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Vanessa + Brady | Des Moines Wedding Photographer

Filed in: Weddings

I love traveling for weddings, so when Vanessa – who happened to be a bridesmaid in Jen’s 2009 wedding that I photographed – asked me to be a part of her big day, I practically had my suitcase packed. Throw in the ADORABLE daughter, perfect weather, outgoing bridal party, and a charismatic couple and it couldn’t have been better.

Ayla, Vanessa and Brady’s daughter, could totally take the prize for cutest little girl ever 😉

First looks are THE BEST! Nerves – gone. Time for family shots – tons of it! And shots with emotions like this – sooo worth it.

Dear groomsman on the right,
You’re awesome.

The best part of this photo?
Brady did this all on his own. Yes, ladies…men like that do exist 🙂

When I get to photograph in Iowa, my sister is my second photographer. Which is awesome, because as I’m getting this –

She’s getting this. Tara, you rock.

You just can’t beat October light.


Vanessa had so many details that it took my ring shot obsession to a whole new level…


And, as you can probably tell, I loved her bouquet.

Vanessa, I don’t think you could be any more gorgeous.


Favorite 🙂


The father-daughter dance was extra special this time…


With an extra pair of dancers on the floor 🙂


You two are so cute it’s almost ridiculous.

Vanessa and Brady, or shall I say “Mr. and Mrs.” you two are so fun together, I couldn’t imagine you any other way! Congratulations on the big day, and the uber-cute family!

50 comments gives these two a free 8×10 wrap, or 3 mini-albums, so get to it and show some serious love!!

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  1. Sue McCollins says:

    LOVED the pictures they were wonderful!! Ness and Brady what a beautiful wedding!!

  2. Brad Magg says:

    Awsome pictures for an awsome couple!

  3. Linda Hollingsworth says:

    Awesome pics. Great wedding and seeing the beautiful pictures brings it all back. Your photographer caught the ambience.

  4. ben says:

    Great phot
    o!!! It was a fun day!!!

  5. Mick says:

    Awesome Pics! What a great time!

  6. Aunt Jane says:

    Katie, you are such a talented photographer. First Sam & Jen’s wedding, then Vanessa & Brady – absolutely fabulous!

  7. Steve Clark says:

    Great photos!

    Congratulations!

  8. Steven J. McLean says:

    Excellent Photography! It looks like you had a lot of fun.

  9. Amanda McGonigle says:

    The pictures are beautiful Vanessa! What a perfect day! 🙂

  10. Katelyn says:

    LOVE THE PICTURES!!

  11. Kegan Strobel says:

    Awesome pictures!

    Love,
    groomsman on the right

  12. Staci Magnussen says:

    These pictures are beautiful guys! That was such a fun day! 🙂

  13. Justin Peters says:

    Great pictures! See you on Christmas day.

  14. Brittany Peters says:

    Beautiful pictures! I love them!

  15. Andrew says:

    Brady, your wife is hawt. Give me dem digits yo.

  16. Mary Baker says:

    Katie, your photography skills are phenomenal! You and Tara have a great eye for getting the best and most unique shots. Your photos of Vanessa, Brady and Ayla are fantastic. You were able to capture so many different moods and expressions, and the best, by far, is Brady’s reaction upon seeing Vanessa at the Church, I feel like I am at their wedding again everytime I look at your picture!

  17. Annie Helland says:

    These are amazing! So happy for you guys!

  18. Michelle Porazil says:

    Beautiful pics! Your wedding was beautiful! The reception was a blast! I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos. I hope you will post them. Glad to have you as part of the family Vanessa!

  19. Sir T. J. Van Dyke says:

    Yay! <3

  20. Randy says:

    Great pictures Katie! We can’t wait to see the rest! Love you guys!

  21. Joleen Bohning says:

    These pics are wonderful! Vanessa you look absolutely beautiful! Congrats to you and Brady!

