A little bit ago, I shot my first wedding of the year and I have to say, this year's starting off right. Aaron and Kasey tied that knot in Des Moines, IA with a beautiful ceremony and reception that was full of love and family. I had gotten to know Aaron and Kasey in the winter when we did a beautiful, albeit chilly engagement session [featured here]. It became immediately apparent that these two have a strong connection and share a deep love for one another. Their personalities are very similar as they are both care-free and adventurous — enjoying outdoor activities like hiking and rock climbing. When you add all of this up, you realize that you have an amazing couple and that the wedding will be a beautiful representation of their love and intrepid spirits. It definitely didn't disappoint.

I met up with Kasey in a charming little salon in the Des Moines area. After the beautification process we headed over to the church around the Grandview area and began preparing for one of my favorite parts — the first meet. We located a beautiful winding staircase in a nearby building and decided it would be a perfect location for this awesome couple to see each other. The first meet was awe-inspiring to say the least and just as emotions were flying high, we jumped right into a beautiful little portrait session in the nearby neighborhood.

The rest of the wedding day was rounded out by an intimate ceremony and a wonderfully vintage-themed reception complete with eclectic details and some top-notch dancing. These two finished up the night by gathering around a firepit outside and roasting marshmallows while sharing laughs with some friends.

I can't begin to express what an awesome couple these two are and I feel fortunate to capture their wedding story. In my opinion, this is how all weddings should be — relaxed and original with the perfect mix of friends and family to bring everything together. As I sit here this morning, I raise my coffee cup and toast to these two:

May you have a lifetime of love and beautiful memories together. Cheers!

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Ceremony Venue: luther Memorial Church Reception Venue: Fred Maytag Scout Center Wedding Colors: Salmon and Pistachio Hair and Makeup: Salon Utopia Florist: Something Chic Floral Music and Sound: The Croat Connection Catering: Smokey D's BBQ Cake: Glorious Desserts

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