From the Photographer: We met downtown on the very top of a parking ramp. It is my personal opinion that parking ramps don’t get used enough for photos. They have beautiful fill light from the cement and I adore the mixture of visual lines, the cement ones as well as the painted ones. I know I have my couple’s complete trust when they don’t question me at all and simply say, “See you there!”
Maddie + Matt are a sweet couple who had their first date back in February of 2014, having met a couple weeks before. “Matt first laid eyes on me when I was out for a friend’s birthday [in downtown Iowa City]. One of my friends started talking to one of his friends and she kept trying to set us up.” It wasn’t until later when both of their parties moved to another bar that she finally went over and sat next to him and started talking.
Their first date was 10 days later. “I was so impressed because Matt called me to set up our first date! In an era full of texting, this gesture was very meaningful to me. I was very nervous because I wasn’t sure if he would still like me, but I was hopeful because I knew we had so much in common,” she says.
“I could tell right away that she was different than anyone else I had ever met,” Matt recalls. “We never ran out of things to talk about and hit if off from the beginning. I always looked forward to seeing her next. I knew pretty quickly that she was the one and I even told a friend of mine that I was going to marry her. We shared a lot of the same interests and really never ran out of things to talk about or do. I’ve always thought the saying ‘when you know you know’ was true and I definitely knew with Maddie. We learned a lot from each other and every day was a new adventure. A lot of my friends could tell that she was the one for me too and they’d always pull me aside and tell me that. She truly makes me want to be a better person and make the most out of every day. I’m very excited for what the future holds.”Emily Crall Photography
Makeup: Lindsey Coblentz