Geno Photography: Blog http://www.genophotography.com/blog en-us (C) Geno Photography (Geno Photography) Mon, 18 Jun 2018 20:27:00 GMT Mon, 18 Jun 2018 20:27:00 GMT http://www.genophotography.com/img/s/v-5/u1000776105-o515143396-50.jpg Geno Photography: Blog http://www.genophotography.com/blog 60 120 Jon + Alyssa {Sneak Peek} http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/6/waterloo-wedding-photographer-iowa-cedar-falls-sunnyside-country-club-midwest-weddings waterloo-wedding-photographerwaterloo-wedding-photographer Jon and Alyssa's wedding was stunning!  Here's a little look at their gorgeous day.  Be sure to check back again soon for more!

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Ryan + Hannah {Sneak Peek} http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/6/iowa-city-engagement-photographer-iowa-weddings-cedar-rapids-wedding-photography 061518-041061518-041 A quick peek at Ryan and Hannah's engagement session.  Check back soon for more!


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Thomas + Sydney {Wedding: Part 1} http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/6/lake-keomah-state-park-weddings-oskaloosa-wedding-photographer Iowa-wedding-photographerIowa-wedding-photographer It was a hot afternoon, as I drove out to Lake Keomah State Park for Thomas and Sydney's wedding.  I hadn't had the pleasure of visiting the park before, but I'm so glad I had the opportunity to photograph there.  It was a gorgeous location for this beautiful couple!

Iowa-weddingIowa-wedding For their first date, Thomas and Sydney met at a public park and went driving around town and around in the country.  They got to know one another and enjoyed the landscapes. They still go on long drives in the country, so the park was a perfect setting for their big day.

Iowa-wedding-photographyIowa-wedding-photography Midwest-weddingMidwest-wedding The lodge where their reception was held was beautifully decorated with lace table runners on the wooden tables, beautiful floral arrangements in steel pots on wooden crosscuts, and oil candles.  It was simply stunning!  Their dessert table was just as beautiful.  I love their cake with it's elegant florals.  Lovely!

Destination-wedding-photographerDestination-wedding-photographer lake-keomah-state-parklake-keomah-state-park oskaloosa-weddingoskaloosa-wedding Their first look was a beautiful moment.  Thomas is fairly reserved with his smiles, a pretty quiet guy, but the smile on his face as he turned to see Sydney for the first time was perfect!  Such joy!

When asked what they love most about each other they answered, "How easy it is to be with one another. We are both so different but also so similar. Everything about us feels so natural and right. We also complement each other well by evening out different parts of our personalities."

oskaloosa-wedding-photographeroskaloosa-wedding-photographer Timeless-wedding-photographyTimeless-wedding-photography For their wedding, Thomas was most excited to walk back down the isle as husband and wife, and Sydney was most excited to finally kiss Thomas as husband and wife.

Authentic-wedding-photographyAuthentic-wedding-photography It was hot and humid, but thankfully there was shade in the trees just outside of the lodge.  Did I mention how lovely Lake Keomah State Park is?

WeddingWedding Their day was made extra special by being able to get ready with family and friends, talking with many people they rarely get to see, and having a private moment where they got to see each other for the first time before the wedding.

Their bridal party was a group of those close to their hearts.   The bridesmaids were all sisters, two sisters and one sister in law.  Thomas’ crew were all long time friends since high school from over a decade ago.  They all farm and have worked together.

Iowa-wedding-photographerIowa-wedding-photographer Iowa-wedding-photographyIowa-wedding-photography lake-keomahlake-keomah It was so much fun working with Thomas and Sydney, as well as their friends and family.  What a great group!  You can tell how much everyone loves and supports the happy couple.

052618-154052618-154 052618-192052618-192 052618-209052618-209 Their proposal story included a little help from their best man, Tim.