  22. Jennifer says:

    Vanessa and Brady, you two are so amazing together. Ayla is blessed to have parents that are obviously very much in love. Beautiful job on the photography!!!

  23. Amanda Bottorf says:

    Oh my gosh! Your pictures are awsome! You look so beutiful!

  24. Ruby says:

    Stunning! Thethree of you and the photos.

  25. Kent Van Vark says:

    Wow! I get to relive the incredible and emotional day again. Those memories will last forever….Brady, you know how I feel! Vanessa, you are the perfect partner for my son and fit the family just right. Thank you both for the wonderful day!

  26. Tim says:

    Awesome pictures! I can’t wait to see the rest!

  27. Lynndi Koester says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Vanessa! Congrats to you and Brady. Hope you two and the little one are doing amazing! Tell your Mom and Randy I said hello, and have a wonderful holiday!

  28. Alex Van Dyke says:

    Great pictures!!! Congrats to both of you!

  29. Megan Andrews says:

    These pictures are gorgeous… but the people in them are even more beautiful! It makes me relive the happiness of that day and the joy I felt for you guys! Love you guys and hope you have a wonderful life as husband and wife!

    ~Megan

  30. Jen says:

    I LOVE these pictures! Katie you did an amazing job! Love you and can’t wait to see you at Christmas!!!

  31. ben chambers says:

    great pic to a great wedding i wish i could’ve have been there for all of it

  32. Danny Linquist says:

    Beautiful pics!!

  33. ben chambers says:

    love the pics you 2 are the cutest

  34. Tara Jane says:

    These pictures are amazing! I’m so glad I got to be apart of your special day!

  35. Emily Hemann says:

    Love the pictures guys!! I had so much fun at your wedding! 🙂

  36. Christina says:

    Hey Vanessa!! You looked so gorgeous on your wedding day!!! And I don’t think your family could be any cuter! Love it! Congrats! 🙂

  37. Ashley Wilkerson says:

    These are beautiful Vanessa!!! 🙂 I love them! You looked amazing, and Ayla is such a DOLL!

  38. Aunt Bethy says:

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos. Katie you did a fantastic job! We are so blessed to have Vanessa, Brady and Ayla in our lives.
    Love you ~ Aunt Bethy

  39. Kim Van Dyke says:

    Wow Katie, amazing photographs, what a gift you have!!!…..Vanessa and Brady, you can see your love for each other in each picture. I cannot wait to see the rest!!

    Love you both,
    Kim

  40. Annie says:

    Really love the pictures! The one of your rings with the date is so adorable!

  41. Kat Hutchison says:

    SO great! The captions add so much to the story and tears filled my eyes when I got to the picture of Brady and Ayla.

  42. Ann Van Dyke says:

    Stunningly beautiful photographs and people!

  43. Scott Nelson says:

    The photos look amazing and your guys wedding was an absolute blast. Congrats once again to you both!!

  44. Hutch says:

    These are such great pictures of an even GREATER COUPLE! We had such a wonderful time at their wedding and I’m so glad these pictures helped document their special day! Great job guys.

  45. Anne Marie says:

    Vanessa-

    I saw you post on FB that this was out, and just had to check it out. You looked BEAUTIFUL. Congratulations!! Enjoy the married life!

    These pictures are priceless, timeless, and truly capture a feeling for the day – that takes a GREAT photographer.

  46. Brady says:

    Awoohoo!! I have the most beautiful girls ever!

  47. Vanessa Van Vark says:

    Katie I LOVE the pictures!!! Thank you so much! You are amazing! 🙂

  48. Amy Freeman says:

    These are gorgeous pictures!!!

  49. Shannon McDonald says:

    Absolutely Beautiful! COngrats to the both of you!!!!

  50. Love the pictures! Can’t wait to see the whole day of photos! You two just beam love!

    Love, Mom

  51. Love the pictures!! Can’t wait to see the whole day of photos!

    Love,
    Mom

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