Kate + Brandon | Vibrant Church Wedding

November 5th, 2016 | New London, IA

Kate and Brandon's wedding was everything I hope a wedding will look and feel like when I book my clients: no fuss, warm, full of emotion and laughter and just plain beautiful with throngs of family and friends around to celebrate the couple with support and humor.

Though it was November, it was an incredibly bright, warm and sunny day, with deep cerulean skies and the glow of recently departed leaves everywhere. Kate, a huge Cubs fan was having a great week: her beloved team had just won the World Series for the first time in about 108 years and she was about to get married all in the same week. Kate decided to keep it simple and bohemian with her look, including an awesome long (and I mean long) veil, hair down and a flower wreath to complement her gorgeous and yet understated gown. I loved that she opted for some stylish white tennis shoes to keep herself comfortable and “herself”on her special day. It also made dragging them around the woods a lot easier as the day went on too!

The pair wed at Kate's historical family parish at Pickle Church in New London, Iowa, ushered out by thrown lavender before heading off to take some stunning portraits at local Lake Geode. I may or may not have asked them to climb a fence but it was definitely worth it! Working with people like Kate and Brandon makes me feel like wedding photography is easy. The two are just so into each other, basically look like models and the throughout the day they just radiated a quiet joy and excitement about starting their life, home and family together at last. It doesn’t hurt that whatever I suggested the two responded with an emphatic and trusting “Yes!” which always makes me giddy.

Highlights of the day included stunning reception decor, Kate's first look with her father, an awesome sunset that made our portrait time phenomenal and two incredibly different but memorable speeches at their reception. I cried because I was so moved during the Best Man’s speech when he spoke of Brandon’s military service which resulted in everyone in their large reception spontaneously standing and applauding for a solid 2 minutes. And then I cried again during the Maid of Honor’s “speech”, rapped to the tune of Fresh Prince of Bel Air…only from laughter this time!

So here’s to Kate + Brandon! Congratulations, Mr. + Mrs. Nahorny, once again. Enjoy!

The team:

Officiant: Marianne Wilcox
DJ: Purple Star Entertainment
Hair + makeup stylist: Danielle Miller, Grand Strand Salon
Ceremony: Pickle Church, New London
Reception + Catering: Pzazz Event Center

XO,

Melissa