Lavender & Sage Hometown Church Wedding: Laura + Rodney

Lavender & Sage Hometown Church Wedding: Laura + Rodney

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

From the Photographer: Laura and I went to high school together and did everything together. She has always been a gem of a friend, someone who will drop anything for you and check on you to make sure you’re having a good day. Then one day, Rodney came into the picture, and everything Laura always gave to other people is what he did for her. Rodney was willing to drop anything and everything for her, and I knew right away that he was a keeper, the one she always dreamed about in high school! Believe me when I tell you they are the most perfect pair!

Laura and Rodney met through mutual friends and May 13, 2015 marked the start of their relationship. On October 14, 2016 he took her for a walk along the bridges in downtown Iowa City and got down on one knee under the stars and proposed!

Wedding planning started in full swing as they planned for a shorter 5-month engagement. Laura and Rodney’s anticipation of this big day was so obvious, and you couldn’t help but feel the excitement too! Something really sweet that made this day that much more special for them was that March 11 was the day Laura’s grandparents got married as well, except it was 45 years ago! Her grandpa passed away at a young age, but this melted her grandma’s heart!

Their Lavender and Sage Hometown Church Wedding was quite breathtaking and oh so perfect for them! They got married at Fairview Mennonite Church in Kalona, Iowa with their reception following at the beautiful Bella Sala in Tiffin! The ladies started the day off at Eden Salon getting their hair and makeup done (and Rodney surprised her with roses personally delivered – but obviously not by him!) while the guys met for breakfast and relaxed in the basement of the church all morning. They whole day went by in a blur and all parts of it were equally beautiful, but I do remember tearing up myself during their first look. The joy on Rodney’s face as he saw his bride for the first time that day was heartstopping. The weather radar leading up to the wedding kept changing drastically, changing from sunny and 60 degrees to snow storms and 25 degrees to rain and more rain, no one knew quite what to expect. It turned out pretty chilly, but in answer to much prayer, there was no rain or snow!!! Despite the cold 30 degrees, they were champs the full two hours of portraits. The happiness between the two of them just radiated like no other, and it was so beautiful to finally see two people so perfect for each other tie the knot and vow to love each other endlessly.

Photography: Summer Schrock, Summer Alisabeth Photography,
Second Photographer | Sabrina Cox 
Ceremony Venue: Fairview Mennonite Church
Reception Venue: Bella Sala 
Coordinators: Anndra Roby & Elizabeth Yoder
Bridal Dresses: David’s Bridal 
Invitation Suite: Summer Alisabeth Photography
Catering: P.H.A.T Daddy’s 
Florist: E’s Florals 
Hair Stylist: Eden Salon 
Makeup Artist: Brittni Riggan & Angela Miller
Cake: Janea Miller
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse 
Band/DJ: Livewire Entertainment and Samantha Miller & Martha Swartzentruber 

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