Tuesday, October 31, 2017

James + Allison || Two Years and a surprise! || Des Moines Wedding Photographer

 James + Allison || Anniversary Session

James and Allison were one of my 2015 wedding couples, and it's been so fun to watch them as they navigated engagement, wedding planning, first years of marriage and home buying! 

 I love getting to photograph my previous wedding couples AFTER their wedding day, as it's such a fun chance to catch up and hear the things that have grown them and made their marriage thrive <3
 Relationships with my clients is truly at the heart of my business, and anniversary sessions with couples is such a great way to keep that relationship alive!  but anyway... back to the real reason of my post ;)

  Allison contacted me at the end of the summer to tell me that her and James were beginning to dream of starting a family! She had an idea for a very special session where she would surprise James with the news, WHILE I was taking pictures!! (talk about pressure!!!)

However, a few months later when she texted me the exciting news, timing couldn't have been worse - I was on my way to FLORIDA for a week! I texted back and said I hoped she could keep a secret! After what I'm sure was an agonizing 10 days later, I messaged James and Allison about modeling for a blog post about marriage for me - all the while secret texts flew back and forth between Allison and I!

After photographing for a few minutes, I told James and Allison that I wanted them to stand back to back and I was going to give them a chalkboard. I told them I wanted to write 3 words that described their spouse. 

It's a good thing Allison loves him an awful lot or she might have strangled him! 

 Meanwhile, Allison had some VERY exciting, life changing news on hers! 


All the tears here folks!! 

 Gotta show the proof! 
 I have to say I don't think Allison is the gullible one here ;)

Congratulations you two, I'm so happy for you!! 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Wedding || Jordan and Jessica : Classic Indianola, IA wedding

Hello all! It's been such a long time since I have blogged a wedding, and I have so many beautiful ones in my queue! (random though. using that word for "line" makes me fondly remember my childhood playing Roller Coaster Tycoon with my little brother... #childhoodmemories ;))

Anyway, next up is a beautiful Indianola, Iowa wedding! The ceremony took place at the Simpson College chapel, so we were able to take advantage of some of the beautiful buildings for our photos! I first met Jordan and Jessica for their engagement session last fall, so it was a blast to finally meet them after conversing back and forth for what seemed like forever!

Jessica and Jordan are both very intellectual people, pursuing degrees in the medical field and law field, respectively. To balance that, they are both hilarious, sweet and fun! I loved my time with them. Congratulations to you both!

So often I will have bridesmaids ask me what I want them to do during this part of the "getting ready" Most often no matter what I tell them, they end of giggling and laughing together - and that is EXACTLY what I want them to do ;) 

I loved Jessica's classic, beautiful lace wedding dress!

The three Briggs ladies!
First look with dad... always a tear jerker <3

Love, Rachel