Planning and styling when life calls for a party.

Molly & Tyler, Hyperion Field Club, Johnston

Molly and Tyler chose two beautiful locations for their wedding day- the stunning Westminster Presbyterian Church and Hyperion Field Club with amazing views. With a vintage theme and a lot of meaningful details, their special day was one to remember! Congratulations Molly and Tyler!!



Ceremony: Westminster Presbyterian Church

Reception: Hyperion Field Club

Catering: Hyperion Field Club

Cake: Cathy Nees

Photographer: Elizabeth Carrie Photography

Entertainment: Erick, EDJE Productions

Flowers: Clare, The English Rose

Transportation: PR Party Lines

Hair: Rick Mosley

Dress: Bridal Connection

Madison & Jake, Scottish Rite, Des Moines

What a whirlwind day we had celebrating Madison and Jake’s wedding! Amazing family, wedding party, decor and details. The day was full of excitement, laughs and a few unexpected surprises- a mariachi band to name one! Thank you to both families for letting us be part of your special day! Congratulations Madison and Jake!


Ceremony: St. Joseph Chapel, Dowling Catholic High School

Reception: Scottish Rite Consistory

Catering: Mary Miller

Cake: Glorious Desserts

Photographer: Elizabeth Carrie

Entertainment: Midwest DJ

Flowers: Shelly Sarver Designs

Make-up: Beauty of all Faces

Dress: Altar Bridal, Kansas City

Rentals: Unique Events (Drapery, bars, chairs and wood tables)

Transportation: PR Party Lines

Jennifer & Brandon, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

Jennifer and Brandon’s wedding day was full of bright and bold summer colors and tons of fun! We enjoyed the planning process with them and quickly found out Jennifer was one of our most organized brides! It was a beautiful day and we hope the laughter and smiles continue for years to come. Congratulations you two!


Ceremony: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Reception: Iowa Events Center Ballroom

Catering: Ovations

Cake: Hyperion, Jenny

Photographer: Katie McDonald

Videographer: Turning Leaf Creations

Entertainment: A Special Event DJ & Photo Booth

Linens, cake table: Eventfully Yours

Flowers: The English Rose

Hair & Make-Up: Envision Salon

Dress: Modern Dress

Transportation: Majestic

Sarah & Justin, The Temple for Performing Arts, Des Moines

What an amazing day celebrating such a fun-loving, carefree couple! The soft color palette was perfect for a spring wedding and the weather turned out beautiful. It was our pleasure to help bring all the details together for your special day Sarah and Justin! We can’t stop thinking about your over-the-top head table and Vodka Redbull cupcakes! Congratulations!



Ceremony: Grace Lutheran Church

Reception: The Temple for Performing Arts

Catering: Catering DSM

Cake: Scratch Cupcakery

Photographer: Aly Carroll

Entertainment: A Special Event DJ

Linens: Beyond Elegance

Flowers: Shelly Sarver

Hair: Sara Angus

Make-Up: Vanity and Glamour

Dress: Weddings by Design

Transportation: Majestic Limo & Coach



Sara & Nathan, The District Venue, Ankeny

What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon- getting married! Sara and Nathan decided to get married on a Sunday and it was perfect for their intimate, family-focused wedding. Best wishes for a long and happy marriage Sara and Nathan!


Ceremony and Reception: The District Venue

Catering: The District Venue

Cake: Hy-Vee

Photographer: Justin Meyer

Videography: Steve Sutton

Entertainment: Heath Alan Band

Flowers: Clare, The English Rose

Transportation: Luxxor Limousines

Hair & Make-up: Laura Habhab

Dress: Pure Bridal

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

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