suzi & kyle » married

Suzi & Kyle had such a beautiful day for their wedding. It was a cool November day, but we certainly could have had much worse temps! Along with a November wedding they had those gorgeous fall colors that brought warmth to every room. We met at St. Olaf Lutheran Church here in Fort Dodge (they came all the way from Omaha!) and I spent the day with them from the first tightening of the gown, to their sundae bar reception.

Suzi’s accessories screamed of sentimentality in the most wonderful ways. Her bouquet incorporated pieces of lace and fabric from the wedding dresses of her grandmother and great-grandmother — a familial touch Sadie (my second) and I wished we could replicate! She even brought in “something borrowed, something blue” with a ring — another piece of family joining her through the day.  Without further ado, check out some sweet frames from Suzi & Kyle’s big day:blog4 blog1 blog6 blog9 blog7 blog8 blog3 blog5 blog11 blog10 blog2 blog12 blog13 blog14 blog16 blog15fort dodge iowa wedding november first dance with son

Much love,

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Amber & Erica » Married

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Amber and Erica contacted me a few months ago about their elopement in Des Moines, and let me tell you….it’s been hard to live the last few months with this much excitement brewing! I knew when I received their survey back that their day would be full of love and laughs, and it did not disappoint. They told me how their color scheme was based off of their shower curtain, and somehow that just said it all to me! Haha 🙂  These two had plans to get married last year, but they were approved to adopt their son so plans were postponed. Their love only grew deeper, and this year they were able to travel all the way from Wichita to the Polk County Courthouse, and I am so grateful to have been a part of such a wonderful day in their lives. Congrats, you two!

Check out some frames from the big day:

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Much love,

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amber+martin » married

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These two could not have asked for a more beautiful wedding! (They could have asked for a little warmer weather, but everyone handled it really well!)  Their wedding was full of personal touches, handmade details, and so much love. Amber’s bouquet was specially made to include an image of her grandma, and a sweet handwritten note wrapped around the base. The toasts included stories of fluffing all the table decorations for the reception. The bridesmaids helped Amber with her vows with song. Every ounce of love these two share and every ounce of love their friends and family have for them went into the creation of this wedding. And it showed. Check out some of the beautiful frames from their big day:

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With love in my heart,

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michele+tony » married

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I was so excited to be asked to capture Michele and Tony’s big day! Their ceremony was a smaller one, which always seems to leave more room for love and fun to seep through in the photos. Celebrating their love story at the Vincent house was amazing; we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful location! It’s been so much fun going through the photos and reliving the day… I can’t wait til they get to see their gallery and do the same! Without further ado, check out some gorgeous frames from our fun-filled evening:

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J&J » the big day

I am so excited to show you all a very brief snippet of a sneak peek from J&J’s big day last Saturday!  They have so much love for each other, it simply overflowed. And everyone in the bridal party really just let go, goofed off, and we had a ton of fun!  Instead of a traditional cake cutting, J&J opted for a Danish wedding cake (seen below) and it was SO GOOD. All of their desserts/goodies were Scandinavian themed, and having grown up in a norwegian church, I loved it! Without further ado, check out just a teensy quick little preview from their big day, and stay tuned for part 2 in the next few days!

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Choose Your Own Adventure » 2015 wedding pricing

Anyone remember those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books? They were some of my all-time favorite summer reading as a kid. Every Monday on my mom’s day off we’d venture downtown to the Bloomers coffee shop, and then follow up with a trip to the library for that week’s reading.

Those books are the inspiration for my brand spanking new wedding pricing!  You can check it out on my website here!

I found in the past couple years, as I got more and more weddings under my belt, that each bride and each couple wanted different things for their big day. So in light of that, I’ve made Build Your Own Package pricing!  Base coverage starts out at $700, giving you the basics — all day coverage, second shooter, and an engagement session!

That second shooter bit is SO important. It allows you to keep twice the memories from your big day, as I can only catch so much on my own. One person can only be in one place, but with a second shooter it’s like I’m in two places at once!

I’m so happy to be offering you guys with customized coverage, based on YOUR needs and YOUR desires, so that you can hold on to those cherished moments in whatever way you’d like for an affordable fee!

If you already booked your 2015 wedding with me before this update, you’re locked in on those prices (although you’re welcome to switch if you so choose!) Anyone who books their 2015 wedding with me from here on out gets the new and improved BYOP pricing.

Interested in booking? Have some questions? Let’s chat:

info@amandamatildaphotography.com
515.570.0473

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lexi+eddie » part 2

If you missed the first post from Lexi & Eddie’s beautiful wedding in Pella last week, you can find it here!  As I mentioned in that post, there were far too many moments to fit them all into one little blog post. So here’s part two!  Check out some lovely frames from the ceremony and reception:lexi+eddie pella weddinglexi+eddie pella wedding lexi+eddie pella wedding lexi+eddie pella wedding lexi+eddie pella wedding lexi+eddie pella weddinglexi+eddie pella weddinglexi+eddie pella weddinglexi+eddie pella weddinglexi+eddie pella weddingAaaaand, the following photos are all courtesy of one of my best friends, and my amazing second-shooter for the day, Kelby Wingert! I had such a blast working with her, and I’m so thrilled to work together again this summer. I can’t wait! 🙂  Here are some of the wonderful moments she captured:

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