"I had just finished working 7, 12 hour night shifts in a row.  Thomas woke her up around noon to go grab lunch.  But, I was pretty tired so I slept on the ride to lunch  He and his friend staged an ‘emergency’ where his friend Tim called him ‘on our way to eat ’ saying his cattle got out of the pasture and he needed help getting back in.  So we drove to the field they were supposedly in and parked at the very top of the hill, which is the highest hill in the area.  It overlooked several miles of snow covered farmland.  Anyways, Tim drove up next to us.  We got out and went to hop his truck.  I waited for Tim to ‘finish cleaning his truck’, which was just him getting his video recorder ready.  Then, Tim said ok you’re good.  I turned around and Thomas was on one knee and asked me to marry him." - Sydney

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Be sure to check back soon for more from Thomas and Sydney's stunning wedding day!


VENDORS:

Ceremony and Reception Venue

Lake Keomah State Park

Oskaloosa, Iowa


DJ/Band

Soundstations DJ

www.soundstationsdj.com
 

Hair

Signatures Salon
 

Dress

Bridal Dreams

www.facebook.com/Bridal-Dreams

 

Men's Attire

Reuman's Clothing

www.traer.com
 

Bridesmaids Dresses

Morilee
 

Florist

Crouse’s House of Flowers

www.crousesflowers.com

 

Invitations/Stationery

Minted

www.minted.com
 

Cake Design/Bakery

Stephanie Graham’s Cakes and More

www.facebook.com/stephanie.graham.cakes

 

Caterer

William Penn University Sodexo

www.wmpenn.edu/department/sodexo/

 

Second Shooter

Tim Flynn


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Jake + Chelsey {Engagement} http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/6/lake-mcbride-engagement-solon-wedding-photographer-iowa-destination-weddings Solon-wedding-photographerSolon-wedding-photographer It was a gorgeous evening when I met with Jake and Chelsey at the Palmer House Stable in Solon, where their wedding will be held next spring, to begin their engagement session. 

Palmer-house-stablePalmer-house-stable Palmer-housePalmer-house Jake and Chelsey first met on Tinder, though it wasn't quite love at first sight. 

"We went on a few dates and and sort of lost touch. We still talked from time to time, but not often. About a year later, we began talking again and going on dates and we eventually made it official!" - Chelsey

Lake-mcbride-state-parkLake-mcbride-state-park "Our very first date, we met at Red’s in North Liberty for a few beers. Jake didn’t have much time to hang out, because he had a slow pitch softball game. We actually lost track of time, and he was really late to his game." - Chelsey

Lake-mcbride-state-park-engagementLake-mcbride-state-park-engagement Lake-mcbrideLake-mcbride Iowa-love-storyIowa-love-story I asked when they knew this was the one and Chelsey replied, "We were getting more serious, but weren’t officially dating yet. He took me to spend the day with his family and friends at Oktoberfest in Amana. That was the day we began to fall in love."

A beautiful beginning to their love story and one of their favorite memories together, as well as their trip to Nashville.
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For the proposal, he went back to the place where they first started falling in love.  How perfect!

"He took me to Oxe Yoke Inn in Amana, which was the place we began to fall in love. We had lunch with a friend of his. We went outside to go to a store in Amana, and he proposed in front of Oxe Yoke. He had invited his friend so he could take pictures of the proposal." - Chelsey

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"I love his sense of humor and he has a big heart." - Chelsey

"I love how kind she is to everyone." - Jake

Iowa-engagementIowa-engagement Cedar-rapids-wedding-photographerCedar-rapids-wedding-photographer Iowa-city-wedding-photographerIowa-city-wedding-photographer It was a beautiful evening getting to know Jake and Chelsey better and capturing their love story.  Their wedding next spring is going to be fantastic!  I cannot wait!!


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(Geno Photography) beautiful beautiful love story cedar rapids wedding photography engagement portraits evening engagement gorgeous iowa city wedding iowa engagement photographer iowa photographer iowa wedding photographer lake mcbride lake mcbride state park love midwest wedding photographer solon enagement solon wedding http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/6/lake-mcbride-engagement-solon-wedding-photographer-iowa-destination-weddings Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:30:00 GMT
Brandon + Paige {Engagement} http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/6/swisher-amana-wedding-photographer-engagement-portraits-iowa-wedding-photography Cedar-rapids-engagement-photographerCedar-rapids-engagement-photographer It was a gorgeous, though a bit windy, evening when I met with Brandon and Paige at Brandon's family farm for their engagement portraits.  We began the session with a very special addition to the photos, Paige's tractor.

