Iowa & Destination Wedding Photographer | Rebekah & Derek

Shooting the wedding of a military member is always so much more emotional for me.  I am SO SO SO thankful for everything they do for us and our country, words cannot even describe.  A couple weeks ago I shot the wedding of Rebekah and Derek.  Derek is in the navy and currently away on active duty.  He had only come home a few days before the wedding for  a short leave to get married.  So, it is not surprising that this wedding was one of the more emotional I have shot.  Not only is it emotional, but military weddings always do such neat things like cutting the cake with the sword.  They even walked through a sword tunnel after they got married.  It was pretty amazing!  Check them out and leave them some love.  Rebekah and Derek, thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your big day.  Derek, thank YOU for everything you do!


Oh and the bride’s shoes.  She MADE those!  They were made with 1000’s of REAL swarovski crystals.  They were amazing!


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  • Amanda! You have outdone yourself this time… Those are some seriously gorgeous portraits of a fabulously good-looking couple. I love the white on white – so crisp and sharp, I love it. The photo of them under the archway is my favorite!

  • Stunning Images! Such a lovely couple and you can see the love between them in each photo!

  • What a gorgeous couple! They look so in love and happy 🙂 These are such beautiful photos and they’ll cherish them forever.

  • That photo of the couple walking through the swords is incredible. I love the angle. The white is so crisp!

  • Breathtaking! The couple are beautiful and they look so happy. I too love the white on white, it looks amazing!

  • Oh wow, what beautiful images! I’m guessing that if the bride made those amazing shoes, she had a big hand in all the other details – they’re so bright and vibrant!

    And that dip on the dance floor is awesome.

  • Gabby

    Beautiful work amanda, good looking couple

  • Absolutely stunning, both imagewise and couplewise.

    If I could go back in time and have Rebekah help me plan my wedding, I would. This is stunning, the dress, the shoes, everything. But really, it’s the way they look at each other that makes me swoon! I really love how in every picture they’re incredibly romantic yet have a side of fun and laidbackness that is just a pleasure to see.

  • 10 points for groom’s name 🙂 The father-daughter sequence is great, so much emotion. Lovely all around! -Derek

  • Oh wow, what a beautiful collection of photos! The couple is seriously stunning. Love the precious moments you caught of the dances.

  • These are SO beautiful!!! You do such awesome work, and the couple is gorgeous!

  • Stunning!!

  • Love, love, LOVE!!! What a gorgeous set of images. They are completely magical Amanda!!!

  • dang! what a good lookin’ couple! Amanda, these are just great.

  • I just love everything about these photos, I was going to go on about how I loved the bouquet and uniform and… then the list got too long. Fave shots are the couple beneath the swords and the one of them in the arched doorway. Fantastic pictures!

  • love the images an colours of this wedding and I especially adore the shots in the archway. Fantastic set, the couple must be so pleased

  • Love the flower girl ‘door of light’ entry, love the swords arch exit, love military weddings.

  • What an amazing couple. So much love on their big day.

    Thank you to Derek and Rebekah for letting us all share in such a magical day!

    Thank you Amanda for sharing them with us…

  • So much love between this gorgeous couple ♥ Beautiful work, Amanda.

  • Great photos, what a cute young couple.

  • WOW – these photos are just lovely. The one with them under the arch is breathtaking and if that were me I’d totally get it printed large and hanging for all to see! LOVE LOVE LOVE these!

  • Gorgeous work, Amanda! I love how much emotion you captured – these two are obviously very much in love!

  • Beautiful!!!! Really awesome wedding. Everything was so classy and elegant. I bet it was easy with such a good looking couple to work with. Love our servicemen! Beautifully done Amanda!

  • This is a beautiful wedding – well done Amanda. Congrats to the stunning couple – and thank you for your service! And I love that they are both in white thanks to the awesome looking uniform!

  • Beautiful work! I love your processing. Great lighting everywhere.

  • Beautiful wedding, what a gorgeous couple! Who else is thinking of an officer and a gentleman now? LOL! rawr 😉

  • WOW!! I couldn’t help but think “price charming” throughout this… what a gorgeous couple!! I adore how they look at each other <3

  • Stunning images of what was clearly a beautiful wedding. I got to the one of the bride dancing with a tear in her eye and felt quite emotional. I’ll say it again BEAUTIFUL 🙂

  • oh wowzers!! I love love love that first shot of them under the arch way, nice framing!! Beautiful couple, they had an amazing photographer!! 🙂

  • Gorgeous work, Amanda!!! To the couple – thank you so much for your service to our country. Your work and dedication is so very appreciated. What a blessing that you are able to have such amazing photos celebrating your wedding and career! God bless!

  • Really beautiful work.

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About Amanda

My name is Amanda and I am a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Des Moines, Iowa. I travel the world photographing weddings and elopements! I have been shooting weddings 15 years now and I never tire of it. Each day is unique and beautiful in it's own way.


I absolutely LOVE being a wedding photographer. The fantastic moments you never expect, the tiniest details and all the love and craziness that goes on at the same time. It's all amazing and I feel like I have the best career in the world, getting to capture and help you remember all of it. Days flit by in an instant and it's my job to make sure you don't a single moment, or those feelings you felt.


In my free time I love spending time with my 2 beautiful kiddos and husband. I love to be outdoors camping, hiking or fishing, just being in nature. I'm obsessed with plants and gardening. I love finding the beauty in the outdoors and things around me. It's part of why I love photography so much, I get to find the beauty in others. Traveling and dragging my family along with me for photos is my absolute favorite! I also am pretty much a giant Harry Potter nerd. I'm obsessed with all things turquoise. I'd eat sushi every day if I could. I drink coffee ALL day EVERY day (ok and some wine) and fashion is a passion! I am a creative at heart so music and all types of art keep me entertained. I also make it a priority to be near the ocean at least once a year (if not more) and love to feel the sun on my skin whenever possible!

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FAMILY -the sea - harry potter - fashion - traveling - PLANTS - nature - coffee - PHOTOGRAPHY
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