Planning and styling when life calls for a party.

Rebecca & Ryan, Living History Farms, Des Moines

A bit of country in the city! Rebecca and Ryan loved the idea of combining rustic wedding elements with a touch of sparkle for their Living History Farms wedding. With the addition of soft pink dresses and white flowers, their wedding day was rustic, romantic and a whole lot of fun!

 

 

Ceremony & Reception: Living History Farms

Catering: Iowa Machine Shed

Photographer: Laurel C Scott Photography

Entertainment: A Special Event DJ, Dustin

Linens: Beyond Elegance

Flowers: The English Rose

Hair & Make-Up: Salon W

Erin & Ben, Noah’s Event Center, West Des Moines

It was all in the details for Erin and Ben’s winter wonderland wedding! Everything from the family hierloom bible she carried down the aisle to the shimmering evergreen trees behind the head table, nothing went unnoticed. Adding personal details to a wedding makes it unique and a true reflection of the couple as they begin their life together. Erin and Ben, you are an amazing couple and it was so much fun working with you! Best wishes!

 

 

Ceremony and Reception: Noah’s Event Center

Catering: Great Caterers of Iowa

Bartenders: Christiani’s VIP Catering

Cake: Glorious Desserts

Photographer: Logan Clement

Entertainment: Nystrom Productions

Ceremony Music: Signature Strings

Flowers: Clare, The English Rose

Hair: Jackie McKenna

Make-up: Vanity and Glamour

Dress: Bridal Boutique

Heidi & Ryan, World Food Prize, Des Moines

After wrapping up our busy 2016 wedding season, we’re reflecting on how much we LOVE winter weddings! The season brings sparkle, snow and holiday cheer to weddings! Heidi and Ryan’s wedding was an elegant gold and ivory wedding with subtle holiday accents. The couple and their families were amazing to work with and all the details came together with the main focus on family and fun! Congratulations Heidi and Ryan!! Thank you for letting us be part of your special day!

 

Ceremony and Reception: The World Food Prize

Catering: Windsor Catering

Cake: Windsor Catering

Photographer: Justin Meyer

Entertainment: A Special Event DJ

Ceremony Music: Will Hutchison

Transportation: Front Row

Flowers: Clare, The English Rose

Hair and Make-up: Salon W

Dress: Bridal Boutique

Brittany & Bryan, Embassy Club, Des Moines

When a bride walks into her reception room and immediately starts crying tears of joy- we know she’s happy! Like most couples, Brittany and Bryan had a specific vision of how they wanted their wedding day to look and feel. Collaborating with vendors and venues who can connect with a couple, help create their vision and make it all come together on the big day is priceless.  It takes great teamwork to pull it all together!

Best wishes Brittany and Bryan! We loved working with you and being part of your special day!

 

Ceremony: St Augustin Church

Reception: Des Moines Embassy Club

Catering: Des Moines Embassy Club

Cake & Cupcakes: Cache Bake Shoppe

Photographer: Carter Photography

Entertainment DJ: A Special Event DJ, Dustin

Entertainment Piano: Nick Boeyink

Ceremony Music: St Augustin Church

Linens: Beyond Elegance

Flowers: Boesen

Hair: Estilo Salon & Day Spa, Mallory Fowler

Make-up: All Dolled Up

Transportation: PR Party Lines

Paula & Derek, Barnes’ Place, Adel

A barn venue, beautiful fall weather, rustic decor, and all of your close friends and family- it’s the perfect storybook Iowa wedding. Paula and Derek, plus their families, are so fun-loving and laid-back it made planning all of the wedding day details so much fun!

Congratulations Paula and Derek- thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!!

 

Ceremony & Reception: Barnes’ Place

Catering & Cake: Occasions Made Right

Photographer: Brian Davis

Entertainment: Kat Trax

Ceremony Music: Taz

Flowers: The English Rose

Make-Up & Hair: J Michaels Salon

Dress: Modern Dress

Transportation: Majestic Limo

Ryan & Michael, Embassy Club, Des Moines

Friday evening weddings are becoming more popular in the Midwest and with a few Make it Happen Events brides! Ryan and Michael decided on a Friday ceremony and reception from the beginning and it turned out to be so much fun. Not only did they experience an amazing Friday with their closest family and friends, the following day they were able get together with everyone to continue celebrating and watch football!