Cedar-rapids-wedding-photographerCedar-rapids-wedding-photographer Their engagement story features this tractor.

"We were traveling to go pick up a tractor I had just bought. I noticed his sister was extremely excited about this tractor, and I had no idea why because she isn't a tractor loving kind of girl. We bring the tractor back to his parents place and his sister and brother in law were both there, again I thought it was strange because it was just a tractor that needed some work done to it so it wasn't anything special looking. Well we went inside for a bit then decided to go unload the tractor. Brandon asks me to get on it and try starting it, which I did without hesitation (not my first time starting a tractor). He then asks if there was anything on the key so i looked down and pulled it out to observe it more closely not even wondering why he would ask such a random question and that's when I noticed a ring hanging from it with a purple ribbon. Me being totally oblivious had the quickest thought of "oh no did the guy we bought it from accidentally leave this ring on it" (Lol). Then after I quickly realized that my initial thought doesn't even make sense, I looked down and saw Brandon on one knee and he asked me to marry him! And come to find out his sister and brother in law were in on the gig because they were tasked with taking pictures and a video of the deal!! I was suppose to see the ring hanging from the key before I tried starting it but out of habit and bulky gloves I didn't even notice it was on there and I think that goes to show I was not expecting a proposal that day :)" -Paige

Iowa-wedding-photographerIowa-wedding-photographer What a great engagement story!!

Midwest-weddingMidwest-wedding Iowa-engagement-photographerIowa-engagement-photographer Paige and Brandon first met freshman year of high school.  Paige shared, " We met during our 9th grade science class (I know, cheesy right!). We both knew of each other before then just because we had been in the same middle school but we hadn’t actually talked with one another or even been in the same class until the 9th grade science class."

When asked if it was love at first sight, they answered, "Yes!" 

"For him, he said he had a crush on me since the 7th grade but never had the courage to say anything to me (Lol). Once we started dating he said he knew I was the one right off the bat. For me, I had unknowingly seen him a summer or two before at the Hawkeye Downs motocross races and I remember looking at him like he was the guy of my dreams haha I even remember going back to the bleachers and telling my mom that I hope to one day find someone like him!! When we started talking/ dating I told him I felt like that day I saw him at the race was foreshadowing or hinting where I would end up being." - Paige

What a beautiful love story!!

Iowa-engagementIowa-engagement After Brandon's family farm, we headed over to Amana.  Such a gorgeous location for this beautiful couple!

Amana-engagementAmana-engagement "Our first date we went to Applebee’s. We still go back there and say “there’s our booth!” He even remembers what I wore on the date, which I think is impressive." -Paige

Amana-coloniesAmana-colonies When asked when they knew this was the one, Paige shared, "I would say our love at first sight answer could come into this question too. For me, he sealed the deal I guess when I learned of his patience, kindnesses, and tremendous work ethic. Also, I just couldn’t see myself being with anyone else but him. For him, he says he always knew I was the one because I wasn’t like any other girls and when he's around me his heart feels "tingly" (Lol)."

Amana-iowaAmana-iowa Iowa-love-storyIowa-love-story It was hard for them the pin down their favorite memory together.  "There are so many!! For me my favorite at this moment in our lives has to be his proposal! For him he says its a tie between our first ski trip to Colorado together (which is another favorite of mine) or our road trip to Memphis, TN." - Paige

They love to spend time together skiing in the winter and outdoors or on road trips in the warmer months.

Timeless-wedding-photographyTimeless-wedding-photography Authentic-wedding-photographyAuthentic-wedding-photography "I love her character and determination" - Brandon

"I love his kindness and humor (and his eyes)!" - Paige

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It was such a beautiful evening, made even better by getting to know these two love birds more.  I cannot wait until their wedding next summer!!


