Images // Desserts: Cake Dreams + Dan’s Supermarket Bakery // Venue: Sixteen03 Main Events // Beauty: Bombshell Salon // Transportation: Nightlife Limousine // DJ: Night Scene DJ // Stationary: Flash Printing // Flowers; Dutch Mill Florists // Jewelry: Zorells Jewelry // Alterations: Modify Alterations