It is always a joy to head up to northwest Iowa for an Orange City, Iowa wedding. This particular wedding took us back to memories from our alma mater, Northwestern College. Dr. Edman was my psychology professor, academic advisor, mentor, friend, and he and his wife played emcees at our wedding. When he mentioned his daughter’s engagement, I was overjoyed to receive an email from the lovely Alyssa Edman shortly afterwards, asking about photographing her wedding. Greg and I squeezed in one final wedding for 2013 (something I had sworn I wouldn’t do!), between two family Thanksgivings and 13 hours in the car. Though Greg shot the whole day recovering from food poisoning and I was attempting to nurse tendonitis in my wrist, Alyssa and Phil made the day easy. It was the perfect wedding to end our season.
When Alyssa and Phil first met on a dinner date set up by friends, Phil was instantly convinced Alyssa was the most beautiful girl he had ever met. Over a long-distance relationship, the two fell in love and are completely and beautifully captivated by each other. Alyssa got ready at her parents’ house amidst a flurry of giggling bridesmaids and pop music. Alyssa wore her mother’s wedding dress, with only slight alterations. She made her veil from handmade lace she had found when vacationing in Italy with her family. Her dad’s first look was one of the most precious and intimate moments I’ve ever been able to photograph. I cannot fully comprehend how overwhelming it is to see your daughter in your wife’s wedding dress – and the flood of emotion that filled the room in that instant, but can only be grateful to have had the opportunity to witness such an outpouring of love.
Alyssa and Phil were delightful – such a joy to capture their exuberant and spirited love for each other. Alyssa beamed the entire day and Phil’s eyes were only on her. I will treasure this Orange City, Iowa wedding for years to come, and am grateful to have witnessed such love, devotion, and charm.