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Gabrielle +Andrew’s Wedding Celebration: Part 2 – The Big Day!

When you look at Gabrielle and Andrew you can see not only the love they have for each other, but the amount of love that they have for their family and friends. These two thrive on spending time with their families, and really focused on not making the wedding day just about themselves and their new journey as husband and wife, but as a celebration of their family and friends.

Gabrielle’s sister and brother-in-law graciously opened up their Iowa home for the wedding day; hosting guests from the East to West Coast and everywhere in-between. Iowa holds a special place for Gabrielle’s family; offering serene views and quality time together away from the busy city, so it was an obvious choice when it came to choosing it as the wedding location.

The celebration took place on a warm, humid summer day and featured a natural palette of muted tones. Steering away from having a typical “wedding color”, Gabrielle wanted to enhance the natural beauty of the property by incorporating tons of fresh foliage and pops of bright blooms. The couple wanted to incorporate as many local and natural elements as possible throughout the day. To add in a Midwestern rustic feel, hundreds of fresh sunflowers grown on the property were used for the outdoor cocktail hour festivities. The field of sunflowers also posed as a beautiful backdrop for Logan Clement Photography to capture some bridal party images. During cocktails, guests were greeted with fresh lemonade and specialty fig cocktails, a gourmet cheese station and raw bar, and enjoyed lawn games overlooking Eastern Iowa’s rolling hills.

Throughout the planning, family was always right there to help make Gabrielle and Andrew’s wedding extra special. The bride’s brother and sister-in-law created a special father/daughter tribute dance honoring her father that featured a moment with all the special men that had come into her life and who would always be there by her side. Needless to say, there was not one dry eye in the house. Showing Gabrielle’s father’s presence throughout the day was very important to her, so Inside Decor built a beautiful custom canopy that featured her father’s favorite quote, “Love is the most powerful force in the universe.” The couple shared intimate photos under the display during their cocktail hour.

After enjoying a sit-down meal catered by Fried Green Tomatoes, guests enjoyed dancing to live music from TVK Orchestra in the reception barn and taking in the outside views. A private fireworks show put on by friends served as a surprise at the end of the night for the newlyweds.

So now, onto swooning over all the prettiness of Gabrielle and Andrew’s big day!

P.S. This is just a VERY small glimpse into the day. You can enjoy the full experience by checking out the beautiful highlight video captured by Rick over at Stang Films that I’ve shared below. If you’re doubting video on the wedding day you should definitely think again; there’s nothing like watching live video to relive the memories.

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Gabrielle + Andy Wedding Highlight from Stang Films on Vimeo.


Ceremony Location: St. Donatus Catholic Church, St. Donatus, Iowa
Reception Location: Private Residence (Sister of the Bride’s property)
Photographer: Logan Clement Photography
Planner: Bride Meets Wedding
Wedding Day Assistance: Harper Hadley Events
Catering: Fried Green Tomatoes, Galena, Illinois
Wedding Cake: Kathy’s Kakes, Independence, Iowa
Floral: Shelly Sarver Designs (personals, church, reception design), Pella, Iowa
Floral: Hand Pickd (Just For You) (sunflower cocktail hour design), Dubuque, Iowa
Ceremony and Reception Rentals/Decor: Inside Decor, Dubuque, Iowa
Vintage Rentals (sofas, fence, kid zone furniture, some signage): Ala Crate Vintage Rental, Madison, Wisconsin
Vintage Rentals (sofas, chairs): Farmhouse Vintage Rental, Marion, Iowa
Vintage Rentals (bride and groom chairs and decor pillows): Erasistable Vintage Rentals, St. Charles, Illinois
Vintage Rentals (“Love” letters, end tables): Embellish Specialty Rentals, Rockford, Illinois
Reception Lighting, Farm Dinner Tables: Unique Events of Iowa, Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Round Dinner Table Rental: Bel-Aire Rental, Dubuque, Iowa
Live Band: TVK Orchestra, Chicago
Quartet: The Wedding Stringers, Davenport, Iowa
Special Dance Vocals: Lisa Gomes (sister-in-law to the bride)
Special father/daughter dance tribute (“Somewhere over the Rainbow”): Brother of the bride, Aaron Gomes (ukulele); Lisa Gomes (vocals)
Videographer: Stang Films
Guest/Wedding Day Transportation: Chariot Limos, Dubuque, Iowa
Wedding Invites: Fourteen-Forty NYC
Escort Cards, table numbers, calligraphy, welcome bag printing: Iron Leaf Press, Marion, Iowa
Wedding Favors: Betty Jane Candies, Dubuque, Iowa
Late night Food truck: Wild Fryers, Dubuque, Iowa
Hotel Accommodations: Hotel Julien, Holiday Inn, Baymont Inn & Suites
Hotel Welcome Box Items: Mount Vernon Confections (Chocolate covered bacon) and Freddie’s Popcorn (local “Mississippi” popcorn mix), Dubuque, Iowa
Hair: Luxe Salon (Jacynda Smith)
Makeup: Samantha Meier and Stacy Shuster
Men’s Tuxedos: Milroy’s Tuxedos, Dubuque, Iowa

Looking for more wedding inspiration? Check out Gabrielle + Andrew’s Rehearsal Dinner feature here!