4.27.2017

Heather & Kyle

 

Heather and Kyle's wedding will forever be a favorite in my book. Their families are amazing, fun-loving, and have impeccable style. A referral from a past Bride and Groom, the moment I saw Heather's email in my inbox and the word Okoboji in her message, I couldn't wait to meet her and to work together with Heather and her mother Tresa to create something memorable and beautiful.

Heather and Kyle's wedding was the first wedding ceremony held at Arnold's Park City Park, overlooking Lake Okoboji. The ceremony was intimate, heartfelt, and absolutely stunning. From gorgeous letterpress invitations (including a vintage lake map pocketfold) to a nautical and bohemian, yet elegant design, each element of the day was everything that was Heather and Kyle's style. Complete with one rollercoaster ride and a sunset stroll on the dock, it was perfect in every way.

















 

















 

 
 

 
 
Design/Floral/Planning: Johnny & Dottie | Photography: Tim Dodd Photography | Location: Arnold's Park City Park, Majestic Pavilion, Okoboji | Catering: Chef Domonique | Draping/ Rentals: Ideal Wedding Rentals | Stationary: Spark Letterpress | Wedding Gown: Bridal Accents Couture | Hair Services: Bombozi Salon | Makeup: Unveiled Loveliness | DJ: Energy Events
 
 
 

3.07.2017

Deanna & Alex


This wedding. There are many reasons why a designer would love a wedding like this, but when it's your own family, weddings like this are so much more.

It's no secret that Alex holds a special place in my heart. He is hard working, determined, kind, humble, and loving. All of these characteristics, I know, were set in place by another man who holds the deepest spot in my heart: Johnny. Alex walks like him. He smiles the same mega watt smile that crinkles his eyes, like him. He laughs like Johnny. And he loves Deanna in the same way Johnny loved Dottie.

Designing a wedding for Alex and his dearest Deanna was everything I could have hoped for for them (outside of the 95 degree weather that day). In determining where the wedding reception would take place, we tossed around the idea of local venues, but none of them fit Deanna and Alex. Then, it clicked. Deanna and Alex had just purchased a farm with a long gravel road, complete with an old wooden bridge and a lot of prairie. It was the perfect location, and although there was a ton of work to be done to the farm, Alex and Deanna knew it was exactly where they wanted to celebrate with their family and friends. They mowed and painted and planted and cleaned. It was all a labor of love.

We designed the day with every element of their lives included in it. From children feeding Alex's goats, to wildflowers that Deanna loved and vintage plates collected by family, to amazing food made by the families to dancing under the stars, it was perfect in every detail.

And even though Johnny wasn't there, he was.

He was in every way.







 






 







 
A single peony from Johnny's garden.



 

















 




 
 
Design/Flowers: Johnny & Dottie | Photography: Shay Photography  | Stationary Suites: Ivory Isle Designs | Ceremony: St. Edwards Church | Reception: Lessman Farm