Jasmin and Drew had a beautiful summer day for their June 18th wedding ceremony held at Central Gardens in Clear Lake, IA.
I am sure this radiant bride was more than just a bit nervous planning an outdoor wedding, but she sure got lucky! It was just a tad on the hot side, but that was definitely better than the rain we’d been experiencing.
I had the pleasure of photographing among these beautiful gardens full of colorful blossoms. It definitely made my job more fun. It was nice to have several different locations to take family and group portraits. I have dozens of beautiful shots of Drew and Jasmin, it will make it difficult to choose for the album.
The reception was just as intimate of an affair as the wedding ceremony, but still held in high style at the Clarion Inn of Mason City, IA.
Jasmin created the most amazing hand-made candles for favors tucked in cute little craft paper boxes and labeled with a monogrammed stamp. I just love home-made finishing touches.
I can’t wait to share all the images with this bride and groom. But for now, enjoy this sneak peek!
When you are engaged, it is such a special time. It has this fleeting quality to it. You have set a wedding date, there is a time limit on how long you get to use that special word, Fiancée, for your loved one.
I remember using the word, fiancée. It felt so fancy, maybe even a touch pretentious, to use it. It was almost a little embarrassing to say because it was telling the other person something very intimate… that you’ve chosen this person to commit to for the rest of your life … you hadn’t done it yet and it was exciting and scary all at the same time to admit that you’re taking this huge leap of faith.
And so, I always relish the engagement sessions. I guess I will always be a hopeless romantic. And I always say, engagement sessions have all the romance of the wedding without all the stress of the wedding day.
I loved working with Jill and Brent. Jill, is, I must say, totally adorable. She loves, loves, loves my photography already and I just met her in person for the first time at the session… so she had me at the word “Hello.”
As for Brent, it took a little bit longer for me to get my “read” on him, but after watching him with Jill I can definitely see how they were made for each other.
I am excited to share these portraits also because I got to use my new porch, officially, for the first time. What do you think?