Best wishes Ryan and Michael!

Ceremony: Simon Estes Amphitheater

Reception: Des Moines Embassy Club

Catering: Des Moines Embassy Club

Cake & Cupcakes: Cache Bake Shoppe

Photographer: Justin Meyer

Entertainment DJ/MC: Jeff Henrich Stick N Rich

Entertainment Piano: Tony Bohnenkamp

Ceremony Music: Mike Fonda & Jennifer Crawford

Flowers: Indie Flora

Hair: Salon W

Make-up: Ivy Boyd

Dress: Pure Bridal

Transportation: PR Party Lines

Emily & Justin, Des Moines

Bigger is not always better! Emily and Justin chose to have a small wedding ceremony and reception at her parents’ acreage instead of a large wedding. It turned out to be just what they wanted- relaxed, personal and full of details!

Congratulations Emily and Justin!

Caterer- Tangerine Food Company

Desserts- Cache Bake Shoppe

Photographer- Shana Drake Photography

Entertainment- A Special Event DJ

Ceremony Music- Nina Lui

Tent & Linens- Classic Events and Parties

Flowers- friend of the family, Joyce Hoffman

Transportation- Absolute Transportation

Make-up- Vanity and Glamour

Hair dresser- Salon Spa W

 

Amy & Mike, Embassy Club, Des Moines

What an amazing day for an amazing couple!  Amy and Mike had their hearts set on an outside ceremony at the Shattered Silence Sculpture near the capitol. Even with a high chance of rain, they took the risk and stayed with the original plan. WOW! It was worth it!! It turned out to be a gorgeous day and a beautiful start to their marriage!

Congratulations Amy and Mike!

 

Ceremony: Shattering Silence Sculpture

Reception: Des Moines Embassy Club

Catering: Des Moines Embassy Club

Cake: Cache Bake Shoppe

Photographer: Laura Wills

Entertainment: BC Productions

Flowers: Shelly Sarver Designs

Linens: Beyond Elegance

Hair: Estilo Salon

Make-up: Vanity and Glamour

Dress: Jenny Yoo

Transportation: PR Party Lines

Invitations: Pink Print Company

Holly & Brian, Glen Oaks, West Des Moines

Holly and Brian knew the look and feel they wanted for their wedding day from the very beginning- soft and romantic. A lot of sparkle, candle light and flower details were added to make it truly special! They were married in their church in Johnston by Brian’s brother and then celebrated at Glen Oaks Country Club. What a wonderful and beautiful day!

Congratulations Holly and Brian!!

Ceremony: Johnston Evangelical Free Church

Reception: Glen Oaks Country Club

Catering: Glen Oaks Country Club

Cake: Cache Bake Shoppe

Photographer: Everlasting Love Photography

Videographer: Vine Productions

Entertainment: DJ Shane Major

Flowers: Shelly Sarver Design

Linens: Beyond Elegance

Ceremony Music: Genevieve Salamone

Make-up: Vanity and Glamour

Dress: Pure Bridal

Sarah & Jared, Izaak Walton League, Des Moines

Casual, fun and light-hearted are the words Sarah and Jared used to describe what they wanted on their wedding day. Pair that with stunning fall colors, beautiful Iowa weather and family and it was perfect! Their outside ceremony took place at the Izaak Walton League and was followed by an inside reception. Along with their family and friends, Sarah and Jared danced and sang the night away with music from Dueling Pianos of Mike and Andy. Congratulations you two!

 

Ceremony & Reception: Izaak Walton League

Officiant: Dawn Halstead

Catering: Izaak Walton League

Cake and pies: Hy-Vee

Photographer: Scott Anliker

Entertainment: Dueling Pianos of Mike and Andy

Flowers: Plant Life Designs

Make-up & Hair: Beauty Is…

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