Stunning Snowy Wedding Photography + Videography in Rural Iowa


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Traveling back to my hometown in rural Iowa, I was able to witness a stunning snowy day that my brother, and now sister-in-law shared. William and Bailey hired Isaac and I to be their wedding photography + videography team for the big day! Come check out their beautiful day with me!

One ring to show our love.

One ring to bind us.

One ring to seal our love,

and forever to entwine us.

Any Lord of the Rings fans out there? This particular groom also happens to be my brother and is one of the biggest nerds I know! Honestly, this ring is pretty awesome if you ask me, and the red gold fits so well with everything they planned in their wedding.

The bride was so ready for the aisle kiss! TIP: Even though you share your first kiss at the altar, be sure to stop halfway down the aisle for another kiss as newlyweds. This can provide opportunity for more reactions from your wedding party and sometimes your guests, too.

3 Things to Remember During Wedding Photography + Videography Portraits with your Party

In a traditional wedding with a party, carving time out in the day dedicated to them is so important. Obviously, you asked them to be a part of your day for a reason. Yet, other than the bachelor/bachelorette parties, you don’t really all get the chance to celebrate the occasion, together.

Dedicating an hour to portraits with your crew creates that experience, that moment together that can be documented through photo and video. That in mind, here are three things to keep in mind when you are in your portrait session during the wedding:

  1. Keep it authentic. When you talk to your media team in the planning stages, tell them what you like and what you don’t. This helps the photographer and videographer to get a better understanding of what is going to be authentic to your personality and love story.
  2. Keep the motion rolling. Not everything needs to be posed, traditionally. Especially when you have a videographer on your media team, you need to keep the motion rolling. No one wants to watch a video where you’re standing there staring at the camera for the photographer. Even your photos come out better in my opinion. Motion keeps the smiles and the laughter. Keeping motion creates the authenticity that you are looking for!
  3. Recreate memories. This isn’t going to fit every person, but think about all of the memories with your individuals. When you have portraits with those people alone, recreate a memory that you love. For me, there were so many photos of my sister and I growing up. In about half of my favorites, I am carrying her in some way. Of course, I wanted to keep that theme consistent, so on my own wedding day, we made sure to take a photo where I was holding her… probably for the last time.

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