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!!!