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leah + eric │ iowa destination wedding photographer

There are only a few things I love more in life than 1. traveling, and 2. taking pictures of people in love. If I get the opportunity to do both at the same time, I literally jump for joy. So when Leah + Eric asked me last year to document their wedding in Iowa before we did their engagement photos, I was ecstatic! This was my third time in Des Moines, and I love it more and more every time I visit. Leah + Eric’s day was beautiful — sunny with a slight breeze and very warm, which I’m pretty sure is just what they requested. :) These two are so laid back and completely adorable together that it was impossible not to have fun hanging out with them the entire day. Here is their story and some of my favorite moments!

I totally loved Leah + Eric’s wedding day gifts for each other. :)

Eric and the guys got ready at a separate location, so when I got to meet up with them at the church and heard they were up for some basketball (yes this amazing church had a basketball court…) I was all for it!

Before Rio — Leah + Eric’s pup/ring bearer — led the way down the aisle, they decided to do a “non first look” and have a little pre-ceremony moment to themselves without seeing each other.

After the ceremony, the entire wedding party crammed into a party bus to Gray’s Lake where we did group photos and bride and groom photos. Everyone in the wedding party got sunglasses as their gift from Leah + Eric — so fun. The reeeal party started on the way to the reception once photos were done!

Thank you so much Leah + Eric for letting me be the one to capture your big day. It was a total blast, and I am so happy for you both that you found each other!


Photographer: Danielle Brady

Getting Ready/Reception Location: Holiday Inn West Des Moines/Jordan Creek

Ceremony: Lutheran Church of Hope

Makeup Artist: Makeup by Kelsi

Hair: Melissa Miller

Florist: Something Chic

Cake: Hy-vee Bakery

Caterer: Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

DJ: Parm’s Porta Party 



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