Last weekend, my husband and I drove out to Iowa for Ethan and Alex’s beautiful Cedar Falls wedding, and it was truly one of the best road trips we’ve ever taken together (and the perfect way to spend our 12th anniversary)! The scenery is quite different from the Virginia mountains, with its expansive, flat farmland that you can see for miles, and if you’re comparing it to Virginia over the last couple of weeks, it’s also much sunnier! It’d been raining nonstop here at home, and to be in Iowa, with the temps well into the 90s, and the sun shining away, it was nice getting a little Vitamin D!
The question I get asked most is, “How did you end up with a Cedar Falls wedding!?” “IOWA!?” It turns out, you guys, that MDP couples are, more often than not, people I’ve already met through weddings I’ve shot. Best friends, bridesmaids, groomsmen, family. It’s what I love most about my weddings – I love my couples, I make them family, and it turns out we stay connected through more weddings than their own. The story isn’t any different here. Last September, I photographed two of my absolute favorite people here in Virginia, and I met Alex through Susannah and Josh. So, when Alex contacted me, of course I couldn’t say no! I loved Susannah’s entire group of ladies, and I knew I had to be there for the two of them!
Ethan and Alex’s wedding was exactly what I had pictured. An intimate ceremony with their closest friends and family, overlooking beautiful farmland, and a great party to celebrate. Their teal and copper wedding took place at the Whitmore Farm in Waterloo, a beautiful farm owned by family friends. The wild side story of this farm is that it had been hit by tornadoes twice, 10 years apart, on Memorial Day weekend. This year would have been another ten years; however, instead of finding their home destroyed again, I believe Ethan and Alex gave Lee and Linda a beautiful new memory to look back on.
Ethan and Alex met online, matching up on Coffee Meets Bagel, and after Alex lost her phone, and couldn’t exchange numbers with Ethan before their week was up, Ethan was deployed. After Ethan returned from deployment, the two of them matched up again, and the rest is history!
A year a half later, they’re married, and here I am, blogging their beautiful, sunny Cedar Falls wedding, truly thankful to have witnessed such a sweet, gentle love, hoping to get the chance to return to Cedar Falls again. My husband and I truly enjoyed every minute we spent in Cedar Falls, and if you EVER get the chance to visit Cedar Falls, wedding or not, make sure you spend an evening at Figaro Figaro. It’s an atmosphere you’ll remember forever. But make sure you stop to take in the views and to watch a storm come through, too.
Ceremony Location // Whitmore Farm
Reception Venue // Hilton Garden Inn & Suites – Cedar Falls
Officiant // Gerald Kapanka
Floral Designer // Bancroft Flowers
DJ // Andrew Thompson – BCP Live
Caterer // Hilton Garden Inn – Cedar Falls
Cake Design // Delicious Designs Cakes by Kathy
Hair & Makeup // Susannah Anderson
Wedding Gown Designer // David’s Bridal
Bridal Boutique // David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Attire // David’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire // Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen’s Attire // Men’s Wearhouse
Jeweler // Jared & Kay Jewelers
Invitations // The Bride!