Derek & Sam’s Peacock Wedding! // Iowa Wedding Photographer

I am SO excited to finally be posting Derek and Sam’s wedding. I will warn you right now that this post is just stupidly massive. I tried to cut it down  but well, I’m too invested so I decided it’s just gonna be an overload of images.

I have been working with them for about a year now so my anticipation was all built up for their wedding! Last fall, they drove to Kalamazoo for us to do their Engagement Photos which were just a blast. It was the perfect time in fall and we just had the best time.  I did their wedding Logo and Save the Date then moved on to design their Wedding Invitations as well which I’m super proud of. :)

We have not really done much with video since we haven’t had time, but decided to try it out for their engagement session. For a first attempt, I think we did a decent job. :)  The location where we shot them talking was just on the fly so I would do that differently and also have a better way to record audio. Everything is a learning experience though. :)

They played this video on the big screens at the beginning of their ceremony before Sam walked down the isle. I think this was just the perfect time for it because it really shows how adorable and in love they are. They are and probably will forever be one of my favorite couples because they are just so simply in love. There just isn’t any drama surrounding them. You can just tell that Derek will always protect and look out for Sam and put her first and that she would do the same. Love it at it’s best when it’s simple. You put your spouse first, simple. As long as both people always do that, gosh, love isn’t complicated at all.

Now that you guys know them a little better, I really hope you enjoy the wedding photos. We were there early since it was my birthday and I didn’t want to be driving to Iowa stuck in the car on my birthday. So we went early and did all of the bridal detail shots the day before. So there are lots.

I LOVE her dress. One of my favorites. The shape of it is my absolute favorite. The organza overlay was just phenomenal. It was just perfect. I would love to have been married in that dress. 
Oh boy, I am really into dark and mysterious photos these days. I just love the moody vibe. 
This makes my heart beat irregularly. I did the ring shots the night before the wedding in our hotel room so I had LOTS of time to play around. Her ring was super clean and crazy sparkly. I learned lots of new things about photographing diamonds that night that I’m VERY excited about. 
She gave me all the family rings as well. I think this is just the greatest idea. I took individual shots of each pair as well but I love them all together. Theres so much history there so I’m really happy I was able to make something really unique and great with all of it. 
oh my word, this kid just cracked me up all day. 
Their first look was so cute! Gosh I love these people. A first look is just so important. I think people who decide against it just because of tradition are really missing out. It’s not just to get photos beforehand, it’s an experience. Getting to have a moment together without having 200 people watching you, getting to hug, talk, laugh, enjoy each other…your missing out on all of that. The look on their faces here should be enough to convince anyone in my opinion. 
What! We are doing nature a lot this year and this officially puts my stamp of approval on it. I. LOVE. THIS.
We found this amazing parking garage to shoot in and it was by far my favorite location of the day.
FAVORITE! Right after Ryan took this I gave him a BIG punch on the arm because it was so awesome
The girls were a lot of fun. We didn’t get as much time with them as I would have liked since we lost some time with a few failed attempts to shoot at cool barns but it all worked out in the end. The junior bridesmaid was hilarious. I just love this shot of her as well as the jumping one. 
Sam’s personal attendant, Amye, actually took this photo! She was such a huge help, I wish everyone had someone do this for them! Having a bridesmaid do it is just not the same at all. I was busy placing people for family photos so I had her hold my camera and there were a couple gems in there. This is probably my favorite though. :) 
Sooo many kids! 
Possibly my favorite family photo ever. I love that it’s not in a formal location or in a formal pose with formal faces. I would love to do more stuff like this. 
If I could get married again, I would do this. Such a cute idea. He writes the SHE, she writes the HE. Totally adorable.
This was when they were just about to do down the isle. Her dad was just awesome. 
Best cupckaes of my life. Ryan would only let me eat one… so I snuck 2 back with me to the hotel. 
This was such a cute cake! It was actually the grooms cake. Their regular wedding cake was never made. I guess there was a bit of a snafu at the bakery so that was really unfortunate. I had high hopes for what their cake would look like with their theme.

How great is this guestbook, right?! I love for people to get engagement guest books. It really ties everything together nicely.
One of these times, I want one of the non-aggressive girls in the back to get the bouquet. :)
These boys were so funny! 
He got some pretty great shots of me too!  …taking pictures of him taking pictures of me…. :)

Last but certainly not least, the tallest people ever. :) This is Amye and her husband. She was so helpful all day and he went to get a quickie replacement wedding cake so they were a good team. I felt like the shortest person alive compared to him. This picture doesn’t accurately show anything but just take my word for it. I often think the world is more awesome for tall people because they can see everything. I’m eternally jealous. 

By the end of the night, my face hurt from smiling so much. Sam, Derek, all their family and friends were just awesomely great people and I really do feel honored to have been able to not only spend the day with them but to able to provide memories that will last forever. I’m really excited to get started on their album design. I have good feelings about how awesome that will be. :)

Now, go forth and have babies that I can photograph for you guys. :)


Reception, Park Place Event Centre
Cedar Falls Iowa

Wedding Designer Joan Ney, JNey Designs

Cupcakes (Scratch) Natalie Brown
111 West 2nd St.
Cedar Falls, IA. 50613

D.J. (John) Ultimate Entertainment
(319) 266-0717
6322 University Av.
Cedar Falls, IA. 50613

Videographer,  Perpetual Bliss

Bridesmaids Dresses
Simply I Do (319) 277-1117
Susan Willms
3205 Hudson Rd.,
Cedar Falls, IA. 50613

Bridal Dress – Maggie Sottero
Weddings by Design (515) 222-9662
2020 Grand Ave. #800
West Des Moines, Iowa

Florists Hy Vee, Jan
(319) 266-2950
Cedar Falls, IA.

Hairdresser, Katrina Cook
(319) 232-8239
Visions Hair Studio
3674 University Avenue, Waterloo, IA

Make-up Person Chelsea Ostrem

Tuxedos,  Milroy’s
(319) 277-5315
323 Washington St.
Cedar Falls, IA. 50613

Shoes: Etsy Parisxox

August 16, 2011 - 7:15 pm

Derek and Sam - Oh. My. Word! Holly, they are amazing!! We are smiling and laughing as we read this! Thank you so much for all the incredible photos and memories they will become. It was wonderful working with you and Ryan through this whole process. Everything was perfect and the pictures show that! We loved getting to know you guys and will forever be grateful for all the hours and work you are putting into our wedding.

Muchos Gracias,

Mr. and Mrs. Derek Martin

PS You are totally taking picture of our babies ;) It just might be awhile :)

August 16, 2011 - 7:18 pm

Holly - I’m so happy you guys love them!

I’ve got all the time in the world, so I’ll be here waiting for those babies. :) TRIPLETS! hahhaa

August 16, 2011 - 7:37 pm

Derek and Sam - Oh goodness…Lord, let’s hope not!!

What are the songs you used for the video??? We watched it again and can’t believe that that is us!! FABULOUS job! I hope other couple decide to do the video after seeing ours!

August 16, 2011 - 7:40 pm

Holly - Jason Walker – “I feel like that” and “Won’t stop getting better” :)

August 17, 2011 - 7:59 am

Brooke Summer Photography - Wow, these are amazing! Excellent work! I love the family rings shot, what a neat idea!

March 18, 2012 - 4:13 pm

Krista Cowan - I love the he writes the SHE, she writes the HE frames. Do you happen to know how they made them?

June 4, 2012 - 5:06 pm

Holly - I believe they just created it themselves, probably in photoshop and printed and framed them. :)

December 9, 2011 - 7:31 am

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