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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If you plan on covering alcohol costs at your wedding or special event, consider serving a signature cocktail. Not only are signature cocktails a fun way to show off your personality, but you can end up saving money on the bar tab instead of offering an open bar. Serve your signature drink during cocktail hour and then switch to beer and wine only during dinner and you will see even more savings over an open bar.

Wedding Advice: Consider a Signature Cocktail for Your Wedding

To create your signature cocktail, start out with your favorite drink but mix up some of the flavorings, add fun garnishes and/or simply add a splash of your favorite juice.  Top it off with a fun name and your guests will be loving your creativity.  We promise, this will be one wedding detail you both can have fun creating.  It will also make a fun anniversary tradition to have your signature drink together as you celebrate each anniversary.

Don’t have time to create a signature drink? Skip the legwork and check back on Friday when we share with you the recipe from our test kitchen for our newest cocktail.

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Urban & Nature Des Moines Engagement Session

From the Photographer: Kristyn and Nick wanted a little mix of urban and nature. We started out at Waterworks Park, and then ventured out to the East Village in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. I first met Kristyn when she was beginning to plan her wedding, and she was looking for a photographer with a style to match her mansion, romantic wedding. So she contacted me and decided to book at that time. This couple wanted photos that were more documentary or “candid” to fit the style they were going for. So their engagement session reflected that style. I have enjoyed every minute of working with them, and we’ve had a blast! Their wedding will be on June 24, 2017 at the Rollins Mansion in Des Moines, Iowa.

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DIY Mini Moscow Mule Mugs with Escort Cards - BlushingBellsIa.com

Escort card holders and wedding favors can be a fun way to express your style as a couple or your wedding theme. In this week’s Do-It-Yourself, we combined a miniature Moscow Mule copper mug with a craft paper gift tag to create a favor/escort card combo that is sure to be a hit with every event goer. This DIY is super fast and would look great for any wedding or special occasion.

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Planning a wedding can be a really exciting but also very stressful time.  The wedding to-do list can seem overwhelming at times and even though others are excited for you and want to help, but that help and advice can get a little overbearing and you may find it hard to please everyone.  Our advice to you, remember that this is YOUR day!  It’s a day about you as a couple and a celebration of your marriage.  It is not about what your family wants or what your friends want, it is about what you want!  

From the Bride, Mica: The best advice I received was to remember that our wedding was about me and my fiancé, and we needed to make decisions for ourselves, not for others.  It is so important to remember to make sure you are happy, and to never forget at the end of the day, the wedding is gone, but the relationships remain.

There will be times when compromises are in order so feelings don’t get too hurt and relations don’t get damaged, but make sure it is not on something big that you’ve had your heart set on. It is alright to say “no.” When everyone sees how happy you two are, all that other drama will melt away and the only thing anyone will remember about your wedding day was how perfect it was. 

Wedding Advice - Remember that this is YOUR day
Photography by DeJong Photography

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