Sticks Warehouse Wedding (Des Moines, Iowa): Sarah and Tanner

In this industry, there is only one great, more intimidating honor than shooting the wedding of another wedding photographer: shooting the wedding of two wedding photographers. After all, not only do we know all of the ins and outs of the industry, but before even beginning our search we’re already familiar with the work of hundreds of photographers. So I was already excited to head to Des Moines to shoot Sarah and Tanner’s wedding, but it got even better, because wedding photographers really know how to throw a wedding. It can be a tough balance to plan something incredibly soulful and personal and wild and crazy all at once, but all of the notes were perfect. As someone who has lost his father, the love and honor given to the memory of Tanner’s father made me really happy that cameras can autofocus even when you’re tearing up. The details of the wedding were so well-thought-out, personal, and numerous that I even included some of them here, violating my general “details are for the wedding planning blogs” rule. I, of course, am a sucker for photography-related centerpieces. And the party pulsed with energy and vitality, a release for a couple for whom it was finally their time, a celebration to take part in, not record. Thank you so much, Tanner and Sarah, and thank you to Stephanie Marie Photography for doing a great job as 2nd shooter.

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Sara Kelly Johns - Your work is truly worthy for the honor of shooting two photographers’ wedding, Ryan! GREAT photos of a really special wedding!

Chris Brock - You rocked this wedding. Trying to figure out if you brought a big flash and how you lit the reception. Looks so good.

Peter Johnson - Amazing Ryan, fantastic work!

Phyllis Biastro Reinert - Just incredible Ryan. Never able to say anything short of that either!

Mary Jo Akeman - Gorgeous

Caroline Godkin - Love that night portrait.