A beautiful wedding

Caroline and Aaron's wedding was stunningly beautiful.  I knew from the beginning that it was going to be amazing though.  For their engagement session last year we went out to her parent's place (the same place where her reception was held)  We spent forever on her parent's horse farm and every shot was stunning (I have a bunch hanging in my studio).  Her wedding certainly lived up to my expectations - in fact I entered it into the Professional Photographers of Iowa Portfolio competition and it placed 1st!  Here are a few of the awesome portraits from that day.

Caroline's beautiful dress was from Schaffer's in Des Moines

Caroline got ready at hotel Vetro in Iowa City.  I love how elegant and classic it looks inside!

check out the vertical of these ninja groomsmen!

this carriage was unreal - check out the beautiful flowers by http://www.pleasantvalleyic.com/

Cakes by Adam of Tip Top Cakes (he's so fun to hang out with and he creates some amazing cakes)

gotta love the cool drink containers!

Caroline's mother put on some comfy shoes and some guest were barefoot, love being casual

Caroline and Aaron love to cook and entertain - you can certainly tell by the awesome menue and place settings!
wine was from The Bread and Garden Market in Iowa City

A dinner too good to imagine was catered by Blackstone

since Caroline and Aaron love to cook they gave all their guest measuring spoons in the shape of hearts

Their last shot of the night in front of their barn - awesome


Iowa Photographer of the Year!

What a great weekend hanging out with some awesome friends at the PPI convention. Besides the opportunity to be with good friends I was also named top Iowa Photographer for the second year in a row! I won 1st place in the wedding category, 1st in women outdoor, 1st in Illustrative, 1st in Digital. I also won a Fuji Masterpiece award and a Kodak Gallery Elite award! 2012 is off to a good start!  My next big competition is Regionals which will be held in Wisconsin this year and then from there I will enter them into International competition.  Last year I was honored with the International Diamond Photographer of the Year award by PPA and I'm going to do my best to get that again.  With these awards I have been getting lots of offers to travel around the country to speak to other photographers so keep an eye out for where I'll be next!