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I love the story of how this couple got engaged, but even more, I love how they used parts of their wedding to give back. One of those ways was by donating their leftover wedding cake, and as you will see below, they had a TON of gorgeous cakes-yes plural. I also adored the sweet shots of the bride and groom playing piano together at their reception. What a fun moment as a new husband and wife. Overall, the amount of heart behind this wedding is as much if not more evident than how beautiful it all was.


From the Bride:

It all began with a shoe. A glass one to be exact. Dan and I began our journey toward December 3rd on June 18, 2011 when he proposed to me on the stage of Quad City Music Guild’s production of Cinderella. I played Cinderella, he was the handsome prince. Six hundred audience members rose to give us a standing ovation as he bent on one knee, and we were on our feet as well; we only had about six months to plan our fairy tale wedding.

We quickly found a venue for the big day: the Figge Art Museum in downtown Davenport, Iowa. While the Figge is quite contemporary, I wanted to warm up the space. Our florist, Clazzy Designs, and the Figge staff worked together to create an intimate, warm space that was exactly what we envisioned. The linens, the candles, the flowers— the whole package was beautifully done and set the mood for a relaxing, fun evening.

One special touch that I added to my Essence of Australia gown is that I had the wedding date sown in blue thread into the lining. We also bought wedding party members Toms shoes, including the flower girl. It was a neat way to give the party a useful, fun gift, while also giving back. To put our extra cake to use, we donated our MOUNDS of leftover cake to King’s Harvest, a local food pantry in Davenport.

I want to close by emphasizing that although we had to rush a bit to fit all of the planning into a short period of time, it made the decision-making easy, and it helped us focus on what was truly important to us. We hope the rest of our story ends with happily ever after.

Photographer: Ashley Biess Photography / Flowers & Decor: Clazzy Designs / Bride’s Dress: Essence of Australia / DJ: Sas DJ / Shoes: TOMS / Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse / Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group / Reception Venue: Figge Art Museum

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