We are loving this bold Des Moines Iowa wedding submitted by one of our sweet bride readers. Enjoy this beautiful wedding and be sure to read more about all of the wedding details told by the bride below these images. Congratulations Alyssa and Andrew!
We had been together for almost eight years when Andrew proposed to me on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. We had been long-distance for three years at the time; Andrew was going to medical school in Philadelphia and I was working on Capitol Hill in DC. Obsessed with government and politics, Andrew picked my favorite place in Washington to ask me to marry him.
We were married in my hometown of Des Moines, Iowa on May 3, 2014 in the church where my parents were married just a few months short of 30 years earlier. People came from far and wide – Pennsylvania, California, Nebraska, DC, and even Mexico! It had been a long journey to from our first date to “I Do,” and we knew that we wanted to surround ourselves with the people who had loved and supported us along the way.
We knew we wanted to integrate our alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College, into the wedding in some way. After all, it is where we met in 2005 and fell in love. Andrew originally wanted to attend a different college and I was from far away Iowa. It was truly this small, Pennsylvania liberal arts college that led us to one another. We chose navy – one of the schools colors – as one of our colors. We named each of our tables after a building on Franklin & Marshall’s campus. The menu featured our favorite foods to eat together – chicken fingers, a mac and cheese bar, a pasta bar, and an ice cream sundae bar.
While we wanted to highlight our shared history, we also wanted to give a nod to our home states; we wanted our large contingent of Pennsylvania-based guests to not only feel at home, but also get to know Iowa. Out-of-town guests (of which there were many, as Andrew is from Pennsylvania) were greeted by welcome bags with a custom made map of the area, restaurant recommendations, and snacks from our native Iowa and Pennsylvania (indcluding Cherry Bings and roasted corn from Iowa and Utz Chips and Tastykakes from Pennsylvania). Also featured on the menu were mini Iowa pulled pork sliders and mini Philly cheesesteaks. Favors gave a shout out to Andrew’s hometown – a cookie featuring a frosting rendering of Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE sculpture, a replica of which can be found in Philadelphia’s Love Park.
Our other main color, orange, was simply the color that made us both the most happy! The chevron design is one I love. I wanted a bold pattern that I could repeat throughout the wedding’s different design elements – table runners and cloths, invitations, table signs, etc.
I handmade all of the table signs and my aunt made the corresponding place cards. My uncle, who is a vintner and brew master, made custom red (Mr. and Mrs. Merlot) and white (Wedding White Riesling) blends, as well as two special beers (Kiss the Bride Kolsch and Alyssa Loves Andrew Lager) to be served during the reception. The wine was served from blue bottles with custom orange chevron labels.
My favorite part of the entire day? I wanted to give my new husband – a man of grand gestures – a memorable gift for our wedding. Knowing that he would enjoy a public display of my affection, I parodied Philadelphia-native Will Smith’s “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” theme song, telling the story of Andrew and I’s meeting and romance through the song. I was nervous, but his reaction made it all worth it! – Alyssa
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