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Blake + Stephanie {Wedding: Part 1} http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/6/new-hampton-wedding-photographer-iowa-weddings-destination-wedding-photography new-hampton-wedding-photographernew-hampton-wedding-photographer It was a beautiful morning when I arrived at the New Hampton bed and breakfast where Stephanie and her bridal party were getting ready for the day. 

iowa-wedding-photographeriowa-wedding-photographer new-hampton-weddingnew-hampton-wedding Stephanie's dress was stunning!  I love the lace, the illusion neck line, and the back.  So beautiful!!  Stephanie shared a little about how she chose her dress, " My mom and I went shopping to a few different places. I loved the back of the dress (and am not a huge fan of shopping) so I went with that one! "

Timeless-wedding-photographyTimeless-wedding-photography Authentic-wedding-photographyAuthentic-wedding-photography At another bed and breakfast just a block away, Blake and his guys were getting ready for the day.  I adore Blake's tractor cuff links!  So perfect for these two, and you'll see why shortly.

Destination-weddingDestination-wedding wedding-photographerwedding-photographer Iowa-city-wedding-photographerIowa-city-wedding-photographer The tractors in these images are Stephanie's (the John Deere) and Blake's (the Ford).  Such a perfect addition to the beautiful barn backdrop for their portraits!  Absolutely stunning!!

farm-wedding-photographerfarm-wedding-photographer barn-weddingbarn-wedding wedding-gownwedding-gown Stephanie's bouquet was a beautiful blend of white blooms, greenery and blue thistles.  It was gorgeous!

bridal-bouquetbridal-bouquet new-hampton-wedding-photographynew-hampton-wedding-photography navy-tuxnavy-tux new-hampton-weddingnew-hampton-wedding john-deere-weddingjohn-deere-wedding midwest-wedding-photographermidwest-wedding-photographer The bridal party joined us out at the farm for formal portraits.  The weather was hot and the sun was harsh, but we found a beautiful shaded side of the barn for portraits.

midwest-weddingmidwest-wedding "Our bridal party was a mix of friends from siblings, high school friends, all the way to friends we've made through work. It was a great to see the mix of friends we have made throughout our lives and them all have a great time, even when just meeting," Stephanie shared.  It was a great group to work with!

wedding-photographerwedding-photographer church-weddingchurch-wedding Their ceremony was held at St. Joseph's in New Hampton.  What a beautiful church!  This wall of stained glass was simply stunning, but I think my favorite spot in the church was the little stairway up to the balcony.  Love, love, love the portraits of them at the bottom!

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Be sure to check back soon for more from Blake and Stephanie's gorgeous New Hampton wedding day!


VENDORS:

Planner

Soirée

www.soireeia.com
 

Ceremony Venue

St. Joseph’s

New Hampton, Iowa
 

Reception Venue

Waucoma Event Center

Waucoma, Iowa
 

DJ/Band

Felix & Fingers

www.felixandfingers.com
 

Hair & Make Up

Eden Salon

www.facebook.com/edensalonia/
 

Dress

House of Brides

www.houseofbrides.com/
 

Men's Attire

Men's Warehouse

www.menswearhouse.com
 

Bridesmaids Dresses

Lulus

www.lulus.com
 

Florist

Racehorse Royalty

www.racehorseroyalty.com/
 

Invitations/Stationery

Zephyr Weddings

http://www.zephyrweddings.com/
 

Cake Design/Bakery

Hy-vee - Charles City

www.hy-vee.com/
 

Decor/Rentals

Ladybug Rentals

http://www.ladybugseventplanning.org/

 

Caterer

U-2 BBQ

www.u2bbq.com/

 

Second Shooter

Tim Flynn


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Jake + Chelsey {Sneak Peek} http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/6/lake-mcbride-engagement-solon-wedding-photographer-iowa-midwest-weddings solon-engagement-photographersolon-engagement-photographer A little peek at Jake and Chelsey's stunning engagement session.  So beautiful!  Check back soon for more!


