Love is Love – Kate + Courtney


Kate & Courtney’s Wedding Vendors

Wedding planning is all in the details, and here they are:

Photographer, Jami Milne // Ceremony Venue, Shattering Silence, Iowa Supreme Court Building // Reception Venue, Proof // Cake or Dessert, @DJThreeLayerCake, Leslie Poyzer // Floral, Plant Life Designs, Tara // Makeup, Jen Conrath Nail Salon, Salon Spa W // Facials, Skin Studio, Julie Halverson // Bridal dresses COURTNEY: Carol Hannah Bridal, Kensington Skirt, Silk Tank: Cuyana KATE: BHLDN // Stationery, Ephemera, Karen Brady // Calligraphy, Pink Letter Day, Sara Perez // Boys Suits, H&M // Rings COURTNEY: Catbird NYC, KATE: Rebecca Overmann // Ceremony Music, Will Samorey // Transportation, Majestic Limo // Officiant, Judge Robert Hanson // Wedding Favors, Art Terrarium

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A Sparkling Wedding Engagement

It was a classic standoff between two lovers. Who would propose first?

Even though they both wanted to get married, no one made a move. That is until Courtney decided to start designing Kate’s ring. Upon receiving the ring, she couldn’t wait any longer. She proposed within hours of receiving it. Kate had also picked out Courtney’s ring and had it with her on the night of the engagement. Lucky for both, they both got something sparkly that evening. Their engagement was simple but fit them perfectly. The evening included champagne, love letters, flowers, and their favorite music in the background.

Finding a Wedding Theme

A natural palette to blend two styles.

When the couple started planning, they really didn’t have a theme in mind, but were inspired by Courtney’s wedding skirt! Blush tones and as much floral as they could get their hands on, became their goal. This earthy, but natural palette with a hint of class tied their two styles together. (Since their styles are completely different!)

When it came to picking out their wedding vendors, they knew they wanted to incorporate their girl boss friends and bring their talents together to make magic. Hand-lettered invites, ridiculous greenery and floral, plant wedding favors, and photos by their close friend Jami Milne made for an unforgettable day.


A Simple Plan For the Perfect Day

Their wedding was a no-stress event based in Downtown Des Moines.

And planning was a breeze because Courtney does it for a living! They had a morning wedding and had guests arrive at Proof for coffee and donuts. Guests had a chance to mingle before attending the wedding. After getting their morning cup of joe, they boarded a charter bus and headed to the ceremony. Kate and Courtney loved seeing their guests coming off the bus together. The ceremony was quick at the sculpture Shattering Silence, on top of Des Moines Capital Hill, before heading back to Proof for a fabulous lunch.

They wanted the day to be simple and surrounded by the ones they love most. Oh and really good food! Their love for food surrounded them, as The World Food Festival was going on right outside of Proof! They love attending festivals, so it felt right, that there was one going on simultaneously. To include Courtney’s two boys in the wedding festivities they created a “Boy’s Cake”. It was covered in sprinkles and adorned with LEGOS. One of Courtney’s favorite pictures is of them cutting the cake and wedding guests cheering for them.

The couples favorite memory of the day was spending the morning with their photographer, Jami. They went to her downtown studio to capture the day before any of the wedding rush began. It was the perfect way to start the day and soak each other up.