My 2019 wedding season kicked off on Saturday with this INCREDIBLE couple! Dan and Allison got married while Allison was on Spring Break from teaching school. I have no idea how she managed to plan her wedding while teaching, but she nailed it!
They were married at Liberty Evangelical Free Church in Pella – and it was such a gorgeous day! A few weeks prior, the weather man stated that it would rain, but Iowa had changed its mind by March 16 and gave us a day filled with sunshine! Allison and her people arrived at Merle Norman for makeup at 9, where I met them. Then we headed over to the church to finish getting ready. Allison put on her perfume that she had MADE (talk about talent!) and then she was all ready for the first look with Dan.
Dan & Allison chose to exchange letters during their first look. Allison read Dan’s one page letter while he worked through 3 pages from her. It was so sweet to see how excited Allison was to marry him – She could barely contain it! After that, we headed to the Molengracht in downtown Pella to finish the rest of their photographs. It was a chilly 40, but thankfully the sun was out and helped warm everyone.
The ceremony began at 2 with Allison floating down the aisle. I had several favorite parts of the ceremony. They sang “Be Thou My Vision” and it was so beautiful! I also loved how Dan’s parent’s had all their grandkids piled on and around them during the whole ceremony as their parent’s were part of the wedding party. After they were pronounced married, the party began with Dan and Allison taking the time to greet every guest on the way to the reception. I thought this was very special and spoke volumes about how important people are to them.
They left the reception quietly and we headed to downtown Des Moines and the Iowa State Capitol for more photographs before they met their family for supper later that evening. By that time, the weather had warmed up even more! Sunset portraits with the couple are always one of my favorite parts of a wedding day. I love seeing them newly married, soaking in everything from their wedding day! Dan and Allison are no different- and their portraits from this time are my FAVORITE!
Their spring wedding was so beautiful and I loved being there to witness it! I hope you enjoy seeing just a few of the photos that I took!
Florist: M Klyn Floral Design
MUA: Merle Norman
Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: JC Penny’s
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse