Sunday, December 3, 2017

Casa Ybel Weddings - Sanibel Island Photographer

casa ybel wedding


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Casa Ybel Wedding - Sanibel Island Photographer

Loving all of the amazing weddings we have photographed this fall season! It's been a busy one and has taken us to some amazing locations. Looking forward to sharing a ton of fun wedding highlights over the coming weeks!

This stunning fall wedding on Sanibel Island took place on the lawn at Casa Ybel Resort with their photographs taken on the beach right at this perfectly tropical wedding location.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Country Celebrations Sioux City - Open House This Sunday!

 Mark your calendars, this Sunday, November 19th, 2017 Country Celebrations Event Center on Hamilton Blvd. in Sioux City will be hosting their annual open house and I will be there along with the Impressions Photography team ready to talk wedding! If you are planning a special event or wedding and are still searching for the perfect location definitely come by and take a tour of this stunning facility. And if you have your venue selected but still need cake, flowers, music (and of course photography!) there will be some of Iowa's best wedding professionals on site ready to answer questions and help make wedding planning easy.

Doors open at 12:00pm and the event is free to attend. If you are looking for something fun to do in Sioux City this weekend, this is the place to be!

Country Celebrations Event Center
 5606 Hamilton Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51108
Open House
November 19th, 2019
12pm - 2:30pm

Everyone is welcome!

 Pictured above - styled shoot at Country Celebrations Event Center
Flowers - Flowercart Creations 
Rentals - 6 South Designs 
Dress - Allure Bridals

Monday, November 13, 2017

Delta Hotel Wedding - Nebraska Photographer

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 It's wedding season everywhere right now. I am pretty sure October is a beautiful time to get married no matter where you are... And November isn't much different. So with that being said I have been bopping all over for the past 2 months capturing weddings, engagements and a few other fun photo shoots between in every corner of the country. 

I had the pleasure of starting October in Naples, Florida with a stunning wedding at Treviso Bay. From there it has been a couple months of going and airplanes and travel and a few adventures. I photographed in one of the most grand and stunning churches in Los Angeles and then to the most quaint little beach ceremony on Boca Grande. This past weekend I was back in the Midwest at one of my favorite locations, the new Delta Hotel in South Sioux City.... Nebraska is starting to get a little cold out and I have to admit I was a bit concerned about this outdoor ceremony, but it was absolutely perfect (and complete with blankets for every guest)!

So with that I have been a little behind on the blogging and the social media, but tons of great weddings and some super unique wedding inspirations to come! Including lots more from this amazing South Sioux City Delta Hotel wedding!!! Check back soon!


Monday, October 30, 2017

Tween Waters Wedding - Captiva Island Wedding

Tween Waters is the hub of entertainment on Captiva Island and a pretty cool wedding destination too! I always tell my clients, no matter where you are planning your wedding, Sanibel or Captiva Island to Fort Myers Beach, go to the Tween Waters website and check out the list of entertainment. Live bands rock the place on the weekends. They have been known to even bring in some nationally recognized musicians. The venue is intimate, great for dancing and a neat place to meet a few Captiva Island locals too! One of my favorite events is Crab Races. You can get your out of town wedding guests together and take them to a very Captiva event... live crab races, fun prizes and appropriate for all ages. Even the flower girl and ring barer will enjoy this island tradition!

There are a few annual events that are also worth marking the calendar for. September was a full weekend of music with the Song Writers Festival. Musicians took over the quaint resort with tons of music and festivities poolside. And for couples who are planning a late October wedding, there is one Tween Waters annual event that is talked about and planned for months in advance. The annual Halloween party is one of the most elaborate of events. Big money is on the line for best costume and the islanders don't take the competition lightly. The year wraps up with an over the top Christmas display complete with Santa and "real" snow blowing towards the beach. It my be a tropical island, but there is no mistaking that it's December when you see the giant Christmas tree and thousands of sparkling lights.

