Hannah White Photography » Cedar Rapids wedding photographer

Kara was the first person I ever knew to become a mom. I have loved watching her fearless spirit I so admired and adventured with in college, transform into a heart of compassion, kindness, and an unshakeable love for her family. Since moving to Cedar Rapids this past fall, I’ve been able to witness Kara’s warmth towards her daughter and now hear her dreams and hopes for their second baby. I can only hope to be a mom and possess the strength, patience, and faith in which Kara guides her family. 

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Anna and Jonathan’s Boji Bay Fun House wedding was both delightful and elegant, a blend that Anna and Jonathan wear well. I first met these two singing at a wedding we shot earlier this year. They are both musically brilliant and could have/should have starred in the movie, ONCE (at least I think so….!!) Their wedding day was filled with gorgeous details and people. I am always humbled when we work with couples who are attentive to everyone around them, including their photographers. Anna and Jonathan were gentle, gracious, and played both bride/groom and hosts quite well. Despite the nearly-subzero temperatures, everyone cuddled for a few photos outside.

Their reception was at Boji Bay Fun House Pavillion in Milford, Iowa (near Okoboji for all of those not from NW Iowa). The venue is a renovated fun house, complete with a vintage 2-story slide and other rides, some working, some not. The bridal party entered on the slide and the reception featured towers of appetizers, colorful lights, and various nooks and crannies to cozy up with a drink or dance the evening away. Greg and I even slipped away for a few minutes to enjoy a ride down the slide!

We loved having the opportunity to capture this day – and spend time with Anna, Jonathan, and their families. We wish you all the best, Anna and Jonathan, and know you will continue to love each other deeply and gift many more with your profound love.

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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.

Wedding Venue: Trinity Reformed Church
Reception Venue: Prairie Winds Event Center

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