Joe + Lauren // Classy Cornflower Blue NW Iowa Wedding

I first met Lauren when she was a bridesmaid in Mitch and Angela's New Years Eve Wedding a few months prior and I knew right away she was going to be a blast to work with. Her bubbly personality and radiant smile quickly fills the room! 

We started the day with the ladies getting ready in the bridal suite at the Hampton Inn in Orange City, IA. I loved how gorgeous all her details looked in here and the perfect light beaming in the window. Lauren and Joe exchanged heartfelt letters to each other that morning in anticipation of seeing each other for the first time!

wedding dress hanging on sliding door with mirror
Bride with her bridesmaids sitting on hotel bed in navy silk robes
wedding stilettos with jeweled heel
rose gold earrings and wedding rings on heels
bride reading letter from her groom in a white silk robe
bride reading a letter by a window

I met up with a Joe for a few shots of his final details as well and loved his navy suit with black lapels and a bowtie. It was the perfect classy look for him. 

groom in navy suit with black lapels
groom reading letter in hotel hallway

Lauren's dress fit her flawlessly. I couldn't get enough of her sweet bridesmaids reaction when they saw her in it for the first time! Such a beautiful moment. 

bride getting in her wedding dress with her mom
bride putting on her earrings
Mother of the bride putting on her wedding day shoes
bridesmaids seeing the bride for the first time

Lauren and Joe had their first look and portraits right outside their venue, Prairie Winds Event Center. It made the perfect backdrop for photos. They were both such troopers dealing with the wind and were full of laughter! Could they be any cuter?!

first look with groom on patio
bride and groom kissing in front of evergreen tree
bride and groom laughing as they walk down path
groom kissing his bride in front of evergreen tree
wedding couple embracing each other with spring blossoms
bride with dark curly hair and long veil
wedding couple in front of venue windows
groom with navy blue and black suit

I absolutely loved the girls' bridesmaid dresses. The cornflower blue color, the adorable ruffles, everything about them was so cute and flattering on all the girls. 

bridal party in front of windows in cornflower blue dresses and black suits
bride and her bridesmaids in cornflower blue dresses

These guys don't look like any fun at all do they?! ;)

groom and groomsmen laughing
bride and groom exiting church holding hands

St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hospers, IA made a gorgeous location for photos both inside and out! So much character!

wedding couple in front of catholic church steps
wedding day family portraits in catholic church
bride walking down the aisle with her dad in catholic church

How sweet is Joe waiting for his bride?

groom waiting for his bride smiling
bride and groom standing at the front of a catholic church during mass
bride and groom in a traditional catholic wedding

I loved their simple decor at the reception! Prairie Winds is such a gorgeous space the simple decor was the perfect compliment. Also, can we talk about those cupcakes? YUM!

navy and cornflower blue wedding reception details

I love some good wedding party speeches and these did not disappoint. From the jokes about their childhood to the sentimental moments and remembering the grooms late father, the maid of honor and best man nailed it.

maid of honor speech in cornflower blue dress
wedding party toasting bride and groom during maid of honor speech
best man giving his speech
bride and groom speech
bride and groom cutting cake with personalized forks
first dance as husband and wife
mother son and father daughter dances

Lauren and Joe your wedding day was perfect and your love for each other was obvious. You are both such a joy to be around and I wish you all the best!

Check out their gorgeous video by Lauren McDonald:

Florist: Aprils Floral Boutique
Cake: Gina Kelling (Joe's sister)
Caterer: Timmy's Catering
Decorations: Elegant Florals
DJ: Stovetop Productions 
Brides attire: Chrysalis Bridal Salon
Grooms attire: TipTopTux