In a luxurious, tropical locale, Ben fervently tried to get Jess to look at the sky, the clouds, the birds in flight-anything to get her eyes off of him so he could get the shell case that was wedged in his pocket. The shell held his precious future and a promise to spend the rest of it all together. He finally dislodged the shell from its safe keeping and as he cracked it open to reveal a diamond ring, Ben asked Jess to stay with him and build their precious future together. 

Right before their First Look, Jess & Ben exchanged letters to each other I loved that we were able to position them in such a way that we could see each of them, but they couldn't see each other. :) 

Their ceremony was a perfect reflection of each of them and different family traditions that they bring with them into marriage. Instead of a Unity Candle, they wrote notes and had family members do the same to be nailed into a wine box to be opened on their first anniversary. Their ceremony closed with the Irish tradition of ringing a bell to symbolize their wedding vows. 

During their cocktail hour, we took to the golf course and found gorgeous backdrops for such a lovely couple: 

After their Grand Entrance, they went straight to their cake and had a field day! 

Dinner followed by dancing the night away! 


Jess + Ben: Your day was fabulous and beautiful-not just the weather, but because it celebrated two lovely people. It was truly a perfect reflection of you and your families and I'm so thankful to be along for the ride that starts your adventure together. ;) 


PS You can view the entire gallery HERE and their wedding slideshow HERE

Vendors of Note: 

Ceremony + Reception: Tournament Club of Iowa

Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero, Schaeffer's Bridal 

Hair & Makeup: Bella Salon in Johnston, Iowa

Tuxes + Bridesmaids Dresses: Stacey's Bridal & Formal Wear

Florals: Danielle of Something Chic Floral

DJ: Kyle Krogh of Elegant Entertainment

Cake: Ashlee McDonald of Hy-Vee in Johnston