Oh, I’m just so excited to share this Iowa Memorial Union wedding with you guys! I hit it off with Skylar & James the moment I met them and I was so excited for them to finally be married!
They met at a birthday party back in their early teens. Skylar readily admits she was not attracted to him at all since her first impression was him showing off to the girls by letting them drive his Trailblazer around the block. It was his steady persistence in her over the following months that finally changed her mind. James’ brother describes him as having many layers. What Skylar first saw of James was just one of those layers, but beneath, he’s a sweet, caring, devoted person who is also determined.
Sticking to each other through high school, college, and life-after-classes, they’ve become both strong individuals and a strong couple. Last April, James asked Skylar to marry him (you can read how he proposed here) and I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know them ever since. They hold a special place in my heart because, truly, they are genuine and kind. They are the kind of people you want to be around because they make you laugh and love and care.
Their ceremony was held at James’ parents’ home. We were welcomed at the door like family and it set the tone for the rest of the day.
Isn’t Skylar’s mom just stunning?
Their first look and photos were out in the lawn and, though it was warm and muggy (it’s July in Iowa, after all), we made use of the shade and kept the cold water coming. It also helped that air conditioning breaks were just a few steps away if need be.
Skylar’s gown fit her like a glove and, gosh, the lace and buttons in the back? Stop it right now.
This photo is so far from perfect that I nearly missed it, but I absolutely adore everything that’s happening here. It’s so real-life.
June & Rusty. I had met them first at Skylar & James’ engagement session and I was so glad to see them in the bridal party. Aren’t they just the cutest?
The reception was held downtown at the Iowa Memorial Union and the decor was breathtaking. It was such a pleasure working with Susan of Truly Yours, as well as some of my usual favorites, Unique Events, Tip Top Cakes, and Waterfront Hy-Vee Florals.
Videography: Chris Ruth Wedding Coordinator: Susan of Truly Yours Makeup: Nichole of 100% Pure Pro Hair: Bre of Buzz Salon Bridal Gown: Matthew Christopher Bridesmaid Gowns: Bill Levkoff from Heart to Heart
Suits: Austin Berke Clothiers
Florals: Missy of Waterfront Hy-Vee Florals Cake Artist: Adam of Tip Top Cakes Catering: University Catering DJ & Uplighting: Riley of Unique Events of Iowa Paper Suite: Sarah of Zephyr Weddings Linens & Ceremony Shading: Spielmans Chiavari Chairs: Inspired1015 Ceremony Venue: Private Residence Reception Venue: Iowa Memorial Union
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