Tween Waters is a great resort for the Jimmy Buffet style, sand between your toes authentic island wedding. It offers amazing food, great staff and a true tropical island experience. And it also is the place to be if you are looking for a little action on an otherwise low key island.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bellasera Wedding - Naples Photographer

Naples wedding in the Bellasera Lobby

Happy New Year from Impressions Photography! I simply love this time of year. I have already had a dozen calls from couples who just got engaged over the holidays and are ready to talk wedding photography! And anyone who knows me knows, I can talk weddings all day long! From discussions about the different venue options to photo ideas, I love hearing what couples have planned and their ideas for making their wedding day extra special (and their pictures extra special too!).

Bellasera in Naples, Florida is one of those perfect wedding venues that I was just chatting with a couple about earlier today. It's very timeless setting with grand architecture and beautiful areas for a garden wedding. It truly is a must see for couples planning their Naples wedding. And be sure give me a ring when you're ready to chat photography too! I love celebrating with couples throughout SWFL and Bellasera is no exception!!! Happy planning!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sioux City Wedding - Iowa Photographer

Country celebrations wedding sioux city


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Minneapolis Engagement - Midwest Wedding Photographer

Minneapolis couple gets married in Sioux City, Iowa

Minneapolis couple gets married in Sioux City, Iowa

Minneapolis couple gets married in Sioux City, Iowa

Minneapolis couple gets married in Sioux City, Iowa

Today is a very special day for this adorable couple! Shayli and Paul are getting married in their hometown of Sioux City, Iowa and Impressions Photography will be there to capture every moment of this incredible celebration! 

We have been looking forward to capturing this day since we first met Shayli and Paul back in 2016. The couple hired us to photograph both their wedding day and their engagement pictures. For their engagement photographs we met them in Minneapolis and took advantage of a great neighborhood near where they currently live. The architecture and the landscape we found in Minneapolis definitely were a treat to work with... oh and then Shayli and Paul... both so adorable and so very in love, capturing the romance was just simple.

And now finally their wedding day is here! Our gear is all packed and we are ready to photograph and celebrate these two sweethearts! Lots of wedding pictures coming very soon. Be sure and check back and see what amazingness today brings when these two say "I do"!!


Friday, September 29, 2017

Des Moines Engagement - Iowa Photographer

des moines engagment photographs at the art center


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

50 Weddings Project - Wedding Photography

Checking in from 35,000 feet! I'm in the air, sipping champagne in first class and comfortably spread out working on a super glamorous project. Ha! Just dreaming.... Cramped in coach drinking an unknown beverage that they referred to as "coffee" thumbing this blog post on my phone while my elbows are in some yoga-like pose pressed into my sides. Thought it would be a good time for a 50 Weddings Project update....Because let's be honest, if I'm not questioning why I started this project now, it's safe to say I'm committed to it!! 

If you're not familiar with the project, it was an idea I had a few years back to combine my two loves, travel and wedding photography. I'm slowly but surely making my way around the country attempting to photograph a wedding in every state. I've just checked Massachusetts off the list and I'm very excited to be heading to Texas this winter. As a Florida wedding photographer most of the weddings I have photographed have been destination weddings, so when I find myself in New England or over on the west coast I can't help but notice how completely different each region celebrates weddings. Foods, customs, decorations, even the timeline for how the day unfolds are all different. Of course with the one constant, love! So if you're planning your Illinois wedding or you are helping a friend plan for Oregon, count me in! I'm hoping to celebrate with a few more couples and add even more states to the list soon! Check out the full list of states on the Impressions Photography website, I'm only half way there, many more to go!!! 

So traveling on I go. I'll be in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Iowa and Florida over the next month (and tentatively squeezing in Philadelphia). A few layovers will have my feet in some other cities and I imagine I'll find myself in Nebraska and South Dakota at some point too because who doesn't randomly end up there from time to time (my Sioux City friends understand). I'm always happy to offer wedding consultations, engagement pictures or just to catch up while I'm on the road. Message me if you want to get together!!! Till then.... Signing off from the sky! ✈️

chicago engagemetn pictures for 50 weddings project
Chelsi & Dave - helping to check Texas off the list with their wedding this winter!


