Charming Rustic Central Iowa Wedding // Spencer + Emily 9.15.18

I first met Spencer and Emily in a coffee shop in Des Moines, and I knew I was going to love capturing their wedding day! It was evident from the very first minute how absolutely enthralled they were with each other, and their engagement session proved that even more (see their sweet engagement session here ). The love they share is practically tangible— the adoring glances and sweet giggles is just perfect!

Emily and her bridesmaids started their day at the salon before making their way to the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds to finish their preparations. When I arrived, I was blown away at the transformation of the building— my only experience with this building was from the state fair, filled with animal smells and sounds and crowded with people. I’d never been able to imagine the room any different, but it was set up so beautifully.

Emily’s sweet momma helped her into her dress, then Emily walked outside to meet Spencer for their first look— he teared up as he saw her but the joy they both shared in those moments together melted my heart. They took a moment to read letters they’d written to each other, and then we walked around the fairgrounds for pictures!

After finishing up with family photos, we all prepared for the ceremony. The way Spencer and Emily incorporated their families into the ceremony was amazing— nieces and nephews walked down cute signs, rings, and flower petals, and Emily’s uncle had the honor of officiating the ceremony. Vows were shared, unity sand was poured, rings were exchanged, and their marriage was sealed with a kiss.

The bridal party hopped on a party bus right after the ceremony to drive into the city and spend time together while the guests enjoyed sweet treats at the reception. The bridal party was announced, emotional toasts were shared, and then guests were dismissed for dinner. Spencer and Emily walked around to talk with all of the people they love. After dinner, Spencer and Emily cut the cake then shared their first dance as husband and wife. The rest of the night was spent dancing and enjoying the company of all of their special guests.

My favorite part of Spencer and Emily’s wedding (beyond their freaking adorable love for each other!) was the love their bridal party and guests had for them. I loved seeing people cheer them on and laugh and have a good time, all while celebrating Spencer and Emily’s love :)

Here are my favorite photos of their day! xoxo