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Brandon + Paige {Sneak Peek} http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/6/amana-wedding-photographer-engagement-portraits-iowa-wedding-photography-swisher cedar-rapids-engagement-photographycedar-rapids-engagement-photography A little peek at Brandon and Paige's engagement session last night.  Gorgeous!  Loved working with this beautiful couple and cannot wait to photograph their wedding next summer.  Be sure to check back again soon for more!


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Kyle + Haley {Engaged} http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/6/squaw-creek-park-engagement-marion-wedding-photographer-iowa-weddings 052718-002052718-002 Kyle and Haley were amazing to work with.  I had so much fun photographing their engagement, despite the 100 degree temps (who would have guessed the end of May would be so hot?!).  We started the session at Squaw Creek Park in Marion.  Such a beautiful location!

052718-013052718-013 Kyle and Haley first met at Nick's Bar and Grill.  It wasn't love at first sight, but Haley hit it off with Kyle's friend, Emily. Emily asked me to add her on Facebook and Kyle interjected, "while you're at it, you should add me too." 

052718-016052718-016 052718-021052718-021 Their first date was quite memorable.  Kyle unintentionally stood Haley up. He was working long hours and meant to take a short nap but ended up sleeping until early the next morning. He completely missed it.  He went to her apartment and asked for a second chance. He persuaded her to allow a second chance by dancing with Haley in her living room and singing Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon".   How sweet is that?!

052718-038052718-038 052718-050052718-050 I asked when they first new they were meant for each other.  They shared this story, "We were driving to Texas to visit my family and spent a lot of time talking during our commute. When we ran out of things to talk about we played a Disney Music playlist and sang to each other at the top of our lungs. It was the perfect trip!"

052718-060052718-060 Their dog Ruby joined us for the session.  She didn't find me too interesting, but we did manage to get a few of her looking at the camera and this sweet picture of her paw with their hands.  Love it!

052718-083052718-083 Their favorite memory was in 2017, when they went Skydiving! "It was such a rush for both of us! After the dive we were on cloud 9!"  How fun! 

052718-087052718-087 When asked what they love most about each other, Haley replied "The thing I love most about Kyle is how comforting he is. No matter if I'm watching a sad movie, stressed about work, dealing with family issues, having nightmares, etc. He makes me feel like there's nothing I should be afraid of or sad about. The thing Kyle loves most about me is how honest I am, I'm independent, and that I don't try to change him."

052718-097052718-097 Their engagement story is so much fun:

Haley was watching Netflix's "Stranger Things" and was paying no attention to him.  He asked her to stand up and dance with him.  They slow - danced, while she was still completely focused on the show.  When he asked her to let him go, Haley thought he was in pain, which finally got her attention.  Haley turned to him and saw him get down on one knee.  He pulled out the ring and asked her to marry him.  Completely shocked, she asked, "Are you sure?" about 3 times before saying "YES! Absolutely!"

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It was an absolute joy photographing Kyle and Haley's engagement!  They are such a sweet, fun couple who love to laugh together.  They made my job so easy!  I cannot wait until their wedding next May!


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Kyle + Haley {Sneak Peek} http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/5/cedar-rapids-engagement-iowa-wedding-photographer-palisades-kepler-park cedar-rapids-engagement-portraitcedar-rapids-engagement-portraitA couple kisses in the evening light during their May engagement session at Palisades Kepler State Park in Iowa. A quick peek at Kyle and Haley's gorgeous engagement session this past weekend.  Lovely!!  Check back soon for more from their Squaw Creek and Pallisades-Kepler Park engagement session.


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Thomas + Sydney {Sneak Peek} http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/5/oskaloosa-wedding-iowa-wedding-photographer-midwest-weddings oskaloosa-wedding-photographeroskaloosa-wedding-photographerBeautiful evening portraits of a bride and groom at their May wedding in Lake Keomah State Park. Such a beautiful day with Thomas and Sydney this past Saturday!  Here's a little sneak peek of their stunning day.  Love!  Check back soon for more.