Monday, September 25, 2017

Des Moines Wedding - Iowa Photographer

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des moines wedding rollins mansion getting ready pictures

rollins mansion archway wedding pictures

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romantic des moines bride and

The Mayo Family from Sioux City wedding

rollins masion set for a wedding

rollins masion set for a wedding

There are not enough words to express how special this wedding day was. Amidst a very stressful weekend, as hurricane Irma was about to collide with my beloved Florida, I was 1,500 miles away in Des Moines, Iowa photographing a wedding. I think photographing anything that day would have been a welcome distraction, but this particular wedding day you couldn't help but feel an overwhelming amount of love and joy! Being in the company of an adoring and confident couple and two families that were so happy made it impossible to not to smile.

Katie and Corey were that special couple that brought us to Des Moines to photograph their wedding day and it was by far the best place to be that weekend. Their day was like something out of a fairy tale. The setting was the Rollins Mansion. The castle like architecture and beautifully manicured landscape make the mansion a photographers dream! On their wedding day we used some of the best wedding picture backdrops Des Moines has to offer at this incredible wedding venue. From the huge stone archways to the garden setting, everywhere we turned was another picturesque location. The Rollins mansion is definitely a hidden gem in Des Moines and worth checking out if you are trying to find that perfectly romantic garden wedding ceremony location.

Katie and Corey and their group celebrated the evening away with tons of food and dancing under the stars. Their courtyard wedding and reception ended up being perfect for a mid September wedding. From the terrace where their party was held you could even see the downtown Des Moines skyline and the beautiful Iowa State Capitol building lighting up the night sky. It was definitely a treat to sit back and document their day as it unfolded. From the first moments of the day as the couple shared a first look to a choreographed dance that had guests in tears, there was never a shortage of memories to photograph. I'm still smiling just thinking about that special day!!!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sanibel Island Engagment Pictures - Florida Photographer


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Featured Wedding! - Sanibel Island Photographer


Monday, September 18, 2017

Sioux City Wedding - Iowa Photographer

backyard wedding in Sioux City
backyard wedding in Sioux City
backyard wedding in Sioux City

This intimate backyard wedding was simply the best! Heather and Jeff tied the knot at Heather's family home in Sioux City, Iowa.  They were joined by 30 close friends and family where they held an outdoor ceremony followed by an evening celebration. The setting was perfect for pictures too. The family lives on the Whispering Creek Golf Course in Sioux City. The course is stunning and offered amazing views and perfect wedding picture backdrops. The day was a bit overcast, but that worked out perfectly offering a soft romantic light for those golf course pictures.

The couple resides in Lincoln, Nebraska where Jeff owns an aquaponics greenhouse. His green thumb was evident in all of their decorations. Flowers covered every inch of the house and even Heather's wedding bouquet was created by Jeff and a surprise for Heather the morning of the wedding. It was definitely a romantic gesture and a unique element that made their day very personal. You can check out Jeff's amazing work and very interesting story of his business on his website at Grow With the Flow

backyard wedding in Sioux City

 And if you are also planning your backyard wedding in the Sioux City area or any special event, check out Impressions Photography too!  I would love to be there to celebrate your love story and to document those special memories and your wedding day!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fort Myers Engagement Pictures - Florida Photographer

Fort Myers tropical engagement pictures

This Fort Myers engagement session had us all smiles from start to finish! We met Leanne and Elliot in the most adorable and quint little tropical garden near Leanne's family home in Fort Myers. The couple resides in Orlando, but made the trip back home for a wedding planning weekend and so we could capture these very special engagement pictures!

Fort Myers tropical engagement pictures

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Fort Myers tropical engagement pictures

Fort Myers tropical engagement pictures

Fort Myers tropical engagement pictures

I think we spent the better part of the portrait session laughing! Elliot, who is originally from England, managed to have us all cracking up with his witty comments delivered with a charming British accent. Leanne was all smiles too. We attempted to do a few serious pictures, but that proved to be pretty much impossible!

