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SDP has made the rounds over the last seven years, celebrating at many wedding venues in the Quad Cities. I’ve photographed everywhere from barns to event centers, country clubs to museums and mansions. Below are the venues that I love, not only because they have the perfect setting for my bright and joyful style, but […]

Selecting a wedding photographer isn’t a trivial decision. It’s a process that shouldn’t be rushed. Your photographer will shape how your wedding day is remembered, bringing special moments of your wedding day alive for your kids and grandkids. Picking the right photographer should be a top priority. Here are the top four considerations to keep […]

Dear SDP couple, The day is almost here! You’ve planned and stressed and spent literal days creating your once-in-a-lifetime wedding day! While I’ll be there to help however I can, there are some things I want you to know about your wedding day. Things are going to happen that aren’t planned. In fact, some stuff […]

Couples discussing their timeline are always confronted with the question– Should we do a first look? Though un-traditional, the first look has become a popular addition to most wedding day timelines. What is a first look? The first look or sneak peek is the moment when the couple sees each other for the first time […]

Hiring a wedding planner can make wedding planning a lot less stressful and a lot more enjoyable. Your wedding day is naturally one of the best days of your life. It’s the culmination of all the things that represent you as a couple. But making that dream wedding happen requires coordination of many moving parts. […]

There are twelve wedding detail shots you must have. Each of these must have shots will remind you of the moments and small touches you’ll want to look back on for years to come. • Dress While there will be plenty of shots of you in your wedding dress, and you have probably snapped hundreds […]

Many couples think that creating a wedding budget means you’re never going to be able to have the wedding of your dreams, but in reality, having a budget forces you to think outside the box, get more creative, and stay on track at the same time. Though they’re hard work upfront, budgets are something that […]

Blake and Mercedes were nearly a wedding day casualty of the pandemic. Their plans to wed on the beach of Lake Michigan no longer feasible, the couple struggled to find an Iowa venue that was available and met their needs. What they found was a brand new venue- River View Lodge in LeClaire, Iowa- and […]

In my eight years as a photographer, I’ve been extremely lucky to get to work with all kinds of amazing human beings, As you’d expect, every couple is different from the next. Some are all about the PDA, some are goofy and downright hysterical, and some people… well, some are all about keeping it sweet […]

One of the greatest joys of my job is being in the presence of love. All the joy and all of the romance. I get to spend my Saturdays immersed in each couple’s unique love story. Allison and James made this past weekend nothing short of magical. They chose to have an intimate wedding at […]