Planning a wedding is no small task.  Whether you have dreamed about this day since you were a child or are just now excitedly dreaming up your beautiful day, there is a long list of this to do and sometimes it can get overwhelming. 

Here at Geno Photography, we live and breathe weddings and are happy to help you in any way we can.  To help make your journey to finding your perfect photographer to planning for your wedding day photos easier, we've compiled a list of our wedding planning posts.  We hope these assist you in creating your dream wedding!

Iowa-Engagement-PortraitsAuthentic-Engagement-PortraitsA beautiful navy and blush fall engagement session at Lake MacBride beach in Solon, Iowa.





For wedding planning tips from Geno Photography and local industry leaders, be sure to check out our Wedding Wednesday blog posts!

Our 5 Part Series on Things to Consider when Finding the Right Wedding Photographer:

Destination-wedding-photographerDestination-wedding-photographerRings on a succulent at a beautiful California destination wedding by Iowa City Wedding photographer, Carrie Geno



Now, it may seem obvious that you should check out a photographer's work before contacting them to photograph your wedding day.  This is so essential.  There are many wonderful photographers in the market with a wide variety of photographic styles.  It is important you select the photographer whose style fits your vision of your wedding day.  Read More...


Iowa-City-WeddingIowa-City-WeddingBridal Shoes on a window ledge at the Old Capitol in Iowa City, Iowa



Once you have narrowed down your selections of photographers to the ones whose photographic style fits your wedding dreams, it is important to select a photographer whose personality matches yours.  You want to work with someone with whom you get along.  You will be spending many hours on one of the most important day of your lives with this person.  They will be by your side during the laughter, happy tears, and quiet moments on your wedding day.  You want to feel comfortable with them.  If you feel at ease with your photographer, you will look more relaxed and natural while in front of their lens.  Read More...


Wedding-photographer-iowa-cityWedding-photographer-iowa-cityBride and groom Kissing under veil on the steps of the Iowa City Old Capital in Iowa City, Iowa



It is important to think about what you want from your photographer.  What are your expectations?  Wedding photography services vary greatly from photographer to photographer. Do the photographers you are looking at offer packages or do you build your own wedding day coverage?  If they offer packages, can you customize them to fit your wedding dreams?  Read More...


Cedar-Rapids-Wedding-PhotographyCedar-Rapids-Wedding-PhotographySnuggling in the evening sun at the Cedar Rapids Marriott during their wedding reception in Cedar Rapids, Iowa



We live in a digital age.  We share photos on Facebook, Instagram, and so on.  It's a quick and easy way to share your beautiful images with friends and family.  But what about having tangible photos?  Think of how beautiful your images will look on your walls or displayed in a beautiful storybook keepsake album.  Not only are they beautiful images, but they become an experience, something you can interact with.  Read More...

coralville-wedding-photographercoralville-wedding-photographerNewlywed couple dipping at the Coralville Marriott during their beautiful winter wedding



Weddings are expensive events; between the gown, tuxes, the limo, the venues, food, drinks, decorations, and the many other pieces that go into creating your dream wedding day the expenses add up.  Deciding your budget can be a more difficult task than you'd imagined.  Inevitably there are some aspects of your wedding that require a larger portion of your budget than others.  Photography is one of these key elements of your wedding day well worth the investment.  Read More...




Wedding Planning Articles

iowa-wedding-photographyiowa-wedding-photographyBride and Groom kissing, silhouetted by the Iowa sunset in Jefferson County.



You're engaged!  So exciting!!  Now is the time to begin planning the wedding of your dreams.  There are so many aspects to planning a wedding: finding the perfect dress, deciding on the bridal party's attire, picking colors, choosing flowers, the cake, and many more.  It can all seem a bit overwhelming.  I'm here to help you start your journey to finding the perfect wedding photographer for you.  Read More...

midwest-weddingmidwest-weddingStunning spring bridal bouquet in the Old Senate Room at the Old Capitol building in Iowa City, Iowa



When you hire a wedding photographer there are the general questions you will ask in terms of equipment, a second shooter, insurance, and experience.  There are a few others question you want to make sure you ask so when you make your final decision you will know exactly what to expect.  Read More...

classic-wedding-photosclassic-wedding-photosA groom fixes his tie while getting ready at the Marriott in Des Moines, Iowa on his wedding day



You spend so much time planning all the beautiful details of your wedding: the centerpieces, the flowers, the dress, and so much more.  It is also important to take a moment while planning to consider the timeline of your wedding day.  Yes, you will start your hair at 9:00, your ceremony will begin at 2:00, and your meal will be served at 5:30. But what about the important moments in between?

It is so important to take a moment to consider how your day will unfold.  Read More...

timeless-wedding-portraitstimeless-wedding-portraitsHer mother laces the bride's wedding dress as she prepares for her beautiful wedding at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Miones, Iowa



Every bride wants to remember the exciting moments leading up to her walk down the aisle, the moments spent with her bridesmaids, getting her hair done, and putting her dress on.  Some of the most beautiful getting ready shots happen spontaneously, but there is an element of planning that goes into them too.  Read More...

unique-wedding-photographyunique-wedding-photographyAntique books, wildflowers, burlap, and candles used as wedding reception decor, creating a unique wedding day look at this Celebration Farm wedding in Iowa City.



In a world of Pinterest ideas and wedding trends, here are some tips to add beautiful, personal touches to create your unique wedding day.  Read More...

authentic-wedding-photographyauthentic-wedding-photographyCouple exits St. Mary's church in Oxford, Iowa after their wedding ceremony surrounded by bubbles



I love my phone.  I really do.  I love being able to stay connected even when I'm out and about, but there are times it needs to be put away.  We have a rule in our house, no technology at the table or during family time.  It is so important to be present in the moment, not only for ourselves to build memories but to show our respect and love for those around us.  Read More...

iowa-wedding-photographyiowa-wedding-photographyWedding rings hung from a flower stem at a gorgeous Iowa City wedding.



Sometimes couples decide not to hire a wedding planner or coordinator because their photographer is assisting them with the timing of the wedding day. While your wedding photographer will work with you to plan out your day as it pertains to scheduling the photo timeline, they are not the best choice to organize the wedding day.  Read More...

Cedar-Rapids-WeddingCedar-Rapids-WeddingCustom Designed Wedding Album Pages for a stunning heirloom wedding album from full service Iowa wedding photographer, Carrie Geno



While it’s great to have a collection of high-quality digital photos that you can post and share online, being able to physically flip through the pages of a beautiful custom album is something altogether different.  A high-quality, customized wedding album that has been professionally designed to share the story of your wedding day and capture the priceless moments is not something that you can simply go out and buy or purchase online.  Read More...

Are you so excited to plan your wedding day and have it captured in a timeless, authentic way? If so, head over here and see if we're available to capture your love story!