Where do I even begin with this amazing, hilarious couple?! Megan and Caleb Were married on July 20, 2013 in Mount Vernon, Iowa. The reception followed in Vinton, Iowa. I went to Wartburg College with Megan, who met Caleb in the booming town of Brandon, Iowa (home of the World’s Largest Frying Pan, mind you!). Megan is a PE teacher, which is evident by the various guests doing pushups (including the bride herself!).
It’s funny having a ‘destination wedding’ in Iowa. Destination for me, not the couple. Frankly, I love the opportunity to travel to places I love (old and new) while capturing memories of couples in love. I truly love the opportunity I’m given with every wedding I’m blessed to be a part of. This wedding was more than worth the usual DFW airport headaches!
I rolled into Waterloo around 2:30am (woof!) and went through my typical checklist before a wedding. Reviewed the Wedding Day Guide, made sure my batteries were charged and my camera ready, and hit the hay. I met the bride, her mom, and her Matron of Honor, her sister Heather (another Wartburg grad — woo woo!) at Beau Monde Salon in Waterloo. While Megan got pampered and beautified (not like she needed it — this girl is gorgeous!), I took the rings and invitation and got to work capturing amazing detail shots.After hair and makeup, we headed to Mount Vernon, a tiny town about 30 minutes south of Waterloo. The ceremony was held at the same church the groom’s parents were married in! The church was quaint and cute, and it was super sentimental knowing Caleb’s parents had photos taken in the same place when they were married.
As is popular in the Midwest, Megan and Caleb opted for a ‘first glance’ pre-ceremony. I always make my first glances super special, so it was just Megan and Caleb in the church, with Megan approaching Caleb from behind. Megan whispered to me “I’m going to ATTACK him!” before I gave her the go-ahead to tap him on the shoulder — this bride was just soooo excited to be marrying the man of her dreams!
After the first glance, we went outside for some romantic photos before the ceremony. Megan had pinned some cute photos that we used as ideas to spin off of.
I’d like to emphasize that even though most photographers (guilty) don’t enjoy taking formal photos, they are so soooo important to the family. Unfortunately, Megan’s grandpa, Milton Heitman, passed away just days after her wedding. Megan was so glad I had captured her grandpa’s true smile — in the brief conversations we had on her wedding day, I could tell how witty he was, and how much he loved his granddaughter and new grandson-in-law.
After the ceremony, we took photos in a field with a beautiful, rustic barn in the background — one of Megan’s favorites! Megan is a runner, so I created a custom bib number for her with her married last name and wedding date! As a runner myself, I was SUPER excited about this!
The reception, which was held at the Vinton Skate Center in Vinton, Iowa, featured a delicious Hyvee breakfast ‘dinner’ — the key to my heart for sure! Megan’s sister, Heather, gave a hilarious speech, bringing to light some hilarious details from the night Megan and Caleb met — they exchanged numbers and Megan found out Caleb didn’t have texting! The first dance was cute and choreographed, and the party was kickin’. Man, I sure do love Iowa weddings! Congrats Megan and Caleb — can’t wait to see you both at Homecoming!