We are finding it hard to come up with words that do this breathtaking garden wedding justice. Dani + Jimmy’s wedding elegantly combined garden romance with their love of agriculture. Photographed by Seneca Epley, every detail was beautifully captured, from the pristine garden to the intimate photos with their longhorn cattle. 

Longhorn Garden Wedding: Danny + Jimmy

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We can’t think of a sweeter way to start off Kaylee + Trent’s Decorah engagement session than with sweet treats at Pinter’s Gardens and Pumpkins Candy Store.  They were all smiles as they played around in the shop and then ended the session at Luther College, where they both attended college and where their relationship officially began.

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Since Easter is only a couple days away, we thought we would share a quick DIY gift jar idea for kids that is easy to assemble and easy on the wallet.  These have been kid tested and overwhelming approved, making them a great idea for any holiday gift, party favor, or special treat for the little ones in your life.

 DIY Kids Gift Jar

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What information to put on your wedding invitations can be pretty straightforward;  guests basically need to know the when, where, why and who. However, what if you are having an outdoor wedding and want to make sure guests dress appropriately or you want to make sure your guests aren’t surprised by a cash bar? Can you really have too much information on your wedding invitations?

We asked 100 wedding goers and 70% of them said any extra details should definitely be on the invitation while 30% said that a lot of detail is not needed and takes away from the invitation.   

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Invitations by Buds of Color, Blushing Bells Vendor Guide Member

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Rose & Paul met back in the summer of 2008. Their churches combined efforts for a youth summer retreat in Iowa and they were both camp counselors.  For him, it was love at first sight. “When I arrived, I was introduced to some of my group members, and one of those members introduced me to Rose. You know, there are those moments in a person’s life where everything slows down and the details of the moment are remembered in uncanny precision. This was one of the moments. She was a quiet-mannered person (or so I thought) and didn’t say much besides her name. She was wearing an orange hairband and had wavy long hair that went beyond her shoulders.

Harvest Preserve Engagement Session

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With Iowa weather, you never know what you will end up with on a day in March.  Laura and Rodney, and their wedding party, braved the cold weather for some lovely outdoor photographs captured by Summer Alisabeth Photography.  You would never know it was below freezing from the looks of pure happiness on their faces. 

Lavender & Sage Hometown Church Wedding: Laura + Rodney

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Moscow Mules have been thee must-order cocktail for a few years now, and since our previous DIY Friday focused on mini Moscow Mule escort cards, we figured it was only natural to follow-up with our favorite Moscow Mule recipes! When done right, a Mule can not only be refreshing, but maybe more importantly, show off your slick bartending skills. 

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Even though Tara had always dreamed of a winter winter, she simply couldn’t wait that long to marry the love of her life, Bryan.  Their classic summer wedding was full of sparkle and shine with the sparkling navy blue bridesmaid dresses and contrasting ivory and blush bouquets. 

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