Working in the wedding industry for almost ten years you get to know a LOT of vendors around the area.  We have been blessed to work with some of the best in Southeast Iowa!  Here are our top five vendor friends that we would recommend for your wedding!


1. Bright Designs

Casey and her husband Matt are literally the dream team.  I met them both a few years back when I photographed my very first wedding with them.  They were both super easy to work with and Casey’s eye for design is just spot on.

Since then we’ve had many weddings together, an editorial shoot, and I’ve had the pleasure of photographing branding photos for them and capturing their sweet little fam.  <3  (PS – they have THE cutest son).

Bright Designs will handle all things design for your wedding.  Casey listens to your vision for your big day and works within your budget to create a design that you would’ve never even dreamt of. 

A designer is something that is often overlooked when wedding planning because it seems simple enough to just do it yourself, or have a family member set things up.  Take my advice!!!  I have seen many a bride in TEARS because of this additional stress.  We’ve also seen family members miss out on the wedding day festivities and not able to take part because they are busy taking care of all the minor wedding details.

If there is one thing you can do to give yourself and your family the best experience possible for your wedding day- it would be hire Bright Designs.  Let Casey and Matt create the wedding of your dreams, then sit back and enjoy your day together.




2. Noted Design Invitations

Everyone needs paperie for their wedding!  Your first thought probably goes to Save the Dates and Invitation Suites amiright?  Well Kelly and Hannah from Noted Design have got. you. covered.  They create some beautiful stationary pieces that will fit perfectly with your wedding theme.  This is something that everyone is going to need for their wedding day.  Now you could hop online to one of those shops and plug in your name and your date and it could spit you out a design.  Or you could contact Kelly and have her custom create an invitation that fits your style and personality perfectly.

In addition to stationary; Noted Design also creates all things signage for your wedding day!  Need name cards?  Bar Sign? Seating Chart? Welcome Sign? Table Numbers?  They do it all!  And they do it beautifully!!!




3. Borrow My Vintage

Let’s talk about something a little bit different that not everyone thinks about for their wedding.  RENTALS!

Have you ever thought about having a seating area where guests can lounge if they don’t feel like dancing?  Ever dreamed of a beautiful sweetheart table complete with the loveseat of your dreams?  Candelabras?  An arch for your ceremony?  A buffet for your cake or cupcakes?

Macey from Borrow My Vintage literally has it all.  She is huntress that finds THE cutest vintage items and has a beautifully curated collection.  Borrow My Vintage is THE shop to use for your rental needs.  One-of-a-kind items that will make your wedding really stand out.




4. Heather Ratliff

Everyone wants to look bomb on their wedding day, yes??  Well you can put your trust in Heather that she can take your natural beauty and enhance that with a look that is still you, but also a little extra glitz and glam for such a special occasion!  Heather also offers makeup for your bridal party and/or MOB and MOG!

Heather will travel to wherever you are getting ready at on your wedding day, and do all makeup on site!

One of the things that I love most is when Bride’s have their hair and makeup come to them!  This means that I can capture some behind the scenes and getting ready shots while you are getting all done up!  It also makes your day go a little smoother because there is less travel involved for you and your bridal party.

Heather also does trial runs so you can make sure that you 1000% LOVE your wedding makeup and that your day goes flawlessly.




5. A Storybook Ending

Do you have hundreds of images pinned of your dream wedding gown?  Are you wanting something intricate, trendy, and drop dead gorgeous?  Then you need to visit A Storybook Ending Bridal Salon!  They are THE shopping destination for your wedding gown.

The experience that Storybook offers is one-of-a-kind.  They truly make you feel like a princess when choosing your dress for your day.  They listen to your needs and select dresses that fit your style, your body type, and that highlight your best features!

And the best part?  They have got the CUTEST little shop right next door where you can do a little shopping for your engagement session outfits!




Other Vendors We Love:


I Do Events

Painting for Cheese

Graphic Formation Films

PURE Hair Studio

Studio Bloom


Blissful Events

Diamond Label Films

Hydrangea Bloom

Highland Visual

Olde Towne Bakery

5 Star Salon & Spa

Live. Love. Flowers.

Turning Leaf Creations

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