Des Moines Wedding | Surety Hotel Wedding Venue | Danielle + Brody
Let’s just start by saying that Brody and Danielle and total troopers. They had to make so many changes to their wedding plans because of Covid, but they did it so gracefully! We photographed them on June 27th to commemorate their original wedding date, photographed their intimate wedding on December 19th, 2020 (pictured below) and get to photograph them again at their reception at the end of 2021! We’re not mad about getting to hang out with our couples on more than one occasion.
Cozy Indoor December Wedding
2020’s intimate celebration was held at the Surety Hotel in downtown Des Moines. It’s a brand new hotel and wow, we were impressed. From the beautiful architecture to the tasteful decor, every single corner of this place was photo worthy.
They got ready in separate hotel rooms that have the most gorgeous bathrooms we have ever seen! The rooms were full of natural light and beautiful hard wood floors. Our favorite part of the morning was seeing all the post it notes they had written to each other and left on the mirrors. What a sweet touch!
Next was their ceremony which was held in the solarium. It’s full of exposed brick, a wall of black framed windows and greenery hanging from the ceiling. It was the perfect place to escape the cold December air while also having a light and bright setting for a ceremony.
We took portraits in the solarium and the lobby, which was beautifully decorated for Christmas, before hopping outside for a few quick portraits in front of the hotel.
A Private First Dance as Husband and Wife
The best part of the day was what came next. Danielle and Brody chose to head up to their hotel room to cut their cake and have a private first dance. It was such a special moment to document these two enjoying their first moments together as husband and wife. Even if you’re planning on sharing a first dance at your reception with your guests, we highly recommend taking a separate moment to share another dance privately. It’s such a special way to enjoy each other on your big day!
We wrapped up the evening with a few portraits at the bar before Brody and Danielle enjoyed a laid back dinner with their families. We loved photographing these two for their ceremony and can’t wait to celebrate again this December!