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Ayden {Newborn} http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/5/iowa-city-newborn-photographer-cedar-rapids-newborn-iowa-wedding-photography cedar-rapids-newborn-photographercedar-rapids-newborn-photographer I have known this sweet little man's parents, Brandi and Matt, for years and I was overjoyed to be asked to photograph his newborn portraits.  Brandi has been a close friend since high school.  She was even sweet enough to be my personal attendant at my wedding.  Love her! 

newborn-photographernewborn-photographer iowa-wedding-photographeriowa-wedding-photographer Ayden was a perfect little model.  He slept so well and was full of smiles!  I love his little Iowa football onesie.  Go Hawks!!

iowa-city-newborn-photographeriowa-city-newborn-photographer newbornnewborn newborn-portraitsnewborn-portraits Seriously!!  He was so smiley!  Too sweet!  Brandi is an executive producer at Cedar Rapid's KCRG.  One of her coworkers got her this little "Mini Package" onesie, a fun nod to the news packages she produces on a daily basis.  How fun!

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Brandi and Matt are completely smitten with their new addition and I can completely understand why!  It was a joy meeting Ayden and capturing his newborn portraits.

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A quick peek at Ayden's newborn session.  Check back soon for more of this sweet little face!

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Blake + Stephanie {Sneak Peek} http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/5/new-hampton-wedding-iowa-wedding-photographer-midwest-destination-weddings iowa-wedding-photographeriowa-wedding-photographerA couple kisses at the bottom of a church staircase in New Hampton, Iowa on their May wedding day.

A little sneak peek from Blake and Stephanie's stunning wedding day this past Saturday.  Lovely!!


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Black & White {Wedding Inspiration} http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/5/des-moines-wedding-photographer-iowa-wedding-inspiration-vintage-love-rentals iowa-wedding-photographeriowa-wedding-photographer Love this wedding inspiration shoot so much!  Whenever Cynthia from Vintage Love Rentals says she has an idea for an inspiration shoot you know something magical is about to happen.

Midwest-weddingMidwest-wedding I love the clean and simple black and white setting with gold accents.  The florals are filled with gorgeous greenery and bright pops of color.  This would be fantastic for a summer wedding!

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Des-moines-wedding-photographer This cake by Fareway Bakeries, surrounded by lush greenery, is perfect in its elegant simplicity. 

Des-moines-weddingDes-moines-wedding wedding-photographerwedding-photographer This classic black tux from Milroy's is sleek and sophisticated.

milroys-tuxedosmilroys-tuxedos Timeless-wedding-photographyTimeless-wedding-photography vintage-love-rentalsvintage-love-rentals something-blue-bridalsomething-blue-bridal A beautiful look for a head table and a stunning look for a couple.  The dress nods to a Great Gatsby style with elegant beading and a gorgeous style.  Paired with the tux, this look is sophisticated.

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Iowa-love-storyIowa-love-story Something Blue Bridal provided the dresses for the shoot.  The gown was mind-blowingly gorgeous, as was this cute gold-tones, sequined cocktail dress.  What a perfect option for an engagement party or a reception dress.

Timeless-wedding-photographyTimeless-wedding-photography We did a quick costume change for our male model as well, moving to a gold tie and suspenders to tie in with the cocktail dress.  I love it!!

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It was a joy working with all of these amazing wedding vendors.  I hope you are inspired by what we created together!
 
Vendors:
Photography | Geno Photography

 

Rentals & Florals | Vintage Love Rentals

www.vintageloverentals.com

Woman’s Fashion | Something Blue
 
Models
Chani Tancredi
Matt Hefti

 

Cake | Fareway Bakeries

 
Men’s Wear | Milroy’s Tuxedos
www.milroystuxedos.com/

 

Hair | Taylor Rose / Blondie's By T. Harris
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A little peek at a beautiful wedding inspiration collaboration I recently had the pleasure of working on.  Check back soon for more from this fantastic shoot!

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It's Here! http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/5/des-mones-wedding-photographer-bridal-magazine-midwest-destination-wedding-planning des-moines-wedding-photographerdes-moines-wedding-photographer Fresh off the presses!!  I adore how they turned out!  Want a copy?  Visit any of these amazing Des Moines vendors: Milroy's Tuxedos in Merle Hay Mall, Vintage Love Rentals, Something Blue Bridal, Something Chic Floral, HEALthy Skin by Stephanie, Fareway Bakeries, Hotel Renovo, and Blank Park Zoo!


