Iowa & Destination Wedding Photographer | Kelsey and Chris (Rock the Dress)

This shoot has been in the making for about 3 or 4 months.  I’ve had some specific ideas about shooting with a lavender theme for a while.  Kelsey and Chris were nice enough to let me put it all together and use them in my dream shoot.  Some things didn’t work out quite like planned (original location was raining, designer dress too big, etc.)  but when do they ever?  It was all so lovely regardless!  I had so much fun designing the table theme and how Kelsey was going to look that day.  I even made the lavender cupcakes and lavender lemonade myself!  I can attest (as can they) that they tasted great!  Here are where some of the details came from (for bride’s that may be looking):

Kelsey’s make-up:  Alison Kidney (Estilo Salon in West Des Moines)

Kelsey’s Hair:  Liz Brown (Estilo Salon in West Des Moines)

Headband:  Bohemian Headband made by Mignonne Handmade on Etsy

Various table details (vintage cupcake stand, vintage candle holder, vintage milk jug, bird cage and other items were all found on etsy from various stores)

I hope everyone loves this as much as I loved shooting it.  We were very limited as a storm was headed our way, but we got about an hour in to shoot.


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  • Love LOVELY portraits!

  • These are absolutely gorgeous!

  • Absolutely stunning, love the style ! What a fantastic couple !

  • Amazing work! I’ve been waiting to see these photos since your teaser last week and I am not disappointed! The couple looks gorgeous and you did a great job capturing it!

  • Love the variety of poses…and all of the details were phenomenal!

  • Her eyes are so fascinating! Love this Work,great idea!

  • Wow Amanda, I can totally see why you wanted to use this couple for your themed shoot. They are gorgeous and together you’ve all totally rocked it. Super stunning images 😀

  • Oh my Amanda, so many things to love about this shoot. The headband – LOVE! The couple – GORGEOUS! The styling – PRETTY! You framing – PERFECTION!

  • Your work is always amazing! I love every bit of this session!

  • Gorgeous – gorgeous – gorgeous! These look ripped from the pages of a magazine. So fantastic!

  • Nice shoot you’ve setup. Really love that second to last one. Nice work.

  • oh my goodness, Im in love with all of these images. She has the most amazing eyes. Stunning work, Amanda!

  • Wow, these are so so so so so lovely and beautiful. She’s such a stunner!

  • Amanda, I L-O-V-E this! It’s so fun seeing it after all the inspiration I saw you gathering. I just “pinned” you 🙂 You are so talented in many facets… awesome!

  • Wow she is GORGEOUS (and so are your images! They really do look like they belong in a magazine. Great work!

  • Mary Carris

    I still love looking at your work, Amanda! You capture the best of each moment. The preview is beautiful and I’m sure the wedding was more so! Excited to see the rest! Congrats to the couple:)

  • I’m in love with her beautiful eyes! Great!

  • whoa, these are simply amazing, I am so loving this entire session. love the details, her makeup & styling is amazing, your poses & framing are all wonderful. Great job!

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