Jess + Nathan | Rainy DIY Wedding

September 9th, 2016 | Cedar Rapids, IA

Jessica + Nathan's wedding day dawned gloomy, windy and oddly refreshing at Usher's Ferry in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and looking back, it was definitely one of my favorite weddings of 2016. The day was so filled with genuine excitement and love and the bride and groom worked tirelessly with close family and friends throughout the stormy morning to bring their party together. The groom, Nathan runs a catering company with his brother and spent the day cooking for his guests. The bride, Jess is a graphic designer, infusing her creativity into their guest book and printed materials as well as rocking the most amazing retro wedding dress and styling. There were so many precious moment's throughout the day but my favorite by far was when we were watching the sky for the deluge of rain to stop for their first look on the lush grounds of the venue. It didn't look hopeful. Then at the last moment, the rain abated almost completely and the two fearlessly stepped out with their umbrellas for some incredible images. Immediately following their adorable first look, the two headed back for family photos where Jess's daughter Izzy caught sight of the pair for the first time, another candid and holy moment I'll never forget.


The team:

DJ: Skyler Childers
Floral: Flowershop at Cedar Memorial
Ceremony + Reception: Usher's Ferry Historic Village
Caterer: Brother's Catering
Invitations + Paper Materials: Jessica Frank Hendrickson (bride)
Officiant: Marshall Schneider
Make-up artist: Kellie Palm
Hair Stylist: Courtney Johnston / House -A Boutique
Suits: JCPenny
Wedding Dress: Adoring Dress
Rings: Roger's Jewelers
Second Shooter: Rox Bennett Photography