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Wedding season is here at last!  I cannot wait to kick it off this weekend.  This year is going to be beautiful, filled with wonderful love stories and stunning weddings!!

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15 Years! http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/5/iowa-wedding-photography-destination-weddings-love-story-my-why I want to take today to wish a happy 15th anniversary to my amazing husband, Joshua!

carriage01softcarriage01soft Joshua, I knew in my heart very early on that you were the one I'd spend my life with.  It is hard to believe it has been 15 years since we hurried up to a little courthouse in Preston, MN to start the next chapter in our lives.

1910385_128168593212_7744087_n1910385_128168593212_7744087_n The past 15 years have been a crazy, yet amazing journey. We have experienced many hardships, as well as many joys along the way. From the stresses of deployments to the absolute joy welcoming our girls into the world.  Through it all, I am thankful to have you by my side. I could not image walking through this life without you.

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Scott + Meagan {Engaged} http://www.genophotography.com/blog/2018/4/davenport-wedding-photographer-iowa-engagement-midwest-weddings iowa-wedding-photographeriowa-wedding-photographer I had such a lovely time photographing Meagan and Scott's engagement session!  We met at LeClaire Park in Davenport.  After weeks of snow and cold weather, we enjoyed a beautiful, warm spring evening.  A pleasant change of pace!

davenport-wedding-photographerdavenport-wedding-photographer Scott and Meagan first met met at a local bar in Davenport called Kilkenny's. Neither really wanted to go out that evening but joined friends anyway. They saw each other across the room and ended up next to each other ordering drinks. They started talking and the rest is history!

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davenport-iowadavenport-iowa iowa-engagementiowa-engagement Their first date was on Scott's birthday. Meagan shared, "He took me to a restaurant where we talked and laughed and Meagan spilled a whole glass of water everywhere. We went to a bar/restaurant where Scott's band practiced and they were having a birthday party for him. We spent the evening there an went upstairs where Scott played a song he had written."

iowa-love-storyiowa-love-story midwest-wedding-photographermidwest-wedding-photographer Their favorite memory together was a trip to Florida where they camped and floated down the river at Ginny Springs. Meagan flipped over her tube right as a snake jumped into the lagoon. She couldn't get back into the tube and was completely oblivious of the snake that floated right by. Crazy!

authentic-engagement-portraitsauthentic-engagement-portraits timeless-wedding-photographytimeless-wedding-photography wedding-photographerwedding-photographer I love their proposal story!!

"It started with a quiet, late night Valentine's day dinner at home. I (Meagan) had prepared heart shaped cheese ravioli because it was also Ash Wednesday. After dinner, we were sitting on the couch getting ready to wrap up the evening and go to bed when Scott asked for his keys. I was very confused why he would need his keys before bed and why he was asking me to get them. He told me he thought he left them next to the sink.

I went to all the sinks in the house ending in the basement. When I got the keys, he had followed me downstairs and took them from me to show me a small key. He told me the key went to a box somewhere in the house. I searched all over and finally found a small lock box. I was thinking there might be a movie to watch in the box. When I opened the box, I found a small jewelry box. When I looked up, Scott was on one knee.... I had no idea the scavenger hunt would end in a ring and was completely surprised. Overall a great day and we ended with a glass of champagne to celebrate! "

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When asked what they love most about each other, they answered, " We love to laugh together. We just have a lot of fun.

I (Meagan) love that there is always someone that understands what I'm trying to say even when I can't say it myself.

I (Scott) love Meagan's adventurous spirit and willingness to explore as well as her devotion to family and friends."

golden-hour-engagementgolden-hour-engagement iowa-love-storyiowa-love-story timeless-love-storytimeless-love-story When asked what they're most looking forward to in the future, their answer was, " Everything! Building a home and a life together."  Love it!!

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It was an absolute joy capturing engagement portraits for these beautiful love birds! I cannot wait to photograph their Davenport wedding this October!!


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