Fort Myers tropical engagement pictures

The couple will be married in Fort Myers next year. I know their wedding day is going to be a blast to photograph. I doubt we will be doing many serious pictures.... but I'm positive they will be a ton of fun to spend the day with! Love that I get to be their wedding photographer!!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

After Hurricane Irma - Fort Myers, Florida

Boca Grande Wedding Church

 While it doesn't take a hurricane for me to go on about how much I love my home state of Florida, it certainly didn't hurt.... I have spent the past week preaching to everyone who will listen how incredible my beloved Florida is and especially my little corner in SWFL. Fort Myers and all of Florida have been making the news throughout the entire country as Hurricane Irma directed her wrath at my people. I skated out a few days before it made landfall and headed to my second home in Iowa. It was an incredibly emotional few days watching the storm from afar and feeling helpless. My list of concerns was endless, from all of the people who stayed behind, my friends, my family (who represent every corner of the state), my modest little home in Fort Myers that I bought when I was 24 years old and have invested my soul into, to the possibility of flooding and storm surge that could ruin a lifetime of memories packaged into that little house. Although I wavered on how eminent I felt it was, even the slimmest possibility of loss seemed overwhelming. Having lived in Florida through hurricanes Charlie and Wilma, I know all too well how devastating a hurricane can be. After Charlie I had friends who were left homeless and all of SWFL suffered through an economy that took years to rebound. Florida felt effects that went on well beyond what the national news covered.

The full extent of damage done by Irma is still unknown, however I am counting my blessings as I write this because my friends and family, as well as their homes, are all safe. My home was a trooper again and kept every shingle in place and the 50 or so trees on my property even managed to stay strong. I definitely feel like prayers were answered.

With most fears behind me and the hurricane having passed I have a very specific request for everyone who wants to offer help. If you want to help Florida, go to Florida.... I mean, not today necessarily unless you are ready to get to work. But in the coming months if not weeks, plan that trip to Florida. Hit the beaches on Sanibel Island, plan that destination wedding for Boca Grande. For over a year after Hurricane Charlie I saw a huge decline in families that were doing beach vacations and clients planning destination weddings. While SWFL had recovered, most businesses had reopened and things looked as stunning as ever, vacationers avoided the region. That had an impact on my business, Impressions Photography, and so many other local business that depend on tourism. As Hurricane Irma has now passed, the clean up efforts will move swiftly. Hotels, such as La Playa in Naples and Tween Waters on Captiva Island have already announced plans to open in the coming days. Our beaches are still stunning, our people are still among the best in the service industry and although our vegetation might be a little more sparse, Florida is still the best vacation destination there is! As I talk to people here in the Midwest, I think there is a misunderstanding about how soon we will be able to welcome tourists again. Florida will be ready quickly. The best thing you can do for Florida is to start planning and go to Florida.

And of course, giving to charities that help hurricane victims is undoubtedly something we should all do. I'm a huge supporter of UNICEF and had the pleasure of participating in their national convention earlier this year. I absolutely trust the organization to do amazingness with every dollar they receive. They will be helping with communities internationally that were effected by Irma. There are tons of other great charities that are working locally too. That financial support, especially for the harder hit areas like the Keys, along with continued tourism will have Florida back in business in no time. #FloridaStrong

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I included few pictures I took on Boca Grande just last week. I hear that most of the island withstood the storm and even the Gasparilla Inn which was doing some renovations while I was there looks to have stood strong. I'm photographing a wedding at the Inn in a few weeks I will definitely be reporting back on how everything looks then.

Monday, September 4, 2017

South Seas Resort Wedding - Captiva Island Photographer

Just another spectacular South Seas Island Resort wedding that I have to share! I've had the pleasure of photographing so many great weddings on Sanibel and Captiva Island and I've seen so much great destination wedding inspiration. So for those brides and grooms that are doing a little planning this Labor Day, here is some pretty from one of the best tropical destination wedding locations right here in Southwest Florida. South Seas is stunning and unique. And there are just so many great locations for wedding pictures throughout the property. I've included images from the beach, the golf course and the Kings Crown (the most pristine lawn on Captiva Island). The property is definitely a gem and worth checking out if you are planning a Florida wedding.
And of course as always, take me! I love being a part of South Seas Island Resort weddings. If you have selected this palm tree covered oasis for your day, let's chat about wedding photography! There are tons of great picture spots on the resort property, I would be happy to share my ideas for making your wedding day pictures extra special and unique!
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