Iowa Wedding Photographer – Rachel & Jay are married!

Last weekend I traveled to Sioux City to shoot another gorgeous wedding.  My last for 2010.  It was a bittersweet feeling.  On one hand, I am welcoming a small break because I have been beyond busy.  This will give me a month or so to catch up on everything else and get ready for what is already looking to be an even busier 2011!  On the other hand it is sad to see the 2010 season come to an end.  It was an amazing year for me and I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful wedding to end it!  Of course, this doesn’t mean I am done shooting for the year, I still have many portrait sessions to do!  The weather had been predicted to rain and storm all day.  I prayed, the bride prayed and we got what we prayed for, a beautiful day!  Even the night before they said it would rain.  To our surprise it didn’t but for 10 minutes late in the evening!  We had an overcast day most of the day, which I will take!

I payed particular attention to getting detail shots of the church.  This church is sadly going to be torn down soon to make way for more corn fields and it really is a shame.  It’s beautiful!  Their wedding will probably be it’s last.  Although I won’t be posting all of them, I had the honor of capturing as many details as I could.  I think just with the few that I am posting, you can see it’s beauty.   The whole day was beautiful!   Thank you both so much for the opportunity to be a part of your special day!


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  • Great story, I love the quality of your work. And they look so happy 🙂

  • Holy WOW Amanda. Flat out fantastic work all around, but those close-up shots on the brides face made my heart skip a beat. Out of this world beautiful imagery of a beautiful bride. Great work!

  • Beautiful work, Amanda! Those portraits of the bride are stunning. You did a wonderful job documenting their wedding.

  • Great, the quality of your work is always amazing 🙂 Ring shot rules !

  • Oh Amanda – your work is beautiful! I was oohing and ahhhing over the portraits you did with the bride and groom. LOVE your work.

  • Love the high-key look. Beautiful portraits!

  • I seriously love your skin tones. you do an incredible job. Awesome work Amanda! High-Five!

  • Amanda – your work is always excellent. You captured some really awesome moments in this wedding!

  • Beautiful work as always Amanda. I think my favorites are those close portraits of the bride…stunningly beautiful.

  • These are gorgeous! I especially love the ring shot!

  • you are one of my favorites Amanda and this post is just another reason why….

    so. well. done.

  • Gorgeous bride! And WOW… what a ring shot! Great work all around. Amazing light and tones. You continue to outdo yourself.

  • Amanda, these are absolutely PHENOMENAL! The portraits are just ahhhhmazing! And that ring shot is killer. 🙂

  • Lori Johnson

    Wow!!!! Awesome pictures. Rachel, you look beautiful!!!!

  • sandy walko

    Rachel, you were the most beautiful bride I’ve ever seen.
    Your gown is truly exquisite and the most gorgeous! Beautiful girl and now, a beautiful bride!

  • You just keep getting better Amanda. This is very beautiful and I love how delicate it feels. 🙂

  • Amanda, I just don’t even know what to say. Every single one of these shots are amazing, from the emotional “first look”, to the fun reception photographs, to the amazing details you chronicled. Awesome as usual. Keep it up.

  • Rachel

    Amanda, I cannot stop looking at these pictures!! We absolutely LOVE how they turned out, and are having a really hard time trying to decide which ones we want to put in frames around the house… thanks! 😉 I have received nothing but compliments about your work, you really did an amazing job capturing the emotions of the day. Thanks again for everything 🙂

  • Joan Driscoll

    Rachel and Jay, what a treasure in these pictures! They are absolutely stunning, as are the people in them!

  • Seriously love this set!! Fan-freaking-tastic.

  • Seriously love this set! Fan-freaking-tastic!!

  • LaRayne Venable

    Absolutely beautiful It brought tears to my eyes looking thru
    these beautiful pictures. Awesome job. Beautiful couple.
    And I am predudice.

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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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The best things in life are the people we love, the places we've been and the memories we've made along the way


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